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The hobby continues.

The Stamp Collecting Report, I'm Lloyd de Vries.

World Stamp Show – New York 20-16 has closed up shop, after eight days of total immersion
stamp collecting. Although the U-S holds an “international” every 10 years, this was the
first in New York in quite awhile.

“My first international stamp show in New York was April 28th through May 6th, 1956.” :05

Randy Neil of suburban Kansas City was just 11 years old then.

“My dad and mom realized that I wanted to come to this great stamp show, and they put me
on a train by myself.”  :06

LdeV: How does it feel to be back in New York for an International?

"Been waiting pretty long to see this happen, but it feels phenomenal.”  :06

The 1956 show was big, but Neil says the one held this year was even bigger.

“The show here itself is an example of the vitality of philately.”  :04

But there’s also proof.

“Seventy-five years ago, the median age of stamp collectors at that time was 55 years old.
The median age of stamp collectors today is 54 years old.”  :09

Randy Neil says well-known stamp collectors have always been older. Today, he’s editor of
American Stamp Dealer and Collector magazine and a past president of the American Philatelic
Society, the nation’s biggest stamp collecting organization.

I’m Lloyd de Vries of The Virtual Stamp Club. For more on stamps and stamp collecting,
visit virtual-stamp-club-dot-com.

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