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Green Bay Philatelic Society
Green Bay Philatelic Society

APS Chapter #1219

Brown County Aging Resources Center, 300 So. Adams St., 3rd Thursday of each month, open 7pm, business meeting 7:30, program 8pm.
Contact: 1002 Amberly Trail, Green Bay, WI 54311

Darryl Ruprecht, President
Dave Burrows, Vice-President
Ray Perry, Secretary
Kirk Becker, Treasurer
Ray Perry, Editor
Darryl Ruprecht, Publisher

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DECEMBER MEETING — Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

WHERE: Brown County Aging Resources Center

WHEN: December 18, 2014 (third Thursday of every month)

TIME: Open 7:00 pm, Business Meeting 7:30

PROGRAM: Silent Auction, Philatelic Scavenger Hunt, and Christmas Party

Note: We are back at the Brown County Aging Resources Center (Senior Center) with that we need volunteer members to pick up a key from the Senior Center by 4:00 pm on the day of the meeting. December’s volunteer is Dave Burrows. Thanks to John DuPrey & Randy Younger for providing an alternative location in Oct. & Nov

Winter Months Reminder: in the event of adverse weather the meeting will be canceled if the Green Bay Public Schools are canceled.

November Meeting

For the second consecutive month we had an outstanding turnout — 21 people. It is great to see so many getting out to the meetings. Let's see if we can keep the trend going in December — should be easy with our annual Christmas party!

The meeting was called to order by president, Dave Burrows. Visitors, Caleb, Abigail, and Amy Matthys were introduced. Caleb, Abigail, and their sister Lindsey are interested in joining the club next month. Welcome aboard.


Unfinished Business: Ray spoke with a member of a local chapter of the American Topical Association (ATA) on the advantages/disadvantages of affiliating with ATA. Advantages included membership in ATA is free for the local chapter if at least 6 of its members are ATA individual members, ATA gives free publicity in Topical Times, the local chapter receives a free copy of Topical Times, and all 30 of the vintage hand books would be mailed to the local chapter for only the cost of postage ($11 to $12). Only disadvantage is that the local group must publish a newsletter and include ATA in its distribution.

New Business:

Closed Album: Member Mark Kulieke passed away in early October (see Darryl's write up later in the newletter).

New Honorary Lifetime Members: Randy Kuehl and Ken Coakley were elected to honorary lifetime membership. Both have been longtime members of the club and contributed to its operation in many ways (Ken: longtime secretary, staffing at the youth table, regular attendee at club meetings. Randy: sunshine committee chair, staff youth table, active in helping to set up/take down Baypex even gets his son to help out, and staffing at Einstein Project). Thanks to both Randy and Ken for their many years of service to Green Bay Philatelic Society.

Amended By-Laws: Kirk suggested an amendment to the by-laws to cover regular annual expenses (American Philatelic Society dues, Wisconsin Federation of Stamp Clubs annual dues, and our annual fee to the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions). A motion was made, seconded, and passed to approve Kirk's suggestion.

Beware Fraud: Collin Daul mentioned the recent APS fraud notice. Anyone approached by someone using the name of a former APS president and requesting money is requested to contact APS — they will insure it is investigated.

November Program: Dave Burrows gave a presentation on deciphering history through some old covers. Dave has a couple of old covers in his collection addressed to the same person. With a little research Dave found that this person held a number of public service posts throughout his career including a local office, an officer for the Union Army in the Civil War, a congressman, and postmaster general. Very interesting program — thanks Dave.

December Program: We will have our annual Christmas party. Remember to bring a treat or goody to set out buffet style for everyone to enjoy. I will bring decaf coffee, creamer, sugar, sweetener, and cups. Ken Coakley, could you please bring your coffee pot? Darryl, will you be bringing the punch again this year? We always have a nice variety of treats and I don't think that anyone goes away hungry.

There will be a silent auction.

Finally, we will have our annual Philatelic Treasure Hunt. I published the questions in last month's newsletter, but in case you haven't gotten around to researching them here they are again:

  1. Love letter by Abigail Adams.
  2. Round space stamp.
  3. Heater/aerator stamp.
  4. Alphabet raises ghosts.
  5. "The Age of Innocence" - author.
  6. Morning glory and honeybee.
  7. Doctor responsible for quick score on newborns.
  8. Self portrait of artist born in Coyocoan, Mexico City, Mexico
  9. "Go Directly to Jail." Defeated Custer.

Thanks to Randy Younger for taking the time to develop the scavenger hunt. Start your search now to have it complete in plenty of time for the December meeting.

As a reminder, here are the rules for the Scavenger Hunt: Bring as many of the preceding stamps as possible to the DECEMBER meeting. Or you may bring in the correct answers and Scott numbers. In order to accommodate out-of-town members or members that can't make the meeting, any member can mail the answers and the correct Scott numbers to Ray D. Perry, 2016 Baltic Terrace, Green Bay, WI 54311 or email them to Ray at

Dave's Deliberations

Dave's comments for December.

Good news. Our usual downtown haunts have been under renovation for three months and as of December 1 we are welcome back! Our December meeting will be in our usual location in downtown Green Bay!

We as a Society have to thank John DuPrey for his generous hosting of our membership. I believe also that our vice president Randy Younger aided in the preparation and clean up of the facility for each meeting. The last two meetings have had better attendance than there has been for quite a while. I am told that as my longevity as a member is not that great. I hope that more of our members are with us each month, and they take the opportunity to bring others who are "Closet Philatelists" or "Cryptic Stamp Collectors" to our meetings.

At the December meeting I am introducing some different approaches to having stamps available for members. I will have two frames of "Silent Auction" material, one being "Club Lots" and the other will be my own. There will also be a frame of "Buy it now" material. The bid sheets, and the "Buy it now" sheets will be of different format and the procedure of procuring material won or acquired will also be new. There will be print outs explaining procedure and I advise these be read so that the new will be understood. Should you like and enjoy my offerings and procedure please offer your own material to members at future meetings.

A very pleasant Christmas to everyone.

Ray's Ramblings

Last month we took a cursory look at the 1950's by learning about Charles R. Chickering, a prolific designer of U.S. stamps during that period. I can't leave the 50's without mentioning a few other stamps — most notably the "Liberty Series". This series, also known as the "6th Bureau Issue", was issued between 1954 and 1980. It replaced the Presidential Series or "Prexies" first issued in 1938. The Liberty Series is special to me as I kind of grew up both chronologically and philatelically with the series. If one counts the face different stamps in the liberty series you will come up with 27 different stamps. That is just the beginning. You can get into tagging varieties, coils, postal stationary, precancels, and so on. A picture showing the face different varieties of this issue is shown below.

Scott #1030-#1052
Scott #1030 - 1052 (1053 not shown)

A couple of years ago my wife gave me a copy of the book "The Liberty Series" by Ken Lawrence, C. David Eeles, and Anthony S. Wawrukiewicz. It is a most informative and comprehensive book on the Liberty Series and a must read for anyone wanting to learn more than just the basics about this series. The $5.00 Alexander Hamilton stamp is not pictured above, I have inserted a picture of it here.

Scott #1053
Scott #1053

In 1956 a souvenir sheet featuring the 3 cent and 8 cent issues showing the Statue of Liberty was issued. The souvenir sheet was issued to recognize the 5th International Philatelic Exhibition (FIPEX) held in New York, New York from April 28 to May 6, 1956. The souvenir sheet is shown below.

Scott #1075
Scott #1075

Moving on, the first U.S. stamps featuring the U.S. flag appeared in the 1950's. There were other stamps which contained the U.S. flag, but none of them featured the flag as the primary subject commemorated on the stamp. The first of these was Scott #1094 issued in 1957 and shown below.

Scott #1094
Scott #1094

There is another series of stamps issued in the late 50's and early 60's that I think are particularly well designed, attractive, and generally appealing to the eye. I have written about one of these stamps (forest conservation) in the past, but it is worth recognizing the entire series. The series consists of 4 stamps which commemorate forest conservation (Scott #1122), soil conservation (Scott #1133), water conservation (Scott #1150), and range conservation (Scott #1176). Images of these stamps follow.

Scott #1122
Scott #1122
Scott #1133
Scott #1133
Scott #1150
Scott #1150
Scott #1176
Scott #1176

Being in the forestry profession, I think that you can see why these stamps would be appealing to me. The 50's also saw the first U.S. joint issue. U.S. Scott #1131 commemorating the St. Lawrence Seaway was issued jointly with Canada Scott #387. This was also Canada's first joint issue. The two stamps are pictured below.

Scott #1131
U.S. Scott #1131
Canada Scott #387
Canada Scott #387

As most stamp collectors are aware this is also the source of Canada's most famous error. Canada Scott #387a has an inverted center. Only about 400 of these stamps are known to exist. This stamp is pictured below.

Canada Scott #387a
Canada Scott #387a

We'll call that a wrap for this month's ramblings.

Next month we will move on to the 1960's or maybe we'll take a side trip to some exotic foreign country or countries.

Closed Album

As previously noted, Mark Kulieke passed away in early October. Darryl Ruprecht wrote the following obituary which has also been submitted to the Federation for inclusion on its web site and in Across the Fence.

Mark Warren Kulieke was born on September 3, 1948 in Zion, IL. Mark, older sister Lynn, and their parents moved to Highland Park, IL. His father was a teacher and died when Mark was 13 years old which was very difficult for him to deal with as the only male in the family. He attended grade school and graduated from high school in Highland Park. At 18 he went to college in Decatur, IL for one year and then transferred to the University of Kentucky where he earned a BA degree in History. After graduation he went into the United States Army and had the choice of being a sniper or an investigator, he picked the latter. He was stationed in Vietnam from 1970-1971 in the "brown" area. He was what we would call today, an undercover drug investigator. Several times, the building he had just been in blew up. Of the twelve men trained for that position, Mark was one of only four that came home alive. While in Vietnam he got Hepatitis B and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), which he did not know about until the late 1990's.

After his discharge from the Army, he returned to the University of Kentucky where he earned a MS in Library Science. After his education, he returned to the Chicago area and got a job working in the printing trade, instead of working in a library. Library work was what he really enjoyed doing. Mark specialized in the area of legal and classified documents and worked for several large legal firms.

Mark's family had a cabin in Door County and he liked the beauty of the nature and the friendliness of the people so he decided to move to Wisconsin. Mark married his first wife when he was thirty years old. They had no children and were only married for 12 years. He married his second wife, Pat, in 1994 and lived with her the rest of his life.

Printing, as with many kinds of work is closely connected to the economy, so in 2001 when the economy dropped, Mark, like many others found himself out of a job. It was Pat that talked Mark into applying for the job as Librarian at the Green Bay Correctional Institution (GBCI). Mark did not want to go there. This was the only time that he used his MA Degree. It turned out to be the most rewarding job he ever had. He loved the people he worked with and even liked working with the "bad boys."

Mark had a life long interest in two things, world religions and stamps. He was not a member of any religious organization, but strongly believed in God and Jesus Christ and tried to live according to His teaching by his actions. He rarely talked about his past, or even why he liked stamps. It turns out that his stamps were the place that he found peace and safety from his PTSD (combat fatigue) and other troubles of the world.

Mark was waiting for a liver transplant which never came. As typical of such cases several different cancers took over his body. Mark Warren Kulieke closed his album on October 3, 2014, at home in peace and quiet, with his loving family at his side. He is survived by his second wife, 4 step-children, a son-in-law, 3 granddaughters and his first wife.

Mark will be missed by all who knew him.

Darryl, thanks for that fine write up. Like most people it appears that there was a lot more to Mark than first appeared. I don't want to get too heavy here, but this should be a reminder to all of us to take time to get to know each other. I mean beyond the stamps, the weather, and sports. Okay, enough philosophizing for now.

Merry Christmas

I want to take this space to wish everyone in the club a very Merry Christmas. I thought the following selection of philatelically related Christmas items might be an interesting way to accomplish this.

1st U.S. Christmas Stamp
1st U.S. Christmas Stamp

Great Britain Christmas stamps
From Great Britain

1st U.S. self adhesive
1st U.S. self adhesive

New Zealand Christmas stamp
From Down Under

Currier and Ives Christmas stamp
From Currier and Ives

Angel Christmas stamp
From the angels

Valley Forge Christmas stamp
From the patriotic

Madonna and child
From the religious

Mailbox Christmas Stamp
From the mail
Santa Claus Christmas Stamp
From Santa
Canada 3-cent Christmas stamp
From north
Mexico Christmas stamp
and south of the border
Christmas Seal 1908 Christmas postcard
From Christmas Seals, Christmas Postcards
Christmas First Day Cover
And First Day Covers

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Dues are Due

It is the end of another year and your dues are due by January 1st. We are trying a new procedure this year. When you renew your membership in the stamp club this year, the Treasurer will ask you to verify the contact information in the club membership list. If there are any changes to your information, it will be noted and updated. Currently, dues are $10 per year.

Stamp Shows

(See Across the Fence Post for more details)

Feb. 7: Janesville Annual Exhibition and Bourse
Ramada Inn
3900 Milton Ave.
Janesville, WI
Mar. 7-8: Stampfest '15
St. Aloysius Gonzaga Hall
1435 S. 92nd St.
West Allis, WI
Mar. 21, 2014: Baypex '15
St. Matthew Catholic Church Multi-Purpose Room
2575 S. Webster Ave.
Green Bay, WI

Schedule of Events

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