Monday, June 30, 2008

Do you remember your first?


Stamp album, that is. Mine was published by Minkus and titled, appropriately enough, My First Stamp Album. My father gave me the album as part of a kit, My First Stamp Outfit. The kit included the album which had spaces for 4300 stamps, a packet of 100 all different stamps (one hopes all in the album), a plastic pocket magnifier, 1000 stamp hinges, stamp tongs, and adhesive flags and coats of arms of the world. Cost for the kit was $2.95 (1959). Although my album and kit probably disappeared before I was in high school, I remember distinctly some of the stamps that came with it, such as Scott # SD7, the 20 cent Special Delivery stamp featuring a 1920s postal truck which was decades before my time, as well as some 3 cent US commemoratives which were only a year or two old. It's interesting how some things stick with you.

7 comments:

maplewoodhistory said...

My first album was a yellowish Harris Pioneer World-Wide Stamp album with the Astronaut on the front. I got it from my Uncle for Christmas in 1979. I still have it. I remember being frustrated that I couldn't find spaces for stamps. Most of my stamps came from those Red and Green Harris bags you would find at Woolworths.

maplewoodhistory said...

My first album was a yellowish Harris Pioneer World-Wide Stamp album with the Astronaut on the front. I got it from my Uncle for Christmas in 1979. I still have it. I remember being frustrated that I couldn't find spaces for stamps. Most of my stamps came from those Red and Green Harris bags you would find at Woolworths.

cyrenaica said...

Like the previous commenter, I had the same album. I received mine as a birthday present in 1974. Sadly, I no longer have it. I gave it to an aspiring young collector in the early 90s to collect stamps.

Bob said...

My childhood album appears on eBay with some frequency, and I thoroughly enjoyed picking one up (actually, the entire kit) and leafing through it again. Not the same as having your original, but fun nevertheless. I rather like the idea of "recycling" our original albums, though, to encourage others to explore this hobby.

wgrady said...

My parents started me out with "My First Stamp Album," too.

While the album is long gone, I still have the tongs and perforation gauge that came in the box.

Madbaker said...

I love your blog, Bob. I've been reading it for a while now but am now working my way from the beginning. :)

My first album was a Harris Traveller album. I got it when I was 10 but then foolishly took all the stamps out when I became 'serious' as an adult. Big mistake.

Mark

Bob said...

Madbaker, thanks for the kind words. I've entertained the idea of trying to complete my first stamp album. Might be fun, but ultimately the Big Blue is enough of a challenge.