Stuck on Covers

Chip Gliedman, our speaker for February on the topic “Stuck on Covers”, brought a large variety of fascinating labels used on 19th century covers for many different purposes. These included postage due, soldier’s mail, circular paid, Good Samaritan, express and other types of labels. Chip started out with a significant holding of Leominster, Massachusetts postage due labels, including one cent,...
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One-Frame Members Exhibits

Our January meeting featured the ever-popular Member’s One-Frame Exhibit. We had six exhibitors, as follows: Wade Saadi brought a selection of illustrated cameo advertising covers in a variety of shapes and colors.  The covers ranged from the 1850s to the 1870s and included: hotels, life insurance (Charter Oak tree), merchant (ship), musical instruments (melodeon in green), wines (barrel) and o...
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Postal History – Parcel Post Postage Due Stamps

Wade Saadi was our presenter on December 13, on the topic “Postal History, Parcel Post Postage Due Stamps.”  As Wade brought in a large number of covers illustrating this unusual but fascinating area, we only had enough time to view Part I of this presentation. Wade explained how these postage due stamps (five values, ranging from 1 cent to 25 cents) were first used only with parcel post packag...
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Hussey’s Post

Larry Lyons was our speaker for November on “Hussey’s Post.”  Larry brought two albums filled with his award-winning and incredibly comprehensive collection of both stamps and covers of this long-running local post.  If anything, his collection was overwhelming! Larry first pointed out Hussey’s was not  really a local post but a special messenger post, that specialized in bills, notices, invita...
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Pre-1920 US First Day Covers

Henry Scheuer was our speaker for October, on “Pre-1920 U.S. First Day Covers.”  As a recognized expert on first day covers, Henry gave us both an overview of this field of cover collecting and much detail regarding some of the specific items in his talk. He first reviewed the terminology such as “designated first day of issue”, “first day of sale”, “earliest documented use (EDU)” and “pre-date...
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Behind the Scenes at the Chronicle

Our September speaker was Michael Laurence, who presented a fascinating talk on “Behind the Scenes at the Chronicle.”  Michael has spent more than 50 years as an editor of various magazines, including Playboy, Linn’s Stamp News and the USPCS Chronicle. His talk described some of the key aspects that make the Chronicle such a successful publication. Michael described four keys to the Chronicle’s...
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NYC Illustrated Mail

Michael Heller was again our presenter, speaking at the June 14 meeting on the topic “NYC Illustrated Mail.”  The talk centered on his recent exhibit at the NY2016 International Show, which reflected a large selection of illustrated advertising lettersheets and covers depicting buildings and street scenes of lower Manhattan during the time period 1845 to 1890. The first exhibit page showed an i...
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Chicago, Illustrated

Due to a last-minute change in speakers, Mike Heller presented at the May meeting, on the topic “Chicago, Illustrated.”  Mike showed a large variety of illustrated advertising covers that featured hotels and other businesses of the Windy City. He started his presentation with two different covers depicting the famous Tremont House on the back of each cover.  One was postmarked 1857 while the ot...
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U.S. Zeppelin Mail

Our speaker for April was Dan Ryterband, who showed his collection of “U.S. Zeppelin Mail.”  While the time frame of this material was somewhat later than the usual 19th century, the outstanding beauty, rarity and condition of the covers presented that evening more than compensated for the time difference! Dan began the presentation with an overview of Zeppelin mail and showed a large variety o...
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U.S. Revenue Stamped Paper

Roger Brody was our speaker in March, on the topic “U.S. Revenue Stamped Paper.”  While Roger has only collected in this area over the last few years, his PowerPoint presentation reflected his strong knowledge of this specialized sector of revenue stamps. Roger began his presentation with an overview of the history of taxes and duty collections in the U.S.  Beginning with early taxes on importe...
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Temperance – How a Social Movement used the Mails (1840-1869)

Our February speaker was Chip Gliedman, who presented on "Temperance - How a Social Movement used the Mails (1840-1869)".  His exhibit included a wide range of scarce to rare illustrated postal history focused on the 19th century Temperance movement.  Aside from the beauty of many of these covers, Chip noted the unusual rates and postal markings associated with these items. The talk started wit...
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Member’s One-Frame Exhibit

Our annual members’ one-frame show-and-tell, held on January 12, involved only six participants but the material on display was worthy of 60. Dan Ryterband showed a virtually complete set of Atlanta color proofs, presented on black stock pages with the five colors carefully aligned—breathtakingly beautiful. Larry Lyons put up a highly-polished one-frame exhibit of Honours City Express Post, ...
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Birth of the U.S. Post Office

Our speaker for December was Ed Siskin, who gave an excellent PowerPoint presentation entitled “Birth of the U.S. Post Office.”  Ed began his talk on the postal situation existing in 1774, with 72 post offices in the nation.  He then discussed the many events leading up to the American Revolution, including William Goddard’s attempt to start a Constitutional Post. Ed discussed the extent of cen...
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Illustrated School and College Advertising covers

Michael Heller presented on “Illustrated School and College Advertising covers.”   Michael showed a fair number of advertising covers that depicted public and private colleges, universities, seminaries and K-12 schools.  He provided brief comments on most of these institutions, many of which continue (in one form or another) to the present day.  These covers spanned the period 1850 to 1...
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