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The Ryukyu Philatelic Specialist Society, LTD.
Updated /Saturday, February 1, 2014
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Specialized Catalogue of the
Postal Issues of the Ryukyu
Islands PART V Postage Stamps
of the Central Government Dollar
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The White Silver Shrine Itoman
Merger Commemorative Stamp
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Ryukyu Philatelic Specialist Society,
Site Created 2007  
Officers and Board of
Jon B. Kawaguchi
Gary B. Weiss
Secretary and Publisher
Laura Edmonds
John T. Beck
Directors At Large
Russ W. Carter 2011-2014
Liz Joyce
Iris August Hinden
William A. Matthews
Directors From Hawaii
Roy Oshiro
Ernest D. Yuen
RPSS Editor
Jon B. Kawaguchi
RPSS Internet
Publication Site Manager
Liz Joyce
Senior Advisor
William L. Ninde
Arthur Askins

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    Welcome Members and Friends of the Ryukyu Philatelic Specialist Society, Ltd.
    The Ryukyu Philatelic Specialist Society, Ltd. (RPSS) has as its objectives promoting an interest in the philately of the Ryukyu Islands and
    encouraging friendly cooperation among philatelists of all nations. The Society was established in 1969. Over the years RPSS has published a
    journal titled From the Dragon's Den and a number of handbooks and specialized Ryukyu Islands philatelic catalogues. These publications provide a
    wealth of information for the philatelist interested in the Ryukyu Islands.

Member's Ryukyu
Dancer Exhibit
Heavenly Maiden
Ginowan Museum Stained Glass
Ginowan Museum Okinawa
Photographed by Mike Lynch
November 20, 2012

I met Mike Lynch, a photographer
who lives on Okinawa, Japan via
Facebook and visited his gallery of
photographs on his website. I wrote
to Mike and told him about how many
of the Ryukyu stamps depict the
Heavenly Maiden and he posted the
information on his website. Mike
posted on his photo page that our
society had contacted him about this
beautiful image and Mike sent back
this text,
"It got an Editor's PIck in
a photo contest, overnight!"
has given our society permission to
post his photograph on our website
and he will be spreading the word
about our society on his! Thank you,
Visit Mike's site at
Go to Mike's Gallery for more
beautiful photographs of the Ryukyu
Islands and press Editor's Picks to
see this beautiful photograph.

Liz Joyce, RPSS Site Manager
Heavenly Maiden
Scott Catalog #C9-C13
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Here is what you can do with it:
Smart stamp for android is the smartest way to manage
your stamp collection. The highlights of this application
  • Work flow is optimized such that creating the
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    using a cool map interface.
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    CSV (spreadsheets)
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Visit our Links page or click the icon below to check
out the
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program description and a cool video.
I am using this APP on my android tablet and enjoying
collecting like never before!  Requires Android:2.3 and
Liz Joyce, Site Manager
Attention:  Members and Guests
Listing of RPSS Publications Available for Order:


    New catalogue prices effective
    immediately. The changes were
    increased only for the In print (hard
    copy versions). Also, there has
    been an increase in shipping costs
    for hard copy versions to foreign
    countries. All price lists are in PDF
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         The annual Westpex RPSS meeting will be held at the San Francisco Airport Marriott Hotel, 1800
Old Bayshore Highway, Millbrae, California, Saturday, April 26, 2014, from 10:00 am to Noon in Room
 An interesting program is planned and there will also be a show and tell.  If any member attending has
any item(s) to show, please bring them.  After the meeting, there will be an informal lunch for those interested.