Saturday, September 23, 2006

Fanatically philatelic

Staff writer Chris Birk writes in the Scanton Times-Tribune, "Tracing its roots to 1949, the Scranton Stamp Club — formally known as the Northeast Pennsylvania Philatelic Society — brings together about 20 men from across the region. They’re all linked by a hobby that, in pop-culture circles, is often derided as the epitome of boredom."

In his article, Fanatically Philatelic, Birk says the club hopes to capitalize on National Stamp Collecting Month coming up next month with signs and posters in post offices and libraries promoting the hobby.

He also says club members will likely spend time next month handing out packs of stamps at a local mall and possibly other high-traffic areas.

According to Birk, "About 40 separate stamp clubs congregate each month throughout Pennsylvania. In some larger U.S. cities, clubs for younger, junior members have cropped up, as young people continue to take an interest in a centuries-old hobby."

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