“And the letters were sent by posts into all the king’s provinces . . .” —Esther 3:13. Stamp collecting is one of the most popular hobbies in the world, and it is very easy and inexpensive for any young man to have his own stamp collection. Stamp collectors can learn about geography, history, art, language, industry, farming, politics, and many other aspects of the countries from which their stamps come. While hobbies such as collecting are not a required part of growing up, they are very common among young men, and stamp collecting is one of the most informative and educational hobbies.
A stamp collector is called a philatelist. Some people collect only new stamps, and others want only stamps that have been used, and have been canceled by the postal service. A great place to look for stamps is on old letters. Ask your parents and relatives if they might have any old mail stored in the attic or basement.
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