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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 south central PA, Northern Maryland and beyond. For Membership Benefits and/or to become a member, click JOIN US.



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 (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.

    June 23: Livermore and Knight-Printed Matter Advertising Cards: 1890-1919, by Bob Toal. Starting around 1892, this company produced some of the most creative and innovative advertising postcards ever. Themes on these stock cards were driven by prevailing newspaper headlines, timely social topics, or the holiday seasons. This overview will display various examples of the cards and the products they advertised. The one illustrated here is a First Day Issue of the blue 1¢ Columbian. These cards make great additions to topical collections and exhibits
     

  • July 14: The Use of the 1847 Issue in Boston, by Mark Schwartz.
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    July 28: Philately in the 21st Century, by Jesse Spector, MD. The Train has left the station. Are you onboard? When in the late 1990s I was encouraged by an ardent philatelist to resurrect the hobby of my youth, I returned to stamp collecting with a passion. Over a decade I built up extensive U.S., British North America, and Finland collections. Granted, quality was less a concern than filling up empty spaces. And oh, the pleasure of eclectic back of the book collecting. So, what then, with my pleasure at a high, was the seemingly concurrent paradox of membership in philatelic societies and clubs dropping, even precipitously, venerable publications barely surviving or going out of existence, and jam-packed aisles at philatelic shows often now but a distant memory. We all know the answer, albeit reluctantly accepted, that times change. George Bernard Shaw opined that “progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” Well then, if progress is inevitable, and that includes buggy whips, oil lamps, ice boxes and rug beaters going by the wayside, are certain avocations also on the chopping block. Let’s talk.
     

  • August 11: Summer Picnic, Memorial Park, Millersville, PA (Confirmed)
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    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: 2021 Annual Open House & One-Page Exhibits, hosted by Len Kasper & Paul Petersen. And Special Guest Alan Warren speaking on The U.S. 1933 Byrd Antarctic Issue: Production, First Day and Other Uses. This program is an overview of the 3-cent United States Little America stamp issued on October 9, 1933. The stamp marked the Second Antarctic Expedition of Richard E. Byrd and was intended to help defray expedition costs by offering the public the opportunity to prepare souvenir covers canceled at the Little America post office in Antarctica by charging a service fee of fifty cents plus the face value of the stamp. The program covers essays, a die proof, production, first day and other uses of the stamp.

  • December TBD: December Holiday Dinner

2021 REGIONAL SHOWS, EXHIBITIONS & GATHERINGS

  • August 8: Some Sunday Stamp Show 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Farm & Home Center, 1383 Arcadia Road, Lancaster, PA 17601. Table fee is $120 for 8 feet “L’s” (8″ front & 8″ side) with an 8″ back table. Setup starts 8:00 AM. For more information, contact Kevin Kellman at k2stamps@gmail.com
  • August 12-15: APS Great American Stamp Show, Chicagopex 2021. At the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N River Road, Rosemont, IL, 60018. Hosted by the American Philatelic Society, American Topical Association, and American First Day Cover Society. Sponsored by the United States Postal Service. Show Highlights: 75+ Dealers; Cachet Makers Bourse; 500+ Frames of Exhibits & Three of America’s Rarest Postal Items; Meetings & Seminars. For More Information click HERE
  • October 11: Some Sunday Stamp Show 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Farm & Home Center, 1383 Arcadia Road, Lancaster, PA 17601. Table fee is $120 for 8 feet “L’s” (8″ front & 8″ side) with an 8″ back table. Setup starts 8:00 AM. For more information, contact Kevin Kellman at k2stamps@gmail.com
  • December 18 & 19: YES, a 2-day Some Sunday (& Saturday) Stamp Show 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Farm & Home Center, 1383 Arcadia Road, Lancaster, PA 17601. Table fee is $120 for 8 feet “L’s” (8″ front & 8″ side) with an 8″ back table. Setup starts 8:00 AM. For more information, contact Kevin Kellman at k2stamps@gmail.com

2022 SOCIETY PROGRAMS

  • January 12: Winter Club Auction. For more information, visit Auction Instructions. Download the Auction Lot Form HERE.
  • January 26: Early French Definitive Stamps, by Larry Rosenblum
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  • April 22-23: 37th LANCOPEX Stamp Show & Exhibition. Stay tuned for more Information.
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    April 27: A Thematic Collection on the International Geophysical Year, 1957-58, by Rob Sternberg. The International Geophysical Year, the scientific year of 1957-1958 was an ambitious and successful cooperative enterprise by scientists from of sixty-seven nations who agreed to observe the earth’s surface while taking measurements with the state of the art instruments of the earth’s changing characteristics across the globe. They desired to then compile and analyze this descriptive data for its value in projecting future trends in the earth’s surface as it applies to a host of other sectors such as space and undersea exploration, for example. Geophysicist Rob Sternberg will tell the story of the IGA thought his stamps, covers, and other related ephemera.
     

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  • June 8: Spring Club Auction. For more information, visit Auction Instructions. Download the Auction Lot Form HERE
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  • July 27:
  • August Picnic
  • September 14: Fall Club Auction. For more information, visit Auction Instructions. Download the Auction Lot Form HERE
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  • December 14:
  • December TBD: December Holiday Dinner



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