Apologies in advance if this isn't in the right forum, but I'm relatively new here, so that's my excuse! Figured it didn't belong in the "news" section, being from 1894 and all. Still worth a chuckle: "THE STAMP-COLLECTING MANIA: Men of Supposed Sense and Certain Rank Follow This Idiotic Craze."
Full article is at http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstra...&legacy=true
but I'll excerpt the very end:
"...Mr. Roberts thinks that the dozen or so of rarities in stamps will soon be absorbed by public institutions, and, mediocrity becoming the bane of collections, the craze will gradually die out."
Guess he's never checked this forum!