Our group was formed to encourage local St. Louis stamp collectors to exhibit in our
local shows. Now that the Saint Louis Stamp Expo is a
World Series of Philately accredited show, it is
desirable that local collectors take home some of the prizes.
Saint Louis has a proud philatelic history. The first president of the American Philatelic Society, John K. Tiffany was a St. Louis businessman.
As the needs of our members evolve, we are prepared to evolve the group. In 2007
we expanded our focus to include discussions of philatelic writing and
techniques for PowerPoint presentations. If there is a need in the future, we
will continue to evolve.
A Tribute to Lost Members
Two of our founders, David Straight and Elizabeth Nettles have gone to the never-ending stamp show.
|In a short life, David L. Straight accomplished more in philately than many do in a many decades-long career. David was a prolific writer and researcher. He published more than 250 articles ranging from pneumatic mail, to the history of the Registered Mail system, to the disgraceful treatment of E. G. Lewis by the Post Office Department, to extreme back-of-the-book topics. He had made acquaintances within the U.S. Postal Service who gave him access to more information about Post Office forms than has ever been published.
||Dr. Elizabeth “Betty” Jane Nettles arrived in Saint Louis in 1957 to attend Washington University. Betty formed the greatest collection ever assembled of philatelic items related to the 1904 Saint Louis World’s Fair. She also assembled award winning collections of Hawaii’s Iolani Palace postal cards.|
Besides being an incredible mentor to all members of our group, she was a great friend.
In the course of a year, we try to cover most subjects important to our
exhibitors, for example (it can vary widely from this list depending on what
people come prepared to show)
- How to prepare title pages. What needs to be there. How to present your
- Writing a synopsis of your exhibit. What you can and cannot say.
- St Louis Stamp Expo is days before our March meeting. We analyze what
could have been done better.
- How to set up an exhibit page using Microsoft Word. Here are the documents from the December 2011 meeting:
- Help with mounting hard to mount items such as covers,
complete sheets, over-sized things.
- What will my material look like when it is projected on a wall?
- We all have philatelic libraries; it is occasionally nice to know what
others have that would help us out.
- How to write-up your exhibit. What words to use. How much to write.
- We look at members exhibits one last time before they head off to APS StampShow.
- Greater Mound City Stamp Club presents their StampFest around Labor Day
weekend. Many of our members try out new exhibits in that venue.
- Picking the right archival plastic protection. What to do for
over-sized pages, how heavy is heavy enough?
Since our group was formed in June, 1996, three members who had never exhibited have
done so at MIDAPHIL, Saint Louis Stamp Expo, and other major shows, bringing back a number of major awards including Grand and Reserve Grand.
- In 2004-05, our members won several Grand and Reserve Grand awards at such shows as
Minnesota Stamp Expo, ChicagoIn 2004-05, our members won several Grand and Reserve Grand awards at such shows
as Minnesota Stamp Expo, Chicagopex, VAPEX, ROPEX, APS StampShow and others.
4 members were in the APS Champion of Champions in Hartford, CT in 2008.
- A member in 2009, who had never exhibited before, received a Gold the first time
- At Minnesota Stamp Expo, we had a shootout between us and the Bittersweet
Exhibitors from Connecticut and only lost by one judging point.each
month in our “Den Mother’s” home.
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