Happy New Year! Goodbye 2016 and Welcome 2017

Goodbye 2016 and Welcome 2017! The year 2016 was a very special year for the American Philatelic Society. Two blockbuster events occurred, one expected and one not.

Inverted Jenny, Position 76.
Inverted Jenny, Position 76.

The unexpected was the discovery and successful return in June of an Inverted Jenny airmail stamp (Scott C3a). The stamp, known as Position 76 for its location in an original 1918 sheet of 100, is one of four once owned by Ethel McCoy and stolen in 1955. Though two others had previously been located and another is still missing, it was a pleasure for this stamp to return to the American Philatelic Research Library, which received the rights to the stolen stamps via McCoy’s will.

American Philatelic Research Library.
American Philatelic Research Library.

The expected event was years in the planning and creating. The new 9,000-square-foot American Philatelic Research Library opened at the American Philatelic Center in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. A grand opening for the state-of-the-art facility was held in October.

The APS, celebrating its 130th anniversary, again sponsored two major shows and conventions — the AmeriStamp Expo in Atlanta and StampShow in Portland, Oregon. In addition, the APS played a major role and held a prominent presence at World Stamp Show-NY 2016, the international show held in the United States every 10 years.

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Giving Tuesday This November 29

The American Philatelic Society has joined with organizations around the world to support Giving Tuesday. After Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday helps kick off the charitable season on holiday and end-of-the-year giving. Last year, more than 45,000 organizations came together to make a difference and now we are joining this effort to make a difference for the hobby.

The American Philatelic Society and American Philatelic Research Library welcome gifts of all kinds — but we have a very special opportunity to grow the APS and the hobby. Thanks to the success of World Stamp Show-NY 2016 — we have received a challenge.

That challenge is an offer to match dollar-for-dollar donations for two purposes:

  1. Modern Member Outreach: Collecting is different for newer collectors. Technology through the internet has opened new doors to finding stamps and learning about the hobby. With your help, we can connect with collectors and promote the hobby and the APS with greater technology than ever before. (Goal: $25,000 for a total of $50,000)
  2. A Team for the Hobby: Recently, we convened the Summit for the Future of Philately in Bellefonte. From that Summit, a dream team of collectors, dealers, the U.S. Postal Service and the National Postal Museum will form the Council on Postal Collectors to promote the hobby for the next generation. See the report from the October 28, 2016 meeting here. (Goal: $25,000 for a total of $50,000)

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