A Message from our Vice President, Jim Haxby

It seems like forever since we held our last ASC meeting at Deerfield. There have certainly been some changes since then. Phrases like “shelter in place” and “social distancing”, which would have seemed so strange and out of place before, are now on everyone’s lips. Many lives have been lost to a virus hardly anyone had heard of just a few months ago. And in the blink of an eye our economy has gone from record highs to depths not seen since the Great Depression.

Although I and no one I have talked to personally knows anyone who has been sickened by COVID-19, one casualty of the pandemic that hits very close to home has been our ability to meet at Deerfield. For the foreseeable future we must make other arrangements. But, things are beginning to turn for the better. The COVID-19 pandemic is easing and people will gradually be returning to a more normal life. It is just a matter of time until Deerfield can welcome us back. We just have to be patient until their administration feels it is safe to allow outsiders to return. They have a tremendous responsibility to their residents, who are among the most vulnerable to the virus.

On May 7th a small group of ASC members met in a virtual pilot meeting via Zoom. Zoom is a virtual meeting app that allows individuals to converse and see each other via computer. I know some of you have already become familiar with it through virtual family get togethers. At the pilot meeting it was determined that, starting with the May meeting, we will hold regular monthly ASC meetings via Zoom until we can return to Deerfield. I understand that the Charlotte Stamp Club has already begun holding Zoom meetings. Our first meeting was at 2 PM on Sunday, May 17 via Zoom. The virtual meeting went very well. There were 17 of us and everyone seemed to have a good time. Frank did an excellent job as our “Zoom Master”. The Zoom format is quite interesting. While it lacks the traditional ability to trade stamps and work with our catalog sets, the Zoom format makes it easier for people to converse in a meaningful way.

Another decision we made about our virtual ASC meetings is that each should have an educational program. Accordingly, Don Denman gave an excellent presentation on “The Smallest Post Offices”. Don is extremely knowledgeable in this area and some of them are quite fascinating. In real estate lingo they would probably be described as “cute starter post offices”.
I look forward to seeing you all at our next Zoom meeting, currently scheduled for June 21st at 2pm. Hopefully my barber shop will open soon enough so you don’t have to look at my shaggy hair. Neither my wife nor my cat has stepped forward to offer to cut it. They both profess no talent in that area. My cat is a world authority on napping, so I guess that will have to do.

All my best to everyone in these challenging times and, remember, whenever you get bored, there is always your stamp collection patiently waiting for your attention!

Best regards, Jim

Our Next Meeting: April 28, 2019

Just a heads up:
The next regular meeting of the Asheville Stamp Club, the April Meeting, will NOT be on the 3rd Sunday. That’s Easter this year. The April meeting will be April 28, 2019, the Sunday after Easter Sunday.

The program for the April meeting will be a talk by Vice-President Bob Bouvier on Canadian Precancels. These stamps turn up in old albums and large lots but don’t always excite a lot of interest because they are not listed in major catalogues nor widely collected. Bob will describe how he became a precancel collector and will illustrate the basic styles, varieties, and rarities that are found. He will also provide information on sources and literature. See you there!

Our February 17 Meeting: A Visit to Stanley Gibbons & the Tapling Collection by Frank Wheeler

The next meeting will be Sunday at 1:00 pm, February 17, 2019 in the Blue Ridge Room at Deerfield Episcopal Retirement Community Center, 1617 Hendersonville Rd. This is the regular meeting room. Stamps start at 1:00, Business at 2;00, Program at 2:30, Still more stamps, ‘till 4:00.

This month’s program will be a delight for anyone who collects the stamps of Great Britain. Frank Wheeler is going to relate his pilgrimage to Stanley Gibbons, the premier stamp dealer in Great Britain and certainly one of the oldest, if not THE oldest dealer in the world. If Gibbons doesn’t have it, probably no one does. Frank will also tell us of his exciting browse through the Tapling collection in the British Library, another British jewel in the British philatelic crown.

The Club’s 2017 Scott Catalogues, Volumes 1 thru 6, A to Z, will be at the meeting plus the Club’s NEW 2019 US Specialized & World Classics 1840 -1940.

AND Robert will bring a third set of different Club donation albums. Members can pick the stamps they desire right from the albums @ 5¢/stamp. Please bring your stamp tongs for this and some glassines.

And don’t forget your $10 2019 dues!

October 21, 2018 Meeting Program

The program for the next meeting, Oct 21, 2018 will be the Champion Auction as scheduled. The Auction will have 216 lots made up of Old US, Western Europe and World including Asia. An auction Catalog, in the form of a spread sheet will be sent out to all.

Our November meeting program will have the follow presentation by Don Denman:

Western North Carolina Postal History

Take a trip through the history of Western North Carolina as seen through its mail. This presentation offers an overview of the evolution and growth of Western North Carolina with an emphasis on its postal system and post offices. You will have an opportunity to increase your understanding of Western North Carolina history and some of the tribulations it faced in its journey to the way it is today. Our postal history is a window to the past and tells much about ourselves, our area, and our nation.

The Club’s 2017 Scott Catalogues, Volumes 1 thru 6, A to Z, will be at the meeting plus the Club’s 2012 US Specialized & World Classics 1840 -1940.

AND

Boxes & Boxes of Nickel Stamps and Stuff

Finally, as always, Door Prizes and the 50-50

We hope to see you there!

The Alamo Story and Texas Independence through Philately

We have a special guest for our October 15 meeting: John Own of the Columbia (SC) Philatelic Society will be speaking and showing his exhibit: “The Alamo Story and Texas Independence through Philately”, subtitled: “Putting Together A Philatelic Exhibit of Postal History – It’s Easy But Requires Some Due Diligence”. We will also have a mini-auction in October, members can submit no more than three lots each.

For our November meeting we will have our regular auction, so encourage your fellow members to pull out all the stops and bring the GOOD stuff! December is our Christmas luncheon at Deerfield, but we haven’t finalized the date yet.

Finally, October 25 is the deadline for submitting articles for the November-December Smoky Mountain Philatelist. Start writing!

Our Next Meeting – July 16, 1:30 pm

Our next meeting will be Sunday at 1:30 pm, July 16, 2017 in the Blue Ridge Room at Deerfield Episcopal Retirement Community Center, 1617 Hendersonville Rd. Asheville, NC. This is the regular meeting room.

Stamps start at 1:30, Business at 2;00, Program at 2:30, Still more stamps, ‘till 4:00 AND A lot of members come even earlier at about 1:00.

PROGRAM:

It’s our auction month!

Our other bi-monthly program is an auction and it is probably one of the best, and spirited, in the state. Here you bid and acquire anything from stamps, covers, sheets, albums and miscellaneous collections of stamps at very reasonable prices. As long as you are a current member, you can bring anything philatelic to the auction for bidding. If you are not sure how it works, please ask Jay, Larry, Stan or myself for guidance and recommendations.

See you there!

 

Our Next Meeting: June 18, 2017

Our next meeting will be Sunday at 1:30 pm, June 18, 2017 in the Blue Ridge Room at Deerfield Episcopal Retirement Community Center, 1617 Hendersonville Rd. Asheville, NC. This is the regular meeting room.

Stamps start at 1:30, Business at 2;00, Program at 2:30, Still more stamps, ‘till 4:00 AND A lot of members come even earlier at about 1:00.

PROGRAM:

Surcharges

Larry Oliver will give a presentation on Surcharges: the pleasures and the pains; the why, when and where. The intent is to demonstrate the causes and types of surcharges we see on worldwide stamps.

And There will be another contest. Of some sort.

 

Planning Ahead for the AUGUST Meeting…

We have our exhibition frames – now let’s use them. Create your own ONE PAGE exhibit. Handwritten, typewritten, computer generated, it doesn’t matter. One pagers are simple in concept & execution. Take a small topic, show an example or two with a few lines of text & that’s it. Some topics that might spur your thoughts include: Your favorite stamp; or least favorite stamp; the ugliest stamp (Romania’s 1970 stamp “honoring” Beethoven is Larry’s choice); a single cover analysis; a single stamp with an oddity like a double transfer; an error in stamp design (The Vegas Statue of Liberty); a simple color comparison, like the various shades that can be found on US #563.

Robert Taylor and Larry Oliver will be judges and there will be prizes!

The Club’s 2015 Scott Catalogues, Volumes 1 thru 6, A to Z, will be at the meeting plus the Club’s 2012 US Specialized & World Classics 1840 -1940
And, as always, Door Prizes and the 50-50

See you there!