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WSJ article about collections, and what the collectors are worried about – “Young people today have little interest in the stamp, coin or knickknack collections of their elders, so an aging America can’t help but wonder: What’s going to happen to all those boxes in the basement?…In Palo Alto, Calif., Tom Wyman, 78, has about 900 antique slide rules. Mr. Wyman belongs to the 430-member Oughtred Society, named for William Oughtred, who in the 1620s invented an early form of the slide rule. The group hosts lectures to entice youngsters to embrace slide-rule collecting. But Mr. Wyman says such “missionary work” is a hard sell.” [via] Link.

Pictured here, slide rule collection from the The Oughtred Society – Link.

Makers – what do you collect? Post up in comments (and links to photos if you have them!).

Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.


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