50 Best Philately Accounts to Follow on Instagram


I completed a year on Instagram a few months back and it’s been a fun journey sharing my collection there. I have found many other interesting philatelists on Instagram. I am compiling the list of best 50 Philately accounts to follow on Instagram. I started with preparing a list of best 25 accounts but just couldn’t get myself to stop at 25.

I have tried to not include professional large philately dealers, except one, Stanley Gibbon, for tradition. I also tried to not include pure dealers or sellers though many included in the list are also selling their stamps on eBay. Mostly I tried to include accounts that are specialized (a country or a theme), have great images, have some description and detail of what they are posting, and some really interesting quirky look at stamps too.

Feel free to write your comments on this post in case there are some that I should have considered and missed.

S No.
Instagram account
Why you should follow this account      
1.        
Give It Laldy
One of the best sources for El Salvador stamps and philatelic material (covers, envelopes etc.). Provides very useful commentary with the pics shared.
2.        
Stanley Gibbons
If you are a philatelist, you don’t need a reason to follow this account.
3.        
Empireposts
One of the best feeds of British empire stamps, mainly British stamps, but some colonies too.
4.        
Khalid Malik
Some great Pakistani stamps and stamps and covers from Middle Eastern countries.
5.        
Tiresias
A quirky funny look at stamps of people with facial hair.
6.        
One of the most creative postal projects, sending letters addressed to Ursula in different parts of the world to incorrect addresses and collecting the returned mail.
7.        
empirecollectables.com
Great collection of British covers and stamps
8.        
Classic stamps from all over the world, and a few post-boxes too.
9.        
Mint Never Hinged
One of the best collection of graphic design stamps.
10.    
Brazilian Stamps
As the name says, awesome and beautiful Brazilian stamps. One stamp at a time, nice clean images.
11.    
Ravikumar Babu
Not a purely philately account, more a photography and philately account. Follow for detailed background information about the stamps he posts.
12.    
Ghasem Safari
Nice collection of Iran stamps and other postal stationery. Write mainly in Arabic, but Instagram translation feature comes handy for this.
13.    
Great stamps and postal stationery mainly from the Middle Eastern countries.
14.    
Asfe1899
Some unique stamps from strange lands that don’t always exist
15.    
G R A P H I L A T E L Y
Graphic design stamps
16.    
Phil Krebs
Tiny little rats (I think) and a very organized stamp collection in album pages (mainly Singapore but many others too).
17.    
The best collection of Laos stamps and covers
18.    
Undust the Beauty
Great collection of classic stamps
19.    
Machin Collector
How can I not include a Machin account? Sharing the colors of Machins.
20.    
Shares USA stamps and other items, typically one stamp at a time.
21.    
stampscapetown
South African stamps, one stamp at a time
22.    
Crownfdc
Some great postal covers from Great Britain
23.    
PostNord
A snapshot of Danish art, culture, nature and history through stamps from Denmark. Great quality images.
24.    
Detailed statistical information about the stamps shared, one stamp at a time.
25.    
filateliaehistoria
Covers and FDCs from Spain
26.    
Philategram
Encourages philatelists to use hashtag #philategram to share their pics. Curates and
27.    
Interesting collection of reptile and amphibian stamps
28.    
PhilatelicExpert
Classic stamps, errors and forgery with detailed information about them. Very useful information about rare and expensive stamps.
29.    
Filateliaentreamigos
Interesting stamps, covers and other memorabilia from a personal collection.
30.    
World stamps, clean images with information about the stamps.
31.    
dunvr1
Mainly classic GB used covers (lots of Penny Reds and other classics here).
32.    
Tampere in old postcards | FI
Beautiful classic used postcards with detailed historical information about them.
33.    
Alladdin
Sharing a personal collection and some interesting eBay bids.
34.    
worldwidestamps
A great collection of mostly European classic stamps
35.    
Philately is FUN!
Great collection of world stamps, mainly older ones. Plus there’s a cat around, I mean who doesn’t like cats.
36.    
The Punk Philatelist
Don’t miss to read her blog posts accompanying here stamps. Lives true to her name.
37.    
mad_about_stamps
Some great pics and corresponding description of the stamps. Mostly classic worldwide stamps.
38.    
Some interesting postmarks from postcrossing worldwide.
39.    
Worldwide stamps, nice clean images
40.    
Poor Man’s Art Collection
What an interesting way to describe stamp collecting – Poor man’s art collection. I do believe there’s art in stamps. Follow for Indian stamps.
41.    
Collectornerd
Mainly stamps but also some other collectibles like covers and bonds/share certificates. Mainly Canada and USA items.
42.    
Mark Postington
If you thought Japanese stamps were cool wait till you see the postmarks
43.    
Carly’s Postmark Collections
Some really interesting Japanese postmarks
44.    
Carolyn Marks
Custom First Day Covers from USA
45.    
Dean Boswell
True to his bio, “Every stamp tells a story”, Dean tells you the story of every stamp he posts.
46.    
Hassan Al Hadethi
I have a feeling that Hassan hasn’t taken to Instagram completely yet. I have seen his Facebook posts, he is definitely a philatelist to follow and watch out for on IG.
47.    
Stamps from around the world with explanation.
48.    
Carolina Saheli
A personal collection of stamps
49.    
Daily Stamps 📚
A worldwide collection of stamps
50.    
Amateur Philatelist
For compiling this list… 😉

How to Recognize Self-Adhesive Stamps

As you may know from my previous posts, I have been struggling with removing self-adhesive stamps from paper. I finally figured that hot water seems to work the best for me in removing self-adhesive stamps from paper. Having tried my hand at many many Australian stamps, I share with you a way to recognize these self-adhesive stamps on paper so you can be better prepared for them before you soak them in hot water.

Australia releases many variations of stamps. Typically stamps released in miniature sheets seem to be on gum paper, while others are on self-adhesive paper. The perforation of these stamps is an easy way to recognize them.

  • Gum stamps usually have finer perforation (14) while self-adhesive stamps have more spread-out wavy perforation (11 or 11½). 
  • Check the corners of the stamps. Gum stamps have regular corner perforation while self-adhesive stamps have a more rounded corner with missing perforation in the corner.
  • Gum stamps also have pulled effect to perforations, while self-adhesive stamps have neater separation. 

I have noticed the above differences only in Australian stamps. My guess is these might be similar for other countries too like USA, Great Britain etc.

Gutter Pairs

I had written about traffic lights stamps some time back. While I have been collecting those for a while, what’s really fascinated me are gutter pairs. According to Wikipedia:

The philatelic ue of the word gutter is the space left between postage stamps which allows them to be separated or perforated. When stamps are printed on large sheets of paper that will be guillotined into smaller sheets along the gutter it will not exist on the finished sheet of stamps. Some sheets are specifically designed where two panes of stamps are separated by a gutter still in the finished sheet and gutters may, or may not, have some printing in the gutter. Since perforation of a particular width of stamps is normal, the gutter between the stamps is often the same size as the postage stamp.

I have always wanted to have gutter pairs in my collection when I was young. Finally I acquired my first gutter pair only recently when I restarted my hobby.

And more recently acquired gutter pairs of these beautiful 1980 Great Britain commemorative stamps.

Maybe some day I’ll get gutter block also in my collection.

My next goal is to acquire Tête-bêche. More about that when I get those in my collection.

Removing Self-Adhesive Stamps from Paper

I have tried a few ways to remove self-adhesive stamps now, mostly unsuccessful. But I seem to have found a method that actually works.

I tried lighter fluid as explained in one of the videos I listed in my earlier post on removing stamps from paper. I specially bought Zippo lighter fluid but unfortunately this doesn’t work for me. For some reason it seems to make the adhesive stronger and stamps seem to stick stronger to the paper. Maybe it’s just a different kind of lighter fluid than what is required.

Another video said to use Citrus spray. Ambipur room freshner was the closest that I could find to this in India. This surprisingly worked a lot better than the lighter fluid. I spray this on the paper wait a few seconds and the paper comes off. However this method also doesn’t completely remove paper cleanly. Some paper residue will remain on the stamp. Sometimes the paper does come off completely but the layer of glue remains that you have scrape off which is likely to damage the stamp.

What seems to have worked for me is putting stamps in reasonably hot water (not boiling water). Soak the stamps for a few minutes in hot water and the paper is most likely to come out cleanly. In some cases you may still have to scrape residual paper and glue off the stamp, which is likely to damage the stamp. Be careful and use tweezers in this method as the water and the stamps are hot.

Of course, none of the above methods are completely foolproof. So if you have a stamp that you really want and have only one copy of it, I would advise you to just leave it on paper.

In my search, I also found two commercial label and adhesive remover products. I haven’t tried these but if you’ve have any experience with these, then please do share your experience by leaving a comment.

 

Finding my solace

Stamp collecting has been a therapeutic and comforting hobby. It has kept me awake at night in a good sense. I have lost myself in stamps and that has helped me find myself at the same time. It’s amazing how much time I can actually spend on organizing and reorganizing my collection. The only problem is that I have also ended up spending a lot of money. I really gotta find a better way to collect stamps than just spend money.