As a long-term member of the Norwalk Seaport Association,
the Norwalk Stamp Club participated in the annual
Oyster Festival from 1981 through 2021.
Each year, the club selected a local-or-Connecticut-themed event
We created a souvenir cover and designed
a special cancel.
Norwalk Stamp Club Celebrates Local Sport Paintings and Backyard Game Stamps on Oyster Festival Souvenir Covers
NORWALK, CONNECTICUT – Local sports paintings created by Norwalk artist George Avison in the 1930s decorate a set of three philatelic cachets featuring brilliant new stamps issued by the U.S. Postal Service celebrating popular backyard sports.
The covers maintain the Norwalk Stamp Club’s 40-year tradition of issuing souvenir envelopes in conjunction with the Norwalk Oyster Festival.
Basketball, baseball and football artwork painted by Avison as a Works Progress Administration (WPA) project hang in Norwalk City Hall. The cachets and special cancellations were designed by Chris Calle, a well-known stamp designer and illustrator.
The new “backyard games” Forever-denominated stamps, issued August 12, are tied to the colorful cachets by three special postal cancellations dated September 10, 11 and 12, the dates of the annual Oyster Festival sponsored by the Seaport Association.
“Creating unique covers for the Oyster Festival is a Norwalk Stamp Club tradition,” said club president Mike Clark. “Each year, we select a local-or-Connecticut-themed event, create a souvenir cachet and design a special cancel. These have proven immensely popular with collectors here and around the country.”
“This year we have created a different cover for each day of the Festival that ties in directly with one of George Avison’s murals. The cover postmarked Friday, Sept. 10 is for basketball; the cover postmarked Saturday, Sept. 11 is for baseball; the Sunday, Sept. 12 cover has the football artwork.”
Examples of the covers are attached.
Collectors wishing to purchase the souvenir covers may send a self-addressed stamped envelope and a check for $8 for the set of three, or $3 for each date desired, to Norwalk Stamp Club, P.O. Box 267-M, Norwalk CT 06856-0267.
2021 Norwalk Oyster festival
2021 Norwalk Oyster Festival
2021 Norwalk Oyster festival
Club member Chris Calle designs the cachet artwork and the cancellation . U.S. stamps that fit the occasion are applied to the envelope. In cooperation with the U.S. Postal Service, the covers are hand-cancelled on each of the three days of the Oyster Festival.
These sets of colorful covers have become highly prized and collectible souvenirs.
Oyster Festival commemorative covers are available for $2.50. To order by mail, send a self-addressed stamped envelope with a check payable to the Norwalk Stamp Club to: PO Box 267-M, Norwalk CT 06856-0267
Club members gather at the Oyster Festival information booth. Front row: Joan Leskovsky, Bill Armstrong. Back row: Mike Clark, Fred Gagliardi, John Leskovksy and Paul Trapanese.