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Changing Times

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

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2013 may go down in stamp collecting history as the year U-S stamp policies changed.

The new Harry Potter stamps are just the latest incident. They feature the living actors
in the British films, and for no other reason than that the Postal Service believes these
stamps make money.

But weíve also learned that a panel which for more than 50 years has helped choose stamp
subjects, is largely being ignored. Most of its members arenít stamp collectors... so
itís not just the hobbyists who are upset.

If there were any doubt about the direction of U-S stamps, Postmaster General Patrick
Donahoe, who says heís a stamp collector, told the Washington Post that his agency,
quote, ďneeds to change its focus toward stamps that are more commercial.Ē

But itís not just whatís ON the stamps. Most of todayís collectors started by keeping
the stamps that were on the mail that came into the house. These days, little mail comes
into the house, and what there is usually doesnít have stamps on it.

Is the change in focus good or bad? Iím not sure. I just know that...

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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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