Stuart Leven, Chairman of the Friends of the WPL

Stuart Leven, Chairman of the Friends of the WPL

The May 14th meeting of the Sequoia Stamp Club was devoted to an auction of material from the archives of the Western Philatelic Library (WPL). The WPL, was founded as the South Bay Philatelic Library in 1969.  It  was recently forced by the City of Sunnyvale to vacate its long-time home in Sunnyvale’s Raynor Activity Center, and is in the process of moving its holdings to a new building at the corner of 2nd Avenue and Spring Street in Redwood City. Stuart Leven, Chairman of the Friends of the WPL, opened the auction period with a short talk about the library and it’s move.

Sequoia Club member Wally Joliff

Sequoia Club member Wally Joliff leading the auction

Following the usual break to inspect the lots up for auction, Sequoia Club member Wally Joliff conducted the auction of some 60 varied lots. Livening up the bidding was Wally’s cheerful rejection of an underbid from a club member who was after a really good bargain, and a lot from Equatorial Guinea which Wally forecast might soon be recognized by Scott’s, an action sure to produce an increase in value. Who knew that you could get investment tips at your local stamp club meeting! The 60 lots in this first of an expected two WPL auctions to be held under the auspices of the Sequoia Stamp Club brought in about $1000 for the Library.

All images were taken by Ken Perkins, club photographer.