Tuesday, March 31, 2015

How to successfully soak and clean OLD and NEW stamps!

How to successfully soak and clean OLD and NEW stamps!

Published by pltolomy

Cleaning stamps is perhaps one of the most critical parts of stamp collecting. Unless you buy or swap for only "off paper" stamps, there will come a time when you will have to clean an amount of stamps. There are lots of different ways to approach this task, and hopefully this guide (and a few years of my trial and error) will enable you to carry out this task with great efficiency.
Stamps generally break down into three age categories: Pre-1966 stamps, 1966 to 1990, and 1990 to now.
The pre 1966 stamps include all the pre-decimal definitives, as well as the state stamps, postage dues, etc. Obviously, these stamps being older, they require much more care and attention. I have found that in some cases, these stamps may not need to be cleaned, especially if they have a really clear and interesting postmark.
If you feel they DO need to be removed off paper, then you will need a small container of cold to luke warm water, some kitchen paper towel and some desk space. I have found that when the water temperature is too hot, some stamps can become damaged, lose colour, fray or just fall apart, so cold water is okay for these stamps.
Some stamps from prior to 1966, especially state stamps, postage dues, and several British stamps, will have dyes that will run in water. If you suspect you have a stamp like this, or if you want to check to make sure, wet the end of your finger in the water, pat dry most of the water, and then lightly touch the front of the stamp in one of the corners, or some other non-obvious place. You can tell immediately if the colour will run, simply by looking at the stamp condition, or at the end of your finger. BE CAREFUL! Small water damage may affect the value of your stamp!
Some stamps that have caught me out in the past are the NSW 1d 1897-1910 definitive (Red), the QLD 1d 1890-1911 Sideface (Red), and also the WA 1d 1902-1912 Swan and Queen definitive stamps. All of these stamps are prone to have some ink run. Nothing serious... no damage to the stamp, but if you are soaking a nice light stamp, you will see some of the red colour transfer... leaving you with one red stamp, and one slightly PINK stamp!
Put ONE singe layer of SIMILAR COLOUR stamps in the container (ice-cream, or chinese takeaway containers work best) and leave for about 1/2 hour. After this time, tear off 2 sheets of kitchen paper and lay of flat surface, then using tweezers, gently remove the PAPER FROM THE STAMP (not the other way around as the stamp will be quite delicate once saturated) and then with a spoon, scoop the stamp from the water and lay it face up on the paper. In some cases, post mark ink may run when wet, so it may be safer (although more time consuming) to do one stamp at a time, particularly if the post mark is heavy, or of a strong colour. Once all the stamps have been removed, wait 10 minutes and turn all the stamps over. This will stop them from curling. Wait for them to dry completely, and they should be ready to put in your album or stockbook.
The stamps from 1966 to 1990 have the benefit of improved print techniques, improved paints and dyes, and also better quality paper. Most of the stamps from this era won't run or fade in water, and are mostly the lick and stick types. Because they are a little bit hardier, the process for removing them from paper is a little less complicated.
I have found that the best way to remove these stamps is to place them in an ice-cream container filled with warm water. Leave them for about 15 minutes (or until they have all separated from the paper) and then using tweezers, just pick them out and lay them on the kitchen paper.
Once dry, i have found that these stamps generally do not curl, but if curling occurs, simply place another 2 lays of kitchen paper on top of the semi-dry stamps, and then place a stockbook on top.
The last category is the 1990 to now stamps. Basically, there are 2 main types of stamps: Peel and Stick, and and the Lick and stick stamps. As the stamps in this age category are also quite hardy, the process is again much simpler.
I have found it possible to soak up to 100 stamps at a time in a large ice-cream container filled with hot water. Just place all the stamps in, wait for 15 minutes, and then remove all the stamps and place them on the kitchen paper. The peel and stick stamps i have found curl the most, and the best way i have discovered to stop this from happening is to place 2 layers of Reflex paper on a table, lay out the semi-dry stamps, place 2 more layers of Reflex paper, (more stamps, more paper, more stamps more paper, etc) and then once the last 2 sheets of Reflex have been put on top, place all the phone books you have, and all your stockbooks on top and leave them for a day. This will ensure that your stamps will be both dry, flat, they wont stick to the reflex, and they will be nice and white.


Wednesday, March 25, 2015


Many thanks to Sylvia Sanchez Oller for the nice cover and the stamps that were offered to our blog

The cover has on it a stamp from the eight stamps Country definitives - England stamp set referred to  England National symbols. The stamp set was issued on March 3, 2011. The stamp on the cover is dedicated to "The Royal Oak"

National symbols of England

The national symbols of England are flags, icons or cultural expressions that are emblematic, representative or otherwise characteristic of England or English culture. As a rule, these national symbols are cultural icons that have emerged from English folklore and tradition, meaning few have any official status. However, most if not all maintain recognition at a national or international level, and some, such as the Royal Arms of England, have been codified in heraldry, and are established, official and recognised symbols of England.

The Royal Oak is the English oak tree within which King Charles II of England hid to escape the Roundheads following the Battle of Worcester in 1651. The tree was in Boscobel Wood, which was part of the park of Boscobel House. Charles told Samuel Pepys in 1680 that while he was hiding in the tree, a Parliamentarian soldier passed directly below it. The story was popular after the Restoration, and is remembered every year in the English traditions of Royal Oak Day. Numerous large dishes painted in slip with the Boscobel Oak, supported by the Lion and Unicorn, with the king's face peeping from the branches were made by the Staffordshire potter Thomas Toft


Thanks a lot Sylvia



So You Think You Know the Basics ?

Stamp Collecting

So why shouldn't you chop up stamps, stick them together with sellotape, and store them in a partially cleaned jam jar ?  Existing collectors will tell you all sorts of reasons; all their own opinions. I don't expect you'd find any collector who'd agree with the method mentioned, but you've always got to remember that each collector's opinion will differ in some way from the next collector's.

To collect stamps you  need three things;
          a storage system
          a reason for doing it !

What is Stamp Collecting and why do it ?

Stamp collecting is an illogical activity that gives pleasure, but then, run through some other hobbies and pastimes (many of which might be thought of as sensible or "normal") and you'll find a distinct lack of logical reasons for doing them. It sometimes gets a bit of a reputation for being a slightly "nerdy" hobby. Maybe it's because it's a pastime pursued mostly by lone participants, indoors, with their curtains closed. Stamp collectors should have self-confidence in their pursuit - it is no less sensible than most other indoor pursuits, and much more sensible than many. (Remind me, just what is the point in watching a soap on the television ?)

Humans have always had an instinct to collect. Apparently there are examples of primeval man having gathered stones and pebbles from different sources, and arranging them at the side of their dwelling. Done for no other reason but that this "caveman" was a collector !  When adhesive postage stamps first appeared in 1840, people started collecting them, even though there was such a tiny variety available. As other countries started issuing stamps, and the range of varieties increased, stamp collecting emerged as we might recognise it. People exchanged information as well as stamps. Collectors aimed at completion. The rest is history.

What are The Rules ?

There are no rules. Anybody stating that there are rules doesn't understand the rules, or is ignorant, or arrogant. However, it is irresponsible to make your own decisions without first getting informed on all the choices, all the pros and cons. A serious beginner should take their time and take on as much information as possible before embarking on a path they might later regret. Speak to other collectors - if you can manage to find ten to ask, you'll find ten different sets of recommendations.

However, you could keep waiting and waiting, until you know everything, before starting. Clearly there has to be a balance - yes, get active, get started, but don't jump in too fast.

And when you start, it will be your collection, taking the form and direction you have chosen.
Stamp collecting is therefore a hobby well-suited to self-confident individuals, as well as being accessible to people who would rather follow popular trends.

There are as many different styles of collecting as there are types of people – nobody can say their way is right. Different people might be attracted by;

technical aspects of printing and stamp production
          the aesthetic quality of designs
ticking boxes/filling lists
          the attractive pictures of their favourite animals
          the stamps' h
istorical background
nterest in market prices
leasure of arranging collection
          social aspects of the hobby
          the openings for carrying out research
          the fact that stamps can be an “add-on” to other existing interest
          showing off !     -     and there's more reasons.

What to Collect ?
There are so many choices – you should look at as much as possible, use your imagination, talk to people. If possible, visit a stamp shop, a philatelic society meeting, a postal museum, an ordinary museum (many have stamps), a stamp fair or exhibition, or a stamp auction. Find something that you are drawn to. Do a bit of research to see if it is going to be possible to find enough material to fit into your collection - and that you can afford it.

How Should it be Stored ?

In the most basic forms, the choices are as follows;

Shoebox A surprising number of collections never make it past the shoebox stage ! (Other kinds of box do almost as well, of course . . . )
Cheap, easy, quick, and actually quite good for the stamps.
Difficult to organise in such a way as to see what is in the collection.
Albums with strips across the page where the stamps slip in and out.
Quick and easy to use, and easy to change the stamps' positions as the collection grows. Loose leaf versions are even more flexible.
A certain amount of the layout is not variable. Difficult to write-up or annotate. You miss out on the pleasures of page arrangement.
Traditional album
Loose leaf album with pages normally printed with a faint squared pattern.
Stamps mounted using either stamp hinges or plastic mounts.
Can be the most satisfying method available, creating a very personal collection, and with the widest options for layout (on each page, and of the collection as a whole). Fairly inexpensive.
Reasonably time-consuming, especially if pages are laid out to their best advantage and research done for background information. Unless using proper stamp albums, you must be wary of the chemical properties of the paper you use.
Printed album
Normally an album with pages already marked out with spaces for all the stamps of a particular country. Some come with plastic mounts already in place.
Unless you make a mess of it, your collection will look good. OK, the same as other people's, but you will easily attain a certain standard.
Little room for individuality. One of the most expensive storage methods available, particularly if the "hingeless" type of album (with mounts) is chosen.

How to Mount Stamps

          Stamp Hinges; These have been used commonly by stamp collectors almost since the earliest days of collecting. Cheap and practical, they are specially gummed slips of paper, part of which is stuck to the stamp, with the larger part being stuck to the page. Note that there are no stamp hinges available anywhere in the world which approach the peelable qualities of the hinges available some decades ago. 

          Plastic Mounts; Brands such as Hawid and Showgard are popular as a method of mounting a stamp on a page without the stamp being stuck to anything. The "gard" types are sealed top and bottom, and split along the centre of the back - make sure when wetting the back of the mount that no moisture can get near the stamp. The other types are sealed at the bottom only.

          Photo Corners; These should not be used for stamps or for miniature sheets as they will probably, given time, dent or bend or crease the corner of the item mounted. They are fine for thicker items such as cards and covers.

          Packets on Pages; Some collectors mount larger items (e.g. blocks or miniature sheets) using a clear-fronted packet which they then stick on the page. That's ok but for two reservations; firstly that some packets are made of materials that are only intended for short-term use and may discolour with time, and secondly that if sticky tape or glue are used to stick the packet to the page it will probably deteriorate with age and this might damage the stamps.

What Use are Stamp Catalogues ?
Strangely, the reason many people use a catalogue (to check prices) is the one area where most stamp catalogues fall down. 

They are very useful, and generally accurate, at giving you information like dates of issue, descriptions of the stamps' designs, background technical data such as printing methods and perforation measurements, details of artists and designers, and providing a complete list of all the stamps available so that you can get your collection in order and see where you have gaps. 

On prices they fail. They are so misleading, so inaccurate, that many people would be better off never seeing one !

Tools of the Trade

There are various accessories available to stamp collectors. One is a necessity (I think !) and that is proper stamp tweezers.

My advice on other accessories is to get what you need when you need it - that is to get the correct tools to do the job, once you have identified what the job is.
The various things you might find useful include;

          Watermark detector
          Floating tray and drying book
          Magnifying glass
          Ultraviolet lamp
          Colour chart
          Perforation gauge

Sources of Stamps
Here's some ideas about where you can get stamps from, and what good or bad about each one;

          The Post; Of course this is the cheapest method, but it rather limits the amount and variety of stamps you are likely to obtain.
          Friends; Great if you have a contact who works in an organisation that gets lots of foreign mail, but still limiting, and you might also feel that you are due your friend something back.
          Post Offices; The prime source. Most people feel that they can't do better, as you get everything at issue price, not realising that sometimes you can get things a few years later for less than issue price. Some post offices are very helpful towards collectors, others just can't be bothered.
          Stamp Dealers (shops, fairs, or mail order); Generally tend to be a bit more expensive that other sources, but a good dealer can be a very worthwhile contact as they often provide a wide range of permanent stock, and can be the source of good advice.
          Auctions; Very popular with many collectors, although any individual auction sale will have a limited range of material on offer, and will not be able for commercial reasons to sell things in very small "bites". Usually considered as being the indication of the mid-market for buying and selling.
          Internet; An excellent source of material, with millions of items available worldwide every day, sometimes at very reasonable prices (at times even bargains). However, it is good to be wary, as there are lots of "pups" on offer, where there are problems such as forgeries, reprints, misidentifications, and poor quality. There are very few people selling through internet auctions who are deliberately trying to cheat others, but many are selling things in innocent ignorance - and some of these things end up being bought by someone who is also innocently ignorant !


Friday, March 20, 2015


Many thanks to the anonymous friend who offered the above cover from Poland to WORLD PHILATELIA.

There are four stamps on the registered envelope.  One (in pair) from the three stamp set  Polish Cities (issued 1 March 2002), one from the two stamp set   Polish Farmhouses (issued 21 June 2001) and one from the stamp set   Beatification of Pope John Paul II, 1920-2005 - Joint Issue with The Vatican (issued 28 April 2011)

 Polish Cities 

issued 1 March 2002)

 Polish Farmhouses 

(issued 21 June 2001)

Beatification of Pope John Paul II, 1920-2005 

Joint Issue* with The Vatican 

(issued 28 April 2011)

A joint issue is the release of stamps or postal stationery by two or more countries to commemorate the same topic, event or person of relevance to both countries. Joint issues typically have the same first day of issue and their design is often similar or identical, except for the identification of country and value.

Polish Cities

Cathedral, St.Adalbert's coffin, Gniezno

The Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Adalbert (Polish: Bazylika Archikatedralna Wniebowzięcia Najświętszej Marii Panny i św. Wojciecha) is a Gothic cathedral in Gniezno, Poland.

The Cathedral is known for its twelfth-century (ca. 1175), two-winged bronze doors decorated with scenes of martyrdom of St. Wojciech and a silver relic coffin of that saint. The coffin was made by Peter von der Rennen of pure silver in 1662 after the previous one (established in 1623 by King Sigismund III Vasa) was robbed by the Swedes in 1655, during the Deluge.

The cathedral is one of Poland's official national Historic Monuments (Pomnik historii), as designated September 16th, 1994 and tracked by the National Heritage Board of Poland.

Polish Farmhouses

Manor House in the Tartars

Mansion in the Tartars - classicist manor house located in the village of the Tartars in Stare Babice in Mazowieckie , near the Kampinos Forest and close to the road Warsaw - Sochaczew . Today, it houses the rectory .

The mansion was built in 1792 year by James Paschal Jakubowicz , Armenian arrived in Polish in the 60's. XVIII century with Tokatu in Pontus and ennobled by the King Stanisław August Poniatowski, a multiplication of useful crafts . It was designed by Hilary Szpilowski. Manor is a single-storey building, covered with a mansard roof with a very wide projection on the axis surmounted by a triangular frontage and articulated pilasters . The corners of the object are rusticated . In the interwar period the building was built columned portico , which, however, was liquidated during reconstruction after the war.

After the death of Paschal Jakubowicz in 1816 or 1817 , the mansion was inherited by his son, Joseph Marcus Paschal. Then Lipków belonged to families Miecznikowskich, Worowskich, Młodzianowskich and since 1880 he Szetkiewicz Kazimierz , the future father-in Henryk Sienkiewicz . In 1909 , his owner was Gustav Dashkevich, then Louis Suwald. In the 20. century property Lipków counted 198 hectares . The last owner was George Suwalda court. During World War II, the German army occupied property, then it was nationalized.

In 1948 workers PGR zaprószyli fire accident due to faulty pipes carried coal stoves and mansion burned down. In 1956 , the local parish of St. Rocha began efforts to obtain the burned court for the purpose of presbyteries. In this case, even the application was sent to the Prime Minister Joseph Cyrankiewicz. In 1957 , the Office for Religious Affairs has approved the Regional Conservator of Monuments to transfer the ruins of the parish court. In the same year the building was rebuilt thanks to the efforts of Father canon Stefan Kowalczyk , pastor of the parish of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Warsaw and Father Wenceslas Kurowski .

Next to the building is the former manor park and the church of St. Rocha , founded in 1792 by Pasquale Jakubowicz also according to Hilary Szpilowski.

Beatification of Pope John Paul II,


The ceremony

The beatification ceremony of Pope John Paul II was held on 1 May 2011 and was presided over by Pope Benedict XVI.[39] A vigil in preparation for the celebration was held the night before in the Circus Maximus. The casket in which he was interred was exhumed and placed before Saint Peter's tomb on 29 April 2011. It was placed in front of the main altar for public veneration during the ceremony. After the ceremony, the casket was reinterred in the Chapel of St Sebastian. A vial containing the Pope's blood, taken during the final days of his life, was displayed as a relic for veneration. The reliquary in which the vial was kept during the ceremony was carried by Sister Marie, and Sister Tobiann (who nursed the Pope during his illness).

A total of 87 international delegations attended the ceremony, including 22 world leaders. Amid controversy, President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe also attended the ceremony despite a European Union-wide travel ban imposed on him. He was able to travel freely into the Vatican via Rome due to a treaty that allows individuals wanting to travel to the Vatican to pass through Italy. His travel ban was waived by the EU.

One million Catholics gathered for the mass at Saint Peter's Square, where a giant portrait of the former Pope was set up. The Prefecture of the Papal Household, Bishop James Michael Harvey, has issued a draft program for the Beatification of John Paul II, describing it as "a great ecclesial event," the office in charge of organising audiences and handles ticketing for all papal events at the Vatican, issued a statement that began “tickets are not needed to attend the beatification ceremony”.

The city of Rome plastered 30,000 posters around the city. A no-fly zone was enforced over Saint Peter's Square.

On 2 May 2011, following a two day viewing by hundreds of thousands of pilgrims, John Paul II's coffin was sealed within St Peters under the Altar of St. Sebastian.

More at : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beatification_of_Pope_John_Paul_II



Thursday, March 19, 2015


A nice cover from Canada through Cover Collectors Circuit Club was  sent by Mme Rita Normandeau.

There are seven "old" stamps on the cover. Two se-tenant stamps from the commemorative set  "Peacemakers of the Frontier" (issued on September 5, 1986), one from the four stamp set "Canadian Eskimos (Inuits) - Travel" (issued on September 27,1978) and four se-tenant commemorative stamps from the stamp  set "Canadian Folklore - Legendary Heroes" issued on September 8, 1992

Thank you Rita

Peacemakers of the Frontier

James F. Macleod and Chief Crowfoot (Pair)
Country: Canada
Series: Peacemakers of the Frontier
Catalog codes: Stamp Number CA 1109a
Michel CA 1008-1009
Issued on: 1986-09-05
Format: Se-tenant
Emission: Commemorative
Perforation: 13 x 13½
Printing: Offset lithography
Colors: Multicolor
Face value: 2*34 ¢ - Canadian cent
Print run: 14,000,000
Watermark: Unwmk.

The explosive conditions on the southwestern prairies in the 1870s could have led to war. Two men of great stature, Crowfoot and James Macleod, preserved the peace. James F. Macleod (1836-1894), lawyer, militiaman and Assistant Commissioner of the North West Mounted Police, arrived in the troubled area in 1874. He and his men expelled the whiskey traders and, despite the prejudices of the age, administrated the law with impartiality. Macleod thus gained Crowfoot's respect, confidence and friendship. The Blackfoot people consequently supported the Mounted Police, and signed a treaty with Canada in 1877. The complex association of Crowfoot and Macleod has been captured by Montreal graphic designers Wanda Lewicka and Jean Morin in a pair of se tenant stamp which connect opposing portraits of the two men on a common background. The designs are based on photographs in the collection of the Glenbow Archives. The photograph of Crowfoot was taken by Alexander Ross in 1887.

(from : http://stampbears.net/thread/259/police-on-stamps-covers-postcards)

Canadian Eskimos (Inuits) - Travel

The Inuit People of Canada

The Inuit people of Canada are culturally similar indigenous peoples inhabiting the Arctic regions of Canada. These people can be dated back almost 20,000 years ago for inhabiting Canada, and may have crossed the Bering Land Bridge to arrive in Canada. The physical environment in which they live in can be characterized by long daylight hours and moderate temperatures in summer and long, cold winters often spent in near total darkness. There are absolutely no trees observed in this area, but there are some low stubby plants and berries. Of course, due to Arctic being in the north, alpine glaciers as well as low lying lakes are common.

The Inuit peoples are descendants of Thule culture 1000 CE. They have a total of 8 separate tribal groups. Not only that, they have an Eskimo Aleut (Inuktitut) language group, which contains 6 dialects. The Inuit people are organized in regional bands consisting of 500 to 1000. These regional groups congregate in the winter time for seal hunting. Within these regional bands, the Inuits live together in smaller groups consisting of 2-5 households. The smaller group generally comprises of a married couple and their children, although elders and unmarried relatives might also be present. Having great cooperation within the household and sharing amongst each other was the predominant trait of the Inuit people. Essentially, selfishness was intolerable.

Marriage in Inuit society was nearly universal and occurred in early adulthood. Inuit children generally lived with the family of one or the other spouse. In this culture, children were greatly revered and thought of as extremely important in society. They were important in establishing valuable interfamily relationships. Having your children betrothed to someone was quite common in Inuit society. Family is the central economic unit of the Inuit, and as mentioned in the First Nations post, everyone was assigned a particular job. Children, parents, and elders all worked to ensure a sustainable community.

Inuit economy was mostly based on sea-mammal hunting, particularly seals. In addition to that, they hunted caribou and game in the summer. Fishing, whaling and polar bear hunting was also common. As can be seen, the Inuit people are fierce hunters. Occasionally, the Inuit would gather seasonal plants and berries. With all the food they hunted and collected, it would serve as a commodity but was also stored. The Inuit generally stored food through the methods of drying and caching.

The Inuit people were quite technologically advanced relative to their location and time period. Inuit technology included bone, horn, antler, ivory, stone, animal skins, baleen for basketry, etc. Inuit inventions were considered “technological masterpieces” given available materials. Some of these inventions include: 

  • Iglus, toggling harpoon heads and kayaks
  • Sleds and skin covered boots used universally while hunting techniques differ from person to person
  • Early domestication of dogs for hunting and packing

The Inuit people were semi-nomadic, in that they settled in accordance to hunting needs. The women were responsible for transporting households and the materials and possessions inside the household.

The majority of the Inuit clothing was made from furs and skins, with much regional variations. The general daily attire of an Inuit were parkas, gloves, and boots. Women usually dressed more elaborately than the men, although there were few adornments present on their clothing. Having tattoos on the face was a common aspect of Inuit women.

There were many vital and significant ceremonies celebrated at summer gatherings. These ceremonies began once an Inuit is born (naming, betrothal, marriage), as well as rights of passage (demonstrations of skill such as sewing and hunting).  In Inuit culture, the Shaman was the head of spiritual life and intermediaries between people and the spirit world. He/she decided the appropriate atonement for transgressions. Other worlds the Inuit believe in include the sky, centre of the earth, and beneath the sea. The Inuit people think there is an intimate relationship between people and the natural world. They have a strict adherence to rules and regulations (codes of conduct). Plus, dreams are considered to be important and symbolic in their culture.

Inuit children learn by examples from their parents and elders and education is believed to be a life long endeavour. In Inuit society, having a strong desire to be praised and attain social competence is incentive to join adult society. Having detrimental qualities (e.g. selfishness) in a collaborative society such as the Inuit one is greatly looked down upon. All lessons and teachings were passed on orally; no written work. Lessons were explained through “stories,” as well as traditional knowledge.

Artistic endeavors include drumming, throat singing, square dancing, and carving.

The Inuit people barely had any contact with the Europeans before the 18th century. They eventually adopted the usage of metals, but most technology they had before remained the same. In terms of religion, they are nearly all Christians today.


Canadian Folklore - Legendary Heroes

On 8 September 1992, Laura Secord Inc. sponsored the Canadian Folklore Legendary Heroes issue, which featured Laura Secord along with three other heroes.

Sponsored Stamps of Canada

Introduced by Canada Post in 1990 as part of a general trend towards increased commercialization of postal services and as a means to provide additional revenue, the sponsorship of postage stamps is a somewhat controversial issue among philatelists. Those who attach considerable import to postage stamps as a medium that helps to define a country tend to feel that commercial sponsorships cheapen that noble purpose. Others are less concerned and view sponsorships as just another interesting facet to the hobby. (By Tony Brown) - https://www.rpsc.org/Library/sponsor/spons.htm

Jerry Potts, Legendary Plainsman

William Jackman, Legendary Rescuer

Laura Secord, Legendary Patriot

Jos Montferrand, Legendary Lumberjack