WACO, Texas – Members of the national Post Mark Collectors Club will gather in Waco, Texas, in late July for their 48th annual convention, bringing their interest in postal history and its paper collectibles to the state of Texas for the first time.
The July 22-25 convention will draw more than 100 collectors and guests to Waco for four full days of postmark discussions and trading. Highlights will be a side trip to the Dr Pepper Museum, educational sessions in Texas postal history, and a special U.S. Postal Service temporary station on-site.
Members of the club collect postal cancellations from U.S. and foreign towns and cities, and their conventions always feature auction sales of historic postmarks and valuable postal history and collecting material. There are also special exhibits and tables full of tens of thousands of postmarks that are free for the taking by members. This year, there will also be sales tables, open to the public, with a strong emphasis on U.S. and world postage stamps.
The Post Mark Collectors Club was founded in 1946 and has held yearly conventions since 1962. In addition to uniting collectors, the club also maintains the largest U.S. museum dedicated to historic postmarks. Located in Bellevue, Ohio, the Margie Pfund Postmark Museum has well over a million postal cancellations on covers and cards, many from post offices that might otherwise be long forgotten. It also features thousands of post office photographs and an extensive library of postal reference books.
The July convention, much of which is open to the public, will feature a set of special commemorative covers, along with a temporary U.S. Postal Service substation that will postmark outgoing mail with a cancellation specially designed for the event. The site of the convention is the Clarion Hotel, 801 South 4th Street in Waco. Hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday.
For more information about the convention, contact Kevin Tanzillo at 903-865-1078, firstname.lastname@example.org, or P.O. Box 1329, Canton, TX 75103. More information about the Post Mark Collectors Club can be found at www.postmarks.org.