October is National Stamp Collecting Month and started in 1981 as a joint venture of the Council of Philatelic Organizations and the U.S. Postal Service.
Philately is the study and collection of stamps, and is one of the world’s most popular hobbies. McMinnville resident Joe Smith has been collecting stamps for 58 years, when his father purchased his first stamp.
Smith recently visited with some of the residents at NHC Healthcare bringing some of his collection, and talking with them about the hobby.
“Stamp collecting doesn’t require a lot of money, not a lot of time and is a chance to learn history,” said Smith. “For older folks, it helps keep your mind occupied and stimulated and brings back memories.”
Stamps can be a miniature work of art, with many creative designs featuring all types of hobbies available. The U.S. Postal Service releases assorted stamps throughout the year for various occasions and to honor dignitaries and famous people.
Stamps can become treasured keepsakes or rare collectibles. Smith related to his guests a British # 1 stamp is valued at $9,000; and some have been sold for over one million dollars.
“Stamps are a good investment, and it doesn’t take a lot of funds to get started,” said Smith.
NHC resident Mary Louise Bonner said she used to collect stamps, years ago, but over the years she has let them go.
“I used to have stamps, but it seems they have disappeared,” said Bonner. “I wish I had held on to them now.”
At the close of his presentation, Smith offered to assist any of them in starting their own collection.
“I have enjoyed visiting the residents, and would love to do more with them,” said Smith.
After all, stamp collecting is called the hobby of a lifetime, that can be started at anytime no matter how young or old you are.
For more information on stamp or coin collecting, Smith can be reached at 931-474-2646 or at Joefuss2@blomand.net.