Our annual members’ one-frame show-and-tell, held on January 12, involved only six participants but the material on display was worthy of 60.
Dan Ryterband showed a virtually complete set of Atlanta color proofs, presented on black stock pages with the five colors carefully aligned—breathtakingly beautiful.
Larry Lyons put up a highly-polished one-frame exhibit of Honours City Express Post, the carrier operation set up in Charleston (1849-60) in hopes of fostering the prepayment of carrier fees, which the Post Office saw as essential to the success of the carrier concept nationwide. All six stamp designs were well represented, including a triple-weight Valentine with three stamps and the two known covers to overseas destinations.
Roger Brody got as close as he could to the classic era with a frame of varieties of the U.S. 1902 stamps. This presented an astonishing array of plate and production varieties, including booklets (featuring a 1¢ pane with the plate number in the wrong location), foldovers and misperfs.
Michael Laurence showed a frame of 10¢ 1869 covers, with each cover bearing a unique array of stamps. Included was a 10¢ 1869 stamp (along with a 3¢ 1869) on a 9¢ Lemon Drop envelope, sent registered from New York to California on the first westbound trip on the newly-completed transcontinental railroad; a 10¢ 1869 stamp on a small 1¢ entire envelope, paying the 3¢ letter rate and the short-lived 8¢ registration fee; and a combination of 10¢+6¢+3¢ 1869s on a cover from Boston paying the 19¢ German-mail rate to Rome.
Wade Saadi showed seven closely-packed pages of fancy cancels on Black Jack stamps, all fresh, well centered and strikingly pretty, including a range of green cancels and a bold blue bee.
Chip Gliedman showed a frame and a half of classic covers (part of a larger exhibit-in-progress) bearing stick-on labels of various sorts: advertising labels, Good Samaritan labels, postmaster-created labels used in lieu of handstamps (from Leominster, Mass. and other locations), flights of fancy and a Baltimore cover with a handmade soldiers-letter endorsement label, one of two such known, that will be featured in the 1861 section of the February Chronicle.