Monday, July 26, 2010

Postmark Collectors Celebrate Their Hobby

Reporter Kenton Robinson quotes Andy Mitchell in an article about postmark collectors as saying, "One time somebody compiled a list of 10 reasons to collect postmarks. And one of the reasons was 'Nobody ever asks you twice what your hobby is.'"

This weekend, the Post Mark Collectors Club will held their 49th annual convention in New London, Connecticut.

According to the piece which ran on the Associated Press wire, "...about 100 of the 400-plus members of the national organization were expected to talk about postmarks, trade postmarks, buy and sell postmarks and paw through the boxes of old postcards and envelopes stacked on the tables of the Radisson conference room to look for postmarks to add to their collections."

Andy says collecting postmarks is a hobby that attracts women as well as men, though the women approach it a little differently.

"The guys like me tend to be 'completists,' like I've got to get all of Connecticut," he said.

"Some people do it differently. They narrow it down. Like they get special pictorial cancellations like this," and held up an envelope with a special cancellation from Groton marking the 50th anniversary of the Nautilus going under the North Pole.

To read the entire article, click here.

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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM