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.


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.

    April 28: “Doc, I need a drink”: Events and Revenues Leading to the Prohibition, Ron Lesher.
    This will feature the taxation of legal alcohol during National Prohibition. It will include some prescriptions for medicinal alcohol, sacramental wine, and industrial or non-beverage alcohol. The story of National Prohibition includes a chapter of one state that thought they could allow the sale of alcohol if they taxed it and another chapter on some efforts to discourage home brewing by taxing malt.

    May 12: Canada/British No. America (BNA)-Union and Confederate Postal Cross Border Correspondence during the U.S. Civil War, Ron Majors. The United States Civil War was an uneasy time of relationships between pre-Confederation Canada and both the Union and the Confederacy. The border was virtually open and there were Canadians living in both the Northern and the Southern States. However, once the war commenced, President Lincoln imposed a blockade of the Southern Coast and merchandize and mail to/from the South to Canada (and other countries) virtually stopped. Although mail from the Union and Union-occupied Southern cities was barely affected, there were only a few (and extremely difficult) methods where mail could be delivered to/from the South such as blockade runners, flag of truce, prisoner of war exchange, hand carried, etc. I will talk about how postal communications between Canada and the Union and Confederacy were affected before, during and after the war. Using illustrated and non-illustrated covers and letters, I will show the sentiment of the general public during this time as well typical and atypical means of correspondence that took place. In addition, over 50,000 Canadians fought in the war and communications by military personnel sent cross border and even within Canada/BNA helps to understand the more personal side of the War. Patriotism flourished during the Civil War and beautifully illustrated patriotic covers were an important symbol used to reflect support and many examples will be shown during this presentation.

    May 26: Mail Wrappers: An Introduction, Foreign & Domestic, by Cemil Betanov. Issued by the U.S. in 1861 and then in other countries, these wrappers, a form of postal stationary contained the franking and address space to practically convey the items through the mail stream. For collectors, there is alot to study from the postal history, paper types, indicia, printing houses, essays, watermarks, and many others. These can be hard to find intact, as they were often ripped and discarded. Early collectors cut the indicia from the wrapper.

    June 9: Niagara Falls and Philately, Rick Barrett. Enjoy a marvelous philatelic trip over Niagara Falls with Rick Barrett! He’ll guide us during a fun and fast-paced presentation which is especially attractive to stamp collectors, as well as those who enjoy a good travelogue. Rick will show us some interesting examples of The Falls on stamps, as well as postal history pertaining to Niagara. Plus, there’s some absolutely fantastic history that you won’t want to miss!”

  • 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: 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)
    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


  • 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
  • May 16: PSLC’s Inaugural Member’s Outdoor Sunday Bourse from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM at Millersville Memorial Park. It will be an outdoor but covered, Member’s Bourse. So sort through your doubles and all and get ready to deal to your fellow stamp collectors. And while you are at it, there will be a table selling items that have been donated to the club, so consider donating some of your lesser valued items at this event. And there will also be a second table for giveaways such as your stamp magazines and other items that may only have value to other club members and collectors. If you have any questions, or would like to sign up for a table, contact Paul Petersen at (717) 299-5640 or pcpetersen@comcast.net.
  • Click on the PDF for more info PDF Mini-Icon Inaugural Outdoor Sunday Bourse Details


    • 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
    • February 9:
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    • March 9:
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    • April 13:
    • April 22-23: 37th LANCOPEX Stamp Show & Exhibition. Stay tuned for more Information.
      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.

    • May 11:
    • May 25:
    • June 8: Spring Club Auction. For more information, visit Auction Instructions. Download the Auction Lot Form HERE
    • June 22:
    • July 13:
    • July 27:
    • August Picnic
    • September 14: Fall Club Auction. For more information, visit Auction Instructions. Download the Auction Lot Form HERE
    • September 28:
    • October 12:
    • October 26:
    • November 9:
    • November 23:
    • December 14:
    • December TBD: December Holiday Dinner


      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.

      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.