Masonic Stamp Club
2002 Annual Meeting:
February 24, 2002
Gather at 1:30PM for 2:00 P.M. Meeting at
G.W.Masonic National Memorial
Speaker & Dinner
Location to be announced.
The Last GWMSC Meeting was the Saturday before Labor Day
in September (09/01),
2001, at the BALPEX Stamp Show
at Marriott's Hunt Valley Inn
Hunt Valley, MD
on Interstate 81, just North of Baltimore Beltway toward York, PA.
Only 150 of the
USPS' "Year 2000 New Year's Baby" postage stamps were postmarked 12-27-99
First Day of Issue on GWMSC Washington Monument Fireworks cachets,
computer-printed in color. All 150 were postmarked FDOI, with 100 of the
150 having also the 1-1-2000 pictrial postmark added as a dual postmark.
Williams (address below) for prices & availability.
The cachet is
particularly unique by picturing the Monument, still being rennovated,
during the New Year's Eve 2000 (12-29-99) fireworks display, with 12-27-99
FDOI postmark, and with the dual 1-1-2000 pictorial postmark added.
GWMSC participated in the June 26, 1999, Dedication Day at The George
Washington Masonic National Memorial, honoring George Washington's life 200
years following his death on December 14, 1799.
The George Washington Masonic Stamp Club (GWMSC) officially
sponsored the special pictorial postmark for which the Memorial hosted the
temporary postal station. GWMSC produced its own separate cachet, and
assistedwith the Memorial's official cachet.
GWMSC cachet may be ordered for $1.25 plus SASE from:
GWMSC Cover Chairman & Past President
2364 Beaver Valley Pike
New Providence, PA 17560-9622 USA
Masonic Memorial Cover and its Postmark Designer for Two Decades
The GWMSC Station official USPS postmark , and the
Masonic Memorial's Official cachet (below) were both designed by GWMSC Past
President John R. Allen, who designed three prior Masonic Memorial Station
February 22, 1982, and
May 12, 1982,
the Rochambeau March Reenactment (culminating at the Yorktown
Bicentennial), the 250th Birthday of George Washington, and the 50th
Anniversary of the Masonic Memorial Building Dedication, respectively.
Available at 2 for $5.00, or $3 each,
R. Allen - GWMNM Covers
Post Office Box 633
Midlothian, VA 23113-0633
benefit the George Washington Masonic National Memorial.
of the 5-12-82 50th Anniversary Cachet are available at the same price; or
get 1 of each at the 2 for $5 price.
Washington Birthday Covers Since 1957
The Club has sponsored Washington Birthday Covers
on February 22nd, annually, since 1957. In the mid-1970s, then President Mo
Nafzinger initiated a George Washington Masonic Stamp Club Station special
pictorial postmark at Mount Vernon, Virginia. Although the design of that
Mount Vernon pictorial postmark has varied, at times throughout the years,
the Club's special postmark there has been used on Washington's Birthdays
for more than 20 years.
Vernon GWMSC Pictorial Postmark for 12/14/99 - 12/18/99
The December 14, 1999 Bicentennial of the Death of
George Washington at Mount Vernon was originally intended to mark the end
of the U.S. Bicentennial Era.
GWMSC will propose the reuse of it's February 22, 1999, pictorial postmark
for the 200th Anniversary of Washington's Death on 12-14-99, and for use
daily through the 12-18-99 reenactment of Washington's Funeral at Mount
Vernon. The postmark contains a bust of Washington with a Flag at half
club cachets on Mount Vernon postcards will be available only if ordered
from Cover Chairman Williams (address above) before 1-December-1999, and
supplies permit. The cacheted postcards will be $1.00 each (plus SASE), or
five for $4.00 (plus SASE). You must specify the postmark dates in advance!
Otherwise, one will be 12-14-99, and five will be all 5 days.
June 26, 1999,
photo by 13 year old
(14 @ 7/11),
Chris M. Allen,
who was first at a GWMSC meeting in 1986.
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