I copied this from another chat room and although very long, believe is some thing useful. If to long then I ask the moderators to fix. The web site is well worth visiting.
The Collectors Club of Chicago (CCC) has announced the official launching of their website, dedicated specifically to provide the beginning and advanced collector with a comprehensive resource that provides information for all aspects of philately and its related requirements: http://www.collectorsclubchicago.org
The websiteâ€™s construction was the result of an all-volunteer CCC members' team effort requiring almost three years for its completion. It is a living document, which continuously is being updated, upgraded and otherwise enhanced.
Aside from basic information related to the CCC and its operations, the websiteâ€™s majority content is philatelically related information of value for both the collector, and for the dealer. The data is easily found by cruising the navigation bar, which outlines the various webpages by designated categories.
The CCC has published thirty specialized handbooks, many of them being awarded Gold medals at national and international philatelic exhibitions. Those handbooks no longer in print have been digitized, and are available under the â€˜CCC Publicationsâ€™ icon. Further handbook additions are in various stages of completion for entry on the website.
The â€˜Reportsâ€™ icon takes you to the six CCC-sponsored Salm Foundation reports. The Salm Foundation was organized by the CCC in order to conduct technical research on philatelic products, and to report on matters relevant to philatelic forgeries and fantasies.
The â€˜Awardsâ€™ icon details the award programs instituted by the CCC for the collecting public, and explains how these awards can be sourced. The Philatelic Exhibitors Award is given to a deserving exhibitor, as determined by the jury, at major philatelic exhibitions or shows. The Pratt Award consists of a one-thousand dollars ($US1,000) honorarium awarded annually for articles or other publications related to the philately of Newfoundland, as judged by the Pratt Award Committee as being significant and of academic merit.
The â€˜Philatelic Resourcesâ€™ icon takes one to six different webpages designed to provide the collector and dealer with technical information related to the hobby: a Philatelic Encyclopedia, Expertizers and Expertizing Committees, Worldwide Philatelic Dealer Associations, Worldwide Philatelic Publications, Books on Philately and Published Specialized Articles.
The Philatelic Encyclopedia is a CCC team endeavor to assemble in a single basic information source a comprehensive compendium for all of the information available representing philatelyâ€™s various spheres of collecting. It includes documentation for the terminology associated within the many collecting aspects of philatelia, ranging from the most basic concepts of the hobby, to the most complex and esoteric. In order to create an all-encompassing encyclopedia, nomenclature for the most common terms related to philatelia are translated from or into forty-eight different languages.
The â€˜Exhibitsâ€™ icon presents the CCC exhibits gallery, which includes award-winning name collections assembled by CCC members and other prominent philatelists, the latter representing guest speakers who have conducted their presentations during the monthly CCC general meetings. The webpage currently includes thirty-six exhibits, the addition of many more being planned.
The â€˜Linksâ€™ webpage includes a very comprehensive listing of worldwide General and Specialty Societies, Philatelic Libraries and Commercial Philatelic Companies, each accompanied by their website URL for contact purposes.
The Collectors Club of Chicago, incorporated on 13th October 1928, has as its primary objective the documentation, preservation, advancement and promotion of philately through education, study research and services. The CCC Library, considered the largest and most comprehensive philatelic literature library in mid-West U.S.A., is maintained not only for the use of CCC members, but is open to anyone in the philatelic community demonstrating a need to conduct philatelic research.
The CCC solicits for publication all manuscripts reflecting original philatelic research, regardless of the subject matter, or its perceived esoteric content. An abstract of the work should be submitted to Leonard H. Hartmann, CCC Publications Chairman, Collectors Club of Chicago, â€˜The Cabeen Houseâ€™, 1029 N. Dearborn Street, Chicago, IL, 60610-2803, U.S.A.
Charles E. Cwiakala, President
Collectors Club of Chicago
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