Club History

  • Established, Continuous since 1947

  • APS #190547

  • John Kofranek – President

  • Jimmy Lee – Vice President

  • John Kuhlenkamp (JK) – Treasurer

  • Marc Lambert – Secretary/Editor

  • Usually meets Third Tuesday –7:00 p.m. Immanuel Lutheran Church

A Brief History of Alameda Stamp Club

John Kofranek

The Alameda Stamp Club was formed in Febraury,1947. One of the early meeting places was the assembly hall at the now Chuck Corica Municipal Gulf Complex on Bay Farm Island, Alameda. The early years were good in that ASC had a junior club for the youth of the area. At one point the club had a stamp show at South Shore Shopping Center out of doors. Yikes, think of the stamps liberated to the afternoon breeze.

Unfortunately, Albert Muller, Richard Hofmann and Sebastian Baldassarre are no longer able to tell us the details of the early years. Albert did have a trunk full of historical ephemera. Sebastian told me that when he was active the auctions were sometimes in the hundreds of dollars for items. Richard told me about the youth members of the club.

I joined in the early 1990s when Charles Kasdorf was president. The attendance was much better than it is today. It is a great club. We all enjoy getting together and talking about shows, new issues, clothesline (share and tell) and refreshments.

Some news about the Alameda Stamp club from the local Newspaper, theTimes-Star:

August 1, 1947- "Stamp Club Gaining New Members"

After the Alameda Stamp Club was founded in February, 1947, by A.C. Strickland. He was the club's first president. By August of 1947 Strickland had been awarded a Life Membership in the Club and had been succeeded as President by Arthur Christensen. Other club officers included Helen Michell, recording secretary; Paul Buechner and William Heck, treasurers; Mrs. Victor Sprogue, historian; Tracy F. Groesbeck, librarian; Ray Barbara, Evan Fabian, and Donald Thielbar, directors. By then club membership had grown rapidly to 90 adult and 13 juvenile members. Meetings were held on the second and fourth Thursday of the month at the High School cafeteria.

Club meetings included display of stamps and informal discussions. Perhaps a the discussion at one of their meetings in August, 1947, might have included this USPS Souvenir sheet.

[Readers are invited to provide an image of other stamps that club members might have been discussing in August of 1947]

April 8, 1955 - Stamp Club Installation Next Week

October 22, 1965 "Stamp Club Meets Monthly

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October 18, 1968 - "Ribbon of Stamps.

September 13, 1967 - "Stamp Club Began From News Ad"

July 8, 1970 - Stamp Club's New Officers