Our January meeting featured the popular “Members’ One-Frame Exhibit”, which garnered support from a fair number of our members, as follows:
Wade Saadi showed a frame of cancels on 3¢ 1851 covers and stamps, selected pages from his larger holding called “Struck on Stamps.” Notable items were the earliest year-dated handstamp (Sonora, California from December, 1851), a lemon-yellow cancel, a forwarded cover bearing green, blue and red circular datestamps, and a slew of stamps showing fascinating cancellations in crisp, clear strikes.
Chip Gliedman showed a frame or so of Phonography covers from the last half of the 19th century. Phonography, a fancy word for shorthand, was launched in England by Isaac Pittman. Chip showed representative early covers, including an 1847 cover with a Pittman label, and many lovely ornate advertising covers from the 1850s and 1860s, including a New York carrier cover and a western express cover.
Larry Lyons showed his one-framer on Honours City Express stamps that won the one-frame grand prize at the APS show in Columbus last summer. The exhibit shows all six designs created by this Charleston carrier and all known design errors. Covers included a 10¢ 1847 combination, a Valentine envelope with three carrier stamps, and the two surviving covers sent to foreign destinations.
Dan Ryterband showed a frame of Civil War adversity covers, both north and south. The north was represented by a letter written on a shirt collar and franked with three 1¢ 1861 stamps. The south was represented by covers constructed from legal forms and other printed ephemera, turned covers (including one on which two Frameline stamps had been applied separately at different Georgia towns) and more than a dozen colorful wallpaper covers, one of them franked by a 20¢ green stamp with a striking red cancel. Adversity covers are supposed to show ragged condition, but most everything in this presentation was pristine.
Don Getzin showed a page of 3¢ 1851 stamps graded 100 or 100J, along with a larger showing of perforated 3¢ 1857 stamps, the first perforated U.S. stamps. Don showed lovely examples of all possible Scott numbers, all the plates and the six relief varieties. Notable were both examples of the “phantom E” double transfer, from Positions 98R10L and 61R10I.
Peter Miselis showed some lovely covers franked with the Pan-American stamps and sent to foreign destinations, with emphasis on destinations in the Caribbean, South America, Africa, Asia and the Pacific. Notable was the only Pan-Am cover recorded to Greece, a cover to the Transvaal bearing Boer War censor markings and a 2¢ cover to France with an involute flag cancel, one of the scarcest of all machine cancels. Peter also showed Pan-Am covers that originated overseas, from Shanghai, Puerto Rico and the Phillipines.