Monday, November 26, 2007

500 pounds of stamps

How can 500 pounds of common, used stamps best be put to use? By promoting the hobby!

Recently Richard Nakles, a full-time volunteer at the American Philatelic Center who helps in the Library, Education Department and Development, enlisted the help of other APS member volunteers. Together, they assembled boxes of common, used stamps which had been donated to the American Philatelic Society (APS).

These were then offered via e-mail to APS-affiliated stamp clubs.

Chapters wishing to receive one of the 16-pound boxes were required to agree to limit use of the stamps to outreach efforts that would promote philately, and were asked to pay the costs of shipping the stamps to them for their use. Within two hours of having made the offer, the APS received requests for nearly all 500 pounds of stamps.

Information on APS Youth programs, how local clubs may become chapters, and how to make tax deductible donations of philatelic material are available from the American Philatelic Society.

You can send e-mail to the APS Public Relations Director Fred Baumann(, or call 814-933-3803, or write to 100 Match Factory Place, Bellefonte, PA 16823.

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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM