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About Stamp Collecting Blog

In this page you will find short history of Stamp Collecting Blog ,contact details and author biographies.

Author bio: Keijo Kortelainen

I’m Keijo Kortelainen, the ‘ordinary stamp collector’ behind most of the stories here at Stamp Collecting Blog. I’m a 40+ years old family man ( proud father of 5 kids), small business owner (B2B services), Head of SEO, and above all, a stamp collector from  Helsinki,Finland. I have collected stamps since the mid 1980’s – sometimes more sometimes less passionately. Like most collectors I started by collecting the world as a kid, but then specialized to my own country (Finland). After several specialty filled years I switched back to collecting worldwide stamps, as it was (and still is) simply much more fun. These days I collect all countries and eras – from classics to recent issues, and my collections spans over 100,000 face different stamps.

Me and my stamps.

Me and my stamps.

In addition of authoring SCB, I have written numerous spin-off articles (usually summarizing content already within SCB). For February 2011 issue of Royal Mail British Philatelic Bulletin I wrote about stamp inventory software solutions. In 2015 I wrote a series of columns about worldwide stamp forgeries for Stamp & Coin Magazine (UK). I’ve also written some miscellaneous pieces for smaller publications. These days I put a heavy preference on writing for SCB only.

Me and my stamp collection were featured on May 2014 issue of Stamp Magazine in a story titled World Is Not Enough (pages 74-77). Additionally some philatelic bloggers have interviewed me over the years (Google-search is your best friend if you want to read these interviews).

I’m always open for co-operation as long as it provides some ‘added value’. If you want to get in touch with me, just drop a comment anywhere on this blog and I’ll get back to you either by email or respond publicly through blog. Alternatively I can be contacted trough various online communities such as StampBoards, StampCommunity, FaceBook and SCB Facebook page, Twitter, or LinkedIn just to name few of the well known. I am a geek, so hanging around at various online forums and communities is my second nature.

Please DO NOT contact me with any of the following reasons: press releases, requests for links etc.

Guest author bio: Franz Feigl

I am a world-wide collector interested mostly in used stamps, though I will on occasion also add mint stamps to my collection. I have been collecting since my childhood in the late 60s/early 70s, with the usual hiatus as a young adult. I have come back to stamp collecting about 20 years ago, and have grown my collection to about 100,000+ stamps since then. Overall, my interests as well as the size of my collection seem to align well with Keijo’s, and I have been a “premium” reader for a few years now.

I collect all time-periods, but find some of the latest technological “advances” such as un-soakable stamps very frustrating – to a point where I am simply not interested in (most) of them. I am also interested in seals (for example, Christmas labels). Lately, I have been building a number of digital only thematic collections by scanning stamps in my possession that are otherwise spread over many albums.

I was born in Germany, and live nowadays on Canada’s West Coast. Some of the very first stamps in my possession were stamps from the German-speaking countries (Austria, Switzerland, and Germany), and to this day I have a special fondness in stamps from these countries. This interest triggered a series of articles on stamps from these countries, which I shared with Keijo who offered to publish some on his blog. (Usually, these articles, like the digital thematic collections, are for my own use only as I am not a blogger).

I also enjoy numbers (and mathematics), and when it comes to stamps, I like to condense/convert/transform them into formats that I can relate to more readily. It’s easy to do, and provides new ways to understand otherwise abstract and “dimensionless” figures. One of my articles provides such an example.

About Stamp Collecting Blog

Stamp Collecting Blog (aka SCB) was launched on cold winter night in late January 2009. At the time I was experiencing some really hard times with my health (suffering Ulcerative Colitis flare), and I had been bed struck for about two months. Like most long-term patients I ultimately got extremely bored and frustrated with my so called life, and started reading (and re-reading) just about all things philatelic I could get my hands on. And during those weeks I ultimately realized how much *crap* (pardon the pun) various stamp related magazines and websites contain. I was able to go through a hundred-page magazine without finding a single story that would spark my interest; or I could browse through dozens of stamp blogs without finding anything that would truly add to my knowledge.

So one of those days when I was feeling a bit better, I took my laptop, ordered the space for this website, and started writing my thoughts about stamps, philately and collecting in hope of improving the situation. Quality over quantity has been the bottom line of SCB since those early days.

Over the years SCB has moved beyond the concept of personal blog, into online stamp club where stamp collectors around the world gather sharing experience, knowledge and stamps. A major cornerstone with this was February 20th 2016 when SCB became a ‘walled garden’ where only digital subscribers may enter in full. At the same process full ownership of Stamp Collecting Blog was transferred to business I maintain (to ease handling of subscriptions, payments, taxes, accounting etc.).

Right now (from 2019 ->) the stamp blog is taking a small break (of few years) because of life happened. But be guaranteed that the journey will continue when I feel I can devote more time for stamps and collecting.

Contact details

Stamp Collecting Blog (SCB) is a service owned by: Koulutus- ja konsultointipalvelu KK Mediat, Lintulahdenaukio 8A 51, FI-00500 HELSINKI, FINLAND

We are a Finland based registered business (business ID 1740352-7, EU VAT number FI17403527) established in year 2002. You can contact us through our website or through email, or through telephone +358 44 292 5470.   Please do notice that KK Mediat is just the ‘legal entity’ governing transactions and legal side of things here at SCB.

If you have got stamp related questions, please ask them directly on here at Stamp Collecting Blog.

You can follow and contact SCB also through Facebook and Twitter.


51 responses on “About Stamp Collecting Blog”
  1. Denis wrote at May 21, 2010:


    I’m stamps collector from Russia and I very like your blog.
    The articles you wrote are very helpful for me.
    Unfortunately a lot of people here in Russia that are collectors also do not know English (this is very often issue for the people who was born in USSR when we were out of the border)
    I would like to translate your articles you placed here and add them to Runet (sites in Russia’ part of the Internet).
    If you’re OK with that – I would like to translate them, and of course will add the links to this blog to keep your copyright.

    What do you think about?

  2. Keijo / Stamp Collecting Blog wrote at May 21, 2010:

    Hi Denis,

    I have considered translating some of the articles to major languages (russian, german, spanish, france etc) a long time. And I have even tested up some “auto-translation” tools – but they appear to provide somewhat poor results (yes, the page content has been somewhat understandable, but grammar-wise they have been intolerable).

    As your suggestion…If You (or anybody else for that matter)wishes to translate some of the blog content to their first (native) language, then I’d suggest that the content, both original and ANY translated versions, would be hosted here at (for example would contain Russian version of this page). The translated entries could be sent to me (by email, by file upload or some other means), and then I’d simply put them into proper place.

    I can’t / won’t provide money for any of the translations, but proper credit’s (name and possibly a link back to translator webpage if such exists) for the hard work would be always put in their place… And very likely it would become a very wiki-like system, where (at least in theory) anyone could contribute to translation work.

    How do you think about my counter-proposal?

  3. Denis wrote at May 24, 2010:


    Yeah, I have the same experience with auto-translate tools and seems the software does not have enough “skills” to translate any materials in human-readable view. 🙁

    I want to clarify your suggestion:

    “the content, both original and ANY translated versions, would be hosted here at”

    Is this mean that I cannot place translated version on my site with keeping the link to your blog and your copyright? Simply adding the link to translated version on your site is not very good for Russia as not so many people know English and they will be confused to visit some English-language site.

    However I’m absolutely OK with following:
    1. I translate the text.
    2. Inform you that I did that and provide you translated version via mail
    3. Put the text of the translated version of the article on my site and write near the link to original version of the article (URL to your site) and add your copyright as author near the article.
    4. I do not care about getting the money for translation as I’m interesting in that.

    Of course you have any rights to add translated text on your own site or any other resources you want.

    Please, inform me if this works for you. Thank you in advance.

  4. Keijo / Stamp Collecting Blog wrote at May 24, 2010:

    Hi Denis,

    this mean that I cannot place translated version on my site with keeping the link to your blog and your copyright

    Sadly yes (and I did give this some serious time).

    The reason I’m against publishing my content outside this domain, is that I’ve (sadly already) experienced how badly things can go with such “open distribution”. By keeping all the pieces in one place, I wish (or at least hope to) to keep a far more better control in case of possible issues.

    …as not so many people know English and they will be confused to visit some English-language site

    I can do a partial solution /fix for this .. I’ll simply translate some key areas of “theme” to proper languages (so that instead of “Leave a reply” the translated Russian page would say for example “Добавить комментарий”)… But no, it would not remove all the English content from viewers of the translation. This blog is written and updated mainly in English, and as such it will also live on.

    Hope you’ll understand my point.

  5. Denis wrote at May 25, 2010:

    Yes, sure.

    Thanks for the clarification.

  6. shaikh wrote at April 7, 2011:


    I’m a writer and would like to do a guest blog on an amazing set of stamps being released in the UK very soon. How can I get in touch/email?

    Could you perhaps email me?

  7. Keijo / Stamp Collecting Blog wrote at April 7, 2011:

    @shaikh… Thanks for the offer, but no thank You…I’m not totally excluding the idea of having some guest bloggers / writers in future. But even in such case, they will be people I know & value as collectors.

  8. Jim Hall wrote at September 13, 2011:


    I have just started or re-started my collecting interests, and wonder if you could have contest of sorts, about favorite stamp collecting stories or what stamp collecting means to me.
    I have also published on PhilatelicDataBase.Com in the past and I would like to add my feelings to your site as well.
    jim hall

  9. Keijo / Stamp Collecting Blog wrote at September 14, 2011:

    @Jim Hall

    Anything is possible. It all depends to a very large degree on how much resources (mainly time) and interest I can devote into such venture. After all, this blog is a personal website of mine and I have limited number of hours to put in. The main goal of this blog is to share my views about the challenges and pleasures of worldwide collecting. I’ve put some extra care to keep the blog and it’s content open for all: anyone can chime in about any topic any time as long as they keep the messages polite and legal. For example the “Ask anything about stamps, life etc.” section has a mountain of questions, opinions, stories from people reading the blog – and anyone can freely add their own messages for others to view.

    But still, in the end, the main focus of this blog is me and my collection. And that’s the way I like to keep it 😉

  10. Jim Hall wrote at October 15, 2011:

    I would like to be able to SEND you my duplicates of my world collection for YOU to GIVE away to other YOUNG STAMP COLLECTORS in YOUR AREA. I will send them to you, I will suffer the postage, so that someone in your country will have something for thier collection.

    All I need is your address and a response to this note!

    Please respond


  11. Keijo / Stamp Collecting Blog wrote at October 16, 2011:

    @Jim Hall… I thank You for the generous offer, but (and I’ve written this before)…

    I’m just one guy middle of nowhere, and I have little/none means or interest to become a channel for donations to charity. Seriously. A lot of people may not think about it, but there’s quite a lot of work involved in accepting donations and pushing them onwards (been there, done that).

    That said, I have no objections IF somebody wants to give ME some free stamps (as a personal gift; as that is the only thing I can accept per Finnish legislation)… If anyone is interested of this option, my mailing address can be found on my exchange page.

    all the best,

  12. Bill Coons wrote at November 8, 2011:

    Hi Keijo,

    I also have been a collector for over 25-30 years and collect various type of issues. My largest collection is Wildlife on Stamps which is comprised of issues of 10 or more stamps in a specific set or series. Also includes WWF Stamps & Maximum CardsI saw a blog, on your site, about Stamp Collecting Software and I also was not very happy with what I found–to complicated so I developed my own.

    How do I go about advertising my databases on this your website?

    Please give me feed back at your convienence.



  13. Keijo / Stamp Collecting Blog wrote at November 9, 2011:

    @Bill… Interesting looking products. I’m bit puzzled by the screenshots that show Scott catalog numbers and values. Did you get a license from Amos/Scott in order to use them; or are they something end users are expected to type?

    Re, advertising on the blog… This has been asked by many in recent months, and I finally made a page about advertising on the blog. I recommend taking a look on it for starters. If interested, we can talk further details in private (simply follow the instrutions on advertising page)… I know the rates I’m asking are not of the cheapest kind, but in the end there’s no point for me to sign up individual advertisers at lower rates that this.

  14. H.N.D wrote at February 14, 2012:

    Can I promote my new stamp blog on your site. It would work intandem with yours and not be contradictory as I collect and trade new issues in mint condition – not to your style I think. Anyway, if not that is ok as well. Thanks for the great blog.

  15. Keijo / Stamp Collecting Blog wrote at February 14, 2012:


    You can always contribute to discussion, and include your website URL in the comment box “Your website” field. A lot of people do this (with quite good success).

    You can also share any website/URL in comment contents IF it relates to page topic / discussion.

    And you can always suggest a website/blog to be added to my StumbleUpon list of stamp related websites (but as a word of warning, I very rarely accept new websites or anything with commercial nature. In order to end up on my recommended list, the blog/website has to provide lots of useful content/value).

    But everything else is a BIG no-no!

    These simple rules exist for reason: to avoid link/comment spam. Each week I have to delete anywhere between 5-20 comments because of their spammy nature. If you are interested what link/comment spam looks like, here’s a recent example. Just click to view this Google search results page (it will not harm your computer or privacy, I guarantee that). As you notice, the same message/comment has been added onto thousands of blogs. Of course this is not done manually, as there are dedicated programs to do all the hard work (locating blogs, adding comments etc). If you wonder why, it’s all due the old (and so usual) money & fame. Links attract random visitors, and above all they can result in much better visibility on search engine results. It’s sad that supposedly collector friendly websites (like in this case) rely on method like this. In my books they are plain evil :|… Anyway, if I see any comment unfit, I will simply hit the delete button. As simple as that….

    I do have a range advertising options for stamp dealers/auctioneers and others business looking for valid advertising solutions on my blog. (no longer valid/available)

  16. Jason Bramley wrote at June 18, 2013:

    Hi Keijo,

    I am putting together a graphic book and one of the chapters is specifically about postage stamps. I would like to show a sample of stamps year by year over the past century.
    I noticed some of your stamps on Google images and thought that you might be able to help.

    Could you contact me and I will let you know more about the project.

    Many thanks!

    Jason Bramley

  17. Keijo / Stamp Collecting Blog wrote at June 19, 2013:

    @Jason… Sounds interesting 🙂 Please check your inbox for my email.

  18. Tjaša wrote at September 20, 2013:

    Dear Keijo,

    Could you e-mail me your e-mail address. Thank you!


  19. Keijo / Stamp Collecting Blog wrote at September 20, 2013:

    @Tjaša… Done. Please check your inbox.

  20. Hendriks wrote at July 3, 2014:

    Hi Keijo,

    I’m a moderator of the philately sub on social news site reddit ( We have over 500 (and growing) active readers. Please think about submitting new blog posts (or old good ones) there. It will bring you some traffic, and will give us interesting things to read.

    Submitting a post is very easy, you just need a URL and a title.



  21. Keijo / Stamp Collecting Blog wrote at July 3, 2014:

    Hi Hendriks,

    actually I’m a quite active (=daily) reddit-reader, but mostly on work related (non-philatelic) branches. I do check the /r/philately few times a week though.

    As far as submissions go, I’ve thought about it couple of times, but my Karma really sucks (as I almost exclusively read, and don’t comment or participate otherwise). And secondly I’ve tried to avoid the route of ‘self-submissions’ because it very easily gets repetitive and somewhat boring. But I’ll give it some more thoughts… In the mean time, please feel free to submit any entries on the blog you feel worth sharing.


  22. G. Hulings Darby wrote at March 19, 2015:

    In item #10, above, Jim Hall offered to send to you stamps for you to distribute to young collectors. You politely declined. However, the International Society of Worldwide Stamp Collectors (ISWSC) does accept such stamp donations. Stamp collecting supplies (glassines, stock pages, tongs, etc.) are also gratefully accepted. I suggest that anyone interested inform Mr. Richard Rizzo of this desire to contribute. Rich can then explain how and where to send the material. As most of the recipients are youngstsers, so-called large commemoratives are the most desired items. Contributors should understand that about 70% of the material will be distributed within the US.

    Anyone interested in applying for membership in the ISWSC should contact Dr. Joanne Berkowitz, Executive Director.


  23. Keijo / Stamp Collecting Blog wrote at March 19, 2015:

    @Hulings… Thanks for the addition. I hope you don’t mind me editing your message a bit. Placing email addresses (especially other than your own) on a public webpage is a non-favored practice because it just feeds the ‘spam bots’. Instead, I placed a link to ISWSC contact page.

    One question though…

    As most of the recipients are youngstsers, so-called large commemoratives are the most desired items.

    I do understand that there’s a limit on how many ‘Flag on the Porch’ or Machin definitives people can come accross / desire before getting utterly bored, but (and I say this with no offence), isn’t this basically the same as teaching youngsters that ‘definitives are rubbish’? There are well over 100K face different definitive stamps worldwide, that alone should be enough to keep any collector busy not to mention a youngster just starting out.


  24. G. Hulings Darby wrote at March 19, 2015:


    Your unwarranted misinterpretation of my positive statement that the ISWSC prefers donation of large commemoratives is both illogical and aggravating. (As I collect stamps issued before the end of 1940, the majority of my collection is, in fact, definitives.) While mystified at your seeming desire to twist the words of this reader, I’ll not acquiesce. In no case can a positive statement necessarily imply an oppositional negative one. Inferring the negative seems to be accepted practice in US politics; it has no place in stamp collecting.
    Thus, I restate the fact that the ISWSC prefers donations of large commemoratives for inclusion in the packets distributed to youngsters in the 8- to 12-year age cohort. (Definitives are admixed, but as a lesser percentage.) Kids being introduced to collecting generally prefer stamps featuring dolls and horses and Disney characters and dinosaurs and rocket ships. Once they are familiarized with the possibilities, some, like me, will want all eight varieties of GB Sc#135; others will happily stick with kittens and puppies. Please consider that Chevy dealers sell mostly sedans and SUV’s, but they still put a Corvette in the show window!


  25. Keijo / Stamp Collecting Blog wrote at March 20, 2015:

    @Hulings… Like stated earlier, I made the question “in no offence”. So, please do not get insulted. As a father of five I am seriously concerned about how ‘adult guidance/example” affects the kids and their future attitudes/interests (and I’m not talking just about stamps, but on much wider scale as well). I am sure that us adults have got nothing but ‘good intentions’ when it comes to kids/youth, but whether or not we like it, kids would usually do much better without us adults messing up their act. Just my 5 cents worth.


  26. T.Chavis wrote at July 19, 2015:

    Hello Keijo:I am really enjoying your blog – such great information for the newbie! Yesterday I bought a bag of stamps at a garage sale for $5 USD. I primarily purchased the bag due to my love of ephemera and my idea is to use some of it in my mixed media art. The stamps are from all over the world and very beautiful. I was looking at the stamp exchange – do you have a “wanted” section of countries/types you are looking for?I would be happy to send any stamps that are desired to a “good home” as my focus is not on money-making; I am just enjoying learning about stamp collecting and the history of the stamps themselves. Thanks for your time.

  27. Keijo / Stamp Collecting Blog wrote at July 20, 2015:

    @T.Chavis…. Thanks for the praise.

    Re the “wanted section” for my exchange… What works best is taking a look at the ‘my stamp collection’ section and checking country and era specific statistics. The lower the completion percentage for the country & era, the more likely the stamps will add to my collection. As a general rule I can says that the more ‘exotic and far-and-away the country (for example Vanuatu), the more likely it will add to my collection. But on the other hand I’m still missing thousands of ‘common’ stamps from France, Sweden etc. common places.


  28. ashkan malakyari wrote at August 12, 2015:

    Hi mr. Keijo

    I have about one million stamps (very old- rare- mint, & …) around the world. More than 90% are  from Europe and USA. How can we connect to you ,to show them to you ? Thanks a lots from Tehran-iran.

  29. Keijo / Stamp Collecting Blog wrote at August 12, 2015:

    Hi Ashkan,

    Actually if you read the top of this page, it outlines a number of options (besides this blog) that you can get in touch with me. That said, the more important question is ‘why do you want to show me your stamps?’.

    If you simply want to show/share some nice stamp pictures, simply upload images to some social media/photosharing website and share the URL with me. For example Facebook works perfect for this.

    Or, if you want me to have a look of them and tell me about the estimated value, then head to my stamp appraisal page, or read some of the generic advice given.

    Or, if you want to swap stamps with me, then head to my stamp exchange.

    Or, if you are trying to locate a potential buyer / sell them to me, don’t waste your time. I do most of my buying strictly within EU (due to customs).

    Hope this advice helps.

  30. Rocbo wrote at February 16, 2016:

    I got some used stamp from HK (some of the birds and world geo-park shows here )and also some from australia (animals)

    Are you interested? I am new and I got only 30+ unique stamp to exchange (can be more if dont mind duplicates).

    I would like to exchange stamps from your country, any kinds (prefer nature, scenery, animals, marine life, some colorful stuffs…etc)


  31. Keijo / Stamp Collecting Blog wrote at February 17, 2016:

    Hi Robco,

    have you already checked my stamp exchange? If not, then that is the best place to start with.

  32. ian Billings wrote at February 22, 2016:

    Your financial model is your choice.  I shan’t pay to subscribe.  However this does mean that I can no longer see the article on which I commented last week, nor can I read the remaining comments on the same (Sri Lanka MPs) article.

    I’ll leave the link to yours on my own blog so that other collectors and dealers can make your own choice.  But my own blog remains free with over 2 million page views I think google ads are the best way to go.

  33. Keijo / Stamp Collecting Blog wrote at February 22, 2016:

    @Ian… Please do note that there is also a free subscription. And you can gain full access to Sri Lanka article with it.

    The philosophy (and my deep thinking) of having two different subscription types is that those interested of reading just few posts or topics can get along well with Free subscription; and those interested of ‘more’ need to go with Premium subscription (and pay for what the increased use of server resources).

    The only ‘loosing party’ in this change will be ‘random drive-by-visitors’ as they will be displayed just a ‘lightweight teaser’ of each page (instead of downloading megabytes of data from database). Based on that they are free to become either subscribers or bugger off. From my point of view it’s just smart use of server resources.
    (And as added bonus, all the bots, leechers, bulk downloaders etc. that have consumed huge amounts of bandwidth are ‘blocked out’ as well).


  34. Kerstin Winkler wrote at March 2, 2016:

    Hi Keijo,

    I just came to your blog accidentally – and it sounds very interesting to me and I was wondering if I could take the opportunity to introduce our Company “QENSIO” to you and maybe even your Readers.

    QENSIO is a market research Company that is based in Germany, Munich and is highly specializing in the field of quality measurements for different postal services.  That means that we are working with people from all over the world who receive (and/or send) test items (letters or small packages). This “job” is quite easy, not time-consuming, you don’t need any previous knowledge and of course you do not need to pay anything at all – on the contrary you will be rewarded with Bonus Points that can be exchanged against vouchers or other goods.

    And last but not least – you may enlarge your stamp collection….. If you are interested please just send me an email – I would be very happy to explain more!

    Kind regards,


  35. Keijo / Stamp Collecting Blog wrote at March 2, 2016:

    @Kerstin… Thanks for dropping by. I’ve seen your introductions on StampBoards at least once or twice, and do know at least one collector who’s been active as your ‘tester’, so based on that I’d say you’re doing OK job. The only downside (at least from my perspective) is that you’re looking for participants who live in capitals or metropolitan areas (why oh why aren’t you testing also rural areas like Lake Sumiainen. Sigh…).

    But if anyone reading SCB wants to give this a try, clicking on Kerstin’s name on her post takes you to appropriate sign-up page explaining the terms-of service etc.


  36. Luca wrote at March 6, 2016:

    Hi Keijo,

    I was trying to have a look at the stamp exchange page and the presentation slideshow but it seems that even to see that we have to sign\up or subscribe?


  37. Keijo / Stamp Collecting Blog wrote at March 6, 2016:

    @Luca… True. This is basically to keep the costs/use-of-resources in control. The exchange page is (and has always been) one of the most resource intensive pages on SCB with tons of pictures, comments and other stuff. There is absolutely no reason for the whole world to access these resources as they are aimed for those seriously interested /taking part to my exchange.

  38. Luca wrote at March 20, 2016:

    Keijo says:

    @Luca… True. This is basically to keep the costs/use-of-resources in control. The exchange page is (and has always been) one of the most resource intensive pages on SCB with tons of pictures, comments and other stuff. There is absolutely no reason for the whole world to access these resources as they are aimed for those seriously interested /taking part to my exchange.

    ok, thanks for the answer Keijo

  39. Arnold Nuckles wrote at October 20, 2017:

    I am new to this but inherited a stamp collection and would like to exchange stamps. Is this the site to be?

  40. Keijo / Stamp Collecting Blog wrote at October 20, 2017:

    @Arnold… SCBs open-for-all stamp exchange can be found here. Please put some time to review the rules as this is one works a bit differently than most.


  41. jaquelyn wrote at February 9, 2018:

    Really awesome blog you have yourself here! I just recently inherited a rather large collection myself. The rich history that accompanies many of the stamps is very exciting and fun to read about. After I do a bit more research I would definitely be interested in stamp exchanges.

    Thanks so much for all the information!

  42. Keijo / Stamp Collecting Blog wrote at February 9, 2018:

    @jaquelyn… Thanks for the comment. I’m always open for stamp exchanges (especially when I get this swap season finally open).

    I hope you don’t mind but I did remove the website you linked. Though I am pretty open minded when it comes to sharing website links in comments, one thing I do not like nor approve are ‘pure affiliate’ websites. They leave the motives of person making the comment a somewhat ‘unreliable’ (ie. is the person writing a comment just to get some visitors & link love, vs. is the person genuinely interested on topic). I’ve got no issues with regular (subscribing) readers promoting their business or stamp sales randomly or in non-intrusive ways, but a first post from (non-subscriber) with dubious link equals a red flag that something might be fishy (and if not, then accept my apologies. Most of us website owners are somewhat cynical and paranoid, LOL).


  43. Rafael wrote at April 23, 2018:

    Keijo, I don´t know how my blog really works (if you get informed when I answer you comment), but just to inform you I answered it.

    Best regards (and, just to antecipate, we are certainly still friends.


  44. Keijo / Stamp Collecting Blog wrote at April 23, 2018:

    @Rafael… Yes, I get notified of your responses (as well any new posts/updates you do) as I’ve subscribed to your blogs feeds.

    Lets keep in touch 🙂

  45. Rafael wrote at April 24, 2018:

    Keijo says:

    @Rafael… Yes, I get notified of your responses (as well any new posts/updates you do) as I’ve subscribed to your blogs feeds.

    Lets keep in touch 🙂

    Nice to know how it works, and I noticed that this is the big problem with free tools. We do not have much control of how it works.


  46. Allen Bennink wrote at April 8, 2020:

    Hello Keijo:

    I just ran across your link today and paid for a 2-year ‘trial’ as a leap of faith.  My world-wide grouping is getting larger than my US albums so I wanted to see how the other half (WW collectors) lives!

    I call my WW sets a grouping only because I haven’t formalized them in any specific order except sorting by country.  I have a few topical areas of interests but my main interests are the events pictured on the stamps and so I started searching for research sites.  After just a few hours, I learned a lot about what I don’t know and look forward to learning with you and the others on this site as well as the posts that have already taken place.

    Here’s to a long friendship!

  47. Keijo wrote at April 8, 2020:

    @Allen… Happy to have you aboard.

    Here’s a virtual cheer to long friendhsips 🙂


  48. Gabriel wrote at April 15, 2020:

    Hello Keijo,

    First of all, congrats on your work. BIG LIKE.

    I’m wondering if it’s possible to complete a link exchange with my website called ThePostageStamps.

    It’s a place for stamps lovers and collectors containing useful information and a gallery of stamps.

    Best regards.

  49. Keijo wrote at April 15, 2020:

    Hi Gabriel,

    The short & unsweetened response: thanks for the opportunity, but I’ll pass.

    The longer version: I see no point in linking/supporting websites that do not provide original & useful content or service to us collectors. I have no objection linking to websites doing affeliate marketing as long as they provide obvious ‘addedd value’. Listing philatelic products that are on sale at Amazon with “Check it out” button does not cut the mustard with me. On the other hand if you had written personal reviews and experiences (not ones copied from Amazon user reviews), then I might have reviewed your site differently.

    With regards,

  50. Jim Fattaleh wrote at June 13, 2020:

    Yes another person looking to take advange of the collectors on the internet, who seen to have more money that common sense.

    you are faceless, why should I send money , Just because you know it all,  the internet is not like your friendly stamp club or store.

  51. Keijo wrote at June 14, 2020:

    @Jim… So sorry you feel that way. But it is your right…

    I hope you do understand that subscription based websites operate in ways very similar to human relationships. If you don’t invest time and/or resources to get to know them, you will leave empty handed. The free trial is there for folks who want to give the service a superficial try or access single article of specific topic for free. What five articles you pick or how you seek the articles about your interest – not my thing unless you ask my help. And responding questions and messages such as yours is part of the service included.

    As far as being faceless…. My mug is straight on top of this page (and on many other pages as well). SCB is also owned/operated by business entity, so it comes with legal responsibilites. If you have got any complaints of the quality of (paid) service, you can issue official complaint and I’m responsible to deal with it as required by legislation. Please do acknowledge that this does not equal “no questions asked full refunds” (like a lot of hustlers do), but more of a “if you can display that the service provided does not equal what is promised by the sales speech/marketing, then you are eligible for refund”.

    Enjoy the day.


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