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June 23-24, 2001:

Frequent Flier Philately.

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

Philately -- that is, stamp collecting -- used to stop for 
the summer -- All that high humidity and little pieces of 
gummed paper. But with air conditioning, that's not the case 
any more, and there are several major stamps shows around the 
country this summer.

This weekend, the American Topical Association is meeting in 
suburban Phoenix. Topicalists collect by subject -- birds, 
trains, music, and so on.

Another major specialty group, the American First Day Cover 
Society, holds its annual show in about six weeks in Denver. 
A new Woody Station Wagon stamp for bulk-rate mail will be 

And, at the end of August, the annual convention of the 
American Philatelic Society, the umbrella group for the hobby, 
will be held in suburban Chicago. Carnivorous Plant stamps 
will be issued.

In between, there are two regional shows in July -- Indypex 
and the Minnesota Stamp Expo.

You can find more information about these shows at 
stamps-dot-org or virtual-stamp-club-dot-com.

And that's stamp collecting this week. 

I'm Lloyd de Vries, CBS News.

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