Enjoy these informative talks with experts in the field of antiques. Presentations are free and open to the public. Participants may bring items for discussion. Appraisals are not generally offered.
Antiques Seminar - Thursday, April 20, 2017 7:30 pm With Jay Bigalke Evaluating Stamps and Postal History
Have you inherited a stamp collection or postal history (envelopes, letters, etc.)? Wondering what to do with them? What they might be worth? Jay Bigalke, editor of The American Philatelist (published by the American Philatelic Society), invites you to explore the world of stamps and postal objects and find out what might be lurking in your attic or at that next estate sale you may attend. Participants are invited to bring related examples from their collections for discussion.
Jay Bigalke, a Troy, Ohio resident, is a 2005 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he studied retail and journalism. He is the current editor of The American Philatelist, published by the American Philatelic Society in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. The organization serves approximately 30,000 stamp and postal history collectors worldwide. His professional experience also includes working for the magazines Linn’s Stamp News and Coin World. He has also worked for the U.S. Postal Service as a casual city mail carrier.
Bigalke's spark for collecting stamps started in October 1991. He grew up in a small town of less than 100 people in Wisconsin where he visited the post office daily. His great-grandmother and the postmaster in the town helped encourage the interest in stamps. His philatelic interests include modern U.S. stamps, ceremony programs, first-day covers, and other related ephemera. Other collections include stamps of Japan and British Commonwealth stamps from 1937-1940 showing King George VI. He has personally attended 225 first-day-of-issue ceremonies in 48 states, Washington, D.C., Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The Troy-Hayner Cultural Center is supported by the tax payers of Troy and the generous donations of the Friends of Hayner. The mission is to preserve and maintain the Hayner mansion as a cultural resource center for the present and as an historical legacy for the future generations of the community of Troy, Ohio.