Philatelic Interests

I have collected stamps since I was nine. These days I concentrate on stamps of Switzerland. Over any extended period of years they are the most beautiful; and until recently the Swiss were conservative and didn't issue floods of new stamps every year either (their stamp-issuing program has become Disneyfied like much of the rest of the world, so I no longer collect current issues). In particular, I specialize in Swiss airmail. I became interested in the 1913 Flugspende issues, which now are the major strength of my collection. In 1913, there was a series of events in a campaign named Flugspende, many with special flights and special stamps for those flights, to publicize the case for building Swiss military aviation and raise money for it. The campaign raised over 1,700,000 Swiss francs, which enabled formation of a unit in 1914.


I am working on a second exhibit: SCADTA Mail form and to Swtizerland. That exhibit also has won Grand awards.


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, and Grand awards at a few. In addition to US shows, my exhibit has won gold awards in Beijing in 2009 and in Switzerland in 2010, 2011, and 2012.


You can click on the links below to see these two exhibits:

       The Development of Swiss Airmail up to 1939

       SCADTA Mail from and to Switzerland


I am a member of several philatelic societies:

        American Philatelic Society

        American Helvetia Philatelic Society this is my main interest

        American Air Mail Society

        Greater Eugene Stamp Society

        Salem Stamp Society


Since January 2000 I have been editor of Tell, the journal of the American Helvetia Philatelic Society. Click here to read more about Tell and view an archive of back issues.

I have accepted other responsibilities in philatelic organizations too:

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.



Last modified May 12, 2016