Tuesdays During Summer Seminar
U.S. Stamp Design, Engraving and Printing: 1894-1950 by Charles Posner
For over 100 years the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) was the most important designer, engraver and printer of American postage stamps. With Charles you will trace the evolution of the BEP and examine its involvement in the development, design and printing of U.S. postage stamps. He will pay attention to the advances in stamp production sparked by postal authority pressure and expectations. Historical and political context will shed light on decisions that affected stamp design during this time period.
Charles Posner of the University of London Institute of Education is the former director of IIDENAY (México). He researches postal history of the 1869 3¢ stamp, designers, and engravers of post 1894 American stamps and has written extensively about postage stamps issued in the USA during the 1950's and is the author of "Cataloging US Commemorative Stamps: 1950," published in 2016 by the American Philatelic Society.
Sign up on C3a here for this course, held Tuesday June 8, 15 and 22 from 1:00 PM-2:15 PM EDT
The British Machins – Their Origins, Technical Aspects & Varieties by Steve McGill
Did you know that the Machin series is made up of thousands of varieties? During this course you will discover the many factors that contribute to the 7000+ varieties that make-up the Machin series; value, color, phosphor/fluor, paper, perforations and printing processes. Steve will help you to deepen your understanding of origins and artistic design. You’ll explore the technical aspects of these stamps that allow their interaction with automated facing and sorting equipment, including the technical complexity of the Non-Value-Indicating (NVI) printings.
Your instructor, Steve McGill has focused on collecting the stamps of the U.K. for the past decade, with special interest in exhibiting the Machin series from its forerunners to the latest Non-Value-Indicated printings. He has researched the full range of factors that make the series rich in varieties. This study has helped McGill to produce three Machin-related exhibits that have been shown and vetted in the U.S. and international stamp shows. His research has included an IAP grant to study stamp phosphorescence at the Smithsonian Philatelic Museum.
Steve’s Machin exhibits have won large-gold awards; the first Brett Cup award and a number of APS research medals. His Denominated Machin exhibit content was published in 2019 by the Forschungsgemeinschaft Grosbritannien e.V in Germany as part of the Conserved Heritage Volume VIII. McGill has also lectured extensively on the Machin subject in the U.S., U.K. and Germany.
Additionally, Mr. McGill collects central Europe, China and parts of Scandinavia. He belongs to several organizations related to the hobby including; the Royal Philatelic Society of Canada, Great Britain Philatelic Society, the Great Britain Collectors Club (Past President), The China Society, The Rocky Mountain Philatelic Library (Board Member), The Rocky Mountain Stamp Show (Past Chairman) and is a Fellow of the Royal Philatelic Society of London.
Sign up on C3a here for this course, held Tuesday June 8, 15 and 22 from 4:00 PM-5:15 PM EDT