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The USPCS Honors its 2013-14 Award Recipients.

2014-AUG-03… The USPCS Honors is 2013-14 Award Receipts. The Stanley B. Ashbrook Cup is awarded to authors of articles, books, or other studies concerning United States postal history from the Colonial Period to 1894. This year it is presented to Oscar M. Thomas for “The Western Express Companies, 1850-1890″.

The Dr. Carroll Chase Cup is awarded to authors of articles, books, or other studies concerning United States stamps issued prior to 1894 including postmaster’s provisionals, locals, carriers, and back-of-the book material.  This year the Chase Cup is presented to Mark Scheuer for his work on updating and digitizing the Alexander census of the U.S. 1847 issue.

The Tracy Simpson Cup is awarded for outstanding service to the Society, and this year is awarded to Richard Celler for his multi-year recruiting efforts.  We are thankful for the gifts of his talent and dedication.

The Susan M. McDonald award is bestowed annually by the Section Editors of the Chronicle of the U.S. Classic Postal Issues and recognizes articles about United States classic postal history published in a given Chronicle volume.  This year it is awarded to Wade E. Saadi for his article on the five printings of the five cent 1847 issue (Chronicle 237).

The Distinguished Philatelist Award is bestowed for exceptionally meritorious service to U.S. philately through published research, award-winning collections, active participation in the organization and promotion of philatelic exhibitions and sustained administrative service to the national or international organizations which further United States philately.  This year Wade E. Saadi has the honor.  It is with pleasure that the U.S. Philatelic Classics Society acknowledges the exceptional contributions to philately by Wade E. Saadi by honoring him as a Distinguished Philatelist.

Lanman & Kemp Costa Rica’s Correspondence Published

2014-JUN-27… A recent article appeared at by Francisco Pérez who tapped into the USPCS Lanman and Kemp Archive Collection and published his original research on the “Lanman & Kemp” Costa Rica’s Correspondence. YOu can find the article HERE. The Society urges you to inquire about the items we have on file in the Archive and we would be happy to share digital images with you for your research projects.

The Greater Philadelphia Chapter discusses License and Royalty Stamps

2013-NOV-16…The fourth meeting of the Greater Philadelphia chapter of the USPCS was held. Members met at the Community Room at Hershey’s Mill in West Chester (thanks to Bill Schultz). Eric Jackson, the new Regional VP for Pennsylvania and Delaware, spoke to all about License and Royalty stamps, something akin to Revenues. These were colorful and fascinating stamps, issued not by the U.S. government, but by one business to another, to show that the license fee or royalty for a patented item had been paid. Eric showed not only a wide variety of “off-item” stamps, but in some cases the stamps were still on the item patented, such as linen shirt collars or shoes (reflecting a patent on a manufacturing procedure). A very enjoyable presentation, where we saw items that most of us had never seen, and possibly didn’t even know existed.

C of C Winning Eubanks Exhibit on First Federally Issued Postage Stamps now Online!

2013-11-07…The award-winning Champion of Champions exhibit by Gordon Eubanks on “First Federally Issued Postage Stamps” has been posted in the Resource Center under Philatelic Exhibits. Drop by to view this fantastic exhibit and many others today.

PRIMER: Finding Members with Similar Interests to Yours

We’ve been asked by members how they can search the website to find other members who share their interests. With the development of the new USPCS website, this is fairly straightforward. When you log in, you will see a menu on the left. Click on “Member’s Menu” and you will be taken to a page called “Members Section”. At the left, click on the old fashioned telephone for “Directories”. On the right of the new page you will see a group of 3c 1851 stamps entitled “Collecting Interests.” Click on that and you will see the Directory at the bottom of the page. It has a search box above it, where you can put whatever your interest is, and it will find all members with the same interest.

Remember, it can only search for the interest that members have added to their own profiles. If you have not already done so, please go to your profile and add your interests. Finding members who share your interests can lead to new friendships and new information about what you love to collect. And it can also tell you who might be bidding against you at auction :) .

C of C Winning Cipolla Exhibit on Distribution Of The Printed Word now Online!

2013-May-31…The award-winning exhibit by Roland H. Cipolla on “How the Post Facilitated Distribution of the Printed Word 1775-1870″ has been posted in the Resource Center under Philatelic Exhibits. Drop by to view this fantastic exhibit and many others today.

STOLEN FROM THE MAILS: Genuinely used Hussey 87L5 cover

2013-May-12…Stolen from the Mails: Genuinely used Hussey 87L5 cover with good PFC, stamp tied with local post handstamp. Stolen from Registered Mail, likely at a NYC/NJ sort facility. If someone tries to sell it to you, buy it for $100 please. Larry Lyons or I will reimburse you. Thanks, Gordon Stimmell, USPCS Section Editor. Email at

87L5 stolen cover

Pictures from St. Louis Annual Meeting Posted

2013-APL-22…Pictures from the St. Louis Stamp Show and Society Annual Meeting, Awards Ceremony & Dinner posted on the Web site under Past Events. Enjoy!

PRIMER: A Simple Guide to Using the Web Chronicle posted.

The Society has posted a simple guide with screen captures on how to use the Web Chronicle “Search” and “Browse” features for all. Please go to the Web Chronicle Search and Browse pages today and review the PDF guide. The hope is that this primer will assist all researchers in locating over 60+ years of primary research articles contained within our award-winning journal. Enjoy!

Award-Winning Trade Routes of Salem, MA Exhibit Posted

2013-Feb-25…The award-winning exhibit by Mark Schwartz on “Ship Letters sent along the Trade Routes of Salem, Massachusetts: 1787-1837″ has been posted in the Resource Center under Philatelic Exhibits. Drop by to view this and many other exhibits today.

Postal Conventions added to Resource Center

2013-Feb-12…Postal Conventions to which the United States was a party before the General Postal Union or “GPU” (later, the Universal Postal Union or “UPU”) have been posted and linked from the main Resource Center page. These are available  as PDF viewable and download.

Great News for Classics Society Members… New Web Chronicle goes Live!

2013-Feb-10…After months of work, our chief technology officer, Dr. Charles J. DiComo, reports that the new and improved Web Chronicle is now online. All issues, from No. 1 to the No. 236, November 2012 are posted. February 2013 will be uploaded soon.

The issues are now viewable as single articles, or as an entire issue. You will see a new face page, a full hyperlinked Table of Contents for live browsing to any specific article. Full Articles, Editorials, Book Reviews, Obituaries, Classified and Display Advertisements, Image Plates, etc. are all mapped. The speed of viewing the articles/issues from our new server farm should also enhance the experience. And as a member, you can download the PDF article or issue you require to your computer.

The new Web Chronicle has been tested on all major tablets, operating systems, and browsers. So, log in to your Member’s account and test it out!