D. J. McAdam's Guide to Stamp Collecting, Book Collecting, and Literature

Since 1997, this site has been one of the world's leading sources of information on stamp collecting, book collecting, literature, and other topics including:

Articles on Classic Era Postage Stamps, Philatelic Terms, and Creating a Philatelic Collection Plan, and;

Advice on Antiquarian Book Values, Books and Bookmen, Caring for Your Book Collection, Enemies of Books, and the Love Affairs of a Bibliomaniac, along with new and old writings on Literature, such as the Outlines of English and American Literature by William J. Long and Books Fatal to Their Authors by P. H. Ditchfield, plus;

Articles on collecting playing cards, including identification guides for Bee and Bicycle, and information on Valuing Old Decks of Playing Cards, and Tarot Cards;


and a good bit of other information, on topics ranging from American Indians, birthstones, chess, ghosts, hobbies, holidays (including Valentine's Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving and
Christmas), jigsaw puzzles, etiquette, literary taste, love letters, musicsuccess, scale models, personal growth, folklore and mythology, The Teachings, and much more.


Choosing the Right Postage Stamp Catalogue

Decisions about stamp catalogues depend upon a number of factors, including where one resides and what one collects.

Caring for Your Book Collection

Helpful information on storing and handling books, magazines and related items.

Philatelic Terms

A glossary of terms and abbreviations frequently encountered by stamp collectors.

There's a great deal more to explore

We're constantly adding information to this website, and encourage you to look into the many resources available here.

African American Subjects on US Postage Stamps   

The US Post Office first honord an African American on a postage stamp on April 7, 1940, when Booker T, Washington was featured on a 10-cent stamp as part of the Famous Americans series of stamps.

Booker T Washington Stamp



Prophetical, Educational and Playing Cards

We've added the full text of M. K van Rensselaer's Prophetical, Educational and Playing Cards to our website. Written in 1912, the work is an invaluable reference to those interested in the history of tarot cards in particular and playing cards in general. Well worth a look, if we do say so ourselves.


Creating a Philatelic Collection Plan

Let us begin by saying that it is, unquestionably, good to have a stamp collecting plan, if you're going to collect stamps. Your resources, such as time and money, are finite, and even though you probably collect stamps to relax and enjoy yourself, there's no harm in giving a bit of forethought to precisely how you intend to use your resources. Read more.


Who We Are

We have a long history of helping collectors (and non-collectors!), evidenced by the many helpful resources found on this website. Read more.