Hostel stamps

Stamps EAJ 44-45E

People loved collecting hostel stamps whenever they stayed at a hostel. Not only were some stamps collector’s items, being works of art in themselves, but they were a record of where people stayed, prompting recollections, competition, and banter. Here’s a lovely set from during the second world war, when the stamps were simple, just the name of the youth hostel in a small box on the inside of members’ cards.

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