Pre-Show Learning Event

All About Cancellations

Whether you are a postal historian or a marcophilist, postal cancellations are central to the understanding of the postal artifacts that we collect. This course is designed to provide you with a very thorough background about cancellations. Collectors of every country and every specialization will want to attend this in-depth course. The course will include three major topics:

  • Classification & Categorization Systems
  • Types of devices
  • Uses

The presentation materials will be profusely illustrated with cover examples of each topic. While primary emphasis will be on U.S. and British Empire materials, worldwide examples will broaden your understanding of philately from every continent. You will return home with a robust package of course materials to give you a firm foundation for additional personal research. Course information available in printable .pdf also view the Course Syllabus.

Bring your mystery cancellations and a sense of curiosity to this course.

We won’t have all the answers, but we’ll show you how to find them!

Date: Wed., Aug. 9, 2023 from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (lunch on your own)
Location: Westin, Cleveland, OH
Cost: $50 for APS Members / $100 for non-members
Registration Deadline: July 21, 2023
Participants to bring: A curios mind and your favorite cancellations.

About the Instructor

Gary Wayne Loew is a philatelic researcher and postal historian. He is the retired APS Director of Expertizing and Editor-in-Chief of The American Philatelist and the Philatelic Literature Review. He is also the author of over 80 philatelic articles and book reviews. His two-volume book, Fundamentals of Postal History, is scheduled for publication in early 2026. Gary has lectured widely on many topics about postal history. His proudest philatelic accomplishments include the numerous roles he has played in digitizing journals for the USPCS, USSS, and the complete run of the U.S. Postal Bulletin. An APS life member, he is a member of over thirty philatelic societies and clubs. Contact Gary at [email protected].

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