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Computer technology now provides an innovative boost to the age-old hobby of stamp collecting. Swapping virtual stamp images electronically, pasting them into digital albums and stamping your outgoing e-mail letters are all part of the fun of virtual philately.

It had to happen sometime. With an explosion in the world's virtual reality markets, where not even the dearly departed escape without a virtual funeral service, CyberStamp Club has launched a major initiative in the philatelic field. Now you can collect stamps on your own PC through  as an attractive extension to more usual philatelic pursuits.

Virtual or cyber stamps are defined as "accurate digital images of genuine postage stamps, in mint or used condition, which are scanned and transferred between collectors electronically. They are collected for exactly the same reasons as normal stamps in as far as their non-physical form will allow."

The site is primarily directed at the vast traditional philatelic market, as a complimentary aid to modern stamp collecting. It proclaims: "virtual stamp collecting is a rewarding computer hobby that has everything to do with the appreciation of postage stamps and not much to do with old-fashioned rules." This refreshing approach launches an age-old pastime dynamically into the new millennium ... and cyberspace, stimulating renewed interest in all aspects of the world's number one hobby. Within a few months of going live, Cyberstamp Club signed up over 100 pioneer members of all age groups from many countries. This represents a consistent 5% unique hits to member conversion rate. And there are literally several million on-line philatelists who have yet to discover this fascinating stamp site.

Interest in virtual stamps, or quality-scanned images of actual postage stamps, does not lie with stamp collectors alone. Because of the vast universe of commemorative material, which has been issued throughout the world over for over 150 years, no group is unable to make practical use of the CyberStamp material: Researchers, historians, bird watchers, animal lovers, artists, etc. all will find the miniature art depictions invaluable as visual or illustrative aids in their particular field of interest.

 CyberStamp Club provides simple directions for anyone to convert their favourite computer programs into virtual stamp albums or stamp stock books. Technical tips and advice are accompanied by generous downloads of interesting and highly attractive virtual stamp material.

There is a growing culture of virtual services on the internet from virtual dating to virtual banking. It is within this established culture that the virtual stamp-collecting concept thrives. Already, people from dozens of countries around the world have subscribed to the club's free membership and services, and more are joining daily.

CyberStamp Club foresees a time when many a bored secretary, hospital convalescent, tired business or home executive will trade their favourite computer game or puzzle for the absorbing pastime of theme stamp collecting on computer. With virtual stamp collectors trading directly through and among each other, virtual philately is set to take off like a virtual hula-hoop.

Virtually the world's finest hobby

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