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Philatelists share life stories at stamp exhibition

Philatelists share life stories at stamp exhibition

Taipei, April 24 (CNA) Thousands of passionate philatelists flooded into an international stamp exhibition in Taipei Friday to share their love of stamp collecting with one another. At the 30th Asian International Stamp Collection, running April 24-28, the philatelists said they have learned much and find great joy in stamp collecting. Yu Chao-nien (???), who heads several local philatelic associations, has been collecting stamps since he was 15 years old. "Check out how these two stamps differ from each other -- you see, a variety stamp is always the most valuable," the 93-year-old said, pointing at his Shanghai print "Flying Geese" stamps on display. The stamp set cost NT$206 (US$6.7) in 1950, when Yu made a monthly salary of NT$280. Now estimated at NT$700,000, the stamps are a treasure for Yu, who said he will never sell them. Josep Jove, coordinator of the Spanish Variable Value Stamps Study and Collecting Group, was on a quick trip to Taiwan for the event that showcases frames of stamps from 24 nations with a total value of NT$1.5 billion. Patiently waiting in the queue to print out a limited edition of postage labels, Jove said he travels around the world to get the labels. "Some people collect stamps featuring only butterflies. I collect postage labels, very specific," he said, adding that both the serial numbers on the labels and the color of the print make the collection unique. Still other visitors -- ranging from school children and office workers to foreign ambassadors -- marveled at the stamp rarities and exchanged their knowledge about them at the venue at the Taipei World Trade Center Hall No. 3. "Stamp collecting is a king's hobby," Chunghwa Post Chairman Philip Weng (???) said during his welcome remarks. "It makes you a more interesting person." (By Lee Hsin-Yin)


Updated : 2021-09-28 21:03 GMT+08:00