By Ed Sherman
Download the philatelic 'word search' to your computer, print, and find the hidden stamp collecting words and terms! Each puzzle is unique, hours of fun. Solutions are included with each puzzle. Clicking the download button will start the PDF download to your computer or device.
VENEZUELA ARMS STAMPS OF THE 1950’S - From 1951 to 1954, Venezuela issued a long definitive set depicting Arms and Industries associated with the 23 States and Federal District of Venezuela. Each set featured both general postage issues (168 different) and air post (216 different). With a total of 384 stamps, the coveted Venezuela Arms and Industries stamps is one of the longest ever issued. Hidden in this puzzle are 60 State Names and Industries from the Venezuela Arms definitive stamps.
Traditional Musical Instruments on Stamps - The 80 musical instruments on worldwide stamps hidden in this puzzle are listed or pictured in the 2009 Scott’s Catalog.
INDIAN, MAYLAYAN, AND ADEN STATES - The 57 states hidden in this puzzle all issued their own postage stamps as listed in Scott’s Catalog
Philatelic Auction Firms - Hidden in this puzzle are the names of 134 well-known philatelic auction firms.
SPAIN AND FORMER POSESSIONS - The 80 stamp-issuing entities hidden in this puzzle were all part of the Spanish Empire, including stamp issuing states and localities within larger territories.
Czeslaw Slania’s 1,000th Stamp - To coincide with Czeslaw Slania’s creation of his 1,000th engraved stamp, Sweden commissioned Slania in 2001 to create a special stamp design based on a ceiling fresco entitled “The Great Deeds of Swedish Kings” (Ehrenstrahl, 1628-1698). The elaborate and breathtaking stamp is both engraved and multicolored, and at the time of its release was the Guinness Book of World Records holder for the largest engraved stamp ever issued. Hidden in this puzzle are 43 themes found in Slania’s epic design, Scott 2374.
US Revenue Stamp Collecting - Hidden in this puzzle are 101 terms, stamp subjects, and revenue stamp types associated with collecting US revenue stamps
Olympic Sports - The 55 names of Olympic Sports hidden in this puzzle can all be found on stamps of the USA or Canada, as listed in Scott’s Catalog volumes 1 and 2.
Philatelic Currencies - The 228 currencies hidden in this puzzle all appear on stamps of the past 175+ years
North Borneo - Hidden in this puzzle are 57 subjects of postage stamps from the exotic destination of North Borneo, a “dead country” who issued postage stamps from 1883 to 1963 before joining the Federation of Malaysia as “Sabah.”
Famous Philatelic Nicknames - As philatelists, we share a language all our own. Terms used in our lexicon usually have very different meanings to non-collectors. Hidden in this puzzle are the philatelic nicknames of 76 famous stamps, sets, series, and even a few forgeries.
Mammals of the World - Hidden in this puzzle are 66 mammals on stamps from around the world, excluding Africa. But there is a difference. Instead of a word list, there are images of actual stamps.
LIBERATION OF KUWAIT - Coalition forces led by the USA ended the Iraqi occupation of Kuwait on February 28th, 1991. In July 1991, Kuwait honored her liberators with a 42-stamp sheet depicting national flags of the nations who participated in the Gulf War. Hidden in this puzzle are the names of the 42 countries whose flags appear in the colorful, celebratory sheet of stamps
Dinosaurs On Stamps - Hidden in this puzzle are 100 Dinosaurs that have appeared on stamps of the world
Definitive Stamps Of The World - Hidden in this puzzle are 103 subjects of long definitives sets issued by countries from all over the world.
Classic China Stamps - The 81 words hidden in this puzzle are all subjects of classic stamps of China up to 1949.
Canadian Postage Stamps - The 139 words hidden in this puzzle are all subjects of Canadian Postage Stamps.
Birds Of The World On Stamps - Hidden in this gigantic puzzle are the names of 195 birds of the world as pictured on postage stamps.
U.S. Commemoratives to 1943 - The 87 words hidden in this puzzle are all subjects of U.S. commemorative stamps issued between 1847 and 1943.
Turkish Cities - In 1958 to 1960, Turkey issued a pictorial set of 134 stamps depicting scenes from 67 Turkish cities and towns. It was once considered the longest set of stamps ever issued, surpassed since by the Machin definitives from Great Britain. The Turkish set however remains the longest set of pictorial stamps ever issued. All 67 cities pictured in this set are hidden in the puzzle.
USA Transportation Coils - Hidden in this puzzle are the names of the modes of transportation found on this popular issue.
Mexico Exporta Issue - The Exporta series stamps were issued by Mexico between 1975 & 1993. They are a specialist’s dream with hundreds of perf, shade, watermark, tagging, error, & (14 different) paper varieties. Hidden in this puzzle are the English & Spanish words for each of the 30 different Mexico Exporta stamp subjects.
Languages on Stamps - All 86 languages hidden in this puzzle have been used on stamps past or present.
German Area - The following 97 stamp-issuing countries, states, and territories are all part of the broader German philatelic collecting area. Several hyphenated names have been split up to keep the puzzle a bit smaller.
African Fauna - Find 97 wild African animals in this puzzle that have appeared on stamps.
Four Letter Philately - This puzzle is completely unfair by design but will be very challenging to do! Short words are the hardest to find and all 215 words crammed into this puzzle are philatelic in nature: terms, currencies, colors, countries, names, brands, and even abbreviations.
Dead Countries - How many ‘countries which no longer exist’ can you find?
Stamp Characteristics - See if you can uncover all the words which describe stamp characteristics
Fruits on Stamps - Hungry? Hunt for the hidden fruits
Australia - Throw a shrimp on the Barbie while you find the Aussie words
French Colonies - Find the names of the French Colonies
Before and After - Find stamp-issuing entities who have used more than one country name
Philatelic Accessories - Can you uncover all the hidden philatelic accessories?
Philatelic colors - Find the color names commonly used on stamps.
Stamp Paper and Gum - Search for words and terms associated with paper and gum.
Types of Stamps – Hunt for words used to describe different types of stamps.
Topical Stamp Collecting – Seek words and terms related to topical stamp collecting.