Philately can take you anywhere
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.