Monday, July 30, 2012

Stamps Change Boy's Life Forever

"When he was 12 years old, Bert Raymond's life was forever changed by the power of a used stamp that probably had a value of less than a penny," writes Brice Stump on the DelMarVa Now website.

Raymond, now 87, is quoted in the article as saying, "When I was 12, my mother met a wonderful man and remarried. He was from Germany, coming here before World War I. He wanted to befriend me, so being a stamp collector, he bought me an album for about $1 and a packet of about 500 stamps for a few pennies, a packet of hinges and stamps tongs. He showed me how to sort the stamps and put them in the book. I really got into it, so, by 12, I was into collecting stamps."

He goes on to say, ""In school, between the ages of 12 and 15, I was a whiz in geography, history and current events because of stamps."

According to the article about 15 years ago, Raymond decided to become a dealer, while remaining a collector figures. He has about one million stamps.

Shown above, Raymond  with some of his framed topicals.

To read the entire article, click here.

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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM