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1. When and how did you start stamp collecting?
I wanted to collect stamps as a kid, but dad thought I was far too young. It was not until I started secondary school in 1978 that dad let me have his stamp collection. It was mostly common stuff from the 50's and 60's including CTO material. The one stamp that caught my eye was a penny red imperf with a Maltese cross postmark. After all these years this is the only stamp I have left from dads collection and it still forms the core of my collection. No matter how many times I have put a collection together the penny red still is my starting place to rebuild from.
2. What Countries or topics do you primarily collect?
I like a lot of early stamps but cannot afford to collect everything. Over the years my collecting tastes have narrowed quite a lot. I still have odds and ends but usually pre 1970 commonwealth odds.
3. What is your favorite country or topic to collect?
That is easy I collect Great Britain. Line engraved stamps. My collection is like a hoover for the things and I tend to gravitate towards Penny reds. Just cannot get enough of the stamp in all its various forms. For the last few years I have been putting together a collection of C10 (die II, alphabet III, Wmk large crown, rose red on white paper)plates. Easier said the done, but I love a challenge.
4. How many hours a week do you spend on this hobby?
Not enough. I might get half hour after work during the week days and a couple of hours during the weekend. Just had a whole weeks holiday, but did not get much done at all due to family and other commitments.
5. What are some of your other hobbies or pastimes?
Family history which has been placed on hold. lack of time and Paperwork takes over the place.
Photography, which I do not get much time for.
Baccy tin artist, specialising in making prison art tins.
6. What is your favorite movie?
I tend to get one for a while then go off of the movie very quickly due to the constant replaying on TV. Once you have watched a movie once or twice you don't really need to see it again as it's often still fresh in the memory for quite a while after.
7. What is your favorite stamp?
Great Britain Penny Reds. The more the merrier.
8. What is your favorite food?
9. Do you have a pet peeve? If so, what is it?
Perfectly centred stamps. OK they have a place but it's just not natural for an early stamp to be 100% centred. Besides if my stamps were dead centre I would not probably see any of the important marginal flaws and varieties. I willingly pay more for an off centred stamp showing a great variety then a dead centred on showing only a small part of it.
10. What is your professional background?
Slave to a factory. The jobs ok but the money is poor, and my boss thinks we are paid well.
11. What one person, dead or alive, would you like to meet?
Connected with stamp collecting,I doubt the people I would mention would mean much too most here except for like minded collectors.Two people who I wonder most about was Wiggin and Tonna. Their contribution to the plating of the penny red stars was phenomenal. Could of learned so much from them. Kenneth Statham I would also add to that list.
In my own family it would be my Great grandfather who I was named after. He died a month or two before I was born. Apparently he was quite a gentle man and very warm and friendly.
12. What is your favorite TV show?
Mostly I watch documentaries but even these I have nearly given up on. Repeated too many times.
13. What brought you to Stampboards or how did you find out about Stampboards?
Just found it when searching for certain answers to a few questions I had at the time. Decided to hang around. Might learn something.
14. What is one thing you always have in your refrigerator?
Basic stuff. Milk, Eggs, Butter.
15. Who is your favorite musician?
Far too many. Musical tastes from Jazz and Swing to Progressive Rock. Classical to heavy metal. Depends the mood I am in.
16. If you won the lottery, what stamps would you buy?
Penny reds, by the bucket full,
Loves to collect Lundy Island and 12 miles as straight as the Puffin flies South East another little island called England.