Friday, July 27, 2007

Post Mark Collectors Club convention

Alabama's Decatur Daily reports the international Post Mark Collectors Club is holding its 46th annual convention this week.

Kevin Tanzillo, convention publicity chairman, is quoted in the article as saying, "“Not only is the hobby itself somewhat offbeat, but we have some interesting people as well.”

Tanzillo says, “There are people who are trying to visit every post office in the country and take photos of them, a man who spent months visiting all the post offices along the Appalachian Trail, and people who collect all the way down to specific types of circles and cancellation lines.”

According to reporter Danielle Komis Palmer, The Post Mark Collectors Club maintains the largest U.S. museum dedicated to postmarks. The Bellevue, Ohio, museum offers more than a million postal cancellations on covers and cards, many from post offices that might otherwise be forgotten. It also features thousands of post office photographs."

Shown above is a cover with a Cool, Calif., handstamp which appears on the club's website along with examples of other types of cancellations.

To read the entire article, click here.

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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM