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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 - DEC 6

See February 7 meeting info in next column.

The next Arlington meeting for 2017 will be held on December 6. This meeting will feature the Annual Christmas Party. There will be no APS sales books this month. Also, a reminder that 2018 dues are now payable.

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 starts at 7:30 PM; however the room may be accessible earlier.

NOTE: there will be no MEET"N"EAT, due to the annual club Christmas party.

See February 7 meeting info in next column.

(NO) EULESS MEETING - DEC 20

See February 21 meeting info in next column.

There will be no Euless meeting in December. Members are encouraged to attend the Dec 6 MCSC Annual Christmas Party in Arlington.

The next Euless meeting will be held on January 17.

The January meeting will be held at Central Station Marketing, 12750 S. Pipeline Road, Suite #1C, Euless, TX 76040. 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.

See February 21 meeting info in next column.

(NO) GRANBURY MEETING - DEC 26

There will be no Granbury meeting in December. Members are encouraged to attend the Dec 6 MCSC Annual Christmas Party in Arlington.

The next Granbury meeting will be held on January 23.

The Januaruy 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 .

VISITORS WELCOME

 

 

MEET'N'EAT

ARLINGTON - DEC 6

NO MEET'N'EAT, due to club Annual Christmas Party.

EULESS - DEC 20

No MEET N' EAT scheduled for December (no meeting).

2017 - More details.
2018 - More details.

BOARD MEETING JAN 13

MCSC President Ray Cartier has called for a Board of Directors meeting to be held January 13. More details as they become available.

NEXT (FEB 7) ARLINGTON MEETING

The next Arlington meeting for 2018 will be held on February 7. This meeting will feature a short program by Bob Weidman and a Giant Mixture Pick. Next month (March) we will have an extended Show and Tell session. So not too early to start looking for interesting material to present. Another reminder: Dues are Due. 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 China Harbor Super Buffet, 3512 South Cooper Street in Arlington (817-466-3888), (1 block north of Spring Creek BBQ on west side of Cooper St.). The group will gather between 5:00 and 5:30 PM, and finish around 6:45 PM.

NEXT (FEB 21) EULESS MEETING

The next Euless (formerly Irving) meeting for 2018 will be held on February 21. The program will be an APS DVD presentation on The Doctoring of Postage Stamps … Philatelists Beware. The DVD running time is 26 minutes. 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.

A BLAST FROM THE PAST

MCSC Newsletter Editor Peter Elias has passed along links to some YouTube old-time (1960s) Zip Code videos, featuring the "Swingin' Six": 2 min. version 15 min. version These videos were a part of the ZIP Code Campaign Public Service Announcement project by the US Post Office Department in the mid-1960s.

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 2017
Meet'N'Eat 2018
            dates and locations
Newsletter
            full-graphics vers.
Stamp Show
            EXPO 2017 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 - Mar 16-17
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

APS-Birmingham
Feb 23: 10a-6p
Feb 24: 10a-6p
Feb 25: 10a-4p
Birmingham Jefferson Conv. Cntr.
2101 Richard Arrington, Jr. Blvd.
Birmingham, AL 35203

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

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.

SCiFI Stamp3
Science Fiction - EXPO 2016 Theme

EXPO 2017 DEALERS

EXPO Dealer Coordinator Tom Cunningham has released the current EXPO 2017 Dealer List .

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