USPS to Present at GASS/Americover

Collectors to Hear from USPS Brass At AFDCS GASS 2023 Seminars

The American First Day Cover Society has arranged for two seminars at Great American Stamp Show 2023 featuring top philately-related officials of the U.S. Postal Service. GASS will be held August 10-13 at the Huntington Convention Center in Cleveland, Ohio.

William Gicker, director of USPS Stamp Services, which chooses and designs stamps and stationery, will speak Thursday, August 10, at 1p.m. Top managers from USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services —Teri Basinger, its overall manager; Linda Houghtaling, Senior Operations Manager; Betty Brown, manager of stamp production; and Dave Mapel, Cancellation Services supervisor — will have a seminar on Friday, August 11, also at 1p.m. All stamps are distributed to post offices and sold through SFS, and cancellations are applied to first day covers there.

The U.S. is issuing two sets of stamps during GASS: "Life Magnified" on Thursday and "Thinking Of You" on Friday. In addition, the United Nations, Faroe Islands and Marshall Islands will issue stamps at the show.

The seminars are free and open to the public. Admission to Great American Stamp Show is also free. More details are available on the APS website.

The AFDCS is a co-sponsor of the show, along with the American Philatelic Society and American Topical Association. Other AFDCS seminars will be held, along with the society's annual meetings, and the results of the annual cachet contest will be announced. Further information on the show is on the Americover 2023 page.

Show Hotels Sold Out

Great American Stamp Show 2023, of which the AFDCS’s Americover is a part, is shaping up to be one heck of a show. The first and second blocks of hotel rooms have sold out. The dealer bourse is sold out. Both of these indicate very good attendance at the show. 

If you’re planning to attend but have not yet reserved a room, the APS has some hotel alternatives on its website.

1932 Washington FDCs on Zoom

Mark your calendars!


The next AFDCS educational Zoom presentation will be held on Sunday February 26, 2023 at 8PM EST/7PM CST/6PM MST/5PM PST. Tricia Richmond will provide a presentation on first day covers and event covers of the 1932 US Washington Bicentennial issue.
The presentation is free to all, AFDCS membership is not required.
Here is the Zoom information for the presentation:
Join Zoom Meeting: LINK

Meeting ID: 856 4348 9109
Passcode: 215959
Tricia Richmond produces McIntosh cachets along with her daughter Darcy. Tricia is a member of the Fred C. Sawyer North Texas Chapter and the Art Cover Exchange.

Officers Unchanged for 2023

AFDCS Board Elects Society's 2023 Officers

The Board of Directors of the American First Day Cover Society has re-elected Lloyd de Vries of New Jersey as the organization's president for calendar-year 2023. Others re-elected as AFDCS officers were Ralph Nafziger of Oregon, executive vice president; Jim Hogg of Florida, first vice president; Mark Gereb of New Jersey, recording secretary; and Mark Thompson of Tennessee, treasurer.

They, along with the editor of the journal First Days, the executive secretary, the immediate past president, the general counsel and the chairs of the Education and Membership departments, comprise the organization's executive committee.

The Board also chose Cynthia Scott of Indiana as its chair for 2023.

AFDCS officers and directors are not compensated nor reimbursed for their travel expenses.

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