The Norwalk Stamp Club commemorates the 550th birthday of astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus with a special souvenir envelope and unique cancellation during its annual show and exhibition on March 11. The show, known as NORPEX, will take place at the Norwalk Senior Center, 11 Allen Road, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Copernicus was the 15th-century Polish astronomer and polymath whose theories revolutionized celestial observations and opened the age of extra-terrestrial exploration. Connecticut has a modern-day tie to these discoveries: the Hubble Space Telescope, launched into low-earth orbit in 1990, was built in Danbury. Hubble has been imaging countless distant galaxies ever since. Its successor, the James Webb Space Telescope, parked one million miles from earth, became operational in 2022, and was commemorated on a U.S. postage stamp in September. That stamp appears on the NORPEX envelope.
“Nicolaus Copernicus enabled us to understand our place in the universe,” said Mike Clark, president of the Norwalk Stamp Club, “so it is fitting that we pay tribute to this historic figure on the occasion of his 550th birthday, even as new discoveries expand our astronomical knowledge every day.”
The stamp club’s 2023 cachet artwork, issued in conjunction with its annual exhibition and bourse was designed by famed stamp designer Chris Calle.
The longest-running stamp show in the region, NORPEX features many dealers from across the northeast with stamps, envelopes and supplies to serve the needs of collectors. The Postal Service will sell current commemorative stamps, and special collections will be on display. New this year will be a table devoted to Ukrainian philately and material supporting their cause.
Club members will be on hand to evaluate collections from members of the public. Hourly giveaways will provide guests with valuable philatelic souvenirs.
NORPEX commemorative covers are available for $3. Those ordering by mail may send a self-addressed stamped envelope with a check payable to the Norwalk Stamp Club to: P O Box 267-N, Norwalk CT 06856-0267.
The Norwalk Philatelic Exhibition, takes place in March each year. We produce a souvenir Show cover with artwork for the cachet designed by club member Chris Calle and cancellation designed by a club member.
Each year, the club decides on a theme – usually a nationally significant historic event – and prepares a specially illustrated cachet which, in cooperation with the U.S. Postal Service, is cancelled with a unique postmark for the occasion.
Since 1977, the Norwalk Stamp Club has hosted this popular annual exhibition, which is typically attended by more than a dozen dealers who bring a global inventory of more than 750,000 stamps and other philatelic material. They serve the needs of hundreds of collectors who attend the one-day show.
It's the longest-running stamp show in the region.
These colorful covers have become highly prized and collectible souvenirs. NORPEX commemorative covers are available for $2.50.
Those who want to order by mail can send a self-addressed envelope to
P.O. Box 267-M, Norwalk, CT 06856-0267.
Connecticut’s connection to America’s national parks was the theme for NORPEX 22, noting the Weir Farm National Historic Park as the unofficial home to American impressionist painters.
Famed stamp designer Chris Calle of Ridgefield created the show cover, as well as a second, limited-edition cover depicting the U.S. mint’s 2020 Connecticut state quarter with Weir Farm on the obverse. The Club sells the set of two covers for $8.
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The U.S. Postal Service staffs a table to sell current commemorative stamps.
Club members are on hand to evaluate collections from members of the public.
Large display panels contain elements of topical or themed collections.
Whether you want to fill in the empty spaces in your album -- or start a new category of collecting -- NORPEX is a show you don't want to miss.