Westmoreland County Philatelic Society

Our Trip to WASHINGTON 2006

May 27, 2006

Eleven members of the stamp club traveled to WASHINGTON 2006 on May 27.  We left Irwin at 6AM and returned at 11PM a bit tired but full of stories of a lot of great experiences at the show.  The most common description that I heard was “overwhelming”.  The number of dealers, exhibits, postal administrations and stamp rarities to be seen was truly staggering.  Some of the lines for the USPS sales windows and rarity exhibits were long but the time passed quickly when you discovered that the person next to you was an avid collector with a lot of common interests.  The van that we rented was very roomy and comfortable and helped to make the trip most comfortable.  Everyone returned with bags of stamps and supplies and interesting souvenirs that they found at the show.  The general consensus was, “When can we do this again”.   Here are some photos of the experience.

Out of the van to stretch our legs.

Waiting for the Metro at Shady Grove.

A view of the show bourse area from the balcony.

A view of the show bourse area from the balcony.

"What's in Your Attic" helped collectors evaluate items that they brought in.

One of the aisles in the busy bourse area by the French Polynesia booth.

The rarities booth always had a line to see selections from Prince Rainier, Queen Elizabeth and the Smithsonian collections.

A view of the show eating and exhibit area from the balcony.

"Owney", the Railway Mail Service dog exhibit in the youth area.

The youth area featured many activities to interest them in stamps.

The designer of the Greta Garbo stamp gave a demonstration on engraving and signed souvenir sheets.

A master woodcarver demonstration.  These carvings were to be donated to the APS.

The Inverted Jenny plate block was displayed by the Mystic Stamp Co.

The well dressed collector.