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February 20-21, 1999:

Getting started.

The Stamp Collecting Report, I'm Lloyd de Vries.

It isn't hard to start a stamp collection, and it doesn't 
have to be expensive.

Start small, with inexpensive stamps, and do a lot of 
reading: Subscribe to one or more of the stamp newspapers, 
visit some websites on the Internet, and go to a couple of 
stamp shows. Learn about stamp collecting before you spend 
significant money.

Most stamp collectors start by saving the stamps on their 
mail. Tear off the paper surrounding the stamps, leaving 
room around the stamps. Encourage your family and friends 
to do the same for you. Later, when you have a bunch of 
these stamps-on-paper, you an soak them off, by placing 
them face down in a bowl or basin of warm water, then 
putting them -- also face down -- on old newspapers to dry.

If you want more stamps than are coming in on your mail, 
you can buy what's called "mixtures" -- bags or envelopes 
of stamps on paper. They're not expensive.

At some point, you'll probably decide you like one area 
better than another -- a country, a subject, or a period 
in history -- and specialize in that.

You can learn more at my website, delphi-dot-com-slash-stamps.

And that's Stamp Collecting this week. 

I'm Lloyd de Vries, CBS News. 

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