Notes from the Past

A Miscellany Collection
George B. Sloane

A "MISCELLANY" collection can be anything that you choose to make it, and I think that is one of its principal attractions -- its rugged individualism.  You need have no particular goal in mind, you just follow along wherever the material leads.  Such a thing as "completeness" is something that you will never give serious thought to, as you acquire one item after another.  You can knock off and quit whenever the spirit moves you, and pick it  up again at any time in the future and carry on just where you left off.

It is entirely up to the owner and the collection can constitute fifty pages, just enough to fill an album, or it can be expanded to Kingdom Come.  There are no limits.  Material is available wherever you turn and the opportunity of securing many interesting pieces seems easier than ever before.  It need not, necessarily, be expensive, and many things will be acquired at a cost of no more than a few cents.

The primary requisite is a little ingenuity and a sense of seeing a story in a stamp, or a set of stamps, or a cover, even though comparatively ordinary and commonplace.  You could probably go through your own collection now and find innumerable items that would fit nicely into a Miscellany Collection, or among some discarded material that does not seem to fit into your present collecting scheme.  Keep your eyes constantly alert for likely material, see what your dealer has on hand that he calls "something out of the usual run," or watch your stamp papers for a tip now and then.

My own collection has been several years in the making.  I had no special plan as to where I was going but I kept one idea before me.  I tried to keep in mind the non-collector, such material as would interest someone who had never collected stamps, with the purpose of hoping to show him that there is something fascinating about the hobby, to try to present philately to him in such a light that his curiosity would be aroused sufficiently to look into it further, and arranged in such a manner that he could get some favorable understanding of the subject.  I was quite sure, too, that it would at the same time interest the experienced collector.

Editor's Note:  These paragraphs come from the start of an article entitled "Miscellany" which Sloane wrote for The Stamp Specialist Volume I Part I; published by H. L. Lindquist in 1939.  Sloane continues on to describe some of the items included in his "Miscellany" collection.  I'm sure that anyone who uses his imagination can come up with a similar collection.  eBay is a perfect source to find the eclectic items which you might include.

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