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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.

For existing members who want to renew their membership for 1 or more years, and/or to make a donation to support all of our Society activities, you can use PayPal-Friends & Family, by remitting payment to President Charles J. DiComo, PhD at charlesdicomo@gmail.com and denote reason for payment, your name and now many years in the Notes section.



2022 SOCIETY PROGRAMS

We are planning to hold Virtual Bi-Monthly Meetings until further notice, 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.

      
    August 24, Toledos of the World, by Dave Plunkett. Dave will present and discuss a compendium of postmarks, maps, PPCs, aerial views, photos, vintage documents, covers, and local post office images of the cities named Toledo in the U.S. and other foreign countries.

     
    September 14: Postal History Research Resources, by Steve Kennedy
     
    September 28: “Pure Adulteration”, by Ron Lesher. A revenue study on the federal taxation to enforce the safety of our food supply prior to the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906. This includes oleomargarine, process or adulterated butter, mixed flour, filled cheese, and meat inspection. States enacted inspection fees on fertilizer and cattle feed for similar reasons. Various revenue issues, covers, hand stamps, and other documents and ephemera will be examined.

     
    October 12: “Half-A-Program” (inspired by “The Half-A-Collection” exhibited by Clyde Jennings), by David Hunt. A brief survey of the 1/2-cent stamps of the U.S. Between 1925 and 1959 the U.S. Post Office Department issued ten different stamps denominated 1/2-cent, divided equally between definitive stamps and postage due stamps. The “Half-A-Program” will also include a look at the 1/2-cent stamps of the Canal Zone.
             

    October 26: “My Grandfather was a Postmaster”, by Rick Barrett. For years there has been a fascinating story that in the 1920s, Grandpa Barrett was a postmaster in a tiny fishing and hunting town in Ontario, Canada. Yet after years of wondering, several interesting documents confirming his appointment finally surfaced in some family estate materials. Grandson Rick Barrett will show these remarkable official documents, along with a number of very interesting philatelic items and other visuals, and talk of family-related postal history. Join us for a captivating and enjoyable personal tale which combines ancestry with stamp collecting.
         

    November 9: “Elie Beatty – Cashier of Hagerstown Bank, 1807-1859”, by Steve Kennedy
     
    November 23: “Overview of Semi-Postal Stamps of the Philippine Islands”, by George D. Hauber, Sr. Come Join us for an evening with member, collector, and PowerPoint Master, George Hauber as he shares this country’s semi-postal stamps, each one with a with a surcharge to support a cause to maintain and enhance life on the Philippine Islands. The stamps tell of the 1519 discovery of the Philippines by Magellan followed by Spanish occupation, a discovery that also demonstrated that the world was round. The Spanish American War led to U.S. Administration until 1935. Shortly afterwards, WWII led to Japanese Occupation. Here the semi-postals supported the campaign to produce and conserve food and aid the Red Cross. A 1943 issue benefited the victim of the major flood on Luzon. Following the war came support for damaged libraries, war widows, children, orphans, and disabled veterans. Later semi-postals supported the Tuberculosis Society. This is a very telling story of a nation that survived many challenges and then thrived, and all this is seen in a host of beautiful stamp issues.
     

    December 14: “Why Postcards Matter”, by Dawn Hamman. This presentation is about the importance of the PPC in Rural America and the U.S. Post Office at the turn of the 19th Century.
     
    December 28: “Blood Donation on Stamps and Covers”, by Ken Martin


2022 REGIONAL SHOWS, BOURSES & GATHERINGS

    August 28: 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
      

    September 24: Capital City Philatelic Society Fall Stamp Show & Bourse. Location: Lower Swatara Firehouse, 1350 Fulling Mill Rd., Middletown, PA 17057. Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM; Food Available; Easy Parking; Free Admission. Dealers with stamps, covers, postcards, philatelic supplies, hinges, tongs, mounts, albums, etc. FREE stamps for youths – our effort to get young people interested in collecting stamps! Directions: From I-81: Take I-83 South to I-283 (to Airport/Turnpike), then I-283 East toward Lancaster. Get off Union Street Exit, turn left onto north Union Street. At Fulling Mill Rd., turn left, continue to Firehouse. From the west, take I-83 North to I-283 (Airport/Turnpike), then continue to follow the above. See you there!

      
    October 9: 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 16-17: 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
      


2023 SOCIETY PROGRAMS

It is never too late to start planning for 2023. For details to present on your favorite topic and/or to attend these meetings, please contact Paul Petersen via email (pcpetersen@comcast.net) or call +1 (717) 299-5640.

    January 11: TBA
     
    January 25: “British Inland Airmail, 1933 to 1955.” By Mike Bach
     
    February 8: TBA
     
    February 22: TBA
     
    March 8: TBA
     
    March 22: “The 2022 Europa Issues: Myths and Legends.” By Ron Breznay
     
    April 12, 2023: “Dining Cars-Epicurean Pleasure on the Rails.” By Bill Schultz. George Pullman introduced the first railroad dining cars in 1868. These were largely passenger cars with a kitchen, cooking facilities, seating, and the serving of good meals. Bill has collected picture postcards of these dining cars for over 30 years, and recently has turned them into an award-winning exhibit. He will tell the story of this bygone era of fine dining on the railroads. He points out the progression of railroad dining car design as well as the evolution of PPCs across the twentieth century. This period also reflects the social class struggle of the times. Bill will describe meal preparation, table settings, breakfast, lunch, dinner, desert, and display additional related ephemera such as menus and other items. Most postcards are pre-1935, and 90% are U.S. dining cars. Pictured nearby is an 1898 stereographic image of an Erie Railroad dining car interior.
     
    April 26: TBA
     
    May 10: TBA
     
    May 24: TBA
     

2023 REGIONAL SHOWS, BOURSES & GATHERINGS

    February 12: 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
      
    June 18: 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 27: 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
      
    October 29: 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 16-17: 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