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The hobby of collecting consists of acquiring specific items based on a particular interest of the collector. These collections of things are often highly organized, carefully cataloged, and attractively displayed. A hobby is a spare-time recreational pursuit. ...


Since collecting depends on the interests of the individual collector, it may deal with almost any subject. The depth and breadth of the collection may also vary. Some collectors choose to focus on a specific subtopic within their area of general interest: for example, 19th Century postage stamps, milk bottle labels from Sussex, or Mongolian harnesses and tack. Others prefer to keep a more general collection, accumulating Star Trek merchandise, or stamps from all countries of the world. Alternative meaning: Nineteenth Century (periodical) (18th century — 19th century — 20th century — more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 19th century was that century which lasted from 1801-1900 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar. ... A selection of Hong Kong postage stamps A postage stamp is evidence of pre-paying a fee for postal services. ... Sussex is a traditional county in South East England corresponding roughly in area to the ancient Kingdom of Sussex. ... Star Trek is an American science-fiction franchise spanning six television series, ten feature films, hundreds of novels, computer and video games, and other fan stories. ...

A display of a Betty Boop collection.
A display of a Betty Boop collection.

Some collections are capable of being completed, at least to the extent of owning one sample of each possible item in the collection (e.g. a copy of every book by Agatha Christie). Collectors who specifically try to assemble complete collections in this way are sometimes called "completists." Upon completing a particular collection, they may stop collecting, expand the collection to include related items, or begin an entirely new collection. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1200x1600, 356 KB) Summary My mothers display of Betty Boop memorabilia. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1200x1600, 356 KB) Summary My mothers display of Betty Boop memorabilia. ... Walk of Ideas (Germany) - built in 2006 to commemorate Johannes Gutenbergs invention, circa 1445, of printing with movable type. ... Agatha Mary Clarissa, Lady Mallowan, DBE (15 September 1890 – 12 January 1976), also known as Dame Agatha Christie, was an English crime fiction writer. ... A completist is a collector who specifically tries to assemble a complete collection of something, owning one sample of each possible item in the collection. ...


The most popular fields in collecting have specialized commercial dealers that trade in the items being collected, as well as related accessories. Many of these dealers started as collectors themselves, then turned their hobby into a profession. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


There are some limitations on collecting, however. Someone who has the financial means to collect stamps might not be able to collect sports-cars, for example. One alternative to collecting physical objects is collecting experiences of a particular kind. Examples include collecting through observation or photography (especially popular for transportation, e.g. train spotting, aircraft spotting, metrophiles, bus spotting; see also I-Spy), bird-watching, and systematically visiting states, countries, continents, national parks, etc. To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Photography is the process of making pictures by means of the action of light. ... This article is about the hobby of train spotting, for other uses see Trainspotting. ... Aircraft spotting or Plane spotting is a hobby involving the enjoyment, observation and photography of aircraft: gliders, powered aircraft, large balloons, airships, helicopters, and microlights. ... A metrophile is a person whos hobby is the study of metro (subway, underground) systems. ... Bus spotting is a pastime in which one seeks to see all buses in a particular fleet or those produced by a particular manufacturer. ... Bill Cosby and Robert Culp appear on the cover of this 1960s paperback based upon the series. ... Birding or birdwatching is a hobby concerned with the observation and study of birds (the study proper is termed American origin; birdwatching is (or more correctly, was) the commonly-used word in Great Britain and Ireland and by non-birders in the United States. ...


Items and subjects that are popular in collecting include the following:


Animals and nature

Insect collection is historically a widespread, essential predecessor of scientific entomology and at the same time the formerly (up to the 2nd world war) popular educational hobby of collecting insects, that has left traces namely in European cultural history, literature and songs (e. ... Look up CAT, cat, Cat in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Conchology is the collection and study of the shells of mollusks. ... The hard, rigid outer calcium carbonate covering of certain animals is called a shell. ... Trinomial name Canis lupus familiaris The dog is a mammal in the order Carnivora. ... Collecting fossils for yourself can be a very relaxing and often rewarding hobby. ... A selection of gemstone pebbles made by tumbling rough rock with abrasive grit, in a rotating drum. ... Model horses or toy horses are scale replicas of real horses and are highly collectible. ... Insect collection is historically a widespread, essential predecessor of scientific entomology and at the same time the formerly (up to the 2nd world war) popular educational hobby of collecting insects, that has left traces namely in European cultural history, literature and songs (e. ... Plant collecting refers to a hobby, in which the hobbyist takes identifiable samples of plant species found in nature, dries them, and stores them in a paper sheet album, a simple herbarium, alongside with the information of the finding location, finding date, etc. ... The rocky side of a mountain creek near Orosí, Costa Rica. ... It has been suggested that temporal fenestra be merged into this article or section. ... A human skeleton - (endoskeleton) In biology, the skeleton or skeletal system is the biological system providing physical support in living organisms. ... Maceration is a bone preparation technique whereby parts of a vertebrate corpse are left to rot inside a closed container at near-constant temperature, to get a clean skeleton. ... Oology is the branch of zoology that deals with the study of eggs, especially birds eggs. ... In most birds and reptiles, an apple (Latin ovum) is the zygote, resulting from fertilization of the ovum. ...

Architectural

A natural gas fireplace with a burning fire. ... A Shaker rocker, or rocking chair. ... Hardware is the general term that is used to describe physical artifacts of a technology. ... Lighting refers to either artificial light sources such as lamps or to natural illumination of interiors from daylight. ... Lamp can be: A portable light fixture such as a table lamp or reading lamp (common usage) Lamp (electrical component), a replacable component that produces light, such as: Incandescent light bulb, also known as an incandescent lamp Fluorescent lamp Gas discharge lamp Arc lamp Signal lamp, a device used for... Two lamps with lampshades. ... The word lock came from Anglo-Saxon loca = a secure enclosure. Currently lock has several meanings: A lock (device) is a mechanical fastening device which may be used on a door, vehicle, safe, or other container. ... --80. ... Mission, or barrel, roof tiles For the towns named Tile, see Tile, Somalia and Tile, Lebanon. ...

Art & Entertainment

A cultural artifact is an man-made object which gives information about the culture of its creator and users. ... A Hupa man, 1923 The indigenous peoples of the Americas were the pre-Columbian inhabitants of the Americas, their descendants, and many ethnic groups who identify with those historical peoples. ... This article or section is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. ... Printing is an industrial process for reproducing copies of texts and images, typically with ink on paper using a printing press. ... It has been suggested that Archival digital print be merged into this article or section. ... Deltiology is the study and collection of postcards. ... Magnetic lines of force of a bar magnet shown by iron filings on paper A magnet is an object that has a magnetic field. ... Vinyl products (such as these records) come in many colors. ... This page is about musical songs. ...

Antiques

A clock (from the Latin cloca, bell) is an instrument for measuring time. ... Quartz crystal In chemistry and mineralogy, a crystal is a solid in which the constituent atoms, molecules, or ions are packed in a regularly ordered, repeating pattern extending in all three spatial dimensions. ... Jewelry (the American spelling; spelled jewellery in Commonwealth English) consists of ornamental devices worn by persons, typically made with gems and precious metals. ... A selection of gemstone pebbles made by tumbling rough rock with abrasive grit, in a rotating drum. ... Unfired green ware pottery on a traditional drying rack at Conner Prairie living history museum. ... A wrist watch A watch is a small portable timepiece or clock that displays the time and sometimes the day, date, month and year. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... Starch-polyester disposable cutlery Cutlery refers to any hand utensil used in preparing, serving, and especially eating food. ...

Books and periodicals

Bibliophilia is the love of books; a bibliophile is a lover of books. ... Book collecting is what it sounds like, the collecting of books. ... Look up genre in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... This article is about the magazine as a published medium. ... A newsletter is a regularly distributed publication generally about one main topic that is of interest to its subscribers. ... Comic book collecting is the collecting of comic books in the interest of appreciation, nostalgia, financial profit, and completion of the collection. ...

Currency and stamps

Notaphily is the study of paper money or banknotes. ... Numismatics is the scientific study of money and its history in all its varied forms. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ... Close examination of the Penny Red, left, reveals a 148 in the margin, indicating that it was printed with plate #148. ... A rare and historic Bechuanaland Border Police canteen token. ...

Household

A collection of Corks
A collection of Corks

Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1632x1232, 758 KB) Summary A picture, of corks. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1632x1232, 758 KB) Summary A picture, of corks. ... The word appliance has several different areas of meaning, all usually referring to a device with a narrow function: One class of objects includes items that are custom-fitted to an individual for the purpose of correction of a physical problem, such as prosthetic and orthotic appliances. ... A collection of lit candles on ornate candlesticks A close-up image of a candle showing the wick and the various regions of the flame. ... Coaster can refer to: A glass with a ceramic coaster under it. ... Christmas or Christmas Day is an annual Christian and secular[1] holiday that celebrates the birth of Jesus, along with themes such as family, goodwill, giving and compassion. ... A rare Dresden porcelain figurine Figurine is a diminutive form of the word figure, and generally refers to a small human-made statue that represents a human (or deity or animal). ... Glass can be made transparent and flat, or into other shapes and colors as shown in this sphere from the Verrerie of Brehat in Brittany. ... Quartz crystal In chemistry and mineralogy, a crystal is a solid in which the constituent atoms, molecules, or ions are packed in a regularly ordered, repeating pattern extending in all three spatial dimensions. ... A keyring is a ring of material, usually metal or plastic, that holds keys and other small items, which are sometimes connected to keychains. ... A musical box (or music box) is a 19th century automatic musical instrument that produces sounds by the use of a set of pins placed on a revolving cylinder so as to strike the tuned teeth of a steel comb. ... The household is the basic unit of analysis in many microeconomic and government models. ... A Japanese teapot A teapot is a vessel in which to brew tea leaves with hot or boiling water, either inside a tea bag or loose, in which case a tea strainer will be needed to catch the leaves when the tea is poured. ... Perfume is a mixture of fragrant essential oils and aroma compounds, fixatives, and solvents used to give the human body, objects, and living spaces a pleasant smell. ... Plant collecting refers to a hobby, in which the hobbyist takes identifiable samples of plant species found in nature, dries them, and stores them in a paper sheet album, a simple herbarium, alongside with the information of the finding location, finding date, etc. ... A refrigerator magnet (or fridge magnet) is a piece of ornament attached to a magnet that is used to decorate refrigerator doors. ... Sterling silver is an alloy of silver containing 92. ... A cork stopper for a wine bottle Champagne corks Varnished cork tiles can be used for flooring, as a substitute for linoleum or tiles. ...

Paper collectibles

An air sickness bag (also known as a barf bag, airsick bag, sick bag, or motion sickness bag) is a bag made of paper and usually lined with plastic to make it water-proof, alhough all-plastic bags are now in common use. ... Bibliophilia is the love of books; a bibliophile is a lover of books. ... ... A bookmark is a thin marker, commonly made from paper or leather, used to keep ones place in a printed work and so be able to return to it with ease at some time in the future. ... MAPS could refer to: Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies Mail Abuse Prevention System Multi-jurisdictional Automated Preclearance System This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... A globe This article is on a planet-representation device. ... A Matchcover, or matchbook cover, is a thin cardboard covering that folds over match sticks in a book or pack of matches. ... Lotology is the hobby of collecting lottery tickets. ... A lottery is a popular form of gambling which involves the drawing of lots for a prize. ... Paperweights made for the collector are of solid glass, generally having a flat base and a domed top, which acts Rick Ayotte Fruit Weight something like a lens to magnify and make the parts within move in an interesting and attractive way as it is handled. ... This article is about telephone cards, also called calling cards. ... Some typical Anglo-American playing cards from the Bicycle brand Set of 52 playing cards A playing card is a typically hand-sized piece of heavy paper or thin plastic. ... Joker card, lower left. ... now. ... British postal card, used in 1890 A postcard or post card is typically a rectangular piece of thick paper or thin cardboard intended for writing and mailing without an envelope and at a lower rate than a letter. ... Scripophily is the study and collection of stocks and Bonds. ... A sticker is a piece of paper that contains a side that is sticky, hence its name. ... Sucrology is the hobby/pastime of collecting sugar sachets and/or packets. ... Various trading cards A trading card (or collectible card) is a small card which is intended for trading and collecting. ... Sports card is a generic term for a trading card with a sports-related subject, as opposed to non-sports trading cards. ... Topps Baseball cards from the 50s, 60s and 70s A baseball card is a small card printed on heavy paper stock, featuring one or more baseball players. ... Image:National-chicle-nagurski. ... Hockey cards are a type of trading card typically printed on some sort of card stock, featuring one or more hockey players or other hockey-related editorial and are typically found in countries such as the United States and Canada where hockey is a popular sport and there are professional... These are trading cards with any subject other than sports. ...

Products

Look up Avon in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Ford Model A Fordor 1948 Buick Eight convertible 1955 Chevrolet Nomad 1935 Plymouth PJ Touring Sedan 1948 Pontiac Streamliner Sedan Coupe 1959 Chevrolet Impala Classic car is a term frequently used to describe an older car, but what exactly is meant by that varies from person to person and organisation... // Introduction A license plate, number plate or registration plate (often referred to simply as a plate, or colloquially tag) is a small metal or plastic plate attached to a motor vehicle for official identification purposes. ... As with many consumer products, early bicycles were purchased solely for their usefulness or fashionableness and discarded as they passed from use or favor. ... Brand article collecting is the activity of collecting items from one brand name. ... The wave shape (known as the dynamic ribbon device) present on all Coca-Cola cans throughout the world derives from the contour of the original Coca-Cola bottles. ... Lunch box and vacuum bottle owned by Harry S. Truman. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... A tea bag consists of two parts, the tea and the bag. ... A Zippo Lighter is a refillable, metal lighter manufactured by Zippo Manufacturing Company. ...

Technology

The word appliance has several different areas of meaning, all usually referring to a device with a narrow function: One class of objects includes items that are custom-fitted to an individual for the purpose of correction of a physical problem, such as prosthetic and orthotic appliances. ... For other uses, see Calculator (disambiguation). ... A Lego RCX Computer is an example of an embedded computer used to control mechanical devices. ... The history of computing is longer than the history of computing hardware and modern computing technology and includes the history of methods intended for pen and paper or for chalk and slate, with or without the aid of tables. ... Various AOL CD-ROMs with packaging removed. ... Namcos Pac-Man was a hit, and became a cultural phenomenon. ... DVD (sometimes called Digital Versatile Disc, or Digital Video Disc) is an optical disc storage media format that can be used for data storage, including movies with high video and sound quality. ... Non-electric fan Household Electric Fan A fan is a device used to induce airflow and generally made from broad, flat surfaces which revolve or oscillate. ... A firearm is a kinetic energy weapon that fires either a single or multiple projectiles propelled at high velocity by the gases produced by action of the rapid confined burning of a propellant. ... Fourth of July fireworks in San Diego, California New Years Day fireworks at Seaport Village, California Preparing fireworks at Sayn Castle A firework is classified as a low explosive pyrotechnic device used primarily for aesthetic and entertainment purposes. ... A fountain pen is a writing instrument, more specifically a pen, that contains a reservoir of water-based ink that is fed to a nib through a feed via a combination of gravity and capillary action. ... The Arricam ST, a popular 35 mm film camera currently used on major productions. ... 35 mm Kinoton movie projector in operation. ... Edison cylinder phonograph ca. ... The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour (1967) as a 33 â…“ LP vinyl record A gramophone record (also phonograph record, or simply record) is an analogue sound recording medium consisting of a flat disc with an inscribed modulated spiral groove starting near the periphery and ending near the centre of the disc. ... Look up Telephone in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... A modern hammer is directly descended from ancient hand tools A tool or device is a piece of equipment that most commonly provides a mechanical advantage in accomplishing a physical task. ... A camera is a device used to capture images, usually photographs, either singly or in sequence such as with video cameras. ... A wrist watch A watch is a small portable timepiece or clock that displays the time and sometimes the day, date, month and year. ... A clock (from the Latin cloca, bell) is an instrument for measuring time. ... A vending machine is a machine that dispenses merchandise when a customer deposits sufficient money into a slot or vent to purchase the desired item (as opposed to a shop, where the presence of personnel is required for every purchase). ...

Textiles

A small flat button Metal, plastic, and leather shank buttons. ... A quilt is a type of puppy with long fluffy ears. ... Turn of the century sewing in Detroit, Michigan Antique Singer sewing machine Using a modern sewing machine Sewing is an ancient craft involving the stitching of cloth, leather, animal skins, furs, or other materials, using needle and thread. ... Sunday textile market on the sidewalks of Karachi, Pakistan. ... A thimble A thimble is a protective shield worn on the finger or thumb. ... Souvenir patch/badge collecting is called scutelliphily, from Latin scutellus, meaning little shield, and Greek phileein, meaning to love, in other words the love or study of little shields, which is a neat description of most souvenir badges (usually called badges in Britain, patches in the U.S.) It is... Souvenir patch/badge collecting is called scutelliphily, from Latin scutellus, meaning little shield, and Greek phileein, meaning to love, in other words the love or study of little shields, which is a neat description of most souvenir badges (usually called badges in Britain, patches in the U.S.) It is... A badge is a device, patch, or accoutrement which is presented or displayed to annotate some feat of service, a special accomplishment, as a symbol of authority (ex: police), or as a simple means of identification. ...

Theme

The classic vision of the American cowboy, as portrayed by Frederic Remington A cowboy (Spanish: vaquero) tends cattle and horses on cattle ranches in North and South America. ... Image:Whitedragonaute. ... Gambling has had many different meanings depending on the cultural and historical context in which it is used. ... A game of chance is a game whose outcome is strongly influenced by some randomizing device, and upon which contestants frequently wager money. ... Hawaiiana is a popular term of academia used in reference to history and various aspects of the culture of Hawaii, currently a region and state of the United States. ... This page is a candidate to be moved to Wiktionary. ... Combatants United States of America (Union) Confederate States of America (Confederacy) Commanders Lincoln, President Ulysses S. Grant, General Jefferson Davis, President Robert E. Lee, General Strength 2,200,000 1,064,000 Casualties 110,000 killed in action, 360,000 total dead, 275,200 wounded 93,000 killed in action... Military art often served the purpose of documentation of battles in a time before the existence of documentary tools, such as the camera and modern journalism. ... Military model is a generic term that covers scale models of many different kinds -- aircraft figures, tin soldiers ships vehicles -- but all with a military theme. ... Portrait: Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden in military dress uniform, with medals. ... A model figure is a scale model that represents a person, either a generic figure of a type (such as World War II Luftwaffe pilot), a historical personage (such as King Henry VIII), or a fictional character (such as Conan). Model figures are sold both as kits for the enthusiast... A rare, complete set of Nazi S.A. tin soldiers, from the 1940s. ... An assortment of modern handheld firearms using fixed ammunition, including military assault rifles, a sporting shotgun (fourth from bottom), and a tactical shotgun (third from bottom). ... The word Modelgun or modelguns refers to Japanese firearms replicas or toys. ... Ralph Naders campaign in the State of Hawaii during the fateful 2000 Presidential Election Campaign buttons are used in a election as political advertising for the candidate or political party, or to proclaim the issues that are part of the political platform. ... A bumper sticker is, usually, an adhesive label or sticker with message attached to, or designed to be attached to, the bumper of a vehicle (almost invariably an automobile, van, pickup truck, minivan or the like), for the purpose of being read by the driver and/or passengers in following... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... Scouting memorabilia collecting is the hobby (and in many cases, the study) of preserving and cataloguing Boy Scouting and Girl Guiding items for their historic, aesthetic and monetary value. ... BSA Merit Badge Samples: Gardening, Type A (center); Fish & Wildlife Management, Type J (upper right); Citizenship In The Home, Type E (lower right); Collections, Type H (lower left); Camping, Type D (upper left). ... A trading card (or collectible card) is a small card which is intended for trading and collecting. ... ... A view of the playing field at Busch Stadium II St. ... Four historically significant baseball bats showcased in a museum. ... A Worlds Fair is any of various large expositions held since the mid-19th century. ...

Toys

An action figure is a posable plastic figurine of a character, often from a movie, video game, or television program. ... disneyana is the generic reference for toys, books, animation cels, theme park souvenirs and other collectibles produced by Walt Disney, featuring such characters as Mickey Mouse and Tinker Bell. ... Disney Pin Trading is the buying and trading of collectible pins and related paraphernalia featuring Disney characters and elements. ... A board game is a game played with counters or pieces that are placed on, removed from, or moved across a board (a premarked surface, usually specific to that game). ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Teddy bear Barrymans original cartoon A Teddy bear is a stuffed toy bear for children. ... Teddy Beanie Baby A Beanie Baby is a stuffed animal filled with plastic pellets, or beans, rather than stuffing (see PVC). ... Model ships and castle Freedom Plaza is a scale model depicting the layout of the Federal Triangle and part of the National Mall, Washington, DC; the diagonal slash across the layout depicts Pennsylvania Avenue A 1:5000 model of the entire Singapore City is found in the URA Gallery Museum... Aircraft modeling or aeromodelling is a hobby that has been popular since the 1930s. ... Metal die-cast model of a Checker taxicab A model car is a toy which represents an automobile, generally reproducing the shapes of actually produced vehicles, as a small scale model. ... A US HO scale model railroad. ... Model of a 19th-century vessel in the Bishop Museum, Hawaii Ship models (or model ships) are scale representations of sea-going vessels. ...

See also

A collectible (or collectable) is typically a manufactured item designed for people to collect. ... A souvenir stall in London, England A souvenir (from French, for memory) is an object that is treasured for the memories associated with it. ... A souvenir stall in London, England A souvenir (from the French for memory) is an object that is treasured for the memories associated with it. ... See also: Collector, New South Wales a town This is a list of noted collectors. ... Hoarding is the storing of food or other goods. ... Compulsive hoarding (or pathological hoarding) is a term which is used to describe extreme hoarding behaviour in humans. ... The Louvre Museum in Paris, one of the largest and most famous museums in the world. ... Reefer Madness was issued in a Special Addiction as a reference to the cult films ironic appeal. ... Look up storage in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...

Further reading

  • Charles M. Schulz, Charlie Brown's Super Book of Things to Do and Collect: Based on the Charles M. Schulz Characters, Random House, 1984, paperback, ISBN 0-394-83165-9, (hardcover in library binding ISBN 0-394-93165-3)

Charles Monroe Schulz (November 26, 1922 – February 12, 2000) was a 20th-century American cartoonist best known worldwide for his Peanuts comic strip. ...

External links

  • Collecting coins, medals, banknotes etc...

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