The June 26, 1999, GWMSC Station official USPS
postmark, and the George Washington Masonic National Memorial's Official
cachet, were both designed and implemented by GWMSC Past President John R.
Allen, who designed three prior Masonic Memorial Station Postmarks used for
October 15, 1981, Rochambeau March
Reenactment (culminating at the Yorktown Bicentennial),
February 22, 1982, the 250th Birthday
of George Washington, and
May 12, 1982, the 50th Anniversary of
the George Washington Masonic National Memorial Building Dedication.
Brother Allen designed Masonic
cachets for his Mother Lodge, Louisiana Lodge No. 102, F. & A.M.
(formerly in New Orleans; now located in the Metairie/Harahan, LA) since
July 4, 1976, and has done so for several other lodges and organizations in
His most unwieldy postmark and cachet
endeavor was as volunteer Philatelic Chairman of the Yorktown Bicentennial
Committee (1980-81) and the Rhode Island Heritage Commission (1981).
Special pictorial postmarks he designed were used in 8 cities on varying
dates from 10/10/81-10/19/81, with 8 or more reused on the 10-16-81 First
Day of Issue, the start of the four day Yorktown Bicentennial, for which he
purchased over 90,000 postage stamps.