For some, collecting things begins in childhood. Stamp collecting and coin collecting usually start things off for boys. The stamps and coins started things out for me, but there was soon, bottle cap collecting, insect collecting, leaf collecting, rock collecting, arrowhead collecting, book collecting... you get the picture. The following picture is some of my Boy Scout patch collecting.
There were all sorts of patches. Camporee, "Scout-O-Rama", "GO" Roundup, fall encampments, from all sorts of activities they were collected. Many colors, many shapes, many sizes, and many memories.
Just a few are shown above.
Now this thing called "genealogy" came to be important for me...you know...ancestor collecting.