November 13: Jim Edwards will talk about The "Postal Fiscal" issues of Victoria. In 1883 the state of Victoria ( Australia ) decided to unify all of its stamps used for whatever purpose into a single series. Sounds reasonable. Imagine if the U.S. had done this. Your stamp sets thus run from 1/2 pence to 100 pounds. Have some fun looking at some "really" high value issues which were available for postal purposes although one high value would have covered an entire train car of mail. Of course today it would only cover a case of Foster's. Many of these issues remained available for fiscal purposes only after 1901 and these can be hard to distinguish. I'll probably need that case of Foster's just to cover it. Anyway - lots to look at, and hopefully I can answer any questions.

November 27th: There will be no meeting on the 4th Thursday of Nov. and we wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.

December 4th at 8 PM. Board Meeting

December 11: Annual Dinner The Dinner will be in December this year and will be combined with our usual holiday party. So save the date: DECEMBER 11th, 2008. Please see page 2 for the full menu and the reservation details.



Thursday, December 11, 2008

Please make your reservations with our treasurer NOW!


Mail your check for $45.00 per person
no later than December 1st, ‘08 to :

Jerry Logan
12 Perry Avenue
Port Chester, NY 10573

Question? Call: Marion @ (203) 966-0175 or Jerry @ (914) 939-8291

Please put a yellow sticky in your check book so you won’t forget to make your reservation. And circle the date on your calendar. Thank You!

Rte. 33 - Exit 41 off Merritt Parkway, Westport, Ct
(203) 222-9549

Cash Bar: 7:00 PM – Hors D’Oeuvres
Dinner – 8:00 PM


Garden Salad with Vinaigrette Dressing

Entrée Selections – choose one

Certified Angus Beef Boneless New York Sirloin
New Zealand rack of lamb
Chicken Francaise
Pan Seared Atlantic Salmon in White Wine Sauce with Capers

All entrees served with potato or rice, and fresh vegetable


Coffee, Tea, or Decaf

You may make your Entrée selection at dinner time


The cost is $45.00 per person, including tax and gratuity

Dec. 25th: No meeting. MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!

New Year's Day is on the first Thursday in January 2009, therefore our January meetings will slip to the second, third, and fifth Thursdays for that month only.

Jan. 8th: Board Meeting. Since New Year's Day is on the first Thursday in January 2009, our January meetings will slip to the second, third, and fifth Thursdays for that month only.

Jan. 15th: Annual Meeting. Events to be announced

Jan. 29th: Program to be announced

Feb. 5th Board Meeting

Feb. 12th Auction: Contact John Lydecker via email at if you want to submit material.


Ken Kutz's new LIMITED EDITION book is out! Ken's Award Winning Collection of Postal Mining History has been lovingly documented under the title: A LIFETIME TREASURE HUNT. Ken has copies available for sale and they are well worth the modest price he is charging just to cover his printing expenses. This is truly a treasure worth having in your library. Please contact Ken before they are all gone.

Calling all auction enthusiasts: We need to know what your interests are when it comes to auction material. Please contact John Lydecker at

October Archive

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!”

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:

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.

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.
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