Sunday, July 8, 2012

Another heartwarming story about an old man who collects Matchbooks

Bob Pitcher is a 80 years old man, and he collects Matchbooks for a half century...
A nice story from the Tampa Bay Times:  Bob Pitcher -  Matchbooks collector

Bob Pitcher keeps his collection of matchbooks from across the country in binders, tucked away on shelves in his Dunedin home. He has matchbooks from New York to Nevada. Why matchbooks? “Something to do,” he says. “What else can I do? I can’t jog. I can’t lift weights.”

His living room shelves sagged from the weight of the albums of the matchbooks — 100 albums or so, each containing about 600 matchbooks. Sixty thousand matchbooks out of the past.

I liked his words at the end of the article: "We collect for a lot of reasons. Perhaps collecting is a way to stay in touch with our youth. But maybe it's something more. A collection is proof that we were here."

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