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The Oregon Stamp Society
Founded 1916

This is our home on the net. All are welcome. Stay and browse awhile
(Always Somewhat Under Construction -- Last Update April 2, 2024)

Click Below for Scheculed Events Calendar
All Scheduled Events at Our Building


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Oregon Stamp Society General Membership Meeting, Tuesday, April 9th 2024 at the OSS Clubhouse
starting at 2:00pm.

Rose City Stamp Fair, Saturday, April 13th 2024 at the OSS Clubhouse
from 9:00am to 3:00pm.

Oregon Stamp Society General Membership Meeting, Tuesday, April 23rd 2024 at the OSS Clubhouse
starting at 8:00pm.

Collector's Corner, Saturday, April 27th 2024 at the OSS Clubhouse, from
9:00 AM to 3:00pm. 

Album Page History Closed Albums
Calendar of OSS Events Clubhouse location and phone# Driving Directions in Portland


We are located at:

4828 NE 33rd Avenue

(about 4 blocks south of Killingsworth)

(east side of 33rd Avenue)

Tri-Met Line #70 (North) Stops at our Building!

Visitors are always welcome

Regular meetings are held in the Oregon Stamp Society (OSS) clubhouse on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 8 PM, unless otherwise stated in the monthly calendar.

The Rose City Stamp Fair is an official OSS bourse and is held at the clubhouse on the second Saturday of each month from 9 AM to 3 PM.

The Stamp Collectors Corner is an official OSS bourse and is held at the clubhouse on the fourth Saturday of each month,  from 9 AM to 3 PM.

The Northwest Philatelic Library (www.nwpl.org), a charitable non-profit corporation, is open before meetings and during bourses. Check the calendar for open times.

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The Album Page

is the monthly newsletter of the Oregon Stamp Society. Click here for current and back issues

Future Programs at
OSS General Membership Meetings:

Weather Permitting:

 Hint: Volunteers For Future Programs  Needed

 Next O.S.S. Board Meeting
 is tentatively scheduled for:

Saturday, April 13, 2024
 At the O.S.S. Clubhouse

The last Oregon Stamp Society Foundation
Meeting was held at the clubhouse on
November 28, 2023.

The next meeting is tentatively scheduled for:
Tuesday, January 9, 2024.

Clubhouse opens at usual time.
See Current Album Page for details.
All events subject to last minute changes


Watch Here For Future Events in Portland:

Oregon Stamp Society

Rose City Stamp Fair 

2nd Saturday 9 AM - 3 PM - Every Month.

Collector's Corner 

 4th Saturday 9 AM - 3 PM - Every Month

Both Stamp Shows are at the OSS Clubhouse

 4828 NE 33rd Ave Portland, OR

(503) 284 - 6770

Recent Articles
Harriet Quimby
My First Stamp

We have some excellent articles for helping you plan an exhibit:


Perhaps the most frequently asked question in Philately (Stamp/Cover Collecting)

To have your stamp and cover collection evaluated,

email:   ephummel@easystreet.net

to arrange an appointment.

Currently we only look at collections on Fridays.

There is no charge.

    We are at 4828 NE 33rd Ave - about 6 blocks south of Killingsworth. Our building is old Fire Station #34. It is a distinctive brick building with 5 white columns in front. A tall white Flag Pole marks the entrance to our parking lot at the south side of the building.

Social distancing and face mask required.

SEE Some Basic Points below

We look at collections at our Collectors Corner Stamp Show
on the 4th Saturday of each month
1 PM to 4 PM

Other dates might be arranged - but we are a
volunteer based organization
a 9-5 business.

If the collection is in more than two large moving boxes
Please make an appointment
a very large collection can not be assessed in half an hour.


A knowledgeable Club Member will look over your stamp and cover collections (remember, no one knows everything). An evaluation can usually be done in 20 - 30 minutes. Depending on its value and your intentions, we will try to give a list of options/recommendations on how to continue the collection or to find it a new home, if you have no long term interest in stamp collecting as a hobby.

Some Basic Points

 Does The Oregon Stamp Society buy stamp collections?

    At this time we are only buying United States stamps which are unused - in the same condition as purchased from the post office - with full gum on the reverse (stamps before 2000) or self adhesive stamps since 2000 which are on the original USPS paper. We are now paying 35% of the face value of the stamps. Damaged stamps, stamps stuck together, stamps stuck down on paper or stamps without gum on the reverse are of no interest to us.

    At the time OSS evaluates a collection - if it has at least a minimal resale value - we may offer to purchase it at a wholesale value. Common beginner / casual collections have very little resale value. From past experience, only about 1 collection in 10 has a value of more than $100.

Stamp Collecting - Hobby or Investment?

    Historically (prior to 1940), stamp collecting (unused stamps and used stamps on envelopes or removed from envelopes), was a form of intellectual endeavor or entertainment. It evolved into educational and bonding experiences between children, parents and grandparents - learning about history, geography, people, etc. In general - inflation adjusted stamp prices probably peaked by the mid 1980s. Stamp collecting is not a growth industry. Stamp values are strictly a matter of Supply and Demand. At this time stamp collecting is a buyers market. Wholesale and retail prices are "soft" for most stamps and stamp collections. Only the scarcest stamps of Top Quality and in the Best Condition, command high prices. 

Stamps of exceptional high value are:

(1) Very Rare,
(2) in exceptional condition by Philatelic Standards, and
(3) are in high demand by individuals who have a lot of money to spend.

Stamp Collecting - Many Shapes and Sizes

    There are many categories and sub-specialties that make up stamp collecting. The main categories are "stamps" and "covers". Sub-specialties of "stamps" include: unused (singles, plate blocks, sheets), used off-paper (stamps which have been removed from envelopes) and used on piece (corners torn from envelopes with the stamps attached - generally this “Kiloware” - sells by the pound). "Cover" specialties include: postal history, military mail (naval covers, censored war time mail, etc.), First Day Covers and special event commemorative covers like First Flights, Post Office Dedications, etc. Some people also include picture post cards - especially those between 1905 and 1920.

    There are many more specialties than those listed here - most of which non-collectors probably have never heard of. Some of these, though very popular in the past, no longer have a following.

    One general rule - used stamps still attached to the envelope are more valuable than those stamps which have been soaked from a cover. When in doubt, leave stamps on envelopes until you can have a knowledgeable person look at them.

Some Options

    If you have no interest in continuing a stamp collection, some options may include:

1. A collection with substantial cash value ($1000+) may be sold at auction.

2. A collection with some cash value may be sold in whole or in part to a stamp dealer, stamp collector or the Oregon Stamp Society.

3. A collection with minimal value may be donated to an IRS 501(c)(3) charity generating a tax deduction, IF you are able to itemize deductions. Generally very, very few people can itemize on their Federal Return. A few people still itemize on their State Return - but the state tax rate is comparatively low. The benefit is generally 10% or less of the claimed value. A collection, even a minimal value collection, can usually be sold for more than its Tax Deduction benefit.

4. Donation regardless of a tax benefit - putting the collection or a portion of it into the hands of people who would use and appreciate the items (the Oregon Stamp Society Foundation). Or donation to your favorite Charity - many of which have fund raising drives or auctioins.

First Step

    Have the collection evaluated. You may try to use the internet - but unless you know exactly what you own, you will probably find this to be frustrating  and very mis leading.

Affiliated Philatelic Organizations

Oregon Stamp Society Foundation (OSSF)

The OSSF is a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Foundation can accept donations which may be tax-deductible for you, including cash, philatelic materials, or other properties. Our goal is to promote philatelic activities primarily through support to the Oregon Stamp Society.

For your convenience - if you have the OSS evaluate your collection, they can process the collection as a donation to the OSSF without further time or expense to you.

To obtain additional information on how to make your donations and receive a tax benefit please contact:
David Epps


Old Portland Fire Station #34

The Oregon Stamp Society (OSS) purchased the building from the City of Portland in 1960. It is our permanent home and we are very proud of it. Over the years it has grown to be a center for Stamp Collectors and a Community Resource for a number of other non-profit organizations:

Oregon Stamp Society Foundation

Northwest Philatelic Library

First Stamps

Vintage Chevrolet Club - Columbia River Region (VCCA)

Corvair Society of America - Corsa Oregon Chapter

Studebaker Drivers Club - NW Chapter

The Portland Society of Magicians

All Ireland Culture Society

Oregon Historical Model Society

Sojourn Church PDX

The Building is available for one-time short rentals and long term periodic rentals.
We are located in a residental neighborhood and any use of the premises must be in keeping with being a good neighbor.

No parties. No alcoholic beverege consumption.

Basic rates are:

$125 per day for one-time rentals;

$65 per day under an annual lease (a minimum of at least 5 dates during a calendar year).

Plus refundable cleaning and key deposits.


If you would like to discuss
your possible use of the building
please contact our

Property Manager: Ula Mae Neligh


Synopsis Of Our Most Recent Program


How To Soak Recently Issued U.S. Stamps

Postage stamps used to be easy to soak off paper. Just soak in warm water, dry and press. Recently  issued stamps may not be so easy. Here is a method to try.

1. Purchase a spray can of "Pure Citrus" from Safeway. About $5.00

2. Lay stamp with paper face down.

3. Spray stamp with "Pure Citrus" . Get good and saturated.

4. Allow to soak for about 15 minutes. Stamp should come right off.

5. Scrape back of stamp carefully with a knife, or metal straight edge to remove remaining glue.

Courtsey of Woody Rathbun Note: This procedure was also published in the American Philatelist the official journal of the American Philatelic Society.