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On Friday, June 3, 2016, the Society will host a dinner at 6PM at Michael’s, 24 W. 55th Street in New York. To receive tickets, you must pay in advance ($160 per person). Please send a check to Mike Plett at 2855 Willowmere Woods Dr, Vienna VA 22180-7080; or by PayPal to email@example.com. There are only 100 seats for the dinner and more than half have already been paid for, so please reserve your seats now.
Welcome to the new USPCS website! This is the result of the survey we took early last year and many, many months of design and implementation. We reviewed several visual themes and navigation schemes to come up with what we feel is a much more attractive and dynamic site and one that will more easily enable you to find what you are looking for…
Key aspects of the new site:
At the top is a brown band which contains easy and direct access to the great majority of content on the site. For example, if you hover over “Society” with your cursor, you will see sub-sections which required two or more clicks on the old website to reach. Hover over “Resources” or “Stamps & Covers”, and you will quickly recognize how vast an amount of content is on the site. I suspect that many of you will find information you did not know existed. Hover over “Members” and you will be able to log in. If you have gone beyond the home page without logging in, you can do that on any page just by scrolling down to the bottom.
Below that navigation band, you will see a “slider” which shows a number of philatelic gems provided by board members and others. These will change over time. You can click on a link in the text at the left to learn more about the material shown. By putting great material there, it will certainly make the home page more attractive. More importantly, it will draw both members and non-members to delve further into the site and recognize the wealth of information the US Philatelic Classics Society has to offer.
Below that, you will see several News items. These will change as necessary to keep you up-to-date on what is going on in the Society. Some have more information than can be put on the home page and that is accessible through the embedded link. You can also reach the News section by hovering over “Society” at the top and clicking on the News subsection of interest.
We hope you enjoy the new website and the very large amount of work that went into it, and is still ongoing.
Winners of the major Society awards this year included Oscar M. Thomas, Mark Scheuer, Richard Celler, and Wade E. Saadi. Click here for further details on each award and award winner…
With less than 4 months to go, make sure you have gotten room reservations by going to NY2016.org. The USPCS will share a Superbooth there with the U.S. Stamp Society, Philatelic Foundation and the Collectors Club. In addition to the Dinner sponsored by the USPCS on June 3 (see above), there will be a whole host of meetings and talks there. I’m sure you will find at one or more that you will not want to miss.
Sunday, May 29
2:00-3:00 PM, What Controlled Maritime Mail Routes in the Pre-steam Era?
Monday, May 30
8:00-10:00 AM, Board of Directors Meeting. All USPCS members welcome.
10:00 AM-12:00 PM, Editorial Staff meeting. Chronicle editorial staff only.
1:00-2:00 PM, The Most Interesting U.S. Stamp, and Why.
Tuesday, May 31
1:00-2:00 PM, Annual meeting and presentation of Awards.
2:00-3:00 PM, Fun and Profit Interpreting Postal History
Wednesday, June 1
9:00-10:00 AM, Regional Vice Presidents Meeting
Friday, June 3
10:00 AM -12:00 PM, U.S. Bank Note Study Group
3:00-4:00 PM, The World’s Most Attractive Cancels: New York Foreign Mail, 1866-1878
6:00-10:00 PM, Classics Society Dinner. Prepaid reservations required. Michael’s Restaurant, 24 West 55th St., New York 10019
The APS Winter Show took place in Atlanta on Jan. 29-31 and several Society members figured quite prominently there. On Friday, Gordon Eubanks gave a very well-attended and thoroughly enjoyable talk entitled “Exhibiting Techniques: Lessons Learned in the Trenches.” On the exhibiting side, this show features the annual Champion of Champions competition for both single frame exhibits and most popular exhibits, pitting the winners from all WSP shows during the calendar year 2015 against each other. It also has a large open competition among 51 single frame exhibits, and a competition among multi-frame exhibits other than traditional and postal history. Several Society members took part in the SF C of C. Unfortunately, the winner was not a society maker, but you can see the entire palmares, including the SF C of C winner and all those who finished second, at http://stamps.org/userfiles/file/wsp/ameristamp16.pdf. In the large, open single frame competition, two Society members took the two Reserve Grand awards (award shown above). Mark Schwartz, with his “Boston’s ‘Paid in Grid’ Cancels on the U.S. Imperforate issues“; and Tim Wait with his “1862 Insurance Tax.” In this competition, because of its size, both the Grand award winner and the two Reserve Grand winners are now eligible for next year’s SF C of C. Good luck to Tim and Mark next year in Reno.
There were several multi-frame exhibits in special categories (not postal history or traditional exhibits), Ed Andrews won the overall Multi-Frame Grand for his “Hitler Youth – The Generations of Lost Innocence.” Bill Schultz won for the Best Postcard exhibit for “Toll Gates and Toll Houses – Their Progression on Postcards.” Congratulations to Ed and Bill.