Philatelic Society of Lancaster County
The James Buchanan Chapter #173 of the American Philatelic Society
Chapter 118 of the American Topical Association
Exhibits LANCOPEX 2016

PRESENTATIONS, EXHIBITS & RESEARCH PROJECTS
This page affords the opportunity for philatelic sharing of resources. It will house presentations, research projects, monographs, exhibits, etc. Sharing of information and advancing knowledge of stamps and the postal history of Lancaster County and the Commonwealth by means of educational and historical research is a key tenant of the Society. Contact Dr. Charles J. DiComo if you have something to share.

Presentations
The presentations below have been kindly provided with permission of the authors and were presented at a PSLC members meetings. The contents remain the property of the author. Enjoy!

pdf "The Providence, R.I. Pre-Mailing Control Marking on the U.S. 3 Cent 1851-57 Stamp" (3MB), by Charles J. DiComo, PhD (2017-06 @Reading)

pdf "The Presidential Issue of 1938, A Look at Rates & Usages" (55MB), by Hal Klein (2017-02)

pdf "The U.S. Postal Transportation Issue, 1981-1995" (16MB), by Hal Klein (2016-10)

pdf "International Philatelic Expos in the U.S.: Part 1" (3MB), by Dr. Paul Petersen (2016-06)

pdf "German History & Culture as Seen Through its Postage Stamps" (6MB), by David Hunt (2016-05)

pdf "The Providence Silent Precancel - or is it a "Control Mark"?" (7MB), by Dr. Charles J. DiComo (2016-04)

pdf "FDR: The Stamp Collecting President" (7MB), by Dr. Paul Petersen (2015-06)

pdf "The Line Engraved Stamps of Queen Victoria" (3MB), by David Hunt (2015-09)

pdf "A Philatelic Sampling of the Great War: Stamps, Postal History, & Ephemera" (8MB), by Dr. Paul Petersen (2014-08)

pdf "Collecting Postcards of The Great War" (12MB), by Dr. Paul Petersen (2012-05)

video "Collecting Postcards of The Great War" (60m), by Dr. Paul Petersen, filmed at East Coast Branch of Western Front Association at York Historical Association (2012-05)

pdf "Errors, Freaks & Oddities" (4MB), by David Hunt (2011-07)

pdf "King George V And the Royal Collection" (3MB), by Dr. Paul Petersen (2010-10)

pdf "War Tax Stamps" (0.5MB), by Dr. Paul Petersen (2009-11)

pdf "Washington-Franklin Head Issue, Special 100th Anniversary Tribute" (2MB), by Lou DiFelice (2009-10)

pdf "Stained Glass on stamps" (9MB), by David Hunt (200x-xx)

pdf "Canada RPOs (Railway Post Offices)" (2MB), by Richard Colberg (200x-xx)



Exhibits
The Exhibits have been kindly provided with permission - The contents remain the property of the author. Enjoy!

Postmarks of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 1757-1899, by James G. Boyles (1937-2012), Gold Medal Exhibit

Background: Located in the lower southeast section of Pennsylvania, Lancaster was the largest inland town in the colonies, but had to reply on postal facilities in Philadelphia where letters for settlers in the "back country" were advertised to be picked up. First references to a post office in Lancaster was in 1753 on a document "printed by S. Holland at the post office in King's Street". Samuel Holland published the Lancaster Gazette at that address. By 1756 advertised letters were being held at the post office in Lancaster. The town was fortunate to have one of the first turnpikes (Philadelphia to Lancaster and West) where post riders were gradually replaced by stage coaches to carry the mail. Records of Lancaster postmasters prior to 1790 are lost. In that year there were seventy-five Post Offices in the U.S., ten in Pennsylvania of which Lancaster was one.

Objective:This exhibit is a study of the reported markings, rates and usages of Lancaster city from 1757 to 1899. All known postmarks of the 1785-1899 period appear on this exhibit. Also several pre-1785 Parliamentary and Colonial covers are exhibited.

Order of Exhibit: The exhibit follows the time line of reported townmarks. The townmarks are printed in blue for easier identification.

Noteworthy Material: Material matted in blue is of special philatelic or historic interest.

pdf Boyles-Postmarks Lancaster County 1757-1899 Part 1 (1.5MB)
pdf Boyles-Postmarks Lancaster County 1757-1899 Part 2 (1.4MB)
pdf Boyles-Postmarks Lancaster County 1757-1899 Part 3 (2.4MB)
pdf Boyles-Postmarks Lancaster County 1757-1899 Part 4 (1.9MB)
pdf Boyles-Postmarks Lancaster County 1757-1899 Part 5 (1.8MB)
pdf Boyles-Postmarks Lancaster County 1757-1899 Part 6 (2.2MB)

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Post Offices of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, by James G. Boyles (1937-2012), Gold Medal Exhibit

Background: Lancaster County, located in the southeastern section of Pennsylvania, was established in 1729 from portions of Chester County. The postal system evolved early in Lancaster County due to its proximity to Philadelphia and Baltimore ports. Early Pony Express and Stage Coach routes that gradually became the Philadelphia-Lancaster Turnpike gave Lancaster the distinction of being the largest inland town in the United States for many years. As the routes expanded so did the evolution of towns. The presence of a river helped establish towns along its banks and the ever pressing expansion north and west helped establish small towns along the way. The County also had many Indian settlements thus establishing trading posts that gradually became towns.

Objective: This exhibit is an overview of postal history examples of Lancaster County towns. It includes manuscript, stampless and stamped cover examples from current towns and discontinued post offices. This exhibits does not include all Lancaster County towns or postal history.

The towns are listed in chronological order by the year that the post office was established. The presence of a postal facility is essentially the result of towns being formed along the traveled paths and routes of earlier settlers.

Covers shown in this exhibit are only examples of a few of the towns postal marking. The dates of the covers do not correspond to the establishment of the town or the post office. Postal rates and postmasters are listed for the date of the exhibited covers to increase the knowledge of the period and to show the progression of rates throughout the years.

This exhibit cannot currently be considered for its philatelic expertise; however, it is an array of Lancaster County Postal History tidbits and information, and it is a work in progress.

Noteworthy Material: Covers matted in green are of special philatelic or general interest.

pdf Boyles-Post Offices of Lancaster County Part 1 (5.1MB)
pdf Boyles-Post Offices of Lancaster County Part 2 (5.2MB)

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From Camp Monterrey, Mexico to Newburgh, NY via Point Isabel, TX in 1846, by Dr. Charles J. DiComo

pdf Battle of Monterrey, Mexico 1846 (1MB)

It is my pleasure to share a recent postal history find. I presented the 9 page mini-exhibit (PDF below) to the 100+ members and guests of the Philatelic Society of Lancaster County (PSLC) on November 9, 2016. It is a folded letter written by Inspector General Colonel William G. Belknap to his wife Kate dated September 24, 1846 while he was at Camp Monterrey during the last days of the Battle of Monterrey during the Mexican-American War. He vividly describes the battles, his fellow officers by name killed or wounded in action, as well as General Worth's heroism in taking the Town with limited losses.

Troops March on Monterrey, Mexico
U.S. Troops March on Monterrey, Mexico, led by General Worth

The letter was sent to the provisional P.O. at Point Isabel, TX and cancelled with the scarce Type 1 handstamp, dated Oct. 4. From there it traveled via military transport vessel to New Orleans, LA and then sailed up to New York, where it was cancelled with a red Oct. 21-dated Newburgh circular date stamp (CDS). His wife had moved, so the folded letter was forwarded to Princeton, NJ. Total rate due upon arrival for the nearly one month journey was 15 cents.

1846 Camp Monterrey Belknap Folded Letter
Folded Letter, Camp Monterrey Mexico to Point Isabel TX to New Orleans to Newburgh, NY to Princeton NJ, 10+5 rate, Sept. 24, 1846

There are less than 10 known of this Point Isabel provisional Post Office Type 1 handstamp, being used from 16 Sept.-22 Oct., 1846. A great piece of American postal military history. (A special thanks goes to my daughter Mia for helping me transcribe the letter!)

1846 Point Isabel Handstamp
Black "PT. ISABEL/OC 4" Type 1 handstamp & red "NEWBURGH/OCT/21/N.Y." CDS

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