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American Philatelic Society Chapter #350
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: 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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NOVEMBER MEETING — Happy Thanksgiving!

WHERE: Temporarily at Chiropractic Bldg./Samaritan Outreach, 1203 S. Military

WHEN: November 20, 2014 (third Thursday of every month)

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

PROGRAM: Silent Auction and Slide Show

Reminder: While the Aging Resources Center is being remodeled, our meetings are temporarily being held at Samaritan Outreach in the Chiropractic Building. This is in the St. Agnes Shopping Center 1203 S. Military Ave. (corner of Military and 9th Street)

October Meeting

The first thing I have to comment on is the great attendance at last month's meeting — 25 people, that is the most I can remember in a very long time. Thanks to all of you that made the effort to be at the meeting. Let's see if we can beat that in November!

The meeting was called to order by president, Dave Burrows. Visitors, Caleb, Abigail, Lindsey, and Brian Matthys and Robert Olien were introduced. Caleb, Abigail, and Lindsey have shown a great deal of interest in stamp collecting since getting involved last spring. We are glad that all the visitors could make it to the meeting and hope you can all come back again.


Unfinished Business: Local Chapter, American Topical Association (ATA) — an organizational meeting was held before our GBPS meeting. There will be a second organizational meeting immediately prior to the November meeting from 6:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. Ray and Randy have some follow up items for that meeting.

APS DVDs — The club gave Ray Perry the authority to order up to 3 of the DVDs. The club instructed Ray to work with Northwoods Philatelic Society to coordinate the purchase to insure we buy different DVDs than they do.

New Business: None

October Program: October's program was "Way Out Topical Night" where our members get a chance to put together a 1 page exhibit of a topic of their choosing. Once again we had some very creative topicals represented. Here is a summary of the entries:

  1. "Baby Birds on Stamps" by Darlene Waterstreet (1st place) depicting young birds.
  2. "Different Shapes on Stamps" by Bob Petersen (2nd place) showing a nice variety of geometric shapes on stamps.
  3. "Bridges of Philately" by Ray Perry (3rd place) combining bridges on stamps with stamps showing where a bridge will take you.
  4. "Eight Island Tour" by Tom Johnston depicting stamps from 8 island nations.
  5. "Tools to Help you Accomplish your Goals" showing various sports paraphernalia by Clete Delvaux.
  6. "You've Got Mail" incorporating stamps showing mail delivery by Chuck Sanders.

Thanks to all that participated. We all now have a year to think up some creative topics for next year's contest.

November Program: We are scheduled to have a slide show. At this point, I'm not sure what the topic is. As always, there will also be a silent auction.

December Program: What's that? Do I hear Jingle Bells playing in the background? No, not yet, lets not rush the season. However, part of the December program is traditionally our Philatelic Scavenger Hunt. In order to give members plenty of time to find the stamps that fulfill the scavenger hunt clues, those clues are always published a month early, so here are the clues:

  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 November.

Promised last month was a description of the workings of a clearing house.

This last month I would estimate that there were three sellers and six buyers. The buyers were mostly at the same time not sellers therefore there was the possibility of eighteen separate transactions if each buyer bought from each seller. In a clearing house situation the number of transactions would be reduced to nine with each buyer depositing the total of their purchases with the clearing house and the sellers in turn receiving the sum of their sales from the clearing house. Now with ten individuals who would be both buyers and sellers simultaneously the number of transactions without a clearing house would be forty-five, whereas with a clearing house the number of transactions would be ten, with each participant depositing with or receiving from the clearing house only the net of their transactions.

The next subject must be brief because of space limitation. It is a subject I wish to discuss and have considerable input from members during the January meeting. Why is it that from June through August our meetings spend zero time on business, while from September through May, in excess of half an hour each month is spent on business, much of which is repetitive?

Ray's Ramblings

Last month at the end of my "ramblings" I mentioned that we would look at U.S. stamps from the 1950s. Then I read an article in the Ocotober, 2014 issue of "American Stamp Dealer and Collector" magazine. In that magazine there was a very interesting article by Rodney Juell on Charles R. Chickering. Chickering was a stamp designer for the Bureau of Engraving and Printing from 1947 to 1962. So since the bulk of that time was during the 1950s, I thought that I would change things up a bit and discuss stamp design and some of Chickering's work which will also cover stamps of the 50s. Most of you are familiar with the work of engravers — they etch the plates that will actually print the intended design on the stamp. Many of you also remember that I collect Czeslaw Slania engraved stamps. A couple of stamps engraved by Slania are shown below:

Monaco #1605
Monaco #1605
Sweden #1967
Sweden #1967

So we know what an engraver does, what does a stamp designer do? The article explains that the stamp designer does the original artwork for the stamp. This artwork is usually much larger than it will appear on the stamp. Chickering's first stamp design was for the "Doctors of America" stamp (Scott #949) issued in 1947 and pictured below.

Scott #949
Scott #949

Chickering designed 66 different stamps on his own and collaborated on another 11 between 1947 and 1962. The last stamp that he designed on his own was the "Homestead Issue" (Scott #1198) of 1962 and pictured below.

Scott #1198
Scott #1198

The article states that Chickering liked bold, clean, and simple designs. His first design (shown above) would seem to indicate otherwise. Let's take a look at several more of his designs. How about the Credo stamps, a set of six stamps issued in 1960-61 with quotes from famous Americans pertaining to some of our country's most dearly treasured principles. An example is Patrick Henry's quote "Give me liberty, or give me death" shown on Scott #1144. I also am particular to this quote from Abraham Lincoln on Scott #1143 "Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves". All six of these stamps depict quotes worth thinking about. All six are pictured below.

Scott #1139-44
Scott #1139-44

Other famous Americans with quotes shown include George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and Francis Scott Key. Chickering designed many of the stamps in the Liberty Series. Three of them are shown below.

Scott #1039
Scott #1039
Scott #1042
Scott #1042
Scott #1044
Scott #1044

Another design done by Chickering that I am particularly fond of is the whooping crane stamp (Scott #1098) issued in 1957, which I find especially attractive. It is pictured below.

Scott #1098
Scott #1098

There are many more like the Overland Mail stamp, Lewis and Clark Expedition, Fort Bliss Centennial, Charles Hughes.

Scott #1120
Overland Trail
(Scott #1120)
Scott #1195
Charles Hughes
(Scott #1195)

Perhaps his most famous design is the Project Mercury stamp (Scott #1193) issued in 1962 and shown below.

Scott #1193
Scott #1193

In his article Mr. Juell states that there was a great deal of concern that astronaut, John Glenn would not return safely to earth, hence the stamp was designed in great secrecy in Chickering's home studio. The stamps were shipped to post offices and were not to be opened until they received further orders. Had Glenn not returned safely to earth, the stamps would have been returned and destroyed. We all know the happy outcome. These days with the history of the space shuttles and all the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo flights we take these things for granted. We tend to forget the two space tragedies in our history, but this little story is a reminder of the great concern felt by the nation over each of these early flights. I remember in grade/middle school watching the splashdowns on TV. It was an exciting time.

After seeing several of Chickering's stamp designs, what do you think — did he hold true to his own concepts of bold, clean, and simple design?

In addition to his stamp design work, Mr. Chickering also was a stamp modeler. What is a stamp modeler — the person that takes the stamp design and fits it to the requirements dictated by the production equipment. He is responsible for modeling or co-modeling 49 stamps.

Stamp Shows

(See Across the Fence Post for more details)

Nov. 15: Oshkosh Stamp Bourse
Elk's Club, 175 Fernau Ave.
Oshkosh, WI
Nov. 21-23: Chicagopex '14
Westin Chicago Northwest Hotel
400 Park Blvd.
Itasca, IL
Dec. 6-77: Frostypex '14
St. Aloysius Gonzaga Hall
1435 S. 92nd St.
West Allis, WI

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