- Alternative Names
- Myths, Charity
A myth existed in stamp collecting circles - a myth said to be as old almost as the hobby of stamp collecting iself - that if a million stamps were collected for a certain hospital (in the late nineteenth century this was a hospital in New South Wales, Australia) then a new ward could be built from the proceeds. Requests for a million stamps circulated in chain letters.
This has nothing to do with the 'Post Office' story, but I was fascinated during my researches when I came across reference to it from time to time.
- 'Miss Griffin's Chain Letter', Stamp Collectors' Fortnightly, vol. 10, no. 254, 3 December 1904, p. 162. [ Details... ]
- '[The utter fatuity of collecting very common postage stamps for charitable objects]', Stamp Collectors' Fortnightly, vol. 5, no. 109, 26 November 1898, p. 38. [ Details... ]
- Miss Griffin's Chain Letter
Prepared by: Helen Morgan
Created: 25 March 2006, Last modified: 9 July 2006