Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Collectors Hope Kids Stick with Stamps

The Columbus Dispatch reports, "In an industry characterized by aging collectors and dwindling mail use," the future of the hobby was a popular topic of discussion at a stamp show held over the weekend in Columbus, Ohio.

Bill Britton, who gives Halloween trick-or-treaters who come to his door a choice: candy or a packet of stamps, was interviewed by reporters Tom Knox and Jeb Phillips.

Bill told them "A basic knowledge of children might lead one to think that every kid would choose a Snickers bar over a Soviet Union stamp, but about two-thirds of children choose the stamps."

According to the article, "A promising sign for the future was 9-year-old Megan Scheck [shown above] of New Albany. She had a bag full of the stamps, mostly animal, floral and food-themed. Scheck, who was looking while her father shopped, said all the girls in her fourth-grade class collect and trade stamps."

The boys don't, she said, because "they think it's too girlie."

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