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Brian_T

13 Nov 2022
09:54:16am
Hi everyone,

I figured I would introduce myself. I am located in Newburyport, Massachusetts, USA. In my day job I work in the biotech industry. And I am in my 50s.

When I was around 8 years old, my Dad started collecting stamps and I have very fond memories of him working at his desk on his collection. Accompanying him on his trips to the local stamp shop (it was located in Amesbury, Massachusetts) was great fun too. He is now 90 years old and a few years ago he gifted me with his collection of Great Britain and Channel Island stamps as well as an assortment of used U.S. stamps.

When I first got his collection I was very excited, but the excitement wore off after about a year because I was looking at things wrong. The mistake I made initially was to look at the stamp collection through the same lens I use with my coin collection. In other words, I was heavily focused on investment and returns. Once I realized that my Dad's albums were worth more than their contents, I lost interest and set the hobby aside for a few years.

Fast forward to now and somewhere along the way my interest got rekindled. I am not sure what happened, but somewhere along the way I started to appreciate the hobby for all the non-monetary reasons that I'm sure most of you already understand.

I still have my Dad's Great Britain and Channel Island collections which I continue to add to when I can. My real interest at the moment, though, is Bermuda. I am just starting this collection from scratch and have been spending some time learning what I can (and that includes lurking in this forum for a few weeks).

Anyway, this is more than you probably needed to know Happy

Brian
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13 Nov 2022
10:01:52am

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Welcome Brian, its great when new members introduce themselves ! Bermuda is a good choice for a starter collection.

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13 Nov 2022
10:22:23am
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Welcome to Stamporama Brian. Yes Bermuda is an interesting place to collect stamps from and I would think an interesting place to visit. The Channel Islands is one of the areas that I focus on also.

Regards ... Tim.

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13 Nov 2022
11:46:47am
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welcome, Brian

your entry is quite different from most; i found the change in focus to be fascinating, not least for the realizations you had.

glad you could share some of this with your dad; do you and he talk about stamps much? if so, is it about the collections or your views and how they've changed? you don't have to answer; i'm just curious

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13 Nov 2022
10:17:31pm
re: Hello from New England!

In my experience as a stamp club member (BC Philatelic Society), the biggest block that faces potential collectors is their mistaken belief that stamps are investment vehicles. We all went through that phrase, I expect.

I remember that in Grade 8 in New Mexico our teacher planned a "Hobby Day" in which we would introduce our hobbies to our classmates. I worked hard on a presentation about stamp collecting, going so far as to make up packets of duplicate stamps to sell to my classmates. Well, that didn't work out so well. I went home that day with the same number of stamp packets that I had taken to school with me. Apparently my classmates knew better than me that stamps were not a great financial investment! And I probably unable to convince them that there were abstract values to collecting worth far more than mere shekels!

We had one adult member of the BC Phil who was a librarian in North (maybe West) Vancouver. He started a stamp club that lasted through two meetings. In the first meeting, club members went wild buying stamps from the nickel box the teacher supplied. At the second meeting, the students who bought stamps in the first meeting tried to sell them at a profit. No one showed up for the third meeting. I had better luck in schools that I taught in: perhaps by then I had learned of the sublime joys that can be found in "serious" collecting — if you ignore the investment value of stamps — and managed to pass the on to my student collectors. Nevertheless, stamp collecting is one hobby where you can at least get a reasonable return, if not a profit, when you sell your collection or collections.

Finally, Brian T, as a Channel Islands collector you might enjoy my web pages about The Channel Islands at War.

Bob

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14 Nov 2022
05:51:14am
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Welcome!

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14 Nov 2022
09:51:34am

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Welcome, Bermuda is a great one to collect, one of my favorites.

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15 Dec 2022
01:26:57am
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Welcome aboard, Brian!

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15 Dec 2022
06:09:11am

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Delighted to have you join us!

Bermuda is fascinating! Here is a link to a short article I wrote a while back about getting the modern Bermuda post office cancels;

https://tsfimagehost.net/TSFNews/V4.3.pdf#page29

(Apologies but I cannot activate a link in Stamporama using an IPad)


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15 Dec 2022
08:28:49am
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Hi Brian,


I used to live not too far from you, in Lexington. My daughter still lives in Lowell.

Given your stated interest in collecting Bermuda, I want to make you aware of the Bermuda Collectors Society. Take a look at their website here: https://bermudacollectorssociety.com/ I am a long-time collector of Bermuda stamps and postal history, and have been a member of BCS for many years and currently serve as a director.

The BCS is a great source of information and collegiality, and at only $35.00 per year is one of least expensive stamp societies out there.

Welcome to Stamporama.

David


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15 Dec 2022
09:49:12am

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i have a book Holiday in Bermuda 1889 written by Don Stephens a late member of our stampclub ...some of the Bermuda oldtimers may remember Don who would travel the world looking for Bermuda postcards for his fantastic collection. Don would visit Bermuda every chance he could...a good man.

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Sally

15 Dec 2022
04:43:26pm
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Welcome to SOR! Glad you decided to join. Enjoyed reading about your philatelic history - how fortunate you are to have shared this with your father.

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17 Dec 2022
09:12:53am
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Brian:

Welcome to SOR.

David
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17 Dec 2022
09:35:31am
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Happy to have you aboard, Brian.

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Brian_T

13 Nov 2022
09:54:16am

Hi everyone,

I figured I would introduce myself. I am located in Newburyport, Massachusetts, USA. In my day job I work in the biotech industry. And I am in my 50s.

When I was around 8 years old, my Dad started collecting stamps and I have very fond memories of him working at his desk on his collection. Accompanying him on his trips to the local stamp shop (it was located in Amesbury, Massachusetts) was great fun too. He is now 90 years old and a few years ago he gifted me with his collection of Great Britain and Channel Island stamps as well as an assortment of used U.S. stamps.

When I first got his collection I was very excited, but the excitement wore off after about a year because I was looking at things wrong. The mistake I made initially was to look at the stamp collection through the same lens I use with my coin collection. In other words, I was heavily focused on investment and returns. Once I realized that my Dad's albums were worth more than their contents, I lost interest and set the hobby aside for a few years.

Fast forward to now and somewhere along the way my interest got rekindled. I am not sure what happened, but somewhere along the way I started to appreciate the hobby for all the non-monetary reasons that I'm sure most of you already understand.

I still have my Dad's Great Britain and Channel Island collections which I continue to add to when I can. My real interest at the moment, though, is Bermuda. I am just starting this collection from scratch and have been spending some time learning what I can (and that includes lurking in this forum for a few weeks).

Anyway, this is more than you probably needed to know Happy

Brian

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13 Nov 2022
10:01:52am

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Welcome Brian, its great when new members introduce themselves ! Bermuda is a good choice for a starter collection.

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13 Nov 2022
10:22:23am

re: Hello from New England!

Welcome to Stamporama Brian. Yes Bermuda is an interesting place to collect stamps from and I would think an interesting place to visit. The Channel Islands is one of the areas that I focus on also.

Regards ... Tim.

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13 Nov 2022
11:46:47am

re: Hello from New England!

welcome, Brian

your entry is quite different from most; i found the change in focus to be fascinating, not least for the realizations you had.

glad you could share some of this with your dad; do you and he talk about stamps much? if so, is it about the collections or your views and how they've changed? you don't have to answer; i'm just curious

DAvid

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Bobstamp

13 Nov 2022
10:17:31pm

re: Hello from New England!

In my experience as a stamp club member (BC Philatelic Society), the biggest block that faces potential collectors is their mistaken belief that stamps are investment vehicles. We all went through that phrase, I expect.

I remember that in Grade 8 in New Mexico our teacher planned a "Hobby Day" in which we would introduce our hobbies to our classmates. I worked hard on a presentation about stamp collecting, going so far as to make up packets of duplicate stamps to sell to my classmates. Well, that didn't work out so well. I went home that day with the same number of stamp packets that I had taken to school with me. Apparently my classmates knew better than me that stamps were not a great financial investment! And I probably unable to convince them that there were abstract values to collecting worth far more than mere shekels!

We had one adult member of the BC Phil who was a librarian in North (maybe West) Vancouver. He started a stamp club that lasted through two meetings. In the first meeting, club members went wild buying stamps from the nickel box the teacher supplied. At the second meeting, the students who bought stamps in the first meeting tried to sell them at a profit. No one showed up for the third meeting. I had better luck in schools that I taught in: perhaps by then I had learned of the sublime joys that can be found in "serious" collecting — if you ignore the investment value of stamps — and managed to pass the on to my student collectors. Nevertheless, stamp collecting is one hobby where you can at least get a reasonable return, if not a profit, when you sell your collection or collections.

Finally, Brian T, as a Channel Islands collector you might enjoy my web pages about The Channel Islands at War.

Bob

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14 Nov 2022
05:51:14am

re: Hello from New England!

Welcome!

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14 Nov 2022
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re: Hello from New England!

Welcome, Bermuda is a great one to collect, one of my favorites.

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15 Dec 2022
01:26:57am

re: Hello from New England!

Welcome aboard, Brian!

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15 Dec 2022
06:09:11am

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re: Hello from New England!

Delighted to have you join us!

Bermuda is fascinating! Here is a link to a short article I wrote a while back about getting the modern Bermuda post office cancels;

https://tsfimagehost.net/TSFNews/V4.3.pdf#page29

(Apologies but I cannot activate a link in Stamporama using an IPad)


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15 Dec 2022
08:28:49am

re: Hello from New England!

Hi Brian,


I used to live not too far from you, in Lexington. My daughter still lives in Lowell.

Given your stated interest in collecting Bermuda, I want to make you aware of the Bermuda Collectors Society. Take a look at their website here: https://bermudacollectorssociety.com/ I am a long-time collector of Bermuda stamps and postal history, and have been a member of BCS for many years and currently serve as a director.

The BCS is a great source of information and collegiality, and at only $35.00 per year is one of least expensive stamp societies out there.

Welcome to Stamporama.

David


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15 Dec 2022
09:49:12am

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re: Hello from New England!

i have a book Holiday in Bermuda 1889 written by Don Stephens a late member of our stampclub ...some of the Bermuda oldtimers may remember Don who would travel the world looking for Bermuda postcards for his fantastic collection. Don would visit Bermuda every chance he could...a good man.

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15 Dec 2022
04:43:26pm

re: Hello from New England!

Welcome to SOR! Glad you decided to join. Enjoyed reading about your philatelic history - how fortunate you are to have shared this with your father.

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17 Dec 2022
09:12:53am

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Brian:

Welcome to SOR.

David
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