Apfelbaum’s Corner – Volume 108

This is a word to those who worry every time a prominent philatelist dies. They raise the question, “Who will take his place?” Where among the younger generation will we find those sufficiently studious, financially able and with the tremendous love of philately to become great stamp collectors?”

They need not worry. The same questions were asked in 1915 when I was a small boy. They probably were asked in 1895 when my father was a lad. Every generation has its percentage who stand out, who are leaders, who possess the tremendous powers of reasoning and research ability and the drive to see problems through to their solutions.

Today’s young stamp collectors are no different from those of years ago. Some are superficial in their attitude toward this hobby and some are profound. The important thing for this generation is to leave for the next a good clean hobby, uncluttered by petty rackets, unfair practices and excessive speculation.

If we today keep philately sound, the collectors of 1985, 1990 and 2000 will have more than their share of truly great philatelists.