Web Site Information

History of the SOSSI Web Site

At the 1997 Annual Meeting at Pacific 97 in San Francisco, President Lawrence Clay accepted an offer made by Board Chairman R. S. Frank to initiate a SOSSI Web Site.  In late June, the internet domain name "www.sossi.org" was reserved with Internic, the US domain name registrar.  SOSSI acquired web site hosting services from a company called Slip Net. 

Member Keith Larson learned of the web site project at the US Boy Scout National Jamboree SOSSI Meeting.  Within weeks, he built a candidate site which provided much of the content and the initial look and feel of the pages.  By October 1997 a SOSSI Web Site was up and running.  Since then, on average each week over 1,500 viewers from around the world visit the SOSSI site.

Sample Early Screen Shots (Without Links)

October 1997   October 1998   July 2000


Technical Features
Today, the SOSSI Web site is recognized by other webmasters for our technical merit and online content.

Family-Friendly Site

Internet Content Rating Association Cascading Style Sheet CSS Valid CSS! Valid XHTML 1.0!

Viewing
For best viewing, this website requires visitors to have a minimum screen resolution of 640 x 480 pixels on a 15 inch wide VGA monitor.  Users should also use a browser that supports or has Cascading Style Sheets turned on.

Navigation
This site uses a frameset to improve organization and better assist visitors in finding all the available information at this site.  Visitors should have their internet browsers set to allow javascript and java applets.  It is possible to navigate without frameset or javas applets by going to NO FRAME NO JAVA PAGE

Registration and Copyright
The SOSSI Journal has been assigned the International Standard Serial Number (ISSN) #1066-6028 as part of the National Serials Data Program, Library of Congress.  Material appearing at the SOSSI Website is © SOSSI 1997-2007 unless otherwise cited.


Press Reviews

American Philatelic SocietyAMERICAN PHILATELIST, May 1999, page 462 in THE GLASSINE SURFER, Mike Mills has these comments in "Beaches for Young Surfers"

"Perhaps the most exciting stamp collecting site for kids is the Scouts on Stamps Society International.  If people collect topically, then this is the right place for beginning collectors.  It is a big site with more than 40MB of files and lots of changing content."

Linn's Stamp News Linn's Stamp News, May 3, 1999, page 28.  William Sharpe has a description of the "Welcome Scouts" section of the SOSSI Website in: "Stamps on the Internet: Scouting Topic on the Web"




Funding of the SOSSI Web Site
SOSSI is a nonprofit organization, primarily funded by dues and the sales of items through the SOSSI Sales Service.  All these funds are needed for the preparation, publication, and mailing of the SOSSI Journal.  If you have enjoyed visiting our site we urge you to support us.

Thank you.



Webmasters
R. S. Frank
P.O. Box 7638, Newport Beach, California 92658
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Keith Larson
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Keith Larson is a member of
The HTML Writers Guild