Jean-Baptiste Constant Moens

Moens began collecting stamps from his family's mail as a boy in Tournai. He was the son of Colette Blangenois and Phillipe Moens, a soldier. Continue reading

Handbook for stamp collectors

Jean-Baptiste Constant Moens, a Belgian dealer and the first professional stamp dealer, published a handbook for stamp collectors called De la Falsification des Timbres-Poste, published in 1863. Continue reading

Stamp catalogs or lists for stamp collectors

Oscar Berger-Levrault and Alfred Potiquet, both French philatelists, issued in 1861 stamp catalogs also called lists for stamp collectors. Continue reading

First stamp dealer of record

Jean-Baptiste Constant Moens, a bookseller of Brussels, Belgium, is the first stamp dealer of record, when began his philately business circa 1855. Continue reading

First stamp magazine

The British Monthly Intelligence, which started and folded in 1862, was the first stamp magazine. Continue reading

Stamp collector known to decorate her dressing room with them

A young woman who collected stamps placed an advertisement or a notice (back in the day) in the Times of London in 1841 soliciting canceled postage stamps. Continue reading

Stamp albums for keeping stamp collections

In 1862, Paris, France, Justin Lathier introduced stamp albums for keeping stamp collections. Continue reading