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Posted May 17, 23 15:51 by Scott Trepel (strepel)

May 14, 1918


Please go back and look at the machine cancel again. it clearly reads May 14, 1918, not 1914.

Posted May 17, 23 14:32 by Bernard Biales (bernard b)

USPOD regs

Scott, I don't understand your comment. Mine was about the May 14 marking, which was highly improper. I had nothing to say about the May 15 marking to which you allude. (The 1914 was indeed an error for 1918).

Posted May 17, 23 8:42 by Kimberlee Fuller (kimberlee)

Collectors Club - Boston 2026 Update - Yamil Kouri - 5/17 - 5:30PM

We would like to remind you to attend our virtual program, scheduled for this evening, Wednesday, May 17th, 2023, at 5:30 pm EDT. We will be featuring a Boston 2026 Update with Yamil Kouri.

He will present an update on the preparations for the Boston 2026 World Expo and the core team of the organization will answer questions from the audience about the next international stamp exhibition in the United States and the celebration of the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.

If you haven't registered already, please click on THIS LINK or copy and paste the link below into your browser:

You do not need to be a member of the Collectors Club to view the presentation. Anyone may join!


Posted May 17, 23 8:37 by Kimberlee Fuller (kimberlee)

USPCS Dinner during Westpex

Cute photo from our USPCS Dinner during Westpex back at the end of April. I'm not going to caption the guests incase anyone prefers to remain anonymous.


Posted May 16, 23 21:30 by Alexander Haimann (bastamps)

RPSL Summer Exhibition in London - Clash of Empires: The 1879 Anglo-Zulu War

The subject of philately's many evolutions comes up on this board frequently. In particular, the discussion has been raging for years about how best to engage non-philatelists and draw more people into our hobby, our passion. I have been working on a new exhibiting concept meant to draw in the non-philatelic work by exclusively utilizing 3D cases to display 2D postal objects side-by-side with non-postal 3D artefacts. The focus of all the objects is the history and related context of the 1879 Anglo-Zulu War (re: films ZULU & Zulu Dawn).

The result is the very first public museum exhibition hosted by the Royal Philatelic Society London in its 154-year history - Clash of Empires: The 1879 Anglo-Zulu War. We have been working on this project for over 8-years and it is finally opening to the public (free admission) this summer. Over 500 artefacts will be on display encompassing a vast range of philatelic/postal history objects as well as non-postal 3D objects. One of the major objectives of the exhibition is to draw in the non-philatelic world to to see philatelic objects in an entirely new light. We are partnering with a number of groups and societies outside of the philatelic world to enlarge our reach.

Background: When British & Colonial forces invaded the Zulu Kingdom on 11 January 1879, they ignited one of the most famous conflicts of the Victorian era. In July 2023, the Spear Museum of Philatelic History at the Royal Philatelic Society London will host a public exhibition displaying more than 500 postal, historical, and cultural objects exploring the context, history, and ongoing legacy of this Clash of Empires. The exhibition’s narrative will begin in the early years of the 19th century with the emergence of King Shaka kaSenzangakhona and the rise of the Zulu Kingdom and go all the way through to 2019, 140-years after the start of the 1879 Anglo-Zulu War. The depth and scope of this exhibition is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to see the intertwined stories of this important history told through hundreds of artefacts

We have a professional graphic designer as well as a videographer working with us on this ambitions endeavor -

please check out our digital assets - Exhibition website

Latest 60 second Promotional Video

Exhibition YouTube Channel

Three American auction houses have generously stepped forward to support the exhibition - Cherrystone Auctions (Presenting Sponsor) along with Robert A. Siegel Auctions & Schuyler Rumsey Auctions (Supporting Sponsors). We are also grateful for the generous contributions received from several USA-based philatelists Daniel Ryterband, Donald Sundman, Jim Allen, Gus Clark, Steve Walske, Mick Zais & Robert Rose. If you are interested in being a recognized donor to the RPSL's first major museum exhibition, please let me know.

If you have existing plans (or contemplating making new plans) to be in London between late June through early August and would like to visit the exhibition, please send me an email - I would love to roll out the red carpet with a special guided tour for any Philamercury member!

If you have friends/family in the UK, we would be happy to make their visit to the exhibition special as well. Please spread the word!

Cheers, Alex Haimann


Posted May 16, 23 21:29 by joe kirker (centuryc3)


I must be missing some recent posting, but what does a May 14, 1914 cancel have to do with either the May 14, 1918 C3 cover or the May 15, 1918 example with inverted year date slug?

Enlighten me!!!

Posted May 16, 23 20:53 by Scott Trepel (strepel)

USPOD regs


An inverted year in a postmark does not qualify as “bogus” or worthy of firing. I think the intent of those regs was to ensure timely delivery.

I’m sure that clerks made honest mistakes all the time. In the case of the May 15, 1918 datestamp, they made several changes over the course of the 2 days. Inverting the year was probably an “oops” moment, not a federal offense.

I’m assuming this addresses what you meant, but I confess interpreting your unique style of communicating sometimes challenges me.

Posted May 16, 23 20:10 by Mike Ellingson (mikeellingson)

1913 PL&R

Think this is the page Bernard is trying to show.


Posted May 16, 23 16:26 by Bernard Biales (bernard b)

May 14, 1914 not a proper post mark

The presence of that bogus marking was a fireable offence. See Section 540 (p. 309) of the 1913 PL&R. For some reason, this site will not take the image (not JPEG?).

I meant 1918, not 1914.

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