Members’ one-frame exhibit

Jan 11 , 2011

Our January meeting featured the popular Member’s One-Frame Exhibit, where we were treated to three fabulous exhibits.  Michael Laurence’s exhibit focused on the essays and proofs of the Ten Cent 1869 Issue.  The exhibit first covered the iconography and evolution of the ten cent stamp design, including some beautiful British and U.S. propaganda covers,  The die essays included: head of Lincoln; and several on government entire envelopes (each a unique example).  Other items included: card proofs and their envelopes; pane of 150 India plate proofs; and a page from a Roosevelt die proof album.

Wade Saadi’s exhibit, “Struck on Stamps”, presented a fabulous overview of very fine postal markings on stamps (both on and off cover).  Some of these markings included: many eagles on shield; Corry, PA eagle; many star cancels; fancy bird cancels; negative LIRR; horse head; Waterbury “man with hat”; Bridgeport fireman; and blue man thumbing nose.  Other cancels included: skull and crossbones; devil and pitchfork; fouled anchor; padlock; soldier’s head; rose in circle; lyre; globe; beer mug and many, many others!

Harvey Mirsky showed a very scarce grouping of 1847 stamps used on various types of envelopes, including the earliest examples of these stamps used on envelopes.  Varieties included; pre-addressed envelopes; mourning covers; turned envelopes; ladies envelopes and embossed envelopes.  Some of the more spectacular examples included: fancy advertising covers and a beautiful Valentine cover (with two five cent stamps) with the original Valentine.