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.
The U.S. Postal Service’s third quarter USA Philatelic catalog arrived this last week (October 25) in post offices. The slick, 38-page catalog features the Postal Service’s new StampApp for hand-held devices on the cover and four pages inside.
“(This) is a dynamic mobile app designed for U.S. stamp collectors, with a platform where users can browse the entire U.S. stamp library while managing their own personal collections,” writes Mary-Anne Penner in the catalog’s Introduction. Penner is director of USPS Stamp Services.
The catalog also includes information and ordering details for current USPS stamps and other products available from Stamp Fulfillment Services in Kansas City, Missouri. The most current stamp depicted is Star Trek, issued September 2.