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American Philatelic Society Chapter #350
American Topical Association Chapter #107


Annual Convention and Exhibition of the Wisconsin Federation of Stamp Clubs
April 2-3, 2011
Holiday Inn Stevens Point, 1001 Amber Avenue, Stevens Point


WISCOPEX '11 will be hosted by the Central Wisconsin Stamp Club (contact: Larry Glenzer, 715-341-6767).


WISCOPEX this year will take place over two days, Saturday, April 2nd and Sunday, April 3rd , at the Holiday Inn, 1001 Amber Ave., in Stevens Point Wisconsin. The show will open at 9:00 AM on April 2nd. There will be a banquet and awards ceremony during the evening of April 2nd . The show will conclude the afternoon of April 3rd. Those who wish to stay overnight can reserve rooms by contacting the Holiday Inn.

More Than a Meal at WISCOPEX Dinner

Not the least is the buffet meal, centered around sliced Dijon crusted pork loin, Italian roasted chicken, and baked cod au gratin. Also included are Mediterranean pasta salad, fresh fruit salad, mixed green salad, garlic mashed potatoes, rice and whole grain pilaf, broccoli tarragon sauté, baby carrots, fresh breads and butter, beverages, and a dessert buffet of fresh-baked cookies and bars.

Dinner tickets are $30 each, available from Chairman Larry Glenzer, 591 Canterbury Ave., Plover, Wis. 54467.

Meal attendees will hear a talk by Wayne Youngblood, an expert lecturer on stamp-printing methods for the American Philatelic Society, on modern errors in United States stamps. Youngblood has also donated philatelic items that will be included among gifts for those in attendance. As usual, exhibit awards will be handed out at the dinner.

A new inductee in the Wisconsin Federation of Stamp Clubs Philatelic Hall of Fame will be introduced, as will this year’s recipient of the WFSC Dealer Recognition Award, J.D. Manville of Plover.

As you might well know, stamp exhibits are customary during WISCOPEX shows. They are also a very important part of the shows because they enable us to share parts of our prized collections with our colleagues and other visitors to the shows. Wiscopex welcomes all classes and levels of philatelic exhibits, from youth or novice exhibits through the most advanced, championship-level displays, and from the mainstream to the esoteric.

Now is the time to show off your collection so that others may admire and learn from it.

Rare Invert Will Be Displayed

Scott #294a

The green-and-black, 1-cent stamp was issued in celebration of the Pan-American Exposition held in Buffalo, N.Y. It honored “Fast Lake Navigation” on the Great Lakes and depicted the side-wheel passenger steamer, City of Alpena.

More than 91 million of the stamps were printed. Only 1,000 had the central vignette printed upside-down in relation to the ornate frame.

With the technology of the day, printing two-color stamps required that each sheet of paper had to pass through the press twice, once for each color. For this issue, 450,000 sheets of 200 stamps each were printed and then cut into 100-stamp panes, which were distributed to post offices. Five times a press worker mistakenly turned the sheet 180 degrees, and the resulting error stamps were not discovered before they were distributed.

The more famous U.S. error stamp, the upside-down airplane of 1918 was produced the same way.

The entry fee for competitive exhibits is $7.50 per 16-page frame, with a limit of eight frames per exhibit for those in the competitive category. Non-competitive exhibits are free of charge. Competitive youth exhibits can be either 4 or 8 pages, or full, 16-page frames (5-frame maximum per exhibit) and are free. Prospectuses and applications for competitive and non-competitive exhibits are below. Please include your email address when you send in your application. We look forward to seeing you and your exhibit at WISCOPEX!

Talk Schedule

Robert Mather will kick off the series with a session on the National Topical Stamp Show, which will be held in Milwaukee, June 24-26. It is the annual show of the American Topical Association, and Mather is a member of its board of directors. His talk will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, one hour after the show opens.

Jay Bigalke, a Wisconsin native and currently associate editor at Linn's Stamp News in Sidney, Ohio, will reveal "The Life of a Linn's Staffer" at noon on Saturday.

The annual meeting of the sponsoring organization, the Wisconsin Federation of Stamp Clubs, will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday. Each member club is expected to send one official delegate to attend the meeting and report back to the club. The meeting is expected to end about 3 p.m.

At the awards dinner Saturday evening, Wayne Youngblood, editor of Topical Time, The Air Post Journal, and Across the Fence Post — and an expert lecturer on stamp-printing methods for the American Philatelic Society — will speak on modern errors on United States stamps. Dinner tickets are $30 and will be available at the show Saturday morning. Sunday activities will begin at 9 a.m., an hour before the opening of the show, with a meeting of the Wisconsin Postal History Society. Gregg Greenwald, president of Central Wisconsin Stamp Club, the host club for WISCOPEX '11, will speak at 10 a.m. on "Collecting U.S. Revenues."

Darren Mueller will talk on Wisconsin Postal History at 11 a.m. Sunday. Ken Grant will discuss "Wisconsin Cinderellas" at noon Sunday.

Other sessions also may be added to the schedule.

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