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CALS Members Present Talks on Local Posts

Posted 9/22/2020

With most of 2020’s stamp shows cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many stamp societies are reaching out to their members and attracting new collectors with special online presentations and seminars. In September, local posts are getting attention with two talks by Carriers and Locals Society members.

The Amazing Local Posts of Philadelphia, 1843-1861
On Wednesday, September 23rd, Carriers and Locals Society President, Dr. Vernon Morris will by giving a talk about Philadelphia locals for the Collectors Club’s Live Video Program. Morris is an expert on Philadelphia postal history – his exhibit “Fighting the Fed in Philadelphia: Locals, Carriers, and Independent Mails, 1835 to 1867” won the 2006 Champion of Champions. He has also written multiple award winning articles on the subject, and maintains the Chronological Database of Blood’s Stamp Usage on Cover.

An Introduction to US Independent Posts
On Wednesday, September 30th, Casey Jo White will present a Stamp Chat for the American Philatelic Society. This presentation, also called “Local Posts 101” will cover the history of US local posts, independent mails, and supplementary mail services from the 1800s to present. It is intended to be a brief overview and explanation of local posts for collectors unfamiliar to the topic.

AUCTION #32 Now Online!

Posted 5/31/2020

Aucton #32 iw now online and will close on June 21, 2020, at 11PM EDT. 

The auction includes 191 lots with minimum bids totalling more than $11,000. Bidding is open to everyone.

 Auction 32 includes stamps and covers of local posts, carriers, independent mail companies and eastern expresses.  It also has fakes, sanitary fair and literature items. 

Among the interesting and scarce are: one of seven recorded covers of the “Branch Post Office” of New York; three American Letter Mail Company 5L1 stamps on a piece; a new EKU of Hale’s “POTTSVILLE” PA oval handstamp, one of only five recorded; a Wells Fargo used 143L3 red “dollar stamp” with a Philatelic Foundation certificate; and a complete run of the Penny Post journal to the current issue.

If you want to bid, click on the Log In button below the lot. You will be directed to a page where you can log in as a member, or if not a member of the Carriers and Locals Society, you can create a bidding account. Terms are noted on the website. SCV refers to Scott Catalog Value, and LPG refers to Lyons' Pricing Guide for his Identifier series of fakes and forgeries.

A Call for Carriers and Locals Exhibits

Posted 11/21/2019

The Carriers and Locals Society is seeking philatelic exhibits on carriers, locals, independent mails, and expresses to be hosted on the Penny Post website.  If you have built an exhibit of your material you would like to share with the world, please contact

To submit exhibits, files can be sent either as images scans of pages or digital files (.pdf, .doc, .pub, etc.).  All exhibits will be displayed with proper credit.  Both competitive and non-competitive exhibits can be accepted.  This is a great opportunity for CALS members to share their collections and research.

October Issue of Penny Post

Posted 10/31/2019

The October 2019 issue of the Penny Post is now online for members to download and read.  This issue contains the continuation of David R. Wilcox's deep dive into the history of the American Letter Mail Company; Responses to previously published claims about forger Placido Ramón de Torres; and the continueation of Bruce Mosher's article on expresses that operated on the Long Island Rail Road system.

New Additions to the Website

Posted 7/12/2019

The Penny Post website is regularly updated to bring more information to collectors of carriers and locals.  In case you missed it, here are some of the latest additions to the site:

The Farrell Reference Collection has continued to update with additional sections throughout the year.  There are currently 124 different sections online showing examples of different carriers, locals, express companies, Cinderellas, bogus posts, and their forgeries.

The Chronological Database of Blood’s Stamp Usage on Cover has been updated.  This census of Blood's covers is a near complete list, and can be viewed under the "Collecting Info" link.

More issues of the Penny Post have been uploaded.  Members can log in to view the current issues, and non-members have access to issues published before 2015.  The table of contents page has also been updated for easy browsing.

There are two issues of the Penny Post currently unavalible: whole numbers 96 and 97.  Please excuse this omission as we work to get new copies online.

Auctionn Closing Datee

Posted 6/18/2019

The current auction will close June 30 at Midnight East Coast time. A lot of good lots with no bids!

May Auction Now On Line

Posted 5/13/2019

The current auction is now on line. The closing date is June 30 at Midnight EST.

 The auction is open to members as well as non-members. All lots have an image. This applies to lots with multiple images as well. Click on the image to make it larger. Questions oncerning condition or contents of cover items should be sent to me.

Proposed changes in the auction terms and procedures are being discussed and will be announced on the web site and the Penny Post before the next auction.


AUCTION 29 Will Open October 1

Posted 8/14/2018

Aution 29 will open October 1. If you have material for this auction I must have it on or before September 24.

This sale will include literature lots as well as stamps and covers. We have also added a count-down timer to the site so you will be able to see exactly when the auction will close.

Thank you for the support of the Carrier & Locals Society. Should you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me at


Farrell Collection of Local Stamps, Fakes and Forgeries

Posted 6/9/2018

 The Carriers and Locals Society offers selections of the Farrell Collection of Local Stamps, Fakes and Forgeries for download. These selections are intended to be a helpful reference for collectors, providing a brief introduction to the posts and examples of the stamps and their forgeries. Additional selections will be uploaded periodically. [CLICK HERE]  


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