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Posted 03/19/2017   11:29 am  Show Profile Check Stamps1962's eBay Listings Bookmark this topic Add Stamps1962 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Message
Our hobby is not highly regarded by an awful lot of folks, including writers for the NY Times:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/17/...yspaper&_r=0

The smoking gun in this article is just past the middle:



'Britain is a nation of eccentrics, and people engage in odd hobbies like train-spotting, stamp collection and collecting butterflies," he said. '

Anyone at the APS who can contact this reporter?
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Posted 03/19/2017   11:55 am  Show Profile Check GeoffHa's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add GeoffHa to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
It's not the NY Times, it's simply a quote from one of the people involved in catching Cullen. I don't think I'd demur from his opinion.
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Posted 03/19/2017   12:29 pm  Show Profile Check Stamps1962's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Stamps1962 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Geoff, you're right. I did a quick read through and missed that. Guess it'd be too much to expect the reporter to go on and say 'on the other hand, Stamp Collecting is probably a wonderful avocation engaged in by many intelligent people.'

I think we've all had the experience of telling someone we collected and getting that incredulous look.
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Posted 03/19/2017   2:24 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add 1840to1940 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Similar to this quote: "We are a nation of flower-lovers, but also a nation of stamp-collectors, pigeon-fanciers, amateur carpenters, coupon-snippers, darts-players, crossword-puzzle fans."
--George Orwell writing about the English in his essay "The Lion and the Unicorn" (1941)
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Posted 03/19/2017   5:15 pm  Show Profile Check TheArtfulHinger's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add TheArtfulHinger to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
When I think of eccentric Brits, my mind immediately drifts to Python.

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Posted 03/19/2017   5:31 pm  Show Profile Check GeoffHa's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add GeoffHa to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I came across a rather more brutal aside in a recent NYRB review of a book about John Aubrey, viz., "The words "antiquary" and "antiquarian" would later undergo a sorry decline in meaning, being typically preceded by the qualifier "mere" and implying an empty-headed stamp collector mentality."

I'm not distressed by any of this. I don't ascribe a higher meaning and purpose to my methods of relaxing and filling in time.
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Posted 03/19/2017   6:04 pm  Show Profile Check Petert4522's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Petert4522 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I am not British, but apart from collecting stamps I have been known to go train spotting on occasion, especially if it is an old-fashioned steam locomotive. I do however not collect butterflies.


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Posted 03/19/2017   9:11 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add FitzjamesHorse to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I am not British.
But to misquote Ellen Raskin "the poor are called crazy and the rich are called eccentric"
I am crazy and happy.
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Posted 03/20/2017   07:34 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add angore to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
It is interesting that same thinking does not refer to coin, gun, cars, or any number of other collectible hobbies.
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Posted 03/20/2017   07:52 am  Show Profile Check CanadaStamp's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add CanadaStamp to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Angore - you refer to the thinking of one or two people. Who happen to have access to the media. But so do we, and there are a lot more of us. So ignore them.
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Posted 03/20/2017   6:51 pm  Show Profile Check chris2015's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add chris2015 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
How about a stamp collector who collects butterflies on stamps...
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Posted 03/20/2017   9:03 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add angore to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
...and trains...
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Posted 03/20/2017   10:35 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add littleriverphil to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Or you could make arrows as part of another hobby.
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Posted 03/21/2017   12:23 am  Show Profile Check TheArtfulHinger's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add TheArtfulHinger to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Brits must truly be weird, I know what trains are but I never heard of potting them.
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