It’s the first Sunday of the month and that can only mean one thing. It is Storytelling Sunday, a time for bloggers from around the world to gather and tell their stories.
I was quite young the first time I heard that word… phil-at-el-ist. When I overheard my dad talking about philately, I asked him what it meant. He told me it was what he did... collect stamps. My dad loves to talk about stamps and he has a sparkle in his eye when you ask him to show you his collection. That’s just what I did when we visited in September.
These are the same books I remember from 35 years ago, when I was a young child standing in my dad’s office. Back then he had supplies spread out over a table. A water bath, tweezers, pages with black and white copies of old stamps(they showed where the collected stamp was to be placed) and special glue.
I had a few questions I wanted to ask him and this is what he had to say.
How old were you when you started to collect stamps?
I was a young boy. I know it was before I started school.
How did you come to collect them?
I removed them from the envelopes of the letters sent to us. Then when I started school I saved my money and would order them from catalogs. I traded with some of the other boys from school as well.
What is it about stamp collecting that you enjoy?
It is a form of relaxation for me and they are like little pieces of art, each one different from the other.
Do you have any favourites? No, I like them all, but I do like the engraved ones. They are the older style where the ink was placed on metal plates and then transferred or rolled onto the paper. It was quite the process.
Dad also showed his American Philatelist Society membership card he has held since 1965. Once he turned 65 he was given lifetime membership status.