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.
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 American Philatelic Society and the American Stamp Dealers Association will host an invited group of leaders from the philatelic community this Friday, October 28, for a “Summit on the Future of Philately.”
The summit will happen at the American Philatelic Center in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania and the public session will be broadcast via the APS Facebook page. For people who have comments or questions that they want to share with the group can send them via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The goal of the meeting is to discuss and develop actions for strengthening the hobby for years to come.
Below is the agenda for the Summit on the Future of Philately. The call-in phone number is 888-537-7715 with a Passcode: 13291358#
Public Session – 12:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Expected Schedule 12:30 p.m. – 12:40 p.m. Greeting and Overview
12:40 p.m. – 1:20 p.m. Growing the Hobby
1:20 p.m. – 2 p.m. The Future of Stamp Shows and Dealers
2 p.m. – 2:40 p.m. Philatelic Partnerships
2:40 p.m. – 3 p.m. Action Items and Report Back
3 p.m. Adjourn
The American Philatelic Society’s education department has created multiple Halloween themed activities for use by young stamp collectors and teachers. The United States Jack-o’-lantern forever stamps and the Legend of Sleepy Hollow stamps were used for inspiration.
The United States stamps of 1950 never looked so fabulous! More than 65 years after they debuted, that year’s commemorative stamps are back in the philatelic spotlight thanks to a new book published by the American Philatelic Society.
The stamps presented are American Bankers Association, Samuel Gompers, National Capitol Sesquicentennial (four stamps), Railroad Engineers of America, Centenary of Kansas City, Boy Scouts of America, Indiana Territory Sesquicentennial, and California Statehood Sesquicentennial.
The 103-page, hardbound book examines in retrospective detail the history of these stamps, from their origins to their designs and printings to the oft-elaborate first-day ceremonies, which sometimes include parades, pageants, and plenty of pomp. You’ll read about the politics, controversies, and tugs-of-war involving concepts, stamp designs, and first-day sites all which finally led to the public’s use of the stamps.