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A Pox On Pex

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

This is a busy time of year for major stamp shows. This month and next see ROPEX, 

What's a PEX? It's an acronym for "Philatelic Exhibition." ROPEX is the Rochester 
Philatelic Exhibition, for example.

But that word "Philatelic" doesn't mean much to non-collectors, either. It's the 
fancy word for stamp collecting. No one knows where it came from, really. In English, 
it's spelled with a other languages, it starts with an F. And stamp 
collectors are "philatelists."

But back to stamp shows.....running an ad for LLOYD-PEX doesn't tell new and prospective 
stamp collectors what that is. Sure, the ad or commercial can say "the LLOYDPEX stamp 
show," but that's extra words. Why not just take a pass on PEX?

The show organizers in Denver did recently. The show formerly known as ROMPEX -- Rocky 
Mountain Philatelic Exhibition -- is now called the Rocky Mountain STAMP SHOW. 

And several years earlier, the American Philatelic Society -- there's that word again 
-- renamed its convention as simply "STAMP SHOW," while the American Topical Association, 
the people who collect by subject, changed TOPEX to -- ready? -- the National Topical 
Stamp Show.

COMPEX is in Chicago, by the way, and NAPEX is the Washington-area show. Absolutely clear, 

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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