Gone are the days of letter-writing. With the internet, it is so easy to get connected to friends that a few resort to snail mail these days. I, for one, communicate with my friends through the world-wode web. But I still long for the days when you wait for the postman to deliver letters for you from pen friends or friends across the sea. Electronic mail cannot fully capture the feel of getting the good old handwritten notes painstakingly created by one’s friends. And ofcourse- the bonus that comes with the letters- the stamps!
I’ve been an avid collector of stamps since I was eight years old. I sorted through mails of my cousins just to remove their stamps, begged from friends or even friends of friends and other relatives to give me their stamps. And luckily, half of my collection was collected this way. Unfortunately, my collection came in trickles when I went to college. I began to be quite busy and just depended on the treasured gift stamps from friends. But, I kept all those.
I love stamps. They are historical and priceless. In my younger days, I had no idea that you have to cut the stamps still stuck to the envelope and soak them in lukewarm water to remove them nice and clean. In effect, I have stamps in my collection that are partly torn. I don’t throw them away because they are still precious to me.
So- to give you a view of my collection, I’ll be posting a few of them from time to time.
(Part I collection: Upper left is a set of some stamps showing the flags of different nations across the world, while the upper right set is a small collection of olympic games’ stamps. Lower left is a set of Japanese stamps while the lower right is a ‘love stamps’ set)