Did you know that the word for ‘stamp collector’ is ‘philatelist’?
I knew that once upon a time, but forgot. Yesterday, I reacquainted myself with the term on the occasion of learning that the country of Finland is issuing ‘Tom of Finland’ commemorative stamps.
The way I see it, at this juncture, stamp collectors now have stamps to match the sound of their name. Really, ‘The American Philatelic Society’ makes the ‘North American Man/Boy Love Association’ sound positively chaste, don’t you think?
The other matter here at hand today has to do with the vagaries of fashion.
When a style winds its way through the chicer environs to finally end up at the fraternity house, it is surely time for the jeunesse dorée, or the pretenders thereto, to abandon it. Hard to believe, but this look (below), though somewhat modified, has in fact been spotted around the keg hereabouts in town.
Now, you can of course shave the beard, grow/cut/dye your hair, and lose the bow tie and suspenders. But the pretty pictures permanently covering your right arm? Hmm…
Well, there is always hope that the opera glove will make a comeback, in which case you can keep the suspenders. And add a ‘Tom of Finland’ biker cop cap!