Welcome to the ISWSC
The International Society of Worldwide Stamp Collectors serves the interests of all worldwide collectors. It strives to promote the fun and fascination of worldwide stamp collecting to young and old alike, and has an active outreach program serving youth, their leaders and and stamp collectors of all ages and experience levels.
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Executive Director's Report
By now, you should have noted that we are in need of a new editor for the Circuit. I want to thank Eddie Janusz for an amazing job as editor. His will be hard shoes to fill. But fill them we must, so if any of you out there feel up to the job, contact Eddie or myself. We will endeavor to supply any and all help that we can as a new editor assumes the role.
I really enjoyed the Great American Stamp Show last month here in my hometown of Sacramento. The best part was seeing folks for the first time in several years and catching up on everyone’s news. The hardest part was seeing who was missing due to death or disability. A number of dealers such as Jim Dempsey of A&D Stamps are slowing down or retiring soon, or they have already done so. Attendance was down and I was told that this is true of all stamp shows, big and small. I know that we are struggling to fill dealer spots for our local show, Sacapex. At one time we had a wait list; now we have empty tables. At the same time, the stamp business is doing well; it has just moved online. Stamp forums are active, stamp sales sites such as eBay and HipStamps have large followings, and there are many up-and-coming young collectors.
While not a huge group, our ISWSC meeting at GASS was fun and I was happy to see C.S. Rejent, Kathy Petersen, Greg Cykman, and Richard Judge, as well as three non-members who I hope will join us. C.S. told us that he is working on updates to the “Vintage Reproduction” pages that were published many years ago. These were modeled on the Scott “brown” classic albums. There are many parts of them that needed correcting and things like incomplete sets due to part being issued before and part being issued after 1940 will be adjusted to make the sets complete regardless of issue date. I, for one, will be delighted to see this upgrade.
I want to wish all of you the best of holidays. Throughout these last few very stressful years, stamps have been a constant in my life. My friends in the hobby have made these years much more bearable and the time I spend with my collection is relaxing. I hope you have had the same experience. I wonder what folks without hobbies do with their time!
Presentation from January 8th ISWSC Zoom Meeting
Ralph Cox has provided a copy of the presentation given at the January 8th ISWSC zoom meeting. You can see it here.
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ISWSC on Social Media
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Ask the Stamp Answer Person a Question
Due to problems we are having with Bravenet we have created our own version of the Stamp Answer Person page. Click here to ask the Stamp Answer Person a Question
Call for Email Addresses
For all non-US and US based members who wish to receive an electronic (PDF) copy of the circuit, can you please provide your email address to the Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org