Tuesday, September 9, 2008


...when it comes to adventure, thrills, and romance with America's greatest hobby: stamp collecting.
Ummmm...I'm not sure I get the connection. Are there postage stamps which depict pirates in frilly undergarments? Or eating bon-bons while watching their 'stories'? Is this all an insidious plot by the ninjas to discredit their sworn enemies, under the guise of philately?

I believe they're alluding to the globe-trotting habits of pirates, who visit exotic and varied locations around the world, and that a stamp collector has a far greater range than a hijacked schooner staffed by privateers. Frasek Company was a minor supplier of stamp collecting supplies in the 1930s, which is why this (quite tiny) ad appears in a 1939 issue of Radio Guide.

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Anonymous Lidian said...

I didn't know that so many pirates were secret philatelists...

Does this mean that the 10 million American men and women who collect stamps are therefore - pirates?

The tiny ads are often the very best ones, aren't they?

September 16, 2008 12:13 PM  

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