If you or a family member collects stamps - or has ever collected postage stamps - revive your philatelic interest by making plans to visit this year's annual stamp show sponsored by the Brandywine Valley Stamp Club.
You can view the interesting exhibits; check out stamps in your areas of interest from various vendors; bid on various lots; purchase stamps from the U.S. Postal Service on location (featuring a vastly better selection than you'd get at the typical post office!); purchase collecting supplies; and win special door prizes. Plus, just the chance to talk about stamps with others who share your passion.
This year's theme: Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Parcel Post Service.
A very special philatelic jewel will be on display: The U.S. #C3a Inverted Jenny!
In this day of e-mails and social media, postage stamps may seem to be passe'. Perhaps they are. But, some stamps, particularly engraved issues, are magnificent works of art in miniature. As I've noted on this blog before, I count myself lucky to have met the most renowned postal engraver of the late 20th century - Czeslaw Slania - before he died.
But much more importantly, stamps inculcate an awareness of history, geography, and culture.
I started collecting stamps from 5 or 6 years of age and never looked back.
I can't tell you how many times stamps - along with such other hobbies as international shortwave radio and vexillology (the study of flags) - put me far ahead in such academic subjects as social studies, history, comparative religion, etc.
The truth: Today's Internet could do the same thing for kids, but comparatively few use it for that purpose.
DELPEX STAMP SHOW
Saturday -- April 20th, 2013 -- 10 A.M.---5 P.M.
Nur Shrine Center, east side of Route 13
(Just north of the 13/40 split & south of Hares Corner)
Go to the Brandywine Valley Stamp Club website for more info...
I go to DELPEX every year and it is a great regional show with an amazing bid board with inexpensive box lots - and bargains. The exhibits are fascinating and fun, and I've always heard about the upside down airplane stamp and look forward to seeing it. Everybody's very friendly and the family has a great time! It's not just stamps either - there's a lot of ephemera... related material like postcards, certificates, old photos and the like. Should be great fun again this Saturday!
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