I have collected stamps
since I was nine. These days I concentrate on stamps of
I have entered exhibits
in stamps shows. My exhibit of Swiss
airmail has evolved into a 160-page (10-frame) exhibit, which has earned gold
awards (be aware that more exhibits earn gold awards than any other award
level) at several shows, most recently the Philadelphia National Stamp
Exhibition in the fall of 2008. Click here
to see an earlier version of my exhibit.
It will next be shown at the Pacific International Philatelic Exhibition
I am a member of several philatelic societies:
· American Helvetia Philatelic Society – this is my main interest
· Greater Eugene Stamp Society
Since January 2000 I have been editor of Tell, the journal of the American Helvetia Philatelic Society. Tell has been entered in philatelic literature competitions, and most recently earned a vermeil award at the APS StampShow in 2007. Click here to read more about Tell and view an archive of back issues.
One particular personal affinity for Swiss stamps is the fact that one series, issued 1854 to 1862, are known as Strubels. A set of them from my collection is shown below. Lest you think this is a great family honor, let me explain. These stamps show an allegorical figure, who was supposed to be wearing a laurel wreath. The engraving was not sufficiently detailed to do justice to the idea, so her hair just looks as if it sticks out all over. Maybe if you look closely at the stamps you can see. This kind of "strubly" (a term the Pennsylvania Germans know) hair is exemplified in Struwelpeter ("Strubly Peter") of German folklore.