Monday, June 22, 2009

Stamp Millionaire

Florida's Villages Daily Sun reports Ted Harris is a stamp millionaire. It's not that Ted has a lot of money, just a lot of stamps.

According to the paper, Ted has collected more than 1.5 million stamps. He got started in 1955 when his sister gave him a starter stamp album.

"Since that time, Harris goes to garage sales looking for stamps and trades with others from around the world, usually meeting people on stamp-related Web sites," writes reporter Michael Ventura.

Ted's collection is housed in several large binders in a separate room in his house. His wife, Susan is quoted in the article as saying, "“I think it’s a wonderful thing for a retired person because it keeps him in that room."

Shown above, another stamp millionaire.

In an undated (probably 1950s) photograph on the Whitman Publishing Company Web Site, an unidentified worker at H. E. Harris & Co. helps sort out 25 million tons of stamps for the company's $1 "Big Bag of Foreign Stamps" mixture.

As far as I know, there's no relation between Ted Harris and H.E.(Henry Ellis) Harris except they both love(d) their stamps. H.E. Harris died in 1977.

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