The Garden city Stamp club was formed in 1965 and has been serving West Central Montana stamp collectors ever since.
Our membership covers a wide variety of stamp collecting interests ranging from denominations, coils, foreign and U.S., and errors to Cinderellas, metered, topicals, postal history, and pre-cancels. So, whatever your interest, or if you are just curious, check us out!
Perhaps in order to commemorate special events or interests. For example, you might collect those that follow a particular theme or that feature a particular item. A music fan, for example, may only collect stamps that depict famous musicians. Similarly, a nature lover may collect those with flowers and animals, or a history buff may stick to those designed to commemorate various important events in history.
Or maybe you could collect stamps simply because you are intrigued by the many designs, pictures, and colors found on them. Similar to someone who collects art or antiques, a lot of people do so simply for their aesthetic appeal and the joy they feel when looking at their collection.
Collectors can focus on geographic areas, e.g., United States, Great Britain, Germany, Asia and so on. Some collect stamps from no-longer-existing countries, such as East Germany, North/South Vietnam, or the Soviet Union.
Stamp collecting is also a great way to meet new friends who share a common interest. Therefore, some people, who choose this hobby, do so for the camaraderie and the opportunity to share with others and to meet other people from around the country and the world.
Keep in mind that the many reasons stated above for collecting stamps can also be applied to collecting covers (envelopes). In fact, you will find folks who combine both by collecting desired covers that have desired stamps. Others may collect covers based on the designs on a cover called caches.
One of the best ways to get a jump start on collecting is to attend one or more of the many philateltic conventions held in this and other countries. For a list of conventions, click HERE