GPS President, Ann Wood, receives award from the American Philatelic Society (APS)
The American Philatelic Society (APS) is the largest non-profit organization for stamp collectors in the world. It has almost 28,000 members in over 110 countries.
At the APS Stamp Show in Richmond, VA in August 2017, Ann Wood, the President of GPS, was honored with a 2017 Nicolas G. Carter Volunteer Recognition Award for her work in Guyana promoting stamp collecting.
Ann was also featured in the Presidents Column in the monthly journal of the APS, The American Philatelist’s October edition. “We hope that many of these young collectors [from Guyana] will one day become members of the APS,” Mick Zais, the President of APS (pictured above with Ann Wood) said in his column. For more information on the APS, visit http://www.stamps.org.
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May 2017 GPS Philatelic Events
In May 2017, the GPS team visited Dolphin High School, Stewartville Secondary School, Rama Krishna Elementary, the Georgetown Public Library and conducted a Members Meeting, Workshop and Stamp Exchange.
Over 2,000 packets of stamps were distributed to students and collectors of all ages.
GUYPEX 2016 Events
The Guyana Philatelic Society kicked off its GUYPEX 2016 week long events by visiting West Demerara Secondary School, Leonora High School, MacKenzie High and Linden Foundation School to promote stamp collecting. In events broadcast live on the radio, Ann Wood, President of GPS, spoke to hundreds of Guyana’s students on the benefits of stamp collecting. After her talks, a free packet of stamps was distributed to each and every student attending.
As a part of the weeklong events, GPS also donated over fifty Philatelic books and catalogs to the National Library.
GUYPEX 2016 Stamp Exhibition, held at the National Library, was one of our most successful Stamp Exhibitions to date. The theme of 2016 exhibition was Topical Stamp Collecting and of some of the topic were displayed were:
- Icons of Guyana – Guyana postage stamps with famous Guyanese, which included Presidents, Prime Ministers, Cricketers, etc.
- Guyana postage stamps with the Map and Flag of Guyana
- Displays of worldwide postage stamps featuring Cars, Christmas, Movies, Space, Toys, etc.
“The purpose of the exhibition,” says Wood, GPS’ President, “is to give attendees the opportunity to learn about the world through postage stamps. Also to fuel creativity and inspire them to become collectors as they explore the displays, view philatelic books, gather free stamps of interest and meet other stamp collectors.” The many school students, teachers, college students, and adults who attended did just that and many also signed up for membership to GPS.
The show was moved to National Library from the Georgetown Post Office foyer giving us more exhibition space and accommodation for large groups. In addition, we sought to emphasize the philatelic books and catalogs donated to the National Library by GPS.
NEW YORK, May 30, 2016 – The show was the United States once-a-decade international celebration of stamp collecting. It took place at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City from May 28 to June 4, 2016. The show brought together over 200,000 stamp collectors, dealer, exhibitors, and postal administrators from around the world with Guyana’s Philatelic history being highlighted.
The British Guiana 1c. magenta, purchased by shoe designer Stuart Weitzman in 2014 for $9.48M USD, was on display in the Court of Honor. Also, among the 4,000 frames of competitive exhibits, “The Early Sailing Ships of British Guiana,” exhibited by Richard Maisel, won a large gold award.
GPS conducted a meeting at the show which brought together our collectors from several countries. In addition, 23 additional Series A Postcards commemorating the Post Offices of Guyana were released.
Guyana Philatelic Society hosts a Free Beginner’s Stamp Collecting Workshop
GEORGETOWN, April 30, 2016 – Collectors of all ages attended our Beginner’s workshops amidst a heavy rain storm in Georgetown. Age appropriate activities and projects were offered with free stamps and beginners packages given to everyone present. Many of our seasoned collectors also attended.
Guyana Philatelic Society Joins in Guyana’s Golden Jubilee Celebration
GEORGETOWN, April 28, 2016 – Guyana celebrated its 50th year of Independence culminating on May 26th, 2016. The theme of the GPS Stamp Show, held on April 27th and 28th at the GPOC Headquarters on Robb Street in Georgetown, was “Celebrating Guyana’s 50th Anniversary of Independence & Postal History.” To honor this event, Independence stamps were featured at the show and the first of the Series C postcards celebrating commemorative events of Guyana was launched.
We join in wishing Guyana continued success over the next 50 years and are committed to continuing to feature Guyana’s rich postal history as a part of our core mission.
Guyana Philatelic Society launches its limited edition Postcard Series
GEORGETOWN, April 27, 2016 – The Annual show was highlighted by the launch of the GPS limited edition Postcard Series A featuring the Post Offices of Guyana. Twenty-four (24) postcards of a seventy-one (71) postcard set were released. The Post Offices were photographed by Ann Wood in 2014 during an 8-day tour of the sixty-eight (68) Post Offices and two (2) Postal Agencies in Guyana.
These important buildings of Guyana are an integral part of Guyana’s history and have played an essential role in the lives of many Guyanese. The postcards help to preserve their rich history. For example, since 2014, the Mahaicony Post Office pictured on the released postcard was demolished and replaced with a modern building. Similarly, the Kitty Post Office is being modernized. Each postcard has a unique serial number making it a unique collectible item. We are excited about this launch and believe these postcards will be a collectible item for years to come. Click here for more information
The Guyana Philatelic Society team visits schools to promote stamp collecting.
GEORGETOWN, April 26, 2016 – In keeping with our commitment to help children in Guyana collect and enjoy this fascinating hobby, GPS visited schools in Georgetown and on the East Bank of Demerara in April 2016. The children were introduced to stamp collecting and hundreds of free stamps packets were distributed. “The excitement on their faces as they received the stamps and examine them for the first time with magnifying glasses was priceless. This gives me great joy.” says Ann Wood, President and Founder of GPS (pictured below).
Guyana Post Office Corporation (GPOC) Commemorates Stamp Collecting
GEORGETOWN, June 10, 2015 – GPOC commemorates Stamp Collecting on a new stamp issue with Guyana Philatelic Society’s slogan “Collect Stamps.” The stamp illustrates an outline of Guyana’s map with “Collect Stamps” across it, symbolizing Guyana Philatelic Society (GPS) mission to encourage stamp collecting throughout Guyana.
The $80.00 face value is the local postage rate for a letter up to 20 grams. The event was held on June 10, 2015 at Georgetown Post Office. The stamp was printed by IGPC and was customized by GPOC. Just 1,750 of this limited edition stamp was printed and is available for sale only at Guyana post offices. GPS, a non-profit organization that promotes stamp collecting in Guyana, is honored by this event and the support of GPOC Postmistress General Karen Brown and staff.
Topic(s): Stamp Collecting & Map of Guyana
Date of Issue: February 16, 2015
Number Printed: 1,750
2015 Guyana Stamp Exhibition Attendance Surprising!
GEORGETOWN, February 9, 2015 – The stamp exhibition held on February 5th & 6th at the Georgetown Post Office and at the New Amsterdam Post Office on February 9th was attended by Guyana’s Prime Minister, Samuel Hinds, GPOC Acting Post Mistress General Karen Brown, GPOC Board Members, hundreds of students, collectors, the media, and the general public.
Exhibits of British Guiana and Guyana stamps were displayed and the world’s most expensive stamp was featured. Simon Goldblatt (pictured above speaking to a group of school children at the GPS Stamp Exhibition), Vice President of British West Indies Study Circle and a Queen’s Council, was the honorary guest at the event.
Ann Wood, President of The Guyana Philatelic Society (GPS) noted her surprise by the attendance and the interest in the hobby. “When I started this Stamp club in 2012, I was just interested in meeting other collectors,” Wood stated, “now GPS’s mission is to promote the study of stamps, provide philatelic expertise and give away free stamps in Guyana to encourage greater interest and activity in stamp collecting.”
NEW YORK, June 17, 2014 – The 1856 British Guiana 1c. magenta stamp, commonly referred to as the world’s most famous stamp and most recently owned by a du Pont heir convicted of murder, was sold at Sotheby’s New York auction on June 17, 2014 for $9,480,00 USD per the Sotheby’s Auction Results. The documents states: “Sale Total (Including Buyer’s Premium) 9,480,000 USD.” According to reports, an anonymous telephone bidder purchased the stamp.