A Stamp-ede in San Antonio!

San Antonio, Texas, is simply among the several areas worldwide that is addicteded to the more-than-century-old trend of philately– the research study of stamps, as well as stamp accumulating. It had its starts together with the nationwide combination of stamp enthusiasts and also lovers.

This combination took place when stamp enthusiasts as well as enthusiasts throughout the Usa united in the year 1886 to create the American Philatelic Culture (APS). Sustained by the very same interested interest exuded by its present-day members, it is home to the largest churchgoers of stamp collection agencies worldwide. To this day, the APS has more than 44, 000 members. Since APS is a non-profit organization, the APS has actually been maintained active by years of ongoing contribution and also patronage from its sponsors, marginal revenue (almost like a donation) from the philatelic services they offer, and also the invoice of the members’ fees.

Stamp_UK_Penny_Red_pl148In the APS degree, the organization intends to advertise stamp gathering, devise cutting-edge means and also programs to much better enhance the benefit obtained by stamp collectors, to offer philatelic solutions both to enthusiastic stamp enthusiasts as well as the general public, and also to help their members in the exchange or disposal of stamps in their compilations. Their kept development of the American philatelist neighborhood is fostered by the numerous activities pioneered by the APS.

The APS chapter in San Antonio, Texas goes by the name of the San Antonio Philatelic Organization (SAPA). Developed in the year 1896, the SAPA remains in fact a life member of APS as well as the umbrella of the Texas Philatelic Organization. It is identified APS Chapter # 388, and also as Texas Philatelic Chapter # 3. At present, the chapter has more than a 130 participants participating in their numerous activities. They also enable juniors, who are in between the ages of 12 as well as 18, to join the SAPA when they have at least a sponsoring father and mother acting upon their part.

In the year 1996, the SAPA arranged a stamp program in order to commemorate the centennial it shows to the Texas Philatelic Organization. Labeled TEXPEX ’96, it debuted the very first new reprints of coil stamps in the nation.

In fact, the starts of the Texan obsession that incorporates stamps began in San Antonio. Along with the development of the SAPA was the creation of the Texas Philatelic Organization (TPA), the umbrella organization under which numerous philatelic groups in the state of Texas are connected to. To this day, the Texas Philatelic Organization is just one of the earliest philatelic associations in the country that keeps its procedures also in the present day. Its structure, called the TPA structure, was approved as a Texas Non-Profit Structure, Inc. in the year 1975. This was developed in order to motivate the research and research study on philately (via the development of libraries, laboratories, and to manage research grants and scholarships. The cost of research might be reimbursed as soon as the grant is made to publish any as well as all study the foundation finds fit.

Membership in the TPA subsequently implies a lifetime subscription to the APS (as membership in SAPA translates to a life subscription that incorporates TPA and APS). This subscription affords various benefits for philatelic enthusiasts, which include the invoice of the bi-monthly official publication, the Texas Philatelist. This magazine covers regular columns, list of upcoming events of TPA and other affiliate chapters, and also attribute write-ups of passion to philatelists specifically in the Texas area. Membership also aids members take steps toward the acquisition of much-desired stamps– the TPA allows for free advertising of ‘want ads’ on the TPA, in addition to help with auctions for the sale and purchase of stamps between and also amongst participants. The organization also aids members, especially those of comparable philatelic interests, to get together via the directory of participants they provide. Being a member suggests invitation to TEXPEX, the yearly convention-cum-exhibition held each year in Dallas. It also suggests accessibility to info as well as answers to inquiries that might be supplied by expert-philatelists also affiliated to TPA.

Like the SAPA, the TPA allows subscriptions for individuals aged 18 and also above. Junior subscription is additionally available for those under the age of 18 yet with father and mothers that will certainly sponsor their engagement. Subscription in TPA is not, in any way, geographically restricted to Texas alone. The San Antonio Philatelic Association continues to be an active member of both the APS and also the TPA. Unlike other stamp clubs, the SAPA takes satisfaction in the fact that it remains to be one of minority clubs that meet regularly every week. Meetings of the San Antonio Philatelic Organization are held at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Santa Monica, San Antonio, Texas on Fridays at 7:30 PM. Each Friday of the month, there is a pre-assigned schedule for the club; the first devoted to a business conference and also discussion of the participants. The second Friday is, on the other hand, devoted for stamp auctions, while the third Friday is for a program arranged by the members of the club. The fourth Friday of the month, ultimately, is dedicated to mark bourse.
In order to assist all the members maintain to this day on events and happenings in the club, the San Antonio Philatelic Association releases a bi-monthly newsletter called The Philatex.