Chicago and Other Stamp Collectors Clubs
Collectors Club of Chicago (CCC) was established in 1920s. It tarted as informal meetings of specialized collectors that lived in the same neighborhood and local area. It became an official not-for-profit entity in 1928.
Nine directors were appointed and meetings were held at their homes for years as more amd more members joined in.
Such meetings at somebody's home continued until WWII, at which time the meetings were understandably not very regular and often took months to gather. In 1944 the reorganization meeting was held at home of Maj. Max G. Johl, which has become a standard for today's CCC.
In 1967 CCC member Richard McPherren offered his 4-story brownstone home for all future CCC meetings and so the Clubhouse on 1029 North Dearborn Street was established and is still active today in the same beautiful landmark building.
Due to incorporation and establishment of the official Clubhouse in the early years, today's collectors have a nice place to meet and socialize as often as they want. Having an official clubhouse is a privilege and a benefit. The space is always available and furnished according to members' needs; there is a library and common areas for meetings and research. This is why it's not so easy to become a member of the society with such deep traditions. Membership is by invitation only and is ratified by current membership, so waiting in line for years is not uncommon.
Chicago is not the only place with established collector's club traditions. There are options in many cities for philatelist from all over the U.S. Let's take a look at few of them:
- The American Philatelic Society (APS) is the guiding organization for collectors from all over the U.S.
- The U.S. Philatelic s Classics Society (USPCS) – members of this organization are interested in stamps from before 1894 and in United States postal history.
- The United States Stamp Society (USSS) – if you want to find out anything about any U.S. stamps, this is a place to come to. The organization is non-profit and run by volunteers who are passionate and knowledgeable about the philatelic output of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. They also have expertize on postage and revenue stamped paper produced by others for the usage of the U.S. and its territories.
- American Air Mail Society – they know everything there is to know about aero philately. Their services include advanced bulletin service, auctions, free ads, sales department, monthly journal, and translations.
- American First Day Cover Society – this not-for-profit organization offers full service for everything that's related to First Day Covers and their collecting. They issue an 80-page magazine eight times per year, have information about 300 current cachet producers, offer expertize, foreign covers, color slide programs, and archives covering First Day Covers.
- American Topical Association – this group of people cater to the needs of all who are interested in topical stamp collecting. You can find handbooks and checklists on specific topics, exhibition awards, a publication, called Topical Time, which comes out 6 times a year, a slide loan service, and translation and sales services.
- Stamp Camp USA – organization focusing on teaching kids how to use world-wide stamps.
- Post Mark Collectors Club – this society is interested in collecting U.S. and foreign modern postmarks, including pictorial cancels. The club has monthly bulletin and a postmark museum, the only such establishment in the country.