The Oregon Stamp Society
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(Somewhat Under Construction -- Last updated November 9, 2018)
Longtime Member Larry Spray passed away on October 14, 2018 More info below
ABOUT OUR CLUB
We are located at:
Visitors are always Welcome
Regular meetings are held in the Oregon Stamp Society (OSS) clubhouse on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 8 PM, unless otherwise stated in the monthly calendar.
The Rose City Stamp Fair is an official OSS bourse and is held at the clubhouse on the second Saturday of each month from 10 AM to 4 PM.
The Stamp Collectors Corner is an official OSS bourse and is held at the clubhouse on the fourth Saturday of each month, except December, from 10 AM to 4 PM.
The Northwest Philatelic Library (www.nwpl.org), a charitable non-profit corporation, is open before meetings and during bourses. Check the calendar for open times.
Our membership forms are online
The Album Page
is the monthly newsletter of the Oregon Stamp Society.
Future Programs at
OSS General Membership Meetings:
1939 U.S. Baseball Stamp
"Christmas Seals Once: Per Sheet"
Clubhouse opens at usual time.
See Current Album Page for details.
Watch Here For Future Events in Portland:
Oregon Stamp Society
Rose City Stamp Fair
2nd Saturday 10 AM - 4 PM - Every Month.
4th Saturday 10 AM - 4 PM - Every Month Except December
Both Stamp Shows are at the OSS Clubhouse
503 - 284 - 6770
Presented by Gary Hoecker
Shilo Inn Convention Center
Willamette 1 Room
November 17th. 10:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Gary Hoecker, Bob Beal, Dave
My First Stamp
We have some excellent articles for helping you plan an exhibit:
PIPEX 2009 PIPEX 2005
WHAT ARE MY STAMPS WORTH?
Perhaps the most frequently asked question in Philately (Stamp/Cover Collecting)
To have your stamp and cover collection evaluated,
Please Call For an Appointment -
We look at collections at our Collectors Corner Stamp Show
Other dates might be arranged - but we
A knowledgeable Club Member will look over your stamp and cover collections (remember, no one knows everything). An evaluation can usually be done in 20 - 30 minutes. Depending on its value and your intentions, we will try to give a list of options/recommendations on how to continue the collection or to find it a new home, if you have no long term interest in stamp collecting as a hobby.
There is no charge.
We are at
Some Basic Points
At this time we are only buying
Stamp Collecting - Hobby or Investment?
Historically (prior to 1940), stamp collecting (unused stamps and used stamps on envelopes or removed from envelopes), was a form of intellectual endeavor or entertainment. It evolved into educational and bonding experiences between children, parents and grandparents - learning about history, geography, people, etc. In general - inflation adjusted stamp prices probably peaked by the mid 1980s. Stamp collecting is not a growth industry. Stamp values are strictly a matter of Supply and Demand. At this time stamp collecting is a buyers market. Wholesale and retail prices are "soft" for most stamps and stamp collections. Only the scarest stamps of Top Quality and the Best Condition, command high prices.
Stamps of exceptional high value are:
(1) Very Rare,
Stamp Collecting - Many Shapes and Sizes
There are many categories and sub-specialties that make up stamp collecting. The main categories are "stamps" and "covers". Sub-specialties of "stamps" include: unused (singles, plate blocks, sheets), used off-paper (stamps which have been removed from envelopes) and used on piece (corners torn from envelopes with the stamps attached - generally “Kiloware” - sells by the pound). "Cover" specialties include: postal history, military mail (naval covers, censored war time mail), First Day Covers and special event commemorative covers like First Flights, Post Office Dedications, etc. Some people also include picture post cards - especially those between 1905 and 1920.
There are many more specialties than those listed here - most of which non-collectors probably have never heard of. Some of these, though very popular in the past, no longer have a following.
One general rule - used stamps still attached to the envelope are more valuable than those stamps which have been soaked from a cover. When in doubt, leave stamps on envelopes until you can have a knowledgeable person look at them.
If you have no interest in continuing a stamp collection, some options may include:
1. A collection with substantial cash value ($1000+) may be sold at auction.
2. A collection with some cash value may be sold in whole or in part to a stamp dealer or collector.
3. A collection with minimal value may be donated to an IRS 501(c)(3) charity generating a tax deduction, IF you are able to itemize deductions. The recent change in Federal Tax Law appears to have negated this option for most individuals on their Federal Return. It may still be viable on your State Tax return. As of February 1, 2018, this situation is very fluid - solid answers may take some time to develop.
4. Donation regardless of a tax benefit - putting the collection or a portion of it into the hands of people who would use and appreciate the items.
Have the collection evaluated. You may try to use the internet - but unless you know exactly what you own, you will probably find this to be frustrating and miss-leading.
Affiliated Philatelic Organizations
Oregon Stamp Society Foundation (OSSF)The OSSF is a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Foundation can accept donations which may be tax-deductible for you, including cash, philatelic materials, or other properties. Our goal is to promote philatelic activities primarily through support to the Oregon Stamp Society.
To obtain additional information on how to make your donations and receive a tax benefit please contact:
Win Bohme (firstname.lastname@example.org or 503.668.6265)
(a tax exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code)
visit; www.FirstStamps.org for latest information
A Note From Phil:
Donations, regarless of content, are always welcome. We do however have specific needs. Among them are: British Machins (stamps and covers), U.S.M.C. mail (and military cancellations), U.S. National Parks ("Farley's Follies" to present), Cats (stamps and covers), Canada (postage stamps an revenues), Seashells (stamps and covers), Lebanon, Space (worldwide stamps and covers), Ukraine (all periods), West Germany (airmails, offices and overprints), Bears (especially Grizzlies and Teddies), Geisha Dolls, Ducks (stamps and revenues), Bighorn Sheep (worldwide), Beavers, Argentina, World Cup Soccer, Water Lillies, Vatican City, Fossils, Mining, U.S. Plate Blocks, Christmas Seals and Poster Stamps.
Any duplicates, or donations, will be quickly donated to local scouts and the next generation of philately.
In Memorium Larry Spray 1944 - 2018
ABOUT OUR CLUBHOUSE
Old Portland Fire Station #34
The Oregon Stamp Society (OSS) purchased the building from the City of Portland in 1960. It is our permanent home and we are very proud of it. Over the years it has grown to be a center for Stamp Collectors and a Community Resource for a number of other non-profit organizations:
Oregon Stamp Society Foundation
Northwest Philatelic Library
Vintage Chevrolet Club - Columbia River Region (VCCA)
Corvair Society of America - Corsa Oregon Chapter
Studebaker Drivers Club - NW Chapter
The Portland Society of Magicians
All Ireland Culture Society
Oregon Historical Model Society
Sojourn Church PDX
We are located in a residental neighborhood and any use of the premises must be in keeping with being a good neighbor.
No parties. No alcoholic consumption.
Basic rates are:
$125 per day for one-time rentals;
If you would like to discuss
Property Manager: Ula Mae Neligh
2015 Scott Catalog
U.S.A. Specialized $15.00
If interested contact Paul Malan
(503) 253 1651
Synopsis Of Our Most Recent Program
On October 24, 2017 David Snow gave a presentation titled : "Introduction to U.S. Local Posts: Their Stamps, Markings and Uses: Part 1". At our May 22nd. meeting, he gave part 2 of the series. Both presentations were well received. Sometime in the fall, he will give the conclusion of the series.
In his first presentation, David told us that during most of the 19th. century, the Post Office did not usually deliver mail to an address. Customers had to go to the local post office to pick up their mail, as well as drop off outgoing mail. This situation gave rise to private letter mail delivery companies which for a fee of one, two or three cents, would provide local service delivering letters within a city to a person's home or business. These companies provided private pickup mailboxes located in public places, such as stores, throughout a city.This service included delivery of outgoing letters to the post office. These companies operated in competition with each other and the Post Office Department. Most of these companies were short-lived, lasting rarely more than two years, and issued their own attractive, colorful private postage stamps. They were finally outlawed by an Act of Congress in 1861. A few survivors like Boyd's and Hussey's in New York, which handled bank and commercial accounts, survived until 1883, when they were raided by postal inspectors who shut them down. In part 1, David covered companies in Philadelphia, and in part two covered New York City. In part 3 he is scheduled to discuss local posts in other cities and towns, and will also instruct how to identify a fake local post stamp from the "Real McCoy". We look forward to David's presentation of Part 3 sometime this fall.