County stamp club wants new members
Stan Abrahamson looks through an album from his stamp collection, a past time that he has been involved with since 1938. He has been president and a secretary for 8 years, of the Franklin Stamp Club. He wants to invite young collectors to join the club. Recorder/Geoff Bluh Purchase photo reprints »
It wasn’t that long ago that the Franklin County Stamp Club had almost four dozen members, most of whom attended its monthly meetings.
Today, the club is lucky to get a half-dozen people to attend and some of its longtime members are hoping to see that change over the next few months.
“We had one younger member, but she went to college,” said 91-year-old Gene Mason, who was the club’s first secretary in 1946. “We want to keep the club going and we’d love to have some younger people join.”
Mason said the youngest member is in his 40s. He said he believes he is the oldest member, followed by Harry Stafursky at 90 and Stanton Abrahamson at 87.
“Collecting stamps is educational,” said Mason. “There’s a lot of history in stamps. People can also learn geology and geography and learn about famous people.”
Abrahamson, who served as the club’s president for two years and its secretary for eight years, said he is amazed at some of the changes in stamp collecting and interest in the hobby over the years.
“President Roosevelt, FDR, was a huge stamp collector,” he said. “Once people learned that, stamp collecting became a big thing. It’s sad that it isn’t that way anymore.”
The men said they believe email and texting has had a lot to do with that, because people aren’t sending letters and postcards any longer.
Stafursky said the great thing about stamp collecting is that there is something for everyone.
“You can collect animal stamps, cartoon character stamps, any subject you are interested in,” he said.
The men said they believe the price of stamps is also a factor in the hobby falling off.
“Stamps were 3 cents when I started collecting in high school,” said Abrahamson.
They said to avoid a huge startup cost, kids and others could start out slow and wouldn’t have to invest a lot.
“They could come to our meetings and learn from our collections,” said Abrahamson.
Mason said many youngsters have most likely inherited stamp collections and don’t know what to do with them.
“We’d love to see them,” said Abrahamson. “Stamp collections are meant to be seen and shared, especially with people who love them so much.”
Stafursky said the older stamp club members could help new members figure out what to do with their collections.
“What people don’t understand, is that once the hobby is in your blood, you can’t get rid of it,” said Abrahamson.
The Franklin County Stamp Club meets the first Monday of every month at the Millhouse on Wells Street at
7 p.m. The meeting runs about an hour and a half.
Abrahamson said refreshments are served at each meeting.
Walk-ins are welcome.
For more information about the local stamp club or to join, contact Abrahamson at 413-772-6490.