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When I was a 12 year old boy back in 1966, as many boys did then, I collected stamps. In the local paper in 1966 or '67 there was an article about RILP stamps. I remember being fascinated by the notion of a local post (and the triangular design) and so began sending for them. But as often happens with youthful interests, stamp collecting went away. I am now a mostly retired physician and mentioned to a friend a couple years ago, who also collected stamps as a boy, that in the remote past I had a small collection of early RILP stamps. The reason the topic came up was that my friend had acquired a place on Kelleys Island, and we were discussing the Lake Erie Islands in general. One Christmas he presented me with several FDCs from RILP from 1967, and that reignited my interest. So here I am, a veteran collector 50 years on. Much thanks to Dave Gill for reinvigorating my interest as well.
I have been interested in local history, including that of the Lake Erie islands, since I was very young. I have a degree in Transportation from the University of Akron and have developed a keen interest in air, land, and sea transportation to, from, and on the islands. I also have long been interesteed in the lighthouses that dot the Lake Erie coast. It is a true blessing that I am able to combine these interests with my love of stamp collecting through the unique and beautiful stamps and covers of the RILP!