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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.

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.

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.