Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Mom's and My Stamp Collection

Mark Tronson writes on Australia's Christian Today website, "My mother had given me her stamp collection many years ago, as I received a huge amount of Mission mail every day, and I simply kept the stamp collection alive and well with those stamps from all over the world."

He goes on to say, "My own family would know that Boxing Day was the annual stamp day. I'd take over the kitchen table with the year's supply of stamps, sort them and carefully lodge them into the stamp albums, which included one for each of our four children.

"The left over stamps were placed into a sealed tin and kept for five years and then shipped to the Australian Baptist Missionary Society (now renamed Global Action). Five years was a good 'stamp time zone' as by that time there would be a very large number of stamps to send off.

He goes on to say, "Many Mission societies around the world use stamps as a fund-raising mechanism. Stamps are collected, sorted by country and then sold to Stamp Wholesale Connection companies who in turn sell them on or use a third world country to sub-contract the business of separating the stamp and packaging them."

Mark also points mentions that, "Most supermarkets today still have a stamp section where customers can purchase small packs of used stamps from almost any country in the world. It continues to be a huge world wide business even with emails and social networking. An astonishing number of letters and parcels around the world are posted each day."

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