The 75th Annual Stamp Exhibition of Southern California
Oct. 4-6, 2019
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2019 Theme: 150th Anniversary Completion Transcontinental Railroad

2019 Official SESCAL Cachet Cover from Phil Dockter

(Cover has official SESCAL cancel graphically superimposed. Height of actual cancel is 2")
Price $3.00 and available from the USPS at the show.

The cover shows the Jupiter and the No 119 Locomotives and the Golden spike at the bottom with a photograph from the ceremony above.

In this May 10, 1869, file photo, provided by the Union Pacific, railroad officials and employees celebrate the completion of the first railroad transcontinental link in Promontory, Utah. The Union Pacific's Locomotive No. 119, right, and Central Pacific's Jupiter edged forward over the golden spike that marked the joining of the nation by rail.
(Photo: Andrew Russell, AP)

About Phil Dockter in his own words, "It was be an honor to be asked to created show covers and postmarks for the Ries Chapter and SESCAL Shows for the past 15 years. Collecting ARTCRAFT as a kid in the 1960's was a fun hobby, at that time, I really did not know what some covers were all about? My first cover endeavor was for Douglas 'Wrong Way' Corrigan's flight to Ireland in 1938, a 50th anniversary cover. I have lost count of how many cachet covers I have design, well over 200!"

Cover on First Trip

Issued May 10th 2019 for the 150th Anniversary of the completion of the railroad in 1869 with three stamps in panes of 18.

The USPS describes the designs as follows: Building the transcontinental railroad during the 1860s was a massive engineering feat and one of the great achievements of the 19th century.

A "Golden Spike Ceremony" was held on 10 May 1869, then the rail lines by the Central Pacific from the west and the Union Pacific from the east were joined at Promontory Summit in Utah. This stamp at the left shows the Jupiter locomotive of the train with officials and guest of the Central Pacific. The train of the right shows the NO 119 locomotive the pulled the train carrying the Union Pacific's official and guests. The center stamp shows the famous golden spice that was part of the ceremony in Utah.

Both companies employed many laborers because the roadbed and tunnels had to be dug without the help of machinery. Many immigrant laborers, more than 20,000 did most of the backbreaking and dangerous work. The Union Pacific hired mostly Irish immigrants but some German, Italian, and African Americans. The Central Pacific used mostly Chinese immigrants. Thousands of Mormon workers helped both companies make the final push across Utah.

USPS Art director Greg Breeding designed the issue. Michael J. Deas illustrated the Jupiter and No. 119 stamps with the use of 19th-century oil painting techniques. Replicas of the two locomotives at the Golden Spike National Historic Site were used as a visual reference. Kevin Cantrell illustrated the stamp of the ceremonial golden spike and did the border treatments and typography for all three stamps.



Cachet cover with the 2018 theme.


Within this cachet we find Maj Reuben Fleet, the Jenny, Lt. Torry Webb, and the 24 cent airmail stamp issued in 1918. Two versions of this cachet cover will be on sale at the show: 1) on a #10 envelope and 2) on the regular small envelope.

According to Wikipedia:   "The first scheduled U.S. Air Mail service began on May 15, 1918, using six converted United States Army Air Service Curtiss JN-4HM "Jenny" biplanes flown by Army pilots under the command of Major Reuben H. Fleet and operating on a route between Washington, D.C. (Washington Polo Grounds) and New York City (Belmont Park) with an intermediate stop in Philadelphia (Bustleton Field). Among those who were on hand for the departure of the first flight from Washington, D.C., were President Woodrow Wilson, U.S. Postmaster General Albert S. Burleson, and Assistant Secretary of the Navy Franklin D. Roosevelt. Army...."

The USPS may have some of these commemorative covers available.
If they are still available, they will be at the 2019 show.

2018 Official SESCAL Cachet Cover from Phil Dockter

(Cover has official cancel graphically superimposed. Actual height of cancel is 1 3/4")



Cachet cover with the 2017 theme.


In 2017 San Diego USPS did the impossible! They came from San Diego were at the show all three days. At the last minute they were able to produce a beautifully designed cachet commemorating our theme with a unique commemorative cancel. Cachet and cancel artist was Phil Dockter. This is the only cachet and cancel from the show. Because of the late timing it was produced in limited quantity.

The USPS may have some of these commemorative covers available.
If they are still available, they will be at the 2019 show.

Last updated - September 16, 2019