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TO THE

NEW ZEALAND STAMP COLLECTORS CLUB INC.

The New Zealand Stamp Collectors Club was founded in 1944 and has since then grown to be one of the larger and most progressive stamp club in New Zealand.  Despite its name, members collect a great many countries and thematic collecting is particularly strong.

SOME EARLIER INTERESTING CLUB NEWSLETTER

(Scroll down for an old sample newsletter)

MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS

HISTORY

CONTACT DETAILS

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STAMP CLUB MEMBERS ENJOYING A CHAT AND LOOKING AT DISPLAYS IN OCTOBER 1998

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SALES TABLE OPERATING  DURING CLUB NIGHT BY ALLAN TUNNICLIFFE

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Our Treasurer David Fortune at left "dressed up" for his talk on Nepal.

David had recently spent some time in Nepal working for the Himalaya Trust as a teacher trainer and was thus able to add extra interesting aspects to his talk.

Terry McQuinn of  Stamp Sales (NZ Post Philatelic Sales) Christchurch presenting a talk at a club evening meeting during 2001.

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Monthly afternoon swap meeting held during August, 2001.

an old sample NEWSLETTER - issued March 28th 2004.

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March 2004 informal evening meeting

To be held on Wednesday, 31 March 2004 from 7.30pm in the Philatelic Centre, 67 Mandeville Street, Riccarton.

Bring an Album   Bring along part of your collection to show others - even if it isn’t in an album.

Display There is to be a display of Czechoslovakian stamps courtesy of Don Walker.

Circuit books   A selection of these will be put out on Exchange Branch table.

Supper   No set time for this – just help yourself to fruit juice during the evening.

The March evening meeting

We were pleased to have our President, Steven McLachlan back to run this meeting in which we caught up with the latest stamp news and looked at some remarkable collections. Steven says that he is feeling well and is happy with his progress but is getting fed up with having to keep his right foot elevated as much as possible.

After he had opened the meeting, Steven spoke about some of the items of interest and invited others to tell us about the ones that they had brought along. There was a great selection of covers, postcards and maxi cards that members had brought along. Alan Tunnicliffe showed us some images of the first series of international postage labels (not official New Zealand Post stamps). The New Zealand Wildfood Postcard Stamps pack became available from 23 February in selected Post outlets and stamp resellers in key tourism areas. A pack contains six $1.50 self-adhesive postage labels, airmail stickers, four recipes and a sheet of wildlife stickers. He also told us about NZ Post’s ‘tailor-made’ advertising strategies for organisations, which include customised envelopes, stamps or permit post impressions. If the stamp option is chosen, a company submits its design to NZ Post, which then creates the stamp (within a standard template) and prints a sheet of fifty of them. Greg Crawford told us about a lucky find that he’d had while looking through some envelopes. On one of them was a Christmas coil stamp lacking the New Zealand Post fern in the right lower corner. Normally, Greg would have discarded the cover, as it didn’t have an unusual ink jet slogan on it but Graham Muir had not long told him about the flaw and he’d paused to inspect the stamp.

Geoff Tyson gave a talk about the New Zealand Philatelic Federation meeting held on 20 March at Wellington Airport. He said that the Federation Resource Kit was being updated and should be ready by the end of April. The NZPF Webmaster, Bob Gibson now has time to update the website.

We then had a change from the Kiwi accent of the previous speakers as American philatelist Stan Kundin spoke about his collection of New Zealand Post Training School Stamps, which he thought to be complete. Hank Smits proved him wrong by pointing out that he didn’t have one of the booklets used at the School! Stan took this in good part and moved on to mention a few things about his second display of Mythology on Stamps. Not one to be easily deterred, he rang the Library of Congress for information when his own research into one of the mythical people came to a dead-end. Steven says that Stan is a retired marine biologist and a real devotee of NZ stamps, especially our coil stamps where his collection and knowledge is now without peer. Stan spends three months of the year here touring around meeting his stamp friends and avoiding the American winter.

During a break we had the chance to look closely at the Training School stamps, talk to Stan and read about the strange creatures on the Mythology display pages. We were able to preview Hank’s appealing display of Chess on stamps, covers, postcards (some risqué ones!) and maxi cards.

After we settled back into our seats, we listened to the Dutch-Kiwi accent of Hank as he gave a delightful little talk about the game of chess and pointed out some special items in his thematic collection. During the winter, Hank is going to dismantle this display and make a new one that will include many of the items, now held in a stock book.

 


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