Sunday, July 17, 2005

Federation of Inter-Asian Philately senior consultant and editor of the Malaysian Philatelic Bulletin, C. Nagarajah, is convinced that the hobby of stamp collecting will survive despite e-mail and other obstacles.

In an on-line article he says, "It is the king of hobbies and the hobby of kings. It is still the world’s most popular hobby. There are 130 million stamp collectors all over the world.The hobby has been around since stamps were first issued in Britain in 1867 [sic]*. It has survived all kinds of obstacles."

He's quoted as saying the Philatelic Society of Malaysia and Pos Malaysia could help to promote the hobby by holding talks about stamp collecting in schools.

Nagarajah, who worked as a chief clerk in the Housing and Local Government Ministry, was editor of the Malaysian Philatelist, a publication of the Philatelic Society of Malaysia, from 1958 to 2000. Enquiries may be made to Nagarajah at 03-7982-2434.

*If and when you call Nagarajah, please let him know the first stamps were issued by Great Britain in 1840 not 1867.
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posted by Don Schilling at 1:56 PM