The USA as seen through Postal History
By: Chip Gliedman

Feb 11 , 2020

Our speaker for February was Chip Gliedman, who presented a unique exhibit entitled “The USA as seen through Postal History.”  Shown as a large map of the US, the exhibit included an outstanding cover from every state of the union. 

Highlights of this exhibit included:  Transcontinental Pony Express cover from San Francisco to Boston (California, 1861); Carson City straight-line postmark (Nevada); very ornate Little Rock stampless pictorial postmark (Arkansas); red Leominster postage due label (Massachusetts); and unique manuscript Salt Lake City, Deseret marking (Utah).

Other outstanding covers included:  Hinckley & Co. Express mail (Colorado); 1846 St. Louis ‘Bear’ postmaster provisional (Missouri); 1 cent, 3 cent and 12 cent stamps (complete 1851 issue) from New Orleans (Louisiana); Kelly’s Island map postmark (Ohio); Striding Messenger Blood’s local stamp (Pennsylvania); Hindenburg crash cover (New Jersey); 10 cent Washington (#2) bisect (New Hampshire); and very ornate Windsor Locks postmark on stampless cover.