Monday, August 11, 2008

Improving The Image of Stamp Collecting

Mark Antony Rossi writes on his blog, Kids Need Stamps, "I'm always a bit miffed when I hear worship stories about people who collect teacups, dolls from Japan, baseball cards, dead insects, etc, but when it comes to stamp collecting---suddenly it's too corny, nerdy, cerebral, brainy, old-fashioned, and the terrible list goes on."

He goes on to write, "Part of the problem, and new parents will encounter this, is the stubborn stereotype that insists stamp collecting is a senior citizen past time of no consequence. Yes, there are senior citizens who engage in the hobby, many certified experts, but a majority of collectors internationally are younger people."

Mark believes the two biggest contributors to the image problem of stamp collecting in the United States is first, the Hollywood movie and television industry which has portrayed stamp collecting in a negative light for decades.

Second, the U.S. Government itself, which doesn't do enough to spread the positive word of stamp collecting to its younger-age public.

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