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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.

    August 11: Society Summer Picnic. Where: Millersville Memorial Park, Millersville, PA. When: Festivities start at 6:00 PM. Weather: Rain or shine. Cost: There is no charge to members and guests. Food: With ‘Covid’ still lingering, we will not be grilling as in the past. So please bring your own food and towel and/or tablecloth. Facilities: Clean restrooms with sinks are attached to the facility. A sink is also available in the pavilion. There will be antibacterial soap and paper towels for your convenience to wash up as needed.

    Activities: Bring your shopping bags as you will go home loaded! The club has received many donations, and you are all to be the beneficiaries. There is the good, the bad, and the ugly. These will be placed in three classifications of items. (1) Silent Auction: This will include covers, albums, supplies, box lots, and much more. All proceeds will go to the club. Please bring your own pen for writing your bids. (2) Door Prizes: These will be the quality of those items typically available at our former in-person meetings. They will include similar items to those in the auction but will be of lesser value. There is some good stuff here. (3) Giveaways: This includes pre-owned philatelic magazines and catalogs, oddball stuff, a few slightly damaged items, lesser valuable supplies, and other philatelic material Covid-19: Covid remains. You know the signs and symptoms verbatim! So if you are feeling sick, have a headache, loss of taste, fever, etc., please stay home. And masks will be worn by all participants except when eating. Try to distance from others. If you forget your mask, club masks will be on sale for $5.00.

    Directions to the Park: Driving west into Millersville from Lancaster on 999, the Park is on the north side of 999 (Manor Ave.) just west of the intersection of George Street with 999. A landmark is John Herr’s Market. The park is just behind this supermarket. Also, across the street from the park is El Toro Barbacoa, formerly the Barn Door Restaurant. We’ll be meeting in Pavilion-A, the big one just down the hill and on the left. Park right behind the pavilion in the large adjacent lot. For those technically savvy, search via Google or other engine for 9 Blue Rock Road, Millersville, and the park is right behind this location.
     
    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.
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    September 22: The DC-4 Skymaster Issue., by Tom Nichols. The presentation chronicles the in-flight image of the DC-4 SkyMaster plane that was used in the design of one of the longest running series of airmail stamps and stationery ever issued in the postal history of the United States. It appeared on more than 20 types of postal material issued in a twelve year period between 1946 and 1958. Over 7.2 billion stamps as well as tens of millions of stationery envelopes and Air Letters were issued making the iconic image one of the most recognized airmail designs of all time.
     

    October 13: The Proprietary Tax of 1898: Provisionals, Battleships, Cancels, Private Die Stamps, and Facsimiles., by Ronald Lesher. A look at the Spanish-American War proprietary tax on patent medicines, perfumes, chewing gum, and wine. The haste with which the tax was passed and the need to distribute stamps nationwide brought about some provisional tax stamps in several parts of the country. Internal Revenue again permitted companies to submit designs to the Bureau of Engraving & Printing for tax stamps used only by that company. These private dies were a natural marketing plus and a number of the companies continued to use a facsimile of these designs after the tax was eliminated.
     

  • 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
      

    September 11: A Saturday Fall Stamp Show & Bourse held by the Capital City Philatelic Society. Held at the Lower Swatara Firehouse, 1350 Fulling Mill Road, Middletown, PA 17057 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Dealers and others interested can contact Mike Marino at mikelmarino923@gmail.com. There will be stamps, covers and postcards and philatelic supplies. Free stamps for youth – our effort to get young people interested in collecting. Parking is easy and free; free admission and food will be available.
      

    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 13:
  • 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.
     

  • May 11:
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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

2022 REGIONAL SHOWS, EXHIBITIONS & GATHERINGS

    February 12-13: 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 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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