APS Course Before Americover 2019


An American Philatelic Society "On The Road" series seminar, "Introduction To Seaposts: Ship Letters, Packet Mail, Paquebots And More," will be offered the day before the start of Americover 2019. The annual show and convention of the American First Day Cover Society will be held July 26-28 at the Renaissance Saint Louis Airport Hotel. The course will take place on July 25 at the same venue.

The program will explore the many aspects of how mail was transported across the oceans, while examining the “four pillars” of postal history: rates, routes, means, and marks. More information available via this link.

Gary Wayne Loew, author of the forthcoming book Mastering Postal History, will be the instructor for "Seaposts." He has written dozens of articles on postal history for such publications as The Collectors Club Philatelist and Philatelic Literature Review, as well as a regular column for Kelleher's Stamp Collector's Quarterly. He is a member of both the APS and the AFDCS.

The cost of the course is $45 for APS members, $95 for nonmembers. The deadline for registering is June 30. Register for the course on the APS website.

The special Americover 2019 hotel room rate of $104 is also good for the nights before and after the "Seaposts" seminar. The show also includes a dealer bourse, cachetmakers bourse, World Series of Philatelic exhibits, other seminars, meetings, auctions, a U.S. stamp ceremony, and a nightly hospitality suite. Non-collecting spouses may find of interest the pre-Americover 2019 tour of Saint Louis tourist attractions, which will be held at the same time as the "Seaposts" course.

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