The Next Step In Stamp Collecting - Part 2

If this is not a large pile you may sort the stamps into separate piles each of a single country. However, if the pile is quite large, you had better proceed by sorting alphabetically: all "A" countries in one pile, "B" countries in another, and so on. Then go back to the "A" countries and sort into individual countries. Again I caution you, do not try to do too many operations in one sorting. No matter how expert you will in time become, you will find it necessary to sort any large accumulation of stamps by stages. If you get to the point where you can identify the country of origin of every stamp issued you still will have to sort into alphabetical piles before attempting to sort a large lot into individual countries. Now, you've sorted your Pile No. 1 into individual countries. You are ready for your album. Open it and find the proper country for the stamp you wish to mount. All printed albums have an index or are arranged alphabetically, so this will be an easy chore, Now search for an illustration matching the stamp you wish to mount.

Having found the illustration you may discover that it is of a one-penny stamp whereas the stamp you have is a two-penny but of the same design. You will find that following the illustration in your album there will be several blank spaces. In the more elaborate albums these spaces will contain descriptions of the exact stamp to be placed within them; thus there will be in the space next to the illustration of the one-penny stamp, a catalog number or a description somewhat as follows:


If this description matches your stamp, you have found its proper place and may proceed to mount your stamp in accordance with the instructions given in the next chapter. If a catalog number is given refer to your catalog to obtain a description of the stamp. We explain in a later chapter how to use this catalog. If the blank spaces in your album do not contain descriptions of stamps, you should mount your stamp - if not of the denomination shown in the illustration - to the right of the illustration. If the stamp is identical to the illustration it should be mounted on top of the illustration.