Thriving not dying

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Philately will get a big shot in the arm this week with the opening of the Postal Museum on Friday.

It is in Phoenix Place, London – the nearest underground stations are Farringdon and Russell Square though King’s Cross and Chancery Lane are not too far away.

Their web address is: https://www.postalmuseum.org

We certainly hope it is going to be a big success, as should everyone who collects post-related items.

The bigger the network of collectors grows the better it is for all of us.

We have no time for those who constantly parrot the line about ‘stamp collecting has no future’. Just look the evidence to the contrary.

True, the average age of a collector is 60-plus. Some argue that once they die off then that is going to be the end of stamp collecting, but it doesn’t work like that. Instead they are replaced by other 60-somethings who start collecting because they want something to keep the old grey matter ticking over.

Again it is true that there are nowhere near as many stamp shops as there were 30 years ago, but 30 years ago no one was buying stamps on the internet, including our own website. Computers also mean that there is more, and easily accessible, knowledge about philately than ever before.

Some local societies are closing but others, including our local one – the Epsom and Ewell – are thriving and the Royal has over 2,000 members which is more than they have had for many years.

Recently our eye did fall upon an article about the death of stamp collecting in a philatelic magazine. It made all the usual points – children not interested, adults dying off, better things to do with the time – the date of publication? 1905.

This article first appeared on our Newsletter – click here for details.