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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, experts, dealers, and specialized collectors.


June 21-25, 2020


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Alcohol and Food Products: United States Taxpaid Revenues

A 2-Day Course Presented by Eric Jackson

Monday, June 22 – Tuesday, June 23, 2020

How can one properly identify revenue stamps? The Springer’s Catalog holds important information for understanding taxpaid revenues.

Course Description:

The Scott U.S. Specialized Catalogue lists less than half of the revenue stamps authorized and issued by the federal government. The Springer’s Catalog contains a much more comprehensive view. Use the Springer’s Catalog to explore the stamps used for; distilled spirits, oleomargarine, adulterated and process butter, mixed flour, filled cheese, meat inspection, and much more. Be privy to the stories driving the tax increases and decreases for each category of alcohol and food product.
After spending two days focusing on this specific area of revenues, you will be able to: recognize the categories of U.S. federal taxpaids for alcohol and food products, decipher listings for a selection of taxpaid revenues found in the Springer’s Catalog, and recognize printing methods used to produce the revenues discussed.

Intended Audience:

Collectors of taxpaids and those who wish to embark on the collecting of this large field of revenue stamps.
No prior knowledge of revenue stamps is required.

Meet the Instructors

Eric Jackson

Eric is a long time dealer, collector, student and enthusiast of revenue stamps. He is a long-time member of the APS expertizing committee, a contributor to the Scott Specialized Catalogue of United States Stamps and Covers and is working on a new edition of the Springer taxpaid revenue catalog. Jackson is a past president of the American Revenue Association and the American Stamp Dealers Association and is currently the dealer representative to the APS board of directors.

Ron Lesher

Ron is a prolific philatelic exhibitor and a nationally and internationally accredited judge. His column, “The Tax Collector” has appeared in most issues of The American Stamp Dealer & Collector and he has been a frequent contributor to The American Revenuer and State Revenue News. Ron’s research also has appeared in The American Philatelist and The U.S. Specialist. He has twice been a guest curator with the National Postal Museum, most recently at the revenue stamp frames in the Gross Gallery.

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4-Day Courses Monday-Thursday (June 22-25)

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Distinguished Philatelist

Distinguished Philatelist Dennis Gilson

The Summer Seminar Distinguished Philatelist award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated dedication, leadership, and commitment to the hobby. 

Dennis has been a member of the American Philatelic Society since January 1977 and received the 2016 Luff Award and the Century Award Plaque. He is a member of the APEX Expert committee, volunteers regularly at the APC and is an esteemed Summer Seminar Instructor.

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