Chapel Hill, Orange County, February 2, (1857), all over advertising cover in pink. Postage Paid with 1851 issue 3- cent stamp tied to cover with a grid cancel and a Type 4 31 mm cancel in black. The postmark was used in black from 1851 until 1864. The UNC-Chapel Hill ad covers came in two sizes, this being the smaller of the two and in several colors, including purple, gray, green, and pink.
Wilmington, New Hanover County, North Carolina, October 12, ca. 1848. George W. Davis operated a mail forwarding business in Wilmington from 1840 until 1860. This ship cover was forwarded by him. The Type 8 postmark in blue was used from 1845 until 1851. The twelve- cent postage due included two cents for the ship captain.
Minutes of the NCPHS Board of Directors Meeting: October 1, 2020, by Zoom.
ATTENDING: Frank Hall, Dick Winter, Stefan Jaronski, Timothy McRee, George Slaton, Scott Steward, Alan Vestal, and Harry Albert. A quorum of the Board was present.
The meeting was called to order at 7:10 p.m. by Frank Hall.
The 2019 minutes of the NCPHS Board of Directors Meeting held at Charpex 2019 on July 27, 2019, were unanimously approved upon a motion by Mr. Steward and a second by Mr. Slaton.
Mr. Hall introduced the newest board members – Mr. Jaronski and Mr. McRee and thanked them for their willingness to serve on the NCPHS Board of Directors. Mr. Hall then formally thanked Mr. DiPaolo and Mr. Lightfoot for their many years of service to the NC Postal History Society.
Harry Albert presented the Treasurer’s Report for the year ended December 31, 2019. He stated that the Society continues in sound financial condition thanks once again to our sustaining members, who contribute additional funds to support the society above the regular annual dues. The cash balance as of September 22, 2020, was $13,305.42. Mr. Albert also presented to the Board the Secretary-Treasurer’s budget for 2021. Mr. Vestal offered a motion to approve the budget for 2021 projecting an operating deficit of $9, or essentially break-even. Upon a second by Mr. Jaronski, the 2021 operating budget was unanimously approved. At this time, Mr. Winter complimented Mr. Albert for the timely presentation of financial and membership data throughout the year.
As of September 22, 2020, the current membership is 132, an increase of ten members since the previous year’s report. However, the report shows that there are 8 remaining unpaid memberships which are still being carried on the rolls. Upon a motion by Mr. Jaronski and a second by Mr. Steward, the Board unanimously approved the inactivation of any unpaid member prior to the publication of the next quarterly journal.
Mr. Winter presented an update on the North Carolina Postmark Catalog in addition to a written report titled “Status of North Carolina Postal Historian”. The digitalization of the catalog began in October 2005. Presently, all 100 counties are complete in addition to six major post offices (Asheville, Charlotte, Fayetteville, Greensboro, Raleigh, and Wilmington). Updates for new postmarks and corrections to the database are about one-third completed (29 counties and two major post offices). Mr. Winter estimates that it will take approximately one year for the completion of this part of the project. Mr. Winter suggested that the Board consider how to make the North Carolina Postmark Catalog Update a more permanent record at its 2021 board meeting. The entire board expressed profound gratitude to Mr. Winter for his many years of hard work on this significant catalog.
Mr. Steward then gave an update on the status of the Society’s website. Mr. Steward reported that the North Carolina Postmark Catalog Update page is the most popular page on the Society’s website. Website traffic, however, has hovered around 4k hits from November 2019 through September 2020, a significant drop from the 16k – 18k hits during the last half of 2018. At the time of this report, there is no explanation for the decrease.
Mr. Hall then discussed a couple of options for international members. By acclamation, the board approved the dues for an international member at a rate of $25 per year for a printed subscription or $15 per year if choosing a digital only subscription.
Mr. Hall next recommended that the board appoint a special committee to review the NCPHS awards and to formalize the criteria for such awards including the A. Earl Weatherly Award, the NCPHS Literary Award, and the exhibition award. The Board appointed Mr. Winter, Chair; Mr. Crumbley, and Mr. Jaronski to the NCPHS Awards Committee. The committee was requested to submit a report to the President by January 5, 2021.
At this time, Mr. Slaton gave an update on the program to distribute printed quarterly journals for a year to eleven NC regional libraries. Mr. Slaton noted that the COVID-19 pandemic essentially closed the libraries for the better part of the trial subscription year. However, Forsyth County Public Library has already made the decision to become a regular member of the society. For the remaining ten libraries, Mr. Slaton presented three options to the board for consideration. The options are as follows:
1. Contact each library by letter extending the trial membership for another year with evaluation following the trial period.
2. Cease subscriptions.
3. Encourage current members to adopt a library.
After a discussion, Mr. Slaton moved; and Mr. Vestal seconded a motion to extend the trial memberships for one year with an evaluation at the next board meeting. The motion passed unanimously.
Under new business, Mr. Steward requested photos of the board members for posting on the website.
Mr. Hall thanked Mr. Steward for setting up the remote board meeting and helping directors get connected via Zoom. The expectation is that the next board meeting will be in Charlotte during CHARPEX in late July 2021. If Charpex is not held again due to the pandemic, then a remote meeting will be planned using Zoom.
The meeting adjourned at 8:36 p.m.
Prepared by Harry Albert, Secretary-Treasurer
This is a listing of North Carolina Postal Historian issues which are not currently available on this web site. All other back issues can be found on this web site in the Library of NCPHS Journals.
Postal Historian Volume 40
Articles for the Winter issue, Volume 40, No.1, Whole 153, January 01, 2021
North Carolina Confederate Military Hospitals, Charles F. Hall
1937 North Carolina Feeder Airline Service Tests Were Precursors to 1938 National Air Mail Week, Steve Swain
Railway Post Office (RPO) Service on Branch Lines of the Cape Fear & Yadkin Valley Railroad, Darrell Ertzberger
Charlotte’s Postmaster William W. Jenkins, 1876-1885, Tony L. Crumbley
Articles for the Spring issue, Volume 40, No.2, Whole 154, April 01, 2021
Civil War Covers Addressed to A. A. McKethan, Maurice Bursey
An Interesting Letter Describing the Town of New Bern as it Enters 1859, Andy Kupersmit
Charlotte’s Advertising Covers and Cards of the Classic Ers – 1850-1918, Toney Crumbley
Articles for the Summer issue, Volume 40, No.3, Whole 155, July 01, 2021
North Carolina Censored, The Story of Civilian Censorship in World War II, Charles F. Hall Jr.
Oak Lawn. A Post Office and Landmark of Cabarrus County, George Slaton
Professor A.W. Allen Patent Medicine Orders from Western North Carolina, Scott Steward
Articles for the Fall issue, Volume 40, No.4, Whole 156, October 01, 20201
Characterization of the Cancellation Inks used on Three North Carolina Covers, Daniel Brinkley.
The Illustrated Official Business Envelopes used in North Carolina, Mike Ludeman
North Carolina Postal History Society Annual Awards, George Slaton
Edenton, Chowan County, January 19, 1825, cover with a manuscript postmark of Edenton used from 1824-1826 and manuscript “Ferry 6” to indicate 6¢ postage was due at destination along with the route marking to be carried by ferry. The cover was posted to the James C. Johnston at Hayes plantation, a distance of only one mile, across Queen Anne’s Creek from Edenton. This was the principal plantation of Samuel Johnston, Governor of the North Carolina from 1787 to 1789 and then one of the two first U.S. Senators from North Carolina. Later he gave the plantation to his son, James C. Johnston, who ultimately owned several plantations totaling over 7,834 acres.