Phi­lately can take you any­where

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS - RICHARD MAYS

Stamp col­lect­ing is not how it used to be.

The days of sim­ply col­lect­ing stamps from var­i­ous coun­tries and stick­ing them in an al­bum are over.

For Neill Fen­wick, pres­i­dent of the Manawatu Philatelic So­ci­ety, and club mem­ber Colin Dyer, stamp col­lect­ing is all about ex­plor­ing spe­cial in­ter­ests.

‘‘You find some­thing that you’re re­ally in­ter­ested in, and pur­sue that in­ter­est through stamps,’’ Colin says.

It could be a pe­riod in his­tory. Colin’s 16-page ex­hibit features stamps from an area of Europe dur­ing the break-up of the Aus­troHun­gar­ian Em­pire fol­low­ing the Treaty of Ver­sailles at the end of World War I.

The so­ci­ety’s 16-page ex­hibits have won the Neville Har­ris Me­mo­rial Tro­phy at the Welling­ton Re­gional Stamp Show for the first time since 2001.

‘‘You have 16 pages to tell a story in stamps,’’ Neill ex­plains. ‘‘My fo­cus was on a 1⁄2d stamp from the 1900s fea­tur­ing Mt Cook.’’

The Manawatu Philatelic So­ci­ety is one of the city’s old­est clubs. Founded in 1922, it turns 95 next year.

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