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Posted 05/16/2019   01:52 am  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add Yolom to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hey guys,

I'm really quite interested in hearing your stories in what got you interested in stamps, say over collecting baseball cards or comic books?

Cheers
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Posted 05/16/2019   03:35 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Maiden to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
For me, 3 of my main interests are History, Geography and WW2 (which is history as well I guess).

My WW2 interest manifests itself in collecting British army cap badges, and my History/Geography interest resulted in stamp collecting.
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Posted 05/16/2019   06:13 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Coastwatcher to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
As a youngster, I did collect baseball cards and comic books simultaneously with stamps. I guess I have the collector gene. I received a copy of the Scott #1548 Legend of Sleepy Hollow stamp (see my avatar) on a letter from my grandmother in 1974 when I was 9. This stamp fascinated me and led to me starting to collect stamps. By the way, I sold the comics and baseball cards while I was in college but kept the stamps.
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Posted 05/16/2019   09:37 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add dudley to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The artfully-rendered images of distant and/or no-longer-existent countries I found in my father's old Imperial album.
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Posted 05/16/2019   12:31 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add BFRomeos to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Grandma. She saw that this country boy (45 years ago) needed to be occupied by something other than bugs and snakes.
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Posted 05/16/2019   1:29 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add StatesmanStamper to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
While I read comic books as a kid I never really collected them.

I got into stamps while in elementary school due to a new teacher starting a stamp club. The club unfortunately didn't last, but it did at least leave me with an interest in collecting stamps.

As I got older I migrated to baseball cards and coins for a while. Unfortunately for me the late 1980s was a time of over-production of baseball cards and that soured me on it.

I have swung back to stamps a few times over the last 30 years and recently have decided to finally start putting my worldwide accumulation into some sort of order.

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Posted 05/16/2019   5:11 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Noocassel to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
In the UK in the 1960s possibly 25% of the boys and a few girls collected stamps. It was one of the things kids did. I lost interest because I got frustrated with finding more and different parts of sets and didn't know in what order to display them. Collecting stamps by theme also didn't work for me as I didn't like splitting sets. My Dads collection meant I had a latent interest in stamps. In 2006 I was looking at a stamp stall on an outdoor market with my Dad looking at two albums of GB and commented that one day I might return to stamp collecting. He offered to buy them for my birthday and that was it. Now I have 12 Springback albums.
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Posted 05/16/2019   5:44 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add waddsbadds to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Like Noocassel, I was also a child in the UK, only with me it was about a decade earlier, the 1950's, and there was possibly an even higher percentage of schoolboys who collected stamps In my own family, it was three out of four! (75%) with two of my three older brothers collecting, naturally they had first pick, so they got the better stuff, but also, of the three I'm the only one who has kept it up.So, at first, it was collecting because everyone else did, but eventually I became hooked on the joy of gaining so much out of the way information that you could glean from these little bits of paper, geography, history, kings and queens, famous rulers, and on and on. I mean, who else but a stamp collector will have ever heard of places like Heligoland, Obock, Quelimane or St. Pierre and Miquelon? Well, if you're a general worldwide collector, and like browsing through a Scott catalogue, chances are you will have come across some of the stamps themselves, or at least references to them. And how did I ever know about King Victor Emmanuel III or King Haakon VII? Not exactly people you grew up knowing about because they were all over the news, but they were featured prominently on the stamps we commonly came across as kids, and I took the trouble to look up information about them. This innocent little hobby fueled my lifelong thirst for knowledge, one that I'm still striving to quench. I'm hooked on watching Jeopardy on TV, almost never miss it and it's amazing how many questions I know because it's something I learned from collecting stamps.
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Posted 05/16/2019   5:58 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Bobby De La Rue to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
My Dad was a super keen collector and I followed his lead.

We are completely different types of collectors but isn't that the joy of it all?
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Posted 05/16/2019   6:50 pm  Show Profile Check KGV Collector's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add KGV Collector to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Both parents would leave to walk 10 miles to the train station to go to work and come home again around 7pm.

At 4 years started school so my parent got Australia KGV kiloware on paper for me to sort before and after school. Took to it like a fish to water soon was sorting huge amounts of kiloware. My way of sorting the stamp dealer really like. Especially my unusual pile being colour perfs and print. Just had an eye for it.
One time we went to the stamp dealers house to pick up a few onion bags of KGV's kiloware and they were soaking under the house. Like soaking heaps of stamps. I could not believe what I saw. That memory is still really strong even today.
Sorting kiloware is something that has never left me. Maybe it is not collecting but how can a 4 year old get funds to buy stamps when there was barely enough funds to put food on the table? My parents made a bit out of me sorting.
All my life especially when things got tough I would sort stamps and think through whatever the issue was that was getting at me.
Now am at the pinnacle of sorting kiloware. Very recent kiloware. That is ready to stop all together. Not a good feeling at all. Have tried to put other things in place to fill the hole in my life that no kiloware will make.
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Posted 05/16/2019   6:58 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add spain_1850 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Growing up, we didn't have much money so my parents got both my brother AND I started in collecting stamps and baseball cards, hoping one would stick and keep us out of trouble. We both collected both for a few years, then my brother dropped both. I, on the other hand continued both, and 45 years later here I am still collecting. And although I still have my football card collection, I have not been very active in it lately and will probably look to move it along.
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Posted 05/16/2019   9:00 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Ireland2018 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
What got me started was my mom started collecting and got my brother and I some as well. I enjoyed it but my brothsr didn't. Collected thru elementary school and stopped. My mom kept going and did the stamp on approval mail thing and did a purchase here and there. I wAnted to go back years later to find out the stamps had been taken (stolen) by my dad after she passed and sold. Had alot of Disney stamp I would love to have now.I love the art on some and the history you can find if you do some digging.
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Posted 05/16/2019   10:29 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add gettinold to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Didn't know anyone involved in stamp collecting when I was young. As a teenager I happened to window shop in a Coin & Stamp shop and found a bag of kiloware for sale. I purchased it and found stamps from around the world truly fascinating. I don't know if it was the age of the material or the fact that each one seemed to be a little postcard of history. I ended up in the military and didn't pursue the hobby for decades afterwards. Within the past 10 years I have been purchasing lots and accumulations. Recently retired and have been sorting through it all. I'll be doing it for the rest of my life at the rate I've been going.
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Posted 05/17/2019   12:00 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add shermae to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I am sure I forgot some details, but when I was about 8 I made an announcement to my parents that I wanted to collect stamps. Without telling them, I marched with allowance money over to the candy store around the corner, where there was a stamp-dispensing machine. I bought 2 US airmails (above face!) and marched home.

When I showed them to my Mom, I clearly* remember her saying, "Oyy Edwid (Edward) that's not how you collect stamps." For Hanukkah later that year I received a Traveler's stamp album that included something like 100 used US and another 500 WW mixed (Hanukkah must not have been far away, I was too impatient to wait long). Included were Dennison hinges, tongs, and of course a long set of flag and coats of arms labels.

A used copy of the Poland stamp seen in my avatar was in the packet included with the kit. I got most of the singles mounted quickly and realized I had a lot of duplicates. Then my Mom showed me in her homemaker magazines (e.g. Women's Day and Family Circle) there were ads for stamp packets costing a dollar or less, and even free with approvals. The one I remember best was one from Kenmore Stamp Company offering 100 British Colonies stamps. There were others, e.g. Garcelon, Castle (which was local in my town), Wilton, Jamestown, and Falcon come to mind, but I quickly became focused on Kenmore.

When the first mailing arrived, I was completely taken with the free BC stamps. Not sure why, it just happened that way. Kenmore did however do a great job of romancing the stamps, for example printed on the free packet was something to the effect of "How many of these far-flung exotic and remote territories can you find on the globe?" Singapore, Brunei, Tristan Da Cunha, Christmas Island, Papua New Guinea, Mauritius, and even British Antarctic Territory (stamps made to be used in Antarctica??!! Hot damn!)

And to my delight, one of the approval packets was another set of 100 mint BC stamps, all different than the ones in the free packet, for just $1. My Mom saw value in stamps for a penny a piece and bought them for me. I was completely hooked and collect Commonwealth to this day.
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Posted 05/17/2019   08:31 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add oldguy to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
When I was about 7 or 8, a friend showed me several 'Tin Can Mail' https://www.linns.com/news/postal-u...ilities.html covers his uncle had given him.
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Posted 05/17/2019   09:01 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add David_R to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
My uncle traveled regularly and started sending me postcards or letters (on whatever hotel stationery there was) from those trips, telling me about the weird foods he'd eaten or odd things he'd seen. I started tearing off the stamps because they seemed to interesting (this was 30s). I liked the UK stamps best, but held onto everything. One day my dad took me to buy a stamp album and bought a few mint stamps (exciting!) for me to put in it. I began saving up so I could buy more mint stamps (which I attached to my album with hinges, those were the days.
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