Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Youth stamp fair

The Ventura County Star reports the Ventura County Philatelic Society held its 17th annual Youth Stamp Fair in Ventura, Calif.

"Children received a stamp passport as they walked in the door, then wandered to booths where they learned how to identify stamps, how to properly remove them from paper and how to store and mount them. At each booth, they received a stamp on their passport — in the form of a cork cutout like those used to cancel stamps in the 1800s, " writes Anna Chang-Yen.

She goes on to say, "At one table, Jason Jacobs, 9, of Ventura, scanned a pile of stamps and found four different ones adorned with birds, then arranged them on a strip of paper to make a bookmark. Adults at the table used a laminating machine to finalize his project."

Children also sifted through boxes of free stamps arranged on a table and at another they took a quiz to see if they could identy the country of origin for 12 stamps.

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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM