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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

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

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NOVEMBER MEETING — Happy Halloween

WHERE: Brown County Senior Center

WHEN: November 19, 2015 (third Thursday of every month)

TIME: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Business Meeting 7:30 pm

PROGRAM: Postal History of Germany and Silent Auction

Reminder: We need volunteer members to pick up a key from the Senior Center by 4:00 pm on the day of the meeting. November's volunteer is Dave Burrows.

October Meeting

President Dave Burrows called the meeting to order. The minutes of the September meeting were read and approved with one change. The Treasurer's report was given and a motion to approve that report was approved.

Committees: There were no committee updates.

Unfinished Business: There was no unfinished business discussed.

New Business:
There was no new business discussed.

  1. WFSC Request for E-Mail Addresses for Communication: WFSC would like to be able to send out periodic e-mail blasts. To that end they requested that each member club send them a list of club members and e-mail addresses. After some discussion the club decided to protect its member's e-mail information by not providing WFSC with the requested information. Instead the club secretary will provide his/her e-mail address to WFSC and then forward the e-mail blasts to club members. Ray will notify WFSC of the decision and provide his e-mail address.
  2. Across the Fence Post Christmas Greeting: The club passed a motion to be included in the annual Christmas greeting in Across the Fence Post.
  3. 3. October Stamp Collecting Posters: Posters advertising October as Stamp Collecting month were passed out to members for posting in the community.
  4. 4. Dues: It was announced that the 2016 GBPS dues are now payable. Still only $10.00/year ($1.00/year for juniors) — what a bargain. One note here — yours truly has noticed over the past several years that the bookwork for collecting dues at the meeting gets a little hectic this time of year. I have talked with Kirk (club treasurer) and we think that we have a more organized system to collect the dues at the meeting. We are asking for your help in making this new system work. After the business part of the meeting and while the program is being set up Kirk and I will set up shop to collect the dues together. Then we can track who has paid, collect the money, and issue the membership card in an orderly fashion. President Dave will announce after the business part of the meeting that now is the time to pay your dues. Please refrain from paying them before or after that part of the meeting set aside to collect the dues. Of course you can still mail your dues to the address in the newsletter letterhead. Please bear with us as we try to make this more efficient for all of us. Thank you.

October Program: Bob Petersen gave a review of an on line network for stamp collectors. There is a chat room, information sharing, stamps for sale or trade, freebies, and just general information related to the hobby. The network is based out of Australia and can be found at: Bob emphasized the need to follow the rules to insure that you don't incur the wrath of the leader of the site.

In addition to Bob's presentation we also had our annual "Way Out Topical" contest. The winners and other entries are shown below:

Thanks to all who participated, we sure have a lot of creativity in our club. It is nice to see some of the juniors getting into club activities as well.

We also had our silent auction.

November Program: We will have a silent auction in November. We will also have a presentation on German Postal History by Bob Petersen. For those of you that have missed the last couple of meetings — you have missed some outstanding programs. Why not come to the November meeting, bring a philatelic friend, and improve your knowledge of German postal history.

December Program: What's this, we haven't even had the November meeting yet? Well, traditionally we have a stamp scavenger hunt as part of the program at our December meeting. In order to give club members plenty of time to find the answers to the clues for December's stamp scavenger hunt. First the rules for the scavenger hunt:

Bring as many of the stamps related to the following clues 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, 2214 Allouez Ave. Green Bay, WI 54311 or email them to Ray at

Here are the clues:

  1. This stamp depicts a bird whose color is derived from its heavy seafood diet.
  2. This stamp depicts the author of the following words, "O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love."
  3. This stamp from the well known Presidential series paid the "transient second-class postage rate" for a magazine weighing up to 16 ounces in 1942.
  4. This car started out as an American made vehicle, but its last car rolled off a Canadian assembly line in 1966. (1 of 2 possible stamps)
  5. This Russian/American aviation pioneer is credited with developing America's first viable helicopter and developing the rotor configuration still in use today.
  6. This prestamped postal card commemorates the exploration of the Louisiana Purchase in 1806.
  7. This stamp portrays a flower whose name is also used as a derogatory name for a wimpy athlete (1 of 2 possible stamps).
  8. This stamp commemorates a mode of transportation made famous in a popular song written by Harry Dacre over 100 years ago.
  9. This stamp commemorates the Postmaster General under President A. Lincoln.
  10. This stamp commemorates an American author and poet known as the Hoosier poet and Children's poet. His best known work was about a young girl who had lost both parents and was living in his home when she was a child.

Get an early start and have fun. For our out of town members, please note that you can enter the hunt too, just send your answers to me at the address noted previously.

Dave's Deliberations

During the past month I spent a couple of days with friends in the Palouse. One evening the lady of the house asked me about my main activities. I listed several including philately. Her response was unexpected, that her father's sole interest for many years had been his stamps. Her father had passed away in 1979 after several years of illness and her mother had sold all of the collection of which she was aware for $7000 shortly thereafter. When her mother passed away several additional small boxes of stamps were found. She asked me to look them over.

Along with a mess of junk were a number of glassines, a few stock sheets and unbelievably about $10,000 face value of whole sheets from about 1950 on. The major portion of this was about a thousand sheets of Scott 1682a from 1976. Within the glassines and stock sheets were multiples of many Banknote issues, and several copies of earlier issues including at least two number ones. Also good Canadian issues and a single C15. Time limited me to less than ten percent of this accumulation.

She asked what she should do with this material. Her children and grandchildren showed no interest but she wanted to keep it as a remembrance of her father. Our conclusion was that I should help her select the best material for an "Heirloom Collection". Concurrently the junk would be separated and donated while the mint material would be offered into the market. Finally, after selection and removal of the better material for the "Heirloom Collection", the remainder would be sold.

This is one way of handling a collection but there are many more ways to skin a cat(fish).

Ray's Ramblings

So last month we started on the 1990's. We covered definitive series that continued into the 90's like the Transportation Coils and the Famous Americans. We also recognized the commemorative series honoring Black Heritage. We covered the Legends of Hollywood and a group of stamps honoring famous performers of a musical nature. Wow, a lot just in those series to say nothing of Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, but we have just scratched the surface. There were other series like the five souvenir sheets issued between 1991 and 1995 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of WW II. The souvenir sheets each had their own name such as "1941: A World at War", "1942: Into the Battle", "1943: Turning the Tide", "1944: Road to Victory", and "1945: Victory at Last". The 1994 sheet is shown below:
Scott 2838
Scott #2838

These souvenir sheets traced the United States involvement in the war from its entry point through the final victory. A very worthy topic, but did we really need 50 stamps to do it?

Then of course there were the Celebrate the Century souvenir sheets. For this series of souvenir sheets USPS issued 1 souvenir sheet for each decade of the 20th century. Each souvenir sheet contained 15 different stamps commemorating special events within that particular decade. Shown below is the souvenir sheet commemorating the 1960's.
Scott 3188
Scott #3188

Like the World War II series, my personal opinion is that commemorating key events throughout the 20th century is a very worthy topic, but again did we need 150 stamps to do it? Notice that the souvenir sheet I chose to show in the newsletter involved the Green Bay Packers twice — once showing their line, and the second commemorating Super Bowl I. As many of you know this was not Super Bowl I at the time of the game, but rather the NFC vs. AFC Championship game.

There were at least two other stamps with a Packer connection issued during the decade. These two stamps were the two stamps issued commemorating legendary football coaches and to nobody's surprise Vince Lombardi is shown on the stamps. A picture of one of the Lombardi stamps is shown below.
Scott 3145
Scott #3145

Then there was the reissue of the Columbians giving each of us a chance to own a reissued copy of some pretty valuable stamps. These stamps came out in 1992 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the originals and the 500th anniversary of Columbus' first voyage to the western hemisphere. They were issued as a joint issue with Italy, Spain, and Portugal. A copy of the $5.00 souvenir sheet is shown below.
Scott 2629
Scott #2629

The Trans-Mississippi issue of 1898 was also reprinted during the 1990's. These reprints came out in 1998 commemorating 100 years since the first issue occurred. The souvenir sheet of 9 is shown below.
Scott 3209
Scott #3209

A second souvenir sheet depicting only the $1.00 Cattle in the Storm stamp was issued at the same time. This stamp is in the bottom row middle in the sheet pictured above.

Another souvenir sheet series that showed different broad ecologies that exist around our country was started during this decade. There were 12 souvenir sheets in the series ending in 2010. These really were quite attractive stamps. There were ten stamps on each souvenir sheet. The souvenir sheet showing the Sonoran Desert is shown next.
Scott 3293
Scott #3293

There were so many other stamps issued in the 1990's that I feel we have barely scratched the surface. Maybe we'll look at a few of the individual stamps next month. In the meantime remember to get your dues in and start working on the Stamp Scavenger Hunt for December.

Late News: Gordy Lindner, past pres. and life member of GBPS passed away on Oct. 22, 2015. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Nancy.

Stamp Shows

(See Across the Fence Post for more details)

Nov. 21: Oshkosh Stamp Bourse
Elk's Club, 175 Fernau Ave.
Oshkosh, WI
Nov. 20-22: Chicagopex '15
Westin Chicago Northwest Hotel
400 Park Blvd.
Itasca, IL
Nov. 28: Supex '15
Operating Engineers Hall
LaGrange Rd. and Joliet Rd.
Countryside, IL
Dec. 5-6: MSDA Show Milwaukee
Lindner Conference Center
610 E. Butterfield Rd.
Lombard, IL
Dec. 12-13: MSDA West Suburban Show
Lindner Conference Center
610 E. Butterfield Rd.
Lombard, IL

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