Stamp collecting, and the study of stamps (philately) has been one of the most popular hobbies in the world for nearly 200 years. The first adhesive stamp, the Penny Black, issued in Britain in May of 1840, was just the beginning of what would prove to be a hobby that has lasted for generations. Collecting stamps from around the world not only teaches us geography, but also the history and customs of our neighbors around the globe. Many philatelists like to base their collections around themes like trees, aircraft, inventions, and so many many more. This is a great place to find find stamps to begin your collection, or add that one stamp you’ve been waiting for!