Postmark from the first field-tested postmarking machine
Soon after the introduction of prepaid postage and use of the first adhesive postage stamp, postal authorities recognized the need for improvement in the handling of the mail. There are both obvious and obscure reasons to investigate. Expand your knowledge of the history and evolution of the experimental and early postmarking machines. Discover forerunner devices. Explore pioneer mechanical machines, early rapid postmarking machines, and high speed flexible machines. Review postmarking trials. Learn identification, collecting, and exhibiting guidelines. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience the story behind the evolution of postmarking machines.
*** This course will not cover modern postmarking, sorting, or other postal automation machinery.
Postal historians, country specialists of England, Germany, Canada, and U.S. and dealers in postal history will find this course to be quite informative Attendees need not have prior knowledge of machine postmarks, postmarking machinery, engineering or a technical background.
Jerry H. Miller, a native of Chicago, is a former Vice President of the Germany Philatelic Society and the author of more than fifty philatelic articles, including the international-gold medal winning standard reference hand¬book on German classical experimental machine postmarks, “From Hinrichson to Krag: The Experimental and Early Machine Postmarks of Germany (1866–1906)”. He has been an APS & Germany Philatelic Society judge (now chief judge) for over 20 years and is a renowned exhibitor who has earned nine grand awards. Additionally, Miller is the recipient of the prestigious Newbury Award of the Chicago Philatelic Society and Silver Chalice Cup Award of the Great Britain Philatelic Society, Board secretary emeritus Collectors Club of Chicago, and Director Emeritus of Exhibit Critique Service for the American Association of Philatelic Exhibitors. Jerry is uniquely qualified as a presenter having been a collector and exhibitor of worldwide machine postmarks for over 40 years.
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