Famed author, Bernard Malamud once wrote, “Without heroes, we are all plain people and don’t know how far we can go.” His comment reflects that there are individuals who make the rest of us aspire to do better. These words are particularly fitting as the United States pauses for Veterans Day to honor those who have served our nation.
On behalf of the members of the American Philatelic Society, the Board and the staff, we offer words of thanks to each man and woman who served in defense of our freedom at home and abroad. And although this is a day of honoring our veterans, we also express our thanks to the spouses and children who have supported, missed, or lost a loved one serving in our nation’s military.
President Abraham Lincoln once said, “Honor to the soldier and sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country’s cause. Honor, also, to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field and serves, as he best can, the same cause.”
Today, almost 22 million veterans live in the United States, some long since left active duty, others still just recently returned home. If you have a chance, please say thank you to a veteran you know today. With nearly 250,000 men and women returning home each year, you may consider inviting them to your next stamp club meeting or stamp show. For those who may be in a local veterans’ hospital, a gift of stamps can be a positive hobby for those recuperating.
To all our veterans — thank you for all you have done on our behalf. You are the heroes that show us how far we can go. We wish the best to you and your families on Veterans Day and throughout the year.
— Your friends from the American Philatelic Society
The Summit on the Future of Philately was held on Friday, October 28, 2016 at the American Philatelic Center. We had 56 leaders within the industry participating in the summit in person or by phone and hundreds more have viewed the summit online since then.
There was a very positive and balanced conversation that took place and it focused forward on the hobby. Here is a link to the report from the event providing a summary of the meeting.
There were three key takeaway items that dictate the group’s next steps:
1. The branding of the hobby to be more inclusive and descriptive of the hobby, especially for non-collectors.
2. Increasing our technological capabilities to reach a larger audience of collectors.
3. Strengthening our ability to improve the marketplace, including preparing the next generation of dealers today.
Details about future meetings will be provided when available.
Filatelic Fiesta Stamp Show, sponsored by San Jose Stamp Club, will be held November 12–13 at the Elks Lodge, 444 West Alma Avenue, San Jose, CA 95110 (this is a new venue). Show hours are Saturday 10 a.m.–6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Admission and parking are free.
Canada Post issued four new Christmas stamps today, November 1. Three have a contemporary theme and a single stamp with a religious theme.
Here are details from Canada Post on the contemporary Christmas stamps:
On the domestic stamp, a smiling Santa stands in the snow facing a jovial tree. On the U.S.-rate stamp, a vibrant green tree is adorned with a red Santa hat. The international-rate stamp features a white dove, carrying an olive branch, a symbol of peace.
The November issue of The American Philatelist is now online for members to view. Here are some of the highlights:
When the Post Office Branched Out by Dennis Pack. The 1890s saw continued business and population growth, which meant the need for more services from the U.S. Post Office Department. The solution: Open official sub-stations to meet the needs of basic service.
Up, Up, Way Up, and Away by Ray Cartier. Balloonists and mechanized flight into the stratosphere have created a high-flying topical area that touches on science, nature, invention, exploration, success, and failure.
Look Closely, Very Closely by James Weigant. Finding a handsome cover from an unusual place — such as Indian Territory, which eventually became a part of Oklahoma — can light up a collector’s eyes, that is, until a closer look reveals the not-always-obvious signs of a fraud.
Collecting Coast to Coast. Private Auxiliary Markings by Wayne L. Youngblood. Extra non-postal markings, from “Consular Mail” to “Free Matter for the Blind,” provide an interesting flavor to covers of all sorts.
Books and Catalogs by Jeff Stage. Steve Zwillinger talks about his new book that offers scores of ideas, tips, and directions to exhibitors.
Worldwide in a Nutshell: Armenia by Bob Lamb. Many years of unrest left the small country in the southern Caucasus under many regimes. Russia was the first to bring a formal postal service to the region.