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Check back often for news on website additions, upcoming and past meetings, auctions, photos of our members and guests, etc.

Annual Members & Board Meetings at ROPEX
By Charles J. DiComo, Webmaster

2017-04-20…The ESPHS will be holding its Annual Members and Directors meetings on Saturday May 20, 2017 at ROPEX in the Canandaigua Civic Center. We will have the meeting room from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM. For more details on the show, visit www.rpastamps.org/ropex

We will be holding elections, as the following incumbents are scheduled for reelection; Przepiora, Braithwaite, McGowan, DeKornfeld, Cali, DiComo, Nicholson, Parsons and Sweeting. We also have a full agenda, with Officers and Staff reporting on Membership, Finances, Publications, Awards, Auctions, the revamped ESPHS website, and new business.

We are excited about the show and hope to see you there. ##

Upcoming Shows – Spring 2017
By Charles J. DiComo, Webmaster

2017-03-24…The spring 2017 shows as taken from the American Philatelist are shown below. We hope to see you there!
– NEW YORK – ASDA Stamp Show, April 13-15, 2017
The Hilton, 1335 Ave. of the Americas, NYC. Contact Dana Guyer, (800) 369-8207 (Bourse only)
– MASSACHUSETTS – Boxborough, May 5-7, 2017
NE Federation of Stamp Clubs, Holiday Inn Boxborough Woods, 242 Adams Place, Boxborough, MA
– NEW YORK – ROPEX, May 19-20 2017
Rochester National Stamp Exhibition, Greater Canandaigua Civic Center, 250 N. Bloomfield Rd., Canandaigua, NY www.rpastamps.org/ropex

Listing of Post Office and Postmasters Available on Website
By Charles J. DiComo, Webmaster

2017-01-02….The ESPHS has made available on its website under the “Resources” section a listing of all New York State post offices and postmasters, by county, plus the New York State Offices Master Index that gives the offices in alphabetical order, and locates them by county, etc. This work has been compiled by Thomas C. Mazza, who is happy to make it available for use on our website, but retains the material rights. We thank him for this excellent resource and hope you enjoy. ##

Society Launches New and Improved Website
By Charles J. DiComo, Webmaster

2016-11-01….The society recently launched its new and improved website. The site has a clean look with a New York State theme, clearly shown in the unique header scenes taken from nineteenth century woodcuts and engravings — from a Birds Eye View of New York City to the floor of the Corning Glass Works to the Aqueduct Bridge in Rochester.

The site is easily navigable via top and bottom navigation bars and drop down menus. In addition, a “Site Map” is provided to help you quickly locate what you are searching for and location-based breadcrumb navigation is provided to let the user know where the current page stands in the website hierarchy (e.g., Home > Journals > EXCELSIOR!). A feature of the home page is a scrolling slider bar displaying New York State postal history. The concept is that over time this will be expanded to illustrate classic to modern postal history specimens representing all counties across the state.

There is a section named “Journals,” where ESPHS publications currently in print are available for purchase. These are a must-have for the postal history enthusiast and ordering details are provided. In addition, visitors have access to read past copies of the BULLETIN, the society’s quarterly newsletter for information on meetings, auctions, award winners, and goings on. There is also a section for the EXCELSIOR!, the Society’s preeminent biannual journal on New York postal history. I am in the process of adding the complete run going back to issue No. 1 — so check back often.

The “News” section is where you can find society press releases, as well as photos of meetings and members past and current. There is also a drop down for the BULLETIN auctions of postal history and ephemera, displaying current and past auctions going back to No. 1. Instructions for bidders and shipping details are also denoted.

The “Membership” section covers the benefits of membership, provides a downloadable membership application and payment information. I recommend joining today to take advantage of member pricing for EPSHS publications, as well as receipt of the BULLETIN and EXCELSIOR!.

The “Resources” section is a work in progress and affords an opportunity for philatelic sharing. It currently houses links to ESPHS postal history affiliates websites, which I will be adding to over time. Moreover, the primary resources page will house accredited research projects, presentations, monographs, exhibits, and documents. Sharing of information and advancing knowledge of the postal history of New York State by means of educational and historical research is a key tenant of the ESPHS. I am working on eliciting material now for posting.

Finally, the “Organization” section lists the current officers, directors, and support team with their contact information and emails, the history of the ESPHS, the Sweeting Award rules and scoring, Charles Sweeting’s biography, and the society’s constitution and bylaws.

I was excited to take on this project with approval by the ESPHS Board in the summer of 2016. With the assistance of Wyzaerd Consulting, Inc. and Roger Kirby Photography, the developer and designer respectively, the new site was launched within two months.

We now have the security of a new host and content management system that is easy to administer, and I am excited about adding more content over the upcoming months for our members and the philatelic community. Please feel free to use the new “Contact Us” form on the website to share your opinions and features for consideration! ##


ROPEX 2015

Al Parsons manning the ESPHS table at ROPEX 2015
Al Parsons manning the ESPHS table at ROPEX 2015

ROMPEX 2013

ROMPEX 2013
John Cali, David Przepiora, George Feteke at ROMPEX 2013

ROPEX 2011

Al Parsons accepting the Sweeting Award at ROPEX 2011
Al Parsons accepting the Sweeting Award at ROPEX 2011

 

Al Parsons Outstanding Service Award
Al Parsons receiving the Outstanding Service Award by incoming President Dave Przepiora at ROPEX 2011

 

George DeKornfeld receiving the ESPHS Award from Ada Prill and Al Parsons at ROPEX 2011
George DeKornfeld receiving the ESPHS Award from Ada Prill and Al Parsons at ROPEX 2011

 

Al Parsons presiding over Board Meeting at ROPEX 2011
Al Parsons presiding over Board Meeting at ROPEX 2011

ROPEX 2008

Al Parsons, Nancy Clark (Judge), and Ray Stone (RPA President) at ROPEX 2008
Al Parsons, Nancy Clark (Judge), and Ray Stone (RPA President) at ROPEX 2008