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  •  Same here. (5+ / 0-)

    When I was about ten, someone gave me one of those bags of foreign stamps; they were advertised for sale in Boy's Life and other magazines.  The batch I got was heavy to the Hungarian stamps.  

    I too was fascinated by all those stamps from other places and other times.  I'd explore the family encyclopedia, reading about the countries represented by those colorful squares and rectangles.  I'm not sure if I ever got any triangles!

    Eventually my interest in stamp collecting faded.  For years, I would save plate blocks (and sometimes whole sheets) of US stamps, hoping to get rich some day.  This led to some unfortunate incidents when high humidity caused the stamps to stick to whatever they were touching.

    The final straw came when my brother and I went to a coin and stamp show, mainly for the coins.  One of the dealers was selling uncirculated US stamps dating back as much as 40 years, for ten percent below face value.  We bought a huge pile of old stamps and used them as regular postage.

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