Lancaster

Philatelic Society of Lancaster County

The James Buchanan Chapter #173 of the American Philatelic Society  
Chapter #118 of the American Topical Association  


Welcome – Enjoy your Visit!

The Philatelic Society of Lancaster County (PSLC) is an award-winning, non-profit community organization dedicated to promoting stamp collecting as a hobby for education and fun, from the teenager to adult, from the beginner to postal historian, serving members from Lancaster, Lebanon, Reading, York, Harrisburg, Hershey, Allentown and beyond. For Membership Benefits and/or to become a member, click JOIN US.



2020 SOCIETY PROGRAMS

For the remainder of 2020, the PSLC will hold Virtual Bi-Monthly Meetings, which shall begin promptly at 6:30 PM and run for ~90 minutes via Zoom video conferencing. For details to attend these meetings please contact Paul Petersen via email (pcpetersen@comcast.net) or call +1 (717) 299-5640. We usually hold a brief business meeting led by President DiComo, followed by our keynote speaker(s) and a Show & Tell, where Members & Guests can share in a few minutes their favorite stamp, cover, or other philatelic item(s) and take a question or two. We look forward to seeing you!

  • August 12: Summer Picnic, Memorial Park, Millersville, PA, starts at 6:00 PM. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and residual risks, this year’s picnic will differ noticeably. 2020 will be a no-host event. You’ll bring all your own food, drink, table covering, hand sanitizer and masks. Think of it like a self-catered picnic. The pavilion is large enough that we can spread out on the over-sized picnic tables and keep our distances. And if you would like further distancing than 6 feet, bring a lawn chair and sit outside of the pavilion. Other than while eating, masks will be required. There is a sink and running water at the pavilion with rest facilities on the side of the building. The Boro authorities assure me that these are regularly inspected and cleaned. Hope to see you all there! More information and directions found in our PSLC Newsletter 2020 Vol. 83, No. 7 & No. 8, July-August
  • August 26: Robert G. Rufe, President of the Brandywine Valley Stamp Club on the 1928 Era “Special” Booklet Paper Variety Stamps now listed in the 2020 Scott Catalog. These exciting new listings have been a decade long effort by Bob and we congratulate him. Followed by Show & Tell.
  • September 9: Dawn Hamman, President of the ATA on Collecting your State. Followed by Show & Tell.
  • September 23: Ann Byerly, ATA Chapter Coordinator on Nurse Philatelic Stories. Followed by Show & Tell.
  • October 14: David Hunt, President of the Reading Stamp Collectors Club on Great Britain Stamped to Order Stationary & Royal Household Official Mail. Followed by Show & Tell.
  • October 28: Bob Kotanchik Title to be Announced, Followed by Show & Tell.
  • November 11: David Hunt, President of RSCC on Pilgrim-400: The 400th Anniversary of the Landing at Plymouth Rock. Followed by Show & Tell.
  • November 25: Charles J. DiComo, PhD, President of PSLC & ESPHS on
  • The Providence, R.I. Pre-Mailing Control Marking on the U.S. 3 Cent 1851-57 Stamp. Followed by Show & Tell.

  • December 9: Charles J. DiComo, PhD, President of PSLC & ESPHS on Banking in the Village of Pawling, NY and Surrounding Townships as told through Postal History, Bank Checks, Currency, Revenue Stamps and Postal Cards: 1849–1929. Followed by Show & Tell.

2020 REGIONAL SHOWS, EXHIBITIONS & GATHERINGS

  • October 23-25: NOJEX/ASDA, sponsored by North Jersey Federated Stamp Clubs, Inc. and ASDA. Meadowlands Hilton Hotel, 2 Meadowlands Plaza, East Rutherford, New Jersey 07073. Contact: Robert G. Rose @ robertrose25@comcast.net or +1 (908) 305-9022. Website: www.nojex.org
  • October 26-30: 2020 Virtual Postal History Symposium, Hosted by the USPCS in partnership with the National Postal Museum, the American Philatelic Research Library, and the American Philatelic Society. Attendees will have direct access to the U.S. Philatelic Classics Society website to many of the best exhibits of classic material, including some recently added specifically for this event.
    The confirmed Speakers are as follows: Scott Trepel – Keynote Speaker: Postal Innovation of the Classic Era; Diane DeBlois and Robert Dalton Harris: The “Special” Postalization of Locale; William DeWitt: Evolution of Intercity Mail Transportation Modes 1840-1880: Insights from Postmaster General Annual Reports; Gordon Eubanks: Postal History of the Issue of 1847; Fred Gregory: Government Post in Hawaii: Creation and Reform – 1849 – 1859; Yamil Kouri: U.S. Post Riders in Spanish West Florida, 1801-1810; Ken Lawrence: Mails of Navassa Island, the Original Overseas United States Possession, 1876-1898; Jim Milgram: Early Railroads Carry the Mail; Tim O’Connor: Rise of the American Post 1639-1776; William Schultz: Toll Gates & Toll Houses: Assistance or Hindrance for Mail Delivery Modes; Mark Schwartz: The New York Postmaster Provisional; Steve Walske: Blazing Trails for the Westward Expansion. As further activities, scheduling, and registration for the Symposium become finalized, they will be announced on both the Postal History Symposium page and the USPCS website.
  • December 19 & 20: Lancaster Some Saturday & Sunday Stamp Show. Farm & Home Center, 1383 Arcadia Rd, Lancaster PA, 17601. Contact Kevin Kellman at (301) 524-9562

2021 SOCIETY PROGRAMS

It is never too late to start planning ahead for 2021, speakers are requested. Please contact Paul Petersen. VENUE: Landis Homes, 1001 East Oregon Rd, Lititz, PA. For more details & directions, scroll down. Meetings, Lectures, Bourse and Annual Open House & Exhibition in the Crossings Meeting Room, 2nd Floor. Auctions in the High Conference Room, 1st Floor near front desk.

  • January 13: Winter Club Auction. For more information, visit Auction Instructions. Download the Auction Lot Form HERE
  • February 10: Dr. Charles J. DiComo, topic TBD
  • March 10: The U.S. 1933 Byrd Antarctic Issue: Production, First Day and Other Uses, by Alan Warren.
  • April 14: Exploring Postal History, by Bill Schultz
  • April 23-24: 36th LANCOPEX Stamp Show & Exhibition, at the Farm & Home Center of Lancaster, 1383 Arcadia Road, Lancaster, PA, 17601. Show hours: Friday, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM; Saturday, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Free Admission, Parking and Wi-Fi. For more details, click HERE. Click for PDF Mini-Icon
  • May 12: Canada’s Roll in Union & Confederate Postal Cross-Border Mail during the U.S. Civil War, Ron Majors
  • June 9: Spring Club Auction. For more information, visit Auction Instructions. Download the Auction Lot Form HERE
  • July 14:
  • August TBD: Summer Picnic, Memorial Park, Millersville, PA
  • September 8: Fall Club Auction. For more information, visit Auction Instructions. Download the Auction Lot Form HERE
  • October 13:
  • November 10: Annual Meeting, Open House & Exhibition
  • December TBD: December Holiday Dinner

MEETING LOCATION – ON HOLD DURING COVID-19 CRISIS

The Crossings Meeting Room and/or High Conference Room at Landis Homes on 1001 East Oregon Road, Lititz, PA (Directions below).

  • The Society meets monthly on the 2nd Wednesday (except August).
  • Doors Open at 6:30 PM. Visitors Welcome!
  • Come Early to Share, Buy, Sell, and/or Trade.
  • Free Wi-Fi: Network = LHWIS; Password = landishomes07
  • Contact Paul Petersen at (717) 299-5640 or pcpetersen@comcast.net for more info

DIRECTIONS TO MEETING LOCATION

Landis Homes is located on 1001 East Oregon Road, also known as Route 722. Route 722 runs in a somewhat East-West direction between the Lititz Pike (Route 501) and the Oregon Pike (Route 772). You can easily reach this facility from either direction.

(1) From the North or the South via Lititz Pike: Take Lititz Pike (Rt. 501) toward Neffsville. Just 0.3 – 0.4 miles north of Neffsville is a traffic light at East Oregon Road (Rt. 722). Turn east, and it is two miles to Landis Homes, which is on the south side.
(2) From the North or South via Rt. 222: Take exit for Oregon Pike (Rt. 272). On Oregon Pike, turn north for 0.3 miles. Turn left on Creek Road for 0.3 miles, and then left on Oregon Road. Landis Homes is about 0.8 miles on the south side.
(3) Entering the Facility: Off Oregon Road there are three entrances to Landis Homes: an (1) East, (2) a West entrance, and (3) a middle or Main entrance. Enter here at the Main Entrance, the large building right in front of you is the Calvin and Janet High Learning and Wellness Center (this is the purple building on the map with #5 attached). Park here. The Crossings Meeting Room is on the second deck of this building, and is there is an elevator which you can take up one floor. The High Conference Room is on the first floor just past the front desk on your right.

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Below are the driving directions from the Landis Homes website www.landishomes.org.

From Lancaster: Take Route 501 North (Lititz Pike) through Neffsville. At traffic light, turn right onto East Oregon Road (Route 722 East). Continue 2 miles to Landis Homes entrances on the right.
From Lititz: Go south on Route 501. About one mile past the Lancaster Airport turn left at traffic light onto Route 722 East (also known as East Oregon Road) and continue 2 miles to Landis Homes entrances on the right.
From Harrisburg: Take Route 283 East, approximately 30 miles, which leads directly onto US Route 30 East. Follow Route 30 East to the Lititz Pike Exit (Route 501 North). At the stop light, turn left onto Route 501 North. Follow 501 North through Neffsville. At traffic light for East Oregon Road (Route 722 East) turn right. Continue 2 miles to Landis Homes entrances on the right.
From Philadelphia: Take Reading exit (Old exit # 21, at mile post 286) off the PA turnpike at US 222 South towards Lancaster. Continue south on US 222 to the Brownstown Exit. Go right (Route 772 West) a short distance to Rt. 272, which is at a traffic light. Turn left onto Rt. 272 South for 1.8 miles and turn right onto Rt. 722, East Oregon Road. (Speedway gas station is at the intersection.) Continue 1 mile to Landis Homes entrances on the left.



From the U.S. to Farther India and Back Again

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From the U.S. to Farther India and Back Again: A Five-Month Journey of a Baptist Missionary Cover presented by Dr. Charles DiComo.

S.S. Tahiti

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S.S. Tahiti

A presentation on the S.S. Tahiti by Dr. Charles DiComo.

The Development of Perforations on U.S. Postage Stamps During the Toppan, Carpenter Era: 1855-1857.

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Jacobson – Litiz to Bethlehem

Written by on April 3, 2013 in Featured, Lancaster, Northampton with 0 Comments
A 5 cts. 1847 from a small Pennsylvania town.  Alexander [THE UNITED STATES 1847 ISSUE: A COVER CENSUS] records this cover and one other 5 cts. 1847 cover from Litiz. According to the Official Record Book of the Post Office Department [July 1, 1847 - June 30, 1851], 200 5 cts. stamps were delivered to Litiz.

A 5 cts. 1847 from a small Pennsylvania town.
Alexander [THE UNITED STATES 1847 ISSUE: A COVER CENSUS] records this cover and one other 5 cts. 1847 cover from Litiz.
According to the Official Record Book of the Post
Office Department [July 1, 1847 – June 30, 1851],
200 5 cts. stamps were delivered to Litiz.

Shock – Lancaster to Columbia

Written by on April 3, 2013 in Featured, Lancaster with 0 Comments
A 5 cts. 1847 from a small Pennsylvania town.  Alexander [THE UNITED STATES 1847 ISSUE: A COVER CENSUS] records five 5 cts. 1847 covers from Lancaster. This cover is not among those listed. According to the Official Record Book of the Post Office Department [July 1, 1847 - June 30, 1851], 1,600 5 cts. stamps were delivered to Lancaster.

A 5 cts. 1847 from a small Pennsylvania town.
Alexander [THE UNITED STATES 1847 ISSUE: A COVER CENSUS] records five 5 cts. 1847 covers from Lancaster. This cover is not among those listed. According to the Official Record Book of the Post
Office Department [July 1, 1847 – June 30, 1851],
1,600 5 cts. stamps were delivered to Lancaster.

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