Registration for Summer Seminar begins on January 4, 2022 at 8 a.m. ET.

Kansas-Nebraska Overprint Stamps

A Course Presented by Mike Girard

Monday-Tuesday June 20-21, 2022

What is the backstory behind the Kansas-Nebraska overprints? Who was involved and why did they happen?

Course Description:

The Post Office Department’s explanation for the issuing of the Kansas – Nebraska overprint stamps is not necessarily the real reason for their existence.  Explore the backstory of this issue and the methodology used to print them.  Spend time examining the perforations, gum breakers, gum ridges, overprint measurements and numerous varieties.  Learn the methods and procedures for expertizing these overprints.  Included will be a study of forged overprints, a “must” for all who are interested in the Kansas-Nebraska overprint stamps!

Meet the Instructor

Mike Girard

By day Mike Girard is a mild-mannered Senior Engineering Aide for a manufacturer of modular power components.  By night he is an expertizer for the American Philatelic Society’s Expertizing Department examining Washington/Franklin issues and other troublesome stamps issued up to 1950.  A serious collector for the last 25 years, Mike specializes in all things Washington/Franklin, with side interests in postal history of U.S. towns named Girard and U.S. stamps from 1847 to 1950.  He is a member of the American Philatelic Society, the United States Stamp Society and the Perfins Club, and author of the article, “Why are the paste-up joints on the Scott #356 horizontal coil reversed?” (The Specialist).  Girard maintains a personal website dedicated to showing how to examine Washington/Franklins stamps for fakes as well as being a repository for other topics he finds interesting.

About Summer Seminar 2022

Important Information

Distinguished Philatelist

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 Gilson will be recognized as the 2022 Summer Seminar Distinguished Philatelist during a reception and dinner in his honor on Wednesday, June 22, 2022.

Dennis Gilson has been a member of the American Philatelic Society since January 1977 and was recognized by the APS as the 2016 Luff Award winner for Outstanding Service to the Society. As a long-time member of the American Philatelic Expertizing Service (APEX), Dennis regularly puts his expertise in the U.S. Washington-Franklin issues to good use. Gilson also volunteers regularly at the American Philatelic Center and is an esteemed Summer Seminar Instructor. Gilson also holds memberships in the American First Day Cover Society, American Topical Association, and Mount Nittany Philatelic Society. He is especially proud to have received a Century Award Plaque for sponsoring more than 100 new APS members.

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