Sunday, April 15, 2012

Rhode Island Philatelic Society Stamp Show Spans Generations

Last month the Rhode Island Philatelic Society held its annual stamp show which has been in existence for more than a decade according to a write-up on the Cranston Herald website.

T"he show is the largest of its kind, hosting collections, displays and items for sale, and has been in existence for more than a decade," pens reporter Jen Cowort.

President Chester Browning is quoted in the piece as saying,"The American Philatelic Society recognizes us as the oldest continuously running society in the country. The New York society started in the 1890s but it started and stopped. Ours has been running continuously."

Browning has been working with some of the Cranston Girl Scout troops over the past few years, teaching them the basics of stamp collecting and cataloging according to the article.

The show reflected a variety of interests and stamp collectors from several generations including Viola Gianetti whose walking cane was decorated with lots of colorful stamps.

"I am not a knitter and I couldn't play Bingo but I could collect stamps," Gianetti said. "I've made my own birthday cards with my stamps, over 160 cards a year, all my life. I never went to school for it.”

Shown above, Caroline Cowart stands by the presentation board put together by her Cadette Girl Scout Troop 276. Troop 276 has been working with President Chester Browning for three years. This is the first year the troop has had a board on display in the show.

To read the entire article, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM