Friday, August 20, 2010

What's a Hobby to Do? - Digitize!

Mark Kellner of the Washington Times sees the future of the hobby in digitalization and gives this example...

"With thousands of stamps having been issued since the 1840s introduction of postal adhesives, organizing stamp data is important. The Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue, once available on CD-ROM, will be digital again, I'm hearing. That will be a good thing, especially since the printed five-volume reference of 2011 can set you back $400. Charge me $100 per year for the same data digitally, and I'll sign up."

He also points out earilier in the piece, "Those who imagine philately as boring probably have never examined a stamp, seen the intricacy of the design or researched the story behind the postal issue."

"Stamps, you see, were how some of us learned about the larger world around us before the emergence of the Internet, Google or Wikipedia."

Shown above, British Postal Museum and Archive employee digitizing archive material.

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