Philatelic Society of Lancaster County
The James Buchanan Chapter #173 of the American Philatelic Society
Chapter #118 of the American Topical Association
Meetings Archive & Photo Journal
This page summarizes Society events through the years, e.g, Holiday Dinners, Club Meetings, Guest Lecturers, Picnics, Stamp Shows, etc. If you have images to share, please contact Dr. Charles J. DiComo.
On November 22, 2023, ~30 members and guests joined us via Zoom to hear Scott Ney present on “The Peak of Post-Great War Hyperinflation in Germany and Eastern Europe.” One hundred years ago this month saw the climax of the most infamous bout of hyperinflation to occur in modern history. Surprisingly, there were worse cases of inflation to come, sometimes after war (Hungary in the aftermath of World War II) and sometimes after major social and political upheaval (Eastern Europe after the fall of the USSR). The stamps that document the post-war inflation in Germany are very common; but one aim of the presentation demonstrated, with the help of readily available resources, that they are very collectable as well. The presentation also showed how numismatic and other non-philatelic contexts can provide collectors with a deeper understanding of the time in which they were issued. After a Q&A session, Paul Petersen gave an overview of the Society December Dinner and the Buy, Sell, & Trade session that would follow. Hope to see you all on December 13.
On November 8, 2023 40+ members and guests joined us at Landis Homes for our in-person bi-monthly meeting. Dr. DiComo welcomed all and shared the great news on the 2023 APS Star Route Competition, where the Society website was honored with a Large Gold and was the Grand Champion, along with a Vermeil for our Editor Paul Petersen and the PSLC Newsletter. A busy bourse was also in full session throughout the evening with many items finding new homes. . This was followed by a brief Society auction (thank you bidders!), the Treasurer, Secretary, and Membership Chair reports, along with our ever-popular door prizes (everyone picked up an item for their collection). Following a short break, where attendees were able to enjoy beverages and homemade brownies and lemon bars from the Kasper’s, we moved the main event.
Our President, Dr. Charles J. DiComo lectured on The Development of Perforations on U.S. Postage Stamps by Toppan, Carpenter, Casilear & Company: 1855-1857. Charles revisited the events preceding the purchase of the perforating machine by Toppan, Carpenter, Casilear & Co. (TCC); reviewed the inventors of the rotary perforating machine and the rouletting trial period by TCC with Perkins, Bacon and Bemrose in England; the conversion to a perforator by TCC, and the issuance of perforated 3¢ stamps in February 1857. Research has determined that examples of the stamp with a vertical line that looks like it was made with a felt-tip marker, are in fact proofs utilized during the perforation trials. The proofs are also on a thinner paper that distinguishes them from normal stamps. Charles’ never-ending research has been in progress for decades and is in tribute to his mentor W. Wilson Hulme, who pioneered this area and passed along his database and unpublished research prior to his passing in 2007. A dynamic Q&A session followed before the meeting adjourned.
On October 25, 2023, 40+ members and guests joined us via Zoom to hear one of our beloved storytellers, Rick Barrett, who shared one of his favorite topics “Only You Can Collect Smokey the Bear.” Yes, Rick returned once more with another great collecting story, a fun philatelic talk merging postal history, the U.S. Forestry Association, his promotional Cinderella stamps, and the story of Smokey Bear all in one! Rick shared his love for all three with us, while showing gems from the collection he has put together over the last 55 years. It was an eye-catching presentation, followed by Q&A and a short Show, Tell & Ask. See you next month on November 8, 2023 when Dr. DiComo will be presenting an update to his research entitled “The Development of Perforations on U.S. Postage Stamps by Toppan, Carpenter, Casilear & Company: 1855-1857.”
On October 11, 2023, ~32 members and guests joined up for our monthly in-person meeting at Landis Homes. We had a bourse, a club donation auction, a short biz meeting with Secretary & Treasurer Reports, updates on membership at 120 (and growing), our PSLC website, Facebook, and YouTube Channel. Dr. DiComo also mentioned the upcoming Stamp Shows in Lancaster, Allentown and Reading. We ended the biz meting with Door prizes – and everyone in the room walked away with something (Smile!)
Dr. DiComo then introduced friend and PSLC/RSCC member Mike Bach who spoke on “United Kingdom Airmail Service: 1933-1943”. This presentation depicted the story of the start of domestic airmail within the United Kingdom. In 1933 Imperial Airways (now British Airways) carried a substantial amount of mail around the world however zero was carried by air domestically even though there were many airlines throughout the United Kingdom. Why you may ask? The answer is the railways. However, it was to a railway company, The Great Western Railway Company specifically, to whom the Post Office turned to in 1933 start the first air letter service. After that there was a scramble, sanctioned and mostly non-sanctioned by HM Postmaster General to imitate this service. There were many failures but ultimately successes. All the stamps on the covers Mike showed are termed as “Cinderella’s” even though some were sanctioned by the Post Office. Most Mike showed are fairly common, but others are extremely rare. See you in two weeks on Zoom when Rick Barrett will present.
On September 27 members and guests joined online via Zoom to hear Mike Wilsn presetn on “A Prize Agent, a Naturalist, and a Navy Captain: A Penny Black Story”. Mike is primarily a collector of U.S. pre-1900 singles and U.S. postal history, but in early 2022 he acquired a folded letter from 1840 franked with a Penny Black (Great Britain Scott #1), the first adhesive postage stamp in history. As he delved into the letter’s contents, he uncovered three fascinating individuals that touched not only the history of Great Britain but the U.S. as well. His presentation described the journey he took to bring those three people to life.
Mike also wrote an article on this letter that was published in the 3rd quarter 2023 edition of Kelleher’s Stamp Collector’s Quarterly. The link to the article can be located HERE. Enjoy!
On September 13, 2023 the Society helds its Autumn Members Auction at Landis Homes with doors opening at 6:30 PM. There were 35 in attendance, with 30 bidders and 188 lots offered. We are pleased to announce that 57 sold with $456 in sales. The Society also raised $145 from donated materials.
We thank Aaron for calling the auction, our runners bringing winning lots to buyers, Lou & Mike for recording & reconciling, Len and team for food & refreshments, our regional Society friends for their club donations, and Paul for door prizes. We look forward to seeing you at our next event!
August 27: Thank you to the 6 Dealers and 50+ philatelists and postal historians that came out on a hot Sunday afternoon to the Farm & Home Center, 1383 Arcadia Road, Lancaster, PA 17601, to attend the August ‘23 K2 Lancaster Stamp Show.
Ran into many Society and affiliate Stamp Club members & friends who came from far & wide. Also acquired a nice selection of U.S. First Issue Revenues (double transfers & experimental silk paper varieties) and U.S. Private Die Proprietary Revenues (one still on its original wrapper – the scarce Himrod’s Asthma, Diphtheria & Common Cold Cure). Hope to see all in October. For more info on future shows, contact Kevin Kellman at email@example.com.
On August 23, ~44 members and guests joined us via Zoom for a lecture by Dick Colberg and Paul Petersen entitled Collecting Cinderella’s.
In Part-I, Paul explained the various definitions of Cinderella’s and how they are an important part of philately. Some of these are denominated while others are not. Some are listed in the Scott Catalogue, while others have catalogs of their own. With the latest exhibition rules, some Cinderella’s may be part of competitive exhibiting. He provided a survey of assorted Cinderella’s used for charity (i.e. Xmas Seals, TB stamps, and more), propaganda, souvenirs, advertising, promotion, commemoration, taxation, and many others. The prices of Cinderella’s range from well less than a dollar to thousands. Paul ended with a listing of pertinent websites especially designated for Cinderella collection. Enjoy: Collecting Cinderella’s, Part I.
In Part-II, Dick gave details and examples from his Cinderella collections, and discussed those that have denominations, including many that moved the mail and parcels. This includes steamship and railroad companies, local posts, along with other items related to the Spanish Civil War, Duck Stamps, the Pony Express, NASA, Rattlesnake Island, and the Baltimore Carriers. Dick showed that serious collecting of these items takes the same skill and diligence as any other stamp or postal history collection. Both presenters hoped that many in the audience will reexamine their Cinderella’s and work with them, and that some others may have seen something during the presentations that will ignite them into exploring a new collecting area. As RD Noble and Woody Hann always note “Collecting precancels is fun.” And the same can be said about Cinderella’s. Enjoy: Collecting Cinderella’s, Part II.
We then moved on to Show ‘n Tell: Ron Breznay shared the Ghosts Posts of Colorado; George Hauber on a Philippine stamp with ten (10) stamp numbers from 1935-1945 from Commonwealth thru Japanese occupation to Victory; Larry Rosenblum had a sheet of Cinderella’s used in 1912 on the 100th anniversary of Charles Dickens’ birth year to raise money for his family on hard times; and Tom Bowman had an interesting cover with the 5 cent rate to Hamburg, Germany using three imperfect one-cent Washington Franklins as a special issue.
On August 9 at 6:00PM the Society held its annual Picnic at Freedom Memorial Park in Millersville, PA. There were ~40 members and guests in attendance, with good food and drink, many door prizes, and a Buy, Sell & Trade event. Club donated items were also on sale to benefit the PSLC. We thank all those that officiated, cooked and cleaned up post-picnic. There were smiles all around with a great time was had by all. Hope to see you next year!
On July 26, thirty-plus members and guests gathered online at 6:30 PM via Zoom for our bi-monthly Society meeting. Dr. DiComo welcomed our newest member Anita, shared updates on: the PSLC website; our Facebook page; the September Society Auction; the August Lancaster Stamp Show; BALPEX in September, and congratulated treasurer Lou DiFelice for being honored with the APS Nick Carter volunteer award for local service (Applause!) Paul reminded all that the Society Picnic at Millersville Park will kick off at 6 PM on August 9, and also thanked Suzanne for her efforts in setting up the Zoom meetings, recording them, and taking on post-production. These lectures will be processed by Dr. DiComo to our PSLC YouTube Channel for all to enjoy.
Paul then introduced Ron Breznay, Wyoming Valley Stamp Club President, whose lecture was entitled The Headsville Post Office. Ron’s favorite places to visit at APS headquarters is the Headsville Post Office. He makes it a point to stop in every time he visits there. He shared that the Headsville Post Office was built in Headsville, Mineral County, West Virginia, in the 1860s, as a combination general store and post office. In the early 1970s, it was disassembled and moved to the National Museum of History and Technology at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. Around 2007, the P.O. was moved to APS headquarters where it remains to this day on “permanent loan” from the Smithsonian. The presentation explored all three locations of the post office, and included photos, Post Office Department documents, other documents, and covers.
After a lively Q&A session PSLC President, Dr. Charles J. DiComo, shared a presentation on a new discovery entitled An Unlisted, Major Double Transfer on the Trenton Match Co.’s U.S. Private Die Proprietary 1¢ revenue stamp RO176d. Eagle-eyes has struck again. He has already reached out to the Editor of Scott Catalogue with his research to have this variety listed in a future edition. Enjoy!
On July 12, the Society held its Summer Auction in the High Conference Room at Landis Homes. A brief business meeting was held, with President, Treasurer and Secretary reports, door prizes, and new business from the floor on upcoming stamp shows and lectures, welcoming new members and sharing the sign-up sheet for our Society Picnic on Wednesday, August 9 at Millersville Park. Nearly forty (40) members were in attendance and made this a memorable evening There were ~100 lots in total, with ~85 selling for an 85% success rate, with very active bidding throughout the evening and smiles on sellers and buyers faces.
We thank Aaron for calling the auction, Mark and Dr. DiComo for running winning lots to buyers, Dick & Mike for recording & reconciling, Len for food & refreshments, our regional Society friends for their club donations, and Paul for door prizes. We are excited to see you all at our next in-person and virtual monthly meetings, future Society Auctions, and our Summer Picnic – hope to see you there!
On June 28, twenty-eight members and guests gathered online at 6:30 PM via Zoom to listen to award-winning author Edwin J. Andrews present on “Enhancing a Philatelic Collection or Exhibit with Ephemera and Artifacts”. Dr. Andrews showed us creative ways to integrate both ephemera and artifacts into our collections and/or philatelic exhibits. As a former Pennsylvanian, he is a well-known exhibitor and APS-accredited chief philatelic judge, winning numerous Grand awards for his display exhibits which have used both philatelic and non-philatelic material. The basis for Ed’s presentation was content from his award-winning book, Award Winning Philatelic Treatment and Presentation: A Guide to Display, Thematic and Topical Exhibits for Exhibitors, Collectors, and Judges.
Twenty-plus minutes of Q&A followed, with Show, Tell & Ask by Mile Wilson, Paul Petersen, and Cemil Betanov. See you in July for our Society Auction.
On Wednesday June 14, members and guests gathered at Landis Homes at 6:30 PM for our bi-monthly meeting to hear Don Barron share a presentation entitled “The Toni Morrison First Day of Release Ceremony.” Don examined his experience at the event featuring the Toni Morrison First Day release in Princeton, NJ along with some interesting information on Ms. Morrison and her many achievements. From her novels on African-American themes, Morrison won both a Pulitzer Prize and a Nobel Prize along with the Presidential Medal of Freedom awarded by Barack Obama. At the first day ceremony there were a variety of speakers who discussed the history of the stamp subject, some of the production details, and other related topics. Those in attendance received ceremony programs and complimentary first day covers, and with these came the opportunity to obtain signatures on either or both of these by officials involved with the ceremony such as the designer, the artist, and the postmaster, among others. PSLC members who have attended such ceremonies, shared their experience.
On Wednesday May 24, nearly 40 members and guests gathered online from across the country at 6:30 PM for our bi-monthly meeting to hear Rick Barrett shared a presentation entitled “The Stamp Man.”
Rick told the tale of an avid stamp collector who shared his love of philately on local radio in 1930. Imagine his life expanding tremendously when the NBC Radio Network bought the station and the collector together and was heard nationwide! Ralph Kimble’s voice was broadcast across the U.S. and Canada, and “The Stamp Man’s” passion for the hobby grew immensely. This was a thrilling story of how this WWI and WWII veteran continued to serve throughout his life as he become an ally for stamp collectors everywhere! His books were read by millions, and after being appointed editor of the American Philatelist, his columns and articles were well received.
All in attendance we pleased that 88 y/o Dan Kimble, the son of Ralph Kimble, was in the audience and augmented some holes in the story, yet he admitted from Rick’s presentation that he learned things about his father that he did not know. Some of the best post-presentation discussion we’ve had as all were treated to an interesting talk on a member of the APS Philatelic Hall of Fame, highly illustrated with some fascinating postal history!
On Sunday May 21, the Society held its Outdoor Bourse at Millersville Memorial Park, Millersville, PA. The Bourse opened at 10:00 AM with seven dealer members and 30+ guest. A great time was had by all. As one member shared: “It was so good to see folks. Everyone was talking, laughing, smiling, and rooting through stuff.” The PSLC would like to thank all attendees, volunteers and donors.
NOTE: This event started in May 2021 as many wanted to get together in an outdoor venue which we felt was safer from Covid-19 than an indoor meeting. We rented the pavilion and made large picnic tables available for $10 each for those members wanting to sell their wares. Participants brought their own lunches, and it was a sell-out. Ditto once more for 2022, and again in 2023. As the consensus for the past three years: “We didn’t make a lot of money but we did make our ten bucks back and a little more. But most importantly, we all had a lot of fun.”
On May 10, 20+ members and guests gathered at 6:30 PM in the Crossings Meeting Room at Landis Homes for our monthly in-person meeting. After a brief business meeting and reminder to join us on May 21 for our upcoming Society Outdoor Bourse at Millersville Park, Lou DiFelice introduced David Hunt, Reading Stamp Collectors Club President, whose lecture was entitled “EFOs – An Emphasis on Fold-overs”.
Dave presented the topic of fold-overs, a subgroup of the specialty of Errors, Freaks, and Oddities, otherwise known as EFOs. During stamp production, a corner of the sheet can get folded. Whether it is folded over or under, this can have a big effect on the visual nature of the result. The fold-over may occur before or during the production process and may affect printing, perforating, gumming or a combination of two or three of those. A host of varieties can result. One can try to deduce the production process by studying the errors resulting from fold-overs. One can also enjoy foldovers just for the out-of-the-ordinary visual effect.
On April 26, 28+ members and guests gathered online from across the country at 6:30 PM for our monthly meeting. Dr. DiComo called the meeting to order, welcomed all members and friends, shared updates on the Society website, Facebook page, YouTube Channel and last weekend’s Delpex Stamp Show & Bourse which was well attended. Charles also reminded all that he will be presenting at the May 20 Philatelic Gathering at the Chester County History Center in West Chester, PA on the Development of Perforations in the U.S. by Toppan, Carpenter, Cassilear & Co (TCC) from 1855-57. If anyone is interested in attending, contacted him directly. Paul shared details on the upcoming Lancaster Stamp Show on April 28 & 29 at the Farm & Home Center, hosted by Kevin Kellman and affiliates, with sponsorship by the PSLC. We will have a table set up for recruitment, with giveaways, philatelic literature, show covers, etc. Thanks in advance to our twelve volunteers.
Paul introduced our friend David H. Plunkett who spoke on the “Final Encampment of the Grand Army of the Republic”. Wonder how many Civil War vets were there in 1949 to celebrate? In 1866, the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) was founded and met in annual encampments at various sites around the country. After 82 years, in 1948 members decided that the 1949 encampment would be the last. At the 1948 meeting it was also decided to ask that a commemorative postage stamp be issued to mark the event. On August 25, 1949 a commemorative stamp was issued in Indianapolis in honor of the event. The presentation included the GAR organization, steps taken to bring the stamp to fruition, GAR members attending and First Day, and other covers of the final encampment. A lively Q&A followed. This was then followed by a Show, Tell & Ask with Tom Bowman and George Hauber sharing material.
Finally, Dr. DiComo wrapped up the evening by sharing his most recent discovery entitled The Cook & Bernheimer “Sunsmile” Major Double Transfer at Left on Their U.S. Private Die Proprietary Four-Cents Medicine revenue Stamp #RS61dt. He is now working to get this rare variety listed in a future Scott Catalogue. Charles reminded all of the importance of carefully examining your stamps and covers under high magnification, whether via a 10x to 30X loop, the numerous plug and play “microscopes” that interface with your computer, or a flatbed scanner at 1200-1600 dpi displayed on your computer monitor. There are still great finds to be made!
On April 12, 2023, Bill Schultz lectured on “Dining Cars-Epicurean Pleasure on the Rails” at the Crossing Meeting Room at Landis Homes. 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.
On March 22, 29+ members and guests gathered online from across the country at 6:30 PM for our monthly meeting. Dr. DiComo called the meeting to order, welcomed all members and friends, shared updates on the Society website, Facebook page, YouTube Channel and that the Philatelic Gathering has begun to meet after a three-year hiatus. Paul shared details on the upcoming meetings, speakers, Stamp Shows, and that we have a new Membership Chair in Wayne Heim. Please welcome him into this new role. After some new business, Paul introduced our friend Ron Breznay, who spoke on “The 2022 Europa Issues: Myths and Legends”.
Europa stamps have been issued annually since 1956, when six countries participated. At first, the stamps had a common design. Later, that changed to a common theme with each country designing stamps to highlight their own national stories and treasures. For 2022, when at least 61 countries issued Europa stamps, the theme was Myths & Legends—everything from mythology to fairy tales to ghost stories. Ron gave e a brief history of Europa stamps and then presented a look at 10 of the 2022 issues that fit his topical collection of horror on stamps.
This was followed by a short presentation by George D. Hauber, Sr. on his one-page Topical Exhibit on The Philippine Semi-Postal Souvenir Sheet NB8 of 1944. We ended the evening with our very popular Show, Tell & Ask. See you next month!!
On March 8 Dick Colberg shared a story entitled “The Postal History of Condom” at the Crossing Meeting Room at Landis Homes.
Several years ago while searching through a dealer’s French stock to locate additional covers for his RF railway exhibit, Dick noticed covers from Condom, France. Getting a chuckle out of this, the topic reemerged a few years later while engaged in a discussion with a collecting friend with a similar sense of humor. He noted that during that conversation, an exhibit was born, one that started out as a joke. Subsequent online searches, including Delcampe revealed a wide variety of available material from this town, and he found its postal history of interest. He ordered several covers, and he had them sent to his home in RF where he began his postal history study of Condom, France. Dick shared this with us tonight. This will be an ongoing project
On February 22, 25+ members and guests gathered online from across the country at 6:30 PM for our bi-monthly virtual meeting.
Stevan Cady shared a presentation entitled A Humorous Look at the Wilkinsburg Stamp Club Souvenir Sheets: Part I, The First Thirty Years.
The humorous sheets from the Wilkinsburg Stamp Show have appeared continually since 1960, and the current designer, John Harding is working on the 2023 issue for the WSC’s annual show this spring. Many of us had seen a souvenir sheet or two of these and have wondered what they are all about. We learned of the story behind the stories. These sheets started as a spoof on the many issues of U.S. and foreign stamps, especially those stamps whose nature by design or topic invited a little parody. But vulnerable stamp issues were not the only targets for parody, as the souvenir sheets from Upper Slobbovia took aim at politics, current events, organizations, and much more. This was Part-I, those souvenir sheets from 1960 through 1989. Some good Q&A and other discussion followed.We look forward to bringing Stevan back for Part II. In our ever-popular Show ‘n Tell, Larry Rosenblum shared some interesting RF issues, an expo card and a novelty card and Mike Bach showed an airmail philatelic cover, a nice one from the Netherlands, the Caribbean and back with stamps and CDS from two countries.
On February 8, the Society held its Winter Auction in the High Conference Room at Landis Homes after a three-year hiatus. A brief business meeting was held, with President, Treasurer and Secretary reports, door prizes, and new business from the floor on upcoming stamp shows and lectures. Forty two (42) members were in attendance and made this a memorable welcome-back! There were 117 lots in total, 77 ended up selling for a 66% success rate, with very active bidding throughout the evening and smiles on sellers and buyers faces.
We thank Aaron for calling the auction, Bob & Mark for running winning lots to buyers, Dick & Lou for recording & reconciling, Dick & Len for food & refreshments, our regional Society friends for their club donations, and Paul for door prizes and the freebie tables. We are excited to see you all at our next in-person and virtual monthly meetings, future Society Auctions, our spring bourse and summer picnic.
On January 11, after a nearly three year hiatus, the Society met again in-person at Landis Homes in Lititz, PA. Doors opened at 6:30 PM and the activities began. An amazing successful “Welcome Back”, with 40 people in attendance. In summary: hugs, hellos and smiles; many dealers, a large bourse, a table full of giveaways, 12 door prizes, etc. Dr. DiComo thanked everyone and recapped the past three years as we handed out name badges, collected dues, mentioned our award-winning newsletter and amazing Editor Paul Peterson. Charles reminded all of our award-winning website and presented on all its features: useful links, philatelic and postal history resources, stellar presentations, the electronic library free to all, article reprints of members, our Facebook page, the PSLC YouTube Channel, Affiliate web pages, etc. Lou DeFelice shared the Treasurer’s report, with a unanimous approval by all and he thanked Vince Kinezys, Wayne Heim and Len Kasper for bringing the snacks, drinks and coffee, respectively (the joke of the evening was the coffee was from 2020 when we last met).
We then recognized of our Society Officers, elected once more unanimously by membership, with all in attendance: President Charles J. DiComo, PhD, VP John Hostetter, VP Bill Greiner, Treasurer Lou DiFelice, and Secretary David Weichert. Charles then thanked Barbara Buchanan for her years of service as Membership Chair and welcomed Tom Nichols as new Chair. We then recognized our affiliate regional clubs: Reading Stamp Collectors Club, Capital City Philatelic Society, Lebanon Stamp Collectors Club, the Lancaster Postcard Club, and the Allentown Philatelic Society – all of whom had members present in the room. We took a few minutes to honor Truyde Greiner for her near-century of dedication to education, philately, our Society and much more. We thanked Fred Sargent for securing Landis Homes, Sue Noble for her Zoom expertise the past three years while we were remote and Steve Kennedy for his superior video editing and production abilities. We then spotlighted of our newest members, reminded all how strong our Society is with 140 members, then passed around “Paul’s clipboards” for future meeting and refreshment sign-up.
Dr. DiComo shared the rest of the 2023 schedule of speakers, club auctions, the May bourse, the Summer Picnic (both at Millersville Park), the K2 Stamp Shows (which will go on this year as scheduled) and finally said a few words about our friend Kevin Kellman, who we are very pleased is on the mend.) Finally, after a brief Show, Tell & Ask, Bob Kotanchik and George Hauber recognized President Dr. Charles J. DiComo for his unwavering efforts the past years to hold the Society together – some say he blushed, humbled by the moment.
On December 28, 2022, 25+ members and guests gathered online from across the country at 6:30 PM for our monthly meeting. American Philatelic Society Director of Expertizing, Ken Martin spoke on Blood: The Gift of Life. An Introduction to Thematic Exhibiting. He covered the development of his thematic exhibit, sharing both the good and bad techniques. The spark for this collection came from the intersection of two of his greatest pursuits, that of a lifelong stamp collector and a five hundred-time blood donor. The result was an interesting history of the subject seen in stamps, covers, and other related ephemera. Ken was also available to answer questions about expertizing and the APS from attendees.
Wishing all a restful holiday and a joyous New Year – see you on January 11, 2023 at Landis Homes for our first face-to-face meeting in nearly 3 years.
On December 14, 2022, 30+ members and guests gathered online from across the country at 6:30 PM for our monthly meeting. Dr. DiComo called the meeting to order, welcomed all members and friends, shared updates on the Society website, congratulated Paul on his APS Star Route Award for his PSLC Newsletter, and reminded all of the December 16 & 17 K2 Stamp Show at the Farm & Home Center in Lancaster. Paul shared details on the Society holiday dinner on December 21, and additional updates from the APS Star Route Awards, with our very own President Dr. Charles J. DiComo taking home 4 additional honors for his USPCS Chairman’s Chatter, the ESPHS The Bulletin and ESPHS website, as well as the PSLC website. Congrats to all the awardees. Lou then relayed the Treasurer’s report (unanimously accepted), status of our Exhibition Frames and the storage unit (which we expect to shutter this month). Paul reviewed the current slate of Society officers, called for a membership vote, and by unanimous decision all were re-elected. President DiComo thanked the officers (Lou, Dave, John and Bill), the board and our many volunteers for their service to the Society and appreciated the vote of confidence from our members. Charles, Paul and Lou were also excited to announce that on January 11, 2023, the Society will resume in-person meetings at Landis Homes in Lititz. Details are on our mainpage and we can’t wait to see all.
Paul then introduced keynote speaker Dawn Hamman, American Topical Association (ATA) President, who presented on “Why Postcards Matter” Picture postcards offer a window into history and culture. They show us what people were doing and thinking at different times. Dawn took us on a journey through the history of picture postcards, as we learned about who was sending hundreds of billions of postcards in the 20th century, and why. A dynamic Q&A session followed, as we learned almost all of our members and friends collect postcards to enhance their stamp and postal history collection. We look forward to sharing her presentation in the future, along with the video presentation on our YouTube Channel.
Next, during our always popular Show, Tell & Ask, George D. Hauber, Sr. presented on The First U.S. Postal Card, prompted by his recent acquisition of a mix postal card lot. He shared a few great finds.
Finally, President DiComo shared another new discovery entitled The Elusive Double Transfer on Dr. Kennedy’s ‘Family Medicine’ U.S. Private Die Proprietary 2c Revenue Stamp RS155dt. Charles’ patience and determination have paid off after a decade of searching, identifying this double transfer which hasn’t been seen since 1941. The meeting adjourned with well-wishes for a Happy Holidays and all looking forward to meeting at our last presentation of the year on Dec. 28 by Ken Martin – see you then!
On November 23, 2022, ~30 members and guests gathered online from across the country at 6:30 PM for our monthly meeting. Paul Petersen called the meeting to order, welcomed and thanked all members and friends and shared a number of updates on membership and dues renewals. Paul then introduced PSLC Member, collector, and PowerPoint Master George D. Hauber, Sr.
George shared two presentations this evening, one entitled Semi-Postal Stamps, highlighting U.S. Semi-postals, and the second entitled Overview of Semi-Postal Stamps of the Philippine Islands, highlighting 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. George shared this 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.
A lively Show, Tell & Ask session followed, led by Steve Kennedy who did a short presentation on The West Town School, PA and their Stamps. Happy Thanksgiving to all and see you in a few weeks!
On November 9, 2022, ~32 members and guests gathered online from across the country at 6:30 PM for our monthly meeting. Paul Petersen called the meeting to order, welcomed and thanked all members and friends and shared a number of updates on membership and dues renewals. Paul then introduced PAPHS President, PSLC Member and friend Steve Kennedy.
His lecture was entitled Elie Beatty Cashier of the Hagerstown Bank: 1807-1859. The Hagerstown Bank Find material consists primarily of correspondence directed to Elie Beatty, Esq., the institution’s cashier, and president. Beatty was a prominent citizen of Hagerstown, Maryland, having served as assistant postmaster, bank president, and a member of the Hagerstown Academy’s board of directors. Steve presented examples of covers that were addressed to Mr. Beatty from 1807 until his death in 1859. Steve owns or has access to about 900 of the estimated 10,000 covers that were found and would like to start a census. Please look through your collection for any that you may have to help document this amazing philatelic find! Steve quoted D. Homer Kendall regarding these covers: “In terms of sheer volume of material, if not monetary value, it is likely that no other “find” of American covers has approached the magnitude of the Hagerstown Bank find of the 1930’s.”
A lively Show, Tell & Ask session followed. See you in a few weeks!
On October 26, 2022, ~30 members and guests gathered online from across the country at 6:30 PM for our monthly meeting. Dr. DiComo called the meeting to order, welcomed and thanked all members and friends and shared a number of updates on the Society website, our membership, and reminded all of the next two months of regional stamp shows.
Paul Petersen then introduced acclaimed author, PSLC member and good friend Rick Barrett whose presentation was entitled “My Grandfather was a Postmaster”. 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 shared these remarkable official documents, along with a number of very interesting philatelic items and other visuals and talk of family-related postal history. What a captivating and enjoyable personal tale which combined ancestry with stamp collecting.
This was then followed by a dynamic Show, Tell & Ask, with presentations by George Hauber, Scott Ney, Larry Rosenblum, Carol Kotanchik, Bob Noble and Tom Bowman. See you in November!
On October 12, 2022, ~27 members and guests gathered online from across the country at 6:30 PM for our monthly meeting. Dr. DiComo called the meeting to order, welcomed all members and friends and shared a number of updates on the Society website, our membership, and reminded all of the next two months of regional stamp shows.
Paul Petersen then introduced our friend, PSLC member and President of the Reading Stamp Collectors Club David Hunt, whose presentation was entitled The Half-a-Presentation. Thiswas inspired by “The Half-A-Collection” exhibited by Clyde Jennings.
His presentation was a brief survey of the U.S. 1/2-cent stamps. 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” included a look at the 1/2-cent stamps of the Canal Zone. Q&A followed, after which we moved on to the popular Show, Tell & Ask. See you in two weeks!
On September 28, 2022, ~21 members and guests gathered online from across the country at 6:30 PM for our monthly meeting. Dr. DiComo called the meeting to order, welcomed all members and friends and shared a number of updates on the Society website, our membership, and reminded all of the next two months of regional stamp shows.
Paul Petersen then introduced our friend and acclaimed U.S. Revenue researcher, author, exhibitor, and aficionado Ron Lesher. His presentation entitled “Pure Adulteration” was 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 included 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. This was followed by a dynamic Q&A session. We then moved on to our Show, Tell & Ask portion of the meeting, where George Hauber presented a short powerpoint entitled The Barefoot Mailman. See you next month!
On September 14, 2022, ~28 members and guests gathered online from across the country at 6:30 PM for our monthly meeting. Dr. DiComo called the meeting to order, welcomed all members and friends and shared a number of updates on the Society website, our membership, the growing treasury, and reminded all of the next two months regional stamp shows.
Paul Petersen then introduced our friend, member and Pennsylvania Postal History Society President Steve Kennedy, who presented on Postal History Research Resources. Steve provided a roadmap with a long list of resources that postal historians can use to discover information on the many interesting aspects of a cover. Even simple covers provide an opportunity to learn more about the political, social, legal, and financial aspects of our predecessors. He also provided some interesting tools and online sites for you to use in your research. After a dynamic Q&A session, we moved on to our Show, Tell & Ask, where a number of very interesting covers and stamps were shared, a number related to Great Britain, the Queen, and Buckingham Palace. See you in two weeks!
On August 24, 2022, ~35 members and guests gathered online from across the country at 6:30 PM for our monthly meeting. Dr. DiComo (welcome back sir after a much needed holiday) called the meeting to order, welcomed all members and friends and shared a number of updates on the Society website, our membership, the growing treasury, and reminded all of this weekends Some Sunday Stamp Show (Aug 28, 10A-4P) at the Lancaster Farm & Home Center.
Paul Petersen then introduced our member and friend Dave Plunkett who spoke on Toledos of the World. Dave presented and discussed 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. A fantastic journey for one and all. This was followed by our ever popular Show & Tell & Ask. See you all next month.
On August 10, we held our Society Annual Picnic at Freedom Memorial Park in Millersville, PA. The festivities started at 6:00 PM for the 37+ members and families that joined the fun. There was food and drink and camaraderie. Everyone was excited to participate in the silent auction and to also receive the abundance of door prizes and giveaways. It was a great time seeing our friends – all of whom had smiles on their faces. Can’t wait until next year to do the same!
On July 27, 2022, 35+ members and guests gathered online from across the country at 6:30 PM for our monthly meeting. Paul called the meeting to order, welcomed all members and friends and after a few Society updates introduced our member and friend Scott English, APS Executive Director, who spoke on The American Philatelic Society and the State of the Hobby.
Scott discussed how the APS is leading the membership modernization initiative. The APS has accomplished recruitment and membership changes not seen for decades in the past two years. Scott addressed the website overhaul, library digitization, and building an active online education platform for collectors. He ended with stories of average collectors, each who influenced him significantly, and addressed questions and comments from participants. We then moved on to Show & Tell & Ask and a short presentation by George Hauber entitled The Philatelic Truck of the USPOD and its Souvenir Sheet.
Biography: Scott D. English, Executive Director, American Philatelic Society; Administrator, American Philatelic Research Library; Life Member of the APS and APRL. In August 2015, Scott became the 7th Executive Director of the APS. Before joining, he served in a variety of positions in public office. In Washington, Scott spent 11 years working on Capitol Hill for two U.S. House of Representatives members. Following his tenure in Washington, Scott spent eight years on the staff of South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford, serving as Policy Director in Sanford’s first term. After a brief tenure as Deputy Chief of Staff, Scott served as Chief of Staff for three years. From 2011 to 2015, Scott served as the Chief Operating Officer of the South Carolina Department of Education. There he managed the day-to-day operations of a 950-person staff and a $4 billion budget. Since joining the APS, Scott led the recovery of Position 76 of the McCoy Block in 2016, led a modernization of the APS to broaden its reach and impact on philately, and, in 2020, completed the mission to pay off the APRL mortgage debt fifteen years ahead of schedule. Scott is a 1993 graduate of the University of Maryland, where he received degrees in History and English. Scott and his wife, Kendra, are the proud parents of three children.
On July 13, 2022, 30+ members and guests gathered online from across the country at 6:30 PM for our monthly meeting. Paul called the meeting to order, welcomed all members and friends and after a few Society updates introduced our friend Ron Breznay, the evenings keynote speaker, who spoke on the The USS Wilkes-Barre.
His presentation was 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. His presentation showed not only covers but also photos of the ships and gives information about the ships. A Show & Tell & Ask followed.
On June 22, 2022, 25+ members and guests gathered online from across the country at 6:30 PM for our monthly meeting. Paul called the meeting to order, welcomed all members and friends from around the country and after a few Society updates introduced President of the Lebanon Stamp Collectors Club, member and friend Dick Colberg, the evenings keynote speaker, who spoke on Mexican Express Company Envelopes.
During the last quarter of 19th century, there were a few postal express companies operating in Mexico, three of which used pre-printed envelopes. These are Wells Fargo Express, Hidalgo Express, and Mexican National Express and are featured in this presentation. The three companies serviced specific areas of Mexico, all overlapping in the Mexico City area. Wells Fargo was the largest (having already been established in California), easily eclipsing Hidalgo and Mexican National. (For Wells Fargo, there are companion envelopes with U.S. postage indicia.) All three companies were privately owned and government sanctioned. They each printed their own envelopes, with their company indicia, and then sent them to the Mexican government for the printing of the design of the then-current single letter rate postage stamp. As the express rate was weight-based, this information was part of the company-printed information. Sometimes the rate info was supplied in total; sometimes blanks were left to be filled in when used, by handstamp. This, of course, leaves open the possibility for missing handstamps, and overprints necessitated by rate changes. All collectible! The Hidalgo Express Company envelopes are the most interesting to collect because they were printed on several different colors of paper. They make a nice display. This presentation showed the evolution of each company’s envelopes including rate, color, and design changes.
On June 8, 2022 30+ members and guests gathered online from across the country at 6:30 PM for our monthly meeting. President DiComo called the meeting to order, welcomed all members and friends from around the country and after a few updates on membership, our website, show news, and a Treasury report, Paul introduced our President Dr. Charles J. DiComo, the evenings keynote speaker.
Charles shared his recent original research project entitled A Brief History of T. Kensett & Co., Food Packers & the U.S. Private Die Proprietary Canned Fruit Revenue Stamp they Briefly Issued in 1867, also Featuring a New 2022 Census of Known #RP1a Stamps, updating the 1994 Census.
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. Twelve additional copies have been identified thus far, bringing the new 2022 Census to 39. 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 39 copies illustrated are faulty to some extent, less his most recent find. A lively Q&A session follow, from the uses of oyster shells to the toxicity of tin cans from the Civil War era, to many beginning the search for additional copies for the census. See you next month!
On May 25, 2022 25+ members and guests gathered online from across the country at 6:30 PM for our monthly meeting. President DiComo called the meeting to order, welcomed all members and friends from around the country and after a few updates on members dues, website and show news, Paul then introduced Alan Warren, the evenings keynote speaker.
Alan spoke on Tibet Stamps & Postal History. He took us on a journey through the postal documentation of this strange country, beginning with pre-stamp mail of the 19th century. Stops along the way included 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 extended up to the 1950s when Communist China took over Tibet’s postal services. Some of the Tibet rarities were shown as well as examples from interesting correspondences, including Francis Younghusband, Sven Hedin, and Major Bailey. A dynamic Q&A followed, after which we moved to our Show & Tell. More to follow along with the presentations. See you on June 8th for Dr. DiComo’s presentation entitled 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.
On May 11, 2022 30+ members and guests gathered online from across the country at 6:30 PM for our monthly meeting. Paul Petersen called the meeting to order, a short business meeting followed, and reminded all of the upcoming Society Members Outdoor Bourse on Sunday May 15th at Millersville Park. Paul then next introduced Stanley Jones, the evenings keynote speaker. He presented on Christmas Seal Collecting – Special Interests.
This lecture focused on a wide spectrum of U.S. charity issues, largely Christmas Seals and other TB stamps. This was a colorful, detailed, well-researched, and informative presentation with something for everyone: Event covers, advertising covers, first day of issue covers, navals, Christmas Day cancels, and some international postal history of great interest. There are a variety of cancels; especially slogan cancels from some Christmas-themed towns such as Bethlehem, Santa Clause, Christmas, and more. Many seals have been used as postage-successfully! Did we mention Christmas Seal related ephemera? There are sheets and varieties of sheets, progressive color proofs, printers’ marks, slogan seals, and errors. The latter include color shifts, missing colors, and perforation errors, and combinations of these. Stan demonstrated how to differentiate a possible missing color error from a progressive proof. Finally, he covered other charity and TB seals of both national and local origin, all of which have achieved wide prominence among Back of the Book and Cinderella and seal aficionados. Enjoy!
On April 27, 2022 37+ members and guests gathered online from across the country at 6:30 PM for our monthly meeting. Paul Petersen called the meeting to order and reminded all of the upcoming Some Saturday Stamp Show on April 30.
Paul then introduced our friend and acclaimed geophysicist Rob Sternberg who spoke on A Thematic Collection on the International Geophysical Year, 1957-58. The International Geophysical Year (1957-1958) was a historically significant cooperative enterprise involving thousands of scientists from sixty-seven nations. A great variety of experiments and measurements were made on, above, and below the Earth’s surface to better understand the planet we live on. The first artificial satellites were launched as part of the IGY, and there were coordinated and extensive scientific studies of Antarctica and the Arctic. Rob told the story of the IGY through stamps, covers, and other related ephemera and memorabilia. What a great presentation!
On April 13, 2022 36+ members and guests gathered online from across the country at 6:30 PM for our monthly meeting. Dr. DiComo called the meeting to order, reminded all of the upcoming Some Saturday Stamp Show on April 30 supplanting LANCOPEX, and the success of Delpex on April 9 Paul then shared a membership update, that dues are due and our upcoming May Outdoor Bourse at Millersville Park. Lou also gave a Treasury Report, an update on our storage facility, and the recent donation of Exhibit Frames to the Allentown Stamp Club. Paul then introduced our longtime friend, member, postal historian, author, exhibitor and judge Bill Schultz.
Bill proceeded to speak on The Joys of Postal History and Philately. Bill has provided a presentation each April to PSLC for over a decade. This evening he shared a digital display and reviewed some of his most interesting and sometimes scarce (rare) postal history and philatelic items. He explained each one and how they came to his attention. As an example, he shared a September 16 1790 cover from Philadelphia to New York City, and the rate was based on the 1788 act of Congress prior to the 1792 U.S.P.O.D. After a lively Q&A, we moved on to our popular Show & Tell, where members and guests shared some of the recent acquisitions and puzzlers. Thank you Dave, Bob and George for sharing. The Mule Train Mail Postmark, Havasu, AZ, by George Hauber.
On March 23, 2022 40+ members and guests gathered online from across the country at 6:30 PM for our monthly meeting. Dr. DiComo called the meeting to order, reminded all of the upcoming stamp shows, Delpex of April 9 and LANCOPEX on April 30. Paul then shared a membership update, that dues are due and our upcoming May Outdoor Bourse at Millersville Park. Paul then proceeded to introduce postal historians, editors, and independent researchers Diane DeBlois and Robert Dalton Harris.
They presented on The Reading Newspapers in John Lewis Krimmel’s Downington Tavern Post Office 1814. Diane and Bob analyzed an 1814 painting in amazing detail (each person, their gestures, furniture, wall paintings, etc.) and concluded that the artist was picturing Downington, in Chester County, Pennsylvania, on the Lancaster Turnpike. A lively Q&A followed and all participants are looking forward to Diane and Bob’s return.
This was then followed by our Show & Tell, where a number of members shared: Bob Kotanchik, George Hauber, and Dr. DiComo. Bob shared a few slides on “Wing” margin stamps from Great Britain and their significance. George presented on Hollywood Legends on U.S. Stamps. Dr. DiComo then rounded out the evening with a presentation entitled The Scarce D.M. Bennett Private Die Proprietary U.S. Revenue Stamp RS30e on Experimental Silk Paper. Once again, those late night searches of his Match & Medicine stamps has paid off with an extremely rare find. See you all next month.
On March 9, 2022 40+ members and guests gathered online from across the country at 6:30 PM for our monthly meeting. Paul Petersen called the meeting to order, sent regards from Pres. DiComo who had a conflict, mentioned membership dues are being collected and that PayPal has been a good plus to all. After a few brief announcements, Paul proceeded to introduce this evening speaker and U.S. Postal Rates guru Tony Wawrukiewicz (phonetically “Va-vur-kay-vitch”).
Tony presented on The U.S. Domestic Postal History of Postal, Reply-Post and Post Cards. Not all collectors explore the back of the book (Scott Catalogue) that contains just about all of philately beyond definitive, commemorative, and airmail stamps. Under its postal stationary program, the USPOD issued postal cards late in the race (1873) when entering what eventually became the Universal Postal Union. In 1892 they issued postal reply cards, the two-part product including an attached prepaid postal card for ease and speed of reply. The international postal reply cards appeared in 1893, and here was an opportunity to mail a U.S. franked item a from a foreign country. Post cards (private mailing cards) and their offspring the picture postcards were private issues (almost) and have large a collecting base. Tony shared colorful postal history and many fine examples of these items since inception. Here are Tony’s associated notes to the presentation.
On February 23, 2022 ~40 members and guests gathered online from across the country at 6:30 PM for our monthly meeting. Paul Petersen called the meeting to order, sent regards from Pres. DiComo who had a conflict, mentioned membership dues are being collected and that PayPal has been a good plus to all. After a few brief announcements, Paul proceeded to introduce our friend and President of the Wyoming Valley Stamp Club, Ron Breznay.
Ron spoke on Alfred Hitchcock on Stamps. A favorite movie maker of the speaker, Alfred Hitchcock directed 53 films, two short subjects, and twenty television episodes. Ron has copies in his collection of all but one film, one that has been lost. And he seen each at least three times and viewed eight on the big screen though in times after the release dates. A collection of Hitchcock on stamps came naturally. Ron’s collection expands beyond the images of Hitchcock on stamps, as there really aren’t that many. He included stamps that depict the films Hitchcock made, the actors and actresses who stared in his movies, and some of the behind-the-scenes people. Ron then showed stamps that contain images of places and items that were used in Hitchcock’s films. This is a fun and challenging aspect of his collection, as it requires having knowledge of the films in order to seek out appropriate stamps. See you next month!
On February 9, 2022 ~40 members and guests gathered online from across the country at 6:30 PM for our monthly meeting. Dr. DiComo called the meeting to order, reminded all that this weekend was the Some Sunday (& Saturday) Stamp Show at the Lancaster Farm & Home Center and to check the website for future meetings, shows and details on LANCOPEX 2022. Paul then shared a membership update, dues renewals and upcoming May Outdoor Bourse at Millersville Park. Lou then followed with a Treasury Report and Exhibit Frame update. Paul then proceeded to introduce our friend and former APS President Mick Zais.
Mick presented on The Five Cent West Point Stamp of 1937. His presentation reviewed the stamp issued Wednesday, May 26, 1937 at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York. Designed by a captain on West Point’s faculty, the stamp was the fifth and final issue of the Army half of the 10–stamp Army Navy series. These stamps were prepared at the direction of President Roosevelt to engender appreciation of and support for a tiny, depression-era military that was totally inadequate for the coming global conflagration which Roosevelt sensed would draw in a reluctant nation. The 5–cent stamp paid the international, surface rate for a 1-ounce, first class letter. Mick showed a dazzling array of First Day Covers and use, domestic and international, those signed by dignitaries and other prominent Americans, including Farley. A lively Q&A period followed.
Then President DiComo shared a short presentation on a recent find, entitled The Brown’s Bronchial Troches Scarce Private Die Proprietary Revenue Stamp RS40e on Experimental Silk Paper
To round out the evening, members Al Shaub and Cathy Kotanchik led out popular Show & Tell.
On January 26, 2022 ~40 members and guests gathered online from across the country at 6:30 PM for our monthly meeting. Paul Petersen called the meeting to order, sent regards from Pres. DiComo who had a conflict, mentioned membership dues are being collected and that PayPal has been a good plus to all. After a few brief announcements, Paul proceeded to introduce our friend and PSLC member Larry Rosenblum.
Larry spoke on Definitively France – A Survey of the Definitive Issues of France 1876-1940. Between 1874 and 1940, France issued many series of definitives, some of which were in use for over 30 years. Many of these series have varieties that appeared over time, and the designs had additional uses such as domestic postal stationery and use overseas. Larry reviewed each series and highlighted interesting aspects of them. He also showed some of the stamp-on-stamp commemorations and modern reissues for collectors. A lively Q&A period followed, plus Show & Tell.
For those interested, click HERE for several articles on French philately by Larry Rosenblum.
On January 12, 2022 ~35 members and guests gathered online from across the country at 6:30 PM for our monthly meeting. President DiComo called the meeting to order, wished all a Happy New Year, shared updates on the website, membership,and dues renewals. Paul then spoke on the May and August Picnic/Bourse and Lou followed with a Treasurer’s Report. LANCOPEX 2022 is on and shall occur on April 30, 2022 – 15+ dealers are interested in we are gathering contracts now. Paul then introduced our friend, postal historian and longtime President of the Lebanon Stamp Collectors Club, Dick Colberg.
Dick presented on The Postal History of Lititz. Lititz, a town in northern Lancaster County, was founded in 1756 as Litiz. A post office was established there 50 years later in 1806. The earliest known Lititz cover is dated 16 years later. The spelling of the town name was changed from Litiz to Lititz in 1881. Dick shared this colorful history as a one time resident of Lititz. He displayed the most extensive collection of Lititz postal history known. We saw several one-of-a-kind items and a couple of puzzles were solved. During the Q&A session, Bob Noble shared one of his Litiz covers with a pretty 3 Cent 1851-57 stamp on the face and a Wafer Seal on the reverse – reminding us of Dr. DiComo’s lecture only last month (see below).
Dr. DiComo followed with a few slides sharing an 1834 EKU “SHIP” Letter in his collection that he published in the Excelsior in 2021 sent from St. Bart’s to the same recipient in a few covers that Dick had shared, namely a Reverend Seidel. Here is his short presentation entitled Mail From the Caribbean Carries an Earliest Known Use.
We then moved on to our popular Show & Tell where George Hauber shared his latest project entitled Some Football Cancellations as we head into the NFL Playoffs and the Super Bowl in a few weeks. See you in two weeks.
On December 22, 2021 ~35 members and guests gathered online from across the country at 6:30 PM for our monthly meeting. President DiComo called the meeting to order, welcomed all, shared updates on the website, membership, dues renewals, the success of this past weekends Some Sunday (& Saturday) Stamp Show and that LANCOPEX 2022 shall occur on April 30, 2022. Paul then introduced our friend, stamp and postal historian and President, Dr. Charles J. DiComo.
Charles’ presentation was entitled Wafers Seals on U.S. Folded Letters and Covers, 1840 – 1860’s . When writing letters was primarily reserved for Royalty, the custom was to seal letters with wax using a hand-held, wooden & brass sealer. In England after 1635, when the Post Office was no longer serving only the Royalty, the upper classes took up that sealing method. Eventually, wafer seals were developed as a solution to sealing letters. Charles shared that they were small, symmetrically-shaped pieces of colored paper, gummed on the reverse. Initially popular in Britain, they depicted a wide array of images, initials, mottos, phrases and scenery. They eventually made their way to the U.S. in the late 1830’s. At the Great Exposition of 1851, De la Rue demonstrated a practical envelope-making machine that could simultaneously fold and gum. It was this availability of gummed envelopes that eliminated the need for wafer seals – however use continued until the 1860’s. Charles illustrated beautiful examples of the seals and covers from his collection he has built over 25+ years.
A Q&A followed, after which Mike Bach shared a shared a short presentation entitled The Charleston Postal Museum from a recent trip he and his wife took to South Carolina. Definitely worth a visit if you are ever there. We concluded the evening with a toast from Pres. DiComo wishing all a safe, relaxing and wonderful time over the next few weeks. We are all deserving of some time to reflect, recharge and head into 2022 with a renewed hope.
On December 8, ~35 members and guests gathered online from across the country at 6:30 PM for our monthly meeting. President DiComo called the meeting to order, welcomed all, shared updates on the website, membership, the upcoming Some Sunday (& Saturday) Stamp Show on December 18 & 19 at the Farm & Home Center, and that LANCOPEX 2022 shall occur on April 30, 2022 (more to come). Lou then followed with a Treasurer’s report and Charles mentioned that we are closing in on a new location for our future face-to-face meetings, The North Museum – stay tuned. Charles then introduced our friend, philatelic ambassador and stamp collector extraordinaire – Paul Petersen.
Paul’s presentation was titled U.S. International Stamp Shows, Part II: 1956-1976 The every-ten-year worldwide philatelic gathering which started in 1913 is the recurring hallmark of U.S. Philately on the international stage. As such, there are years of prep and marketing to host the largest stamp shows in the world. Prior to and during each show, the U.S. and other stamp issuing entities prepare postage stamps, souvenir sheets, Cinderella’s, post cards, catalogs, and a host of other ephemera in anticipation of the big event. These items will be used to illustrate the history of the three shows (1956, 1966, and 1976) in terms of their venue, exhibits, bourse, societies, and a variety of special events. There is data on the bourse, exhibits, awards, and venues. International shows are colorful events which remain with us through the stamps and other souvenirs which are quite collectible today.
President DiComo then followed with a short presentation entitled The Milwaukee Match Stamps of Greenleaf & Company: A Scarce RO102e on Experimental Silk Paper. Once again, Dr. D’s late night search through his match and medicine archive has paid off with this very scarce experimental silk paper variety with less than 10 known. Nice find sir!
Following these presentations, our lively Show & Tell ensued, where our members and guests did not disappoint. It is always a learning experience at one of our bi-weekly meetings.
On November 24, ~30 members and guests gathered online from across the country at 6:30 PM for our monthly meeting. Paul Petersen called the meeting to order, welcomed all, shared a few updates and wished all a Happy Thanksgiving. Paul then introduced guest speaker Stanley Jones.
Stan spoke on Christmas Seals Collecting and provided a sampling from his exhibits on the variety of ways to collect Christmas Seals and the related issues. The seals started in Denmark in 1904, and seals from this era from both Denmark and Sweden will be shown. Following this are the first U.S. Christmas Seals, the Red Cross issues of 1907 (the first year of issue) through 1919. The Louisiana Tuberculosis Hospital in New Orleans produced their own local seals for many years. Grace Lutheran Sanatorium in San Antonio, TX and Lutheran Sanatorium at Wheat Ridge, CO issued a variety of seals for use on Christmastime mail for many years. This presentation put all in the holiday mood. See you next month!
On November 10, ~35 members and guests gathered online from across the country at 6:30 PM for our monthly meeting. Dr. Charles DiComo called the meeting to order, welcomed all, shared updates on the website, membership status, upcoming shows and that Lancopex 2022 shall go on (more to come so stay tuned). Lou then followed with a Treasurer’s report and Paul introduced our friend and guest speaker Alan Warren (3rd time’s a charm).
Alan presented The U.S. 1933 Byrd Antarctic Issue: Production, First Day and Other Uses. This program was 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 covered essays, a die proof, production, first day and other uses of the stamp. A lively Q&A followed and we can’t wait to get Alan back to share his presentation on Tibet.
President DiComo then followed with a presentation entitled The H.H. Warner & Co. “Safe Remedies” Major Double Transfer of the Central Vignette on their U.S. Private Die Proprietary Six-Cents Medicine Revenue Stamp RS258dt. Once more, Dr. D’s late night search through his match and medicine archive has paid off with this very scarce double transfer, hiding in plain sight, with probably less than 3 known. Nice find sir!
Here is the link to DiComo’s published article: H.H. Warner & Co. “Safe Remedies” Major Double Transfer of Central Vignette on 6¢ Medicine Stamp, RS258dt, The American Revenuer, Second Quarter 2022, Volume 75, No. 2, pp. 59-61.
Following these presentations, our lively Show & Tell ensued, where our members and guests did not disappoint. It is always a learning experience at one of our bi-weekly meetings.
On October 27, ~40 members and guests gathered online from across the country at 6:30 PM for our monthly meeting. Paul Petersen called the meeting to order, shared that Dr. DiComo sends his regards, welcomed all and after a few Society business items, introduced our friend and guest speaker David Hunt, President of the Reading Stamp Collectors Club.
David spoke on Halloween Stamps and Postal History – A Philatelic Hallowe’en. In recent years the USPS has issued several Hallowe’en themed stamps, but he was surprised to find that a number of foreign countries have also commemorated the holiday with stamps. David had the rather parochial view that Hallowe’en was a particularly American celebration and thought it curious that France and Austria would issue stamps for Hallowe’en.
Of course, All Saints’ Day exists throughout the Roman Catholic world and there are time-honored traditions associated with the Day in Europe and Britain. The old English name for the holy day is All Hallows’ Day. (Hallows meaning the same as Saints). Since the time of the early church, major features in Christianity (such as Christmas, Easter, and Pentecost) had vigils that began the night before, as did the feast of All Hallows. The Scottish word for evening is even, and even can be contracted to e’en. Hence All Hallows’ Even, which was further contracted to Allhallowe’en and then Hallowe’en.
Most of our modern Hallowe’en customs spring from practices of the Celtic speaking peoples of Britain and western Europe. Some of the early traditions for Hallowe’en include spirits being abroad and needing help to complete their journey to Heaven. Also, in parts of Europe there was the custom of baking small “soul cakes” which were given to poor people, often groups of poor children, in return for their prayers for the dead. This is thought to be the origin of “trick or treating”.
While celebrations for Hallowe’en are quite ancient, the celebrations of our modern, mostly secular holiday show significant American influence. After all, the pumpkin is native to North American and was not known in Europe until brought back by early explorers (the Celts are said to have hollowed out turnips to serve as lanterns) While witches, bats and black cats have been symbols of evil for a long time it is not clear to me how they became to be associated with Hallowe’en.
David’s presentation was followed by good discussion on some of the Show and Tells, philatelic covers, EKUs, modern private posts, and more. See you in two weeks!
On October 13, 40+ members and guests gathered online from across the country at 6:30 PM for our monthly meeting. Dr. DiComo called the meeting to order, shared a few updates on upcoming regional Stamp Shows and the website (we are now accepting dues renewals by PayPal). Paul Petersen then welcomed our newest member Mrs. Raj, who shared her recent entry into the world of philately, as well as a membership update. Lou DiFelice followed with a Treasury Report and the recent upgrades to our web host made by Pres. DiComo, saving the Society hard dollars over the next years and ensuring our social presence remains strong and our online digital archive remains intact. After a screen vote to approve the last two meetings minutes and Treasurers report, Paul introduced our guest speaker, Ronald Lesher.
Ron spoke to us on 1898 U.S. Proprietary Revenues and the Taxes they Paid. This presentation to 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.
The Q&A session that followed was lively. This was followed by our Show & Tell breakout, where our members and guests did not disappoint. George Hauber’s short presentation follows on U.S. Revenue Security Measures. We looking forward to seeing all in two weeks for David Hunt’s presentation.
On September 22, 40+ members and guests gathered online from across the country at 6:30 PM for our monthly meeting. Paul Petersen called the meeting to order, welcomed our newest members and shared a membership update. After a screen vote to approve the last two meetings minutes, Paul then introduced our guest speaker Steve Suddaby.
Steve spoke on Zeppelin Postcards of World War WI. In the First World War (1914-1918), Germany employed their lighter than air Zeppelins for high altitude bombing raids. Following a brief introduction and history of these rigid airships, Steve displayed an assortment of period picture postcards from Germany, France, and the United Kingdom as they were used to express propaganda (pro and con), national pride, outrage, just desserts, some rare humor, and other topics. Enjoy his presentation again: Zeppelin Postcards in World War I. This was followed by Q&A and then our ever popular Show & Tell. See you next month!
On September 8, 28+ members and guests gathered online from across the country at 6:30 PM for our monthly meeting. President DiComo called the meeting to order and held a moment of silence in honor of the 20th anniversary of September 11, 2001. Paul then welcomed our newest member Laura Duncan and shared a membership update. Lou then reported on the Society treasury, and that we are in the process of donating a portion of our Exhibit Frames to the Brandywine Stamp Club in Delaware. After a screen vote to approve the last two meetings minutes, Paul then introduced our guest speaker Patricia A. Kaufmann.
Trish spoke on The Madison Florida 1861 Postmaster’s Provisionals. This is Trish’s definitive research on the 3 Cents 1861 Postmaster Provisionals, published jointly in both the 1984 and 2000 American Philatelist and the Confederate Philatelist, that resulted in an entirely new Confederate section in the 2000 Scott Specialized Catalogue, as well as the CSA Catalog. Her research on the Madison Provisionals was a 16-year project, which ultimately disproved the misconception of over a century of prior catalog listings – both U.S. and Confederate. Her 2000 article, dedicated solely to the Madison C.H., Florida, 3-cents postmaster provisionals, was a watershed moment for Confederate philately.
The program traced her efforts from 1984, when the Madison provisionals were not accepted as genuine by the philatelic community, to their ultimate acceptance in 2000. There are only six recorded 3-cent Madison provisionals recorded, only one of which is known on cover, and a unique 5-cents Confederate rate Madison provisional. After a lively Q&A session, David Hunt shared a few of his confederate items which prompted even more question.
This was then followed by Charles J. DiComo, PhD – who presented A New Discovery: An Unlisted All-Over Double Transfer on the U.S. Private Die Proprietary Medicine Stamp RS151 of Johnston, Holloway & Co.. Both video presentations are also available on our YouTube Channel – Enjoy!
On August 25, 20+ members and guests gathered online from across the country at 6:30 PM for our monthly meeting. Paul Petersen called the meeting to order and welcomed all attendees, new members and guests, shared a membership update and the excellent turnout for our Annual Picnic a few weeks ago. We then moved on to our guest speaker for the evening.
Award-winning exhibitor and author Roger Brody spoke on Jamestown 1907. The presentation gave 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. A lively Q&A followed, and we are looking forward to having Roger back in the future. Enjoy his presentation Jamestown 1907.
Our Show & Tell then followed, with a number of items shared by our members and guests, including Larry Rosenblum’s short presentation on A Brief Story of the High-Life Casino in Dinard. Also enjoy his video presentation on our YouTube Channel, along with Roger’s and many presenters.
On August 11, 2021 ~25+ members and friends met at Millersville Memorial Park for our annual Society Summer Picnic. A great time was had by all – we held a successful silent auction, and there were plenty of door prizes and giveaways to put smiles on attendees faces. And while a few storms blew through, the Pavilion kept all attendees dry – we know that stamps, postal history and water do not mix!
Can’t wait for next year! We thank all that attended and Paul, Lou and all our volunteers who helped set-up, oversee the auction and break-down. Enjoy a few pix below.
On July 28, 32+ members and guests gathered online from across the country at 6:30 PM for our monthly meeting. Paul Petersen called the meeting to order and welcomed all attendees, new members and guests, shared a membership update and reminded all of our Society Picnic on August 11 at Millersville Park. We then moved on to our guest speaker for the evening.
Jesse Spector, MD led an open discussion entitled Philately in the 21st Century. The Train has left the station. Are you onboard? When in the late 1990s he was encouraged by an ardent philatelist to resurrect the hobby of his youth, Jesse returned to stamp collecting with a passion. Over a decade he 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 his 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. An excellent discussion followed. This was then followed by our ever popular Show & Tell.
On July 14, 35+ members and guests gathered online from across the country at 6:30 PM for our monthly meeting. President Charles J. DiComo, PhD called the meeting to order and welcomed all attendees, new members and guests. Paul shared a membership update (we are at 138 members) and reminded all that dues are overdue. Lou gave a Treasury Report, which was approved by all digitally. We then moved on to our guest speaker for the evening.
Mark Schwartz, acclaimed author, award-winning exhibitor and ambassador of philately, presented his Champion of Champions, Single-Frame Exhibit entitled Boston’s Use of the 1847 Issue: America’s First Stamps from America’s First Post Office. The Act of Congress, March 3, 1845 (effective July 1), established new and simplified rates. Letters sent up to 300 miles were charged 5¢ per ½ oz., and those sent over 300 miles, 10¢ per ½ oz. Section 11 of the Act of Congress, March 3, 1847, authorized Postmaster General Cave Johnson to prepare and issue postage stamps. He contracted with Rawdon, Wright, Hatch & Edson to prepare both 5¢ and 10¢ adhesives. These stamps were issued on July 1 of that year. Beginning on July 2 and over the next 4 years, Boston would receive 401,000 5¢ stamps and 41,000 10¢ stamps, a number exceeded only by New York and Philadelphia. All attendees were treated to a fantastic lecture, with artifacts of major importance and rarity, followed by a lively Q&A session. We look forward to having Mark back in the very near future.
Visit our PSLC YouTube Channel for the recording and enjoy his PDF presentation here: “Boston’s Use of the 1847 Issue: America’s First Stamps from America’s First Post Office”.
This was then followed by our ever popular Show & Tell, where Larry Rosenblum shared a short presentation entitled An Irish Beer Mat/Coaster Used As Postal Stationery; Larry also updated us on the collar stiffener mailed after the 1906 earthquake in San Francisco, CA by showing the address side (and there is a postmark!); Dr. DiComo shared an uncommon used of a Boston Carrier tied to a cover but mostly hidden underneath a U.S. 3 Cent 1851-57 stamp used from Boston, MA; and Bob Noble closed the evening with a color variety/changling of a U.S. 2 Cents Documentary Revenue stamp.
On June 23, 27+ members and guests gathered online from across the country at 6:30 PM for our monthly meeting. President Charles J. DiComo, PhD called the meeting to order and welcomed all attendees, new members and guests. Paul shared a membership update, reminded all that dues are due and shared an update from Len Kasper (do keep him and his family in your thoughts and prayers). We then moved on to our guest speaker for the evening.
Bob Toal discussed Livermore and Knight-Printed Matter Advertising Cards: 1890-1919. Starting around 1892, this company produced some of the most creative and innovative advertising postcards ever. Themes on these stock cards were driven by prevailing newspaper headlines, timely social topics, or the holiday seasons. The overview displayed various examples of the cards and the products they advertised. These cards make great additions to topical collections and exhibits. Enjoy his presentation: Printed Matter Advertising Cards of Livermore & Knight Co.: 1891-1918.
After a Q&A session, we moved on to our Show & Tell. Cathy Kotanchik presented a Machin Mystery. Enjoy: A Machin Mystery. Dr. DiComo shared a recent discovery of a rare double transfer on a U.S. Private Die Proprietary Perfume Revenue stamp from Woodworth & Son. Enjoy: A Brief History and Examination of the C.B. Woodworth & Son Imperishable Perfumes Company and the scarce RT20b Double Transfer Private Die Proprietary Stamp. George Hauber presented a number of recent Censored Cover finds from the WWII era. Enjoy: WWII Censored Covers. Larry Rosenblum shared a piece of postal history written on a collar stiffener sent after the 1906 earthquake in San Francisco, CA.
On June 9, 35+ members and guests gathered online from across the country at 6:30 PM for our monthly meeting. President Charles J. DiComo called the meeting to order and welcomed all attendees, new members and guests. Paul shared a membership update, reminded all that dues are due and Lou followed with a Treasurer’s Report. We then moved on to our guest speaker for the evening.
Paul introduced our good friend Rick Barrett, and the title of the evenings talk was Niagara Falls and Philately. Rick took us on a marvelous philatelic trip over Niagara Falls – he guided us through a fun and fast-paced presentation which was especially attractive to stamp collectors, as well as those who enjoy a good travelogue. Rick showed us many interesting examples of The Falls on stamps, as well as postal history pertaining to Niagara. Plus, there’s some absolutely fantastic history of Rick’s family that we were pleased he shared. Rick’s presentation can be viewed on our YouTube Channel here: Niagara Falls on Stamps. Please stop by, view our other lectures and Subscribe to be kept up to date when new content is posted.
This was then followed by our ever popular Show & Tell, where Al Schaub, Scott Ney and Mike Bach led the discussion with short presentations and Q&A. Enjoy
Fathers and Sons, Baseball Players Postcards to Their Fans, by Scott Ney.
A Story in 5 Picture Postcards (PPCs), by Al Schaub.
An Ordinary 1890 Great Britain Cover, Or Is It?, by Mike Bach.
On May 26, 30+ members and guests gathered online from across the country at 6:30 PM for our monthly meeting. Paul Petersen called the meeting to order and welcomed all attendees and guests. Our guest speaker this evening was Cemil Betanov, who spoke on Mail Wrappers: An Introduction, Foreign & Domestic. 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 a lot 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. Enjoy the presentation that follows: Collecting Newspaper Wrappers. This was follow by Q&A and our ever popular Show & Tell.
On May 16, ~40 members and guests joined us for the Philatelic Society of Lancaster County’s Inaugural Member’s Outdoor Sunday Bourse at Millersville Memorial Park. There were 10+ dealers with tables of stamps, covers and supplies, along with the Society table of giveaways and club donations. Folks really seemed glad to see one another after >1 year apart and the weather held out for the entire afternoon. We thank all that attended and hopefully we can do a similar event at a future date. See you at our August Picnic at Millersville Park…
On May 12, 30+ members and guests gathered online from across the country at 6:30 PM for our monthly meeting. President Charles J. DiComo called the meeting to order and welcomed all attendees and guests. A short business meeting was held, with Membership and Treasurer’s Reports, and a reminder to please send in your dues. The Society now at 141 active members and growing. Paul reminded all that this Sunday, May 16 we will be holding out Inaugural Member’s Outdoor Sunday Bourse from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM at Millersville Memorial Park.
Paul then introduced our guest speaker, Ron Majors, who lectured on his award-winning exhibit entitled Canada/British No. America (BNA)-Union and Confederate Postal Cross Border Correspondence during the U.S. Civil War. The U.S. 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.
Ron spoke 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, he showed 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. Canada/British North America (BNA)-Union and Confederate Postal Cross Border Correspondence during the U.S. Civil War: 1859-1867.
This was then followed by our ever popular Show & Tell. George Hauber led the session with his presentation entitled Two End-of-War Covers from the Phillipine Isles. Enjoy!
On April 28, 30+ members and guests gathered online from across the country at 6:30 PM for our monthly meeting. President Charles J. DiComo called the meeting to order and welcomed all attendees, new members and guests. He then shared the success of the past weekends 2-day Stamp Show at the Farm & Home Center – moderated by Kevin Kellman – 12 dealers and 150+ attendees led to smiles under everyone’s masks. Paul then shared a membership update, discussed dues renewals and reminded all to hold the May 16 for our outside spring Stamp Flea Market at Millersville Park.
We then proceeded with this evenings keynote speaker Ron Lesher, who’s presentation was entitled “Doc, I need a drink”: Events and Revenues Leading to the Prohibition. This stellar lecture featured the taxation of legal alcohol during National Prohibition. It included 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. Enjoy the presentation: “Doc, I need a drink”: Events and Revenues Leading to the Prohibition
This was then followed two short presentations by Scott Ney entitled Introduction to WWII Motor Vehicle Use Tax Stamps and George Hauber entitled Late Letters. We then moved to a lively Show & Tell with new finds requiring more research and updated on prior research projects.
Finally, to close out the Society’s two months of well-received, Revenue-focused lectures, Dr. Charles J. DiComo shared a recent find of a rare U.S. Private Die Proprietary Medicine stamp, the 4 cents Scovill RS221e on Experimental silk paper. He shared the history of the firm, the stamp in question, and how one distinguishes this uncommon paper variety from old, silk and watermarked. No doubt members and guests are checking their revenues now. Enjoy “The A.L. Scovill & Company” RS221e on Experimental Silk Paper: A brief History & Examination of Paper.
On April 14, 40+ members and guests gathered online from across the country at 6:30 PM for our monthly meeting. Paul Petersen called the meeting to order and welcomed all attendees, new members and guests. Dr. Charles J. DiComo shared a few updates on the Society website and YouTube Channel and urged all to visit and “Subscribe” and enjoy the diverse programs already posted. There are ~14 more video presentations to be posted over the next weeks. Paul then shared a membership update, discussed dues renewals and reminded all to hold the April dates (23-24) for the 2-day Kevin Kellman Stampshow at the Farm & Home Center, as well as the May 16 for our outside spring Stamp Flea Market at Millersville Park. Lou DiFelice gave the Treasurer’s Report, which was unanimously approved by a show of “virtual hands”.
The evenings program was entitled Revenues: Carte-de-Vistas, presented by Bill Schultz. The carte de visite (French:[kaʁt dəә vizit], visiting card), abbreviated CdV, was a type of small photograph which was patented in Paris by photographer André Adolphe Eugène Disdéri in 1854, although first used by Louis Dodero. Each photograph was the size of a visiting card, and such photograph cards were commonly traded among friends and visitors in the 1860s. Albums for the collection and display of cards became a common fixture in Victorian parlors. The immense popularity of these card photographs led to the publication and collection of photographs of prominent persons. Bill focused on a series of historical CdV’s related to West Chester, PA in the form of a philatelic revenue exhibit. Enjoy Revenues: Carte-de-Vistas.
This was then followed by a lively Show & Tell, with many members and guests sharing their own CdV’s and revenue-related items. We are excited to continue our Revenue series on April 28 when Ron Lesher will join us and speak on the taxation of legal alcohol during National Prohibition.
On March 24, ~40 members and guests gathered online from across the country at 6:30 PM for our monthly meeting. President DiComo called the meeting to order and welcomed all attendees, new members and guests. He then shared a few updates on the Society website and YouTube Channel and urged all to visit and “Subscribe” and enjoy the diverse programs already posted. There are ~18 more video presentations to be posted over the next weeks. Paul then shared a membership update (we are at 133 members), discussed dues renewals (we are at 50% paid to date) and reminded all to hold the April dates (23-24) for the 2-day Kevin Kellman Stampshow at the Farm & Home Center, as well as the May 16 for our outside spring Stamp Flea Market at Millersville Park.
Tonight’s program was entitled An Introduction to Revenue Collecting as Illustrated by Members, led by Paul Petersen & Charles J. DiComo, PhD. Paul Petersen provided a brief overview of revenue stamps, the depth of types and varieties and uses, both foreign and domestic, illustrating many colorful examples.
Dr. DiComo followed with a lecture entitled “Who Needs a Doctor? This Elixir Will Do! A Primer on U.S. Revenue Private Die Proprietary Medicine Stamps and Nostrums”, the history of the firms that produced them, along with original packaging from the 1860-1880’s.
David Hunt followed with a presentation entitled A Few Revenue Stamps, showing many of his favorites. Thereafter we moved to a broad Show & Tell, where many members and guests shared their favorite revenues, ephemera and stories.
Tonight was the first of three presentations on revenue topics with two specialized presentations to follow in April. On April 14, Bill Schultz shall present “Revenues: Carte-de-Vistas” and on April 28 Ron Lesher shall present “Doc, I need a drink”: Events and Revenues Leading to the Prohibition.
On March 10, ~65 members and guests gathered online from across the country at 6:30 PM for our monthly meeting. President DiComo called the meeting to order and welcomed all attendees, new members and guests. He then shared the launch of the PSLC YouTube Channel and urged all to visit and “Subscribe” and enjoy the diverse programs already posted, with many more of the way! Lou then followed with the Treasurer’s Report, with all approving. Paul then shared a membership update, discussed dues renewals and reminded all to hold the May date for our outside spring Stamp Flea Market.
We then moved on to a diverse program lead by Al Schaub, George Hauber, Paul Petersen and our Show & Tell. A few pictures of the attendees and slides, and the videos are on our YouTube Channel. Stop by and Subscribe today!
On February 24, ~34 members and guests gathered online from across the country at 6:30 PM for our monthly meeting. President DiComo called the meeting to order and welcomed all attendees, new members and guests from the Empire State Postal History Society. Paul shared a membership update (we are over 130), discussed dues renewals and reminded all to hold the May date for our outside spring Stamp Flea Market. Dr. DiComo revisited the very successful socially distanced” Some Sunday Stamp Show of Kevin Kellman that took place on Sunday February 21 at the Farm & Home Center, Lancaster, PA. A reminder the Kevin and 10-12 dealers will be back for a two-day show on April 23 & 24 – so stay tuned!
Paul then introdcued Charles J. DiComo, PhD, President of PSLC & ESPHS who lectured on The Providence, R.I. Pre-Mailing Control Marking on the U.S. 3 Cent 1851-57 Stamp. The re-discovery nearly 20 years ago of a number of covers and stamps led to a re-examination of what had previously been termed a “silent precancel” on the U.S. 3¢ 1851-57 Issue. The stamps have either a single horizontal and/or vertical ruled line (or both) in black pencil and/or red pencil (or both) spanning the stamp from edge to edge. An examination of over 700 Providence covers (and many more stamps) from 1851 through 1860 and the discovery of 13 year-dated covers confirmed the period of use as ~June 1855 to October 1857. These control marked 3¢ stamps were post-cancelled with the Providence, RI CDS and accepted for postage at the Providence PO. Brown University appears to be a main “account” holder, with other prominent businesses and families partaking, e.g.: Corliss Steam Engine Co.; H.F. Walling Publishers; and Comstock. This original research and remarkable story of ingenuity at the Providence, RI Post Office can now be shared. Enjoy: The Providence, R.I. Pre-Mailing Control Marking on the U.S. 3 Cent 1851-57 Stamp.
Following a dynamic Q&A session, was out ever-popular Show & Tell where members and guests posted a number of stamps and covers looking for more information, or simply to share their recent find and current research. We urge all our members and friends to share an image of their favorite item or puzzler… See you next month.
On February 10, ~26 members and guests gathered online from across the country at 6:30 PM for our monthly meeting. President DiComo called the meeting to order and welcomed all attendees and new members. Paul shared a membership update (we are now at 130), discussed dues renewals and reminded all to hold the May date for our outside spring Stamp Flea Market. Lou then gave a Treasurer’s report and Dr. DiComo reminded all that on Sunday February 21st, Kevin Kellman will be holding a Some Sunday Stamp Show (masks required and all at a distance) at the Farm & Home Center, Lancaster, PA.
Paul then introduced Mike Bach, who spoke on “The 1890 Jubilee Celebrations of the Penny Black.” With the issuance of the world’s first postage stamp fifty years earlier by the U.K in 1840, many other countries followed suit. Along with the stamps often came some degree of needed postal reform. Reformer Rowland Hill agitated sufficiently until many of his ideas became law including uniform penny postage across the land. With this came improved literacy, greater communication, and a spawn of new businesses. In 1890, the 50th anniversary of this all was celebrated across the land. There were exhibits, gala events, speeches, and ephemera of all kinds. The 1890 Jubilee Celebrations of the Penny Black.
This was then followed by two short presentations by George Hauber and Scott Ney, with a Q&A session. There presentations are below and we are all looking forward to Dr. DiComo’s lecture on February 24 entitled The Providence, R.I. Pre-Mailing Control Marking on the U.S. 3 Cent 1851-57 Stamp.
On January 27, ~34 members and guests gathered online from across the country at 6:30 PM for our monthly meeting. President DiComo called the meeting to order and welcomed all attendees and new members. Paul shared a few updates on membership (we are now at 128 members), discussed dues renewals and mailing to Barbara and the plan for our outside spring event in May – stay tuned for more details in the PSLC Newsletter and on our website.
After a brief introduction by Paul, our guest speaker John Howker spoke on “The Map Stamps of Panama”. 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. Enjoy the presentation “The Map Stamps of Panama”.
This was followed by our popular Show & Tell, where members and guests shared some of their favorite stamps & covers.See you in 2 weeks when Mike Bach will present on 1890: The Jubilee Celebrations of the Penny Post.
On January 13, ~37 members and guests gathered online from across the country at 6:30 PM for our monthly meeting. President DiComo called the meeting to order, wished all a Happy New Year and welcomed all attendees and new members. Paul shared a few updates on membership (we are now at 127 members), discussed dues renewals and mailing to Barbara, the planning for an outside spring event, and Lou shared that our Treasury is stable.
After a brief introduction by Paul, our guest speaker Dick Colberg spoke on French Balloon Mail, where he shared the history of the Ballon Mail during the Siege of Paris, the many flights leaving Paris carried by the winds to various destinations around France, to cities and countries beyond. Dick also shared numerous covers and discussed the specifics of each. This was followed by a lively Q&A.
Following this, Dr. DiComo shared a presentation on a recent find of a Private Die Proprietary U.S. Revenue Medicine stamp RS243e issued by the U.S. Proprietary Medicine Company on Experimental Silk Paper. He relayed a brief history of the company, the stamps issued, their use and a detailed examination of the paper. Charles highlighted the white and fibrous nature of the paper, along with the minute pieces of silk thread (blue and red) widely scattered within the paper, confirming its designation as experimental silk. “The U.S. Proprietary Medicine Company RS243e on Experimental Silk Paper: Brief History & Examination”.
We then moved on to our Show & Tell, where many members shared their favorites stamps and covers, with a few short presentations. See you in 2 weeks when John Howker will present on “The Map Stamps of Panama.”
On December 23, ~35 members and guests gathered online from across the country at 6:30 PM for our monthly meeting. President DiComo called the meeting to order, and welcomed all attendees and new members. Paul shared a few updates on membership, dues renewals, planning for an outside spring bourse, and Lou shared our Treasury is stable.
After a brief open session of members and introduction by Paul, Dr. DiComo, PSLC & ESPHS President, shared a presentation entitled 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. Dr. DiComo lived in Pawling, New York for a decade, and began researching the history of village, town, hamlets and neighborhoods in Dutchess County. He began collecting its postal history, along with real photo postcards, postal cards, postal stationery, Victorian trade cards, railroad tickets, newspapers, hotel paraphernalia, etc. He shared a sub-collection from this study which included Bank Checks, Promissory Notes, Bank Tags, Fractional & Federal Currency, Revenue-stamped documents and other Ephemera. 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.
For those interested, he recently published an article on a portion of this story, The Life of Hiram Vail and the Obsolete Notes produced for his Banking & Collection Office in Amenia, New York, Paper Money, May-June 2019, Vol. LVIII, No. 3, Whole No. 321, pp. 190-194.
Following a spirited Q&A session, we moved to our Show & Tell where George Hauber shared a presentation on the U.S. Americana Definitive Series, 1975-1981. This was a short-lived definitives series, but offers diverse paper, gum and tagging varieties. The Americana Series 1975-81.
We ended the evening and 2020 with everyone raising their glasses and Dr. DiComo wishing all a safe, relaxing and wonderful time over the next few weeks; we are all deserving of some time to reflect, recharge and head into 2021 with renewed hope.
On December 9, ~35 members and guests gathered online from across the country at 6:30 PM for our monthly meeting. Paul Petersen, in President DiComo’s stead, called the meeting to order, and welcomed all attendees and new members. Steven J. Rod then spoke on “Nassau Street: The Stamp Collectors Paradise.” Nassau Street in Manhattan was the place to be, as it exemplified the great history of the hobby in its golden years. Everyone was treated to stories about the dealers and other characters, the auctions, the sales, and some of the other great details behind this unprecedented NYC real estate. This was followed by a Q&A session and all were treated to a lively Show & Tell. See you on December 23rd.
On November 25, ~33 members and guests gathered online from across the country (and a dealer from Australia) at 6:30 PM for our monthly meeting. Paul Petersen, in President DiComo’s stead, called the meeting to order, and welcomed all attendees and new members.
Mike Bach then led a lecture entitled “Wilkins-Ellsworth 1931: Ill-fated Expedition to the North Pole by Submarine Nautilus.” This presentation revolved around a postcard with two addresses and stamps from two countries with a cachet of a submarine at the North Pole. Mike told the story of the ill-fated journey by submarine that was conceived by two adventurers, Hubert Wilkins, an Australian, and Lincoln Ellsworth, an American who we all should know but we don’t. After Mike’s presentation, everyone in attendance knew a little more about these characters. The post-presentation was dynamic with many having similar covers and information to share. Wilkins-Ellsworth 1931: Ill-fated Expedition to the North Pole by Submarine Nautilus.
Scott Ney then spoke on his most current project, involving the creation of philatelic calendars using your “extra” stamps, a fascinating area that anyone can start. His presentation is entitled Philatelic Calendar – Or Puzzle?. The evening ended with our ever popular Show & Tell. See you next month…
On November 11, 33 members and guests gathered online from across the country at 6:30 PM for our monthly meeting. President DiComo called the meeting to order, and welcomed all attendees and new members. Lou shared a Treasurer’s report; Paul a membership report – with the great news that we have signed on our 125th member (welcome Steve!). Paul then called for a motion to vote in the current slate of officers for another term in 2021. The vote was unanimous and Dr. DiComo thanked the membership on behalf of the officers for their vote of confidence.
Paul then introduced the evenings presenter, David Hunt, President of the Reading Stamp Collectors Club. David spoke on “Pilgrim-400: The 400th Anniversary of the Landing at Plymouth Rock.” Dave showed the U.S. stamps for the 300th, 350th and 400th anniversaries, the 3 stamps Great Britain issued for the Mayflower/Pilgrims, and some postal history (very) loosely connected to the Pilgrims. He’s a member of The Society of Mayflower Descendants in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, has been an officer of said organization, as a descendant of Gov. William Bradford (and probably a few others such as John and Priscilla Alden). 400th Anniversary of the Pilgrim Landing. This was followed by a very active Show & Tell, with submissions by Steve Rod, Paul Petersen, Bob Noble and Dr. DiComo. We look forward to see you all in 2 weeks!
On October 28, 27+ members and guests gathered online from across the country at 6:30 PM for our monthly meeting. In President DiComo’s absence, Paul Petersen called the meeting to order, welcomed all attendees and gave a brief update. This was followed by our keynote speaker, Bob Kotanchik, who gave a colorful presentation on An Introduction to the Machin Issues of Great Britain. This is one of the longest running worldwide definitive stamp issues, one that began in 1964. How did these get started? Who designed them? How are colours picked? How can one be told from another? If security precautions are used, what are they? What makes these stamps such an interesting issue to collect? It’s all here. Introduction to the Machins Issues of Great Britain. This was then followed by our most popular Show & Tell. We look forward to seeing you next month.
On October 14, 27+ members and guests gathered online from across the country at 6:30 PM for our monthly meeting. President DiComo called the meeting to order, welcomed all attendees and gave a brief overview of the Society website, Membership status, and a summary of the successful “Some Sunday Stamp Show” on October 11 at the Farm & Home Center. Paul Petersen then put forth the current slate of Officers for reelection in 2021. This was motioned and seconded and will appear in net months newsletter, to be voted on at the December meeting.
Paul then introduced the evenings presenter, David Hunt, President of the Reading Stamp Collectors Club and Treasurer/Auction Director of the Errors, Freaks, and Oddities Collectors Club. David spoke on Great Britain Stamped to Order Stationary and the Royal Household Official Mail. He showed covers with special markings and cancels and various aspects of postal activity in the UK.
Great Britain Stamped to Order Postal Stationery & Royal Household Official Mail
This was then followed by Show & Tell, with short presentations by George Hauber, Al Schaub, Mike Bach, Bob Noble and others. Jose Rizal: Philippines Hero, by George Hauber.
On September 23, 32 members and guests gathered online from across the country at 6:30 PM for our monthly meeting. President DiComo called the meeting to order, welcomed all attendees and gave a brief overview of the Society website with many new features – do visit our website today! Paul Petersen then introduced Ann Byerly, ATA Chapter Coordinator who presented on “Nurse Philatelic Stories.” We are seeing the many sacrifices being made as we endure the current Corona virus pandemic, and among those on the front line are the nurses. Ann shared stories behind the nurses on stamps as a thematic collector and former RN. It is her thank you to all the healthcare workers for their service. Ann is the ATA Chapter Coordinator, writing the Chapter Chatter column in each issue of Topical Time. PSLC is reviewed each month based on the information in our newsletters. Nurse Philately Stories.
Charles J. DiComo, PhD followed with a short presentation on The 1893 2¢ Columbian “Broken Hat” Plate Varieties. I am sure we all have one or more copies, but did you know that this transfer roll break or damaged relief developed gradually over time, leading to variations in the break? Do check your copies after viewing Charles’ presentation! The 1893 2 Cent Columbian “Broken Hat” Varieties.
This was followed by our popular Show & Tell. Bob Kotanchik shared a few slides and “stamps” or “labels” from the 1971 British Postal Strike. Great Britain’s Postal Strike of 1971.
David Hunt shared a few select U.S. Revenues; a First Issue 5 Cent red Certificate stamp with a SON cancel in black from Mohawk Valley Bank dated April 14, 1865 (I am sure you can guess the historical significance of that date). The second was an R154 1 Cent green Franklin small banknote stamp from 1898 overprinted with the red “I.R.”, postally used on a drop cover from Parkersburg W.V. (an illegal use). Presentations and pictures of the meeting to follow. See you next month!
On September 9, 40 members and guests gathered online from across the country at 6:30 PM for our monthly meeting. President DiComo called the meeting to order, welcomed all attendees and gave a brief overview of the state of the Society – which is stable and healthy. Paul Petersen then introduced Dawn Hamman, the President of the American Topical Association (ATA), who presented a delightful and informative lecture of Collecting your State. Even for those who are not yet topical collectors, this presentation demonstrated how anyone can collect stamps and ephemera related to your state or other states of family or friends. There are unlimited educational benefits to this for younger collectors or collectors to be. Dawn demonstrated how she developed such a collection of stamps from her state of Florida. She also notes that ATA has topical checklists for most states that will enable collectors to get a jump-start on their new topical collection. Do visit their new and improved website. This was then followed by our Show & Tell. The meeting concluded a little after 9:00 PM. All are looking forward to ATA Chapter Coordinator, Ann Byerly’s presentation in two weeks on Nurse Philatelic Stories.
On August 26, 40 members and guests gathered online from across the country at 6:30 PM for our monthly meeting. President DiComo called the meeting to order, welcomed the attendees, gave a brief overview of the state of the Society and passed the floor to APS Executive Director Scott English – who discussed the recent success of the Virtual APS Stamp Show 2020 and thanked all for their ongoing support. Paul Petersen then introduced our guest lecturer, Robert G. Rufe, President of the Brandywine Valley Stamp Club. He spoke on the 1928 Era “Special” Booklet Paper Variety Stamps now listed in the 2020 Scott Catalog. These exciting new listings have been a decade long effort by Bob and we congratulate him. 1928 Fourth Bureaus on Special Booklet Paper.
Charles J. DiComo, PhD then followed with a brief presentation entitled What are Those Extra Lines on your Gravure-printed Stamp?, where he discussed the doctor blade, the high precision steel blade found on gravure printing systems that scrapes (or meters) away the excess ink from gravure cylinder, leaving the raised areas free of ink. The ink is then transferred from the depressed areas under pressure to the stamp paper. When the doctor blade is defective, errant lines of ink may appear. Examples are shown, along with plate cracks and scratches. What Are Those Extra Lines On Your Gravure-printed Stamps?.
We ended the evening with our popular Show & Tell and reminded everyone to check our website for future speakers, new presentations, reprints and exhibits.
On August 12 we held our self-catered, socially-distant Annual Summer Picnic at Memorial Park in Millersville. Seventeen members and guests brought their own food, drink, table covering, hand sanitizer and masks – a truly self-catered picnic. The pavilion was large enough for everyone to spread out, keep their distance and still have engaging conversation. There were also plenty of stamps and covers at our silent auction and door prizes. The rain held out again (thanks Doug!)
On July 22, members and guests gathered online from across the country at 6:30 PM for our monthly meeting. Paul Petersen called the meeting to order, welcomed the attendees and discussed the annual picnic on August 12th. The keynote speakers was George Hauber, Sr., who presented on the History and Overview of World War II V-Mail. This was followed by Paul Petersen who gave a primer on U.S. Postage Currency. We ended the evening with our popular Show & Tell.
History and Overview of World War II V-Mail, by George Hauber, Sr.
A Primer on U.S. Postage Currency, by Paul Petersen
On July 8, 30+ members and guests gathered online from across the country at 6:30 PM for our monthly meeting. Prez. DiComo called the meeting to order, welcomed the attendees, and called for approval of last months minutes. This was followed by the Treasurer and Membership Report, after which Paul discussed the annual picnic being planned for August 12th following a “social distancing” approach. Paul also mentioned our future speakers and made a call for anyone else who would like to share.
Prez. DiComo also gave an update on the Philatelic Society of Lancaster County’s continued partnership with the North Museum of Nature & Science and the “Passport to Discovery” Program he helped to create nearly 2 years ago. This popular Passport program, which is part of the Visitor Discovery Packs for all attendees, invites guests of the museum to explore exhibits in a whole new way and introduces the wonder of Stamp Collecting with the generous donation of starter packets from members of the Philatelic Society of Lancaster County for all attendees. As visitors make their way through the museums’ three floors, they are invited to add stamps to their passport and select locations along the way. TNM-PSLC Passport to Discovery Program Update
Our keynote speaker was Mike Bach, who shared his story entitled The Penny Black, A Pictorial Tour of the Anniversaries: 1840 to 2020. He took us on a tour of the last 180 years of the stamps and souvenir sheets issued from around the globe to commemorate the issue of the worlds first postage stamp, the Penny Black. There were some issues the group had not seen before, with many variations on the theme. A Pictorial Tour of the Anniversaries of the Penny Black: 1840 to 2020, by Mike Bach
This was then followed by a short presentation by Dr. Charles J. DiComo on The S.S. Tahiti: Her History, Her Sinking and a ‘Salvaged’ Cover, based on a recent find of a cover that sat unnoticed in a brown envelope for 35 years. Charles was able to locate photos the Ocean Liners foundering and rescue – with no loss of life – in the South Pacific Ocean. This artifact is one a few pieces of mail that survived and was eventually delivered from New Zealand to its final destination in Indianapolis. The S.S. Tahiti: Her History, Her Sinking and a “Salvaged” Cover, by Charles J. DiComo, PhD
We ended the evening with our Show & Tell. Members and guests shared a myriad of items, including Silent Precancels, Advertising Covers and Wrappers, a complete plating the Great Britain One Penny Reds (WOW), and World War II Ration Stamps of all types.
2020-06-24 Virtual Bi-monthly Meeting
On June 24, 35 members and guests gathered online from across the country at 6:30 PM for our monthly meeting. Prez. DiComo called the meeting to order, welcomed all members and guests, and passed the mike to Paul Petersen., He discussed the ongoing interest in our annual picnic – following a “social distancing” approach. Paul also mentioned our future speakers and made a call for anyone else who would like to share.
Rudi Anders, President of the Germany Philatelic Society, then spoke for 60 minutes on WWII German Censorship: An emphasis on Berlin with an overview of the entire system. Rudi is a specialist in WWII postal history and issues, with a sub-specialty of Immediate Post-WWII postal history. In this primer, he showed early examples from the Boer War and WWI, described currency control in the early 1930’s in Germany, then reviewed the mechanics of censorship and rules. Finally, Rudi presented a broad array of covers from the WWII period, some common, some scarce – all unique in their own right. The evening concluded with a Show & Tell, led of by Bob Kotanchik, who put a smile on everyone’s face with his presentation entitled Satirical Stamp Designs Created to Commemorate Brexit: i.e., Britain’s Departure from the European Union. The presentation, along with Rudi’s is shared below. Additional members & guests kept the evening going by sharing their favorite stamps and covers and took questions. As always, we all learned something new.
WWII German Censorship: An emphasis on Berlin with an overview of the entire system
German Censorship of Civilian Mail during World War II: List of Cities
Satirical Stamp Designs Created to Commemorate Brexit
2020-06-10 Virtual Bi-monthly Meeting
On June 10, 35 members and guests gathered online from across the country at 6:30 PM for our monthly meeting. Prez. DiComo called the meeting to order, welcomed all and passed the mike to Lou and Barbara for the Treasurer and Membership reports, respectively. Paul then polled the membership for their interest of holding the annual picnic at Memorial Park in August. More details to follow.
PSLC President Charles J. DiComo, PhD then spoke for 60 minutes on The Development of Perforations on United States Postage Stamps: 1855 – 1857. He reviewed the events preceding the purchase of a perforating machine by Toppan, Carpenter & Co. (TCC) and the inventors of the rotary perforating machine in G.B. He then discussed the TCC rouletting trial period with Perkins, Bacon and Bemrose and conversion of the roulettor to a perforator; all leading to the eventual issuance of the first U.S. perforated 3¢ stamps in February 1857. He displayed many never before seen original documents and correspondence between TCC and Perkins, Bacon and Charles’ recent discovery of a 3¢ 1851 “brush stroke” pair, Scott #11P3. The presentation is below as a PDF. Finally, the evening was capped off with a Show & Tell, where members & guests shared their favorite stamps and covers. The Development of Perforations on United States Postage Stamps: 1855 – 1857
2020-05-27 Virtual Bi-monthly Meeting
On May 27, 30+ members and guests gathered online from across the country at 6:30 PM for our second meeting of the month and ran for nearly 3 hours. The evenings session was led off by Joanne Murphy, MD, Executive Director of the International Society of Worldwide Stamp Collectors. She shared the ins and out of the International Society of Worldwide Stamp Collectors, the benefits of membership, their newsletter and online resources, including the amazingly useful Worldwide Stamp Identifier. Why not consider joining today by visiting the ISWSC.
PSLC President Charles J. DiComo, Ph.D, followed with a presentation entitled A Primer on the U.S. 3 Cent Stamp, 1851-60 Issue: Plates, Colors, Cancels. Charles gave an overview of the events leading up to reduced postage rates in 1851, the awarding of the contract to Toppan, Carpenter & Co., the production of the 3 Cent stamp; reviewing essays, the die, plate proofs, the 3 reliefs, plate production and layout. He then showed examples of the more common colors/shades from 1851 to 1857 neatly mounted on Dr. Amonette-signed cards, followed by select examples of Fancy Town cancels, Route Agent & Waterway/Vessel Cancels, Railroad cancel and an assortment of colored cancels, both common and scarce in blue, red and green. The presentation is below as a PDF.
Finally, the evening was capped off with a Show & Tell – an amazing assortment of material was shared and discussed. We look forward to seeing you on June 10th for our next virtual meeting, where Charles J. DiComo, PhD with give a 60 minute presentation on The Development of Perforations on United States Postage Stamps: 1855 – 1857. A Primer on the U.S. 3 Cent Stamp, 1851-60 Issue: Plates, Colors, Cancels
2020-05-13 Virtual Bi-Monthly Meeting
On May 13, 44 members and guests gathered online for our monthly meeting, which began promptly at 6:30 PM and ran for 90+ minutes via Zoom. Dr. DiComo opened the session with a welcome, introduced our guest Tom Bowman from the Wyoming Valley Stamp Club, along with our newest PSLC member Stan Shepp. Paul followed with the Treasurers report on Lou’s behalf, then a membership update. We are also happy to report that David Weichert was unanimously voted in as Secretary.
Paul then facilitated the program with our four speakers. Jennifer Miller from the American Topical Association, discussed what initially got her into collecting and the state of the ATA and topical collecting. If you are not a member, do consider joining. Next up was Scott English, APS Executive Director, who discussed the state of the Society and the hobby in general. We also encourage you to join the APS – you will not be disappointed. His presentation is below. Next, Bill Schultz presented on the 6¼ cent rate “of convenience,” based on a special cover he uncovered a year or so ago. This has led to a manuscript with contributions from collectors across the globe, with a publication in the works. His presentation is below. Finally, we ended the evening with George Hauber’s recent find of an old brown wrapper. The moral, you never know what you will find inside – so keep on searching! We look forward to seeing you on May 27th for our next virtual meeting – Prez. DiComo will be leading the discussion with a primer on the U.S. 3 Cent Stamp, 1851-60 Issue: Plates, Colors and Cancels. If you are interested in classic U.S. stamps, you will want to join us.
2020-04 The Society’s Inaugural Virtual Monthly Meeting a Success
On April 8, 2020, 24 members and guests attended the Society’s inaugural Virtual Monthly Meeting using Zoom video conferencing. Our thanks goes to Sue Noble Uhl who facilitated this and Paul Petersen who moderated the hour long session. It was rewarding to see all the smiling faces, each in good health and social distancing. And there were “door” prizes too! Dr. DiComo opened the session with a welcome and a hearty thanks to all those that could attend. Membership Chair Barbara Buchanan gave a membership update with a reminder that a few members have yet to pay their dues. Then the sharing began, with each on the line sharing a story or two of what they have been doing during these past weeks. Many have been catching up with their stamps, postal history, research articles and home projects. Some were happy to listen to the birds during their long walks. Bob Noble and Dr. Charles DiComo shared their screens and presented a number of interesting stamps and postal history items with brief descriptions. Prez. DiComo captured some screen shots shown below. We encourage more members to join us for the May Virtual Monthly Meeting.
2020-02 Dr. Charles J. DiComo shares an 1856 Postal History Detective Story
On February 12, 2020 47 members and guests were treated to a lecture by Dr. Charles J. DiComo entitled “From the U.S. to Farther India & Back Again. A Five Month Journey of a Baptist Missionary Cover in 1856-1857. The Challenge: Determining the Rates and Routes”. This was a detective story of an 1856 cover with 20+ cancellations and manuscript markings. The challenge was to determine the journey this cover took from Warren, Ohio to Farther India (Burma) and back again, arriving at the Baptist Mission in Boston after 5 months. Charles eloquently revealed the cancels, followed the routes and rates and deciphered the transit, as well as sharing the human story of the Reverend Alfred Satterlee, his wife and newborn daughter. All this was accomplished using numerous resources: personal philatelic references; online databases, philatelic auction catalogs; digital manipulation software; and by contacting colleagues. There was also the usual business meeting, with Treasurer and Membership Chair reports, Lancopex 2020 sign-up sheets, nearly 30+ door prizes, the 50-50 and our monthly bourse.
Paul Petersen also shared with members and guests that our very own Dr. DiComo was the recipient of the Grand Award and Large Gold Award in Literature at the 66th Sarasota National Stamp Expo and Writers Unit 30, which took place February 7-9, 2020. This recognition was for his article entitled New Plate Flaw Discovery: “Dash and Ink Trail” on 3¢ 1851 Stamp. This original research appeared in The Chronicle of U.S. Postal Issues 259, August 2018 published by the U.S. Philatelic Classics Society. For more info on this award and the Sarasota Palmares, click HERE
2020-01 Winter Auction
On January 8, we held our Winter Auction and it was a grand success with 50 members in attendance, over 125 lots and 70% sold. Everyone was excited to be in our new auction space the High Conference Room at Landis Homes. President DiComo wished all a Happy New Year, opened the session and was presented an APS Article of Distinction Award for 2020 from Paul. Paul then followed with general announcements, the LANCOPEX sign-up clipboards and a special recognition to Fred Sargent. Lou shared the Treasurer’s report and Barbara shared the membership report (currently at 118) and that dues are being accepted. Hal Klein provided snacks and refreshments. From the floor Mike Bach updated us on our friends health in Reading and Reading Stamp Club President David Hunt thanked the PSLC for a club donation. Then the aggressive bidding began – A special thanks to our crack staff of auctioneers (Aaron & Mike); runners (Mark, Robert & Charles); and accounting (Lou & Dick). Our members submitted quality material under our new “rules” and our ambitious members and guests bid energetically and won great lots, with nearly $850 in sales. Treasurer Lou DiFelice shall have the detailed results for our February newsletter. We are anxiously looking forward to the June Auction.
2019-12 Society Holiday Dinner
On December 18, a great time was a had by all at the Garden Cafe at Woodcrest Villa. There were 49 members and guests in attendance. At each place setting was the evening’s Holiday Dinner Program. There was an excellent cocktail hour, followed by a welcome and blessing by Paul Petersen. The menu and choice of entrees was as outstanding as was the service, and folks are already talking about next year. This years festivities included an optional gift exchange of a philatelic nature – everyone that participated had smiles on their faces. Paul Petersen then recognized the 2020 Society Officers, all of whom posed for a photo-op. Finally, it was time for the special recognition portion of the evening, where we all thanked our colleagues for their any years of service and volunteerism. The success of our Society is due to its’ dedicated members and we do have many. We closed with well wishes and good health for the New Year.
2019-10 David Hunt discusses the Engraving Art of Czeslaw Slania
On October 9, 2019, 45+ members and guests were treated to a presentation by David Hunt entitled “The Engraving Art of Czeslaw Slania – Life Work of the World’s Finest Engraver”. David discussed the early life of Slania in Poland and his longtime partnership with the Swedish Post who produced many of his stamps after he moved there in 1956. Slania was prolific in that he designed and/or engraved 1547 stamps for 32 countries – a record that will probably never be surpassed. He also engraved banknotes and various art pieces. You can view David’s presentation HERE.
2019-09 Autumn Auction
On September 11, the Society held its Autumn Auction. Before we began, President DiComo led a short business meeting, followed by a moving 9/11 remembrance speech by Vin Kneizys and a moment of silence. There were over 50 members and guests in attendance, with 43 registered bidders, 28 actual buyers and 155 lots for sale. Overall the evening was a grand success and all had smiles on their faces with their new acquisitions. A special thanks to our crack staff of auctioneers (Aaron and Mike); runners (Robert and Charles); bookkeepers (Dick and Lou); and host Joe Berlin for the tasty treats and drinks.
The Society would also like to thank Bill Harris, President of the Allentown Philatelic Society, his wife Susan, and Bob Kotanchik, their webmaster (and now PSLC member) for stopping by the club, and for a dinner meeting prior with Dr. DiComo to discuss partnership opportunities between the two Society’s.
2019-07 Roger Brody discusses The U.S. Stamp Series of 1902
On July 10, 2019, 50+ members and guests were treated to a special presentation by Roger Brody entitled “National Identity: The Stamp Series of 1902”. The presentation discussed the development of the first definitive stamp series designed and produced by the Bureau of Engraving & Printing (BEP). Roger is the foremost expert in the U.S. 1902 Series as seen in his exhibition awards, publications, research, presentations, and consultation. It was a learning experience for all with a great Q&A session. We were honored to have him to the club and are already looking forward his return next summer. You can view Roger’s presentation HERE.
2019-06 Paul Petersen and Dr. Charles J. DiComo presenting at APS Summer Session
On June 24, 2019, 20 participants attended an APS Summer Session elective lecture entitled “Using Your Stamp Club Newsletter & Website for Productive Communication and Growth” by Paul Petersen, Editor – PSLC Newsletter and Dr. Charles J. DiComo, Society President, Webmaster & Designer. The purpose of the presentation and accompanying handout was not to describe how to compose an effective newsletter or build and develop a successful website, but to detail how these modes are an asset to both internal and external communication to promote growth of the club and the hobby itself. There were excellent questions throughout and a number of attendees (including our very own Lou DiFelice) stayed an additional 45 minutes for a live demonstration of the administrative portion of the PSLC website and ease of set-up, editing and maintenance. To access both the presentation and handout, click HERE.
2019 Spring Auction
On June 12, 2019 the Society held its Spring Auction and it was a grand success. A special thanks to our crack staff of auctioneers (Aaron & Mike); runners (Robert & Charles); and host George Younes. Our members submitted quality material and our 50 members and guests bid energetically and won some great lots. We all are looking forward to our Autumn Auction in September.
2019-05 Rick Barrett speaking on his book “Buffalo Cinderellas“
On May 23, 2019, 25 members and guests we treated to a special presentation by Rick Barrett on his award-winning book Buffalo Cinderellas – The Gentleman, The Huckster and the Pan American Exposition. Rick had books available for sale and autographed all for the purchasers. He also brought his extensive collection of Pan American Exposition materials, from tickets, postal history, post cards, stamps, newspapers, ephemera, etc. Rick’s wife Christine joined us and took video, photographs, and was kind enough to hand out to all attendees the USPS Pan American souvenir sheet issued in 2000.
2019-05 Joseph Sullivan speaking on the “The History of Printing on Stamps: A Topical Study”
On May 8, 2019, 50 members and guests were thoroughly entertained by our guest speaker Joseph Sullivan on a topical study on “The History of Printing on Stamps”. Joe is a lifelong, worldwide stamp collector with special interest in the graphic arts and printing as related to philately. He is also a serious collector of Poster Stamps. Joe is a member of the APS, ATA, Baltimore Philatelic Society, Graphics Philately Association, and Europa Study Unit. He is the editor of and contributor to Philateli-Graphics, the award-winning quarterly journal of the Graphics Philately Association. Within the last year, he created the stampsite.org website where he writes regularly about philatelic topics that particularly interest him (and hopefully you too, so check it out.) Joe is also an ATA Ambassador and annual participant in Volunteer Week at the APS. Enjoy!
2019-04 Bill Schultz speaking on the “Joys of Philately”
On April 10, 2019, nearly 60 members and guests were treated to an informal discussion on the Joys of Philately by Bill Schultz; philatelic judge, writer, speaker, collector, curator, and more than 50 year exhibitor. We opened the session with a music video of a rendition of Unchained Melody by the Alle Orchester bei der Musikschau der Nationen recorded in 2002 in Bremen. Bill then followed with an overview of postal history, postal systems, the movement of mail via different modes of transportation (water, rail, horseback), discussed cancels and devices, and the postal rates and stamps that covered the cost of this enterprise. Bill then passed around the room his wonderful exhibit pages of covers and letters from West Chester, PA. Moreover, Bill introduced a Single-Frame Exhibit on “Ft. Delaware POW’s Postal History”. This newly-created exhibit which Bill helped to curate for a collector, contained many unique items sent from the Fort by Confederate (and Union traitor) prisoners of war during the Civil War. The material was rare and unique and has never been exhibited before. A most enjoyable evening was had by all – We are looking forward to Bill’s next visit!
2019-04 The North Museum & Philatelic Society Launch the “Passport to Discovery”
On April 1, 2019, The North Museum of Nature and Science in conjunction with the Philatelic Society of Lancaster County has developed a new program for its young guests. The “Passport to Discovery” program features an all-color booklet that includes spaces for the children to match up cancelled commemorative postage stamps with displays in the Museum.
Children will be given the opportunity to search through boxes of cancelled postage stamps to find a match to the clues given in their “Passport to Discovery” booklets. They may then paste the stamps they find into their “Passport to Discovery” booklet in the space allotted. For instance, there is a space inside the booklet for “dinosaurs.” They may find several stamps dedicated to “dinosaurs” which they may paste in the space in their booklet. There will be prizes awarded for those who finish their booklets. This unique, fun activity is intended to introduce children to the hobby of stamp collecting and give them another new way to explore North Museum. Cost of the “Passport to Discovery” booklets is $5.00 each plus admission to the Museum and the program will last through August 2019.
The North Museum is located on the corner of Buchanan and College Avenues in Lancaster and is open year-round (10:00 am-5:00 pm Mondays-Saturdays; Sundays 12:00 pm-5:00 pm) and features world-class collections of rocks, minerals, and birds as well as an active glass-enclosed beehive, a dinosaur gallery, coding corner, state-of-the-art planetarium and a live animal room.
The Philatelic Society of Lancaster County 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 and beyond.
2019-02 Robert Witkosky discussing Bosnian Philately
On February 13, we were treated to a presentation by Robert “Bob” Witkosky. Over 60 members and guests were in attendance. Bob is retired from the U.S. Air Force and the DoD as an analyst. He is now a part-time philatelic dealer specializing in worldwide covers. Bob’s personal collecting interest is Bosnian philately, stamps and postal history. As background, at the start of WWI, Bosnian postal authorities employed their first use of semi-postal stamps by overprinting the 5 Heller & 10 Heller values of the 1906 Views issue stamps (Scott #B1 & B2). The overprints consisted of the year (1914), an additional value (7 Heller or 12 Heller), and four small squares. Bob passed around page after page of stamps, with multiples, perforation varieties, overprints, semi-postal’s, and covers. There were plenty of questions – and a few members brought their own Bosnian stamps for sharing. We hope to see Bob in the near future for Part II.
2019 Some Sunday Stamp Show
On February 10 at the Farm & Home Center was the winter meet-up of the Some Sunday Stamp Show, hosted by our very own Kevin Kellman. PSLC Members and Guests from as far as Maryland were in attendance to search through 8 dealers stock. A silent auction with well over 75 lots was a success, as was the ever popular free pizza and soft drinks. I hope all in attendance walked away with a new find for their research and collections. See you at the next Show.