Our January 9 meeting of the NY Chapter was, as usual, dedicated to our members’ “one frame” display. We were graced with five wonderful exhibits.
Chip Gliedman got the evening off to a start describing his progress towards his “51” collection. Rather than being a showing of 1851 issues, it was his start at collecting an iconic cover from each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. He showed about a third of the possible collection, including a Providence, R.I. postmaster provisional cover, a Kelley’s Island, Ohio postmark cover, a Pembina, N. D. cover that started in the Red River Colony of Manitoba, and, of a more recent vintage, a Hindenburg crash cover through Lakehurst, N.J.
Wade showed some of his impressive fancy cancellation collection, bringing some on-cover examples with 3¢ 1861-issue stamps in impeccable condition. Among the things displayed were different cancellations from Jacksonville, FL; straight line cancellations from West Mansfield, MA, Chattanooga, TN, Ft. Smith, Ark., Glen Aubrey, N.Y., and a pair of 3¢ stamps cancelled by a beautiful strike of the Columbus, Ohio “prison bars” cancellation.
Roger enlightened us with a collection of telegraph revenue and payment stamps. He showed examples of the early U.S. revenue stamps that generated tax revenue for the government following the Civil War, as well as the stamps issued by the private telegraph companies that could be used to pay for telegrams from the late 19th century through the mid-20th century.
Don brought part of his extensive 3¢ 1851 collection, showing the two catalog-recognized types for the stamp in both colors (Scott 10, 10A, 11, and 11A). He noted that less than 0.1% of the 3¢ stamps are Scott 10s, as well as beautifully annotated examples of the 40 different recut varieties that have been identified across the 13 plates used to produce this stamp. He complemented these examples with a selection of multiples of this stamp.
Dan brought a selection of trial color and plate proofs of the 1847 issue in a wide array of colors and papers. Notable among them was a duo of proofs in a chrome yellow that no one in the room had ever seen. Additionally, we got to view proof sheets of 50 of the government-issued reproduction of the 5¢ and 10¢ 1847s. He believes that there are three known sets of these full sheets. Dan “filled out” his display with some cancellation examples on the 1847 issues.