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‘A-stampis, to manypeople, just a slip of paperthat takes a letter from_one town or country to another. They can’t understand whystampcollectors find so much pleasurein. collecting them and how wefind timeto indulge in our hobby. To them it seems a waste of time,-effort and money. But, they do notrealise that many find the effort worthwhile and many who, if they didnot: spend their time collecting stamps, would spend it less profitably. In our leisure hours what better occupationis there to keep us out of mischief than that of collecting stamps? An alburn, a packet of hinges, a new supply of stamps, and the time passes swiftly. Stamp-collecting has no limits and a collection never has an end; countries are always issuing new stamps to celebrate coronations, great events, anniversaries and deaths. And the fascination of collecting is in obtaining these stamps before one’s rivals. Every sphere of stamp collecting has its fascination — receivingletters from distant countries and discovering |old stamps in the leaves of dusty old books. A stampitself has a fascination allits’ own. Gazingatitslittle picture we are transported to the wilds of Congo, the homes of the Arabs, and the endless tracks’ of the Sahara desert. Thereis a history in a stamp. The ancient Roman Empire and the Constitution ofAmerica, India’s Independence and the Allied Victory, are all conveyed to our mind’s eye through stamps. We see famous men — printers, writers, scientists, soldiers, politicians — and famous incidents. Stamps, so small and minute, contain knowledge that is vast and important.

Question 192

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