Saturday, August 14, 2010

Young People Stuck on Stamp Collecting

Reporter Jeff E. Shapiro of the Richmond, Virginia Times-Dispatch covered the APS Stamp Show and quotes James Chenevert, 14, as saying, "The average person who's sending something in the mail doesn't understand the value of what a stamp is -- what it says about history and things that have passed."

Jeff goes on to pen, "At age 6, James Chenevert found his passion while nosing through his father Donald's battered suitcase.Therein was his dad's stamp collection, which Donald Chenevert, a lawyer, had started as a teenager, having picked up the philatelic bug from his father.

"James, who has particular interest in the microscopic printing and scoring that the U.S. Postal Service applies to stamps to thwart counterfeiters, huddled with several other young collectors at the Greater Richmond Convention Center.They puttered with a laptop computer, an example of the fast-changing technology that allows people to communicate the new-fashioned way: by e-mail, which along with express delivery, would seem to reduce postage stamps to an anachronism."

"I don't think you can duplicate these kinds of memories through technology," said Jimmy Tian, 16, of Novi, Mich.

Shown above, Madeleine and Dick DuBois and Liam Confroy, 13, sort through a pile of stamps at the APS show.

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