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The hobby of collecting includes seeking, locating, acquiring, organizing, cataloging, displaying, storing, and maintaining whatever items are of interest to the individual collector. Some collectors are generalists, accumulating Star Trek merchandise, or stamps from all countries of the world. Others focus on a subtopic within their area of interest, perhaps 19th Century postage stamps, milk bottle labels from Sussex, or Mongolian harnesses and tack.

Collecting things is an exciting hobby. What you collect depends on your passion, you can collect stamps, coins, comic books, posters, or topic specific items like 'coke'™ or 'Pepsi'™ items, lighthouses, fire trucks, dolls or figurines. I have always collected things though until recently it was nothing in particular. I am a 14 year breast cancer survivor and have begun collecting things specific to that topic. I have lapel pins, figurines, beanie bears, candles, and just about every thing Avon™ ever made for the Susan G. Komen foundation. People collect things for many different reasons but you have to have a passion for it no matter what you want to collect.


Scrap booking:

Scrap booking in its earliest form was a way to blend ephemera, memorabilia collections and journaling. People have been scrap booking since printed material became available to the average person. Some of the earliest and most famous American scrap bookers include Thomas Jefferson and Mark Twain.

Scrap booking with photographs has been around since photos became available to ordinary people. Old scrapbooks tended to have photos mounted with photo mount corners and perhaps notations of who was in a photo or where and when it was taken. They often included bits of memorabilia like newspaper clippings, letters, etc. Modern scrap booking has evolved into creating attractive displays of photos, text, journaling and memorabilia.


Scrap booking has been around since photographs became available to the general public, in earlier books the pictures are held onto a page with photo mounts or tape and a notation is made about the picture, who is in it where it was taken and so on. Now days scrapbooks include lots of different memorabilia. The pages are then adorned with lots of 'bling' like beads, lace, buttons and stickers. Scrap booking has become very popular in recent years. A scrapbook is also called a Memory book, or Journaling. All it takes is a little bit of creativity, a few photographs and accessories.



Photography is the result of combining several technical discoveries. Long before the first photographs were made, Ibn al-Haytham (Alhazen) (965–1040) invented the camera obscura and pinhole camera, Albertus Magnus (1139-1238) discovered silver nitrate, and Georges Fabricius (1516-1571) discovered silver chloride. Daniel Barbaro described a diaphragm in 1568. Wilhelm Homberg described how light darkened some chemicals (photochemical effect) in 1694. The fiction book Giphantie (by the French Thiphaigne de La Roche, 1729-1774) described what can be interpreted as photography.

Photography gained the interest of many scientists and artists from its inception. Scientists have used photography to record and study movements, such as Eadweard Muybridge's study of human and animal locomotion in 1887. Artists are equally interested by these aspects but also try to explore avenues other than the photo-mechanical representation of reality, such as the pictorialist movement. Military, police, and security forces use photography for surveillance, recognition and data storage. Photography is used to preserve memories of favorite times, to capture special moments, to tell stories, to send messages, and as a source of entertainment.

information courtesy of wikipedia