As I near the end of my collecting years I start wondering whether there will be any one collecting stamps lets say in 50 years or so.
If the hobby survives what would have been the reasons it did and what can we do now to insure it's survival?
Things have changed since I first started collecting.
Then letters, postcards, parcels where the main mode of communication
whether from across town or over oceans and kids would see these little labels daily in the incoming mail.
Then you had these cheap approvals offered by dozens of stamp dealers
like Harris and Kenmore to get you started after you answered an add for 50 FREE stamps.
Of course kids didn't have all these other attractions (distractions?) then as there are nowadays.
So here we are 2015. Everything is perfect for anyone pursuing our hobby, we can discuss anything with other collectors instantaneously, ask tons of questions and post super fine scans of our stamps.
Then there is eBay
and other online venues where a collector can buy stamps at reasonable prices.
There are stamp forums like SCF, one of the best stamp forums in the whole world yet look at the numbers who are registered
. Wow. Seems like a lot right ?
Really? Like how many are regular posters even?
There must have been at least a couple million stamp collectors in the USA alone during the 1950 - 80s
How many now, where are they? They sure aren't here.
Lets look at Stamp Community Family forum.
I haven't gone and crunshed the numbers but it appears to me
the majority here are from the USA which makes sense since it is an American based forum.
Then you have lots of Canadians, some from UK and Australia, the odd one from Europe and one or two from Asia.
The main interest in US is in the classic (expensive) era, more or less same with Canadian.
Except for wert who flyspecks even in the QEII era.
Does anyone really believe that stamps from the classic era will bring new collectors in the fold?
Sure you get these dreamers who believe they found a Harding 613 in grandpas collection but how long are they here after they finally find out what they believed was a diamond is just a piece of worthless coal ?
Ok what about Thematics? Draw them in like that? Birds, fish, flowers, famous men, women.
ships, planes, cars etc etc. Sure why not.
What are postal services doing to attract collectors? We all know they want to milk it for all its worth.
Look at the USPS with their Inverted Jenny scheme or Canada Post
with the Hockey Defencemen packets or the $5 Flag cloth SS.
Is this good or bad for the hobby?
What I'm asking basically is, what can we do to make our hobby survive and even grow?
Do you think there is a future for stamp collecting?