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Club Presentations

Downloadable copies of the handouts, PowerPoints, and exhibits that are given at club meetings. This is a good way for members who missed a meeting or are homebound or non-resident in D.C. to enjoy the programs that are offered at club meetings.

Bill Fort, Transatlantic Airmail Routes, 1928-1945 [PDF, 1.7MB]
Overview of the early north and south Atlantic routes, including catapult and zeppelin mail. Given at the April 2, 2014 meeting.

Calvin Mitchell, Bernard Goldberg: FDC Artist [PDF, 4.19MB]
Life and career of an artist who designed more than 350 cachets using a distinctive and colorful style of calligraphy and portraiture.

May Day Taylor, May Day's Philatelic May Day [PDF, 2.84 MB]
Explores why May 1 is the ultimate date for stamp collectors, starting with the Penny Black becoming valid for postage on May 1, 1840. Given at the May 1, 2013 meeting.

Doug Lehmann, What's In a Million? [PDF, 1.81 MB]
Three mysteries surround a $1 million sale of Philippines sugar and the revenue stamps used to pay the commodity taxes. Given at the March 6, 2013 'snowquester' meeting.

Marvin Murray, German Private Posts Before 1900 [PDF, 2.84 MB]
From 1871 to 1900, private firms could legally compete with the Reichpost in the carriage of other than first class mail. These are some of their stamps and covers. Given at the November 8, 2012 club meeting.

Dennis Murphy, Overprints and China's "Century of Humiliation" [PDF, 1 MB]
The "Century of Humiliation" refers to outside interference in domestic Chinese affairs for roughly one hundred years prior to World War II. Given at the September 19, 2012 club meeting.


Ken Gilbart, 10¢ 1861 Issue Used To & From Foreign Countries [PDF, 3.61 MB]
The 10-cent Washington of 1861 was issued to pay the U.S. domestic letter rate across the Rocky Mountains and the rate to Canada. But it soon found a myriad of uses on letters going overseas, and even on a few foreign covers coming to the U.S.
Given at the September 5, 2012 club meeting.

Tadas Osmolskis, World War II Patriotic Covers [PDF, 5.20 MB]
The changing messages found on WWII Patriotics, from pre-Pearl Harbor defense and readiness through V-J day and the Atomic bomb. Given at the December 7, 2011 club meeting, the seventieth anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day.

May Day Taylor, Turkeys in Philately [PDF, 2.93 MB]
All the myriad ways turkeys can be found in U.S. and worldwide philatelic material. Given at the November 16, 2011 club meeting.

Harry Charles, Statue of Liberty: History, Symbolism & Stamps [PDF, 5.45 MB]
A presentation in honor of the statue's 125 anniversary, given at the November 2, 2011 club meeting.

Robin Gates Elliott, The Victims of Stalinism on Stamps [PDF, 1.53 MB]
Stalinist mass murders as commemorated on the post-independence stamps of the former Eastern Bloc countries. Given at the September 15, 2011 club meeting.

Marvin R. Murray, Free Franking, Warts and All [PDF, 1.7 MB]
Traces the development of the free franking privilege from 1652 to the present and illustrates uses and abuses with examples from the Smithsonian National Postal Museum's collection. Given at the March 16, 2011 club meeting.

Daniel A. Piazza, The 1946 3¢ Smithsonian Commemorative [PDF, 2.9 MB]
Presentation about one of the most popular commemorative stamps of 1940s, which honored the centenary of the Smithsonian Institution's founding on August 19, 1846. Given at the May 20, 2009 club meeting.

Clifford J. Alexander, John Wiley's One-Cent Despatch [PDF, 2.9 MB]
Presentation on Washington, D.C.'s only private local post, which operated for approximately eight months, from March to November 1856. Given at the April 1, 2009 club meeting.

Robin Gates Elliott, Eastern European Philatelic Propaganda [PDF, 3.3 MB]
Paper given at the September 20, 2008 meeting examines the philatelic paper trail left by the numerous border changes and territorial conquests in eastern Europe from the Munich Crisis of 1938 to Operation Barbarossa in 1941.

May Day Taylor, Our Nation's Philatelic Christmas City [PDF, 5.15 MB]
This two frame exhibit features each U.S. Christmas stamp related to Washington along with the year the stamp was issued and a description of its connection to the capital city. Shown non-competitively at NAPEX 2008.

Martin Fleischer, Introduction to Indian Native States Stamps [PDF, 2.5 MB]
During the British Raj, a number of smaller states in India ran their own postal systems and some issued their own stamps. Given at the February 6, 2008 club meeting.

Photos and Video

All of these photo albums and video are hosted off-site; this is merely a links page. Clicking on the title will open the photo album or video in a new window.