Stamp collectors throughout southwestern Connecticut will convene in Norwalk on Saturday, March 2 as the Norwalk Stamp Club honors the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation with a special cache and canellation at its annual Stamp Show at the Norwalk Senior Center, 11 Allen Road.
The Norwalk Philatelic Exhibition (NORPEX) is free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be a special booth for young people and beginners.
The U.S. Postal Service will be on hand with many unusual philatelic items including the newly released Forever denomination honoring the Emancipation Proclamation.
Ten dealers with a world-wide inventory of stamps and other philatelic material will serve the needs of collectors, said John Leskovsky, the club’s president.
“NORPEX 2013 will offer a wide variety of postal collectibles from world-class dealers, including U.S. and world-wide stamps, first day covers, topical and collateral material for beginners to advanced collectors, as well as supplies needed by the collectors,” added Leskovsky. “Dealers and club members will be on hand to evaluate collections brought in by the public.”
Chris Calle designed and will autograph copies of this year’s show cover. His postal stamp designs include such popular works as the 25th Anniversary of the Moon Landing and Connecticut Statehood.
The show also honors the late Paul Calle, Chris’ father, a well known and popular local artist and designer of U.S. postage stamps, by presenting a specially prepared philatelic cover cancelled on Dec. 30, the second anniversary of Mr. Calle’s death. He designed stamps for the United States, U.N., and many other countries. He was an artist for NASA with unique access to the early astronauts and designed several space-related postage stamps, including the Man on the Moon and Gemini space twins.
Club members will exhibit some of their specialties, including a comprehensive collection of the first airmail stamps from 200 countries, created by William Armstrong of Westport.