Philatelist vs. Stamp Collector
Aeschliman goes on to say, "A 'philatelist' is one that embarks on the study of stamps and related items, such as postmarks, covers (postal history), proofs, essays, postal stationery, errors etc. It is actually possible to be a philatelist, without owning a single stamp. For instance, the stamps being studied may be very rare or exist only in philatelic museums.
"In a philatelic sense, the examination of a group of stamps, all appearing to be the same, may reveal different printings, different kinds of paper, different watermarks, variations in shades, different perforations, possible errors etc."
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