Philatelic Society of Lancaster County

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

Welcome – Enjoy your Visit!

The Philatelic Society of Lancaster County (PSLC) is an award-winning, non-profit community organization dedicated to promoting stamp collecting as a hobby for education and fun, from the teenager to adult, from the beginner to postal historian, serving members from Lancaster, Lebanon, Reading, York, Harrisburg, Hershey, Allentown and beyond. For Membership Benefits and/or to become a member, click JOIN US.


We are planning in 2021 to hold Virtual Bi-Monthly Meetings, which shall begin promptly at 6:30 PM and run for ~90 minutes via Zoom video conferencing. For details to attend these meetings please contact Paul Petersen via email (pcpetersen@comcast.net) or call +1 (717) 299-5640. We usually hold a brief business meeting led by President DiComo, followed by our keynote speaker(s) and a Show & Tell, where Members & Guests can share in a few minutes their favorite stamp, cover, or other philatelic item(s) and take a question or two. We look forward to seeing you! And it is never too late to start planning ahead – speakers are requested. Please contact Paul Petersen.

    February 24: The Providence, R.I. Pre-Mailing Control Marking on the U.S. 3 Cent 1851-57 Stamp, by Charles J. DiComo, PhD, President of PSLC & ESPHS. The re-discovery nearly 20 years ago of a number of covers and adhesives led to a re-examination of what had previously been termed a silent precancel on the U.S. 3¢ stamp, 1851-57 Issue. The adhesives have either a single horizontal and/or vertical ruled line (or both) in black pencil and/or red pencil (or both) spanning the stamp from edge to edge. An examination of over 600 Providence covers (and many more stamps) from 1851 through 1860 and the discovery of thirteen year-dated covers confirmed the period of use as April 1855 to October 1857. These control marked 3¢ adhesives were post-cancelled with the Providence, RI CDS and accepted for postage at the Providence PO. Brown University appears to be a main “account” holder, with other prominent businesses and families partaking, e.g.: Corliss Steam Engine Co.; H.F. Walling Publishers; Slade; Comstock; Steere, et al. This original research and remarkable story of ingenuity at the Providence, RI Post Office can now be shared. The lecture shall be followed by our ever-popular Show & Tell

  • March 10: The U.S. 1933 Byrd Antarctic Issue: Production, First Day and Other Uses, by Alan Warren.
  • March 24: An Introduction to Revenue Collecting as Illustrated by Members, led by Petersen & DiComo, PhD
  • April 14: Revenues: Carte-de-Vistas, by Bill Schultz
  • April 28: “Doc, I need a drink”: Events and Revenues Leading to the Prohibition, Ron Lesher.
  • May 12: Canada’s Roll in Union & Confederate Postal Cross-Border Mail during the U.S. Civil War, Ron Majors.
  • May 26: Mail Wrappers: An Introduction, Foreign & Domestic, by Cemil Betanov.
  • June 9: OPEN DATE.
  • June 23: Livermore and Knight-Printed Matter Advertising Cards: 1890-1919, by Bob Toal.
  • July 14: The Use of the 1847 Issue in Boston, by Mark Schwartz.
  • July 28: OPEN DATE.
  • August 11: Summer Picnic, Memorial Park, Millersville, PA (Confirmed)
    August 25: Jamestown 1907, by Roger Brody. The presentation gives the historical background and the development, production and use of the three-stamp issue celebrating the 300th Anniversary of the 1607 English settlement of Jamestown, Virginia. In early 1903, the Virginia Historical Society petitioned the Post Office Department to issue special stamps to commemorate the Jamestown founding in conjunction with the 1907 Tercentennial Exposition on the shores of Hampton Roads, Virginia. Unlike previous fairs, the exposition had a strong military presence and international naval participation. In October 1906, the Post Office Department agreed to issue 1¢ and 2¢ Jamestown commemorative stamps to meet the domestic postcard and letter rates, respectively. In March 1907, a month before the Exposition opening, with the expected assemblage of foreign war ships, postal officials saw the need for a 5¢ stamp to meet the foreign postage letter rate.

  • September 8: Madison C.H., Fla., 3¢ 1861 Postmaster’s Provisionals – Study in Research, by Patricia Kauffman.
  • September 22: OPEN DATE.
  • October 13: U.S. International Philatelic Expos, Part II, Paul Petersen
  • October 27: Halloween Stamps and Postal History by David Hunt
  • November 10: Potentially our 2021 Annual Open House & One-Page Exhibits, Len Kasper & Paul Petersen.
  • December TBD: December Holiday Dinner


  • April 23 & 24 Some Sunday Stamp Show Two Day Show, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Farm & Home Center, 1383 Arcadia Road, Lancaster, PA 17601. For more info contact Kevin Kellman at k2stamps@gmail.com


  • January 12: Winter Club Auction. For more information, visit Auction Instructions. Download the Auction Lot Form HERE.
  • February
  • March
  • April 37th LANCOPEX Stamp Show & Exhibition
  • May
  • June: Spring Club Auction. For more information, visit Auction Instructions. Download the Auction Lot Form HERE
  • July
  • August Picnic
  • September: Fall Club Auction. For more information, visit Auction Instructions. Download the Auction Lot Form HERE
  • October
  • November
  • December


    The Crossings Meeting Room and/or High Conference Room at Landis Homes on 1001 East Oregon Road, Lititz, PA (Directions below).

    • The Society meets monthly on the 2nd Wednesday (except August).
    • Doors Open at 6:30 PM. Visitors Welcome!
    • Come Early to Share, Buy, Sell, and/or Trade.
    • Free Wi-Fi: Network = LHWIS; Password = landishomes07
    • Contact Paul Petersen at (717) 299-5640 or pcpetersen@comcast.net for more info


    Landis Homes is located on 1001 East Oregon Road, also known as Route 722. Route 722 runs in a somewhat East-West direction between the Lititz Pike (Route 501) and the Oregon Pike (Route 772). You can easily reach this facility from either direction.

    (1) From the North or the South via Lititz Pike: Take Lititz Pike (Rt. 501) toward Neffsville. Just 0.3 – 0.4 miles north of Neffsville is a traffic light at East Oregon Road (Rt. 722). Turn east, and it is two miles to Landis Homes, which is on the south side.
    (2) From the North or South via Rt. 222: Take exit for Oregon Pike (Rt. 272). On Oregon Pike, turn north for 0.3 miles. Turn left on Creek Road for 0.3 miles, and then left on Oregon Road. Landis Homes is about 0.8 miles on the south side.
    (3) Entering the Facility: Off Oregon Road there are three entrances to Landis Homes: an (1) East, (2) a West entrance, and (3) a middle or Main entrance. Enter here at the Main Entrance, the large building right in front of you is the Calvin and Janet High Learning and Wellness Center (this is the purple building on the map with #5 attached). Park here. The Crossings Meeting Room is on the second deck of this building, and is there is an elevator which you can take up one floor. The High Conference Room is on the first floor just past the front desk on your right.

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    Below are the driving directions from the Landis Homes website www.landishomes.org.

    From Lancaster: Take Route 501 North (Lititz Pike) through Neffsville. At traffic light, turn right onto East Oregon Road (Route 722 East). Continue 2 miles to Landis Homes entrances on the right.
    From Lititz: Go south on Route 501. About one mile past the Lancaster Airport turn left at traffic light onto Route 722 East (also known as East Oregon Road) and continue 2 miles to Landis Homes entrances on the right.
    From Harrisburg: Take Route 283 East, approximately 30 miles, which leads directly onto US Route 30 East. Follow Route 30 East to the Lititz Pike Exit (Route 501 North). At the stop light, turn left onto Route 501 North. Follow 501 North through Neffsville. At traffic light for East Oregon Road (Route 722 East) turn right. Continue 2 miles to Landis Homes entrances on the right.
    From Philadelphia: Take Reading exit (Old exit # 21, at mile post 286) off the PA turnpike at US 222 South towards Lancaster. Continue south on US 222 to the Brownstown Exit. Go right (Route 772 West) a short distance to Rt. 272, which is at a traffic light. Turn left onto Rt. 272 South for 1.8 miles and turn right onto Rt. 722, East Oregon Road. (Speedway gas station is at the intersection.) Continue 1 mile to Landis Homes entrances on the left.

    City of Lancaster, c1864
    City of Lancaster, circa 1864. David Rumsey Map Collection.