Tom Gibbard (UK)
I have been a BML&BS member since 1968 but have collected all my life starting in the early 1950s or even late 1940s. I am also a member of the West and Midlands Phillumenists for whom I edit a quarterly magazine.
My father was a railwayman and he started to keep boxes during the war when some appeared with propaganda and patriotic slogans.
While my father’s collection comprised boxes and labels mine concentrates on bookmatches, presently only those relating to the British market. Even this is a huge subject and my collection comprises about half a million items.
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