Monday, April 07, 2008

Alabama collector tries to revive hobby

Collector Bob Hunt (shown here) is featured in an article that appears on the website.

Reporter Alvin Benn writes, "With electronic mail, cellular phones and text messaging all the rage these days, stamp collecting is going the way of the dodo bird."

In response, Hunt is quoted as saying, "That's why we're holding our Postage Stamp Exhibit. We hope younger people will come and see how interesting a hobby it can be."

According to the article, he's been beating the drum for years to get people interested in a hobby that fascinates a "dwindling number of collectors".

"That means unless a way is found to entice younger people to begin collecting stamps, it's soon going to be a dying art -- or hobby as he likes to call it," according to Benn.

Hunt, 68, said he's been collecting since 1959 when he came across an old cigar box filled with stamps. He had put them there as a boy and didn't think much about it until his unexpected discovery, which hooked him for good.

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