Awards & Honors

Philatelic Society of Lancaster County

The James Buchanan Chapter #173 of the American Philatelic Society  
Chapter #118 of the American Topical Association  

AWARD’S, RECOGNITION’S & HONOR’S

This page recognizes our Members and friends who have over the years received Awards and/or Honors for their dedication, commitment, authorship and leadership to the mission of the Philatelic Society of Lancaster County and philately in general.


APS Writers Unit 30 Literature Award

2020-02-10… It is with great pleasure that we announce PSLC President Dr. Charles J. DiComo was the recipient of the Grand Award and Large Gold Award in Literature at the 66th Sarasota National Stamp Expo and Writers Unit #30, which took place February 7-9, 2020. This marked the Second Exhibition of Philatelic and Postal History articles, with a jury that examined and critiqued over 40 articles, headed by Alan Warren, with fellow jurors Nancy Clark and Hal Vogel.

This recognition was for his article entitled New Plate Flaw Discovery: “Dash and Ink Trail” on 3¢ 1851 Stamp. This original research appeared in PDF Mini-Icon The Chronicle of U.S. Postal Issues 259, August 2018 published by the U.S. Philatelic Classics Society. It is rewarding to see that the literature judges at Sarasota recognized that new discoveries involving our stamps (as opposed to our postal history) are nowadays very scarce and thus worth rewarding.

In addition, Charles also received a Large Vermeil for An 1845 “Ship Letter” from Port-au-Prince, Hispaniola to New York City on the Brig Hayti, which was published in the PDF Mini-Icon Excelsior! 29-NS, March 2019. This article first appeared as a Special Feature in the PSLC Newsletter, Vol. 82, No. 1, January 2019 and was awarded the APS 2019 Article of Distinction (see above).

Congratulations to all those that submitted their original research to the APS Writers Unit 30; there was keen competition this year. The Sarasota 2020 Literature Palmares recipients can be viewed PDF Mini-Icon HERE.


APS Website Competition Award

The Society has been awarded a Gold Medal in the 2018 American Philatelic Society (APS) Website Award Competition. This award recognizes website excellence. Four experienced judges from across the country following a rigorous vetting process made the determination, along with suggestions for continually improving our web presence. We are grateful and honored and have proudly posted the Gold Award badge on our home page. A certificate signed by the President and Secretary of the American Philatelic Society recognizing this great work by Dr. Charles J. DiComo was mailed to the APS representative of our Society. This award exemplifies the very best that is happening out in the local stamp and postal history communities. For more information, visit the APS website.

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The January 7, 2019 Issue of Linn’s Stamp News contained an article by William F. Sharpe in the Computers and Stamps section announcing the winners in the APS philatelic website competition.  The Philatelic Society of Lancaster County was prominently featured and we thank Bill for this. The entire article is below as a PDF. Enjoy!

PDF Mini-Icon “Winners in Philatelic Website Competition,” pg. 22, Linn’s Stamp News, Jan. 7, 2019

PDF Mini-Icon “Winners in Philatelic Website Competition,” pg. 23, Linn’s Stamp News, Jan. 7, 2019



APS Articles of Distinction Award

The American Philatelic Society has established the Articles of Distinction for our Chapters and Affiliates to honor their authors by hosting an annual “best article” competition and submitting the winning article for all to enjoy. In addition to awarding authors, this allows the APS to provide exposure to groups, encourage philatelic writing, and sharing these wonderful articles with the membership. For more info, visit the American Philatelic Society

  • APS 2019 Article of Distinction, for An 1845 “Ship Letter” from Port-au-Prince, Hispaniola to New York City on the Brig Hayti., by Dr. Charles J. DiComo, PSLC Newsletter, Vol. 82, No. 1, January 2019 View this article and additional award winners on the APS website HERE
  • APS 2017 Article of Distinction, for A Piece of Postal History – 70 Years Later, by Hal Klein
  • APS 2016 Article of Distinction, for The Pennsylvania Philatelist Zip Codes, 1963 and 1964, by Hal Klein


Nicholas G. Carter APS Volunteer Recognition Award

This Award is given to recognize the outstanding efforts of the APS volunteers at national and local levels; and to recognize our younger members whose outstanding leadership is crucial to our future. The awards have been named in memory of Nick Carter who helped to establish them. Nick felt it was important to recognize those unsung heroes who contribute their talents, time and energies to benefit stamp collecting and the Society. For more info, visit the American Philatelic Society



APS Spark Plug Award

This Award is given to recognize positive achievement of benefit to the presenting APS Chapter. Every club must have at least one member who does for the club what spark-plugs do to engines. The certificate may be presented to an individual or an organization. For more info, visit the American Philatelic Society

  • 2017 – Dr. Charles J. DiComo

APS Newsletter Recognition Award

It should be noted that the APS Chapter Newsletter Competition Awards were discontinued in 2017. The Society is very grateful to Paul Petersen for his Editorship and ensuring we publish a first rate Society newsletter.

  • American Philatelic Society 2017 Gold Medal for PSLC Newsletter, Paul Petersen, Editor
  • American Philatelic Society 2016 Gold Medal for PSLC Newsletter, Paul Petersen, Editor
  • American Philatelic Society 2015 Gold Medal for PSLC Newsletter, Paul Petersen, Editor
  • American Philatelic Society 2014 Gold Medal for PSLC Newsletter, Paul Petersen, Editor
  • American Philatelic Society 2013 Gold Medal for PSLC Newsletter, Paul Petersen, Editor
  • American Philatelic Society 2012 Gold Medal for PSLC Newsletter, Paul Petersen, Editor
  • American Philatelic Society 2011 Gold Medal for PSLC Newsletter, Paul Petersen, Editor
  • American Philatelic Society 2010 Vermeil Medal for PSLC Newsletter, Paul Petersen, Editor