Those were the days
I remember as a child, in the late 70's in New York City, my dad would take me to the stamp conventions. Yes, an entire arena full of dealers and to a young kid it was larger than life. I looked forward to these conventions and I always love the freebies the dealers would give me. I would spend hours in a 3 cent bin digging for the treasures to be found. I mastered the trick off soaking stamps to remove the paper like an artist. My dad got me into stamp collecting and I enjoyed my collection. As I got older my hobbies changed but I always appreciated stamps. It is sad to see that the hobby has died. Now that I am retired I come across stamp collections at estate sales. I end up purchasing them for practically nothing. I don't purchase them to make a profit only to reminisce. Occasionally I find some rarities that I couldn't afford as a kid that still have a place in my old collection. Seeing these collections for sale that people had put together takes me back to a simpler time when it was just me and my dad.