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Dayton Stamp Club Timeline

2020: The Dayton Stamp club goes virtual. Due to Covid 19, we have adapted and now have online Zoom meetings to keep our members in touch with what is going on. This has led to our club having guests who can now join in from around the world. Go to our calendar to find out about upcoming meetings and how to join.

2002: More than 1,000 people visited the 75-member Dayton Stamp Club’s 27th annual stamp show Sept. 28 and Sept. 29 at the Dayton Convention Center. The lives and work of Wilbur and Orville Wright were featured in a large exhibit assembled by longtime club member Frank Shively. He presented a collection of stamps, along with postcards and other printed material commemorating the first flight. A lifelong area resident, retired general surgeon, and Wright State University professor, Shively had been collecting stamps for more than 50 years.

1992: A special feature of the club’s AIRPEX XVII was its selection as a first day of issue city for the 29-cent ATM self-adhesive Eagle and Shield stamp. Dayton Mayor Richard Clay Dixon attended, as well as Kathleen Boehm, the marketing and communication director of the U.S. Postal Service Cincinnati Area. The  ceremony was held at the Convention Center at East Fifth and Main streets. One of the activities offered at the show was a tour to nearby Sidney, Ohio to visit Linn’s Stamp paper and Scott Publishing plant, all part of Amos Press.

1987: Jan Rudd, a United Way volunteer, and Howard Smith, the stamp club’s resident artist, developed a cachet that featured a drawing of the memorial gazebo following its construction on the grounds of Carillon Historical Park, where it was dedicated that summer as a tribute to United Way volunteers in Montgomery, Greene, and Preble counties.  The covers were serviced with the USPS 22-cent United Way issue and had the First Day of Issue cancellation of Washington, D.C. A second stamp and cancellation were added after the dedication of the memorial. Profits from the sale of the cover were used to support the Dayton Stamp Club’s annual Christmas program at the Children’s Medical Center. The covers were sold for $11.25 each. 

1986: The City of Dayton Philatelic Society, formed in 1976 when some club members disagreed with the club’s decision to change the location and night for meetings, merged back into the Dayton Stamp Club, which accepted all the society’s assets. As part of the merger, the Dayton Stamp Club agreed to continue the society’s annual donation of stamps and albums to Dayton Children’s Hospital.

1985: The Grand Award at AIRPEX X held Oct. 13 went to D. Scott Gallagher of Cincinnati for his exhibit of “Kentucky and Tennessee in the Civil War.” The Reserve Grand Award went to Wilbert Dahm of Chicago for his exhibit “U.S. Postal Service in China.” Gallagher’s collection included all the known Kentucky Confederate usages and also several of the only known examples of the Tennessee Postmaster’s provisionals. His exhibit later represented AIRPEX in the Champion of Champions competition at the American Postal Society Show in Washington, D.C.

1984: When the U.S. Postal Service announced the opening of a new branch at the National Museum of the Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in 1984, club members sprang into action. Harry Harn, well-known first day cachet artist, designed a red and blue cover featuring the museum complex, which was printed by his Tudor House. The covers were cancelled on opening day, Feb. 8, with a double circle date cancel and the wording “U.S. Air Force Museum WPAFB, Ohio .” The branch is no longer open.

1981: After club members saw an article published in Stamp Collector magazine it was decided at the club’s Jan. 29 meeting to start a program whereby members would earn Stamp Bucks for various levels of participation in club activities. Club members receive the smallest amount, 5 stamp bucks, for bringing a guest to a meeting or submitting lots for a club auction. The most stamp bucks, 200, are given to members who serve as chair of the board, chair of the club’s annual AIRPEX event, create a club competition, or serve as publisher of the club newsletter. They have no cash value.

1976: The club voted to leave its meeting space at the Bomberger Recreation Center at East Fifth and High Streets in Dayton and move to the Kettering Government Center on Shroyer Road. Meeting nights were also changed, from Tuesdays to Mondays. Some members disagreed with the changes and formed the City of Dayton Philatelic Society, which was affiliated with Dayton’s Parks and Recreation Department. The society was merged back into the Dayton Stamp Club, which accepted all the society’s assets, 10 years later.

1976: The Dayton Stamp Club held its first annual Philatelic Exhibition, Nov. 27-28, at the Dayton Convention Center. The event was designated DAYTON AIRPEX I. A special cachet honoring Prof. George de Bothezat, inventor of the first Army helicopter, was issued in conjunction with the show. The cachet sold for $1.50. The Dayton Daily News described AIRPEX I as “unique,” because it featured only Air Mail stamps and stamps honoring aviation.