Since developing this website, I have been touting to anyone who would listen, and some people who wouldn't, the virtues of specialized philatelic websites.
- I've also been complaining that there needs to be more encouragement of such sites, as well as some mechanism for constructive criticism.
- So I wanted to see if these complaints are justified, and am looking to see what philatelic website resources are available.
This is NOT intended to become a list of as many philatelic websites as I can find. But I've started a parallel effort, a demonstration Wiki (opens in new window), which is a public demonstration site for listing informational philatelic websites (as contrasted to
commercial or social ones). I've seeded with a few websites, and use it as a personal website reminder list.
- I'm hoping it will become a list of resources, but we'll see what I can find.
- This list will probably be reorganized a few times as it is built up.
Philatelic Websites, not included in the main links page. This list is about philatelic information, not about clubs, auctions, dealers, exhibiting and the like.
- AskPhil, a project of the Collector's Club of Chicago, is probably the largest philatelic knowledge base. Click on Expand All at the upper left to get an idea of its scope. The best-known part of the site is probably the (out of commission since perhaps 2011) glossary of roughly 35,000 philatelic terms, including some in Czech, Danish, Dutch (& "Neth."), Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, "Irish", Italian, Latvian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish.
(18 of these languages appeared in the "A" portion of the glossary. I looked at the Z's to find some Russian words. Who knows what other languages are in between?)
- ‡ Stamp Domain's Country Resource Pages list many specialized websites (including this one), but some links are broken.
- The Philatelic Webmasters Organization [PWO],
http://www.pwmo.org/index.html, has a variety of links which I haven't explored.
- The Digital Philatelic Workshop. I can't quite figure out what this website is about, but it might be Fran Adams' job-sourcing device for some website programmers who are also philatelists.
- American Ass'n of Philatelic Exhibitors (AAPE)
– This looks like a fascinating site: Produced by Milan Cernik and Bretislav Janik, both of Prague, I think, it has
800+ philatelic exhibits on a wide variety of topics. Pick your language (English or Czech) and you can explore them.
And, best of all, you don't have to bend over to see the pages in the bottom row!
- At the bottom of the page are backward and forward arrows, so it's easy to page through any exhibit. But an exhibit search feature would be nice so I could find the exhibits on Poland philately or on forgeries.
It has upload instructions, and provision for uploading an anonymous exhibit (in case you have another plate block of inverted Jennies but you don't want to go public yet). You can see how others put their exhibits together, and load your exhibit-in-progress so you can get tips from your buddy, the international judge who lives far way. And if you just want to share a reference collection, you can do that as well, without having to exhibit. (But it's still some work to prepare your reference collection.)
- On 12 May 2014, Ing. Ladislav Ondruška of Prague added
exhibit 885, a one-frame exhibit on Przedbórz, which might add to your
knowledge of Przedbórz philately. The exhibit is in both Czech and
English. (Thanks to Dr. Jerzy Kupiec-Weglinski for telling me about this.)
AND you can still see the exhibit when you get home from the stamp show !!!
(Thanks to Roman Sobus for telling me about this.)
Dealers and Auctions, a short list of dealers and auctions that I want to be able to find occasionally. This list is NOT an endorsement of anyone, nor is omitting anyone intended as a slight, slur, or other denigration. It's more like a personal notes page.
- "Consumer" auction sites (i.e.,anyone can join and buy/sell stamps (and usually other things): eBay, Allegro.pl (Polish), Delcampe (Belgium? Luxembourg?)
- "Dealer" Auction Sites: stamps.pl,
- Multi-dealer auction sites: (these display listings from multiple dealers): Philasearch also has internet bidding on live auctions; Delcampe Prestige also has a lot of auction catalogs, but I believe you bid directly with each firm, Delcampe isn't an intermediary.
- Personal friends: Hank Bieniecki of Bieniecki International
Last modified 4 May 2016