The Joy of Stamps
The Joy of Stamps is the world's first funny book about philately. After all, how many jokes do you know about stamps? Compared with mothers-in-law, stamps have hardly been a subject for wit or humour.
Hunter Davies, in his prize-winning column in Stamp and Postal History News, has delighted the world of stamps in the last few years by producing a consistently light-hearted, amusing — at the same time informative — personal account about the world's greatest hobby.
In this book — packed with philatelic facts and fancies as well as cartoons and jokes
— he reveals the vicissitudes suffered by an ordinary stamp collector. One of the nation's two million enthusiasts, he started hesitantly, knowing very little about his new passion; like most collectors, he began as a child, then gave it up completely,
returning in later life. And like most collectors, he is constantly starting new collections, discovering new shops and stalls, going to fairs and auctions, trying to sell his swaps, trying to beat down dealers, suffering the joys and the agonies which all
collectors will identify with.
The Joy of Stamps is a unique book about stamps, a pleasure for both the beginner and the expert, for the old or young, and will give joy to every family who has ever had a stamp collector.