About the Titley Collection
I began collecting American Revenues in January 2009. This is not to say I haven’t collected stamps prior to this! I traded in my Ethiopian collection along with a few other African countries. These collections were handed down to me by my father who used to collect them. I never really found much excitement in collecting them and therefore knew I needed a switch.
Why American Revenues? My first response to this question is always variety. In a collector’s point of view, revenues are great for anyone – the beginner to the advanced. You can very easily purchase a $0.25 stamp or a $10,000 stamp. Not only is there variety in regards to the stamp themselves, but there are so many different cancellations which tell a story themselves. I also find that quality of revenue stamps are key to collecting – an extremely fine copy of one stamp can sell for hundreds while the same copy in average condition can go for pennies. I like that key part to the hunt in finding the best quality possible!
I am a current member of the APS (200711), the ARA (7038), and the VSC.
My aim for this website is three fold –
a) to be informative
b) promoting revenues, and
c) showing off!
Informative – the internet is a great place with plentiful resources and I wish to create this site dedicated to information on revenues. I want this to be the one-stop place for collectors to be able to find anything. Whether it’s a non-revenue collector who has trouble identifying a stamp or an advanced collector looking for specific materials to write a paper on – I’d like to cater to everyone.
Promoting revenues – by just simply searching through the pages I hope that people will by taken back into time just like I have. Whenever I look at my collection, my mind just drifts away and wonders – what was this stamp on? Who put it on? What was he doing then? How did he live? So many things pass through my mind just by looking at some of them. I am sure that these feelings are shared by others as well!
Showing off – yes, I would like to show everyone my collection! I know those who don’t collect don’t get as much of a thrill as I do, so why not put it online for others to get the thrill of looking at them! I look at it as a mini museum of items, updated frequently, at no cost!