Antiques seminar focuses on stamps, postal memorabilia



TROY — An Antiques seminar presented by Jay Bigalke entitled “Evaluating Stamps and Postal History” will take place at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 20 at the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center 301 W. Main St., Troy.

The program is offered free and open to the public.

Have you inherited a stamp collection or postal history (envelopes, letters, etc.)? Wondering what to do with them? What they might be worth? Jay Bigalke, editor of The American Philatelist (published by the American Philatelic Society), invites you to explore the world of stamps and postal objects and find out what might be lurking in your attic or at that next estate sale you may attend. A Troy resident, Bigalke is a 2005 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he studied retail and journalism.

The American Philatelist is published by the American Philatelic Society in Bellefonte, Pa. The organization serves approximately 30,000 stamp and postal history collectors worldwide. Bigalke’s professional experience also includes working for the magazines Linn’s Stamp News and Coin World. He has also worked for the U.S. Postal Service as a casual city mail carrier. Bigalke’s spark for collecting stamps started in October 1991. He grew up in a small town of less than 100 people in Wisconsin where he visited the post office daily. His great-grandmother and the postmaster in the town helped encourage his interest in stamps. His philatelic interests include modern U.S. stamps, ceremony programs, first-day covers, and other related ephemera. Other collections include stamps of Japan and British Commonwealth stamps from 1937-1940 showing King George VI. He has personally attended 225 first-day-of-issue ceremonies in 48 states, Washington, D.C., Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Seminar participants are invited to bring items from their collections for discussion.

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