The first day for the 37 cent antique
toy issue, including coils, will be issued on Friday, July 26 during a
first day ceremony to be held at the Strong Children's Museum in
Rochester, New York.  The museum houses all four depicted toys.

The event is open to the public.  It will begin at 9 AM in the museum's
auditorium, which seats 300.

The Rochester Philatelic Association is making special souvenir cacheted
envelopes available for the event.  Two cancellations will be available,
the standard First Day multi-bar and a commemorative Antique Toys cancel
designed by RPA member Joe Doles.

The cachet design can be seen on the RPA web page at

Collectors purchasing RPA covers before July 20 can state their
preference of cancel (First Day or commemorative) and stamp version type
(sheet, coil, or booklet).  Otherwise orders will be filled with
available stock.  Prices are $3 for a single stamp or $5 for a combo set
of 4 stamps, postpaid.  Orders and payment should be sent to:

RPA, P.O. Box 10206 Brighton Station, Rochester, NY 14610-0206

Thomas M. Fortunato
Special Events Coordinator/ROPEX Exhibits Chairman
Rochester Philatelic Association
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