My name Michael Adkins and I have been a collector of stamps from “dead countries” for many years. Over the last couple of years I have also been interested in including banknotes as well. My interest in stamps started at a young age, as my grandparents were postmasters in a very small town in California. In fact the post office was an extension of their house. They got me interested in stamps by buying me new issues when they were issued, and since my grandfather also ran a small export business on the side, he would receive mail from many different countries, always giving me the envelope and stamp to add to my collection. I believe that this gave me a keen interest in geography, maps and finding out about far and distant lands. Over the years, as I developed a love for travel, and an interest in history and culture, my collecting interests gradually narrowed to countries which no longer existed — “dead” countries.
Currently, we live in Florida. As you can see from the picture of me and my wife of 29 years at Machu Picchu, one of my true passions is travel. Over the years, we have visited more than 80 “non-dead” countries, including living in Japan for 3-1/2 years. But when at home, stamp/banknote collecting allows me to explore the unique history of an area, and to “travel when I am not travelling”.
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