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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.

     
    May 25: Stamps and Postal History of Tibet, by Alan Warren. A journey through the postal documentation of this strange country, beginning with pre-stamp mail of the 19th century. Stops along the way include the British presence, the brief Chinese occupation in the early 1900s and their stamps, the British-Indian post offices, the three native stamp issues of Tibet, back of the book issues, and the literature of Tibet philately. The material extends up to the 1950s when Communist China took over Tibet’s postal services. Some of the Tibet rarities will be shown as well as examples from interesting correspondences including Francis Younghusband, Sven Hedin, and Major Bailey.
              

    June 8: A Brief History of T. Kensett & Co., Food Packers and the U.S. Private Die Proprietary Canned Fruit Revenue Stamp they Briefly Issued in 1867., also Featuring an Update to the 1994 Census of Known #RP1a Stamps. By Charles J. DiComo, PhD
    The Kensett Canned Fruit stamp #RP1a has been one of the more popular U.S. Private Die Proprietary Revenue stamps due to its design, the limited quantity issued (528,000) and its narrow use over a two month period in early 1867 before the tax on meats, shell-fish, fruits and vegetables was repealed on March 1, 1867. Dr. DiComo discovered and acquired a choice Kensett & Co. Canned Fruit stamp which sparked his interest in exploring the history of the Company as well as to revisit the 1994 Aldrich Census of existing RP1a copies available to collectors. Presented here is the initiation of that investigation. Four additional copies have been identified thus far, bringing the new 2022 Census to 31. He believes more may exist in other collector’s hands yet to be shared. Additionally, it is worth mentioning that this first attempt at a digital image census puts a “face” on the phrase “most are faulty”, so often attached to many Private Die Proprietary stamps. In effect, most of the 31 copies illustrated are faulty to some extent, less his most recent find.
        

    June 22: Mexican Express Company Envelopes, by Dick Colberg.
     

    July 13: “USS Local,” by Ron Breznay. This presentation is about covers from U.S. Navy ships that are named after places in the Wilkes-Barre area. Ron was born in Wilkes-Barre and lived in one suburb or another for most of his life. He became interested in these naval covers after he did an eBay search for Wilkes-Barre items and came across a USS Wilkes-Barre cover. He then started adding USS Pennsylvania covers and became inspired to look into just how many ships are named after local places, such as the Susquehanna River and the Appalachian Mountains. The presentation shows not only covers but also shows photos of the ships and gives information about the ships.
     

    July 27: The American Philatelic Society (APS) and the State of the Hobby, by Scott English.
     

  • August 10, Society Picnic, Freedom Memorial Park, Millersville, PA
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    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
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    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
     
    November 9: “Elie Beatty – Cashier of Hagerstown Bank, 1807-1859, by Steve Kennedy
     
    November 23: Still Available
     

    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

    May 15: Member Outdoor Bourse at Freedom Memorial Park, Millersville, PA. A time to meet & greet, arrange & settle your private treaties with other members, and enjoy the time with friends in a safe environment.

    Table fees: $10. Two members may share a table at $5 each, but they must arrange this themselves and pay the $10 together (PSLC is not offering half tables). Dealers may pay at the door.
    Bourse opens for tire kickers at 10:00 AM, but Dealers may begin set up at 9:00 AM. Feel free to bring your own lunch & drinks. We ask that shoppers refrain from entering the bourse until 10:00 AM.

    Society give-away table opens at 10:30 AM. This will include philatelic magazines and other related items that are not quite up to the level of a door prize, but remain items who need good homes. The Club Member-Dealers list and many others who signed up to attend (non-dealers) thus far is: David Silcox; Bob Kotanchik; Bob Witkowsky; Scott Ney; Tony Coccio; Al Schaub; Robert Hinckley; Lucy Eyster; Michael Matus; Robert Kramer; George Younes; and the PSLC Table. If you have any questions, contact Paul Petersen via email (pcpetersen@comcast.net) or call +1 (717) 299-5640.
      
    June 19: 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 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
      
    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