STAMP COLLECTING QUOTES

quotations about stamp collecting

Son, stamp collecting is like life. It stopped being fun a long time ago.

HOMER SIMPSON, The Simpsons

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The President of today is just the postage stamp of tomorrow.

GRACIE ALLEN, attributed, The Heretic's Handbook of Quotations

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It would be hard to conceive of any activity more useless than stamp collecting.

DAVE BARRY, Dave Barry's Bad Habits

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Philately starts where the catalogue ends.

ANONYMOUS

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There's a new set of stamps coming out soon.... Same old picture of King George's head, God Bless 'em, but tarted up in new colors.

ALAN BRADLEY, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

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No real collector ever sells his stamps in his lifetime--unless it is to buy more stamps.

CLAUDE STANUSH, "You Just Don't Know What Stamps Can Do To A Man", LIFE Magazine, May 3, 1954

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The fact that stamp collecting has long been the most popular hobby in the world, with over 16 million enthusiasts in the United States alone, is a good indication of how much fascination and appeal these colorful little pieces of gummed paper exert.

ROBERT OBOJSKI, A First Stamp Album for Beginners

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Much of the fun of stamp collecting is knowing from what countries stamps come, when they were printed, and what events they commemorate.

DANIEL FOX, Arrowheads of the Central Great Plains

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The great collectors of stamps were all men of passion. If they did not have passion when they started collecting, they soon developed it, for there is no mistress so demanding as stamps.

CLAUDE STANUSH, "You Just Don't Know What Stamps Can Do To A Man", LIFE Magazine, May 3, 1954

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Not philosophers, but fret-sawyers and stamp collectors compose the backbone of society.

ALDOUS HUXLEY, Brave New World

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Is it the intention to establish a cheap portrait-gallery of living princes and rulers?... What curiosity can any reasonable being have to possess the commonplace effigies of the most commonplace-looking people in Europe?

CHARLES LEVER, writing on the new stamp collecting fad, Blackwood's Magazine, 1864

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The collecting of stamps brings untold millions of people of all nations into greater understandings of their world neighbours.

FRANCIS CARDINAL SPELLMAN, while laying the foundation stone of Cardinal Spellman Museum at Weston, July 27, 1972

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Now I know what you're thinking. You're thinking, "How in a free country such as this, can we ban video games and golf, yet continue to permit stamp collecting?"

DAVE BARRY, Dave Barry's Bad Habits

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The best thing about stamp collecting is that the enthusiasm which it arouses in youth increases as the years pass. It dispels boredom, enlarges the vision, broadens our knowledge, and in innumerable ways enriches our life.

HARRY D. THORSEN, Stamp Collecting

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Rare stamps are like fingerprints: You can trace them as they've traded in auctions back almost a hundred years.

BILL GROSS, "Bill Gross On Stamp Collecting", Forbes, October 11, 2010

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Collecting, especially of the classifying sort epitomized by stamp collecting, offered a means to seem to gain control of the world and of the past.

RUSSELL W. BELK, Collecting in a Consumer Society

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In their stamp collecting, boys ... played within the discourse of commerce and nationalism and learned its language, learning to put the rest of the world literally under their thumbs.

LEAH DILWORTH, Acts of Possession

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Things did not delay in becoming more curious when they came across Pierce's stamp collection, thousands of coloured windows into time and space, ex-rivals for her affections that would be broken into lots.

THOMAS PYNCHON, The Crying of Lot 49

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The stamp collector's progress from beginner to addict falls, like the melancholy Jacques's chronicle of man, into several stages. First usually in his teens he buys a small album and orders various ten-cent assortments "1,000 all different, catalogue value, $2.37." He haunts the display cases in department or stationery stores and outside the stamp dealers' doors. Presently he begins taking stamp periodicals and joins a club. Within a few years he is not satisfied with a used stamp detached from the envelope, but craves the envelope, too he calls it a "cover" now. He falls a victim to the first-day fad and has a cover always ready to be mailed from the point of issuance of a new stamp. He has already acquired a specialty of some sort -- perhaps two or three of them. When he begins carrying a small magnifying glass in his pocket with which to scrutinize stamps, his case may be regarded as hopeless.

ALVIN FAY HARLOW, Paper Chase

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I never could get into traditional hobbies, like religion or stamp collecting. I mean, the way you collect stamps is: Every week or so the Postal Service dreams up a new stamp to mark National Peat Bog Awareness Month, or whatever, and you rush down and clog the Post Office lines to buy a batch of these stamps, but instead of putting them to a useful purpose such as mailing toxic spiders to the Publisher's Clearing House, you take them home and just sort of have them. Am I right? And then the biggest thrill, as I understand it, the real payoff, comes when you get lucky and collect a stamp on which the Postal Service has made a mistake, such as instead of "Peat Bog" it prints "Beat Pog," which causes stamp collectors to just about wet their polyester pants.

DAVE BARRY, Dave Barry's Greatest Hits

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