Hobby’s future a topical discussion

As I reflect on another year in philatelic journalism – and as I continue my personal progression from stamp journalist to stamp collector – I believe I’ve gained a bit of understanding about one of the hobby’s longstanding concerns. Please bear in mind this doesn’t mean I think the hobby is in trouble, or that this concern even merits a response. The close-knit Canadian community is indeed thriving, and around the world, things are good, insofar as being “on this side of the dirt” is good. The state of the hobby was perhaps best demonstrated at last year’s World Stamp Show in New York City, where philately proved to be alive and well. And this isn’t coming from me (who unfortunately couldn’t attend, although I’ll see you in Boston in 2026); it’s coming from the show’s attendees and dealers, who are still going on about how busy the bourse was, and how eager collectors were to grow their collections. Continue reading →

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