Photo Journal

Philatelic Society of Lancaster County

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

Society Photo Journal

This page houses digital images and photos of Society events through the years, e.g, the Annual Dinner, Members Meetings, Guest Lecturers and other events. Check back often. If you have digital images to contribute, please email Dr. Charles J. DiComo at charlesdicomo@gmail.com.

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2018 Society Picnic at Memorial Park
On August 8th the Philatelic Society of Lancaster County held its Annual Picnic at Memorial Park in Millersville, PA. There were over 40 members and guests, the weather was sunny and warm, with great food, drink and conversation. And nothing like a Scott #39 – 90 Cent sheet cake… Thank you to all that attended and volunteered with set-up, cooking and breakdown!


2018 Dr. Paul Petersen discussing the ATA, Topicals and Thematic Collecting
On May 9th, we were treated to a presentation prepared by Vera Felts, Executive Director of the American Topical Association, of which your Society is ATA Chapter #118. Vera unfortunately could not attend and sent her regards. In her stead, our very own Dr. Paul Petersen skillfully and entertainingly delivered the lecture on the State Symbols of Pennsylvania on Stamps. I know we have many club members who already specialize in a variety of subjects – it is very rewarding as well as challenging. The extent of collecting areas is limitless. Now is the time – just pick your favorite subject or theme and forge ahead! And while you are at it, consider joining the ATA.


2018 Chester County Historical Society (CCHS) Lecture Series
What follows are select images from the Chester County Historical Society’s Lecture Series and Philatelic Exhibition that ran from December 2017 through April 2018. On April 14, 2018, 35+ attendees were enlightened by pre-eminent Postal Historian and award-winning Champion of Champions Philatelic Exhibitor Dr. John Barwis on The Rise and Fall of Philadelphia Area’s Pre-Eminence as a Postal Communication Center. An amazing journey through history and what a way to close out the You’ve Got Mail Series. Enjoy!


2018 Chester County Historical Society (CCHS) Exhibition Highlights
From December 2017 through April 2018, the Chester County Historical Society (CCHS) held a seminal Philatelic Lecture Series called “You’ve Got Mail” in West Chester, PA. This was made possible by our friend Bill Schultz, longtime Exhibitor, Accredited APS Judge and Board member of the American Association of Philatelic Exhibitors.

In addition, Bill co-curated a first of its kind CCHS Philatelic Exhibition with items donated from the philatelic community. Also on display for the first time in nearly 80 years was the exhibit of Robert Brinton (1888-1946) of the Westtown School Local Post, containing 101 such examples. In 1941, this won the Grand Award at the 9th Annual Exhibition “Y” Stamp Club, Wilmington, DE and was re-discovered by Bill Schultz at the CCHS.

Here we show a few of the key items from this amazing Exhibition. Thank you again for generous donations and efforts of all involved, especially Bill Schultz.


2018 Renown Postal Historian and Exhibitor Bill Schultz Visits the PSLC
On April 10th, 2018 the PSLC was informed and entertained by renowned postal historian Bill Schultz. He addressed the pros and cons of grading philatelic exhibits using a newly revised numeric system. Bill discussed the background for developing such a rating system and assess how it has fared after 15 months in place. Is it good news or bad news?

Bill has been an exhibitor since the early 1960’s and has served as an accredited APS judge for many years. Most recently he was elected to the Board of Directors of the American Association of Philatelic Exhibitors, just recognition for his service in this area. Many in PSLC are familiar with Bill for his role in curating the outstanding postal history exhibit at the Chester County Historical Society (CCHS) with its corresponding program of world class speakers and researchers entitled “You’ve Got Mail.” This was a series of eight presentations examining the many fascinating aspects of postal history, which began in December 2017 and ran through April 2018.

While most collectors do not exhibit competitively, this activity is an important element of the hobby, helping collectors learn and view new material. While some think that exhibiting is all about deep pockets, it does not always have to be. As important is the research into the printing and other production issues, policy making, postal history and geography, routes & rates, and so much more. Along with dealers and collectors, exhibitors form the three-legged stool of philately, which is so necessary for advancement.


2018 Chester County Historical Society (CCHS) Lecture Series
What follows are a few select images from the Chester County Historical Society’s Lecture Series and Philatelic Exhibition that ran from December 2017 through April 2018. On March 24, 2018, 40+ attendees of all ages were entertained by preeminent U.S. Postal Historian and Award-winning Exhibitor Robert G. Rose, Esq., who regaled us with an overview of United States Mails from its earliest days without stamps, otherwise known as the Stampless Era. An amazing journey through history. Enjoy!


2018 APS Executive Director Scott English pays a Visit to the PSLC
On March 14th, 2018, the PSLC welcomed Scott English, Executive Director of the American Philatelic Society (APS) to our monthly membership meeting as part of his #StampTour2018. We thank him for visiting (and his lovely wife Kendra) and for a great meal, dynamic conversation, an informative presentation, Q&A session and the APS neck tie which will be worn with pride. We are proud to be the James Buchanan Chapter of the APS, actively participating in the new direction Scott and his team are taking the hobby. We even signed up a few of our members to the APS. Scott is also a PSLC member and is always welcome back.


2018 Chester County Historical Society (CCHS) Lecture Series
What follows are a few select images from the Chester County Historical Society’s Lecture Series and Philatelic Exhibition that ran from December 2017 through April 2018. On January 20, 2018, 50+ attendees of all ages were entertained by the preeminent U.S. Colonial Postal Historian Dr. Timothy O’Connor (as Dr. Benjamin Franklin) who regaled us with an overview of the American Postal System from its earliest days up to the Revolution. An amazing journey through history. Enjoy!


2017 Annual Holiday Dinner
What follows are a few select images from the Society 2017 Annual Holiday Dinner for Members, Guests and Friends. A great time was a had by all, with an excellent cocktail hour and sit down meal; a gift exchange; an award ceremony; a thank you to our outgoing President Doug Milliken for a job well done; a keynote speaker; and the presentation of the 2018 Society Officers. We hope to see you next year!



In Memoriam: A few days before LANCOPEX 2017, we reported with great sadness the passing of Jack Ott, longtime philatelist, stamp and cover dealer and appraiser. He was loved and respected by all that knew him. The PSLC will miss his smile and funny stories. We send our condolences to his family and many friends.


2010 Annual Holiday Dinner
Some great photos from the Society archive, club members and friends at the 2010 Annual Holiday Dinner. From the look of it, all are having a great time.


1997 Society Meeting Private Sale
On September 11, 1997 the Philatelic Society of Lancaster County (PSLC) at the club hosted the sale of a private collection through Marilyn Shirley to members and friends.

1997 Club Meeting Private Sale
Pictured L->R: Mark King, Donna Devine, John Ford, Bill Greiner, Dick Colberg, Linda Kurtz, Trudy Greiner, Bob Stevenson, Ben Heller, Dick Shafer, Don Weber, Jim Boyles, Mary Husson, Reid Slick, Pete Billis, Marilyn Shirley, Mike Shirley, & Lucy Eyster.