Study Groups

Philatelic Society of Lancaster County

The James Buchanan Chapter #173 of the American Philatelic Society  
Chapter 118 of the American Topical Association  

Study Groups

In the spirit of sharing and at the core of our mission, the Philatelic Society of Lancaster County is pleased to host this page for our regional Study Groups who elect to have the PSLC promote their efforts. The first such group is The Philatelic Gathering, of which our very own Dr. Charles J. DiComo, Lou DiFelice and Dick Colberg are charter members.

Contact Charles at if you would like your Study Group spotlighted here.

The Philatelic Gathering

In January 2019, seventeen stamp and postal history collectors, researchers and historians convened at Bill and Patricia Schultz’ home in West Chester, PA to discuss how “To Share our Love of Philately with Others”. Also in attendance was Ellen E. Endslow, the Director of Collections/Curator from the Chester County Historical Society (CCHS).
From this initial meeting, “The Philatelic Gathering” was formed to explore and share a myriad of topics. Meetings to be held on Saturdays from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the CCHS. For more info and how to participate, contact Bill Schultz at

2019 Schedule

225 N. High Street, West Chester PA, 19380. N.B.: after the meeting, whoever wants to join the group for a luncheon at a nearby restaurant in West Chester is welcome.

Date Lead | Host Description
May 25 Dr. Charles J. DiComo The agenda to include three diverse speakers: Kean Spencer on Canal Zone and Thomas Geiger on the U.S. 1 Cent Franklin Scott #300, along with 2 displays. Bill Schultz will also mediate and open session on the elusive “6 1/4” rate from the stampless posal history era.
June 15 TBD The agenda to include diverse speakers: Dr. Gus Spector, TBA.
July 20 TBD
August 17 TBD The agenda to include diverse speakers: Ronald E. Majors, “Canada Mourning Covers, pre-1880”.
September 21 TBD
October 19 TBD
November 16 TBD The agenda to include diverse speakers: Dick Colberg on Valuations & Appraisals; more to come.

Topics for the First Three Years of Meetings

N.B. These topics are not cast in stone, but gives an initial place to begin our thinking and planning. As we check one off, we add one to the list… always keeping 27 ideas on the list.

1.  Past, Present & Future of Philately
2.  Why, Why Not Postal History?
3.  Paper Restoration and Why
4.  Use of Research Libraries (CCHS & American Philatelic Research Library [APRL])
5.  New, Older Exhibiting Techniques
6.  What About Philatelic Importance
7.  Collecting Topical & Thematic
8.  Postcard Collecting & Exhibiting
9.  Estate Valuation Concerns
10.  Why We Collect (Is it Genetics?)
11.  The Joys & Sorrows of Philately
12.  First Day Cover Collecting & Exhibiting
13.  My Favorite Cover and/or Stamp
14.  Tell A Philatelic (but) Brief Story
15.  The Collector, Dealer Relationships
16.  Writing Philatelic Articles
17.  Revenues & Back of the Book (BOB)
18.  The Bonds & Friendships of Philately
19.  Buying & Selling – Do’s and Don’ts
20.  Postal Routes, Markings & Rates
21.  Transatlantic Mails
22.  Civil War & Patriotic Covers
23.  How Can We Help Each Other
24.  Errors, Freaks & Oddities (EFO)
25.  Forgeries & Expertization
26.  Selecting Subject to Exhibit
27.  What Societies Should I Join?

Archive & Photo Journal

2019-03-23: Noted philatelist Kean Spencer hosted our inaugural meeting of The Philatelic Gathering. The agenda included three diverse speakers: Mark Schwartz on “Special Arrangement between the U.S. & Liverpool from 1843-1848”; Bill Schultz on “Dining Car Postcards”; and Vince Costello on “Fancy Cancels” along with 3 displays. Agenda PDF Mini-Icon HERE.

2019-04-27: The Gathering welcomed two diverse speakers: Dr. Paul Pitcher on the “Introduction to Aviation Pioneering on Postally Used Postcards”; and Bill Schultz’ Single Frame Exhibit on “Fort Delaware POW Prison 1862-1865”. This was followed by an open discussion on the “Importance in Collecting/Exhibiting.” Agenda PDF Mini-Icon HERE.

Charter Members

The Charter Members of this group (order determined by lottery), with primary areas of oversight are as follows:

# NAME E-Mail Chair | Advisor | Consultant | Liaison
1 Dr. Paul Pitcher Berks County and Railroads
2 Norm Shachat Montgomery & Philadelphia Counties
3 Kean Spencer U.S. Stamps
4 David Dewsnap Stamp Collecting
5 Dr. Charles J. DiComo U.S. Classics & Lancaster County
6 Pam Gray Chester County History & League of Women Voters
7 Bill Schultz Postal History & AAPE
8 Ellen E. Endslow CCHS Liaison
9 Al Kaufman American History
10 Mark Schwartz APS & British/Colonial Postal History
11 Ron Majors Civil War & BNAPS
12 Robert Rufe Area Stamp Clubs; United States Stamp Society
13 Dr. Gus Spector Illustrated Mail & PA Postal History Society
14 Alan Warren Editorial, First Day Covers; AFDCS & Polar Society
15 John Howker Delaware & Northern Maryland
16 Vince Costello Fancy Cancels & Postal Markings
17 Michael Peich Sports History & Baseball on Covers
18 Richard Colberg Lititz (PA.) PH, France & Canada RPO’s, Baltimore Carrier Stamps
19 Dr. William J. DeWitt, III Transportation on U.S. Stamps
20 Lou DiFelice Classic U.S. Stamps & Postal History
21 Thomas Geiger, CFM U.S. 1c Franklin Issue 1903 & N.J. Postcards
22 Hal Klein U.S. Banknotes, Lebanon Co. PH, Overrun Countries & Prexies
23 Gene Fricks Advertising & Illustrated Mail, Direct Mail, PH of Portugal & Airmail Rates
24 Ed Siskin Colonial Mail, 3c 1851 Issue, N.J. Free Franks & Postal History
Invited Members
# NAME E-Mail Recruited by Date
25 Charles Gedge Michael Peich 2019-01-23
26 Aaron Heckler Charles J. DiComo 2019-02-13
27 John Barwis Bill Schultz 2019-03-07
28 Michael Marino Bill Schultz 2019-04-25
29 Bill Radcliffe Ronald E. Majors 2019-05-01
30 Chuck Buboltz Robert Rufe 2019-05-15

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