P.O. Box 76, Norvelt, PA 15674

Volume 33, Number 2

February 2019

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Don’t forget to pay your dues.  Dues are $10.00 for adults and $1.00 for junior members (18 years old or younger).  Please add an additional $5.00 if you would like the newsletter mailed to you.  The Newsletter is available on our website.  Dues can be mailed to the above address.  Make the check out to the Westmoreland County Philatelic Society. 


Montrose Stamp Show - Sunday, February 17, 2019.  10am to 4pm; Holiday Inn Akron-West, 4073 Medina Road, Akron, Ohio 44333 ;  Sponsored by: Lincolnway Stamps; Contact: David G. Pool, lincolnway@sssnet.com; 330-832-5992.

McKinley Stamp Show - Saturday March 2, 2019 10AM-5:00PM; Sunday March 3, 10AM-4PM; St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, 4667 Applegrove St. NW, North Canton, OH; Sponsored by the McKinley Stamp Club; Contact Dave Pool 330-832-5992.  Website: http://mksc.webs.com; 16 dealers.

Garfield-Perry March Party - Friday March 15, 2019, 11AM-6PM; Saturday March 16, 10AM-5:30 PM; Sunday March 17, 10AM-4PM; Holiday Inn Strongsville, 15471 Royalton Road, Strongsville, Ohio 44136.  50+ dealers. Website address:  http://www.garfieldperry.org/ 

Spring Stamp Expo - Saturday, April 6, 2019; Eugene Clarke Center, 235 S. Third Street, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania 17202; Sponsored by: Cumberland Valley Philatelic Society;  Contact : Richard Sprankle rspran32@gmail.com  Phone: 717-263-4457.

Wilkinsburg Stamp Show - Friday May 31, 2019 10:00am - 5:00pm; Saturday June 1, 10:00am - 3:00pm; Gateway Fire Hall, 4370 Northern Pike, Monroeville, PA;  Sponsored by the Wilkinsburg Stamp Club; 11+ dealers; Contact: Tom Donohue, wilkinsburgstampclub@yahoo.com Phone: 412-373-8697.  http://www.wilkinsburgstampclub.com/


March 3

The next meeting of the stamp club will be March 3.    This will be our Spring Auction.  Bring the material that you no longer want or some of your duplicate items. Please bring cookies for the table.  The hall is open from 1 pm, the meeting starts at 2:15 pm     

 Alabama Statehood - February 23

On February 23, 2019, in Huntsville, AL, the U.S. Postal Service will  issue  the  Alabama  Statehood stamp  (Forever priced at the First-Class Mail rate) in one design, in a  pressure-sensitive  adhesive  pane  of 20  stamps). The stamp will go on sale nationwide February 23, 2019,and  must  not  be  sold  or  cancelled  before  the  first-day-of-issue. This  stamp  celebrates  the  bicentennial  of  Alabamastatehood.  Alabama  became  the  twenty-second  state  inthe Union on December 14, 1819. The stamp art is a photograph  taken  at  sunset  in  Cheaha  State  Park.  Alabama photographer  Joe  Miller  took  the  picture  from  the  park’s Pulpit Rock Trail. With Pulpit Rock in the foreground, most of  the  area  in  the  valley  below  the  overlook  is  part  of  the Talladega National Forest, which surrounds the state park. The  name  of  the  state  and  the  year  of  statehood  are included  in  the  stamp  art.  The  art  director  is  William  J. Gicker.  Greg  Breeding  designed  the  stamp  with  Miller’s existing photograph. First day address:


FDOI – Alabama Statehood Stamp

USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services

8300 NE Underground Drive, Suite 300

Kansas City, MO 64144-9900


All orders must be postmarked by June 23, 2019      


Valentine Cancel

Postmarks may be ordered up to 30 days after the postmark date.  Don't use stamps issued after the postmark date.  Include a SASE for return of your covers/post cards

 Groundhog Day – 100th Anniversary

Punxsutawney celebrated the 100th anniversary of Groundhog Day in 1987 with this cover.  Phil says, “Six more weeks of winter.”  Officially winter will end on March 20th at 00:48 AM EST (that’s about 6 weeks).   All you ever wanted to know about the rodent (and then some) is at: http://www.groundhog.org/


James Garfield was assassinated four months after taking office in 1881.

Lindbergh’s Goodwill Visit to Pittsburgh

Crowds engulf the Spirit of Saint Louis at Bettis Field after

Charles Lindbergh arrived on a good will tour in 1927.

On August 23, 1927, “Lucky Lindy” landed at Pittsburgh’s Bettis Airfield.  When Lindbergh returned from Paris he began a goodwill tour of the world in the Spirit of St. Louis. The airfield was packed with 10,000 people that day and the streets were lined with people.  Lindbergh was met at the airport by Pittsburgh Mayor Charles H. Kline and other dignitaries, and then ferried to Pitt Stadium in Oakland in a motorcade.  At the airport the Spirit of St. Louis was put in a hangar sideways because it was too large to fit in the largest hangar in the normal way.  Col. Lindbergh left at noon the next day as a crowd of 30,000 cheered him off.

The cover above celebrates the second anniversary of Lindbergh’s visit.  Airmail pilot R. L. Baker signed it.  The cover was beautifully prepared with the Lindbergh airmail stamp (C10) by Lindbergh airmail specialist Leon Berman.  A Berman cover has surfaced that was posted in San Diego the day that Lindbergh signed the contract there to build the Spirit of St. Louis.  Berman was philatelically documenting Lindbergh even before he made his famous transatlantic flight.