Are you one of the many who enjoy collecting thematically? According to Wikipedia, "Topical or thematic stamp collecting is the collecting of postage stamps relating to a particular subject or concept. Topics can be almost anything, from stamps on stamps, birds, trains and poets on stamps, to famous physicians and scientists, along with historical people and events on stamps, which is often a standard theme for many stamp issuing countries. The earliest stamps simply depicted busts of reigning monarchs, important figures, or coats of arms, but as time went on stamps started to have a wider range of designs. Bears appeared on provisional stamps of St. Louis in 1845, while the beaver was featured on the earliest stamps of Canada. More than 150 years later, the variety of designs on stamps is enormous, giving topical collectors plenty of scope to find stamps for their chosen theme. In fact, so many stamps have been issued that some popular themes, such as "ships" or "birds", have become nearly impossible to complete, and topical collectors may specialize further, such as by looking for only square-rigged sailing ships, or only flightless birds."
Some other popular themes are cars, animals of all sorts and different vocations such as nursing. Thematics is one of the most popular forms of stamp collecting with almost half of all collectors concentrating on one specific subject. Topical collecting even has its own category for competitive exhibitions. Below are a few examples of Topical collections:
Birds! Birds! Birds!
Crazy cat lady? ;)
What's bugging you!?
What's your favorite topical theme?
Stamp geek, out!