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The 73rd Annual Stamp Exhibition of Southern California

Sponsored by the Federated Philatelic Clubs of Southern California
will be held on

Oct. 13-15, 2017 (date was corrected on 12-4-16)

at our new location, the Ontario Convention Center,
2000 E. Convention Center Way, Ontario, CA 91764
Telephone: (909) 937-3000
Fax: (909) 937-3080 (number corrected Sept. 13)
This is a link to a map to the Convention Center.
This is a link to hotels near the Convention Center.
This is a link to restaurants near the Convention Center

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Exhibitors' prospectus and dealers' contract

The prospectus for exhibitors for SESCAL 2017 is available here.

The dealers' contract is here.

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Hotel reservations

The SESCAL hotel is the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Ontario Airport at 222 North Vineyard Avenue, Ontario, California.
The group block of rooms for SESCAL for Oct. 12-15, 2017, is open now. If you use this link no code is needed. Just click on the link to book directly with the SESCAL block of rooms. If you need to adjust the automatic dates that populate, click on the little calendars.
If you prefer to reserve rooms by phon, call 1-800-222-8733 (this number can be called at any time to make reservations) and use the code FPC when making reservations.
The group rate is $109 + tax (single through double occupancy). You have until Sept. 10, 2017, or until the block is full to make reservations at the group rate.

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Convention Center parking

The parking portion of the contract with the Ontario Convention Center says:
The parking cost at the Ontario Convention Center will be $10.00 per day without in and out privileges. Parking charge is subject to change without notice. Licensor agrees to offer Licensee a reduced parking rate of $8.00 per vehicle entry with (no in and out privileges).

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Society conventions

SESCAL 2017 is pleased to host the National Conventions of
the Rossica Society
and the U.S. Cancellation Club and regional meetings to be announced.

Take a look at the Rossica Society's ad for the program here.

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Awards banquet tickets

Information about the time and costs of the awards banquet are available here. Seating is limited, so it's a good idea to order early.

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Schuyler Rumsey Philatelic Auctions to return

Schuyler Rumsey Philatelic Auctions Logo

Schuyler Rumsey Philatelic Auctions is the official auctioneer for SESCAL 2017.
Details on the auction will be posted as they become available.

To consign material for his auctions, contact

Schuyler Rumsey Philatelic Auctions is at 47 Kearny St., San Francisco, CA 94108. Telephone: 415-781-5127. Fax: 415-781-5128.

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APS on the Road Course
Mail Handling During the 19th Century

After the original announcement, the APS sent additional information, which appears below:

We have a “new tentative” schedule:

9-10 a.m.: Roger Curran

10-11:30 a.m.: Nick Kirke

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Lunch

12:30-2 p.m.: Bob Grosch

2-3 p.m.: Ardy Callender

3-4 p.m.: Alan Campbell

A brief synopsis for each presenter follows:

Alan Campbell • San Diego, California

U.S. Official Stamps, 1873-1884: Telling Postal History with Off-Cover Stamps — Official covers are scarce. For some stamps, no covers exist, and for many others, less than ten survive. Off-cover stamps, through their cancellations, can be useful in explaining how these controlled stamps were distributed and utilized. Participants will gain a new appreciation for the challenge of fully understanding the postal history of U.S. official stamps, and learn that collecting off-cover used stamps - now in disfavor among exhibition judges - is sometimes an essential part of postal history.

Roger Curran • Lewisburg, Pennsylvania

Discover the circumstances surrounding the introduction of duplex cancelers as Roger illustrates and discusses the first U.S. markings by handstamps that duplexed. Primary attention will be given to the earliest duplex markings of New York City, Cleveland, and Cincinnati.

Bob Grosch • Palo Cedro, California

Learn how and why “killers” were used and how the impressions from these old canceling devices give clues to their manufacturer. Bob will focus on the fancy negative cancels of the Boston Post Office used to identify specific mail clerks. The course will include an analysis of the cancels, their use, and the use of these cancels by the Railroad Post Offices of the time.

(Read Bob’s article on Boston Negative cancels in the March, 2017, issue of the American Philatelist.)

Nick Kirke • Prague, Czech Republic:

Nick will take a broad look at new developments surrounding New York City Foreign Mail cancels to include:

a) the balancing of the more traditional period 1870–76 with the older period 1850–69; and b) the evolving mix of the study of the cancels with the more traditional postal history aspects

Ardy Callender • Houston, Texas

Ardy will present a study of the Middle Dutch Church from its beginnings in 1729, through its repurpose as New York City’s main post office between 1845 and 1875. Research has led to the development of a series of floor plans which provide insight into how mail was handled and where various departments were located. Participants will gain an understanding of how mail moved through the New York City postal system and how to apply that information to other post offices.

The original release follows:

Presented by members of the U.S. Cancellaton Club, this one-day seminar begins with an explanaton of the circumstances surrounding the introducton of duplex cancelers and the post offices that used them in 1860. Partcipants will be able to grow in their ability to analyze and evaluate 19th Century hand cancels. Before the class ends, students will have a beter understanding of the Middle Dutch Church’s history and how it served as New York City’s main post office in the mid-1800s, as well as a look at the New York City Foreign Mail cancels during that same era.

This course will be taught by four dynamic and motvatng instructors, Roger Curran, Nick Kirke, Bob Grosch, and Ardy Callender.
Mail Handling During the 19th Century

APS On-the-Road Course
Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017 / Prior to SESCAL
Ontario Conventon Center
2000 E. Conventon Center Way
Ontario, Califo

Help us publicize the show

We have a brochure to publicize the new SESCAL. If you'd like to help us publicize the show by posting it or sharing it with others you can download it here.

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New chairman, site, hotel and county

Long-time SESCAL chairman Carl Shaff II stepped down at the end of SESCAL 2016 because of health issues. His replacement is John Weigle, who is also president of the Federated Philatelic Clubs of Southern California, which sponsors SESCAL. All other committee members remain in place.

Weigle is a long-time collector and member of the Ventura County Philatelic Society, where he edits the monthly newsletter and chairs the annual Youth Stamp Fair. He collects many things, but his major interests are the postal history of Ventura County, California, where he was born, and post office seals of the world. SESCAL dealers have helped him find material for both collections. He also writes a monthly stamp column for the Ventura County Star.

As noted above, we are in a new location -- the Ontario Convention Center -- in a new county -- San Bernardino. We hope to attract many new people at the new location.

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Show theme

The 2017 theme is the anniversary of World War I, but because the USPS decided it will not attend SESCAL, there will be no cachets, cancels, covers or stickers reflecting the theme.
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Arizona Philatelic Rangers

The time and place of the Arizona Philatelic Rangers SESCAL dinner will be announced.

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SESCAL bourse chairman Fred Gregory receives Luff Award

The 2017 prestigious American Philatelic Society Luff Award recipients are Fred F. Gregory, Alan Kane, and Wade Saadi. The awards will be formally presented at StampShow, Aug. 3-6 in Richmond, Virginia, and are given for meritorious contributions by living philatelists.

The awards are named for John N. Luff, who was president of the APS from 1907 to 1909.

Fred F. Gregory, of Palos Verdes Estates, California, is the 2017 recipient of the Luff Award for Distinguished Philatelic Research.

A stamp collector from boyhood, Gregory, is a member of the governing boards of several philatelic organizations, and has focused his philatelic interest on the stamps and postal history of 19th-century Hawaii for the past 40 years.

Mentored by Hawaii collectors Thurston Twigg-Smith, Wallace Beardsley, Ed Burns, and others from the prior generation, Gregory became a recognized expert in Hawaiian philately. In the late 1990s, he created the website, Post Office in Paradise, Mail & Postage Stamps of Nineteenth Century Hawaii ( He has authored numerous articles on Hawaiian stamps and postal history. He authored "Hawaii Foreign Mail to 1870," an award-winning three-volume set edited by Robert Odenweller and published by the Philatelic Foundation in 2012. The set earned numerous awards at the national and international level, including the Grand Award and Gold Medal for Literature at StampShow 2012; the 2012–13 Ashbrook Cup, awarded by the United States Philatelic Classics Society, and a large gold medal at World Stamp Expo 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.,?p>

His articles include “2c Ship Fee on Mail from Hawaii via San Francisco, 1849–1855,” which appeared in the June 2008 edition of Western Express; and “A New Oldest Letter from Hawaii,” which appeared in June 2016 in the same publication.

Gregory was born and raised in California. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley and his juris doctor degree from UC Berkeley’s Boalt Hall. Afterward, with the exception of three years active duty as a legal officer in the United States Coast Guard, he practiced law with the Los Angeles-based law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher from 1965 until his retirement from the partnership at the end of 2003. He specialized in the area of business litigation. He and his wife, Carol, were married in 1967 and raised a daughter and three sons.

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SESCAL is a Free Admission stamp show.

Information about the show hotel rooms and prices is at the hotel page. Click here to go to the page.

The Facebook SESCAL site communicates SESCAL activities leading up to the show. The page has over 3,800 friends around the world sharing their stamps and stories. Login here to see the stamps and stories.

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Who's on the SESCAL Committee?

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For more information, please contact the SESCAL Chairman:
John Weigle,  Chairman, SESCAL 2017
P.O. Box 6536, Ventura, CA   90006

Links to information about the FPCSC and future SESCAL exhibitions.

Visit our Sister Organization, the Council of Northern California Philatelic Societies.

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Please let us know about any technical issues that you encounter. Thanks.

Last updated -- Sept. 13, 2017.
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