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Ever since the start of the age of p-mail, postage stamps have had a practical utilitarian use as a pre-paid freight ticket of the right value to cover the cost of delivery, and since very shortly after that, have had a fascination for stamp collectors. Philately (stamp collecting) is an interest which combines historical and geopolitical knowledge with the idea of keeping a valuable collection of intriguing antiques in a small space.
Some good philatelic stamp collecting resources include:
To get your own picture on a postage stamp you need to be famous don't you? Normally that would be true, but now FujiFilm can get your picture on a stamp regardless of your fame or obscurity. What's more, the US Postal Service will actually accept such personal stamps on letters!
Also see The Mystery of STAMP DEMON