Chocolate is not just for breakfast any more – it's the theme of this year's stamp and postcard show. A according to info received by StampNews.com, this year's theme, "250 Years – Chocolate in the U.S.A." commemorates Valentine's Day which is just a few days after the show.
Show director Donn Ebert said it was 250 years ago when the first chocolate factory, Baker's Chocolates, which still exists, opened in the United States.
This year's theme also refers to some stamps that actually have the scent of chocolate, which of course eventually fades. Switzerland, Belgium, Grenada and Liberia have issued such stamps.
Ebert said, "Stamps have been leaning towards the gimmicky, and a lot of pure collectors won't even bother with things issued after 1940". He said the classic period for stamps was from 1840-1940.
"A lot of people think that's what stamp collecting is all about, and what's coming out now is just wallpaper".
This year's show will include 10 dealers, special show cover and postmark stamps, covers, supplies, picture postcards, collections, door prizes, free stamps for children, an area set apart just for young people starting to collect, and information about the Myrtle Beach Stamp Club.