Summer Seminar Online

Summer Seminar Online will offer APS members an opportunity to participate in more than 50 different learning experiences during the month of June.  Pick and choose from a wide variety of topics and interest areas.  Seminars will be offered once, at a scheduled time, and last for approximately an hour.  Courses will also be offered at scheduled times but involve several meetings.  Presenters are all philatelic experts and accomplished writers, exhibitors, dealers, and specialized collectors.  All sessions will be recorded and available for on-demand viewing (for a fee) on the C3a learning platform. 

Dates:

June 1-30, 2020

Location:

Online, using GoToWebinar

Cost:

$10 for one hour courses.  

Courses with multiple sessions are priced accordingly.  (Courses are available to APS members only)

**Free sessions on Fridays, and free tutorials and Monday preview meetings

Registration:

Registration for ALL sessions is OPEN! 
Go to the eCommerce site on the C3a Learning Platform to register at https://learning.stamps.org/ 
If you don't have a C3a account, log onto the APS website and then navigate to https://stamps.org/learn/c3a-online-learning.

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Catalog of Courses:

Summer Seminar Online Course Catalog (PDF) 

What you need to participate:


•A computer or mobile device with internet access
•Video and microphone are helpful but NOT neccessary (you can communicate through a chat box)
•No internet access? You can join GoToWebinar by phone to hear the presentation, however you will be unable to see any part of the presentation. 

Questions or Comments?:

Call: 814-933-3810 or Email: education@stamps.org

 

Save the Date for Summer Seminar 2021

June 20-24, 2021

Mon, May 25

Tue, May 26

3 PM ET - GoToWebinar Tutorial

Presented by: Cathy Brachbill and Kathleen Edwards

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Receive an overview on how to use the features of GoToWebinar in preparation of Summer Seminar Online.  (1 hour)

Cost: Free

Please Log In to Sign Up

Wed, May 27

6 PM ET - GoToWebinar Tutorial

Presented by: Cathy Brachbill and Kathleen Edwards

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Receive an overview on how to use the features of GoToWebinar in preparation of Summer Seminar Online.  (1 hour)

Cost: Free

Please Log In to Sign Up

Thu, May 28

9 PM ET - GoToWebinar Tutorial

Presented by: Cathy Brachbill and Kathleen Edwards

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Receive an overview on how to use the features of GoToWebinar in preparation of Summer Seminar Online.  (1 hour)

Cost: Free

Please Log In to Sign Up

Fri, May 29

Mon, June 01

12 PM ET - Monday Preview

Presented by: Cathy Brachbill and Kathleen Edwards

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Receive a preview of the week ahead. Take part in a Q and A, and share your thoughts.  (30 minutes)

Cost: Free

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1 PM ET - How to Spot Fakes & Forgeries on the Internet

Presented by: Clark Frazier

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On-line sellers often misidentify stamps, fail to describe condition properly, offer altered stamps and tout forgeries as genuine.  Learn the ins and outs of distance purchasing in order to avoid spending good money on bad buys. (1 hour)

Cost: $10

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3 PM ET - Fundamentals of Postal History: Part I - Interpreting Rates and Frankings

Presented by: Gary Loew

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Postal history is the study of postal artifacts, known as covers.  The classical view of covers organized their analysis into four components:  Rates, Routes, Means (of transportation) and Marks.  This five-part course introduces each of the four components.  The five modules are designed to be stand-alone sessions, sign up for one or sign up for all five!  

Part I -  Interpreting Rates and Frankings

Learn how to read and interpret rates, rate markings, and how postage fees were paid. (1 hour)

Cost: $10

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6 PM ET - Washington-Franklins - Session 1

Presented by: Guy Gasser

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Investigate the different designs, perforations, printing methods, and watermarks of the 1908-1922 series of U.S. Definitives known as the Washington-Franklins. Learn to identify the different stamps in a virtual environment.  Students should have at their disposal the basic tools needed to handle and identify stamps as the course moves along.

3 – One-hour sessions (monday, June 1; Tuesday, June 2; and Wednesday, June 3.

Cost: $30 for three 1-hour sessions

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Tue, June 02

12 PM ET - Introduction of U.S. Handstamps that Applied Both a Postmark and a Cancellation

Presented by: Roger Curran

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In August 1860, three U.S. post offices began using duplex handstamps that combined postmarking and canceling elements under one handle. This innovation constitutes one of the two most important evolutionary steps that were taken with regard to U.S. 19th century cancellation practices. (The other was the advent of machine cancellations.) The workshop will discuss the reason for this step, show covers relevant to the transition for each post office, and present additional information related to early duplex handstamp usage. (1 hour)

Cost: $10

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3 PM ET - Stamps and Ephemera of the U.S. International Stamp Shows

Presented by: Paul Petersen

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Enjoy a journey of US International Stamp Shows from 1913 through 2016, with an emphasis on 1956 through 1986. View items from countries around the world that produced postage stamps, covers, labels, and other items to both promote the shows and celebrate each day of the events. (1 hour)

Cost: $10

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6 PM ET - Washington-Franklins - Session 2

Presented by: Guy Gasser

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Investigate the different designs, perforations, printing methods, and watermarks of the 1908-1922 series of U.S. Definitives known as the Washington-Franklins. Learn to identify the different stamps in a virtual environment.  Students should have at their disposal the basic tools needed to handle and identify stamps as the course moves along.

3 – One-hour sessions

Cost: $30 for three 1-hour sessions (June 1, 2, 3)

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Wed, June 03

12 PM ET - The Growing Role of the Universal Postal Union in Global Economic Governance

Presented by: Tasos Kalfas

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As e-commerce continues to grow and provide alternatives to traditional retail shopping, international postal networks have taken on a larger role in parcel delivery and facilitating trade. Learn how the Universal Postal Union, the United Nation's specialized agency for the postal sector, governs international trade within postal networks and helps expand access to products worldwide. (1 hour)

Cost: $10

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3 PM ET - Come Take a Ride on the Hindenburg

Presented by: Cheryl Ganz

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The German zeppelin LZ129 Hindenburg remains an icon of aviation tragedy because it was one of the first air disasters recorded on newsreel film for immediate release in theaters throughout America. But the airship represents much more than the end of the great lighter-than-air era. An engineering feat that roused pride in Germans in the midst of an economic depression and political turmoil, it was the world’s largest flying post office; the first regular North Atlantic passenger and freight air service as part of an evolving international communications and transport system; a worksite; and a luxury liner. (1 hour)

Cost: $10

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6 PM ET - Washington-Franklins - Session 3

Presented by: Guy Gasser

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Investigate the different designs, perforations, printing methods, and watermarks of the 1908-1922 series of U.S. Definitives known as the Washington-Franklins. Learn to identify the different stamps in a virtual environment.  Students should have at their disposal the basic tools needed to handle and identify stamps as the course moves along.

3 – One-hour sessions

Cost: $30 for three 1-hour sessions (June 1, 2, 3)

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Thu, June 04

12 PM ET - Your First Exhibit?

Presented by: David S. Ball

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Intimidated by world-class exhibits?  Ever consider trying your hand, but don’t know where to start?  Let’s start at the very beginning.  (It’s a very good place to start!)  With a pile of covers, an idea, and Microsoft Office, pick up tips for using Publisher during layout.  Learn how current trends in judging and a well-developed Synopsis will help you to get your best score. (1 hour)

Cost: $10

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3 PM ET - Poland

Presented by: Thomas Bieniosek

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Enjoy delving into specific eras and issues, including; the issue of 1860, WWI locals, post-WWI overprints and forgeries, inflation, gold currency, WWII occupation, officer camps issues, post-war issues both Communist and post-Communist, and the stamps engraved by Czesław Słania.  You will leave this course with the ability to read inscriptions on Polish stamps, to describe the various eras of Polish philately, to recognize some of the more common forgeries, to make sense of Polish specialized catalogs, and to use the resources of the American Philatelic Research Library. (1 hour)

Cost: $10

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Fri, June 05

12 PM ET - APRL Digital: Exploring the Digital Collections of the American Philatelic Research Library

Presented by: Scott Tiffney

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APRL Digital, the library’s digital collections database, is continually adding new resources.  Come and hear about the progress that has occurred and improvements that are in store for the digital collection portal. (1 hour)

Cost: Free

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3 PM ET - Selling Stamps

Presented by: Wendy Masorti

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Where should I sell my items?  Should I use eBay, HipStamp, StampStore or some other vendor?  Learn about the work involved when selling online, selling tips, and options available from the APS.

Cost: Free

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Mon, June 08

12 PM ET - Monday Preview

Presented by: Cathy Brachbill and Kathleen Edwards

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Receive a preview of the week ahead. Take part in a Q and A, and share your thoughts.  (30 minutes)

Cost: Free

1 PM ET - U.S. Bank Note Stamp Indentification

Presented by: Clark Frazier

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The Large Bank Note Issue replaced the short lived 1869 Issue and had a relatively long 20-year run with 21.2 billion stamps in 12 denominations. Stamps were printed under contract by The National Bank Note Company, followed by the Continental Bank Note Company and finally the American Bank Note Company. Stamps are cataloged by the company that produced them, sometimes to the befuddlement of new collectors. Learn more about identifying paper, grills, secret marks, color and re-engraved designs. Discover characteristics that best fit each stamp to help with faster and more confident identification.  The session will finish with an overview of some listed and unlisted paper varieties. (1 hour)

Cost: $10

3 PM ET - Fundamentals of Postal History: Part II - Understanding and Determining Postal Routes

Presented by: Gary Loew

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Postal history is the study of postal artifacts, known as covers.  The classical view of covers organized their analysis into four components:  Rates, Routes, Means (of transportation) and Marks.  This five-part course introduces each of the four components.  The five modules are designed to be stand-alone sessions, sign up for one or sign up for all five!  

Part II -  Understanding and Determining Postal Routes

Using a cover’s origin, destination, and rate to determine the routes a letter might have traveled (1 hour)

Cost: $10

6 PM ET - Manufactured Tobacco Products: U.S. Taxpaid Revenues - Session 1

Presented by: Ron Lesher/ Eric Jackson

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The Scott U.S. Specialized Catalogue lists less than half of the revenue stamps authorized and issued by the federal government.  The Springer Catalog contains a far more comprehensive view by listing items no represented in Scott.  Use the Springer Catalog to explore the stamps used for manufactured tobacco, including; cigarettes, cigars, snuff, chewing and smoking tobacco.  Be privy to the impetus for tax increases and decreases for each category of manufactured tobacco.

4 – 1 hour sessions (June 8, 9, 10, 11)

Cost: $40 for 4 one-hour sessions

Tue, June 09

12 PM ET - An Introduction to Modern Postal History

Presented by: Gerry Robbins

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How does one describe modern postal history?  The answer:  by looking at history, postal services, stamp production, handling & processing, distribution & delivery, rates & routes, and technology.  Discover areas for collecting and continued study. (1 hour)

Cost: $10

3 PM ET - The Penny Black and GB Line-Engraved Stamps: Session 1

Presented by: Doug McGill

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Spend 3 inspiring sessions discovering the story behind Great Britain’s line-engraved stamps and the many ways to collect and appreciate them.

Session 1 – The Dawn of “Adhesives”; Engraving and Design (June 9)

Session 2 – Plating & Collecting Penny Blacks; The Reds (and blues) (June 16)

Session 3 – Separation Types; Reading & Understanding Covers; Forgeries (June 23)

 

3 – 1 hour sessions, that meet on Tuesdays - June 9, 16, and 23

Cost: $30 for 3 one-hour sessions (June 9, 16, 23)

6 PM ET - Manufactured Tobacco Products: U.S. Taxpaid Revenues - Session 2

Presented by: Ron Lesher/ Eric Jackson

More Details

The Scott U.S. Specialized Catalogue lists less than half of the revenue stamps authorized and issued by the federal government.  The Springer Catalog contains a far more comprehensive view by listing items no represented in Scott.  Use the Springer Catalog to explore the stamps used for manufactured tobacco, including; cigarettes, cigars, snuff, chewing and smoking tobacco.  Be privy to the impetus for tax increases and decreases for each category of manufactured tobacco.

4 – 1 hour sessions

Cost: $40 for 4 one-hour sessions (June 8, 9, 10, 11)

Wed, June 10

12 PM ET - Identifying Printing Types

Presented by: Wayne Youngblood

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Description not available

(1 hour session)

Cost: $10

3 PM ET - From the U.S. to Farther India & Back Again: A Five-Month Journey of a Baptist Missionary Cover

Presented by: Dr. Charles DiComo

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A Detective Story:  How does one investigate an 1856 cover with 20+ cancellations and manuscript markings to determine the routes it took as it traveled from Warren, Ohio, to Far East India, and back to Boston, Massachusetts?  Find out the process taken and resources used during this philatelic investigation. (1-hour)

Cost: $10

6 PM ET - Manufactured Tobacco Products: U.S. Taxpaid Revenues - Session 3

Presented by: Ron Lesher/ Eric Jackson

More Details

The Scott U.S. Specialized Catalogue lists less than half of the revenue stamps authorized and issued by the federal government.  The Springer Catalog contains a far more comprehensive view by listing items no represented in Scott.  Use the Springer Catalog to explore the stamps used for manufactured tobacco, including; cigarettes, cigars, snuff, chewing and smoking tobacco.  Be privy to the impetus for tax increases and decreases for each category of manufactured tobacco.

4 – 1 hour sessions

Cost: $40 for 4 one-hour sessions (June 8, 9, 10, 11)

Thu, June 11

1 PM ET - Turn a Collection into an Exhibit - Part 1

Presented by: Bill Schultz, K. David Steidley, Michael Zolno

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What is the best way to turn your collection into an exhibit?  Are there ways to accelerate the process of putting together an exhibit? Learn an adaptive process for developing an exhibit, suitable for material of any level of specialization. Working with items from your collection, whether worldwide stamps, topicals, single country, first day covers, or postal history, this workshop can give you the thinking tools to get you quickly developing or improving your exhibit.

 

This course is made up of three sessions that will meet for 75 minutes each time (June 11, 18, 25)

Cost: $35 for 3 75-minute sessions

3 PM ET - World War I Free Belgium: Definitives and Semi-Postals

Presented by: Stan Fairchild

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Introduction to the definitive and semi-postal stamps used for sending World War I mail from Belgian towns not occupied by the Germans.  The stamps, postmarks, and covers to be shown are from an exhibit featuring aspects of WWI Free Belgium.  This program will include information on Ste. Adresse, Baarle-Hertog, and Elisabethville-Birtley post offices. (1 hour)

Cost: $10

6 PM ET - Manufactured Tobacco Products: U.S. Taxpaid Revenues - Session 4

Presented by: Ron Lesher/ Eric Jackson

More Details

The Scott U.S. Specialized Catalogue lists less than half of the revenue stamps authorized and issued by the federal government.  The Springer Catalog contains a far more comprehensive view by listing items no represented in Scott.  Use the Springer Catalog to explore the stamps used for manufactured tobacco, including; cigarettes, cigars, snuff, chewing and smoking tobacco.  Be privy to the impetus for tax increases and decreases for each category of manufactured tobacco.

4 – 1 hour sessions

Cost: $40 for 4 one-hour sessions

Fri, June 12

12 PM ET - APRL Improvement Projects

Presented by: Marian Mills

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Explore some of the ongoing projects that the American Philatelic Research Library (APRL) has been working on to improve the access to the library’s philatelic collections.  There are even ways that you can help with these improvement efforts from home! (1 hour)

Cost: Free

3 PM ET - Integrity and Accountability: An Overview of the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General

Presented by: Tasos Kalfas

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The U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General (OIG) is an independent agency of the U.S. government tasked with promoting integrity and accountability in the nation's Postal Service. Learn about how the OIG combats waste, fraud, and abuse at the Postal Service by investigating mail crimes, conducting audits of postal operations, and identifying potential risks facing the delivery agency.  (1 hour)

Cost: Free

Mon, June 15

12 PM ET - Monday Preview

Presented by: Cathy Brachbill and Kathleen Edwards

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Receive a preview of the week ahead. Take part in a Q and A, and share your thoughts. (30 minutes)

Cost: Free

1 PM ET - Expertizing U.S. Stamp Perforations

Presented by: Clark Frazier

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Review the standard procedures for measuring U.S. perforations based on the Kiusalas gauge.  Learn the techniques and “tells” for determining genuine and fake perforations.  See how Photoshop overlay techniques can be used and methods for expertizing Washington-Franklin and Fourth Bureau issue stamps. (1 hour)

Cost: $10

3 PM ET - Fundamentals of Postal History: Part III - Understanding and Determining Means of Transportation

Presented by: Gary Loew

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Postal history is the study of postal artifacts, known as covers.  The classical view of covers organized their analysis into four components:  Rates, Routes, Means (of transportation) and Marks.  This five-part course introduces each of the four components.  The five modules are designed to be stand-alone sessions, sign up for one or sign up for all five!

Part III:  Understanding and Determining Means of Transportation

Explore the different ways that letters traveled, from ships, trains, and planes to dogsleds, balloons, and submarines (1 hour)

Cost: $10

Tue, June 16

12 PM ET - Delivering into the Future: A Look at Prospective Innovations in Mail Delivery

Presented by: Tasos Kalfas

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Throughout history, postal operators have used unconventional methods to move the mail; pneumatic tubes, segways, and even missiles. As technology moves forward, so do innovations in mail delivery! Explore up-and-coming delivery innovations, such as futuristic mailboxes and in-home delivery, and their uses and impacts on delivery operations. (1 hour)

Cost: $10

3 PM ET - The Penny Black and GB Line-Engraved Stamps: Session 2

Presented by: Doug McGill

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Spend 3 inspiring sessions discovering the story behind Great Britain’s line-engraved stamps and the many ways to collect and appreciate them.

Session 1 – The Dawn of “Adhesives”; Engraving and Design

Session 2 – Plating & Collecting Penny Blacks; The Reds (and blues)

Session 3 – Separation Types; Reading & Understanding Covers; Forgeries

 

3 – 1 hour sessions, meeting on Tuesdays - June 9, 16, and 23)

Cost: $30 for 3 sessions (three 1 - hour sessions that meet June 9, 16, 23)

Wed, June 17

12 PM ET - An Introduction to Color

Presented by: Wayne Youngblood

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Description not available

1 hour session

Cost: $10

3 PM ET - The Express Company Envelopes of Mexico

Presented by: Richard Colberg

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Between 1885 and 1906 there were three main private express companies in Mexico:  Hidalgo Express, Mexican National Express, and Wells Fargo Express.  Learn about these companies along with postage and express rates through the covers of that time period. (1 hour)

Cost: $10

Thu, June 18

1 PM ET - Turn a Collection into an Exhibit: Part 2

Presented by: Bill Schultz, K. David Steidley, Michael Zolno

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What is the best way to turn your collection into an exhibit?  Are there ways to accelerate the process of putting together an exhibit? Learn an adaptive process for developing an exhibit, suitable for material of any level of specialization. Working with items from your collection, whether worldwide stamps, topicals, single country, first day covers, or postal history, this workshop can give you the thinking tools to get you quickly developing or improving your exhibit.

 

This course is made up of three sessions that will meet for 75 minutes on June 11, 18, 25

Cost: $35 for 3 sessions - 75 minute sessions meet on June 11, 18, 25

3 PM ET - An Overview of the German Inflation

Presented by: Jeff Shapiro

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Using one rate (international post card rate) as an example, experience the German Post Office’s attempt at controlling the crippling inflation that many say was one of the causes of WWII. (1 hour)

Cost: $10

Fri, June 19

12 PM ET - Searching the APRL's Online Philatelic Union Catalog

Presented by: Scott Tiffney

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Want to learn some of the tips and tricks that the library staff use when searching the online catalog? Go beyond simple searches, become a better researcher, and improve the results you retrieve when searching the online catalog.  (1 hour)

Cost: Free

3 PM ET - Where to Buy Stamps

Presented by: Wendy Masorti

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While online shopping is more convenient, it can also be stressful not knowing who you are doing business with.  We will talk about tips for safe shopping, places to shop, and what the APS offers. (1 hour)

Cost: Free

Mon, June 22

12 PM ET - Monday Preview

Presented by: Cathy Brachbill and Kathleen Edwards

More Details

Receive a preview of the week ahead. Take part in a Q and A, and share your thoughts.

Cost: Free

1 PM ET - Large and Small Hole U.S. Coil Perforation Measurements

Presented by: Clark Frazier

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The recent addition of small hole perforation listings to Washington-Franklin and Presidential series coils have raised many questions among philatelists and stamp dealers.  Learn how to use Photoshop to measure perforations.  Explore possible explanations for coil perforation hole size differences.  (1 hour)

Cost: $10

3 PM ET - Fundamentals of Postal History: Part IV - Recognizing Postal Marks (Cancellations)

Presented by: Gary Loew

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Postal history is the study of postal artifacts, known as covers.  The classical view of covers organized their analysis into four components:  Rates, Routes, Means (of transportation) and Marks.  This five-part course introduces each of the four components.   The five modules are designed to be stand-alone sessions, sign up for one or sign up for all five!  

Part IV:  Recognizing Postal Marks – Cancellations

Postal markings can tell you more than when a letter was mailed.  Learn the different ways to classify cancellations.  (1 hour)

Cost: $10

6 PM ET - Alcohol: U.S. Taxpaid Revenues - Session 1

Presented by: Ron Lesher/ Eric Jackson

More Details

The Scott U.S. Specialized Catalogue lists less than half of the revenue stamps authorized and issued by the federal government.  The Springer Catalog contains a much more comprehensive view by listing items not represented in Scott.  Use the Springer Catalog to explore the stamps used for distilled spirits and much more.  Be privy to the stories driving the tax increases and decreases for each category of alcohol.

4 – 1 hour sessions (June 22, 23, 24, 25)

Cost: $40 for 4 one-hour sessions that meet June 22, 23, 24, 25

Tue, June 23

12 PM ET - Philatelic Exhibit Treatment: Best Practices, Tips and Traps

Presented by: Dr. Edwin Andrews

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Exhibit treatment, including the title page, is arguably the most important aspect of how an exhibit is created and ultimately assessed. Review guidelines from the manual through the lens of a chief judge familiar with many different types of exhibit treatment and be privy to exhibiting secrets for success. (1 hour)

Cost: $10

3 PM ET - The Penny Black and GB Line-Engraved Stamps: Session 3

Presented by: Doug McGill

More Details

Spend 3 inspiring sessions discovering the story behind Great Britain’s line-engraved stamps and the many ways to collect and appreciate them.

Session 1 – The Dawn of “Adhesives”; Engraving and Design

Session 2 – Plating & Collecting Penny Blacks; The Reds (and blues)

Session 3 – Separation Types; Reading & Understanding Covers; Forgeries

Cost: $30 for 3 sessions (three 1 - hour sessions that meet June 9, 16, 23)

6 PM ET - Alcohol: U.S. Taxpaid Revenues - Session 2

Presented by: Ron Lesher/ Eric Jackson

More Details

The Scott U.S. Specialized Catalogue lists less than half of the revenue stamps authorized and issued by the federal government.  The Springer Catalog contains a much more comprehensive view by listing items not represented in Scott.  Use the Springer Catalog to explore the stamps used for distilled spirits and much more.  Be privy to the stories driving the tax increases and decreases for each category of alcohol.

4 – 1 hour sessions (June 22, 23, 24, 25)

Cost: $40 for 4 one-hour sessions that meet June 22, 23, 24, 25

Wed, June 24

12 PM ET - Postal Censoring Challenges: Dealing with WWII Mail Violations

Presented by: Michael Deery

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This presentation examines WWII postal violations in allied and axis correspondence (civilian, military and POW mail) showing how authorities (censors) responded using various notification approaches such as the use of a slip, memo, notice, form, label, handstamp or letter. Usually the mail was returned to the sender.  (1 hour)

Cost: $10

3 PM ET - What Isn't This?

Presented by: Stan Fairchild

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Pre-WWII stamps from Europe and a few of the British Colonies found in APS circuit books and ISU material are frequently mis-identified. Learn how to properly identify the stamps discussed and get some general hints about how to improve your chances of avoiding identification problems. (1 hour)

Cost: $10

6 PM ET - Alcohol: U.S. Taxpaid Revenues - Session 3

Presented by: Ron Lesher/ Eric Jackson

More Details

The Scott U.S. Specialized Catalogue lists less than half of the revenue stamps authorized and issued by the federal government.  The Springer Catalog contains a much more comprehensive view by listing items not represented in Scott.  Use the Springer Catalog to explore the stamps used for distilled spirits and much more.  Be privy to the stories driving the tax increases and decreases for each category of alcohol.

4 – 1 hour sessions (June 22, 23, 24, 25)

Cost: $40 for 4 one-hour sessions that meet June 22, 23, 24, 25

Thu, June 25

1 PM ET - Turn a Collection into an Exhibit: Session 3

Presented by: Bill Schultz, K. David Steidley, Michael Zolno

More Details

What is the best way to turn your collection into an exhibit?  Are there ways to accelerate the process of putting together an exhibit? Learn an adaptive process for developing an exhibit, suitable for material of any level of specialization. Working with items from your collection, whether worldwide stamps, topicals, single country, first day covers, or postal history, this workshop can give you the thinking tools to get you quickly developing or improving your exhibit.

 

This course is made up of three sessions that will meet for 75 minutes each time (June 11, 18, 25)

Cost: $35 for 3 sessions that meet June 11, 18, & 25

3 PM ET - Stamps that Glow

Presented by: Wayne Youngblood

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Description not available

1 hour session

Cost: $10

6 PM ET - Alcohol: U.S. Taxpaid Revenues - Session 4

Presented by: Ron Lesher/ Eric Jackson

More Details

The Scott U.S. Specialized Catalogue lists less than half of the revenue stamps authorized and issued by the federal government.  The Springer Catalog contains a much more comprehensive view by listing items not represented in Scott.  Use the Springer Catalog to explore the stamps used for distilled spirits and much more.  Be privy to the stories driving the tax increases and decreases for each category of alcohol.

4 – 1 hour sessions (June 22, 23, 24, 25)

Cost: $40 for 4 one-hour sessions that meet June 22, 23, 24, 25

Fri, June 26

12 PM ET - Calling all Bibliophiles: Writing for the Philatelic Literature Review

Presented by: Scott Tiffney

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Since 1942, the APRL has published the quarterly journal, the Philatelic Literature Review (PLR).  Over the years, the PLR has been filled with book reviews, literature bibliographies, and research articles by some of the hobby’s most notable writers and bibliophiles.  If you would like to hear more about the PLR or are interested in writing for it, plan to attend this informative session.  (1 hour)

Cost: Free

3 PM ET - Ten Books to Start Your Forgery Reference Library

Presented by: Bill Dixon

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Do you need assistance with the identification of forgeries?  If so, a quality personal library can help!  Review the strengths and weaknesses of ten general reference books that you may want to add to your own reference collection.  (1 hour)

Cost: Free

Mon, June 29

12 PM ET - Monday Preview

Presented by: Cathy Brachbill and Kathleen Edwards

More Details

Receive a preview of the week ahead. Take part in a Q and A, and share your thoughts.  (30 minutes)

Cost: Free

3 PM ET - Fundamentals of Postal History: Part V - Recognizing Postal Marks (Auxiliary Markings)

Presented by: Gary Loew

More Details

Postal history is the study of postal artifacts, known as covers.  The classical view of covers organized their analysis into four components:  Rates, Routes, Means (of transportation) and Marks.  This five-part course introduces each of the for components.  The five modules are designed to be stand-alone sessions, sign up for one or sign up for all five!

Part V:  Recognizing Postal Marks – Auxiliary Markings

Auxiliary Markings are the post office’s way to explain a letter’s odyssey.  Master these marks and become a master postal historian!  (1 hour)

Cost: $10

Tue, June 30

12 PM ET - Advanced Presentation Techniques for Philatelic Exhibits

Presented by: Dr. Edwin Andrews

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Although presentation counts for very little as a judging criterion (5 points), it makes a significant impression on the viewer such that assessment of other criteria may suffer through bias. This seminar will discuss best practices for an attractive, clean and inviting presentation of the overall exhibit. Learn how color choices for papers and matting, windowing techniques, and mounting of objects can impact your exhibit’s presentation.  (1 hour)

Cost: $10

3 PM ET - Designing Album and Exhibit Pages

Presented by: Michael Bloom

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The album and exhibit pages that we design allow us to display our love of collecting in creative ways.  Discover how the choice of paper, design format, and the use of white space can impact the esthetics of a page.  Observe how the use of scanners, design software and mounting techniques can provide you with the tools for creating your own album and exhibit pages.  (1 hour)

Cost: $10

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