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NEWLAKE JUNIOR STAMP CLUB ACTIVITIES for 2008

Newcastle and Lake Macquarie Junior Stamp Club, New South Wales, Australia


The first meeting for 2008 will be held at Hamilton on 22nd January.

(For young philatelists or stamp collectors aged 8 to 18)

It runs from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

During the day, we have activities such as --

    - scavenger hunt through heaps of stamps
    
    - games of various kinds including stamp dominoes, philately heads, philately buzz, stamp bingo

    - display of a few pages of mounted stamps from one country or based on a theme

    - learning activities about many aspects of stamps, both old and new

...and lunch is provided.


A meeting is held on the last TUESDAY of each school holiday break.


***How do you contact the Newlake Stamp Club?

Email Peter at    maddenps(at)westnet.com.au   ***Change the (at) to @

or telephone Peter at (02) 49 59 40 78 after 5 p.m.
  

For those who want to organise one ....


JUNIOR STAMP CLUB ACTIVITIES & IDEAS

This part of the website is devoted to the sharing of ideas that can be used successfully to help young people ( aged say 8 to 18 ) to learn about stamp collecting and philatelic terms .

Many of these ideas have already been used by the people who run the Toronto Junior Stamp Club and the Newlake Stamp Group , both of which are based in Newcastle , Australia .

What do you need to run a junior stamp club ?

You need a wide variety of resources including --

The first few meetings are easy to organise , but what then ?

You need heaps of different things to do to keep the juniors busy and interested . Where do I come up with such ideas , you ask ? Read on ....

IDEAS THAT WORK !

Here are some detailed examples , done by "cut and paste" .

Making your own watermark

(These 4 can be cut up for larger groups) Making your mark -- A watermark ! 1) Take a clean sheet of white paper . 2) Using a PENCIL , write your name or initials in one corner (so you’ll know which is yours,later). 3) Put your sheet of paper IN WATER for a few seconds . 4) Using 2 hands , lift it out and lay it FLAT on a smooth table-top . 5) Lay a fresh DRY sheet of paper over the wet sheet . 6) Use the smooth flat area at the top of a nail as your “pencil” . 7) Draw (with the nail) some words , shapes , or symbols by pressing firmly onto the DRY sheet . 8) Now and again , lift the top sheet to check that your ‘writing’ is coming through . 9) When you have drawn enough , peel away the top dry sheet and put it in the garbage . 10) Use the pegs and string to hang your WET sheet up to dry . Making your mark -- A watermark ! 1) Take a clean sheet of white paper . 2) Using a PENCIL , write your name or initials in one corner (so you’ll know which is yours,later). 3) Put your sheet of paper IN WATER for a few seconds . 4) Using 2 hands , lift it out and lay it FLAT on a smooth table-top . 5) Lay a fresh DRY sheet of paper over the wet sheet . 6) Use the smooth flat area at the top of a nail as your “pencil” . 7) Draw (with the nail) some words , shapes , or symbols by pressing firmly onto the DRY sheet . 8) Now and again , lift the top sheet to check that your ‘writing’ is coming through . 9) When you have drawn enough , peel away the top dry sheet and put it in the garbage . 10) Use the pegs and string to hang your WET sheet up to dry . Making your mark -- A watermark ! 1) Take a clean sheet of white paper . 2) Using a PENCIL , write your name or initials in one corner (so you’ll know which is yours,later). 3) Put your sheet of paper IN WATER for a few seconds . 4) Using 2 hands , lift it out and lay it FLAT on a smooth table-top . 5) Lay a fresh DRY sheet of paper over the wet sheet . 6) Use the smooth flat area at the top of a nail as your “pencil” . 7) Draw (with the nail) some words , shapes , or symbols by pressing firmly onto the DRY sheet . 8) Now and again , lift the top sheet to check that your ‘writing’ is coming through . 9) When you have drawn enough , peel away the top dry sheet and put it in the garbage . 10) Use the pegs and string to hang your WET sheet up to dry . Making your mark -- A watermark ! 1) Take a clean sheet of white paper . 2) Using a PENCIL , write your name or initials in one corner (so you’ll know which is yours,later). 3) Put your sheet of paper IN WATER for a few seconds . 4) Using 2 hands , lift it out and lay it FLAT on a smooth table-top . 5) Lay a fresh DRY sheet of paper over the wet sheet . 6) Use the smooth flat area at the top of a nail as your “pencil” . 7) Draw (with the nail) some words , shapes , or symbols by pressing firmly onto the DRY sheet . 8) Now and again , lift the top sheet to check that your ‘writing’ is coming through . 9) When you have drawn enough , peel away the top dry sheet and put it in the garbage . 10) Use the pegs and string to hang your WET sheet up to dry .

(We did EVERY letter, including..)

Philatelic Terms that start with "D" :

Dandy Roll - The wire mesh roller used in papermaking to produce a watermark . Datestamp - A hand or machine stamp containing a date . Definitive - A postage stamp intended to remain in everyday use for a considerable time . Often small and almost square . Sold in very large quantities . Demonetised - No longer ‘legal tender’. A postage stamp bearing a duty in an obsolete currency . Die - The original SINGLE engraved piece of metal from which a multiple printing plate is built up . Die proof - A single printed impression from the DIE for a new stamp issue.Usually in black on a white card. Dockwra , William - Opened the first town ‘Penny Post’ in Lime Street,London, in March 1680 . He introduced a distinctive postmark called the ‘Dockwra Mark’ . Doctor blade - A steel blade that wipes away excess ink from the printing cylinder . Double-ring c.d.s. - A circular date stamp within two concentric circles . Doubly-printed - A stamp or part of a sheet showing more than one clear impression of the printed design . Dry print - A stamp image or overprint which is missing a large amount of ink . Due - - - An adhesive label to record postage due on delivery (because of insufficient prepayment). Dulwich Mark - The double - arc dated postmark , standard in Britain for many years from 1894. Dumb cancellation - A handstamp , often made of cork , containing NO figures , date , or letters . Duplex - A cancellation with two sections - one to obliterate the stamp , the other to show the office and date of posting . Duty plate - The printing plate used to print the face value onto the stamp , when printed in a separate stage to the rest of the image .

About Greek people and stamps

The Greek people call themselves "Hellenes" . They call their country (Greece) "Hellas" . They call their language "Hellenic" . On every stamp from Greece we find ..... which translates into ............................. What money value does each stamp have ? On some stamps , we find , which translates to ...................... These would be low-value stamps . On other stamps , we find which translates to ....................... which is short for drachma . These are mid or high-value stamps . Let’s try a few stamp translations for ourselves ! Look at the brown and black stamp that shows several men and has the value "50" . Translate the word , ........................ then use a catalogue to find out when it was issued . The year was ............... Now look at the three stamps that have "floating" people on them . They are all from the same set . The "25" value has . Translated , this means ........................ What is the value of this stamp ? ..................... The "50" value has . Translated , this means ........................ What is the value of this stamp ? ...................... The "400" value has , which translates into ................. What is the value of this stamp ? .........................

Catalogue Hunt

What can we find out about that stamp ? If the stamp is USED , hinge it to this page in the space on the right . Use a ‘world’ catalogue to help you find out more about this stamp . Which country issued your stamp ? ...................................................... Where is that country located ? The stamp was issued in the year .................... . Its design features ................................................................................... What was the money of that country at that time ? This stamp is a LOW / MEDIUM / HIGH value . (Circle one) Does the stamp have a watermark ? ....................................................... Was the stamp issued alone or as part of a set ? ................................. It was a definitive / commemorative / airmail / coil / booklet / charity / pictorial stamp . xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Helpful hints : A definitive is a small , nearly square stamp for everyday use over a period of years . A commemorative is a large stamp that honours a person or special event . An airmail stamp is used to pay the cost of sending a letter by airmail - may say ‘airmail’ in its design . Charity stamps have TWO separate money values on them . One of them has a ‘ + ‘ (plus) beside it . A coil stamp will have two parallel sides without perforations . Booklet stamps have either ONE side , or TWO joined sides without perforations . 1) Try to match the exact picture . 2) Try to match a picture of similar size , shape , type , border , or design , then read the list that tells you what is shown on other stamps of the same set . 3) Try to narrow down the time period by checking when the currency changed or when typical stamp designs changed . 4) If all else fails , look at the special-purpose stamps that are listed at the very END of that country’s listings . (Here you will find postage dues, official stamps , etc.)

How many different perforations have appeared on Australian stamps ?

Use your perforation gauge to find out the perforation numbers for each of the pictured stamps . Do the TOP first , then the SIDE . Write down the numbers like this - 8 x 6 - where “8” is for the TOP. Some pre-decimal Australian stamps : The 2d ‘Centenary of Victoria’ issue The 2d ANZAC commemorative was released with 2 different sets had only one set of perforations . of perforations . They were -- They were -- ............ x .............. and ............. x ............... ............ x .............. The 2d Harbour Bridge issue had 2 different sets of perforations. One had white clouds and was perf. ........ x ........ The other had lined clouds and was perf. ....... x ........ The 2d South Australia centenary The 2d Silver Jubilee was perforated --- issue was perforated --- ............ x ........... ......... x ......... Some of the “King George VI” definitives were issued in 2 different perforations. They were -- ........... x .......... and ......... x ......... The A.I.F. issue had only one set The Duke and Duchess of of perforations . They were -- Gloucester issue had one set of perfs . They were --- ......... x ......... ......... x ......... The 5/- Coat of arms was issued with only one set of perforations . They were --
......... x .........

Philately Buzz -- Question set # 6 :

(1) What do we call a half-sheet of stamps surrounded by selvedge ? pane (2) On an Australian stamp issued before 1966, what does ‘2 d’ mean ? 2 pence OR 2 pennies (3) Is a ONE-POUND stamp a low or high value - stamp ? high (4) Who invented the 'penny post' in 1840 ? Sir Rowland Hill (5) What do you call a large rectangle of 100 joined stamps ? a sheet (6) How would you recognise a MINT stamp ? has gum on back,no postmark (7) What do we call a very small sheet of stamps with its own border ? Minisheet (8) Thick coloured stripes around a sheet and down the gutter are called 'Jubilee ...........' lines (9) Where do you find a 'guide pip' ? corner of sheet (10) Which word describes a stamp with NO perforations ? imperforate (11) What is a 'Telegraph Puncture' ? hole punched into stamp (12) On which part of a letter would you find a "backstamp" ? the back (13) How many sides of a COIL stamp are perforated ? 2 (14) On a sheet of stamps , where would you expect to find a MONOGRAM ? bottom selvedge (15) Which Australian state was the FIRST to issue its own stamps ? (16) When printed onto a stamp , what do the letters VG mean ? Victorian Govt (17) What colour was the world’s first TWO-penny stamp ? blue (18) What information does a postmark give you ? Date & place of posting (19) Which country’s stamps have the word ‘SVERIGE’ on them ? Sweden (20) Which country’s stamps have the word ‘ROMANA’ on them ? Rumania