Philatelic Society of Lancaster County
The James Buchanan Chapter #173 of the American Philatelic Society
Chapter #118 of the American Topical Association
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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.
2020 SOCIETY PROGRAMS
For the remainder of 2020, the PSLC will 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 (email@example.com) 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!
- September 23: Ann Byerly, ATA Chapter Coordinator on Nurse Philatelic Stories. We are seeing the many sacrifices being made as we endure the current Corona virus pandemic, and among those on the front line are the nurses. Ann will share stories behind the nurses on stamps as a thematic collector. It is her thank you to all the healthcare workers for their service. Ann is the ATA Chapter Coordinator, writing the Chapter Chatter column in each issue of Topical Time. PSLC is reviewed each month based on the information in our newsletters. Charles J. DiComo, PhD shall follow with a short presentation on The 1893 2¢ Columbian “Broken Hat” Plate Varieties This shall then be followed by our most popular Show & Tell.
- October 14: David Hunt, President of the Reading Stamp Collectors Club and Treasurer/Auction Director of the Errors, Freaks, and Oddities Collectors Club, or simply the EFOCC on Great Britain Stamped to Order Stationary & Royal Household Official Mail. He’ll show the covers with the special markings and cancels. A regular presenter to our meetings, many recall Dave’s informative Powerpoint presentation last year on the engraved stamps of Czeslaw Slania. These presentations look closely at some aspects of postal activity in the UK. Followed by Show & Tell.
- October 28: Bob Kotanchik, An Introduction to the Machin Issues of Great Britain. This is one of the longest running worldwide definitive stamp issues, one that began in 1964. How did these get started? Who designed them? How are colours picked? How can one be told from another? If security precautions are used, what are they? What makes these stamps such an interesting issue to collect? It’s all here. Followed by Show & Tell.
- November 11: David Hunt, President of the Reading Stamp Collectors Club on Pilgrim-400: The 400th Anniversary of the Landing at Plymouth Rock. Followed by Show & Tell.
- November 25: Mike Bach, Wilkins-Ellsworth 1931: Ill-fated Expedition to the North Pole by Submarine Nautilus. Followed by Show & Tell.
- December 9: Paul Petersen, The FDR Philatelic Estate Auctions. Followed by Show & Tell.
- December 23: OPEN DATE
2020 REGIONAL SHOWS, EXHIBITIONS & GATHERINGS
- October 2-4: SESCAL 2020, The 76th Annual Stamp Exhibition of Southern California. Click HERE for more information. SESCAL with also host the First Annual Literature Exhibition of Philatelic Articles. Click HERE for more information on how to submit your articles related to the collection and study of postage stamps and stationery, postal history, revenue stamps and stamped paper, Cinderella stamps and associated specialized fields.
- October 26-30: 2020 Virtual Postal History Symposium, Hosted by the USPCS in partnership with the National Postal Museum, the American Philatelic Research Library, and the American Philatelic Society. Attendees will have direct access to the U.S. Philatelic Classics Society website to many of the best exhibits of classic material, including some recently added specifically for this event.
The confirmed Speakers are as follows: Scott Trepel – Keynote Speaker: Postal Innovation of the Classic Era; Diane DeBlois and Robert Dalton Harris: The “Special” Postalization of Locale; William DeWitt: Evolution of Intercity Mail Transportation Modes 1840-1880: Insights from Postmaster General Annual Reports; Gordon Eubanks: Postal History of the Issue of 1847; Fred Gregory: Government Post in Hawaii: Creation and Reform – 1849 – 1859; Patricia Kaufmann: Confederate States of America: Postal Innovation During the Civil War; Yamil Kouri: U.S. Post Riders in Spanish West Florida, 1801-1810; Ken Lawrence: Mails of Navassa Island, the Original Overseas United States Possession, 1876-1898; Jim Milgram: Early Railroads Carry the Mail; Tim O’Connor: Rise of the American Post 1639-1776; William Schultz: Toll Gates & Toll Houses: Assistance or Hindrance for Mail Delivery Modes; Mark Schwartz: The New York Postmaster Provisional; Steve Walske: Blazing Trails for the Westward Expansion. As further activities, scheduling, and registration for the Symposium become finalized, they will be announced on both the Postal History Symposium page and the USPCS website.
- December 19 & 20: Lancaster Some Saturday & Sunday Stamp Show. Farm & Home Center, 1383 Arcadia Rd, Lancaster PA, 17601. Contact Kevin Kellman at (301) 524-9562
2021 SOCIETY PROGRAMS
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
- January 13: Winter Club Auction. For more information, visit Auction Instructions. Download the Auction Lot Form HERE.
- February 10: 1890: The Jubilee Celebrations of the Penny Post, by Michael Bach
- 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. Followed by Show & Tell.
- March 10: The U.S. 1933 Byrd Antarctic Issue: Production, First Day and Other Uses, by Alan Warren.
- March 24: OPEN DATE
- April 14: Exploring Postal History, by Bill Schultz
- April 23-24: 36th LANCOPEX Stamp Show & Exhibition, at the Farm & Home Center of Lancaster, 1383 Arcadia Road, Lancaster, PA, 17601. Show hours: Friday, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM; Saturday, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Free Admission, Parking and Wi-Fi. For more details, click HERE. Click for
- May 12: Canada’s Roll in Union & Confederate Postal Cross-Border Mail during the U.S. Civil War, Ron Majors
- May 26: Banking in the Village of Pawling, NY and Surrounding Townships as told through Postal History, Bank Checks, Currency, Revenue Stamps and Postal Cards: 1849–1929, by Charles J. DiComo, PhD, President PSLC & ESPHS.
- June 9: Spring Club Auction. For more information, visit Auction Instructions. Download the Auction Lot Form HERE
- July 14: U.S. International Philatelic Expos, Part II, Paul Petersen
- August TBD: Summer Picnic, Memorial Park, Millersville, PA
- September 8: Fall Club Auction. For more information, visit Auction Instructions. Download the Auction Lot Form HERE
- October 13: OPEN DATE
- November 10: Annual Meeting, Open House & Exhibition
- December TBD: December Holiday Dinner
January 27: The Map Stamps of Panama, by John Howker. These detailed map stamps originated in Columbia and then changed issuance to Panama when the latter gained its independence. This was shortly followed by the demarcation of the Canal Zone across the isthmus in preparation for the construction of the Panama Canal. As a new country, Panama used existing map stamps of Columbia and overprinted then in 1904 with both ‘Panama’ and ‘Canal Zone’. Other renditions followed for the next two years. Various overprints were used during this period, and they varied by city. Bio: John Howker is the Treasurer of the Brandywine Valley Stamp Club and Chairman of the the club’s DELPEX Committee, their annual stamp show.
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 email@example.com for more info
DIRECTIONS TO MEETING LOCATION
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.
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.