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I am affiliated with the following clubs and societies:

The American Philatelic Society (APS) was organized in 1886 and was America's first National Stamp Society. It issues a monthly magazine called the "American Philatelist". Beginners as well as advanced collectors will find something of interest in this magazine. Other societies can be affiliated with the APS such as the Space Unit mentioned below. I became a member of the APS in 1976.

American Philatelic Society
Journal: American Philatelist, Monthly
Services: Sales division, stamp insurance, expertizing, slide programs, research library, publications, awards, seminars, shows.
Contact: Click on above NAME for details on joining
Mailing Address: 100 Match Factory Place, Bellefonte PA 16823.

The Space Unit/Space Topic Study Unit is the world's largest space philatelic group. It issues a bimonthly publication called "The Astrophile", which includes space news and information about stamps, covers, autographs, and anything else that would be about philatelic space collecting. It is also affiliated with the American Philatelic Society (APS) and the American Topical Association (ATA). I became a member in 1961 and am now a life member.

Space Topic Study Group -- APS Affiliate No. 29
Journal: Astrophile, Bimonthly.
Services: directory, auctions, expertizing, slide programs, handbooks, exhibition awards, annual convention.
Contact:
David Blog, Secretary, at PO Box 174, Bergenfield, NJ 07621.

The American Topical Association (ATA) was founded in 1949 and is the largest philatelic society devoted to a specific phase of stamp collecting, with members in 90 countries around the world. Topical collecting is the forming of a collection of philatelic material selected and arranged by subject, design or theme rather than by country of issuance. So if you collect stamps and/or covers about a particular theme such as astronomy to zoology (and every subject in between), this is the society for you. Their "Topical Time" magazine is issued bimonthly. Over 90 different handbooks on popular topics are available. I joined the ATA in the late 1960s and later became a life member.

American Topical Association -- APS Affiliate No. 177
Journal: Topical Time, Bimonthly.
Services: local chapters, study groups, directory, slide programs, handbooks, exhibition awards, special awards, annual convention.
Contact:
ATA Application Office, P.O. Box 8, Carterville IL 62918.

The American First Day Cover Society was started in 1955 and it is an international society devoted exclusively to first day covers (FDCs). Their popular magazine "First Days" is dedicated to the past, the present, and the future of first day cover collecting. It is issued 8 times a year. Most articles are about U.S. FDCs, however, from time to time, there are articles of FDCs of other countries. I became a member in 1973 and later became a life member.

American First Day Cover Society -- APS Affiliate No. 33
Journal: First Days, Eight issues per year.
Services: local chapters, study groups, directory, auctions, expertizing, slide programs, cover service, handbooks, exhibition awards, special awards, annual convention.
Contact:
Douglas A. Kelsey , P.O. Box 16277, Tucson, AZ 85732.

The American Air Mail Society , organized in 1923, is one of the oldest and largest aerophilatelic societies in existence. Its members collect everything from balloon posts to more modern airpost items, such as jet and rocket mail, contract air mail covers, and transoceanic and foreign flight covers. This society issues the "Airpost Journal" on a monthly basis and the Jack Knight Air Log on a quarterly basis. I joined this society recently when it merged with the Aerophilatelic Federation of the Americas (AFA) of which I was a member since the 1970s and later had become a life member of the AFA.

American Air Mail Society -- APS Affiliate No. 77
Journal: The Airpost Journal, Monthly.
Services: local chapters, study groups, sales book circuits, auctions, slide programs, handbooks,exhibition awards, special awards, annual convention.
Contact: Rudy Roy, Membership Secretary, P.O. Box 5367, Virgina Beach, VA 23471

The Local Post Collectors Society (LPSC) started up in 1972. This is a society devoted to the collecting of modern day local posts (these are also a form of Cinderella's). Anyone can have a local post in the U.S.A. and other countries too. Its a fun thing to do as you can issue your own "stamps" from your own real location or an imaginary country if you so desire. I currently operate the FMF local post in Fort Myers, Florida, and have had local posts when I was in the Bahamas, West Indies, and the South Atlantic Ocean Island of Ascension. Many members of the Local Post Collectors Society operate local posts but it is not a requirement of membership. The LPCS official publication is "The Poster" and is issued quarterly. I joined this society when it was established in 1972 and am now a life member. I recently prepared a webpage of LPCS Officers and staff which can be viewed by clicking here.

Local Post Collectors Society -- APS Affiliate No. 126
Journal: The Poster, Quarterly.
Dues: U.S. $20; other countries $25.
Services: directory, auctions, handbooks.
E-Mail Contact:
Ralph Phillips

The Mailer's Postmark Permit Club (MPPC) was started in 1979. The object of the club is to promote interest in Mailer's Postmarks. Have you ever wanted to have your own postmark and cancel your own mail? Well you can do it if you have a mailers postmark permit from the U.S. Postal Service. There is no charge for the permit, however, you do have to pay for your own postmarking device and follow certain mailing rules. Some companies use a mailer's postmark on their commercial mail but anyone can have a mailers postmark just by applying for it. This club issues a bi-monthly journal called the "Permit Patter". It had news about members and their permit experiences plus historical articles about the location of the permit postmark. I hold the FIRST mailers postmark permit #1 cancellation for Fort Myers, which means that I was the first person to apply for it in this city. I joined this club in its early years and later became a life member.

Mailer's Postmark Permit Club -- APS Affiliate No. 100
Journal: Permit Patter, Bimonthly.
Dues: U.S. $7; Canada/Mexico $9.
Services: directory, auctions, handbooks.
Contact: Timothy Schnepp
P.O. Box 99, Buck Creek, Indiana 47924-0099

The Christmas Philatelic Club (CPC) was founded in 1969. It is a club of stamp collectors who specialize in all Christmas philatelic materials as well as other items related to the subject of Christmas. It issues a bi-monthly newsletter called the "Yule Log" that is full of interesting articles with many photos and illustrations about everything that is Christmas. I joined the CPC in 1990 and it is one of my favorite non-space philatelic clubs.

Christmas Philatelic Club -- APS Affiliate No. 74; ATA Affiliate
Journal: Yule Log, Bimonthly.
Dues: North America: $15; Elsewhere: $22 (in U.S. funds).
Services: directory, auctions, handbooks, exhibition awards, special awards, library.
Contact: Walton U. Beauvais, 1068 Medhurst Rd, Columbus, OH 43220


The Post Mark Collectors Club (PMCC) was founded in 1941 and reorganized in 1946. It is an organization for collectors of postmarks and related items. It is dedicated to advancing the knowledge of postal history and markings. If you collect postmarks, this is the club to belong to. It issues a journal called the "PMCC Bulletin" which is published monthly (except for the month of August when its convention is held). The journal is full of news, helpful suggestions, and items of interest about postmarks. I joined the PMCC in 1991 and while I am no longer a member, I still highly recommended this club.

Post Mark Collectors Club -- APS Affiliate No. 62
Journal: PMCC Bulletin 11 per year.
Dues: U.S. $18; outside U.S. $26.
Services: local chapters, study group, directory, auctions, special awards, library, annual convention.
Contact: Robert W. Govern, 404 Rustic Ridge Rd., Cary, NC 27511-3752.

The Art Cover Exchange (ACE) was founded in 1935 with members from all over the U.S. and some foreign countries who exchanged hand drawn covers by mail for many years. After World War II, the club went inactive and was reactivated again in 1986 inviting anyone interested in art and cover collecting to join in perpetuating the two hobbies. Just as the name of the club implies, it is an exchange of art on covers between members. The art can be hand drawn, block prints, computer generated, using local post stamps, etc. Members also correspond with each other when they exchange covers. ACE issues a monthly newsletter called "From Cover to Cover" which gives news about its members and is illustrated with many of the covers issued by them. I joined ACE in 1987 and while I am now an inactive member, this club is highly recommended if you are interested in exchanging art covers with other collectors.

The Art Cover Exchange - AFDCS Chapter No. 79; APS Affiliate 243
Journal: From Cover to Cover, Monthly
Dues: U.S. $10. Single; $15. Family; Outside U.S. $20.
Services: Trading handmade covers on a 1-for-1 basis with other members. Cover Auctions, Annual and regional meetings
Contact: Joseph K. Doles, 105 Lawson Road, Rochester, NY 14616

The St. Helena, Ascension, and Tristan da Cunha Philatelic Society was founded in 1976 with its objectives of promoting the study and research of philatelic material relating to the St. Helena, Ascension, and Tristan da Cunha islands; to promote and develop the collecting of such philatelic materials; to disseminate news and knowledge concerning these islands; to foster philatelic aid and friendship with the residents of these islands and to aid members of the society to acquire and/or dispose of philatelic or philatelically related items. Today this society is truly international with over 200 members scattered throughout the world. I became a member in 1977 and now I am a life member.

I would like to mention the publication of its 20th Anniversary Anthology, printed in 1997. It contains the best articles chosen from those that appeared in their society journal. An article that I wrote titled "Ascension AAF and its 1972 Local Post" is included in this anthology. It is about a private local post that I operated while stationed on Ascension Island in 1972. This publication has numerous illustrations and a cumulative index of all that has been published in the society journal in the last 20 years. This limited edition 20th Anniversary Anthology is no longer available but it becomes available from time to time.

Visit their website to learn more about this society and how to join.

St. Helena, Ascension, and Tristan da Cunha Philatelic Society -- APS Affiliate No. 85
Journal: South Atlantic Chronicle, Quarterly.
Services: Directory, auctions, library, publication.
Contact: Click on above Society's NAME for details on joining.


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