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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - The Postal Service is at the center of a political firestorm ahead of the election. Questions persist about mail in ballots and the ability of the USPS to handle the load.

But none of that really matters to Jim Mowrer. He's well acquainted with the the agency because he's an avid stamp collector.

Jim Mowrer

Mowrer has collected stamps for decades. For a time, he even owned a stamp dealing business - helping collectors find the perfect additions to their inventory.

"We still have collectors who are younger than 60," chuckled Mowrer. "As bad as that sounds, it's actually a good thing."

Mowrer has some real gems in his collection. One notable stamp is a "Penny Black." It was the first adhesive backed stamp issued by Great Britain in 1840. It is in fact, the stamp that started it all.

The Penny Black

Another notable item is a USA stamp that flew aboard the space shuttle Challenger. More than 200,000 flew aboard the shuttle and were distributed to collectors.

"Challenger" stamp

"For Mowrer, the stamps represent moments in history that are worth remembering. "Literally the history of our United States is in these United States stamps," he said.

Stamp collecting - or Philatelics - is alive and well in Fort Wayne. The Anthony Wayne Stamp Society, of which Mowrer is a leader, meets regularly to trade stamps and stories.

Mowrer admits they could use some younger members. He insists stamp collecting is fun, educational and worthwhile.

"There will be some that get hooked," he said. "It will hook you."

On the national level, the American Philatelic Society offers resources and education for enthusiasts. The association also has a library with 23,000 books on the subject.

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