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The Sounds of Silence

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

This is National Stamp Collecting Month.


I don't hear any fanfares or cheers, do you? What happened?

National Stamp Collecting Month began about 25 years ago, sponsored by the Council of 
Philatelic Organizations -- the nation's biggest stamp collecting societies, plus the 
postal service. COPO disbanded long ago, and one by one, the other groups seemed to 
become more interested in promoting and preserving themselves than in promoting stamp 

Until this year, though, we could usually count on a kids-friendly stamp issue -- 
reptiles, creepy-crawlies, constellations and so on. This year? Nothing really. The 
Postal Service recently issued snowflakes stamps -- its annual non-religious holiday 
stamps -- and Florida Wetlands, part of its annual Nature of America series. 

Nothing specifically for children, though, and what about adults?

But who dropped the ball on National Stamp Collecting Month? And can we do better next 

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

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