HOBBY: Eric Davison, Lynn Kitchin (left) and Ray Legge, Chris Payne and Andrew Thurgate, at their meeting in the Lismore Workers Club.
HOBBY: Eric Davison, Lynn Kitchin (left) and Ray Legge, Chris Payne and Andrew Thurgate, at their meeting in the Lismore Workers Club. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Stamps of approval

LISMORE'S stamp collectors were out in force on the weekend in an attempt to woo young people back into the philatelic fold.

Richmond River Philatelic Society president Andrew Thurgate said the time-worn hobby was still relevant and satisfying even in today's digital email age and the society was actively recruiting new members - particularly youngsters who might not have even posted a letter.

HOBBY: Eric Davison, Lynn Kitchin (left) and Ray Legge, Chris Payne and Andrew Thurgate, at their meeting in the Lismore Workers Club.
HOBBY: Eric Davison, Lynn Kitchin (left) and Ray Legge, Chris Payne and Andrew Thurgate, at their meeting in the Lismore Workers Club. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

"That's basically why we put this display on today, to re-introduce stamps to people who might have collected them in the past - to let them know we're in town and available.''

The extensive collections of society members were on show to the public at the Lismore Worker's Club all Saturday

"Post offices are still putting out more stamps than ever even though there is much less mail these days," Mr Thurgate said

"And they are putting some of them out specifically for collectors.

"I started when I was a kid and gave it away like a lot of people when other things took over my life and then I came back to it, probably 20 years ago now.

"I started with an album my father gave me, which was one of the original ETA peanut butter albums - you used to be able to get a packet of stamps when you bought them - and they had an album that went with it.

"Kids have so many other things to collect and do these days, though there's a small minority that still collect them.

"We've had a few visitors through to look at our members' collections today and we'll continue to spread the word."

The Richmond River Philatelic Society meets at the Lismore Workers Club on the fourth Thursday of every month and they have regular circuit books available for purchasing or selling stamps.

Members can give advice about the availability or rarity of stamps and there is also a philatelic lending library available.

Annual membership is only $5 with a once only joining fee of $1.

For more information contact Mr Thurgate on 66283008 or Christine Payne on 66283711.



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