Saturday, June 18, 2011

New Jersey's West Essex Philatelic Society

Verona, New Jersey's website features an article on the West Essex Philatelic Society (WEPS)by reporter Krysta Venturella. The 35-member group meets bi-weekly at a local public library. 

According to the piece, "WEPS, which is a member of the American Philatelic Society and the North New Jersey Federated Stamp Clubs, has an extensive philatelic library. Members are allowed to check books out between meetings. The club also owns a complete set of the 2011 Scott Catalogues, which are purchased every other year."

It goes on to say, "Ronald Gollhardt, immediate past president of WEPS, has been a member of the club since 1965. At the age of 8, Gollhardt began collecting stamps with his brother. 'My next door neighbor gave us some postage stamps, which were newer stamps she just bought at the post office,' recalled Gollhardt. 'She was keeping her son's collection up to date, because he had just gone off to college. From that day on, my brother and I would wait for the mailman, and grab every envelope that had a stamp on it, and started saving stamps."

Shown above, members of the West Essex Philatelic Society

To learn more about the group, click here.

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