Collectors Club of Chicago
Members’ Exhibits

The CCC exhibits gallery includes award-winning name collections assembled by CCC members who have presented their exhibits during the monthly CCC General Meetings.

Algeria: Algerian Postal History to 1876
Baltic Area Military Mail: Allied Forces in the Baltic Area in the Aftermath of World War I
Burma: Burma - The First Two Issues, 1937-1942
Canada: Canadian 1972-1978 Definitives - The ‘Caricatures’ and ‘Landscapes’ Issues
Ceylon: Money Order and Savings Bank Postmarks of Ceylon
Ceylon: Postal and Revenue Evidence of Ceylon’s 1836-1910 Evolution from Coffee to Tea
Ceylon: 1864-1903 Ceylon ‘Too Late’ Markings
Ceylon: The Evolution of Slave Island, Ceylon, and its Postmarks
Chile: 3 Months in ’31: The Brief Service Life of Chile’s Elusive Vermilion 2 Peso Airmail Provisional
Germany: Germany: 1886-1917 German Post Offices in China
Germany: Allied Plebiscite Activities in Germany, 1920-1921
Germany: Die Wiederaufnahme des Auslandpostverkehrs in Deutschland 1945-1949 (The Resumption of International Mail Services in Germany, 1945-1949)
Germany/Switzerland: Mail between Switzerland and Germany from 1 April 1945 to 1 April 1946
Great Britain: London Experimental Fancy Geometric Postmarks
Honduras: Honduras - A Traditional Exhibit of the ‘Guardiola’ and ‘Medina’ Issues
Israel: The 1948 Doar Ivri Issue of Israel
Israel: The 1948 Doar Ivri and D’mei Doar Issue of Israel and Their Usage
Israel: Artists’ Drawings, Essays and Proofs of the 1948 Doar Ivri Issue of Israel
Japan: Japanese WWI Occupations of the Pacific Islands
Leeward Islands: Leeward Islands Federal Postal Stationery of the King George V Reign
Lundy Island: Atlantic Coast Air Services ‘Tramtickets’ for Lundy Island
Mauritius: Mauritius Revenues, 1858-1904
Mauritius: The British Development of Mauritius
Military Mail: European Boundary Commission Activity on the Aftermath of World War I
Palestine: Palestine Emergency Deliveries Inc
Philippines: Spanish-American War, 1898
Reference Collection: Stamp Collecting
Saar: Allied Plebiscite Activity in the Saar Territory, 1935
Sénégal: Sénégal - 1914-1940 French Colonial Africa
Topical Collection: Buddha: the Prophet of the East
Ubangi-Shari-Chad: Ubangi-Shari-Chad, 1900-1938
United States: Philadelphia-Great Britain Mails, 1710-1875
United States: 1970 Disabled American Veterans and Honoring U.S. Servicemen / P.O.W. and M.I.A. Memorial Issue
United States: America’s Victory Mail - World War II V-Mail, 1942-1945
United States: First Federally Issued Postage Stamps
United States: Exclusive Uses of the 50-Cent ‘Prexie’ Issue
United States: Galena’s 1838-1869 Lead Mining Era: An American “Boom to Bust” Story
United States: State Taxation of Harvested Marijuana
United States: The 10¢ Postage Stamp of 1861
United States: The 10¢ Postage Stamp of 1869
United States: The 1938 Presidential Issue - A Survey of Rates
United States: The ‘Prexies’ Go To War
United States: The Fresno and San Francisco Bicycle Mail of 1894
United States: The United States Imperforate Issues of 1851-1856 and their Importance in an Expanding Postal System
United States: The United States 1943-1944 Overrun Countries Series
United States: The 50¢ Zeppelin Issue: A Study in Design
United States: U.S. Issues of 1861-1868: Essays, Proofs, Specimens and Issued Stamps
United States: Vignettes of American History: Benjamin Franklin, 1706-1790
Versailles Military Mail: Mail of the Congress of Versailles, 1919
'Via Siberia': The Evolution of “Via Siberia” Mail, 1899-1945
Victoria: Carrying the Mail from Victoria
  • Algerian Postal HistoryAlgeria: Algerian Postal History to 1876. [Kenneth R. Nilsestuen, CCC].This exhibit tells the story of Algeria’s mail service from the mid-18th century through to 31 March 1976. Beginning when the mail was carried privately, the exhibit illustrates the evolution of postal services to the sophisticated system in operation by 1876. Algeria was considered part of the Metrópole, with their mail service being administered as part of the French Postal system.(1830-1876 Algeria)
  • WWI Baltic AreaBaltic Area Military Mail: Allied Forces in the Baltic Area in the Aftermath of World War I [Alfred F. Kugel, CCC]. This exhibit was created to illustrate mail generated by the Allied military forces sent to the Baltic area following the official end of WWI. The number of men was small, and examples of their correspondence has been difficult to locate. The order of the exhibit is geographical, starting at the west and south of the Baltic, and moving to the north and east (i.e., from Danzig to Finland).(WWIBalticArea)
  • Burma - The First Two Issues, 1937-1942Burma: Burma - The First Two Issues, 1937-1942 [Michael J. Ley, CCC]. This exhibit is a study of the first two issues of Burma, with a strong emphasis on their usage. The time frame begins with the separation of Burma from India in 1937, and continues until the 1942 Japanese occupation of the country.(1937-1942Burma)
  • 1972-1978CanadaCanada: Canadian 1972-1978 Definitives - The ‘Caricatures’ and ‘Landscapes’ Issues [Kathryn J. Johnson, CCC]. This exhibit illustrates the Canadian ‘Caricature’ and ‘Landscape’ definitive series, and the methods by which these workhorse definitives were used during the 1970s period.(1972-1978Canada)
  • 1890s-1950 sMoney Order & Savings Bank PsmksCeylon: Money Order and Savings Bank Postmarks of Ceylon [Kathryn J. Johnson, CCC]. Abbreviated as ‘M.O. & S.B.’, ‘M.O. & S. Bk’ and ‘M.O.C.’, the purpose of the Money Order cancellations appears to be clear: to be used on forms and mail related to the Ceylonese postal money order business. In practice, thru cancellers appear to have a multiplicity of usages. This exhibit examines the different cancel types, and illustrates the various uses of these cancels. The exhibit explains ‘how’ and ‘why’ the cancels were used, and how those usages changed over a period of time. Presented chronologically by the reign, and ordered by their use, these postmarks were used in Ceylon during the 1890s-1950s.(1890s-1950sMoneyOrder&SavingsBankPsmks)
  • 1836-1910 CeylonCeylon: Postal and Revenue Evidence of Ceylon’s 1836-1910 Evolution from Coffee to Tea [Kathryn J. Johnson, CCC]. The purpose of this exhibit is to illustrate the evolution of Ceylon's economy, from exporting the cash crop of coffee, to growing, marketing and selling the world's finest tea. Parallel developments of the postal and fiscal systems of the country are shown, with display documents further illustrate the story.(1836-1910Ceylon)
  • 1864-1903 CeylonCeylon: 1864-1903 Ceylon ‘Too Late’ Markings [Kathryn J. Johnson, CCC]. This exhibit provides a study of the entire period of the Ceylon ‘Too Late’ postal markings, organized by the marketing type. Beginning in 1864, ‘Too Late’ handstamps were employed for mails brought to the post office after the established 5 PM cutoff time for a next day delivery. The post offices advertised their standard next day delivery capabilities, and used the ‘Too Late’ postal markings as a countermeasure to potential complaints of delayed deliveries. The ‘Too Late’ handstamps remained in use until 1903, after which time they were withdrawn.(1864-1903Ceylon)
  • The Evolution of Slave IslandCeylon: The Evolution of Slave Island, Ceylon, and its Postmarks [Kathryn J. Johnson, CCC]. A display exhibit of Slave Island, Ceylon, and its postmarks, showing the evolution of the town through its mail.(Slave Island)
  • chile - 3 Months in ’31Chile: 3 Months in ’31: The Brief Service Life of Chile’s Elusive Vermilion 2 Peso Airmail Provisional [Carlos A. Vergara, CCC]. Beginning in 1928, Chile’s postal administration ordered the overprinting of specified regular stamps from the ‘Presidente’ series for airmail use. A small batch estimated at 30 sheets (1,500 stamps) of remnant 2 Pesos stamps from a Santiago printing were used to complete an order; these stamps are unique in their Vermilion color and other details. This exhibit shows a timeline of the various overprintings and uses, describes the specific characteristics of the Vermilion stamp, and presents a representation of their use on cover during their short-lived service.(1931Chile)
  • German China Post Office 1886-1917Germany: 1886-1917 German Post Offices in China [Jerry A. Miller, CCC]. The Treaties of Nanking (1842), Tientsin (1858) and Peking (1860) between China and Great Britain established so-called ‘Treaty Ports’, which permitted ‘foreigners’ to reside and conduct commerce. This exhibit illustrates that foreign post offices were established in order to facilitate communications between the foreign residents and their home countries. Since China was not a member of the Universal Postal Union, mail sent overseas could be done so only through the foreign post offices, which were members of the U.P.U.(1886-1917GermanChinaOffices)
  • Germany 1920Germany: Allied Plebiscite Activities in Germany, 1920-1921 [Alfred F. Kugel, CCC]. This exhibit illustrates mail sent by plebiscite personnel to parts of Germany in order to ascertain whether inhabitants of disputed border territories wished to remain with their home country, or become citizens of new ones formed following the end of World Way I. In most cases, the number of people involved in these polling processes was relatively small, and their assignment time-wise was relatively short.(1920-1921Germany)
  • 1945-1949 German International MailsGermany: Die Wiederaufnahme des Auslandpostverkehrs in Deutschland 1945-1949 (The Resumption of International Mail Services in Germany, 1945-1949) [Walter T. Farber, CCC]. This exhibit traces the gradual resumption of mail services to foreign countries in Germany after the collapse of the Third Reich. Starting with impounded mail from foreign countries and mail privileges for certain groups of people (Displaced Persons, Prisoners of War, etc.), it shows the gradual lifting of geographical restrictions and of the control over contents imposed by the Allied Military Government, as well as by limitations of the crippled German postal system. It then describes the readmission of major types of mail, and the eventual return to an almost normal status in 1949.(1945-1949GermanInternationalMails)
  • 1945-1946 German Swiss MailsGermany/Switzerland: Mail between Switzerland and Germany from 1 April 1945 to 1 April 1946 [Walter T. Farber, CCC]. This exhibit shows how after the collapse of the Third Reich, when the Allied Military Government had banned any postal service between Germany and foreign countries, private citizens and humanitarian agencies, spearheaded by the International Red Cross, found ways to get mail across the border between the neighboring countries of Germany and Switzerland. It also describes several attempts by the Swiss and German postal authorities to reopen the border for private mails before the general ban was lifted on 1 April 1946.(1945-1946GermanSwissMails)
  • 1880-1883 London Great Britain: London Experimental Fancy Geometric Postmarks [Kathryn J. Johnson, CCC].The purpose of this exhibit is to illustrate the evolution of the London ‘Fancy Geometric Postmarks’. The focus is for their use to obliterate the postage paid, and to explain the reasons that led to their ultimate replacement. Designed by post office staff, seven cancels, comprising ten different designs, were created and were placed into service during the 1880-1883 period.(1880-1883London)
  • GUARDIOLAHonduras: : Honduras - A Traditional Exhibit of the ‘Guardiola’ and ‘Medina’ Issues [Kathryn J. Johnson, CCC]. This is a traditional exhibit representing the Honduras 1903 through 1910 Guardiola and Medina definitive series issues. (1903-1910Honduras)
  • The 1948 Doar Ivri Issue of Israel Israel: The 1948 Doar Ivri Issue of Israel [Dr. Robert B. Pildes, CCC]. This exhibit traces the development of the designs for Israel’s first postage stamps. The collection includes the rare 1948 ‘Shield of David and Olive Branch’ YEHUDA Essay, YEHUDA Photo Essays designed by Otte Wallish, the Shamir Brothers ERETZ ISRAEL essay original drawing, the Doar Ivri Issue Photo Essays and other specialized items, as well are examples of the issue’s rare postal history.(1948DoarIvri)
  • Israel: The 1948 Doar Ivri and D’mei Doar Issue of Israel and Their UsageIsrael: The 1948 Doar Ivri and D’mei Doar Issue of Israel and Their Usage [Dr. Robert B. Pildes, CCC]. These stamps were produced secretly. Illegally, and under trying conditions, as the country still was under the control of the British Mandate authorities. This exhibit traces the development of Israel’s first postage stamps and postage due (D’mei Doar) issue. Although issued in 1948, some of the printings for heavily used values extended into as late as 1949 (20 mil value). The postage due issue is included because they were printed from the same plates.(1948DoarIvri&D’meiDoar)
  • Artists’ Drawings, Essays and Proofs of the 1948 Doar Ivri Issue of IsraelIsrael: Artists’ Drawings, Essays and Proofs of the 1948 Doar Ivri Issue of Israel [Dr. Robert B. Pildes, CCC]. This exhibit traces the development of the designs for Israel's first postage stamps. When these stamps were designed, the name of the new country and its currency had not yet been decided. Three artists were asked to submit designs, but only the identities of two have been determined. In late 1947,Otto Wallish submitted designs depicting symbols of the Jewish settlement of Palestine; they were inscribed in Hebrew-Yehuda. These designs were not accepted, and during late March- April 1948, he submitted a series depicting ancient Jewish coins from the time of the Macabee Revolution (167-160 BC). From the 15 mil value, a silver shekel depicting a ritual cup (later incorporated into the 20 mil definitive stamp, a block of four was printed first in black, then in blue and red.(1948DoarIvriEssays&Proofs)
  • Japanese WWI Occupations of the Pacific IslandsJapan: Japanese WWI Occupations of the Pacific Islands [Perry Goldberg, CCC]. This exhibit details the postal history of the Japanese World War I occupations of the islands in the Pacific Ocean area, to include the Carolines, Marshalls, Marianas and others. (WWI Japanese Occupations)
  • Leewards-1913-1934Leeward Islands: Leeward Islands Federal Postal Stationery of the King George V Reign [Paul A. Larsen, CCC]. ]. The Federal Colony of the Leeward Islands consisted of five Presidencies during the 1890-1939 period: Antigua (with Barbuda), Dominica, Montserrat, St. Kitts-Nevis (with Anguilla), and the British Virgin Islands. The uniform Federal series of stationery was in concurrent use with Presidential stationery during this period; they are not relevant to the exhibit. This is an exhibit of the Leeward Islands Federal postal stationery, with the indicia (head facing left) of King George V, as issued during 1913 -1934. (1913-1934Leewards)
  • Lundy Air Mail Services Lundy Island: Atlantic Coast Air Services ‘Tramtickets’ for Lundy Island. [Richard E. Drews, CCC].This collection is a comprehensive traditional study of the private ‘Tramticket’ airmail issues of the Atlantic Coast Air Services. The exhibit presents tramtickets from all recorded rolls, uses of all values, mail to-and-from challenging sources, and difficult local post markings.(Lundy Air Mail Services)
  • Mauritius RevenuesMauritius: Mauritius Revenues, 1858-1904 [Kathryn J. Johnson, CCC]. An exhibit of Mauritius revenue stamps between the years 1858 and 1904, showing the different kinds of revenue stamps used on the island, and describing the businesses shown on these revenue stamp’s cancels. (Mauritius Revenues)
  • Mauritius Revenues SFMauritius: The British Development of Mauritius [Kathryn J. Johnson, CCC]. This single-frame exhibit explains the British development of Mauritius, as documented by the taxation of imports and exports. The exhibit begins with examples from the 1830s, with shipping bills bearing not tax stamps. (MauritiusRevenuesSF)
  • WWI Boundary Commission.Military Mail: European Boundary Commission Activity on the Aftermath of World War I. [Alfred F. Kugel, CCC]. WWI was long and bitterly fought, resulting in sentiments against the losers being high by the time of the 1918 Armistice. Consequently, the victors were determined to exact a significant price from their enemies in terms of territorial concessions. To that end, a series of Allied Boundary Commissions were formed under the various treaties with the Central Powers to draw up new borders considered appropriate. Primarily British and French military cartographic personnel staffed these Commissions, with Italy being a significant third participant. As a member of the Allies, Japan was invited to send representatives, even though its interest in European affairs was limited. In most cases, the staffs of the commissions were relatively small, and it appears that they didn't post much mail.(WWIBoundaryCommissions)
  • Palestine Emergency IssuesPalestine: Palestine Emergency Deliveries Inc [Dr. Robert B. Pildes, CCC].The Lydda Airport was closed by the British on 25th April 1948, and then handed over to the Arab Legion. All official airmail ended on 1st May, when the United States announced that it wouldn't allow their airplanes to land in belligerent territories. After the S.S. Kadma departed from Haifa on 6th May, Palestine mails were shut off from the rest of the world. In response, the Jewish Agency (New York) created the ‘Palestine Emergency Deliveries Inc.’ This service was the first in the postal history of the U.S., whereby a specially created private organization was authorized to collect, cancel and forward mails destined to a foreign country.(PalestineEmergencyIssues)
  • 1898 PhilippinesPhilippines: Spanish-American War, 1898 [Alfred F. Kugel, CCC]. The United States declared war on Spain on 21st April 1898, and an expeditionary force was assembled in preparation to the occupation of the Philippines. An armistice was signed on 12th August, but a Filipino insurrection led by Emilio Aguinaldo required the presence of a substantial American military force, which finally defeated the rebels on 16th April 1902.(1898 Philippines)
  • Stamp CollectingReference Collection: Stamp Collecting [Anonymous]. A general stamp collection is formed by acquiring one each of as many different stamps as is possible, and arranging them in appropriate stamp albums mounted with ‘stamp hinges’ according to the country of issuance, and the date of issue. This exhibit provides a basic working knowledge of philatelic nomenclature to assist in the study of the stamps themselves, allowing a ‘stamp collector’ to advance to the ‘philatelist’ status.(StampCollecting)
  • Allied Plebiscite ActivitySaar: Allied Plebiscite Activity in the Saar Territory, 1935 [Alfred F. Kugel, CCC].This exhibit illustrates mail sent by plebiscite personnel assigned to the Saar Territory in the mid-1930s to determine whether the inhabitants wished to be reunited with Germany, continue to be administered by the League of Nations, or be annexed to France. The number of people involved in these polling processes was relatively small, and their assignment time-wise was relatively short.(1935Saar)
  • 1914-1940SénégalSénégal: Sénégal - 1914-1940 French Colonial Africa [Kathryn J. Johnson, CCC].]. This exhibit presents the postal history of Sénégal during the period served by the ‘Sénégalese Preparing Food’ bi-colored definitive (1914-1940Sénégal)
  • Topical CollectionTopical Collection: Buddha: the Prophet of the East [Anonymous, CCC]. Gautama Buddha, commonly referred to as ‘Buddha’, was born at a time not recorded, but determined as being within the 4th-6th century B.C. period. According to legendary records, his birth took place in the Lumbini Gardens, a grove near the city of Kapilavastu, at the foot of Mount Palpa, in the Himalaya Mountains range. His religious teachings are commonly referred to as ‘Buddhism’. This collection is a topical exhibit of stamps, souvenir sheets and other philatelia depicting the Buddhist religion, and the celebrations of the faith from the countries located in the Far East.(TopicalCollection)
  • Ubangi-Shari-ChadUbangi-Shari-Chad: Ubangi-Shari-Chad, 1900-1938:[Paul A. Larsen, CCC]. This is an exhibit of the contemporary postal issues, markings and services in the French Equatorial possessions of Ubangi-Shari and Chad that evolved through the years 1900-1938. The exhibit includes stamps, covers, postal stationery, and stamp and overprint varieties. Stamp design development sections, including essays and proofs, are introduced with Ubangi-Shari(1900-1938UbangiShariChad)
  • 1710-1875 Philadelphia-Great Britain MailsUnited States: Philadelphia-Great Britain Mails [John H. Barwis, CCC]. This exhibit illustrates the evolution of Philadelphia’s letter mails to, from, or through Great Britain based on the governmental acts that set postage rates, beginning with the 1710 Act of Queen Anne, and ending in 1875, when the General Postal Union treaty took effect. Highlighted are changes in the mode, efficiency and cost to senders and recipients of transatlantic mails. Because Philadelphia was America’s largest city for 140 years, its early postal history provides a comprehensive summary of the history of AngloAmerican postal communication.(1710-1875Philadelphia)
  • 1970ServicemenUnited States: 1970 Disabled American Veterans and Honoring U.S. Servicemen / P.O.W. and M.I.A. Memorial Issue [Kathryn J. Johnson, CCC]. This exhibit presents the D.A.V. and U.S. Servicemen stamps issued 24th November 1970, first focusing on the stamp designs and their introduction, follwed by the first days of issue organized by the design elements. The exhibit ends with examples of the stamps’ postal uses.(1970Servicemen)
  • America’s Victory MailUnited States: America’s Victory Mail - World War II V-Mail, 1942-1945 [Kathryn J. Johnson, CCC]. This is a military postal history exhibit of V-Mail. V-Mail used microphotography to reduce military letters to film. Rolls of film were sent by air, developed, printed, and delivered worldwide. V-Mail worked as a morale booster for the troops, and saved air cargo space.(WWIIVictoryMail)
  • GEubanks1847United States: First Federally Issued Postage Stamps [Gordon Eubanks, CCC].This traditional exhibit presents a comprehensive study of the first two postage stamps issued by the United States including archival material, production varieties, availability and a diverse range of usages showing how the stamps were handled by the post office and used by patrons.(1847Eubanks)
  • 50-cent-prexieUnited States: Exclusive Uses of the 50-Cent ‘Prexie’ Issue [Michael J. Ley, CCC].This exhibit examines the use of the 50¢ denomination of the 1938 “Presidential” definitive series from the time of its issuance, until its replacement by the “Liberty” definitive series 50¢ stamp on 25 August 1955.(50CentPrexie)
  • 1838-1869GalenaUnited States: Galena’s 1838-1869 Lead Mining Era: An American “Boom to Bust” Story [Kathryn J. Johnson, CCC]. The purpose of this exhibit is to illustrate the lead mining town of Galena, Illinois, as a proxy for the ‘boom to bust’ mining towns found throughout the United States, as it can be illustrated by the contemporary mails. The exhibit begins in 1838, when stagecoach mail services began in Galena, and ends in 1869, when the Transcontinental Railroad construction was completed.(1838-1869Galena)
  • State Taxation of Harvested MarijuanaUnited States: State Taxation of Harvested Marijuana [Robert R. Henak, CCC]. The federal Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 imposed an annual occupational tax, with payment reflected by a special tax stamp, on those who dealt in marijuana. This exhibit presents an overview of the tax rates and stamps of those states taxing harvested marijuana. (MarijuanaTaxStamps)
  • The 10¢ Postage Stamp of 1861United States: The 10¢ Postage Stamp of 1861 [Kenneth D. Gilbart, CCC]. The expiration of the contract for the manufacture of United States postage stamps in June 1861, together with the rising clouds of rebellion culminating in the Civil War, led to the signing of a new contract with the National Bank Note Company of New York City for a new issue of postage stamps. This exhibit relates the story of the 10¢ value of the 1861 issue by showing essays, proofs, overprints, the issued types, various cancels, domestic usages, and uses to other countries. (1861TenCent)
  • The 10¢ Postage Stamp of 1869United States: The 10¢ Postage Stamp of 1869 [Michael M. Laurence, CCC]. This exhibit illustrates all aspects of the 1869 10¢ ‘Shield and Eagle’ postage stamp. The exhibit consists of eight frames, each designed to stand alone. The first two frames present the stamp, and the last six frames presents the stamp’s postal history. (1869TenCent)
  • The 1938 Presidential Issue-A Survey of RatesUnited States: The 1938 Presidential Issue - A Survey of Rates [Robert A. Schlesinger, CCC].This exhibit presents the United States 1938 ‘Presidentail’ issue — the ‘Prexies’ — as a survey of the rates of postage and special service fees in effect while those stamps were current, during 1938-1961. The ever-changing rate structures are exhibited, and the impact of the changing military situation during WWII on international air mail rates is highlighted.(1938Prexies)
  • Prexies In War TimeUnited States: The ‘Prexies’ Go To War [Alfred F. Kugel, CCC].At various times during 1938, thirty-two denominations of new definitive postage stamps were issued in what was then-named the ‘Presidential Series’, and more colloquially as ‘The Prexies’, since all but three of the values depicted former presidents. The purpose of this exhibit is to show examples of all of the series’ values as used in a military context.(WWIIPrexiesInWarTime)
  • Bicycle MailUnited States: The Fresno and San Francisco Bicycle Mail of 1894 [Leonard H. Hartmann, CCC]. The ‘Fresno and San Francisco Bicycle Mail’ was both a legitimate local service to transport the mails during a Pullman strike, which began 11th May 1894, and an opportunity for a philatelic adventure. Arthur Banta, an independent entrepreneur, who owned a bicycle store in Fresno, seized the strike’s opportunity to establish a bicycle relay system to convey the mails over the 210 miles distance to San Francisco, issuing rhomboid-shaped ‘Bicycle Stamps’ to indicate payment for the local post carriage fee.(1894 Bicycle Mail)
  • eubanks51-56United States: The United States Imperforate Issues of 18S1-1856 and their Importance in an Expanding Postal System[Gordon E. Eubanks, CCC]. This Exhibit is a comprehensive study of the five imperforate stamps issued between 1851 and 1856. It also shows a diverse range of uses, including how the stamps were treated by the post office, the innovative uses patrons found for the mails, and how the post office addressed their needs in a period of profound change in the country.(1851-1856Eubanks)
  • 1943-1944 Overrun CountriesUnited States: The United States 1943-1944 Overrun Countries Series [Dr. James P. Mazepa, CCC]. This exhibit is a special study of the third War Propaganda issue produced by the United States during WWII, commonly named the ‘Overrun Countries’ series. The exhibit presents a complete story for the issue, from its concept, though to the issue’s multifaceted usages. This is accomplished by incorporating elements of the traditional, postal history, illustrated mail, revenue, and Cinderella categories.(1943-1944OverrunCountries)
  • 50¢ Zeppelin IssueUnited States: The 50¢ Zeppelin Issue: A Study in Design. [Cheryl R. Ganz, CCC]. In 1933, theGerman airship company, Luftschiffbau Zeppelin GmbH, agreed to fly the airship LZ-127 Graf Zeppelin to the Chicago World’s Fair if the United States Post Office Department would issue a special postage stamp to assist in the financing of the flight. This exhibit uses original research to trace the design development of the 1933 50¢ Graf Zeppelin stamp. At that time, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing created photographs of essay models, rather than engraving essays, for faster turn around anddecision making in its design process.(USA50¢Zeppelin)
  • USA 1861-1868 IssuesUnited States: U.S. Issues of 1861-1868: Essays, Proofs, Specimens and Issued Stamps. [Richard E. Drews, CCC ]. This multi-award winning collection, including the American Philatelic Society’s “Champion-of-Champion’s” award, documents the development of the U.S. National Bank Note Company (NBNCo) stamps from the issues of 1861-1866, through to the early grill experiments, which culminated in the 1867-1868 grilled issues. These issues are regarded as the most important, complex and difficult issues in all of classic United States philatelia.(1861-1868USA)
  • BBailerUnited States: Vignettes of American History: Benjamin Franklin, 1706-1790 [Benjamin Franklin Bailar, CCC, United States Postmaster General 1975-1978]. This is an expanded version of the special invitation exhibit presented at the entrance of the World Philatelic Exhibition 2006 conducted in Washington DC (Benjamin Franklin).(BenjaminFranklin)
  • 1919VersaillesVersailles Military Mail: Mail of the Congress of Versailles, 1919 [Alfred F. Kugel, CCC]. In the wake of the Armistice agreement on 11th November 1918, the Allied and their Associated Powers met at the Château de Versailles to define the terms of peace with a defeated Germany. The formal signing ceremony took place in the ‘Hall of Mirrors’ in the Château on 28th June 1919. The order in which the material is exhibited is alphabetic for the Allies, then followed by covers from the German delegation.(1919Versailles)
  • The Evolution of “Via Siberia” Mail'Via Siberia': The Evolution of “Via Siberia” Mail, 1899-1945 [Jerry H. Miller, CCC]. This postal history exhibit describes and shows the evolution of mail routed over the ‘Trans-Siberian Railway’ network from the trial and early mail period, through periods of war and revolution, as well as the expansion of mail services upon the connection of the eastern Chinese and southern Manchurian rail lines, thereby enabling the movement of Far East and German Pacific Colony mail to and from Europe, North Africa and North America.(Via Siberia Mails)
  • The Evolution of “Victoria-1830s-1891Victoria: Carrying the Mail from Victoria [John H. Barwis, CCC]. This exhibit explains thedevelopment of early foreign mail from the Australian colony of Victoria. The purpose is to illustrate how the improvements in maritime transport changed Victoria’s outgoing mail routes; how the speeds, routes and schedules of mails were altered by economic events and wars; and how changes in rates and postal treaties influenced a sender’s mailing options.(1830s-1891Victoria)