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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Where Butterflies Are Winter Guests



Butterflies of every type are popular topical subjects in stamp collecting. Their bright colorful patterns and nature-enhancing presence makes their perfect focal points for stamp designers.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Mandela: Gave Us Peace


27 years in prison. It would have been easy for him to be angry. To strike out in vengeance. No one would have blamed him.  But he did not.

He chose to reconcile.

He chose the road to peace. He stopped a certain civil war. He healed a nation by forming a Truth
Commission that made everyone charged with a hate crime on every side the war fess up on record, gain forgiveness and move forward with their lives.


So say he was not perfect. Yet never claimed such a position. And quite frankly who among the critics were responsible to stopping a war that could have easily claimed millions of lives. None of the naysayers---that we know for sure.


Mandela you gave us peace. You gave us a better direction for a brighter future. And you liked stamps too! (yes I had to throw that in there.)

May God reward your heroic efforts here on Earth. We could use a few more.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Parental Involvement: A Joyful And Safe Christmas Season



KNS is embarking on its 7th year of operation as a private charity fully engaged in helping parents help their kids collect stamps. The mission continues to be a raging success with KNS helping parents and a number of organizations helping kids start this amazing and still vibrant hobby in an age of  technological distractions.

We have assisted in a number of ventures, beyond the regular parental requests for stamp kits, to slightly expand our reach when discovering the cause fit our tight parameters.

** Ukrainian stamp club

** South African handicapped society

** Israeli stamp community

** Various home school classes

Please keep in mind KNS doesn't encourage or permit contact with children. We practice strictly what we preach and educate and then block any underage communication. This private charity is and always will be about parental or guardian assistance and encouragement to help their children or charges into the hobby of stamp collecting by providing free stamps and information. We do not apologize for their practice and strongly encourage parents to monitor their children's activities on the Internet. Any parents or others for the matter whom did not like, agree, or feel the need to protest this policy are also free to find another organization to indulge their political correctness.

KNS wishes everyone out a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Keep stamping alive.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Always Something To Be Thankful For



Yes, there is always something to be thankful for each month we move into the future working, praying and hoping to see our children grow into better versions of ourselves.

We thank our patrons and their curious children seeking to learn something new, tangible and still relevant in the 21str century: stamp collecting--- the Hobby of Kings, the King of Hobbies.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Topical Paradise: Goblins, Ghouls and Good Stamp Collecting

 
 
 
 
Topical stamp collecting is fast becoming the most exciting category of stamping in many a year.  What has becoming the most fascinating aspect is how the categories are expanding and some becoming brand new. Halloween is now a fast grower with France kicking in their two cents by creating a new series.
 
We hope to see more stamp categories join to make topical collecting as fun and educational as humanly possible. Many thanks for collectors around the world giving us the jump on new developments. You guys are awesome.

Eat some candy for me. I'm busy craving out two pumpkins for the kids.

Friday, September 6, 2013

The Beauty of Sea Shells Displayed On Stamps


This collection hails from Belgium.




Tokelau Islands shells from the nearby ocean.



Shells from Congo.



 
 
Ryukyus deep sea shells.
 

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Faces of August: A Stamp Inquiry



Albania in August 2013:  International Sporting Event




US President, Lyndon B Johnson, First Day Cover, August 1973





Vatican Popes who became popes in the month of August

Friday, July 5, 2013

United Nations: Unique Platform for Various Causes


The United Nations is often accused of being an ineffective bloated bureaucracy bent on preaching much and acting little, but strangely enough its health and charitable arms do make a difference in a world still too much at war.

From a stamp lover's perspective the United Nations is a singularly unique entity that produces stamps on an international basis that often tout a cause that needs attention: polio, sleeping sickness, poverty, abuse, drug addition, etc. For a less than perfect institution the United Nations has done a great deal to support stamps and postage throughout the world.

The first stamp convention I attended was held at the United Nations in New York in 1973 and I saved the items my father and I purchased and never forgot the educational and entertaining experience.

Here's to the UN, keep up the good work and please strive to improve like in spending your money wiser and actual peacekeeping to stop a war.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Lessons In Irony: Syria



Above is the Syria stamp from 1998 touting human rights. This is the ultimate irony since its independence in 1946. Before that date is was controlled by Turkey and then by France, both which used its own altered postage for Syria but never issued strictly Syrian stamps. As witnessed by recent news like most abused entities it became a routine abuser upon independence by killing its own citizens for the past 5 decades and often engaging in massive criminal and political enterprises against it neighbor country Lebanon.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Teaching Through Stamps: Links and Lessons

 
 
 
 
Stamps from Different Continents
http://dm.net/~edjackson/lesson3.pdf
 
What is a Stamp Collection?
http://dm.net/~edjackson/lesson4.pdf
 
Commemorative and Definitive Stamps
http://dm.net/~edjackson/lesson5.pdf
 
Lessons for Elementary Students
 
 
Teaching Students with Disabilities Through Stamps
 
Teaching About Lincoln Through Stamps
 
 
US State Symbols Quiz
 
 
US State Flags Quiz
 
Social Studies Task Cards
 
 
Washington or Lincoln Quiz
 
 
Math Task Cards
 
Math: Stamp Bingo
 
 
Math Worksheets: 3 Ring Circus
 
Math Worksheets: Dinosaur Division
Math Worksheets:  Sub-Traction
 
 
Math Worksheets: Nuts for Numbers
 
 
Math Worksheets: Multiplying Madness
 
Language Arts:  Captivating Captions
Language Arts:   Fact and Opinion
 


Saturday, February 9, 2013

Black History Month

 
 



This is the information of the US Postal Service website.


What is the Black Heritage Stamp Series?


The Black Heritage Stamp Series is a collection of stamps commemorating the accomplishments and contributions of African Americans throughout American history. Their acclaimed societal, political, and cultural undertakings are highlighted and extolled through this series.
Additional facts about the Black Heritage series:

  • The Black Heritage stamp series is one of the most popular of the Postal Service's U.S. commemorative stamp series. As a result of customer request for the stamps, the Postal Service recently began producing a greater quantity.
  • It is not the policy of the Postal Service to destroy stamps while they are still available for sale. Generally, commemorative stamps are available for sale for a year after they are issued.
  • The Black Heritage series began in 1978 with a stamp honoring American abolitionist Harriet Tubman. Each fall, the honoree for the following year is announced.

Please click one of the individual’s name listed below to see the stamp’s information. Click on TOP to quickly go back to the top of the page.

Harriet TubmanDr. Martin Luther King JrBenjamin BannekerWhitney Moore Young JrJackie Robinson
Scott JoplinCarter G. WoodsonMary McLeod BethuneSojourner TruthJean Baptiste Pointe Du Sable
James Weldon JohnsonA. Phillip RandolphIda B. WellsJan E. MatzeligerW.E.B. DuBois
Percy Lavon JulianDr. Allison DavisBessie ColemanErnest E. JustBenjamin O. Davis Sr
Madam C. J. WalkerMalcolm XPatricia Roberts HarrisRoy WilkinsLangston Hughes
Thurgood MarshallPaul RobesonMarian AndersonHattie McDanielElla Fitzgerald
Charles Waddell Chesnutt


Harriet Tubman
Born a slave, abolitionist Harriet Tubman was the first African-American woman to be honored on a U.S. postage stamp. She was a conductor for the famed Underground Railroad, which helped many slaves escape to freedom before and during the Civil War.
The 13-cent stamp was issued February 1, 1978 and a 32-cent stamp was also issued on June 29, 1995.
13-cent stamp - 1st stamp in the Black Heritage Series.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin Luther King, Jr. was the most powerful and popular leader of the African-American protest movement of the 1950s and 1960s. He spearheaded mass action through marches, sit-ins, boycotts, and nonviolent demonstrations that profoundly and positively affected America's attitudes toward racial prejudice and discrimination.
In 1963, he became the first African American honored as TIME magazine

Monday, January 7, 2013

KNS: Our Sixth Year In Operation



Kids Need Stamps celebrates our sixth year in operation with the continued support and outreach of parents worldwide seeking to strengthen the bonds of parental love through the wonderful art of stamp collecting.

Thank you all for the kind words of appreciation and gratitude. It really means a great deal.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Postage Comfort In Times of Political Stupidity




We live in a day where the US Postage Service is no longer fast or reliable. But at least it still produces interesting stamps of quality and purpose.

Postage stamps can be a great comfort especially in times of political stupidity such as today. We are stuck with a fool whom has mastered words but not numbers.




Gratefully, stamps can harken back the days where leadership meant something. The following stamps are clear reminders of what leadership actually looks like.





Lincoln where are you in our times of trouble?  He like many of us is holding his head down in deep disappointment of our fellow citizens. Most whom are addicted to getting something for free. Stamps, the smallest works of art, are not free----so why would anything else of value be free.

I would love to tell you to get a job---but our current President has done nothing to create any.
So get a stamp instead and meditate on what it takes to stand up and make a difference in your country instead of sitting down and waiting for another check.

I am not proud of my country today. Neither is Reagan, Kennedy and Lincoln.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Building A Basic Stamp Album




For the stamp beginner nothing is more challenging than believing you have to decide on which direction you want to take your collection. The truth is you don't have to take a direction---at the moment. Don't adopt a stamp album---US or Foreign. Collect stamps you enjoy keeping and purchase a set of Vario pages.

Vario pages are sheets of special paper with sleeves that protect your stamps but still allow you to view what you have put together thus far. You are not confined or cornered into a certain country or theme. These pages are left holes made for inexpensive loose leaf binders. $ 5 on Ebay plus $1 for the binder will allow you to build a basic stamp album without choosing a hasty and expensive direction.

As time marches on you will be able to assemble a collection of stamps that will allow you to start formulating what you want to keep and what you want to trade. This discovery is what inspires a collector to pursue, sometimes for a lifetime, a certain type of stamp.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Topical Collecting Soars to New Heights





Topical stamp collecting has shown stronger signs of increasing more than anytime in the recent past history. The topical collector has a specific interest such as space, flowers, shells, famous people, art, etc., that drives their collection. As with all sub-types of collection I respect it enormously but remind beginning collectors of its limitations. There a finite (a small finite number, ha) of topical stamps fitting the interest you crave. Once you have reached that plateau you might be waiting a year or longer for some other entity to produce a stamp. 

The old debate on topical collectors versus "regular" collectors is regulars might more forward with their collection by hundreds of stamps per year---where as topical collectors might only add one, two or a small handful per year. The humor in the debate is both collector is waiting while collecting whether they realize it or not.




I never frown upon it but remind collectors to be more aware of the world before diving into a sub-type collecting mode that limits their scope of the amount of truly diverse countries, cultures and stamps present in the world. I always felt topical collecting was better suited for the more experienced collector, but many are now topical collecting along side their general collecting.





Thursday, August 2, 2012

First Introductions: The Stamp Club



In an age where technology distracts the youth from educational endeavours, the stamp club continues to be the first introduction the fascinating hobby of stamp collecting.


  

Decades ago stamp clubs numbered in the thousands and were often linked with organizations like the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, YMCA, etc. The Boy Scouts even have a badge for stamp collecting knowledge. But society changed and stamp clubs dwindled.






At one point stamp collecting and stamp clubs were more popular in foreign countries than in the United States where the hobby was created and perfected. Then the most ironic of developments: the advent of Ebay started allowing people to reconnect with stamps and clubs started springing up with specialty features and often adult-only membership. Many focus on certain types like air mail, or states that no longer exist like Rhodesia.




Kids Need Stamps are happy to assist any efforts to create, enhance or further the efforts of adults working to educate children about the educational and recreational value of stamp collecting.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Typography: Fonts of the Heart


Belgium

Typography is basically the font style used by the principle designer of the stamp. Many older stamps have a distinct font that makes them more collectible than other stamps even of the same time period.



Western Australia





Typography is a very highly specialized aspect of collecting stamps and I have not come across many collectors who assemble their lifelong collections along these challenging lines. You truly have to have a love for print-type more than art, subject, history, topic, country, geography or personage.



Ecuador