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Introduction to Confederate States Stamps and Postal History

This course is an introduction to Confederate States of America stamps and postal history beginning with the secession of South Carolina on December 20, 1860, until the end of the war in 1865. It will provide an overview of the collecting potential with either stamps or postal history of that period.

In the brief timeframe of the Confederate postal era, are found virtually all the same categories as in U.S. postal history, as well as many more created by war such as unusual mail  transit patterns such as blockade-run use, across-the-lines mail, flag of truce mail exchange, covert mail, and others.

There will be a concise overview of the five Confederate printers, as well as the three printing methods used during the American Civil War. Basic identification of the Confederate General Issue stamps will be taught, specifically targeting the often-confused designs and how to easily identify one from the other. By the end of the course, students will be able to identify the most common fakes, facsimiles and fantasies as well. There will be hands-on examination of actual stamps and their pretenders, as well as detailed explanatory handouts to take home.

Shortly after the Southern States began to secede from the Union, there were complaints that that the USPOD was not filling requisitions for new supplies of stamps. To meet the demand, some postmasters provided either stamps of local manufacture or handstamped envelopes for use by postal customers as early as mid-February 1861. All such stamps and postal stationery which were prepared in advance of use are known as postmasters’ provisionals. How to tell rare handstamped provisionals from ordinary stampless covers will be explained.

Before the Confederate Post Office Department took over its own affairs on June 1, 1861, U.S. postage rates were still in effect and Southern postmasters were still under oath to the U.S. Government. By mutual agreement between the opposing factions, mail contractors operated under the control of the USPOD. In late March 1861, Postmaster General John Reagan directed Southern postmasters to continue their contracts, performance of duty and obligations to the U.S. Government. An award-winning monograph on the topic, authored by the instructor, will be included in the course free of charge to all students.

There will be a brief explanation of how modern forensic science and philately have recently intersected and provided collectors with new information and hitherto unknown stamp types, as well as proving some time-honored methods are not reliable.

Students should bring to class: tongs and magnifying glasses (preferably lighted). Students should have basic philatelic knowledge, understand terminology common to the industry and know how to use a Scott Catalogue.

Day of Course: Thu, 4 Jun 2020, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Taught by: Trish Kaufmann

Location: McLean Hilton (McLean,Virginia)

Cost: $25 for members, $75 for non-members

Registration Deadline: 05/3/20 11:59 p.m.

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