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NUMBER 41 Michael Ann Gutter: Editor: mutter msn.com Winter/Spring 2007

Society News
New Officers for Rossica

The ballot process as written up in the last bulletin
took place almost as described. As with most
processes, the timeline still needs some tuning. We
had a fair number of our members vote; 130 in all.
And the results are:

ay Pietruszka

INoe ebster Stickney

'President Gary Combs

IVice President Dave Skipton

Secretary Ed Laveroni

i Treasurer

Michael Ann Gutter

librarian Greg Mirsky

Auditing Committee George Shalimoff

Board of Directors
Avable Ray Ceresa

Some of the officers are new and we welcome
them on board. Although qualified for their positions,
it takes time to become accustomed to their new
duties. Please be patient and be prepared to assist the
new officers as required.
The Rossica Executive has developed a "game
plan" for the upcoming years. We have some bold
ideas, but will need a lot of help. We also would like
ideas from members on projects that may be of
interest to all of us.
In This Issue
New Officers for Rossica Page 1
SPresident's Message Page 1
Note From the Editor Page 3
New Tentative Members Page 3
The Rossica Library Page 4
SOur Award Winning Members Page 4
Samovar Board Rules Page 5
Making Collecting Interesting Page 6
SMentoring Question Page 6
SDmitri Scherbinin Page 7
Rossica's National Meeting Page 8

President's Message

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Sadly, sales of back issues were lukewarm with
only 1-2 copies sold. The good news is that the sales
of the Journal in PDF format have started and a few
orders made it. We donated copies of the Journal to
the Rocky Mountain Library, the Popov
Communications Museum, and the National Postal
Museum. The ARPL appears to be complete back to
issue #44.
According to the University of Florida, our Journal
and books on their web site are receiving a lot of
"hits" and we are looking at expanding what is
already there. And ideas on what we can safely add?
There will be a PanSlavic exhibition at what is
normally called CHICAGOPEX in November this
year. Dave Shipton is looking for members who will
be exhibiting. The deadline for entries is August 15h.
The application information can be found at
www.chicagopex.com/idl2.html. There are a limited
number of frames. So be quick and tell Dave. His
contact information is also on the Rossica web site
The WSRP donated $438.38 to Rossica. Anatoly
Kiryushkin and Philip Robinson were instrumental
our being given these funds. Thanks! We can always
use money.
The Alexander Epstein Postal Stationery Catalog in
English is now available as a download, in hardcopy
and on CD ROM (PDF). This does not necessarily
take the place of the large number of similar
publications in other languages, but is one the English
speaker can easily use. You can find how to order it at
our web site www.rossica.org or in the current
Rossica Journal.
Hy Lovitz developed a copyright release form for
contributors to the Journal. Unfortunately, US
copyright laws have made this necessary. In short, all
authors who publish in the Rossica Journal will be
required to sign a publication agreement about the
material. We are not asking for outright ownership of
the material, but fair use of it to advance society goals.
If you have questions about this, please contact a
Rossica officer for a better explanation.
Rossica is negotiating with Andy Cronin to acquire
the copyrights to the Post Rider. We have tentatively
agreed and the legal agreement is near completion. Hy
Lovitz is handling this as well for us. Rossica plans to
make the Post Rider available to our members in PDF
format and, if possible, on our Internet portal at the
University of Florida.

The Treasury officially transferred to Michael
Gutter on April 1. A new bookkeeping system was set
up and all banking transfer paperwork has been
completed. A financial status report will be provided
at the National Meeting at CHICAGOPEX.
Our Secretary, Ed Laveroni, will see an increase in
his responsibilities regarding communications. Ed will
be the point of contact for all people seeking
information about the society and how to join. Of
course, any officer can also provide the same
information as well.
Now that Greg Mirsky has the bulk of the Library
in hand, he will be organizing the contents for ease of
use. Greg has also prepared a policy for Library use.
This policy will be posted on our website and will also
be mailed to our members. A Library Survey is being
mailed to our members with Rossica Journal #148.
Please complete it and return it to Greg.
There is a bit of confusion about the structure of
Rossica's officers and who is responsible for what.
Maybe a few words here can clear up it up? Rossica is
governed by the Rossica Executive, who provide
advice, guidance, etc. to the President, who is tasked
with making decisions and overseeing operations. The
Executive consists of the following officers:
President, Vice President and the Board of Directors.
The Librarian handles all activity relative to the
Library with guidance and direction from the Rossica
The Treasurer handles the financial activities, i.e.
money in and money out, taxes, etc. with the guidance
of the Rossica Executive. The Treasurer provides
advice/guidance to the Rossica Executive regarding
the Society's financial status and availability of funds
to cover new/existing projects.
The Secretary is the in/out point of contact for
official correspondence not sent by individual officers
in execution of their tasks. He is also our
representative to the APS. The Secretary informs new
members of tentative acceptance after confirmation
from the Treasurer that the dues have been paid and
the references have been checked and all is OK. The
Secretary functions with guidance and direction from
the Rossica Executive.
The Auditor performs audits of financial
functions/books as directed by the President.
All appointed positions are created, changed and
sometimes abolished by the President, usually with
input and guidance from the Rossica Executive and/or

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other elected officers. Appointed officers serve at the
pleasure of the President.

Note from the Editor

I appreciate all the comments so many of you sent
me about the last Bulletin. I took notes on all of your
suggestions. Some, of course, duplicated one another.
One of the big suggestions was to report about how
our members were fairing with their exhibits at the
shows. With the help of Alan Warren, Ed Laveroni
and others, I have added this information to this issue
of the Bulletin. However, it will not cover every show
or all the awards or even be completely up-to-date. I
need everybody's help to do this.
This Bulletin is more than a bit late. I take full
responsibility for this happening and will provide no
excuses. However, contrary to some popular rumors,
Rossica is strong, growing and is financially stable. (I
should know since I am the treasurer as well.)
Since there has been a lot of comments about the
Samovar lately, it seems to me that many of the
individuals who post to the Samovar have not read or
have forgotten the Board Rules (or as I would like to
call them, The Posting Rules). Therefore, an abridged
version is included in this Bulletin.
We continue to ask you to please update your
personal information with us. It is very helpful to have
both your email address as well as your physical
I want to thank Larry Sherby for allowing me to
print his first shortened draft of the biography of his
grandfather. This story will be made into a larger and
more complete article for the Rossica Journal with
photograph of Certificates and other items. I present
this article now in order to help bring on the interest
of our members as well as help Larry gather
additional information about his family heritage. Even
my own husband's father crossed paths with Mr.
Since the Bulletin is a much shorter variety of the
Journal, I ask anyone who has short interesting articles
to submit, please send them to me. I would greatly
appreciate having members send me something to put
into the Bulletin rather my beating the bushes to find
articles. Even having questions that I can do a short
research article about would be helpful. The one thing I
have to do, though, is keep the Bulletin to eight pages

for cost reasons. Since our postage rates went up, the
more of you who would accept the Bulletin by email, the
more I can publish.

New Tentative Members

1905 Theodore Myasovsky, Gainesville, GA, USA
1906 Dr. Svitlana Myasovsky, Gainesville, GA, USA
1907 Arthur J. Criscione, Jr., Bemardsville, NJ, USA
1908 Tore Jahnsen, Idrettsveieen, Norway
tore.j ahnsen@ski.online.no
1909 Gerald Gallagher, Drexel Hill, PA USA
1910 George L. Jordan, Indian Harbour Beach, FL,
USA albion9610@aol.com
1911 Orville F. Osborne, Toronto, Canada
1912 Vadim Medish, Washington DC, USA
1913 William Schipper, St. John's, Newfoundland,
Canada schipper@mun.ca
1914 William Moskoff, Lake Forest, IL, USA
1915 Eugenijus Uspuras, Kaunas, Lithuania
1916 Jimmy Chang, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

The following are our new applicants who will
become full member within 90 days unless, you, our
members, provide some reasonable cause why they
should not become members.

Jeremy Busch, Geneva NY, USA
Alexander Kolchinsky, Champaign, IL USA
Brian M. Kutner, DMD, Millville, NJ, USA

Welcome to Rossica! We hope you will enjoy the
benefits the society has to offer including the Journal,
the Bulletin, the Library, and the web site. Of course,
if you have access to the Internet, the Samovar is a
great source of information and I encourage you to

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visit it and post your questions as well any news and
discoveries you may have made. We also encourage
you to share your collecting interests with others.
Help us grow and bring new members into Rossica.

The Rossica Library

After several months of transition, the Rossica
Library finally arrived at its new home in Palo Alto,
California. Thanks to Ged Seiflow, who managed the
packing, shipping, etc., it all arrived. It took me
several days to build shelves in my garage and now it
resides in a new location. There is a lot of work that
needs to be done to make it more accessible to
Rossica members, but this is a start. We also received
donations from several Rossica members of Russian
philatelic literature (journals, brochures, etc.). These
donations are highly appreciated. If you have
literature duplicates, please send them to the Rossica
Librarian, and remember all donations to Rossica are
possibly tax deductible within the USA! I will be
doing an inventory in next few months and, at the end
may publish a list of issues of journals the Rossica
Library needs to have complete journal sets and some
other publications. Another area where members can
help is the translation from foreign languages. I am
looking for volunteers to translate some titles in
languages other than English or Russian for the
Library Catalog. I especially need translators of
languages of Baltic countries, Finland, etc. If you are
willing to help, let me know. If you have specific
requests for library material, I will try my best to
fulfill it even while the library is "in transition."

Dr. Greg Mirsky
Rossica Librarian,
Email: greg.mirsky@rossica.org

Our Award Winning Members

APS Stampshow, August 24-27, 2006, Rosemont IL
Edward Laveroni-Railroad Postmarks of the Trans-Siberian
Railroad: Chelyabinsk to Chita, gold and Rossica Society award
Vesma Grinfelds-Latvian Travelling Post Offices: Rates,
Routes and Cancellations, vermeil
Chris Kulpinski-Soviet Occupation of Poland and the Baltic
States 1939-1941, vermeil

SESCAL, October 13-15, 2006, Los Angeles CA

G. Adolph Ackerman-The Red Phoenix Spreads its Wings:
The Russian Air Mail Network 1922-1945, gold and Rossica
Society award

Filatelic Fiesta, October 20-22, San Jose CA 2006
Edward J. Laveroni-The Poezd and Pochta Postmarks of the
"Little Railroads" of St. Petersburg, gold and Rossica Society

ARIPEX, January 19-21, 2007, Tucson AZ
Chris Kulpinski-Soviet Occupation of Poland and Baltic
States 1939-1941, silver

SANDICAL, January 26-28, 2007, San Diego. CA
David Skipton-Watchmen at the Gates, vermeil and APS
Research Medal

APS AmeriStamp Expo, February 9-11, 2007, Riverside CA
Edward Laveroni-The Poezd and Pochta Postmarks of the
Little Railroads of St. Petersburg, gold
Orville Osborne-Zemstvos, an Introduction to Russian
Rural Post, gold

WESTPEX, April 27-29, 2007 San Francisco, CA
George V. Shalimoff-Usage of Romanov Tercentenary
Issue of Russia 1913-1917, gold and Best Russian Exhibit
Edward Laveroni-Railroad Postmarks of the Trans-Siberian
Railroad: Chelyabinsk to Chita, vermeil and the President's
Chris Kulpinski-Soviet Occupation of Poland and the Baltic
States 1939-1941, vermeil

ST. PETERSBURG 2007, St. Petersburg, Russia
Norman Banfield-Imperial Russia-Censorship of Foreign
Printed Matter, vermeil
Thomas Berger-Registration in Czaristic Russia, large
Vigintas Bubnys-Lithuania 1918-1937, gold
Andrew Cheung-Russia Post Offices in China-The
Overprinted Issues, large vermeil
Vesma Grinfelds-The Airpost Issues of Lithuania: A
Traditional Study, large vermeil
Vesma Grenfelds-Latvian Travelling Post Offices: Rates,
Routes and Cancellations, large vermeil
Diana W. Johnson-Russia: Pre-revolutionary Tsarist Arms
Issues 1857-1917, vermeil
Ed Laveroni-Imperial Postmarks of the Trans-Siberian
Railroad, Chelyabinsk to Irkutsk, gold
Ed Laveroni-The Poezd and Pochta Postmarks of the "Little
Railroads" of St. Petersburg, gold and FEL
Meer Kossey- The Return of Mail in the USSR in Wartime
1941-1945, vermeil
Arnold Levin-The Russian Mute Cancels of World War I,
large vermeil
Dmitry Nikitin-From the History of the Zemstvo Post of
Russia, large gold, special prize and grand prize non-competitive
Eugenijus Uspuras-Railway Post Services in Lithuania in
1861 to 1949, large vermeil

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George Werbizky-Ostarbeiter Mail in WW2, large silver

Literature Class
Alexander Epstein & Ardalion Vinokurov Russian Field
Post in 1914-1918. Handbook/Catalogue. Large vermeil
Meer Kossoy -Articles from Philatelic Journals, large silver
Hans Kupec Postal History of the Russian Empire, Parts I,
II, and III, vermeil
Jeff Radcliffe Rossica Society Journal 2006, vermeil
David Skipton -A Short History of the Rossika Society 1929-
1968, vermeil
George Werbizky Ostarbeiters, large silver

Samovar Board Rules (Posting Rules)

The Rossica web site and the Samovar are sponsored by
Rossica as an unofficial means of communication for Rossica
members. We encourage guests to register and participate, but
we do not owe access rights to non-members. Each guest will be
considered on an individual basis for access.
The primary purpose of this board is to provide Rossica
Society members information on Society and philatelic matters.
This board may also be used to provide information that is
considered useful to Rossica Society members in the conduct of
their day-to-day philatelic activities, to include information on
auctions, sales, sellers and buyers of philatelic material. Please
note that the Society's elected and appointed officers are NOT
obligated to use or participate in the Samovar or any other
activities at the web site.
By registering, you (the user) agree, through your use of
this service, that you will not use this forum to post any
material that is knowingly false and/or defamatory,
inaccurate, abusive, vulgar, hateful, harassing, obscene,
profane, sexually oriented, threatening, invasive of a person's
privacy, or that otherwise violates any law. You agree not to
post any copyrighted material unless the copyright is owned
by you or by the Rossica Society, or you have obtained
permission from the copyright holder. You also agree to all
the terms of these board rules. Rossica members who register
will identify themselves to the Webmaster upon registration
as such. Guests are required to tell us who they are (a real
name) and where they are from. This information will not be
released except if required for legal purposes.
The public side of the Samovar is not for bashing people,
commercial organizations, foreign countries, Rossica or its
officers, auction houses, countries, catalogs or anything else. If
there is a gripe about eBay, forums exist where you can make
your case. If Rossica members want to rally other members
around their philatelic cause, they can use the Society Business
forum, which is available only to Rossica members, and
encourage more members to join and participate in that forum.
Such entries will be pruned from the public side of the Samovar
as required and may be moved to the Society Business forum or
deleted. Repeat offenders who are Rossica members (they get
one warning) will be banned for a period of time initially set by
the Webmaster and, if required, the Rossica Executive. Any
guest may be banned forever as a guest and no warnings are

required. This has been and remains the call of the Webmaster
with guidance from the Rossica Executive. It is perfectly
acceptable and understandable that disagreements will arise, and
there is nothing wrong with disagreeing with this individual or
that policy, so long as things don't degenerate into ad hominem
attacks, but having those disagreements spill out into the open
hurts the Society and serves no purpose other than to convince
people they shouldn't join an organization that wastes its time
bickering in a public forum. There is nothing to be gained by
airing dirty linen in public. Please follow the Board rules.
To use this board, it is not a requirement for you to:
be a Rossica Society member to access the Public
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Society Business forum.
register in order to view any postings in the Public
To post a response on this board:
You must be a member of Rossica or an invited and
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You must register if you desire to post a new topic or
respond to a topic.
Considering the real-time nature of these forums, it is
impossible for the Rossica Society to review messages or
confirm the validity of information posted. Please remember that
no member of the Society actively monitors the contents of
posted messages on a 24/7 basis and the Society is not
responsible for any message posted. The Rossica Society does,
however, monitor the forums on a time-available basis to make
sure they are being used correctly, and will remove
inflammatory, negative, etc. posts, if deemed necessary. The
Society does not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness
or usefulness of any message, and is not responsible for the
contents of any message. The messages express the views of the
author of the message, not necessarily the views of the Rossica
Society. The Rossica Society reserves the right to remove any
post at any time at its own discretion and without explanation. If
this causes you concern, then do not register to participate.
The Rossica Society also reserves the right to reveal your
identity (or whatever information we know about you) in the
event of a complaint or legal action arising from any message
posted by you.
Any user who feels that a posted message is objectionable is
encouraged to contact the administrator of the Samovar
immediately by email. We have the ability to remove
objectionable messages and we will make every effort to do so,
within a reasonable time frame, if we determine that removal is
necessary. This is a manual process, however, so please realize
that we may not be able to remove or edit particular messages
Things you can do on this forum:
Ask for help with philatelic related issues.
Ask for help with usage type questions related to this
forum, the Rossica web site, etc.
Answer questions/concerns of other Samovar
Post information that will be useful for future

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Post information that is INFORMATIVE to Rossica
Things you cannot do on this forum:
Register for the sole purpose of advertising a
business or website (whether the business or website
is considered appropriate or not);
Harass other forum members verbally, through the
forums, private messages, or other;
Make blatant advertising posts on the forums;
Consider this your personal blog. Comments should
be relative to the topic being discussed;
Post complaints. All non-Samovar complaints should
be directed to the Rossica Executive via email or
other contact means as outlined on the contacts page;
Rossica members with a complaint against another
Rossica member should submit their complaint to the
Secretary and not post them on the site. We will not
honor complaints posted on the Samovar.
Use profanity;
Banning and IP Blocking. Any user who abuses/spams the
forums will in most cases be banned after a warning, but we are
not obligated to issue such a warning. Although the Rossica
Society does not and cannot review all the messages posted on a
real-time basis and is not responsible for the content of any of
these messages, the Rossica Society reserves the right to delete
any message for any or no reason whatsoever. You remain solely
responsible for the content of your messages, and you agree to
indemnify and hold harmless the Rossica Society with respect to
any claim based upon transmission of your messagess. If
banning a user is not effective in stopping abuse of the Samovar,
the Rossica Society may invoke IP banning, which will disallow
posting of material from specific domains or internet service
Free Speech. The ultimate response to the 'free speech'
argument is this: while you may have the right to say more or
less whatever you want, you do not have the right to say it
wherever you want. You may feel strongly about the fact that
your neighbor has not mowed his lawn for two months, but you
do not have the right to berate him in his own living room.
Similarly, if a Webmaster tells a troll that he is not welcome, the
troll has no "right" to remain. For members with a complaint
against the Society or one of its members, there is a vehicle
available to resolve the issue. Rossica simply will not tolerate
this site being used to sling mud at the Society, its officers, or its
members. If you find these restrictions objectionable, consider
another web site to use.

Making Collecting Interesting
By Mike Gutter

We all have areas of our collecting of which we are
very serious and then there is that little thing that we
don't say much about but gives us such pleasure to
just find. It may be just a variety, a cover from a little
town, a special topic, or even stamps from a different

country. But still we get a secret joy from it. The
following is just one of mine.

These are all Scott #131 and I call them the Four
Corers. They all have a piece of the center design in
each of the covers of the stamp. From left to right,
the first variety occurred because the center was
double printed. The others occurred because the center
was badly shifted. I would be broke if I were to try to
collect these varieties in large quantities or in
multiples. Therefore, it is a small pleasure when I find

Mentoring Question
By Mike Gutter

The newest mentoring question is "How do I tell
comb type perforations from line type perforations?"
This question is easier to answer with the stamps in
front of you than in simple words.
First, visualize how the sheets of stamps are
perforated. Let's start with the comb perforations. In
each operation of the perforation machine, the holes
are punched in the pattern of a comb. Thus the first
punched line would appear as:

The next punch would be the same comb figure
and, thus would then appear as:

The perforation machine would continue until the
process was complete. As you can see, all the holes
are aligned. With the comb perforation, sheet margins
did not need to be perforated.
The line perforation type is such that in each
operation of the machine, only a single vertical or
horizontal line is formed. All of the horizontal

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perforations are punched either before or after the
vertical perforations are punched. There was no
reasonable way to ensure that the vertical and
horizontal perforations were perfectly aligned.
Generally, all the margins of the whole sheet are
perforated along with the stamps as well.
If you are trying to determine if a single stamp is
comb or line perforation, the easiest way is to look at
the stamp corners. If the corners are nice, neat clean
perforated covers and looking like quarter of a
perforation, you have a comb perforation. Otherwise,
it may have perforation in the corner that looks like a
short puppy dog's tail or no perforation at all. Then it
is probably a line perforation or a very badly damaged

Dmitri Scherbinin
By Larry Sherby

Dmitri Scherbinin 1893-1979 Helen Barashkova 1899-1966

Dmitri Scherbinin was my grandfather. He was bor
in Odessa, Russia on November 5, 1893. His father
Sergei Scherbinin was a railroad person and left for
Vladivostok around 1900 to assume the job of Station
Master (I believe that that was his title). Once
established, he sent for his family to join him. As the
schools in Vladivostok were inadequate at that time,
Dmitri was sent to Japan for schooling, first in a French
Jesuit school and then in an English school. This was
facilitated by his having an aunt who lived in Nagasaki.
At the outbreak of World War I, he was conscripted
into the Russian army. He was given the choice of being
in the infantry or becoming a pilot in the Russian Air
Force. He chose wisely and became a pilot. He flew
reconnaissance during his stint in the Air force. He was
wounded (not by enemy fire, but by an engine
malfunction, at approx. 300 meters altitude, and crashed.
His left eye was laid open).

When Russia withdrew from hostilities with
Germany, he was demobilized and went back home to
Vladivostok, where he secured employment at the
French consulate in the capacity of a secretary, starting
in 1918. He met his wife, Helen Barashkova (my
grandmother), during this time and was married on July
23, 1922.
It is most certain that Dmitri met and befriended
Stephan Pappadopulo during this time, since Stephan
was also working at the consulate and shared a common
interest in all things philatelic. In Dmitri's capacity as a
secretary, some of his duties involved dealings with the
short-lived anti-Bolshevist government.
Fearing that he would eventually be arrested by the
Bolsheviks and would soon have to leave the country, he
manufactured the, now famous (or infamous),
certificates of authenticity circulating in philatelic
circles. Certificates were made for, most importantly,
the Nikolaevsk issue (Siberia) as well as others for the
Far Eastern Republic.
Dmitri went to great lengths to show that the stamps
were authentic. So concerned was he with his reputation
that when visiting Japan in 1924, he looked up his old
boss, Rene Andre (whose name appears on the
certificates), at the French consulate for Kobe/Osaka,
and got a letter of recommendation. (This will be part of
a future Journal article)

Lucia and Stephan Pappadopulo, 1947

He entrusted the safety of his wife to the
Pappadopulos (Stephan and Lucia) and she left with
them on the last ship out of Vladivostok for Shanghai,
arriving there January 7, 1923. It is interesting to note
that in the Pappadopulo's biography I acquired from Dr.
Ivo Steijn, it says that Mrs. Pappadopulo first name was
Helen, not Lucia. Helen, of course, was my
grandmother's first name. This leads me to think that,
perhaps, my grandmother masqueraded as Stephan
Pappadopulo's wife to obscure her last name from the
passenger manifest. (This needs further investigation, of

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Apparently, grandpa was not to be allowed to leave
the country. (I imagine that there was a prohibition
regarding male Russian citizens leaving the country
instituted by the powers that be). He fled on January 1,
1923, going over thin ice on the bay and was actually
shot at by a sentry. Seems he was good at dodging
He essentially walked into China with a large group
of expatriate Russians. They had hired Chinese guides
for the trip. They either went though the Gobi Desert or
skirted it on the way in. I believe that they walked to the
nearest rail head, and from there went to their respective
The Scherbinins and Pappadopulos continued as
friends during the Shanghai years. My father, Oleg, was
born February 9, 1925. Amongst Dmitri's stamps he also
has an autographed catalog from Stephan entitled,
Standard Catalog China and Treaty Ports 1933.
Both continued to pursue their interests in stamps.
Pappadopulo opened the Stephens Stamp Company and
Dmitri pursued his banking interests. Grandpa also
joined the Russian Philatelic Society (Rossika) in
Shanghai during this time.
Grandpa, grandma, and their son Oleg finally left for
the United States in 1938, as the business climate began
to deteriorate due to the hostilities with the Japanese.
The Scherbinins moved to San Francisco, California
and later to Berkeley, California. In the early 1940's,
grandpa changed his name to Sherby. My father changed
his name to Sherby about a year or two later. Oleg
Dmitri Sherby is now Professor Emeritus, Materials
Science, at Stanford University.
Grandpa became a member of the Society of
Philatelic Americans.
The Pappadopulos came to San Francisco in 1948. A
little after 1950, the Pappadopulos bought a house at 767
Tenth Ave, SF. CA. 94118. Stephen died in 1953;
however, Lucia lived until 1986 in the same house. She
remained friends with my grandparents (and us) until her
death. Both my brothers Mark and Stephen benefited
from her will. (Mark because he was her godson and
Stephen because she mistakenly thought that my parents
had named him after her husband). We kids knew her as
Mrs. Papp. She smoked Pall Mall non-filters. She could
speak Romanian, English, Russian, French, and
Japanese. Perhaps her ability to speak Japanese kept
them both out of the internment camps during the war.
An amazing woman!


Come One! Come All!

The Rossica 2007 National Member Meeting will
be held at CHICAGOPEX this year. The meeting will
be held on Saturday, November 17, 2007, from 1-3
PM. The show will take place at the Sheraton Chicago
Northwest, 3400 West Euclid Ave., Arlington
Heights, IL 60005. CHICAGOPEX will actually be
held on November 16-18, 2007.
CHICAGOPEX is also hosting a PanSlavic
Exhibition with annual meetings for these prominent
societies (in addition to Rossica): Society for
Czechoslovak Philately, Society for Hungarian
Philately, Polonus Philatelic Society, and the
Ukrainian Philatelic and Numismatic Society. In
addition to the annual meetings, there will be a
philatelic exhibition, a philatelic literature exhibition,
and a major dealer bourse. The theme of the show will
be honoring Slavic Scientists." The show cachet will
depict Poland's Marie Curie and also list three other
Nobel Prize honorees Ivan Pavlov of Russia and the
husband/wife team of Carl & Gerty Cori of the
Czech Republic. Thus, you can meet, look, read and
buy. (And if that isn't enough, the largest shopping
mall in the Chicago area is close by)
If you hurry and make your reservations early, you
can get the special show price of $109/night at the
Sheraton. Call the hotel directly at (847) 394-2000, or
Sheraton reservations at (800) 325-3535, or
www.sheraton.com. Ask for the special $109/night
CHICAGOPEX room rate.
The meeting should be an interesting one. There
will be new officers to meet (we are all hoping to get
there), reports from the officers to the members,
suggestions of future projects, questions and possible
answers to and from the members. I think I am safe in
saying we will take our whole 2 hour allotted time.
Our speaker at the Pan-Slavic show will be Kaj
Hellman from Finland, will give a talk on Oleg
Faberge and his collection. Kaj and his stamp auctions
are well known to American collectors, and many
Rossica members have had the privilege of meeting
him at Pacific 97 and Washington 2006. It will
certainly be an interesting presentation, so please
make plans to attend the Rossica AGM!

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