Friday, December 30, 2005

Poway, California Stamp Club

The Poway Stamp Club got a nice write-up yesterday in the San Diego Union-Tribune Community News.

Growing up during World War II, Club President Jim McGuigan, 71, said he helped a stamp dealer lift the used postage by soaking envelopes sent from around the globe. When the stamps had separated from the envelopes, McGuigan would place them within the pages of pulp magazines and weigh the publications down to prevent the stamps from curling as they dried.

Another club member, Bill Combs, 59, is quoted in the article as saying, "A lot of people have the impression that stamp collecting doesn't appeal to as many people anymore, but the darn prices keep going up and up."

Combs said, "I've always wondered ... 'Is Bill Gates buying all this?'

Formed on St. Patrick's Day 1976, the Poway Stamp Club (which is APS affiliate #1137-112097) has about 20 members.

To read the entire story, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 PM