The Language of Philately

8c Stamp Collecting single

Philately

The collection and study of postage stamps and mail.
Image: 8c Stamp Collecting single, 1972.

50c Franklin D. Roosevelt Examining His Stamp Collection single

Philatelist

A person who collects and studies stamps and covers.
Image: 50c Franklin D. Roosevelt Examining His Stamp Collection single, 1947.

5c Navy artist's model

Essay

A trial design, or model, of a proposed postage stamp created for review by postal authorities.
Image: 5c Navy artist's model, 1937.

5c Flag of Poland approved large die proof

Proof

A trial printing of a stamp used to inspect for defects, see which ink color looks best for that particular stamp, or present to dignitaries and government officials.
Image: 5c Flag of Poland approved large die proof, 1943.

5c Navy Seal of the Naval Academy and cadets single

Stamp

Official evidence of payment for postal services, designed to be fixed to a piece of mail.
Image: 5c Navy Seal of the Naval Academy and cadets single, 1937.

29c National Postal Museum pane

Pane

A unit of stamps cut from a larger press sheet to sell to the public or assemble into a booklet.
Image: 29c National Postal Museum pane, 1993.

8 centStamp Collecting stamp

Cover

An envelope, card, or wrapper that has been sent through the mail.
Image: Cover addressed to Elvis Presley, 1993.

Pearl Harbor cover postmark

Postmark

A mark placed on or near a stamp to show the place and date of mailing.
Image: Honolulu during Pearl Harbor attack postmark, 1941.

Stamp cancellation

Cancellation

A mark that obliterates a stamp so that it can’t be used again.
Image: Peru trial, 1847.