When I think of my first stamp collection, I look back at that time with a sense of awe and excitement of having my very own stamps.
I got the stamps from old letters that I had found up in an old dresser in the attic. The stamps were in fairly good condition and I put them in a makeshift album that I had created. Well, I wasn’t so good at putting them in the way they were supposed to be and I didn’t always take the paper from the envelopes off before putting the stamps in the album, but I thought they were the neatest thing I had found up in that old place in years. I had stamps from Germany, England, Japan, France, Canada and some old stamps from the United States.
As time went on I found other hobbies and interests to look into so I put my stamps up and forgot about them for a time. For years even after I had gotten married and moved away, the old stamps were at my mother’s place in an old box where I had my mementos stored up. I never once thought that I would have need for them again; I thought that I was done with stamp collecting because I was too old for that kind of thing. Little did I know how wrong I was.
It was after that we had our second child that I had rediscovered stamp collecting. I began enjoying it again because it was fun to do for myself, and I thought it was something that I could get my kids involved in as a family activity when they were older. I also found that stamp collecting was relatively inexpensive and that I could spend as much, or as my case was with two little ones, or as little as I wanted to; I found that this wasn’t the case with other hobbies that included a lot of hidden costs.
After I began stamp collecting again, I often wondered about my old stamp collection. Could I still use the stamps that were there in the old pages? Would it be hard to get the stamps off the pages, or would I destroy them in the process?
My question was answered on one of my trips to home. I had come across my old stamp collection while rummaging through my box of mementos, and was surprised to find the pages still intact and the stamps unharmed. I quickly spirited the collection away upon my return home where I started to incorporate it into my current collection.
Although I found some of the stamps unsalvageable due to the rough job I did on securing the stamps to the pages, some of the stamps were able to be saved and be useful in filling a stamp album I bought from the local stamp store.
Do I still have my old stamp collection? I sure do. It’s right there in the front of my current stamp album before the first page. It not only serves to add older stamps to my collection, it reminds me of the childhood joy that I experienced in stamp collecting.