A complete list of programs for 2008 is shown below.
Topic: Bring and be prepared to discuss material that is not your
"normal" collecting area
||Two Hundred Years of Montserrat Postal History
Montserrat, one of the Leeward Islands in the British West Indies, has
an interesting postal history that belies the size and population of the
island. This presentation covers the development of the mail system,
starting as early as 1769, and includes the first recorded use in 1804 of
the very rare first datestamp, the Montserrat Horseshoe. It continues
with highlights of the various stamp issuing eras up to the middle of the
||2,000 Miles in 24 Hours—The First Airmail Route
The 1918 decision by the Post Office to establish a regular scheduled
air mail service was met with many problems. The long term goal of the Post
Office was to establish a dependable transcontinental air ail route. Items
are shown from every flight in the experiment that resulted in establishment
of the private contract airmail contracts (CAMs) in 1926-27.
|Patrick A. Walters
This presentation is mainly on the first issues of Tasmania known as
"Courier" stamps, subsequent to the author's article in the August-September
2006 issue for the Courier 4 pence. This will refer to the paper
variety known on 1 penny stamps in comparison with the paper used for 4
pence stamps. Also some examples of "Courier" stamps on cover will be shown
to highlight the typical usage of postage rates and routes.
||Youth and the Future of Philately
or: "How Can Philately Compete with the Fascination of Computers?"
In an age of computer whiz-bangs and shortened attention spans, does
philately have a chance of attracting new adherents? Nancy Clark
answers an emphatic "Yes!" She has coordinated and supported education
with stamps for more than 30 years.
|Nancy B.Z. Clark
Marstons Mills, MA
||Northwest Postal History
Featured material will include fur-trade mail by canoe brigade,
establishment of the first post offices west of the Rocky Mountains at
Astoria and Oregon City in 1847, private competition to the government mail
by early express companies in the 1850s, gold-rushes to Idaho and Eastern
Oregon in the early 1860s, steamboat markings on the Columbia River and
Transcontinental railroad influences from 1869.
|Dale E. Forster
||Grandma's House (1870–1950)
This display division exhibit includes a wide variety of philatelic
material, interspersed with Cinderellas, ephemera, advertising covers and
cards, and an array of unusual collateral material, many pieces of which
actually belong to ancestors of the exhibitor. It "visits" each of the
rooms and areas of a house, showing various features of each location.
||Schism in the Kingdom of the Netherlands: The
Belgian Revolt 1830–1839
Following the Napoleonic era, the great European powers wanted to create
a barrier to the north of France to prevent future expansionist designs.
During the Vienna Congress in 1814 and 1815 , the areas to the north were
combined to form the new Kingdom of the Netherlands, but the artificial
union was doomed to fail. By 1830, Belgium declared its independence.
This presentation explores the postal consequences of those events..
||Annual Awards Dinner—Honoring Lichtenstein Awardee
Charles J. Peterson
Temple Terrace, FL
||A Lifetime Treasure Hunt
||Kenneth J. Kutz
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
||South Africa: De La Rue and the Early
Twentieth Century Stamps
||Keith Klugman, M.D.
||U.S. Mails Carried by Water: Seventeenth
Century to GPU
||The National Stamp Collection and Its Future
||Cheryl R. Ganz
||The Club Monte Carlo Visits the Collectors Club
||The Postal Stationery of Chile
||Ross A Towle
||The Postal Stationery of Cyprus
||Board of Governors’ Open House