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Family members collect stamps for 98-year-old northeast Neb. man

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Collecting stamps keeps 98-year-old Clarence Lindgren busy. Collecting stamps keeps 98-year-old Clarence Lindgren busy.
BURT COUNTY, Neb. - Stamp collecting is one of the world's biggest hobbies, and while a northeast Nebraska man's collection may not be the biggest or the most amazing, he's stuck to it for years.

Clarence Lindgren pages through his book of stamps.

"I've got some stamps from 1880 and 1890 and about 1915, I really started to collect and I don't think I've missed any stamps then for 25 years," says Lindgren.

At 98-years-old, he's had a few years to add to his collection.

"I think with all my foreign stamps and all my U.S. stamps, I think I've probably got somewhere between 5,000 and 10,000 stamps. I started counting them one time and I gave up," says Lindgren.

He hasn't given up on filling 13 books full of postage stamps.  Most of the stamps are used.  They've already been stuck to letters and postcards that have traveled the world.

"I think Russia gave me the most stamps, and the most colorful ones," says Lindgren.  "I like them ones from Sweden, too, because we're Swede."

The tiny, bright pictures of far away places, offer a glimpse of other countries.  For a man whose lived his whole life in northeast Nebraska, Lindgren can now only dream of traveling.

"Sometimes I wish I had a visit to some of them countries to see what the stamp is the picture is of, you know, some of the castles in Germany," says Lindgren.  "Of course it's too late now.  It's too expensive, too."

What Lindgren does have is time.  Alice, his wife of 74 years, has watched him pour hours into his hobby.

"I think it's facinating, but I wouldn't want to do it," says Alice Lindgren.

Even though it's not her thing, she doesn't mind it because she always knows where to find him.   

"It's one hobby that he has that he stays put," says Alice.

There are a lot of blank spots in the books Lindgren would like to fill up.  To help, his granddaughter, Cyndi Wallace-Sipes started a Facebook page, Stamps For Clarence.  It gets the world out that Lindgren is always looking stamps.  Her friends send her stamps, and she passes them on to Lindgren.

"As we keep him busy collecting his stamps, it keeps him active, it gives him something to do, he gets up with a purpose, "oh, I've got more stamps to peel off and find a place in my book for"," says Wallace-Sipes.

"She sends me stamps," says Lindgren.  "She has correspondence with a lot of people from other countries and they send her back cards with the stamps on them.  I enjoy it. It takes up some of my time. When you get that old, you have to find something you like to do," says Lindgren.

And it's time well spent in his little corner of the world.

If you've got Stamps for Clarence, you can send them to Stamps for Clarence, P.O. Box 4606, Woodland Park, CO 80866.



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