As industrious as Americans are in the workplace, they approach leisure-time activities with similar passion, whether it is for reading, sports, handcrafts, music, theatre, art, dance . . . or collecting! The kinds of objects people collect range widely, and there is no explaining preferences. There are those who collect coins, while others collect barbed wire, match book covers, great art, and vintage linens. The list is virtually infinite. And, of course, there are literally millions who collect stamps. Since the mid-1800s stamp collecting has ranked among the world’s most popular hobbies. It has a rich culture and vivid history and can be enjoyed in ways and at levels that appeal to the nation’s culturally and economically diverse population.
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