PSSC Presentations

The PSSC membership wishes to share their passion for things philatelic by making available some of their presentations for all to enjoy. Below you will find exhibits big and small, PowerPoint presentations, Show-and-Tell pages, the occasional video and more as members submit items.

LIFE OF A TRIPLE ALLIANCE POW IN A TRIPLE ENTENTE REGIME

A look at WWI POW camps, types of mail including mail to hospitals and mail exchanged between camps. Camps in various places including Honshu Island, Isle of Man, South Africa, India, Russia and Austria.

By: Michael Madesker MA, RDP, FRPSC, FRPSL

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Fragrant Stamps - Smelled my stamps!

A fun look a scented stamp starting ranging from flowers, nature, food and perfume.

By: Michel Houde

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Proof that the “Grinnell Missionaries” are Forgeries

A detailed examination of the ornament separating “13” and “Cents” and of the “central heart” in the left side ornaments show characteristics that may prove the “Grinnell Missionaries” are forgeries and that a genuine Missionary stamp in Grinnell’s possession was used as a model.

By: Bill Longley

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UNDERPAID INTERNATIONAL MAIL - GPU TO WWI, OUT OF, INTO AND THROUGH GREAT BRITAIN

The General (later Universal) Postal Union (1875) improved the coordination of international mail This 80-page exhibit shows the practices of the British Post Office in interpreting Union rules for underpaid mail and the Taxe marks used by the British Post Office, as required by Union regulations. The franc of the Latin Monetary Union provided a stable reference for international postal accounts including postage due indications. WWI ended this period of stability and progress.

By: Ken Snelson

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Hong Kong - King George VI - A Stamp Interrupted by War

An examination of the Hong Kong 8 cents King George VI stamp in all its aspects and usage.

By: Ingo Nessel

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REPUBLIC OF VENICE 1379-1797

Postal services were provided in Venice by three main methods: Ducal couriers, private messengers (including mainland coachmen), and by incoming vessels. Several routes into and from the City were also covered by postillions belonging to other states and cities. There were no postal fee markings in this period.

This study covers: 1. Mails within the Venetian conurbation, 2. Mails within the Venetian Republic, 3. Mails within the Italian States, and 4. Mails to and from foreign destinations, including dominions.

By: Michael Madesker MA, RDP, FRPSC, FRPSL

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SIGN LANGUAGE

A philatelic look at the non-verbal communication of sign language.

By: Michael Madesker MA, RDP, FRPSC, FRPSL
Past Chairman Commission for Youth Philately, Federation International de Philatelie

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“THE MEDIUM IS THE MESSAGE”
A Philatelist’s Look at Marshall McLuhan’s Thesis

Today, we are inundated with messages by all kinds of means. One of these are newspapers which are just large letters prepaid by the recipient for the right to unfold them. It is the same process we use in handling mail. This is exactly what Marshall McLuhan said in his study of communications: The Medium Is The Message.

Newspapers are the subject of those revenue collectors who study their taxation. The distribution of printed press relies heavily on the postal systems and is thus a legitimate philatelic collecting entity.

By: Michael Madesker MA, RDP, FRPSC, FRPSL

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PNEUMATIC POST - AN INTRODUCTION

The concept of moving mail through underground tubes was introduced in London, England by William Murdoch in 1836 for the transmission of telegrams. The presentation looks at the pneumatic post in: Berlin, Buenos Aires, Munich, Paris, Prague, Rome, USA [Boston, Chicago, New York] and Vienna.

By: Michael Madesker MA, RDP, FRPSC, FRPSL

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PRISONERS OF WAR MAIL, WORLD WAR I PERIOD

This six-fame presentation focuses on the social aspect of life of prisoners of war, their families and agencies, involved in assisting them.

By: Michael Madesker MA, RDP, FRPSC, FRPSL

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GERMAN MILITARY MAIL IN CHINA 1900-1906

A presentation examining the postal facilities available to the German military during the Boxer Rebellion from 1900 to 1906.

By: Owen L. White PhD, FRPSL

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YOUTH AND PHILATELY
LANGUAGES AND CULTURE: JAPANESE & CHINESE

Stamp collecting should not be restricted to study and research … but should also include the sheer pleasure derived from abstract thoughts and arrangements. The study of languages and cultures … could be an entry to the world of collecting and learning. This method provides hours of fun by captivating the attention of a person.

By: Michael Madesker MA, RDP, FRPSC, FRPSL, Chairman Commission for Youth Philately Federation International de Philatelie

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YOUTH AND PHILATELY
LANGUAGES AND CULTURE: INDIAN, LATIN & HEBREW

Stamp collecting should not be restricted to study and research … but should also include the sheer pleasure derived from abstract thoughts and arrangements. The study of languages and cultures … could be an entry to the world of collecting and learning. This method provides hours of fun by captivating the attention of a person.

By: Michael Madesker MA, RDP, FRPSC, FRPSL, Chairman Commission for Youth Philately Federation International de Philatelie

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Orange Free State Forces Official mail, cachets and free franking labels 1892-1900

A study of the various postal methods of communication for the police and military forces of the Republic including cachets in lieu of postage on official mail and franks produced for the Police Force’s and Commando’s use after the War broke out on 11 October 1899.

By: Timothy Bartshe

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BANGKOK B-OVERPRINTS

A primer to the problematic Bangkok Bs a collecting area loved by fakers.

By: Michel Houde

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NON-VERBAL COMMUNICATIONS - SEA MAIL AN INTRODUCTION

Letters from 1837 onwards are described to demonstrate how mail was carried by ships and submarines in an effort for people to communicate.

By: Michael Madesker MA, RDP, FRPSC, FRPSL

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A PHILATELIC NARRATION OF A HUMAN LIFE

The title reflects the common traits of all people. While we are individuals with divergent goals and aspirations, the patterns of life are both similar and interchangeable. We are all born; we live and we die; everything else is incidental. This “biographical” presentation is based on documents pertaining to life cycles and letters written by various people on matters affecting their lives. The imaginary person, or rather the composite created by the presenter, lived in the 19th century North America affected by struggles for daily existence, battling disease, subject to political upheavals and wars. The letters reflect family relationships, mores of the times and anecdotal diversions. Liberty was taken to include materials from several countries and to transgress the boundaries of the period, both to make the narrative more fluid.

By: Michael Madesker MA, RDP, FRPSC, FRPSL

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NON-VERBAL COMMUNICATIONS - THE MORSE CODE

The Morse Code (alphabet) is transmitted by means of electro-magnetic or sound and light impulses. Messages are based on a system of dots, dashes and spaces. Correct usage depends on the proficiency of the operator. "Conversations" at 20 to 30 words per minute are quite common.

By: Michael Madesker MA, RDP, FRPSC, FRPSL

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A SAILOR IS COMING HOME TO REST

JAMES RAY TEMPLETON, a Navy reservist since 1942, was transferred to Active Duty in April 194. On November 19, 1943 he was washed aboard and presumed drowned. His body was recovered after an intensive search and he was buried on Saturday. June 20, 1944.

By: Michael Madesker MA, RDP, FRPSC, FRPSL

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OVERVIEW OF THE EARLY TELEGRAPH SERVICE IN CANADA

This presentation highlights the introduction and development of telegraphic service in Canada starting in 1851. It covers the invention of the telegraph in the 1830s and the major telegraph companies that pioneered the service in Canada. [Part of Michael Madesker’s Non-Verbal Communications theme.]

By: Michael Madesker MA, RDP, FRPSC, FRPSL

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London Cancels During the Victorian Period

The purpose of this exhibit is to trace the development of London postage obliterators from the Maltese Cross to the relatively sophisticated machine applied Duplex cancels and the combined Date and Obliterator cancels of the final decade of the nineteenth century.

By: Anonymous PSSC member

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UK Taxe Marks and their Offices of Use in the Centimes Era

This exhibit illustrates the ‘T’ marks used by the United Kingdom post office from 1875 to 1965. Most mail was taxed in London but many other Offices of Exchange taxed mail.

By: Ken Snelson

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