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Summer Seminar 2018

Summer Seminar on Philately is a once-a-year opportunity to expand your philatelic knowledge and meet others who share your passion and interests. All courses are led by philatelic experts who are accomplished writers, exhibitors, expertizers, dealers, and specialized collectors.

Dates: June 24-29, 2018
Location: Hosted at the American Philatelic Center in Bellefonte, PA
Lodging: Facilities near the APS.
Course Catalog: A course catalog which includes course descriptions.
Menu: Tentative Menu
Questions: Frequently Asked Questions

Registration begins January 2, 2018.
Class sizes are limited. Early registration is highly recommended.

Register for your courses today.
To register; click on the “Click Here to Register” link (or the link above); fill in the requested information; save the form to your computer using a unique name (i.e. jdoe_SS_registration). You may then choose to:
1. Print the document and send via mail (enclosing a check or submitting credit card information);
2. Fax the document to the APS (814.933.6128);
3. Email the form as an attachment to education@stamps.org and then follow up with a phone call to provide credit card information via phone (814.933.3810 or 814.933.3820);
4. Call the APS Education Department and register via phone (814.933.3810 or 814.933.3820).

2018 Slate of Courses (Click on each course for more information.)

4-Day Courses

(Monday through Thursday)

A Comprehensive Postal History of Great Britain (1510–1850)Doug McGill & Tom Slemons
Immerse yourself in Great Britain’s pre-stamp period and travel through history exploring its evolution from the King’s Post to the postal reform movement that led to the world’s first postal stationery and postage stamps.

Detecting Damaged, Altered, and Repaired StampsIrv Miller
Condition plays an important role when determining a stamp’s value. Enhance your skills for detecting damaged, altered and repaired stamps in order to make better informed buying and selling decisions.

Stamp TechnologyWayne Youngblood
Acquire or refine the skills needed to differentiate postage stamps by their printing types, papers and inks; while gaining an understanding of the technology used to print and process them.

2-Day Courses


Intermediate ExhibitingSteven Zwillinger
What makes an exhibit’s title and synopsis pages exceptional? Explore new techniques and receive expert advice as you develop your exhibiting expertise.

The Prohibition MovementRon Lesher
Trace the journey of revenue stamps used to show payment of federal and state alcohol taxes.

Topical Collecting 101Jack Andre Denys
Step into the exciting world of topical collecting! Discover how to choose a topic, conduct research, develop a want list, and obtain elements for a new collecting area.

Washington–Franklins, Part I – IdentificationDennis Gilson & Guy Gasser
Investigate the different designs, perforations, printing methods, and watermarks of the Washington–Franklin U.S. definitive series (1908–1922) and determine Scott Catalogue numbers for major varieties.

World War II Era Postal HistoryJeffrey Shapiro
Engage in the study of “dirty old covers” to experience the events of World War II. Discover the nuances of postal history, including military mail, censorship and more.

2-Day Courses


Advanced ExhibitingSteven Zwillinger
Delve deeply into exhibit organization, storytelling strategies, and methods for demonstrating and displaying essential philatelic information. Learn from fellow exhibitors and apply new ideas to improve an exhibit.

Federal Taxation of Tobacco and Tobacco ProductsRon Lesher
Did you know that Scott U.S. Specialized Catalogue includes a short listing of stamps used for the direct taxation of tobacco? Find out how to recognize specific categories of U.S. federal revenues and the methods used to print them.

Three Kings and Two Queens in New ZealandDan Hubbard
Explore New Zealand philately using the Campbell-Patterson Specialized Catalogue and other specialized publications. Acquire the skills for identifying the characteristics of most pre-1970 definitive issues.

The Washington-Franklins of U.S. Postal Stationery a.k.a. Circular DiesBill Lehr
Discover the fascinating world of postal stationery and its place in history. Develop the skills for recognizing and identifying circular dies associated with U.S. postal stationery (1915–1950).

Washington–Franklins, Part 2 - ExpertizingDennis Gilson & Guy Gasser
Can you determine if a stamp from the Washington–Franklin series is genuine or fake? Discover the resources and develop the skills for expertizing stamps from this series.


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