So is anyone going to write in a rebuttal pointing out all the erroneous conclusions in the editorial?
Go ahead. "anyone" can be you.
I sent them the following "Letter to the Editor" just now. I doubt they would take a rebuttal. They usually do that for stories of national importance--this isn't.
Keep in mind that their guidelines suggest 150 words max for Letters to the Editor.
I don't read the NYT, so if this is printed, please let me know.
In "Stamped Out" (Opinion, September 29) Eugene L. Meyer presents a disappointingly myopic view of the stamp collecting hobby. In fact, philately (as serious adherents call it) is dizzyingly active, involving millions worldwideŚ-just far differently than in Meyer's 1950s childhood.
Though the exact number can't be known, huge numbers of hobbyists are active in internet forums, online timed auction platforms like eBay
, and live auctions (many of which allow concurrent online bidding). The photo of Meyer's collection shows stamps that were worth pennies in the 1950s and still are now, which is why a dealer wouldn't touch it. But the market for hundred-dollar and thousand-dollar stamps is active and, in many cases, highly competitive. International exhibiting of rare collections, carefully organized, meticulously researched and with well-written narratives, is so popular that heated controversies have broken out about its governance. Knowledgeable, professional philatelists flock to the meetings of the Collectors Clubs of New York and Chicago, and the Royal Philatelic Society in London for lectures, fellowship and competition.
The death of the hobby has been greatly exaggerated. It's not dead, it's just different.