The annual Portadown Stamp Show took place yesterday. Portadown is about four miles from my home.
I was only there for about an hour. I did not even look at the “exhibition frames”. A good turn out of Dealers but I think the actual attendance looked down on previous years.
Almost al the attendees were men and most appeared to be over 60 years old. Confirmation if it was needed that Stamp Collecting is a “dying hobby”. I dont really think that it can survive. The entire hobby is based on THE STAMP…and it is a technology that is almost obsolete.
There was a “golden age” of Postcards where people sent messages to each other. Most. Stamp Fairs have a lot of dealers with postcards with one line messages “see you on Tuesday at 2pm”. After the First World War, this kind of message was carried by Telephone. Postcards were only really sent by holiday makers in seaside towns in Ireland and Britain and latterly continental destinations in Spain, Portugal and Greece. The Camera Phone means that the “seaside postcard” is now almost obsolete.
Stamps are now almost obsolete. The Internet is responsible. Email is much more efficient than “snail mail”…and “snail mail” is a term which sums up the contempt that modern folks have for traditional mail.
Of course people DO collect things that are NOT modern. For example Georgian Snuff Boxes, Vintage Radios and Renaissance Art. 🙂
Stamp Collecting will become marginalised.