What do you call someone who collects stamps?


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A person who collects stamps is known as a philatelist. Stamp collecting is good hobby for people who want to learn about culture, geography and history. Being a philatelist is an inexpensive hobby.

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There are a few tools philatelists use for their hobby of stamp collecting."

  • Tongs look like tweezers, but have smooth tips used to pick up stamps, so the dirt and oil from fingers do not damage them.
  • Storage is important to keep stamps safe. An old shoebox works fine, but storing stamps in an album makes them easier and more enjoyable to view.
  • A magnifying glass is used to see the small details and difference of stamps that are not visible with the naked eye.
  • A perforation gauge is a tool philatelists use to measure the ridges on the outsides of stamps.
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