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PostPosted: Sun Sep 13, 2009 11:01 am 
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My comments on how will Philately develops will depend on what the current active members of Philatelic Clubs, Societies do to maintain stamp collecting interests and also having more interesting activities especially for the younger (and more techies) ones. This forum is one of the good way to entice them to join and start collecting. But the greatest task here for the forum is to provide as many answers to all questions that may be asked and also to give as much information possible on all areas of stamp collecting :) !

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 23, 2009 6:44 pm 
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Mallard highlighted the key issue that for the hobby to thrive, there has to be an inflow of new collectors to replace those giving up. Mawpud highlighted the strong activity in 'unorganised' or 'personal' philately, Ebayer thought that perhaps organised philately is shrinking.

As Alex Quek points out, a large part of the solution may lie in the hands of the specialist societies - we who are members need to find ways to encourage new people to be interested in philately.

Perhaps we need to reflect that there needs to be more focus on modern and current issues, as well as being so sr=trong on the 'classic' era of stamps.

Apart from anything else it is certain that the supply of 'classic' issues is limited [unless Mr. Seebeck et al are around], the prices are frequently high, and beyond the price level of new younger collectors - so they do what many of use did when we were starting, and buy new issues. These are now mid classic issue by the way.

I suggest that organised philately needs to strongly encourage knowledge of philately, and get more informed about current philatelic activity.

Of course, the way the Royal Mail and many other postal authorities are carrying on, there may not be that much post about in a few years.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 15, 2009 4:24 am 
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nickhackney wrote:
Perhaps we need to reflect that there needs to be more focus on modern and current issues, as well as being so sr=trong on the 'classic' era of stamps.

I agree with Nick that we should also focus on the modern or current issues which are more affordable to new and young collectors!

Classic stamps are more expensive and difficult to be acquired, but of course will be nice to have them in our collections :P !

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 27, 2016 11:20 am 
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I don't suppose this thread still has active followers, but for what its worth, here's my view.

The old stamps are still hugely available - continuing low catalogue prices demonstrate this. After all, they just keep going round and round.
As an example, I am the only stamp collector in my family. When I die my collection will likely be sold to the first dealer to make an offer. It will be broken up, the best items going to auction, probably to be bought by collectors. The remainder will end up, remaindered, in the hands of the traders and thence into packets and world bulk sales.
And round and round and round they will go, to mostly older collectors who have the money and time for the hobby as it was.
As far as the moderns are concerned, true postally used stamps are pretty much a thing of the past - especially in the UK where the biro scribble cancellation and the completely unfranked, orange machine bar-coded envelope are the order of the day. The franking machines in Malaya seem to operate at such speed that the franking is illegible, and the handling is so rough that to get an uncrumpled stamp these days is a rarity.
That only leaves the collection of mint stamps, and that to my mind is pointless. I can make my own stamp shaped decorated bits of paper very successfully thank you. The Olathe press in the US sell variously sized, perforated papers especially for the purpose.
But there's lots of people who like their stamps fresh, new and unused, and that, I believe is where the future lies for bringing new enthusiasts into the hobby. Stamp collectors, not philatelists.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 30, 2016 8:11 am 
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benjistamp2 wrote:
I don't suppose this thread still has active followers, but for what its worth, here's my view.

Thank you for your views!

There are still old collectors like you and me around ;) !

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 2016 11:53 am 
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The goods news is that there is room for all of us.
Those who like the new issues and those who don't.

We should be tolerant of others likes and dislikes, there aren't that many of us ! for us to split.

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personally I choose NOT to collect items such as the mini sheet above, (and similar examples - but the scans were too big to upload) can't see what is has to do with Philately, But if that's what you like - fine.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 05, 2016 5:28 am 
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For the new issues in Malaysia, almost every issue there is a miniature sheet.

And the current trend is there are Collectors who makes a lot of FDCs which unfortunately is not so welcoming in philatelic exhibitions. And they will take the trouble to make concordant cancellations at the place that the object originates or related.

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They are lucky to be able to. UK post masters were instructed at least 5 years ago that they were not allowed to use their handstamps to cancel mail.
I had a stamp exchange pal in K.L. for a while but he lost interest because my mails to him were not getting franked with a UK mark. :(


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Yes we are lucky as we are able to get handstamps cancel on FDCs as well as Exhibition covers!

During exhibition or stamp fairs here, we can get the daily cancel as well as exhibition cachet.

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