Most topical collections are simple, like animals, planes, ships, flowers, etc. However, those sorts of topical collections tend to run on forever. Some collectors like to feel there are some sort of boundaries around their collecting interests, and there is a feeling of accomplishment in working toward a goal. So, most of my topical collections have some sort of boundaries that would enable me to feel a sense of completion, like the 75th anniversary in 1949 of the Universal Postal Union. One likes to see the light at the end of the tunnel, so's to speak (God forbid that it is a train coming the other direction)
So, in my search for new & interesting topical themes, I came upon the idea to collect the 50th anniversary in 1940 of the Pan American Union. Not too daunting, as there were only 21 charter member countries, and as it turns out, 6 of those did not issue stamps commemorating the occasion. Also, the designs in 1940 were still mostly engraved, multicolored issues.
The stamps are not particularly scarce, so to increase the challenge I would need to obtain the old Scott Coats-of-Arms labels and the labels depicting the flags of the nations. After researching what issues need to be obtained, the next thoughts concern how to display the collection. Since I design most all of my own specialty collection album pages, I begin to doodle with the ideas. And, now I have the beginnings of my topical collection. Here are a few of the pages I designed to get me started:
I now have my topical collection two-thirds complete, but need to get busy and create the additional pages to house them. What will your next topical be, and what will it look like?