N.Y.-based postal history club joins Facebook

This July, the U.S.-based Empire State Postal History Society (ESPHS) launched a Facebook page, facebook.com/EmpireStatePostalHistorySociety, which is open to society members and the general public.

“Having the society on Facebook complements our website, adds to our overall presence in the digital space, and allows us to augment awareness of our society’s mission, which is to share our appreciation of the postal history of New York State,” said President Charles DiComo.

Already, the ESPHS Facebook page has shared a folded letter sheet advertising an 1850s Independence Day celebration; an 1839 stampless letter sheet from Ohio to England via New York City; and a list of New York State post offices by county from 1792-1969.

“This is a good place for collectors – or even non-collectors – to check in with comments or thoughts about New York postal history,” said Jeff Stage, editor of the society’s journal, Excelsior! “Because New York City is such a major player on the world stage of early postal transportation, we know that collectors and historians from all over have an interest in Empire State postal history.”

FOUNDED IN 1967

In 1967, a group of collectors with an expressed interest in New York State postal history come together to form the ESPHS.

Two years later, the group adopted its constitution, and in 1970, it published its first book, Federal Post Offices of New York State 1792-1969.

“This was a monumental work by the late Lee S DeGraff,” reads the ESPHS website. “Since then we have published a dozen more books or pamphlets in an ongoing program which has more scheduled to be released, all valuable handbooks or reference works in our chosen field.”

The group’s self-described mission is “to advance the knowledge of the postal history of the State of New York by means of education and historical research; to acquire and disseminate through publication, exhibition or otherwise information relative to the organization and development of post offices and postal systems in the State of New York.”

For more information about the ESPHS, visit esphs.us or write to the Empire State Postal History Society, Box 482, East Schodack, NY 12063-0482.

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