Wagga's Stamp and Coin fair is on again

Stamp in time: Peter Simpfendorfer - with his 1890 postcard, stamped by an ancestor from Walla Walla - invites fellow collectors to the Stamp and Coin Fair this weekend. Picture: Les Smith

Stamp in time: Peter Simpfendorfer - with his 1890 postcard, stamped by an ancestor from Walla Walla - invites fellow collectors to the Stamp and Coin Fair this weekend. Picture: Les Smith

A postal card stamped in 1890 has uncovered the ancestry of an avid Wagga stamp collector.  

Stamp Club secretary Peter Simpfendorfer said the card had become one of his most prized possessions, steeped in family history.

Not only is it stamped with the earliest known impression of the post mark and travelling postmark, Mr Simpfendorfer said it was signed “E Simpfendorfer” – a distant relative from Walla Walla. 

The reveal comes as the club invites coin and stamp collectors to bring their interest, their collections and ideas for future buys to the first six-monthly fair this year. 

Mr Simpfendorfer said seven out-of-town dealers would attend the fair at Sturt Primary School Hall in Kooringal on Saturday, May 20 from 9am to 5pm and Sunday from 9am to 3pm.  

“It’s free to come and have a look or have an item valued,” Mr Simpfendorfer said. “We’re also offering free membership to anyone who joins at the fair.”

He said coins and stamps sold at the fair often carried rich histories.

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