I found an eight cent stamp and got the idea to write this blog. I was going through a box of stamp albums. I have been on a tidying process and letting go of lots of things that just been sitting around taking up space. Turns out October is Stamp Collecting Month and here I am finding a stamp from 1972 that celebrates that idea. I started collecting stamps when I was 13 years old. My dad had been doing it for years and together we would sit at the dining room table for hours sorting, soaking stamps off envelopes, and attaching them into albums. We would get so into this that we forgot to eat. Mom would come in and remind us to take a break. We were just having so much fun that we forgot about eating. Have you ever had a hobby that would consume you so much that you forgot about eating?
I am going to send some of the cancelled stamps I found from 1960s and 1970s to American Philatelic Society for use in their education program. Maybe a child will see the joy in collecting stamps like I did.
Quotations on stamp collecting:
Be like a postage stamp. Stick to one thing until you get there.– Josh Billings
In science there is only physics; all the rest is stamp collecting.- Lord Kelvin
Jazz music is as American as it gets, and so is the U.S. Postal Service. A Miles Davis stamp is a perfect marriage of two great American institutions. – Henry Rollins
Much of the fun of stamp collecting is knowing from what countries stamps come, when they were printed, and what events they commemorate. – Daniel Fox
Collecting, especially of the classifying sort epitomized by stamp collecting, offered a means to seem to gain control of the world and of the past. – Russell W Belk
Stamp Collecting dispels boredom, enlarges our vision, broadens our knowledge, makes us better citizens and in innumerable ways, enriches our lives” – President Roosevelt