Norwalk Stamp Club Honors Fallen Hometown WWI Soldier At Show

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Norwalk Army Lt. Frank C. Godfrey of Norwalk will be honored on an envelope designed by Chris Calle
Norwalk Army Lt. Frank C. Godfrey of Norwalk will be honored on an envelope designed by Chris Calle Photo Credit: Contributed
More than 20 stamp dealers will be at the annual Norwalk Stamp Show on Saturday, March 8.
More than 20 stamp dealers will be at the annual Norwalk Stamp Show on Saturday, March 8. Photo Credit: Contributed
The envelope honoring Army Lt. Frank C. Godfrey is being issued to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I.
The envelope honoring Army Lt. Frank C. Godfrey is being issued to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I. Photo Credit: Contributed
More than 750,000 stamps and other philatelic materials will be available for purchase at the annual Norwalk Stamp Show.
More than 750,000 stamps and other philatelic materials will be available for purchase at the annual Norwalk Stamp Show. Photo Credit: Contributed

NORWALK, Conn. -- The Norwalk Stamp Club will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War with a special cachet and cancellation at its annual Stamp Show honoring a fallen Norwalk soldier.

The show, which is free and open to the public, will be held at the Norwalk Senior Center on Saturday, March 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“NORPEX 2014 will offer a wide variety of postal collectibles from world-class dealers, including U.S. and worldwide stamps, first day covers, topical and collateral material for beginners to  advanced collectors, as well as supplies needed by the collectors,” said John Leskovsky, president of the Norwalk Stamp Club. “Dealers and club members will be on hand to evaluate collections brought in by the public.”

The souvenir envelope, created by prominent stamp and First Day Cover designer Chris Calle, honors Norwalk hero Army Lt. Frank C. Godfrey, who was killed on Aug. 30, 1918, as he led an assault on German machine gun nests in northeast France. American Legion Post 12 in Norwalk is named for Godfrey.

Calle will be on hand to autograph copies of this year’s show cover. His postal stamp designs include such popular works as the 25th anniversary of the moon landing and Connecticut statehood.

Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling, a U.S. Navy veteran, will arrive at the show at about 11 a.m. and receive the first official commemorative envelope before touring the exhibits and meeting collectors. 

Stamp collectors from throughout southwestern Connecticut and dealers from across the northeastern United States are expected to attend. A special booth will cater to young people and beginners.

As many as 20 stamp dealers with a worldwide inventory of more than 750,000 stamps and other philatelic material will set up booths for the enjoyment of collectors at the show. The U.S. Postal Service will also be on hand with many unusual philatelic items and current commemorative stamps.

The Norwalk Senior Center is located at 11 Allen Road.

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Great article Norwalk has a great stamp club.

Chris A graduate of the University of Michigan School of Art, where he studied illustration and design, Chris Calle has earned an international reputation as a stamp designer. He has created more than 200 stamps for the United Nations program and for countries as diverse as Sweden and the Republic of the Marshall Islands. His outstanding work also appears in many publications and is represented in corporate, private, and museum collections throughout the world. During his first year as a professional illustrator, he was commissioned to create the first of his 31 designs for U.S. postage stamps.

Paul Calle
1928 - 2010

Paul Calle also created stamps and was a master of both the oil painting and the pencil drawing. His drawings — often very large — showed incredible control and sensitivity; they had the quality of fine etchings. Few contemporary artists had attained greater mastery of the pencil than Calle, who shared his skills in his book, The Pencil, a record of his odyssey as "an artist with a pencil." It has been translated into French, Chinese and Russian. Calle's oil paintings, finely detailed panoramic landscapes of the majestic West, often took several years to complete. Another book of his art, Paul Calle: An Artist's Journey was awarded the prestigious Benjamin Franklin Award for Fine Arts in 1993.
Here was an Artist whose career strongly reflected the dramatic era in which he lived and worked. Paul lived in Connecticut, but when he was chairman of the Department of Interior's 'Artist in the Parks' program, Paul traveled widely throughout the West. According to Paul, "The portrayal of Western Art is not a romantic adventure, but a realistic challenge - a personal commitment to portray America’s past."

This show is well worth the trip
Norwalk Senior Center on Saturday, March 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.