There were three WSP shows held in late May and early June: Ropex, Rocky Mountain Stamp Show, and NAPEX.
Ropex is a two day WSP show held outside Rochester in Canadaigua, NY by the Rochester Philatelic Association (RPA). Despite its smaller size, there were several very high level exhibits shown there, including those from USPCS members. Tony Dewey won the Grand award and a Large Gold medal for his “A Postal History of Hartford, Connecticut” (also the Postal History Society award). Tony also won the Best Single Frame and a Gold medal for his “The Bridges of Hartford, 1810 to Mid-1940s”. Let’s all congratulate Tony for his double win at Ropex!
Also winning a Large Gold medal was Robert Meegan for his “United States Domestic Letter Rates, Act of 1792 Through the Act of 1872” (also the Dusty Miller award for the Best Postal History exhibit by a RPA member; and the APS Medal of Excellence for pre-1900 material).
Winning a Gold medal was USPCS member H. James Maxwell for his “Mail From Along The Erie Canal: 1825-1862” (also the Larry R. Moriarty Sr Memorial Award of Merit from the RPA; the Empire State Postal History award; the APS Medal for Research Excellence; and the USPCS Medal).
Members winning Vermeil medals included Larry Rausch for “Identification and Use of United Kingdom One Penny (1d) Perfins 1868-1880”, Henry Sweets for “Chinese Inflation Run Amok: 41 Months of Hyperinflation”; and Tony Dewey for his single frame “The “D” Rate-Change Stamps of 1985″ (also the APS Medal of Excellence for post 1980 Material).
Large Silver medals were won by members John Flannery III for his single frame “Black Jacks” (he also won the AAPE Novice Award) and Alan Parsons for “Corning, NY Postal History Including DPOs Now Served by the Corning Post Office”. And a Silver medal was also won by Alan Parsons for “The Sullivan Commemorative of 1929.”
Rocky Mountain Stamp Show
This show, held May 26-28, included the 1st Annual George Brett Cup competition to highlight the best 20th century exhibits. Many USPCS members collect both classic and modern material and were represented at this event.
Member Nick Lombardi won the Brett Cup with his “The 1903 Two Cent Washington Shield Issue.” Congratulations, Nick!
Members winning Large Gold medals in regular competition included Chip Briggs for “Domestic Rates and Usages of the United States Presidential Series” (also the American Philatelic Congress award for Writing Excellence; the AAPE Award for Plan and Heading Excellence; and the Postal History Society Award); Doug and Nancy Clark for “The U. S. 1903 Hartford Postal Stationery” (also the UPSS Marcus White Award); William Kelly for “The 3c Iwo Jima Stamp of 1945 – An Iconic and Enduring Favorite” (also the GB and Colonies Club of Denver Peter Adgie Award); and Dr. Paul Phillips for “The Coronation Year of King George V” (also the Collectors Club of Chicago Award).
Winning a Vermeil medal was Alfredo Frohlich for “Colombia -1904-1905 – The World’s First Inflation Rated Mail”.
NAPEX was held in McLean, Virginia, just outside of Washington, D.C., the weekend of June 8.
Bob Rose won the Grand Award and a Large Gold medal for his “New Jersey Stampless Covers: Handstamp Postal Markings, 1775-1855” (also the Collectors Club of New York Best US Classics exhibit).
Members winning Large Gold medals included Robert Boyd for “Mail Between the US and Germany Before the Universal Postal Union” (also the German Philatelic Society Award and AAPE Award of Excellence – Plan and Headings); Norval Rasmussen for “Tunisian First Issue: Coat of Arms” (also the France and Colonies Philatelic Society award); Roger Brody for “Jamestown 1907” (also the Collector’s Club of New York Best US Modern Exhibit); and Carol Bommarito for “Adhesive Stamp Usages on Transatlantic Mail to and from the U.S. 1840-1875” (also the Lighthouse Stamp Society Award, the US Philatelic Classics Society Medal and the APS Award of Excellence, Pre-1900).
Gold medals were awarded to Randolph Smith for “Rally ‘Round the Flag”; Jeff Bohn for “Accountancy Markings Associated with the 1857 Franco-British Postal Convention’ (also the Postal History Society Award); and David Steidley for “Uses of the 1¢ Franklin, Series of 1902” (also the American Philatelic Congress award for Writing Excellence).
Cliff Alexander won a Large Vermeil medal for his first-ever exhibit “Postal Markings of Alexandria during the District of Columbia Period (1791-1847)” (also the AAPE Novice Award); and Jerry Wells won a Silver medal for “Postal Normalcy During a Period of Political Chaos in the Southern United States, December, 1860 through May, 1861”.