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keesindy
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19 Apr 2015
01:08:55pm
I may be unique here in that I am no longer actively collecting philatelic material. I've been selling my accumulation for about eight years and hope to drag that process out for a few more years. When I did actively collect, it was primarily pre-1940 colonial Africa and Caribbean. I lost interest in collecting when I began designing my own album pages. I was already doing some digital graphic design work and realized I'd rather be spending my time designing the album pages than collecting. That's when I met Bill Steiner who lived a couple of miles away at the time, and I began experimenting with the Pagemaker software. (Yes, I'm talking about a few decades ago!) I still have the two CDs Bill gave me back then. I also found that I'd rather research and write about philately than collect it. (And it's cheaper!) Go figure!

I've checked into SOR a few times in the past couple of years, but didn't have time to contribute and didn't take the time to join. I saw several familiar "faces" from the good old StampWants/BidStart forum days. (You know who you are. You can run, but you can't hide!!!)

On this rainy spring day, I happened to see the Steiner album pages forum thread and reading through that finally prompted me to join this august group. Maybe I can actually contribute something once in a while.

Although I no longer collect, philately is in my blood. It will always be a part of my being. The digital era makes it possible to be a digital enthusiast without actually collecting the physical material. Given all of my other interests and priorities, that serves me well enough.

Although I'm technically retired, I'm "working" full time on an Indiana history project that involves digitizing late 19th and early 20th century Indiana postcards and advertisements (etc.). I'm putting images of these items(including close-ups of interesting portions of the postcards) along with detailed descriptions and geotagging info so that genealogists and local Hoosier historians can find this unique information via online searches. Google has been surprising in that my uploads to the Flickr website sometimes show up in searches within minutes. I've uploaded over 8,300 images in the past 4.5 years and have accumulated close to 6.5 million individual views. (Flickr has become an advertising site and somehow multiplies the actual number of views to attract advertisers. The actual views total is probably less than 2 million.) If you're interested in taking a look, you can simply google "hoosier recollections flickr" (without the quotation marks) and follow the first link. For me, it's a lot more fun spending time creating and sharing something like this than collecting.

I expect to be stopping in to SOR once in a while to see what's going on—and maybe contribute. So, brace yourselves!

Tom
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khj
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19 Apr 2015
01:47:49pm
re: Hello from Indy!

Tom, GREAT to see you posting here! Really missed our past stamp discussions.

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keesindy
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19 Apr 2015
01:59:15pm
re: Hello from Indy!

Thanks, Kim. Me, too! It's good to be here among familiar "faces."

Tom

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cocollectibles
19 Apr 2015
03:14:22pm
re: Hello from Indy!

Tom, good to see you here; I do remember your postcard posts and they were terrific! All the best.

Peter

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khj
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19 Apr 2015
03:35:34pm
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Yeah, unfortunately all the postcard pics (as well as all the other pics) have disappeared from you know where. Thumbs Down

Glad Tom is archiving those and other postal history goodies elsewhere!

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bobstew617
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19 Apr 2015
03:44:07pm
re: Hello from Indy!

Welcome, Tom, to SOR. Hope to see more of you around here.

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keesindy
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19 Apr 2015
03:44:49pm
re: Hello from Indy!

Hey, Coco! Good to see you (and Peter as well)!

Yes, Kim, a lot of good information was lost from I know where. Really disappointing!

Thanks, bobstew617!

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michael78651
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19 Apr 2015
09:14:22pm
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Hi Tom! It's about time you got here!

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DouglasGPerry
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19 Apr 2015
09:39:19pm
re: Hello from Indy!

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"I'm "working" full time on an Indiana history project that involves digitizing late 19th and early 20th century Indiana postcards and advertisements (etc.). "


Tom, I live in Madison, Indiana. (As an aside to the general SOR community, Madison, located on the Ohio River, is rich in Hoosier history, having been founded before Indiana became a state.) Your Flickr site is a treasure! I've spent hours pouring over hundreds of historical images. Thanks so much for this labor of love that benefits so many of us, Hoosiers or otherwise. --Doug

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keesindy
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20 Apr 2015
07:22:23am
re: Hello from Indy!

Thanks, Michael#s. I had to take a detour and got lost along the way!

Thanks, Doug! Yes, Madison is one of those grand old communities along the Ohio River that helped so many get to St. Louis and beyond. That was when Indiana was considered "the west." Many still considered us part of "the west" early in the 20th century. Later, we became the Midwest and now we're one of the Great Lakes States (even though most of the state is outside the Great Lakes drainage basin). What's next?

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