Canada's Lakehead Stamp Club
Club President Margaret Looney is quoted as saying, “People have quit collecting because of postage going up.”
Canada Post raised the cost of mailing a letter in Canada by two cents, to 54 cents, this week. Sending letters to the U.S. also went up two cents to 98 cents, while postage for a letter going to all other foreign countries went up by a nickel to $1.65.
She points out,"... the hobby can get pricey for enthusiasts who collect mint, or never-used stamps and corner blocks of sheets. And when stamp prices go up, it doesn‘t necessarily mean collections will be worth more."
The club, which was established in 1947, has about 30 members who regularly attend twice-monthly meetings.
"It is a place where philatelists can go to compare collections, learn more about their hobby, buy and sell stamps, and engage in friendly conversation," according to reporter Lindsay LaFraugh.
For many, the club serves as a good place to check out stamps being sold by the Royal Philatelic Society of Canada. The society sends a box of stamps once a month for club members to pick and choose from.
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