Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Mailbox collector

The East Anglian Daily Times of Suffolk, England reports that Steve Knight has gone from collecting stamps to collecting mailboxes.

Knight, shown on left, is the curator of the Colne Valley Postal History Museum.

The museum houses 85 letter boxes of different shapes and sizes and ages - no two the same - as well as nine working stamp machines and assorted postal paraphernalia. His oldest post-box dates from 1859, and his most expensive acquisition cost about £1,000.

According to the paper, the collecting bug bit Steve back in 1967, when his dad bought him a set of mixed world stamps from Woolworth's. Steve was six at the time. According to the paper, "In those pre-Gameboy days stamp-collecting was anhonorablee pastime for a boy, and he was hooked."

When asked if he ever wanted to be a postman "No, never!" Knight said. "Collecting the boxes is enough for me."

You can e-mail Steve at curator@cvphm.org.

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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM