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Thursday, February 8, 1973


Page Three

Thursday, February 8, 1973 THE MICHIGAN DAILY

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Stamp-intg out boredom:
Philately as an art

It's the time of year again
when students start to plan their
first trips to Europe. A lot of
them hope to find excitement
there. But what about the travel-
ler who finally must come back
to the boring routine of "real"
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Some travellers discover a re-
laxing way to keep alive the
color and novelty of travelling,
through collecting stamps. Phil-
ately, besides being educational,
requires a certain degree of art
in finding the most attractive
stamps for the lowest prices.
How does one begin a stamp
collection? For one approach, we
can trace the adventures of a
stamp-collecting student. He was
bored with the old routine after
his first trip abroad. How could
he survive until the next great
adventure? On discovering a
small childhood stamp collection,
inspiration hit as it often does
to those lucky enough to travel:
He could "travel" t h r o u g h
His first step after purchasing
a stamp book and a bag of hinges
was to check the stamp page of
the Sunday New York Times
where he found many good bar-
gains. For example, he sent away
for 100 Italian stamps for 10
cents with a chance to look at
some expensive ones on approval.
He usually sent back the expen-
sive ones, and kept the filler
His raging ambition at this
time was to filldup his book as
fast as he could. He wanted to
cover up every little picture; to
get every stamp of the world.
Stamp books come imprinted
with black and white photographs
of the more common stamps of
the world. Arranged in chrono-

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logical order, these pictures give
the collector an idea of what to
look for when acquiring stamps,
and a logical place to display
After a year of fanatically
covering up pictures, our stamp-
collector tried his hand at the
Ann Arbor Stamp Club. The
Club, led by president Willard
Frey, meets at the International
Center on the first and third
Tuesday of every month. Con-
sisting of beginners and experi-
enced enthusiasts, the club also
boasts some advanced collectors
who have been sculpting their
prized collections for 20 or 40
The club's main activity is
trading off duplicates at a rate
of one or two cents a stamp.
With the $2.00 membership fee,
Frey also works out deals for
the club in which. members can
purchase stamps at a fifth of
Scott's annual catalogue price.
The "real" value of a stamp is
determined not by catalogue but
by what people " will pay. Still,
Scott's is considered the Bible
of collectors in the U. S.
But not all stamps come cheap.
There is a story that once a little
boy found a stamp from a British
colony in a trash can and sold
it for $100. The stamp, the only
one made of its kind, is now
valued at $50,000!
How can a little stamp be worth
so much? As our traveller soon
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9 Movie
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4 Flip Wilson
7 Mod Squad
56 Advocates
50 Dragnet
8:30 50 Merv Griffin
9:00 2 Movie
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12:00 9 Movie
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12:30 50 Movie
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1:00 4 7 News
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found out, stamps, like every-
thing else, get their value from
supply and demand.
While all countries get revenue
from commemorative i s s u e s,
some countries design stamps
strictly for the collectors' mar-
ket. These colorful, unique
stamps are called "labels" be-
cause they have no catalogue
value. But collectors still love to
show off their stamps from Bur-
undi, or an adhesive banana from
the South Sea Island, Tonga.
Bhutan, in the Tibetan Moun-
tains, get revenue from big
stamps printed on U.S. Steel foil.
Philately, then, represents art,
in many senses. First, there is
the process of collection itself
which involves hoarding certain
stamps and thus designates them
as art.
Next is the collection book,
which takes on the appearance
of a montage of designs. From a
distance, the patterns of color on
the page merely speak to the
viewers' visual sensibilities.
Viewed closely, however, one can
see represented some of the fin-
est art works, statues, and his-
torical institutions of a country,
pictured in miniature.
But perhaps the most bewilder-
ing sense of artistry to the non-
collector is the art of finding
stamps. Our traveller related
some of his experiences of his
second European trip, when he
had already been collecting for
two years.
Overcome with the desiretfor
stamps, he would pick out letters
from trash cans, ask people for
their stamps in the American
Express mail line, and attend
stamp club meetings where he
would bargain with the natives
in his limited knowledge of their
language. As if these weren't
enough, he would send gorgeous
stamps on the postcards to
friends and family, only to soak
these stamps off in lukewarm
water when he returned and press
them into his collection book.
Those of us who have watched
him are beginning to wonder if
stamp collecting still fills in for
travelling or if travelling has be-
come a means of filling up his
book with every stamp in the
(WABX-Airwaves - According
to Zodiac News, Black Sabbath
has rejected an offer to do a
South tAfrican tour because of
a stipulation that they had to
play for segregated audiences.
Sababth singer Ossy Osborne re-
ported: "They were going to
have a line down the middle of
the hall, with blacks on one side
and whites on the other, and you
weren't supposed to cross over.
It was totally insane." The group
may tour Japan next year.

Folklore Society

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Magic fingers
Carlos Montoya, renowned Flamenco guitarist, makes his Ann Arbor debut at Rackham Aud. Tues-
day night.

Revitalizing traditions


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The small but vigorous Uni-
versity of Michigan Folklore So-
ciety is trying to keep alive a
folk tradition that waned on
campuses after the folk boom of
the early '60's.
Currently the Society is mainly
involved with music, although it
has also expanded into other
areas. "The gatherings where
people simply get together to
make music have been the most
enjoyable times for me," says
President Lorre Weidlich.
Most of the members seem to
have gotten interested in folklore
by means of music first. In fact,
the idea for reviving the Society
came about one night in the Ark
coffeehouse in April, 1971 be-
cause of folk music. "I think
this emphasis on folk music does
reflect the interests of the peo-
ple who are members," com-
ments Judi Green.
In the past 1 years, the So-
ciety has put on several large
concerts, including a financially
successful Joan Baez concert last
year and a John Hartford, Nor-
man Blake concert last month.
The Society hopes to make
enough money on the "big-
name" concerts in order to bring
lesser - known traditional talent
to campus at a financial loss.
In addition to concerts, the So-
ciety has in the past sponsored
"mini - concerts" with such
performers as Bobby Clancy of
the well-known Clancy Brothers.
The club has also held work-
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shops in the Ark, including a
recent one with Friends of Fid-
dlers Green from Toronto.
Despite this background in
folk music, "The Society should
get more into other aspects of
folklore than music," says Lorre
Weidlich. Some areas that have
been or will be scheduled include
folktale - telling, quilting bees,
dulcimer - making and studies of
old customs.
The group considers that it has
an educational role to fulfill as
well as an entertainment role.
Recently, the Society succeeded
in reviving the University's on-
ly folklore course, "American
Folklore," taught by Yvonne
Lockwood in the Humanities de-
partment of the Engineering Col-
The monthly newsletter, edited
by Bob and Judi Green, func-
tions as a record of folklore ac-
tivities and ideas and is widely
acclaimed by regional folklore
The active club membership is
about 25 or 30 at present. "We

do, however, have the problem
of keeping steady members, be-
cause people tend to come and
go," explains Judi Mason. Many
of the members aren't University
students, and the club is con-
stantly looking for chances to
expand more into the Ann Ar-
bor community.
"The club is an organization
with a lot of unrealized poten-
tial. I'm surprised that member-
ship is only at 30 people, be-
cause, for example, the number
of people who wanted to take
"American Folklore" indicates
there is a lot of interest that
hasn't been tapped yet," com-
ments Bob Green.
This Sunday, Feb. 11, the So-
ciety will hold an open - house
meeting which will feature
some folklore workshops as well
as afford a chance for the So-
ciety to find out what sorts of in-
terests people have 11 folklore.
Needless to say, it also affords
a chance for community people
to examine the activities of local
preserver of folk traditions.

one of the
greatest escape
adventures ever!
Friday: "SOUNDER".

For the moment, the Byrds
led by Roger McGuinn, are de
funct. So what better way tc
squeeze some more money out o
their music than to releasea
greatest hits album? That's jus
what has happened, so now we
have The Best of the Byrds
Greatest Hits, Volume II (Colum
bia KC 31795). The album has
fair representation of the music
of the Byrds' later career. Ther
is a good variety of country an
western, folk-rock, and rock 'n
roll, all performed with the typi
cal Byrds flair and distinctiv
vocals. Greatest Hits album
usually don't have too much co
hesiveness, and this one is n
exception. Nevertheless, the s
lections are a fair and good rep
resentation of the Byrds, and a
the songs have something of it
terest to offer.


FILM-Ann Arbor Film Coop presents LeLouch's The Crook
tonight in Aud. A at 7 and 9. Cinema Guild shows Capra's
You Can't Take It With You at 7 and 9:05 tonight in
Arch. Aud. South Quad Films presents Rosemary's Baby
in Dining Rm. Two tonight at 7 and 9:45. New World
Film Co-op shows Mingus: A Well Spent Life and a Bes-
sie Smith short tonight at 7 and 9:30 in Aud. 3, MLB. Ma-
ternal and Child Health Film Series shows Story of Erie
at 1170 SPH II at noon.
DRAMA-Student Lab Theatre presents Terry's Comings
and Goings and Bullins' A Son, Come Home at 4 this
afternoon in Frieze Arena. UAC-Michmimers perform
Woody Allen's Play It Again, Sam tonight at 8 in Men-
FOOD-SPECIAL-International Night at League cafeteria
tonight 5-7:15 featuring foods of Yugoslavia and Czecho-
MUSIC-Peter Bowen performs at the Ark tonight at 8:30.
UPCOMING CONCERT TIP-Miles Davis performs Sat., Feb.
10 at EMU's Pease Aud.


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"One of the
best movies
in years!
A rare gem!"
Family Circle

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Max von Sydow.Liv Ullmann
The EnigrantsB

Best Actress"
N.Y. Film Critics
he National Observer
"A historical
pageant .. .
Vincent Canby,
N.Y. Times

Technicolor'From Warner Bros., AWorner Communications Company
A Film by CLAUDE LE LOUCH (director of "A Man and a Woman")
Le louch's tricky, slick Valentine to a clever crook, Simon the Swiss, so-named be-
cause of his precision, with a dandy musical s c o r e by Francis Lai. (again, of A
With Jean-Louis Trintignant and Daniele Delorme.
TONIGHT!-February 8th-ONLY-COLOR-7 & 9 p.m.

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