How to attract under-5 year olds to philately?

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How to attract under-5 year olds to philately?

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In these days of declining interest in philately by the young, I have often wondered how to attract young kids to the hobby.

The Crown Agents back in the year 2000 did omnibus "Sesame Street" sets and minisheets. I bought a big pile from the Cayman Islands (a land I seriously collect), sold the lot, and did two repeat orders: the second time being told "sorry, we have run out of that now!"

This year is the tenth anniversary of the first screening on TV of
Peppa Pig. Surely a stampworthy event! So the ever-vigilant Post Office of Occussi-Ambeno has issued a set of two in an attractive minisheet:

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Occussi-Ambeno 2014 Peppa Pig, tenth anniversary.
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I would think that under 5 years of age is a bit early...

Maybe somewhere between 6 and 8 would be a better age to start...When the kids have started learning to read and can grasp rudimentary concepts of history and geography.

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Give them all a few copies of that Swiss stamp which smells of chocolate :D
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Can't see a copyright or trademark notice anywhere.
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Doing a stamp sheet like that is a good idea for attracting kids to the hobby - a nice design that reminds them of a favorite TV show :D
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A polished looking sheet Panterra. Unfortunate though if a child needs to visit the Occusi Ambeno GPO to see one.

Does the OA postal service take mail orders? I have a two year old Peppa Pig fan at home, although she needs no encouragement to be mesmerised by stamps! They are stickers to her of course :lol:
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Happy to send a sheet to anyone who wants one! Just send me a minisheet or some mint commemoratives of your country (or Trucial States thematics) as trade, so I can sell them to cover the airmail back to you. :D

Occussi-Ambeno Philatelic Bureau,
P.O. Box 876,
Auckland,
New Zealand 1140.


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ewen s wrote:Unfortunate though if a child needs to visit the Occusi Ambeno GPO to see one.
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. . . and young kids seldom have enough spare cash to buy stamps at the Post Office (though most infants might be able to scrounge the two cents!)
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Hi Panterra,

I found a post shop open on Saturday and have sent you a few small items. Unfortunately the proprietor only had single stamps so no sheets were available for purchase, but I've included some items I found at home.

Hoping the Philatelic Department of Occussi-Ambeno can find a use for them.

Ewen :D
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My first ever package from the enclave of Occussi-Ambeno arrived yesterday and I have to say I was wrapped with the cover and the contents :D

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I see no NZ cancels on the kiwi stamps.

They are just harmless cinderellas, skulking in a corner.
It's the Occussian stamps that got the mail through! :lol:
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That was my thought when I saw the envelope. The colourful NZ Post stickers may help attract kids to the hobby? :)
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Love those Peppa pig stamps! Maybe have stamps with more current cartoons, compared with labels these days any stamp would look good to kids you'd imagine!
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I think it is not a good idea to attract young children with fantasy labels.

Also not with Ajman and Guinea and similar CTO junk.

Please give them real mint and used stamps!
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Stewie1980 wrote:I think it is not a good idea to attract young children with fantasy labels.

Please give them real mint and used stamps!
I agree absolutely. The age of 5 is too young - at least I thought so until these were issued here. Now these are REAL stamps, not that Occusi Ambeno stuff which has no place in philately.
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Each to their own Norvic.

I'll show you another gimmick, not my cup of tea, but it could still help attract kids to the hobby.

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ewen s wrote:Each to their own Norvic.

I'll show you another gimmick, not my cup of tea, but it could still help attract kids to the hobby.

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Gimmick? :shock: :shock: :evil:

1. Official post office stamp, official post office postmark.
2. Maximum cards are recognised by FIP which has a separate commission and separate competition.
3. Novel, but not a gimmick, and many unique examples exist (though they are not worth US$7.48m :lol: )
4. Occusi Ambeno are nothing but somebody's fantasy.

The two are as different as chalk and cheese.
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It would still be attractive to under 5's (and you are in the Cinderella forum)
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ewen s wrote:It would still be attractive to under 5's (and you are in the Cinderella forum)
Agreed, it might be attractive to under 5's - though more of them will probably ask where it's fingers are :lol: And as this is the Cinderella forum, the maximum card is out of place :D
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A crackling good episode of Peppa Pig:

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Here is the Peppa Pig stamps link for you Muttly2011.

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=peppa+pig+stamps&&view= ... ORM=VRDGAR
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Thanks Ubobo.R.O, also clicking on the image in my post takes members straight to the Youtube video.

Here is the link it goes to:
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That Peppa Pig episode about Grandpa falsifying his expensive stamp buy to his wife is sadly too often a reality.

I've heard of couples where the collector in the family always downplayed the cost of stamps, so as to avoid criticism from the partner. This has often had the result that when the collector dies, his stamps are thrown in the trash or sold to a second-hand shop for minimal money
(as "he always said they weren't worth much.")
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How do we attract kids and young adults to philately?

Anyone got ideas on this? I ask, as I've just received an email from a friend in Austria, with a rather bleak outlook:
As of a fact that I am a stamp collector specialized only in Cinderella stamps from 1950 to 1990, I by myself do not collect official Austrian stamps (and never did so any times). At Austrian post offices - many were closed in the last 10 to 20 years - stamps are hardly available because letters and cards always get a machine mark only. Very, very seldom I get actual stamps on letters addressed to me because, as you know, nowadays emails are much more used than cards or letters.

But I will see what I can do, promised, but, please, give me some time that I can look what I will find for you. For doing this I would finally need your postal address, please.

Please, don't send any material to me which I haven't requested in advance because I just can deal with stamps of my own special private collection, and I also haven't any contacts to other Austrian philatelists who collect official stamps year by year from catalogue.

As I guess that's the same problem as everywhere: the number of persons (philatelists) who collect any kind of philatelic material is going down more and more. Many local philatelic clubs in Austria as well as in Germany were closed within the last years because the older philatelists died, but no younger ones were interested in this very special hobby, of course. It's almost impossible to sell "normal" stamp collections if you have no blue or red Mauritius included. It's a material in general which is not wanted much longer and only few people (in Austria and Germany) are still interested in this. Actually there is no longer any stamp dealer existing in Austria or Germany who deals with stamps from countries from all over the world. When the shop of STOLOW, perhaps the biggest philatelic stamp shop in Germany closed in about 2000 because of retirement, no one could be found who was interested in buying the whole philatelic stock. So it is, and the (philatelic) situation will not improve in future because young people are no longer interested in stamps or coins, as their main and often only interests are just in electronic games and all this electronic things in general.




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Well, these delightful Austrian stamps intrigue me, but not the younger folks, it sadly seems.
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Panterra wrote: 30 Sep 2021 22:58 How do we attract kids and young adults to philately?

Anyone got ideas on this?


Yes, but you will not like them.

"Print your slogan on a t-shirt, and hang round a young persons area, in a public park".
Note down any comments, or your perception of "the looks people are giving you".

The only way to access this demographic, that is socially acceptable nowadays, is via the parents, especially the Dad. Try asking the question "how do I get 20 - 50 year olds to take up stamp collecting, because if kids find their dads allocating some time to the process, they will "follow in the footsteps".

We have a couple of "lost generations", whereby a mega boom went to a mega bust, and a lot of people lost a lot of money, an explosion in the number of new issues (and increasing face values), and the "unobtainium" of used examples, the traditional "fodder" of a kids collection.

No parents are allocating time to collecting, and if they don't, their kids follow.
(They are the ones, after all, ultimately paying for all of little Jimmys collecting habits).

The thought that you can "give a kid a pack of stamps and they will be hooked" is a folly. The pound shop will sell me 2000 stickers of the world, and uncle Google tells me far more about a country than a small square of paper can.

I still know grandparents that have standing orders for new issues, and its an embarrassment. The sooner they are weaned off this ridiculous activity ..... little Johhny is only going to sell them at a car boot sale for 50p, and some of them cost granny £8.50 each (plus handling).

What you need to find is a good proposition for the parents to spend more time with stamps, (just like quite a few members here, whose interest was first awoken by "the parental hoard").

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Yes, definitely the parents who need to inculcate the habit of philately in kids.

(And hopefully without the tobacco habit!)
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