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Meeting Information

Meets on the fourth Monday at 6 p.m., except July and August, at Faith United Church, 12 Mark Fitzgibbons Drive.

Contact

Leigh LeClair
61212 Murray St.
Oswego, NY 13126

Phone: 315-342-5653

psleclair@verizon.net

Oswego Area Map

Membership & Dues

The Oswego Stamp Club currently has 12 members. Dues are $5 per year.

Our Officers

Leigh LeClair, President

Our History

On November 8, 1947, George Gwilliam, Fred Wright, Ford Babcock, and Harold Baxter met at the Gwilliam home to organize the Oswego Stamp Club. Formal organization took place February 8, 1948 when Ford Babcock was elected president. In September 1948 our group generated enough interest to plan its first stamp exhibit open to the general public. This was followed by a second similar exhibition in October of 1949 drawing an even larger attendance. It was between 1948 and 1950 respectively that we joined the Federation of Central New York Philatelic Societies and the National Federation of Stamp Clubs.

We held our third annual exhibition at the Oswego City Savings Bank in October 1950 with more viewers than previous shows due to the strategic location. Oswego Stamp Club prospered under the 16 plus year leadership of Charles VanWie. He personally produced 28 six-page frames for use at the various exhibitions held. The annual stamp exhibits ceased because there was no place to hold them that possessed sufficient space and adequate lighting. An invitation came from the Sandy Creek Stamp Club to join with their club and the Jefferson County Stamp Club of Watertown in holding a Tri-Club Exhibit in Pulaski. On May 25, 1963 this was held, the first of many to follow. We affiliated with the American Philatelic Society on April 22, 1969.

Meetings have been held regularly during the years at various places in Oswego, membership fluctuating between the original four members to a one-time count of 38. Programs consist of philatelic speakers, auctions, swap sessions, instruction in the different phases of collecting and exhibiting, and open discussions on subjects suggested by the members. It also participates in area exhibitions and visits neighboring clubs whenever possible.