Postage stamps continue making their mark in value, history and collectible curiosity for one group on the Grand Strand: philatlelists.
The Myrtle Beach Stamp Club will have its 21st annual Myrtle Beach Stamp Show next weekend at the Clarion Hotel & Conference Center at Fantasy Harbour, just of Myrtle Beach and along the Intracoastal Waterway, off U.S. 501 and George Bishop Parkway.
The show, commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg with a special display of stamp art, will be open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. next Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, and admission is free.
Donn Ebert of Conway, the longtime president of the stamp club, said he and colleagues were careful to schedule this event the weekend after the Super Bowl. The focus on stamps extends way beyond issues by the U.S. Postal Service, but from countries around the world. About nine or 10 dealers will be on hand, and postcards claim their own corner in this show, as an extension of the hobby of stamp collecting.
One interesting development has been in New Zealand and their connection to Hollywood. That’s because of the of the three “Lord of the Rings” movies that were filmed in New Zealand. ... The unusual benefit was that as tourists came to New Zealand, they wanted to see the sites where the trilogy of films was made, so that increased the flow of tourists to that area, and New Zealand issued a set of stamps about where the films were produced. ...
Producers also did the “King Kong” remake and a few others there, so there is quite a connection that has increased tourists, just from the postage stamps New Zealand has issued.