Lester Lanphear lll won the Grand (and the USPCS award) for his “U.S. Departmental, 1873-1884”. Alfredo Frohlich won the Reserve Grand for “Chile – The Rouletted lssues 1877-1899.”
Winning Gold medals were Jeff Forster for “The United States 1869 Pictorial lssue Used in lnternational Mails” (Jeff also won the APS Medal of Excellence Pre-1900, the Collectors’ Club of Chicago Award, and the Postal History Society award); Hal Vogel for “The Post Office That Saved, Served and Almost Scuttled an Antarctic Expedition: A Postal History of the Second Byrd Antarctic Expedition” (also the AAPE Award of Excellence in Plans and Headings, and the LighthouseStamp Society award); and Ross Towle for “Parcel Post Cards of Chile 1909-1954” (Ross also won the APS Medal of Excellence 1900-1940).
A Vermeil medal was won by James C. Cate for “Domestic U.S. Military Facilities – WWI 1917-1919, American Machine Flag.”
Two silver medals were won by Charles Epting for his single frame exhibits: “Roosevelt’sTree Army: The Postal History of the Civilian Conservation Corps 1933-42” (and the AAPE Award of Honor) and “The works Progress Administration 1933-1942.”
Patrick A. Walters won the President’s Grand award (also the American Air Mail Society Grand Award, and the AAPE Award of Excellence for Plans and Headings) for “The United States Governmental Flights (1918-1927).” John H. Barwis won the Felix Ganz Reserve Grand for “Carrying the Mail from Victoria.”
Winning Gold medals were Matthew W. Kewriga for “Danish West Indies Foreign Mail: 1748-UPU” (Matt also won the Scandinavian Collectors Club National Award and the SCC Paul Jensen Award for Postal History); James W. Milgram, MD for “Express Mail of 1836-1839 and 1845” (Jim also won the APS Pre-1900 Award of Excellence); William Fort for “Wartime Transpacific Airmail Routes” (Bill also won the Andrew McFarlane U.S. Airmail Exhibit Award); Larry T. Nix for “America’s Library: The Library of Congress” (Larry also won the American Philatelic Congress Award); Cheryl Ganz for her SFE “Airships over the Arctic”; and Larry Lyons for his SFE “New Orleans Carriers, 1851-1861”.
Winning Vermeil medals were Millard Mack for “The 6c Transport Airmail Stamps Goers to War”; and Roger Rhoads for “Chicago: House of Blues (Chicago Blue Cancellations and Markings on the First Postal Card)” (Roger also won the U.S. Cancellation Club Award).
The last WSP show of the year was held the weekend of Dec. 2-4 in Orlando, Florida. Member Nick Lombardi won the Grand award with his exhibit “The 1903 Two Cent Washington Shield Issue.” Nick also won the USSS State of Freedom award. Tony Dewey (not a member but we are working on him) won a Gold medal and the USPCS Medal with “A Postal History of Hartford Connecticut.” Other members winning Gold medals included Bill DiPaolo with his “The Prexie Coils” and Jim Pullin with two exhibits “American Sailing Packets On The North Atlantic 1818 to 1840” and “Pioneer Steamers on the North Atlantic 1838 to 1840”. Jim’s first exhibit also won the Postal History Society Award.
Other awards won by members included a Vermeil medal for Alfredo Frohlich and his “Colombia 1904 – 1905 World’s First Inflation Rated Mail” and a certificate for Leslie Butler and his “Polish Government in Exile.”