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July 1956 Popular ElectronicsTable of Contents
People old and young enjoy waxing nostalgic about and learning some of the history of early electronics. Popular Electronics was published from October 1954 through April 1985. All copyrights are hereby acknowledged. See all articles from Popular Electronics.
Both my father and grandfather were stamp collectors - philatelists is the technical word - who dabbled in a recreational way with commemoratives from foreign countries. Nearly all were canceled (used) stamps that today, as back in their day, have no real value other than to someone interested in history. Of course none are the rare types. I now possess many of those stamps in an album that was painstakingly hand-illustrated and assembled to arrange each stamp according to its country and issue date. At one time I, too, dabbled in the hobby, having collected many plate blocks and special issue U.S. stamps in the 1970s and 1980s, along with purchasing a few designs of special purpose such as those with aerospace and communications themes. Sad to say, most of those stamps, even those in mint condition, are valued at the denomination printed on the face - meaning inflation has reduced their worth to even less than when originally purchased. If indeed 'what's past is prologue,' then there is not much incentive for anyone to take up the hobby in any hopes of it doubling as an investment.
A few years ago I posted a page titled "Radar, Lidar, Amateur Radio, & Radio on Postage Stamps" that is a pretty good roundup of all the stamps I could easily find at the time (until I tired of looking). After seeing this article from a 1956 edition of Popular Electronics, I see I missed a lot.
Stamp collecting has come a long way from the old-fashioned system of assembling stamps according to country and issue. "Topical collecting," a new trend in this ancient hobby, picks out stamps on a specific theme, such as flowers, horses, medicine, or what have you.
Herbert Rosen, whose business is radio and whose hobby is stamps, combines the two in a unique collection of stamps picturing nearly every aspect of electronic communications. Starting with the scientists whose discoveries cleared the way for modern electronics, his collection takes us right through the current spread of TV to various countries of the world.
Part of this collection has been published in a book titled Radio Philatelia (reviewed in our April, 1956, issue). Mr. Rosen kindly gave us permission to reproduce some of his rare stamps.
Posted March 10, 2016