The 73rd Annual Stamp Exhibition of Southern California
Oct. 13-15, 2017

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Mail Handling During the 19th Century

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

Presented by members of the U.S. Cancellation Club, this one-day seminar begins with an explanation of the circumstances surrounding the introduction of duplex cancelers and the post offices that used them in 1860. Participants will be able to grow in their ability to analyze and evaluate 19th Century hand cancels. Before the class ends, students will have a better 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 motivating instructors, Roger Curran, Nick Kirke, Bob Grosch, and Ardy Callender.

Tentative Schedule:

9-10 a.m.: 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.

10-11:30 a.m.: Nick Kirke • Prague, Czech Republic

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

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

12:30-2 p.m.: 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.)

2-3 p.m.: 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.

3-4 p.m.: 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.




Last updated - September 26, 2017