Australia:Stamp Fair

\"\"The front of a cigarette packet that a Gallipoli soldier turned into a postcard will be one of the highlights of the Northern Suburbs Philatelic Society’s stamp fair on Saturday.Details are scarce but the postcard was sent in mid-1915 by the soldier, whose surname was Ainsworth, probably to his sister.The display will also feature selections from a private collection of early Australian stamps dating back to the 1850s compiled by an Austrian jeweller after he moved to the country.The stamps have not been seen for more than half a century but will be auctioned at some point following the fair.“The man died and the collection has been sitting in his old wardrobe since 1955,” Northern Suburbs Philatelic Society secretary Paul Storm said.While items from that collection will not be auctioned at the event, an auction will be held with a number of great collectors’ items up for grabs.The fair brings 12 local stamp clubs together to buy and sell from their collections.Among the auction items likely to prove popular are a number of Five Bob Bridge stamps.The stamps were released to commemorate the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and were sold for a pricey five shillings apiece, meaning they were rare and sought after even in the early days.“Five shillings was a couple of days’ wages in 1932, so not many were sold,” he said.There will also be games, giveaways and fun activities for children making the day suitable for whole families.The day is supported by Australia Post, who will provide special envelopes to all in attendance, and by Willoughby Council.Mr Storm encouraged all residents – whether they be collectors or just curious – to come and have a look.

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