The more I look at my vintage Ladybird collection, the more I see loads of hobbies that I just can't imagine today's children doing. I hope I'm wrong, but do kids today really do stamp collecting?
I remember trips to WH Smiths as a child on a Saturday with my parents where as a special treat I might be allowed a packet of stamps for my collection, or possibly just a new packet of stamp hinges if I needed some. After helping my mum clear out her house I even still have my old stamp albums in the cupboard!
Let's get back to the Ladybird book about Stamp Collecting though. Now, whether you were a childhood stamp collector or not, I have to say that this book isn't exactly one to inspire you. Yes, there are some interesting facts about how the postal system came to be, how stamps were first "invented" here in Great Britain and lots of pages of pictures of stamps from all over the world, but it doesn't exactly trill the reader if you know what I mean.
Pictures of stamps on a dull yellow coloured background and a couple of pages of terms used in stamp collecting might be useful if you're in to that kind of things, but to be totally honest my own albums seem much more interesting! It is amazing, and a tad geekily sad, to think back to just how excited I was to be a stamp collector in my youth. Then again I'm also a train spotter too…
It does all make me feel a bit sad that my kids might not experience the simple thrill of foreign stamps on an airmail letter when it comes through the door. As much as I love email, it does also take away some simple pleasures from life. And on that note it's time to go and finally write a proper handwritten letter to a dear friend.
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