You're invited, stamp tongs and magnifying glass in hand, to one of the highly anticipated On the Road Courses of the year: Essays and Proofs, coming to Chicagopex this November. Essays and Proofs, taught by James Lee (renowned philatelic dealer and U.S. Classics expert), will take course attendees on a deep dive into the world of early U.S. postage stamps - their design, development, production, and more. This early period of US stamp history was full of experimentation, innovation, triumphs, and mistakes - all of which can be found on the essays and proofs.
How to Attend
Date: Thursday, November 21, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (lunch on your own)
Location: Westin Chicago Northwest • 400 Park Blvd. • Itasca, Illinois 60143
Cost: $45 for APS Members / $95 for non-members (registration is separate from the Chicagopex registration)
Registration Deadline: October 20, 2019
To Register: https://stamps.org/Learn/On-the-Road-Courses
Essays and Proofs Course Details
The purpose of this course is to provide an understanding of the development of United States postage stamps from 1845 - 1893 by the private bank note companies. For each period you will learn about the development of the designs, engravers, and production methods employed to produce the various essays and proofs. While a lecture format will be employed it will be augmented with hands on study of the actual material.
We will look at each of the issues produced by the various bank note companies from 1847 through 1893 when stamp production was assumed by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. It is this 46-year period that produced the classic U.S. postage stamp issues. Our study will also include background on the engravers and the many experiments conducted.
What to Bring
- Pair of stamp tongs
- Magnifying glass
About James E. Lee
James’ passion for essays and proofs began in the fall of 1972 when he responded to a small classified ad in Linn’s Weekly Stamp News. For the next 20 years James corresponded with Falk Finkelburg, the most knowledgeable student in the field at the time. Just as Dr. Clarence Brazer had served as Falk’s mentor, Falk would in turn become Lee’s. James’ collecting interests would become his vocation in June of 1990. He left behind 18 years of building two separate advertising and graphic arts businesses to become a full time professional philatelist.
For the past 30 years his focus has been the study, acquisition, and selling of essays and proofs, postal history, fancy cancels, and philatelic literature. During this portion of his professional life, he has served on the board of directors of the United States Philatelic Classics Society, as president of the American Stamp Dealers Association, and as well as president of the Midwest Stamp Dealers Association. Currently James writes a quarterly column on essays and proofs for Linn’s, serves as a section editor for The Chronicle (quarterly journal of the U.S.P.C.S.), and has written and produced his own quarterly newsletter, James E. Lee’s Philately for over 22 years.
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