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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 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 (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!

  • 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: Charles J. DiComo, PhD, PSLC & ESPHS President, 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

2020 REGIONAL SHOWS, EXHIBITIONS & GATHERINGS

  • 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: The First Two-Day Some Sunday Stamp Show, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Farm & Home Center, 1383 Arcadia Road, Lancaster, PA 17601. Masks please, distancing in play, no food or drinks being served. JUST STAMPS AND COVERS AND SUPPLIES! So bring your wallet and want lists. Participating Dealers: K2 Collectibles, L & R Stamps, Doug McCullough, Frank Soder, Hugh Clark, and Jack Zerby. For more info contact Kevin Kellman at k2stamps@gmail.com

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.

    January 12: French Balloon Mail, by Richard Colberg

     
    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.

  • 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: An Introduction to Revenue Collecting as Illustrated by Members, led by Petersen & DiComo, PhD
  • April 14: Revenues: Carte-de-Vistas, 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 PDF Mini-Icon
  • 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: OPEN DATE.
  • June 9: The FDR Stamp Collection and Estate Auction, by Paul Petersen
  • June 23: OPEN DATE.
  • July 14: OPEN DATE.
  • July 28: OPEN DATE.
  • August 11: Summer Picnic, Memorial Park, Millersville, PA
  • August 25: OPEN DATE.
  • September 8: OPEN DATE.
  • 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 Annual Meeting, Open House & Exhibition
  • December TBD: December Holiday Dinner

2022 SOCIETY PROGRAMS

  • 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

  • MEETING LOCATION

    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

    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.

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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.