Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Children at Stamp Shows Rare As Upside Down Jennys

UK's Sheffield's Telegraph reports collectors and dealers from all over Great Britain attended the annual convention of the Yorkshire Philatelic Association hosted by the Sheffield Philatelic Society.

The Yorkshire Philatelic Association (YPA) was founded in 1947. Initially there were ten societies, but the Association has grown over the years to its present twenty-four.

According to the paper, "More than 300 middle-aged men – and a few women and children" attended the show.

It goes on to say, "There was a time when children were stamp collectors and adults were philatelists. These days, however, although children at philatelic shows are not quite as rare as a 24 cent American biplane flying upside down, they are pretty scarce."

Nevertheless, the paper says there are still some young philatelists, such as 12-year-old Anna Spring who is quoted as saying, "I collect animal stamps because I'm an animal lover. It means you learn a lot about the animals of different countries."

Shown above, a dealer helps a collector at the show.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM