History of the Club
On November 10, 1919,
a group of stamp collectors
organized the Syracuse Stamp Club to promote their mutual interest and enjoy
good fellowship. Meetings were held at the
Onondaga Historical Society building on
and the club
Circuits were available at each meeting, but auctions were only held once or
twice per year.
(However, one auction, held March 3-4, 1932, included a copy of US #1 and
lasted until 1 a.m.!)
first twenty years of the club's history are somewhat hazy, but two events
out. One is
participation in the
First Day ceremonies for
the 1927 Saratoga commemorative stamp. The other is a banquet
held on May 21, 1931. Legendary collector Arthur Hind
of Utica was the guest of honor and showed some of his fabulous collection.
Around the time of the Second World War, a
good many of the members were
and some outstanding collections were passed around for inspection. A show and dinner took place annually, and these often featured
speakers such as Herman Herst, Harry Lindquist, Harry M. Konwiser, and Max Johl.
club signed on as a charter member of the Federation of Central New York
Philatelic Societies in 1940, and its members frequently served as
Federation officers. (Syracuse and Elmira are the only founding clubs
of still in existence.)
Several major developments in the club's history took
place at mid-century. In about 1953, the club was invited to a joint meeting
with the Syracuse Women's
Stamp Club at the Goodyear-Burlingame School. (At that time,
the SSC was an all male organization.)
two organizations met together regularly until 1956,
when the Women's Club
disbanded and its members joined the SSC.
In 1959, three SSC members Anton Zahm, Austin Dulin, and Fred Scholl
a monthly Federation newsletter that later evolved into the Stamp Insider.
In October of that year, the club sponsored its first SYRAPEX show.
The 1990s to the present
participated in its second First Day ceremony, this one for
Scott #2452, the Circus Wagon definitive in the
Transportation series at EMPEX '90, a Federation show hosted by the club.
character of the club has changed considerably since the early days.
Topical collectors are becoming more
numerous, and with the vast number of new issues the old-time general collector
is becoming a minority. Auctions
are held more frequently and membership continues to increase.
number of junior collectors have been added to the club and they are rapidly
increasing their stamp knowledge. These
young people have great potential for future leadership in our club.
club is blessed with excellent officers and directors who give their time and
best efforts to the affairs of the organization, and it
continues to evolve and prosper as new
ideas and new members change its character.
This club history
adapted by Daniel Piazza from Howard Scarrett's History of the Syracuse Stamp Club, written
in 1979 as the stuffer in this commemorative cover for the club's sixtieth
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