Choices, Choices! Sending Mail from the US to Europe in the 1860s

Rob Faux was our speaker at our June 8 meeting of the New York Chapter USPCS, on the topic "Choices, Choices! Sending Mail from the US to Europe in the 1860s." Rob showed an incredible array of transatlantic mail from the 1860s, covering a number of destinations within Europe. Starting with the U.S.-British Convention of 1848, Rob analyzed these covers, including the breakdown of the credits and debits associated with each nation. He showed examples of multiple rate and short-paid covers, an...
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Demonetization of the Three Cent First Issue Nesbitt Envelope

Labron Harris was our speaker at our May 11 meeting, on the topic "Demonetization of the Three Cent First Issue Nesbitt Envelope." Labron has collected Nesbitt postal stationery for many years, with a particular focus on postal markings and uses. In this presentation, he showed a variety of Nesbitt envelopes that were demonitized as a result of the Civil War, including both Northern and Southern examples. The talk started with an envelope mailed from Philadelphia with an "Old Stamps/Not Recogni...
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Hawaii during the Spanish American War

Our most recent Zoom meeting of the New York Chapter USPCS took place on Tuesday, April 13. Fred Gregory was our speaker on the topic "Hawaii during the Spanish American War." Fred is one of the most knowledgeable individuals regarding the stamps and postal history of Hawaii and he gave us a very in-depth presentation on the role of Hawaii during the Spanish American War. He began histalk with an overview of the political situation that led to the formation of the Republic of Hawaii and its ...
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Civil War Prisoner Covers

At our last meeting of the New York Chapter USPCS on March 9, Dan Ryterband gave a fabulous presentation on his single frame "Civil War prisoner mail" exhibit.  The exhibit focused on prisoner of war mail that crossed the lines through flag of truce exchanges, including covers from CSA prisons that traveled northbound and ones from Union prisons that traveled southbound.  Dan provided us with a good deal of historical information regarding the exchange of prisoners during the war and ...
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Civil War Patriotic Labels and Seals

At our last New York Chapter USPCS Zoom meeting on February 9, Chip Gliedman gave us a fascination presentation on "Civil War Patriotic Labels and Seals." While many of us are familiar with printed illustrated Civil War Patriotic covers, Chip showed us a great many examples of covers that had an illustrated label or seal used as a form of patriotic sentiment. Many of these labels showed single and multi-color flag designs, while others depicted famous presidents, soldiers and statesmen. These c...
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Member’s One-Frame Exhibit

We had a great group of presenters at our last New York Chapter USPCS meeting, held on January 12. This was our annual Member's Exhibit and no less than 8 individuals showed a variety of fascinating material. Here is a summary of their presentations: Wade Saadi showed a number of covers that were free-franked by U.S. presidents, their widows or by other famous people. A highlight was a cover franked by George Washington in 1777. Others included: Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, General ...
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Establishing EDU’s for U.S. Stamps

Henry Scheuer and Ed Siskin were our co-speakers on December 8, on the topic "The Basis For First Day and Earliest Use Dates."   Ed started out by describing the genesis of this project that began in the mid-1970s, including the importance of defining what a first day or earliest documented use actually meant.  He then showed a long list of stamps with designated first days and reviewed the various source records for setting earliest dates of use.  Henry then jumped i...
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School & College Illustrated Advertising Covers

Michael Heller was the speaker at the November 10 (Zoom) meeting of the New York Chapter USPCS on the topic "College and School Illustrated Advertising Covers, 1851-1869." In the presentation, Michael commented on the history of each of the schools and colleges that were depicted on these early envelopes. It was noted that some of these institutions were eventually merged with other schools and were often renamed.  For example, the University of the City of New York was renamed New York U...
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FDC’s to Foreign Destinations

Henry Scheuer was our speaker at the October 13 (Zoom) meeting of the New York Chapter USPCS on the topic "First Day Covers mailed to Foreign Destinations."  As always, Henry provided us with a fascinating story of the covers he showed that evening, which focused on FDCs sent to rather uncommon destinations. Henry started his presentation with a 65 cent Zeppelin FDC mailed to Peru in 1930.  He then showed covers sent on their first day of issue to smaller and smaller destinatio...
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Civil War Postal History

Dan Ryterband, our speaker for March, brought an astounding array of Civil War postal history material (that were not part of Dan’s eight-frame Civil War exhibit), essentially covering most every philatelic aspect of that period of time.  This included Union and Confederate patriotic covers (including rare foreign destination uses), adversity covers, Confederate Postmaster Provisionals, Union Sanitary Fairs and many others examples.  Dan started the presentation with a couple of c...
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The USA as seen through Postal History

Our speaker for February was Chip Gliedman, who presented a unique exhibit entitled “The USA as seen through Postal History.”  Shown as a large map of the US, the exhibit included an outstanding cover from every state of the union.  Highlights of this exhibit included:  Transcontinental Pony Express cover from San Francisco to Boston (California, 1861); Carson City straight-line postmark (Nevada); very ornate Little Rock stampless pictorial postmark (Arkansas); red Leominster...
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Member’s One-Frame Exhibit

Our January meeting featured the popular Members One-Frame Exhibit and we had presentations from four members.  Michael Laurence presented first with his exhibit of the ten cent 1869 issue used on postal stationery.  He noted that there are only 23 different known examples of this issue on postal stationery.  The exhibit started with four unique Lincoln imprint essays on different envelopes, followed by many different registered covers, including the unique ten cent stamp with on...
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U.S. Revenues donated to the Philatelic Foundation by the National Postal Museum

Bob Rose was our speaker in December on the topic “U.S. Revenues donated to the Philatelic Foundation by the National Postal Museum.” Bob started out with a detailed history of the NPM’s effort to sell the millions of excess revenue stamps it held, including a review of the two Matthew Bennett revenue stamp auctions.  He also showed an extensive listing of the many thousands of stamps donated to the PF by the NPM in 2017.  Bob brought a number of these rare revenue stamps to our m...
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Parcel Post Postage Due, Postal History

Our November speaker was Wade Saadi, who presented his wonderful exhibit on “Parcel Post Postage Due Postal History.”  Wade first gave us a brief history of the use of Parcel Post Postage Due (PPPD) stamps and how their use spanned from 1913 to the 1920s. He then showed many examples of PPPD stamps used for both domestic and foreign mail. His domestic uses included: bisected stamp (not accepted); several examples on advertising covers and post cards; use of PPPD stamps to pay ordinary f...
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School and College Advertising Covers

Michael Heller was our October speaker on the topic “School and College Advertising Covers.”  He brought about 60 covers that encompassed a wide range of private schools, seminaries, colleges and universities, each showing a picture of the school building and often the surrounding grounds.  The covers were dated between the 1850s and the 1880s. With each school, Michael gave a brief description of the institution’s history.  In many instances, the schools remained active to th...
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