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American Topical Association Chapter #107

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: 2214 Allouez Ave., 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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FEBRUARY MEETING — Happy Valentine's Day

WHERE: Brown County Senior Center

WHEN: February 18, 2016 (third Thursday of every month)

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

PROGRAM: Show and Tell: Show off your favorite cancel

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

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

January Meeting

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


Unfinished Business: None.

New Business:
A motion was made, seconded, and approved to donate $120.00 to the ADRC.

Randy Younger noted that on Page 61 of the January/February 2016 issue of Topical Times there was an article notifying collectors of free album pages available on the APS website. There is quite an assortment of topics for those interested. If you are considering a new topic or collecting interest why not take a look at what album pages are available, it may help you decide or it may even give you thoughts of an area you had not previously considered. Speaking from personal experience I can say that these are quality album pages. I have downloaded both "A Stamp from Every Country" and "Wisconsin on Stamps". The website is: .

Randy also mentioned there are post-it notes available for sale that are in the shape of an envelope.

There was discussion about purchasing plexiglass to replace damaged, broken, or missing glass from our club frames. Several members graciously offered to chip in to help with the cost of the plexiglass. Randy Younger will be checking out the quality of the frames between now and the next meeting to see if they are worth repairing. So if you have any of the frames in your possession please be prepared to help Randy out with their current condition.

January Program: In addition to our usual silent auction, Dave Burrows gave a presentation on "Mysteries Plus". It was kind of a "did you know". A couple of things stood out in my mind in his discussion, they were:

  1. The letter sheet was expected to be more popular than stamps.
  2. The price of the first stamps issued was 1 penny, this meant that it cost about an hour to an hour and half's wages to mail a letter. A pretty significant investment.

Dave also had some interesting slides including one of the U.S. Indian Centennial (Scott #972) that was signed by the artist, engraver, and designer in the selvage. Thanks for an interesting program Dave.

February Program:Our Program Chair, Bob Petersen, has scheduled a "show and tell" program for February with a special twist. Bob has suggested that each member bring their favorite cancel. That could be socked on the nose, pictorial, 1st Day, R.P.O., military, foreign, air mail, parcel post, and so on. You get the idea. So lets getting digging through our collections and see what we come up with. Remember to have your item mounted and identified so that it can be passed around to the members for viewing.

We will of course have our monthly silent auction.

Dave's Deliberations

It was at Baypex a decade ago that I first learned of William Steiner Stamp Pages. I subscribed to those pages and received a CD with every stamp listed in Scott arranged in order on pages by country. There were also a number of general purpose pages. These could be printed page by page, a grouping of pages, multiples of pages, and country complete groupings.

I have used this subscription extensively over the years as it fits very well with the way I wish to establish and lay out my albums.

William Steiner in his paragraph that precedes many of the countries "A Word from the Author" states the following. "You may use this album page file to print album pages for yourself, your friends or your children. You may give copies of the file to other people, and you may post the file on bulletin board systems or web pages." That is very generous of Mr. Steiner. Also stated is that an individual using the pages may not modify, sell, or use such for commercial activity without his written permission.

I have in the past provided these files to our junior members and several of our regular members. Should any other member wish to receive these files please ask.

Ray's Ramblings

Last month we traveled to Switzerland to explore some of the stamps from that country. This month I was thinking about what to write about and I thought of a country that I have collected in the past and thought we might explore Kalaallit Nunaat or as we know it: Greenland. GREENLAND you say, yes Greenland. I had been looking for a new country to collect and I had several criteria to determine which country that would be. I was looking for a country with a conservative stamp issuing policy, attractive stamps, interesting stamps, and affordable stamps. Greenland fit the bill nicely for me. I found a person in Denmark that wanted to trade Denmark related stamps for U.S. stamps. That worked well for me for a few years until I ran out of duplicates that he was interested in. Never the less I added a substantial number of stamps to my collection that way. We traded based on Scott catalogue value. Lets get started.

Greenland is the largest island on Earth with an area of 836,109 square miles (an area roughly the size of Alaska and Montana combined). It has a population of about 55,984 making it the least densely populated country in the world. While geographically it is part of North America, it is more closely associated with Europe, this may be a result of the heavy Norse and Danish influences over the years. The first people to settle in Greenland came from Canada around 2500 B.C. They inhabited the area off and on over the centuries. The first permanent settlements were established between 900 and 1000 A.D. Inuit settlers arrived in the 1300s. Greenland has an interesting flag (Scott #200) pictured along with its coat of arms (Scott #201) on stamps shown on the next page.

So now we have a little background on Switzerland, what about its stamps? My Scott catalogue lists 1,244 regular stamp issues, 701 semi-postal issues, and 46 airmail stamps through May 9, 2006. Then there are postage dues, officials, War Board of Trade stamps, and League of Nations stamps. There were several Cantonal Administration stamps issued prior to Switzerland Scott #1. What is a Canton? It is to Switzerland like states are to the U.S. Shown below are a couple of examples of these Cantonal stamps:
Greenland Scott #200 and 201
Scott #200 and Scott #201

One set of stamps that initially attracted me to Greenland is also one that I was able to trade for as described above. It is Scott #28-38. It includes two different designs each on several different stamps. The first design is of King Frederik IX of Denmark. He reigned from 1947 to 72. The second design pictured the Arctic ship Gustav Holm, named for a Danish military officer and arctic explorer. These two designs are shown below.
Greenland Scott #34 and 38
Scott #34 and Scott #38

The first stamps of Greenland were issued from 1938-46 and again had two different designs. These two designs were of King Christian X and a polar bear. King Christian X reigned from 1912-47. His son was the aforementioned King Frederik IX. Images of these two designs are shown below.

Greenland Scott #1
Scott #1
Greenland Scott #7
Scott #7

Polar bears are not the only unusual wildlife found in and around Greenland. The country is rich with arctic species not frequently seen elsewhere. Greenland's stamps display a number of these species including narwhals, walruses, musk oxen, reindeer, right whales, and so on. Stamps depicting narwhals, walurses, and musk oxen are shown at the top of the next column.
Greenland Scott #72
Scott #72
Greenland Scott #74 and 75
Scott #74 and Scott #75

These three stamps are part of a set of 5, the other 2 stamps show a right whale and a polar bear. In addition to these animals there are a large number of birds that call Greenland home. Two of these are the long-tailed duck and the snow bunting pictured below.
Greenland Scott #178 and 181
Scott #178 and #181

There are many other stamps depicting various birds of Greenland. There are also a large number stamps whose designs feature wildflowers native to the arctic country. It is interesting to note here that despite the name Greenland is actually about 70% covered by ice, while Iceland with the harsher name has a much friendlier climate.

Another set of stamps of Greenland depict legends of the country. Probably the best known legend is the "Mother of the Sea". This legend goes something like this: The Mother of the Sea was disturbed by the Inuit people's evil deeds. She took all the animals that the Inuit used to hunt to the bottom of the sea in her fiery hair. The "Blind One" came down to remedy the situation. He combed her hair, gathered all the dirt and threw it away. As the legend goes, at that moment all the animals came alive. According to legend the moral of the story is that people must not be greedy and they must observe society's customs and follow the shaman. The stamp portraying this legend is shown below.
Greenland Scott #43
Scott #43

There are several other legends commemorated in this set of five stamps (Scott #41-45), check them out on line when you have a chance.

p>Then there are stamps that commemorate famous people for their contributions to Greenland. A couple of these are shown below and commemorate Jonathan Petersen (Scott #242), a songwriter and composer who wrote the music to Greenland's national anthem. The second one commemorates Hans Lynge (Scott #243), author, artist, sculptor, and politician.
Greenland Scott #242 and 243
Scott #242 and #243

There are a couple more things I'd like to touch on before I wrap up. The first is an interesting and popular set of local stamps. Thule is a very small community in northwest Greenland, there is a U.S. air base in the area. Back in the 1930's this area was very secluded, even today it is pretty remote. Five local stamps were issued to serve the locals in the area. They were in use for a year or two. They are pictured below.
Thule Facit #71-75
Facit #71-75

I think this set is very attractive and am told it is a popular set for fly specking if you are into that.

The last item I want to share is a legitimate Greenland cover sent from D. Jacobi in Nanortalik, Greenland (address on back) to Poul (maybe Paul) Jacobi in Kohler, WI. It is franked with two Scott 33's
Greenland Scott #33
Scott #33 on cover

Dues are now past due, if you have not yet paid the $10.00 annual dues for 2016, please bring them to the February meeting or mail them to Ray Perry at the address in the newsletter letterhead. Thank you.

Stamp Shows

(See Across the Fence Post for more details)

Mar. 5-6: Stampfest '16
St. Aloysius Gonzaga Hall
1435 S. 92nd St.
West Allis, WI
Mar 19: Baypex '16
St. Matthew Catholic Church Multi-Purpose Room
2575 S. Webster Ave.
Green Bay, WI
Apr 10: Danepex '16
Crowne Plaza Hotel
4402 E. Washington Ave.
Madison, WI
Apr 17: Sheboygan Stamp and Coin Show
The Lakers Ice Center
1202 W. Wildwood Ave.
Sheboygan, WI

Schedule of Events

Shown below is the program schedule for the current year:

Note: There will be a silent auction each month.

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