WESTMORELAND COUNTY PHILATELIC SOCIETY
NEWSLETTER

P.O. Box 76, Norvelt, PA 15674

Volume 321, Number 9

 

November 2018


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Next Meeting will be on December 4

The next meeting of the stamp club will be December 4.  The APS circuit books will be available.  Please bring cookies for the table.  Drink will be provided.  The hall is open from 1 pm, the meeting starts at 2:15pm.  

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Johnstown Stamp Show – Saturday, November 10; 10:00am – 4:00pm; St. John Gulabert Activity Center, 100 Adams St. Johnstown.  Sponsored by the Johnstown Stamp Club. 5 dealers, USPS substation.  Contact Charles D. Holtzman, Jr., chazhjr@msn.com; 814-532-0199 - 5 dealers.

Rubber City Stamp Club - Saturday, November 10; Akron Health & Wellness Center, 4125 Medina Rd., Akron, OH 44334; Contact; Tom Hirschinger 330-336-8227.

York International Postcard Expo - Friday November 16 9-7 & Saturday November 17th 9-5; York Fairgrounds, 334 Carlisle Ave., York, PA 17404; Phone; 410-939-0999.


PITTPEX Cancel


New Scott Numbers Assigned

Scott No.

Issue

Date

5280

Peace Rose

Apr. 21

5281

Blue Airmail

May 7

5283

Sally Ride

May 23

5284

Flag

June 9

5285

Frozen Treats

June 23

5286

Frozen Treats

June 23

5287

Frozen Treats

June 23

5288

Frozen Treats

June 23

5289

Frozen Treats

June 23

5290

Frozen Treats

June 23

5291

Frozen Treats

June 23

5292

Frozen Treats

June 23

5293

Frozen Treats

June 23

5294

Frozen Treats

June 23

5295

$1 Statue of Freedom

June 27

5296

$2 Statue of Freedom

June 27

5297

$5 Statue of Freedom

June 27

5298a

Death Valley

July 4

5298b

Three Fingers Mountain

July 4

5298c

Double Rainbow

July 4

5298d

Great Smoky Mountains

July 4

5298e

Field of Wheat - Green

July 4

5298f

Plowed Wheat Field

July 4

5298g

Grasslands Sunset

July 4

5298h

Field of Wheat - Yellow

July 4

5298i

Yosemite

July 4

5298j

Crater Lake

July 4

5298k

Monument Valley

July 4

5298l

Maroon Bells

July 4

5298m

Sunrise

July 4

5298n

Field of Flowers

July 4

5298o

Rows of Crops

July 4

5298p

Livermore

July 4

5298q

Napali Coast with Cat

July 4

5298r

Lone Ranch Beach

July 4

5298s

Cape Canaveral

July 4

5298t

Bailey Island

July 4

 


Veteran’s Day

Veteran’s Day is also celebrated in numerous other countries and also known as Remembrance Day or Poppy Day.  It is a day set aside to remember our veterans and men in uniform.  The day originally was to celebrate the armistice ending World War I on November 11, 1918.  This year to emphasize the sacrifices that men in uniform make I am picturing two postcards sent by soldiers in World War I.  One postcard was sent by an American soldier and one sent by a German soldier.  Even though they were on opposite sides of the front the cards express a common similar feeling of loneliness.

 

Translation:

 

My love is far,

Oh so far away. 

My loving heart

Sees you nearby

And draws me to you.


 Connellsville Celebrates Veteran’s Day

 

Connellsville celebrated Armistice Day 1928 by dedicating the American Legion Airport.  I believe the airport was located west of Connellsville near route 201.  The pilot, Horace Stack, signed this cover and flew the cover to Bettis Field, near McKeesport for cancellation.  Stack was killed in 1947 while piloting Capital Airlines flight 410 from Pittsburgh to Washington.  The plane ran into a mountain during descent into Washington in rain and fog.


World War I Victory Issue

This stamp (Scott #537) was issued March 3, 1919.  It pictures the allegorical figure “Liberty” with the flags of the allies (United States, Great Britain, Belgium, Italy and France).  This was the only commemorative stamp issued by the US that year.  The 3-cent rate paid the first class letter rate that included a 1-cent war emergency charge. The emergency charge was eliminated June 30, 1919, so the stamp had a short term paying the first class letter rate.  Covers bearing this stamp and paying the correct rate are rare.  The stamp also exists in various red-violet shades, some of which are very rare.

 

In Flanders Fields the poppies blow

Between the crosses, row on row,

That mark our place; and in the sky

The larks, still bravely singing, fly

Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago

We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,

Loved, and were loved, and now we lie

In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:

To you from failing hands we throw

The torch, be yours to hold it high.

If ye break faith with us who die

We shall not sleep, though poppies grow

 


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