Collecting vs. Hoarding: One Collection Manager’s Perspective

As a young child I was encouraged to collect. Both my mother and father had collected stamps as children and my mother wanted to pass on the legacy of treasured albums with dog eared pages and handwritten labels. But I was a child of the eighties. Stamps were boring. I preferred to collect erasers. I was passionate about collecting novelty, brightly coloured, scented, strictly unused, pencil erasers. I had a tall glass jar in which they were stored and I would regularly tip them all out and examine them one by one. I loved them. I showed them proudly to visitors.

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