Peter Schwartz and Calvin Mitchell
Calvin Mitchell has been a philatelist for 60 years and specializes in collecting stamps, postal history and first day covers focusing on African Americans and the Military. After retiring from the federal government, he worked on the curatorial staff for five years at the National Postal Museum. He is a member of several philatelic organizations, including the Ebony Society of Philatelic Events and Reflections; American First Day Cover Society; Military Postal History Society; and the American Ceremony Program Society.
Peter Schwartz is a composer, orchestrator, arranger, and music technology specialist living in Los Angeles. A collector for 25 years, his initial interest was 19th century U.S. postage and revenue essays and proofs, with a focus on Lincoln-themed designs. In recent years he narrowed his philatelic focus to the tobacco tax paid stamps of 1864–1868. This article marks Mr. Schwartz’s return to philatelic writing, having been previously published in the Collectors Club Philatelist, Linn’s, and Stamp Collector.
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