September Archive

Sept. 11 – “South of the Border”

This is a slide show put together by Ken Kutz of mining covers from Mexico, Central America, and South America -- all the way to Tierra del Fuego. There are registered and airmail covers, covers with bisects, postcards of mines or mining facilities, and many rare and very interesting stamps and cancels. Do you have a cover in your collection with anything like the excitement of an original letter describing the murder of the writer’s mine foreman by the writer’s coachman? There is a 1902 cover from the Parral Mines in Mexico to Cornwall, England with such a letter and the news that the writer has a permit to witness the coachman’s execution in a few weeks.

We know Ken always has exceptional material and we cannot afford to miss the chance to see any of it. Please come out and bring a friend, you will be glad you did! It will be so good to see each other again after our 2 month hiatus.

Sept. 25: “What NOT to Do When Exhibiting”

Our own Paul Trapanese (member since Feb.’08) will be speaking about his “Trieste AMG-FTT**” exhibit which won a Silver-Bronze award at the APS StampShow 2008 at Hartford in mid-August. The focus of Paul’s talk will highlight what he learned “not to do” from the exhibit critique (and from the various exhibiting seminars he attended, that were given by the AAPE at StampShow 2008.) In addition, Paul will present some of his new acquisitions to improve the Trieste exhibit and will discuss a few new projects for exhibition. This is one program you will not want to miss!! Come and see Paul’s exhibit and hear his “true confessions.”
(** That means: ”American Military Government – Free Territory of Trieste”)

Regarding the next AUCTION:

Also, please remember our Club Auction coming up on October 9th. Why not check the collecting interests of our members listed in our roster, to see if you may have material that could be of interest to anyone and a source of income for you? September 25th, will be the last chance for your Auction Lots to be submitted to our Sales Mgr., John Lydecker. If you need supplies or other help such as cataloguing, please feel free to email John at :

We have a new member. Paul Rotondo attended a few meetings in the Spring and became a new member as of June 28, ’08. Please introduce yourself and give Paul a hearty welcome to our club. You are requested to add his information to your roster/directory. It is:

Paul J. Rotondo
European colonies –19th, early 20th centuries, sorting through inherited collections.
Member of The Collectors Club
Member since 6-28-08 #475

Two of our members exhibited at StampShow 2008 in Hartford. Maulik Thakkar won a Silver Medal for his exhibit entitled “Mahatma Gandhi – 1948 Memorial Issues”. Maulik says, “My score was 71/100, just 4 shy of a Vermeil. Hopefully next time!” We say, “Congratulations, Maulik! The single frame competition is keen and a Silver seems great to us!”

And of course, the other member was Paul Trapanese who will show us his exhibit on Sept. 25th, and tell us what he learned. “Congratulations to Paul! We know you made this exhibit a real learning experience and we are eagerly waiting to see it.”

Beginning Oct. 6, APS members will have the unprecedented online opportunity to take the Stamp Campus Keys to Exhibiting course taught by Janet Klug and Ann Triggle. Go to:

Beginning Oct. 27, APS members can take the Stamp Campus online course Collecting First Day Covers Part I taught by Marjorie Sente. Her columns appeared regularly in the philatelic press for nearly 30 years, from 1977 through 2006. Again, please use the same internet address shown for the course above.

The Thames Stamp Club has invited us to ThamesPex 2008, on Sat. Oct..19th. The show will be held at the Waterford High School, on the corner of Rope Ferry Road and Route 156 in Waterford, CT.

Thames Stamp Club would also like to invite any of our members to exhibit their stamp collection at ThamesPex. They will have available all Society Awards as well as five levels of ThamesPex awards, A Grand Award, a Most Popular Exhibit Award, a Postal History Award, A First Day Cover Award, and a PNC Exhibit Award. Please write or call Marion if you would like an application and information on ThamesPex.
That would be Marion at: or 203-966-0175.