She also has an affinity for cinderellas, stamplike objects that are not really a postage stamps, such as promotional labels, poster stamps or souvenir stamps created for a special event or location. While each philatelist has there own way of collecting and displaying their postal history, stamp collecting is not a solo hobby. Within the Strait Stamp Society, a lot sharing happens. When someone says they’re looking for a specific stamp, the other members immediately keep their eyes and ears open to find that stamp. Many members stay in touch with show attendees and dealers, who remember the interests of other collectors. In fact, during the photoshoot for this story, Julie Tarbuck discussed bells with Osborne and mentioned that the piece on the end of a stethoscope was called a bell. Osborne’s reaction of excitement prompted Tarbuck to search for a stethoscope stamp among her collections as we all spoke and shared stories. By the end of the meeting, Tarbuck has found a stethoscope stamp. “There’s a pay-it-forward mentality,” Tarbuck said. “Sharing is part of the fun,” Easterbrook added.
The Strait Stamp Society welcomes any and all interested stamp collectors, whether they are just starting out or have been collecting for ages. While most members are retired, Osborne said, a younger member will pop up every now and then.
Richard Tarbuck, second from left, shares his collection of stamps relating to Antarctica with fellow members of the Strait Stamp Society at Cathie Osborne’s Sequim home. Pictured are Osborne, left; Grace Easterbrook, second from right; and Bruce Munn, right.
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