Putting a stamp on things

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A stamp- col­lect­ing club is on the look- out for new mem­bers.

Pais­ley Philtatelic So­ci­ety says stamp col­lect­ing is a ma­jor hobby among many peo­ple world­wide.

It can be started easily and can grow to a sig­nif­i­cant col­lec­tion over time.

A club spokesman said: “One of the aspects of stamps that col­lec­tors find most fas­ci­nat­ing is their abil­ity to re­veal much about the his­tory and cul­ture of other places.

“Stamp col­lect­ing is a hobby that is sim­ple enough to get started by chil­dren or adults alike, and can be con­tin­ued for decades.

“Most stamp col­lec­tors col­lect stamps purely for their own en­joy­ment and sat­is­fac­tion. Col­lect­ing can be done any way you choose and the plea­sure can be en­tirely your own.”

Peo­ple can start stamp col­lect­ing by sav­ing stamps from the mail and get­ting friends, rel­a­tives and work col­leagues to pass on stamps from their mail, the so­ci­ety says.

“Start your col­lec­tion with stamp pack­ets avail­able from stamp deal­ers and hobby shops, buy new stamps from the post of­fice, cut used stamps from old mail, pack­ages, or letters, link up with a pen pal, swap stamps with friends and join a stamp club at school or your local stamp club,” the spokesman added.

“A list of stamp clubs is avail­able on the Association of Scot­tish Philatelic So­ci­eties (ASPS) web site.”

Man stamp col­lec­tors also col­lect post­cards.

“Col­lect­ing post­cards is in many ways com­pli­men­tary to stamp col­lect­ing and many col­lec­tors col­lect both and they can en­hance a stamp col­lec­tion,” the spokesman said.

“Post­card col­lect­ing caters for all in­ter­ests and can en­com­pass a wide va­ri­ety of in­ter­ests – foot­ball, roy­alty, rail­ways, air­craft, local his­tory and so on.

“Postal his­tory, events of so­cial im­por­tance and snap shots of the past are all cap­tured on post­cards.

“Stamp and post­card col­lect­ing can be im­mensely re­ward­ing with the true re­ward be­ing in the per­sonal en­joy­ment and ed­u­ca­tional po­ten­tial that it brings.”

Ev­ery­one is in­vited to go along to the Pais­ley Philatelic So­ci­ety meet­ings.

“We are a friendly group and can pro­vide ad­vice, help and as­sis­tance with your stamp col­lect­ing,” the spokesman said.

The first meet­ing of the new ses­sion is on Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 26, at Ral­ston Com­mu­nity Cen­tre at 2pm.

For full de­tails of the meet­ings and more go to www.pais­leyphilatelic.org.uk

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