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For broadcast on CBS Radio Network stations 
January 2-3, 1999:

African American stamp collecting.

The Stamp Collecting Report, I'm Lloyd de Vries

Look around a major stamp show these days, and you'll see 
more black people collecting stamps.

"Sometimes people come to the table and they say 'Geez, I 
thought I was the only one involved in stamp collecting.'"
RUNS :05

Manny Gilyard is Eastern vice president of a national 
organization devoted to Black History named after its 

"ESPER is an acronym for the Ebony Society of Philatelic 
Events and Reflections, and ESPER was created by Miss Esper 
Hayes to promote the collecting of black stamps and black 
collecting stamps."
RUNS :12

Some stamps are obviously Black History but Gilyard says 
there are many more that fit into this specialty. For 
example, the Alaskan Highway stamp a few years ago. 

"There were Caucasian [engineers] coming up from Canada, 
and there was an African-American engineering corps from 
Alaska coming down to the border of Canada."
RUNS :09

Gilyard says some dealers still aren't that interested in 
black history or black customers, but others see it as a 
growth area.

And that's stamp collecting this week. 

I'm Lloyd de Vries, CBS News. 

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