Our January meeting featured the Member’s One-Frame Exhibit. As always, it was one of the highlights of the year! Four of our members brought in world-class exhibits to share with everyone at the meeting. Here is a brief review of these exhibits:
Harvey Mirsky’s exhibit focused on “Packet Mail from Great Britain to the U.S., as covered under the Postal Convention of 1848.” His exhibit included the earliest known packet letter carried under this convention (which was effective in February, 1849). Harvey showed the many different stamps that could be used to pay the appropriate rates on these covers. Featured items included: example of the Late Fee; rare multiple rate covers; mourning covers; and depreciated currency markings.
Larry Lyons brought an exhibit entitled “New Orleans Carriers, 1851-1860.” One of the items was a very rare example of Mason’s local post adhesive with an “Adv 1” marking. Other covers illustrated the one cent due marking for the local rate and two cents due for covers delivered from the post office. Larry also showed examples of the carrier “Car 1” and “Car 2” handstamps. Other highlights included: New Orleans “Snow Shovel” handstamp; “Not Found” handstamp in green and black; and covers mailed to New Orleans from San Francisco, France, England and the German States.
Wade Saadi showed an impressive selection of fancy cancels used on the three cent 1851 imperforate issue, including many different examples of “Paid” and “Way” cancels. Some of the highlights included: a very rare lemon yellow “Paid 3” cancel; negative “Paid” within “3” cancel (two examples); and early year-date cancels, including the earliest year-dated handstamp cancel (Sonora, CA, 1851); fancy town cancels (Mormon Island); and various steamboat cancels. Other great fancy cancels included: “Via Nicaragua Ahead of the Mails”; Stag in circle; three cent coin; and the lyre.
The evening was capped off with Michael Laurence’s exhibit on the Ten Cent 1869 issue via the British Mails. Michael showed many different covers that were sent via the British Mails, including covers mailed to Spain, India, Peru, Australia, New Zealand and the Seychelle Islands. Many of these covers showed combinations of the Ten Cent 1869 issue with other 1869 issue stamps and also with the Banknote period stamps. One of the highlights of this exhibit was the “Phantom Rate” use of the Ten Cent stamp to France.