The Cabeen House

1029 North Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60610-2803

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
Burma: Burma – The First Two Issues, 1937-1942
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
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
Leeward Islands: Leeward Islands Federal Postal Stationery of the King George V Reign
Mauritius: Mauritius Revenues, 1858-1904
United States: 1845-1855 Unofficial Registration of Mail in the United States
United States: Abraham Lincoln Illustrated Stationery, 1860-1865
United States: America’s Victory Mail – World War II V-Mail, 1942-1945
United States – Confederate States of America: Patriotic Lettersheets Which Support the Confederate States
United States: Drop Letter Usages and Handstamps
United States: Exclusive Uses of the 50-Cent ‘Prexie’ Issue
United States: Philadelphia-Great Britain Mails, 1710-1875
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 United States Imperforate Issues of 1851-1856 and their Importance in an Expanding Postal System
United States: The 50¢ Zeppelin Issue: A Study in Design
United States: Vignettes of American History: Benjamin Franklin, 1706-1790
‘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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 1845-1855 Unofficial Registration of Mail in the United StatesUnited States: 1845-1855 Unofficial Registration of Mail in the United States [Dr. James W. Milgram, CCC]. Registration of mail as a service of the Post Office Department began on 1 July 1855 with a five-cent cash fee. For the ten-year period prior to official registration, a widespread unofficial system of registering valuable letters was increasingly practiced throughout the United States. This exhibit details the early Registration markings through to the establishment of the official Registration system. (1845-1855 Registration)
  • Abraham Lincoln Illustrated StationeryUnited States: Abraham Lincoln Illustrated Stationery [Dr. James W. Milgram, CCC]. When he achieved national recognition during the last years of his life, Abraham Lincoln’s image was used on personal stationery illustrating patriotic designs. Envelopes were in common use by the time of the Civil War, as were single or double sheets that could be folded and inserted in the envelopes. The availability of lithography in the early 1860’s allowed printers to experiment in the production of political and patriotic illustrated stationery. This exhibit illustrates the lettersheets expressing the Union States’ patriotic sentiments.(LincolnLettersheets)
  • 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)
  • Confederate States of America-Patriotic LettersheetsUnited States – Confederate States of America: Patriotic Lettersheets Which Support the Confederate States [Dr. James W. Milgram, CCC]. Illustrated stationery became available during the 1840’s with the advent of affordable lithographed images. Envelopes were in common use by the time of the Civil War, as were single or double sheets that could be folded and inserted into the envelopes. Stationery with printed images became popular in the 1850’s, with patriotic designs becoming available during the Civil War period. With the forming of the Confederate States of America unified government on 4th February 1861, the popularity of the patriotic envelopes and lettersheets spread throughout the southern States. This exhibit illustrates the lettersheets expressing the Confederate States’ patriotic sentiments.(CSALettersheets)
  • Drop LetterUnited States: Drop Letter Usages and Handstamps [Dr. James W. Milgram, CCC]. If a letter was sent by one person to another within the same town, it did not leave the post office for another town. Such a letter was dropped off at the post office and was termed a drop letter, a local delivery letter. During the stampless period, only a rating marking indicated drop letter usage at most towns. When stamps appeared, the usage of a 1¢ or 2¢ stamp denoted the usage. Beginning in 1843, a few towns employed special handstamps with the word ‘DROP’ included in the handstamp. This exhibit will show most of the known varieties of these markings.(DropLetters)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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 ‘Presidential’ 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)
  • 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)
  • 50¢ Zeppelin IssueUnited States: The 50¢ Zeppelin Issue: A Study in Design. [Dr. Cheryl R. Ganz, CCC]. In 1933, the German 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 and decision making in its design process.(USA50¢Zeppelin)
  • 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)
  • 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)
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