Sequim stamp show Saturday celebrates wide-variety of tastes

As stamps circulate the world everyday, local collectors look to bring some new and seasoned collectors from Canada and Western Washington to Sequim’s Strait Stamp Show on Aug. 13.

For the second year, the Strait Stamp Society hosts its free show in the Guy Cole Event Center from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. at Carrie Blake Community Park.

Per tradition, the event features free stamps for children, door prizes, a penny stamp table, the postal service on premise, and more.

Organizer Cathie Osborn said there will be seven dealers looking to buy and sell collections, and about 20 exhibits on various stamp collections and historical pieces.

“Dealers are excited to come,” Osborn said. “The venue is nice and big with room to move around.”

This year’s cache and cancel set celebrates a belated 60th anniversary for the Coho Ferry — a celebration delayed because of COVID-19 restrictions — she said.

Tastes in the Sequim club vary from nostalgic to regional to rare.

Each month, club members choose a letter in the alphabet and share something stamp related. Jim Kloetzel (“K”) of Sequim said at the club’s Aug. 4 meeting he collects advertising covers; he showed what he feels is a one-of-a-kind cover passed down through his family featuring a moving business from Detroit, Mich., with his last name.

Sue Strauss, a wildlife photographer and stamp collector, gave each attendee one of her photos of a kestrel from her business Wings & Things Nature Photography, and a one cent stamp featuring the bird.

Mark Ashley of Sequim showed his first day of issue cover dated Aug. 2, 1971 from the Kennedy Space Center. He started collecting around age 12 and as a freshman in high school outer space began to interest him, particularly with his dad, working as an earth science teacher. His family traveled to Cape Kennedy (now Cape Canaveral) that summer when he got the cover and stamp at the Kennedy Space Center’s gift shop.

Ashley rode a paper route, mowed lawns and shoveled walks in Vermont to buy stamps, he said. As an adult, he now focuses on pre-1940 stamps from the U.S., Canada, and British America.

The public is invited to bring collections and/or samples to the show or the club’s meeting at 6 p.m. the first Thursday of each month at Sequim Bible Church, 847 N. Sequim Ave.

For more about the show or the club, call Osborn at 360-683-6373.

Strait Stamp Show

When: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13

Where: Guy Cole Event Center, 202 N. Blake Ave.

Features: Free stamps for children, door prizes, exhibits, penny table, postal service, dealers, snacks

Cost: Free

More info: 360-683-6373

Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash/ Jim Kloetzel of Sequim shares a postage cover that’s been passed down through his family featuring his last name from a moving company in Detroit, Mich. Each month, Strait Stamp Society members pick a letter choose a stamp-related item to share with August’s letter “K.”

Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash/ Jim Kloetzel of Sequim shares a postage cover that’s been passed down through his family featuring his last name from a moving company in Detroit, Mich. Each month, Strait Stamp Society members pick a letter choose a stamp-related item to share with August’s letter “K.”

Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash/ Jim Kloetzel’s postage cover has been passed through his family featuring his last name from a moving company in Detroit, Mich.

Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash/ Jim Kloetzel’s postage cover has been passed through his family featuring his last name from a moving company in Detroit, Mich.

Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash/ Mark Ashley of Sequim obtained this first day of issue cover dated Aug. 2, 1971 from the Kennedy Space Center during a family visit. It’s one of his earliest pieces of his collection that now includes stamps from before 1940 in the U.S., Canada, and British America.

Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash/ Mark Ashley of Sequim obtained this first day of issue cover dated Aug. 2, 1971 from the Kennedy Space Center during a family visit. It’s one of his earliest pieces of his collection that now includes stamps from before 1940 in the U.S., Canada, and British America.

Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash
The Strait Stamp Show on Aug. 13 in the Guy Cole Event Center features free entry, free stamps for children, a penny table, door prizes, vendors and more.

Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash The Strait Stamp Show on Aug. 13 in the Guy Cole Event Center features free entry, free stamps for children, a penny table, door prizes, vendors and more.