Hobbies: Postage Due

Most boys go through a stamp-collecting phase and then forget it before their Scott's International Album is one-third filled. But Philip H. Ward Jr., who started his first collection at the age of four, stuck with stamps, and by the time he reached young manhood, was so wrapped up in perforations and first-day covers that he gave up an electrical engineering career to become a fulltime, professional philatelist. In the next 50 years, he built one of the finest U.S. collections of postage stamps ever assembled. He specialized in blocks of rare stamps—four or more stamps still connected by...

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