Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Las Vegas's Only Stamp Store

The Las Vegas Journal Review reports Ruth Hilliard, owner of Charleston Stamps and a former Showboat casino waitress, opened a store for stamp collectors because her late husband, then a sergeant with the Metropolitan Police Department, wanted to become a stamp dealer.

According to the article, Ruth and her husband, Robert, opened Charleston Stamps (named for the street location) in 1984. Back then there was three or four stamp stores. When they got divorced in 1986 and she took it over. Today it is the only stamp shop in Las Vegas.

When asked if she was a stamp collector herself, Ruth told reporter John G. Edwards, "I would be in trouble if I collected stamps. I would probably want to keep them all."

Ruth is quoted as saying that Las Vegas was at one time known as Los Vegas and that covers with that postmark are extremely rare.

Charleston Stamps is located at 5708 W. Charleston Blvd. Ruth can be reached at 877-1106.

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