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Bourse - Our newsletter regularly states that we have a "bourse" beginning at 6:30 to 7:00 p.m. on the night of our club meeting. What is a bourse, you may ask? A bourse is "a place where dealers, collectors and the general public get together to buy, sell and trade items with each other." It can also be a stock market exchange or simply a place of exchange. Regardless, all of our pre-meeting activities on the night of our club meeting easily satisfy the definition. So - be sure to come early to WC4's "bourse" beginning at 6:30 - 7:00 to buy, sell, and trade postcards with friends and club members. There are some great bargains to be had!

By the way - Philadelphia has its own Bourse building on Independence Mall. The Philadelphia Bourse Building was the first commodities exchange in the United States, and was completed in 1895. It was a business center and had the motto to “buy, sell, ship via Philadelphia”. Today, it is one of Philadelphia’s leading commercial complexes, home to 27 retail and food service stores and more than 35 businesses. Stop by and have lunch the next time you're at Independence Mall!

The Philadelphia Bourse at 5th and Chestnut

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Delaware River Bridges - Some are depicted on WC4's reproduction postcards and can be purchased at our monthly meetings. The Washington Crossing Bridge is one of our favorites. Built in 1904, it has 2 lanes and a roadway width of 15 feet! Yes, it provides a nail-biting experience on the ride over. And, while it's not as well known as the Trenton Makes Bridge, or as beautiful as the Calhoun Street Bridge, it is far more desirable than crossing the Delaware in a Durham Boat, which was George Washington's preferred option. Today, we think he would prefer the Scudder Falls Bridge on I-95, and we bet you would too! Wherever you decide to cross the Delaware, be careful and take some time to learn about the fascinating history of our bridges. You may even want to start your own collection of Delaware River bridge postcards! Go for it!

Which bridge is it?

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Rick Geary - Rick Geary is an American cartoonist, illustrator and author. He has a unique and whimsical style that we admire. Therefore, we commissioned him to create some illustrations for our club which we reproduced recently on some of our anniversary postcards. To learn more about Rick and to buy some of his postcards commemorating well known people, places and events, visit him at www.RickGeary.com. His cards are $1 each. We're not sure if Rick is a Republican or a Democrat, or if he's a Michael Jackson fan or not! What do you think? If you talk to Rick, please tell him that we referred you.

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Queensland Card Collectors' Society, Inc. - Brisbane, Queensland, Australia - Our Sister Club! 

Our founder, Ted Bozarth, communicated with quite a number of individuals on a world-wide basis regarding his varied postcard interests, including government-issued postal cards. One of his postcard pals was a member of the Queensland Card Collectors Society in Australia. Because of this contact, we began trading newsletters on a regular basis with the Queensland Card Collectors Society, and they eventually adopted WC4 as their sister club. We were competely unaware of this fact until we discovered it one day on the Internet. We hope to one day enjoy a visit from a member of the Queensland Card Collectors Society, or perhaps one of us will make a visit to the Outback or the Bush?

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Stan's Contest - It was created by Stan Sredinsky, a former WC4 member. Stan's goal was to create a club activity that would allow more members to participate in the monthly membership meeting. The idea was to hold a contest in which everyone could enter their one best postcard. Appropriate contest topics were to be chosen for each meeting, with the vote to be cast by all those present at the meeting. And so, Stan's Contest was born!

In order to encourage participation and make it more exciting, prize money was offered, and it was provided by none other than Stan himself. At the outset, cards were laid out on a table and people voted using slips of paper.  Unfortunately, the table was often overlooked and there was not always a healthy vote. The contest was then integrated into the meeting itself and the contest entries were projected onto the screen. This resulted in a dramatic increase in enthusiasm for and participation in the contest and..... a unique approach to educating everyone about the some of the "fun" in postcard collecting!

Eventually, Stan was unable to continue attending meetings. However, his contest continued and was then officially dubbed "Stan's Contest" out of respect for Stan and his contributions to the club. Stan's Contest has stood the test of time, and we are very proud of this particular club activity even today. Historically, certain members have demonstrated great finesse in their quest for the best by winning more regularly than others. Keep up the good work! Thanks to Stan Sredinsky for creating a "winner", and regards to Betty Davis for documenting its history to be passed along to future generations of the club. And, our appreciation goes out to all of you for your enthusiastic support and participation. Stan would be proud!
 

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WC4 - Invented by our founder, Ted Bozarth, it's the well regarded acronym for the name of our club. It's short, sweet, and simple - not a mouthful. And, it's quick and easy to write on a check.  We like it a lot!

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Washington Crossing the Delaware - This famous image is an 1851 oil-on-canvas painting by German American artist Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze. It commemorates General George Washington's crossing of the Delaware on December 25, 1776, during the American Revolutionary War. That action was the first move in a surprise attack against the Hessian forces at Trenton, New Jersey in the Battle of Trenton.

In 2004, the painting became part of the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. It is one of the best-known paintings in the Met's Collection. There are many copies of the painting, one of which is in the West Wing reception area of the White House.
 
 

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