CAMDEN — Dover Stamp Club will host a “First Day of Issue” stamp ceremony in Delaware— the first since 1988 — during its 63rd Stamp Show on Saturday.
The ceremony will be held at the Camden-Wyoming Fire Hall at 200 E. Camden-Wyoming Ave., and will reissue the Purple Heart stamp.
“This will be the only place and date that this stamp will be available,” said Melvin Nace, Dover Stamp Club treasurer.
“I’m excited for this opportunity because I did a year in Vietnam, so I know the meaning behind the Purple Heart and know a lot about it.”
The U.S. Postal Service will have a substation at the show, and will have the Purple Heart stamp as well as a supply of older commemorative and definitive stamps, including the popular $2 Jenny Invert stamp souvenir sheet issued last year.
The last First Day of Issue ceremony for Delaware was in Wilmington on March 29, 1988, for the 350th Anniversary of the Settling of New Sweden, Scott No. C117 stamp, featuring the Swedish ships Kalmar Nyckel and Fogel Grip, said Mr. Nace.
The stamp show also will feature a wide array of philatelic materials including supplies, special anniversary cancellation stamps, bid boxes and a searching table for young collectors.
“It will have dealers that will bring in stamps and post cards for the public to buy,” Mr. Nace said. “For people who collect stamps I’m pretty sure there’s going to be something that catches their eyes.”
This year’s theme is the state soil, which is Greenwich loam.
“The stamps will consist of a picture of a flowerpot with Greenwich loam in it,” Mr. Nace said. “We’ve chosen a different state motto for the last 12 years and will continue to do that for years to come.”
Mr. Nace is expecting a large turnout as well. “We usually have about 100 people come out,” Mr. Nace said. “With the reissuing of the stamp I’m expecting more people than usual. I’m very excited.”
The event is free to the public and will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The First Day of Issue stamp ceremony will begin at 11 a.m.
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