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For broadcast on CBS Radio Network stations November 2-3, 2002:

Collecting Grandfather.

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

Harlan Fiske Stone is a well-known collector of Swiss stamps, but as a

"I first found my name on a stamp when a relative with the new 3 stamp
showing my grandfather, who was Chief Justice of the United States Supreme
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That was 1948. Stone recently decided to put together a collection of first
day covers -- envelopes with stamps postmarked on the first day the stamps
were on sale.

"At this point I have probably about 60 different cachets on first day
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A cachet is the design collectors often put on these envelopes.

Stone has something other exhibitors may not: He has family mail.

"I have recipients like my grandmother, who was the widow of the Supreme
Court Chief Justice, I have mail to myself in Switzerland that summer."
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Just before his father died, Stone found a stash of unused stamps, and today
uses them on his mail.

And that's stamp collecting this week. 

I'm Lloyd de Vries, CBS News.

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