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Mid-Cities Stamp Club

of ARLINGTON and IRVING, TEXAS

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Welcome to the Mid-Cities Stamp Club Website, where our goal is to provide an interesting site, make available useful information for club members, and promote the hobby of stamp collecting. Thank you for taking the time to visit with us.

The The Mid-Cities Stamp Club, now in its 43rd year, is one of the largest and most active local stamp clubs in Texas. MCSC counted 107 members as of December 7, 2017. The club hosts two meetings a month (one in Arlington, one in Euless) in the heart of the Dallas-Fort Worth area. We also have an affiliate club in Granbury, TX., which meets once a month. More.

MCSC EXPO 2018

Grapevine TX

NOV 9-10    More.

MCSC MEETINGS

ARLINGTON - APR 4

The next Arlington meeting for 2018 will be held on April 4. The program for this meeting will be a presentation by MCSC Secretary Ben Termini, on The Palestinian Authority Postal Service. The Palestinian Authority Postal Service started in 1994, and has faced many challenges in its short existence. Also, members may bring items for the May Auction. APS sales books will be available.

This meeting will be held at the Bob Duncan Community Center in Arlington. The street address is 2800 South Center Street, in Vandergriff Park (MAPSCO 97A). The regular meeting begins at 7:00 pm (note new start time for 2018); however the room may be accessible earlier.

NOTE: MEET'N'EAT is at Jay Jay Café, 1001 S Bowen, Arlington, TX 76013, 817-861-1060. http://www.yelp.com/biz/jay-jay-cafe-nbr-2-arlington . The group will gather between 5:00 and 5:30 PM, and finish around 6:45 PM.

EULESS MEETING - MAR 21

See April 18 meeting info in next column.

The next Euless (formerly Irving) meeting for 2018 will be held on March 21. The program will be a Show and Tell session, and a Mini-Auction (up to 5 items). APS sales books will not be available at this meeting.

This meeting will be held at Central Station Marketing, 12750 S. Pipeline Road, Suite #1C, Euless, TX 76040. The meeting room is under a striped awning toward the back of the Dalworth Rug Cleaning building. Look for Dalworth Cleaning sign along the road. The entrance is off South Pipeline Rd. This section of Pipeline is between Highway 157 (Industrial Blvd) and Euless South Main Street. Be aware that street addresses are "irregular" in this area of South Pipeline Rd. Nearby addresses are in the 400 and 600 ranges. Make sure you are not on West Pipeline Rd. Meeting begins at 7:30 pm. The room will be available from around 7 pm. There will be NO MEET'N'EAT this month.

See April 18 meeting info in next column.

GRANBURY MEETING - MAR 27

The next Granbury meeting for 2018 will be held on Mar 27. The program is to be determined [weather permitting, Denny Ludlow may bring some items of Al Hull's collection to sell, but the auction portion has been postponed until the April meeting]. an auction, conducted by club member Denny Ludlow, featuring material from the late Al Hull's collection. Items consist of mostly Supreme Global Worldwide Albums and Scott US Albums. Most albums are in pristine condition, and are protected by album holders. Lots will be available for viewing at 6pm. The auction will begin around 7pm. (NOTE: inclement weather could cause postponement of the auction.) >>> View the list of auction items as a PDF. Bring something for SHOW & TELL. Also, bring any philatelic literature you may be willing to share with other members. Meet'N'Eat will be at Grumps, 3503 E. Highway 377, Granbury, 76049, at 5pm. This meeting will be held at the Bentwater Activities Center, 1800 W Emerald Ct, Granbury TX, adjacent to the Bentwater Marina northeast of Granbury. The meeting will begin at 7:00 pm.

Directions to Bentwater Activities Center .

View the Remaining Granbury 2018 Program Schedule as a WORD document, or as a PDF file.

VISITORS WELCOME

PRESENTERS NEEDED FOR GRANBURY

Dave Stockbridge is looking for folks to conduct a program at one of the Granbury meetings. Open dates are May 22, June 26, August 28, September 25, and November 28. If you would like to present a program, or suggest a possible program, speaker, activity, etc., contact Dave.

MCSC MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY

MCSC Secretary Ben Termini advises that the latest club membership directory is now available. A copy has been emailed to each member. We are not making the directory available online, but you can email Ben with any updates you may have.

 

 

MEET'N'EAT

ARLINGTON - APR 4

Jay Jay Café
1001 S Bowen
Arlington, TX 76013
817-861-1060
http://www.yelp.com/biz/jay-jay-cafe-nbr-2-arlington .

EULESS - MAR 21

No MEET N' EAT scheduled for March.

2018 - More details.

BOARD MEETING MAR 3

MCSC President Ray Cartier has called for a Board of Directors meeting to be held March 3. More details as they become available.

NEXT (APR 18 ) EULESS MEETING

The next Euless (formerly Irving) meeting for 2018 will be held on April 18. The program will be a Show and Tell session, and a Mini-Auction (up to 5 items). APS sales books will be available at this meeting.

This meeting will be held at Central Station Marketing, 12750 S. Pipeline Road, Suite #1C, Euless, TX 76040. The meeting room is under a striped awning toward the back of the Dalworth Rug Cleaning building. Look for Dalworth Cleaning sign along the road. The entrance is off South Pipeline Rd. This section of Pipeline is between Highway 157 (Industrial Blvd) and Euless South Main Street. Be aware that street addresses are "irregular" in this area of South Pipeline Rd. Nearby addresses are in the 400 and 600 ranges. Make sure you are not on West Pipeline Rd. Meeting begins at 7:30 pm. The room will be available from around 7 pm. There will be NO MEET'N'EAT this month.

RECORD TSDA RICHARDSON SHOW

North Texas collectors turned out in record numbers for the recent (Mar 16-17) TSDA Show in Richardson. Eleven TSDA dealer members hosted a record 230 visitors for the 2-day show. Most of these same dealers will take part in, and support, the Mid-Cities EXPO in November. The next TSDA Richardson show will be held June 22-23. See the TSDA Website for information on all TSDA Shows.

NYT OP-ED on STAMP COLLECTING

TSDA dealer Jonathan Topper has forwarded us a link to a New York Times op-ed that highlights, unfortunately, the decline of stamp collecting in this country.

MCSC HISTORY

MCSC President Ray Cartier has put together an interesting writeup detailing the history of the Mid-Cities Stamp Club. The document can be accessed here as a PDF file.

QUICK INFO LINKS

Meet'N'Eat 2018
            dates and locations
Newsletter
            full-graphics vers.
Stamp Show
            EXPO 2018 Info

BOD & EXPO MTGS

BOD 01-13-2018
              notice
EXPO 05-20-2017
              notice

MINUTES OF MTGS

None available.

TSDA STAMP SHOWS

The Texas Stamp Dealers Association (TSDA) sponsors a series of stamp shows in Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio.

NEXT SHOW

Dallas - Jun 22-23
Richardson Civic Center

Houston - Apr 13-14
Crowne Plaza Hotel >>>Same Location as 2017

San Antonio - May 19-20
Norris Conference Center
across San Pedro from NorthStar Mall

For more show information (addresses, hours, maps, etc.).

NEW TSDA Website

TSDA Schedule of 2017-2018 Stamp Shows

OTHER SHOWS

GULFPEX
Apr 21: 9a-5p
Apr 22: 10a-4p
St. Martin Community Center
15004 LeMoyneBlvd.
Ocean Springs, MS, 39564
Sponsored by Gulf Coast Stamp Club

Mid-Cities EXPO 2018
Nov. 9: 10a-5p
Nov. 10: 9a-4p
Grapevine Convention Center
Grapevine, TX
Sponsored by Mid-Cities Stamp Club

CHRISTMAS FEATURED IN NEW TPA PUBLICATION

MCSC Director Stanley Christmas contributed a headline article for the Feb 2018 edition of the new TPA publication Journal of Texas Philately and Postal History. Christmas's article Building a Single-Stamp Exhibit with the 1938 4 1/2c Prexy Issue chronicles his 8 year oddyssey, from early collecting and exhibiting experiences through his recent gold medal award at an APS World Series of Philately show.

US STAMPS - SPECIALIST LIST

John Hotchner has made available lists of US Stamps and corresponding specialists in that particular stamp. The lists are divided between Definitives and Commemoratives. Hotchner advises that the lists are updated monthly. We will attempt to post the latest available information (the lists below are current as of September 1, 2017). MCSC Newsletter Editor Peter Elias is listed as a contact for Computer Printed Postal Labels. Also, club Director Stanley Christmas is listed as a contact for the 4 1/2c Prexy issue.
View the Definitive list as a PDF .
View the Commemorative list as a PDF .

JOIN MID-CITIES STAMP CLUB

Would you like to join the Mid-Cities Stamp Club ? Download our Membership Form as a PDF file, fill out, and send to the address indicated on the form. Print using Landscape orientation.

AL HULL

Long-time Granbury MCSC member Al Hull, passed away on Tuesday, March 13. A funeral service will be held on Friday, March 16, at Central Christain Church 1602 Main Street (across from Brahms), Weatherford, TX.
Al was famously known for his home-made cakes which he brought to share with club members at their monthly meeting.

SCiFI Stamp3
Science Fiction - EXPO 2016 Theme

EXPO 2017 DEALERS

The EXPO 2017 Dealer List is being made available until the new (2018) list is published. Most of the dealers on this list will be returning.

APS SURVEY

Houston TSDA dealer Jonathan Topper has forwarded a survey on stamp collectors, the APS, and stamp shows. The document is 129 pages, but easy to read. The survey involved 3,000 APS members and 800 non-members, a fairly large sample for the stamp collecting population.



Book: Roundout, by H. K. Petschel

A new book, by H.K.Petschel, on The Rondout Train Robbery, is available as an Amazon e-book ($7.00). Rondout was the largest robbery in US history and might be of interest to those studying in postal history, the inspection service, or the railway mail service. Mr. Petschel is a former US Postal Inspector, and has written books about counterfeit stamps.

2017-18 MID-CITIES STAMP CLUB
OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS

Ray Cartier - pres
Ray Moyer - 1vp
Richard Hildebrandt - 2vp
Benedict Termini - sec
Judy Christmas - trea
Mike Smith - ipp
Alliene Franklin - v/dir
Ralph Poore - v/dir
Ken Wills - v/dir
Stanley Christmas - nv/dir
Peter Elias - nv/dir
Jeff Jessup - nv/dir
Bob Weidman - nv/dir