in conversations with friends and family I often mention stamp-related things I wouldn't mind receiving as Christmas and/or birthday gifts. It was pointed out to me that non-stampy people would have a hard time finding or knowing what or how to obtain such items to give as gifts.
So here's a list with links. Any time I actually receive, or purchase for myself, any of these items I'll cross them off the list.
*I am a member of several of the stamp societies listed below and as such receive a fairly significant discount on publications. Those will be noted with an * and if you want my membership number I'll be happy to provide you a list.
so here we go in no particular order of desirability
1) The Complete Deegam Machin Handbook -- THE bible for anyone who wants to seriously collect this fascinating set of stamps. £39 postpaid and can be purchased with paypal.
2) EricJackson.com -- revenue stamps and revenue stamp literature. Pretty much any of the publications listed on the linked page. Here are several that stand out:
- Cox, Terry. Collectible Stocks and Bonds from North American Railroads Guide with Prices -- link
- Michigan Copper Mining Stocks and Bonds by Lee DeGood -- link
- Railroad Names by William D. Edson -- link
- The Pony Express, A Postal History by Richard C. Frajola, George J. Kramer & Steven C. Walske -- link
- Drummond's Catalog of Philatelic Miscellany, Part Three by James N. Drummond -- link
3) Plugable USB 2.0 Digital Microscope -- Amazon