FDR Started Stamps at 9
evidence was recently published
in Life magazine that Franklin D. Roosevelt started
his stamp collecting
when he was 9 years of age. Writing to his aunt, Deborah
in a letter dated, April 10, 1891, he pleads, "Please tell Uncle Will
if he has any foreign stamps I should like to have them as I have begun
to make a collection." the letter, reproduced in his boyish
is one among many treasured by his mother and which Sloan, Duell
will publish this Winter as "F. D. R., His Personal Letters."
boy Franklin was then living at the family home at Hyde Park.
following month he was in Germany, at school, and he must then have had
the opportunity of adding many new stamps to his rapidly growing
As we all know he was never to tire of this collection which
expanded to dzens and dozens of volumes, to become one of the best
collections ever assembled.
- George B. Sloane
October 18, 1947
Posted August 10, 1999
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