This show was held March 23-25 in Cleveland. Jim Allen won the Grand Award and a Large Gold medal for his exhibit “The First United States 12¢ Stamp Series of 1851-1861”. He also won the USSS Statue of Freedom Award and the Garfield-Perry award for the best U.S. Exhibit.
Also winning Large Gold medals were Mike Bass for “Foreign Postal Operations In The Holy Land 1852-1914” (He also won the AAPE Award of Excellence – Plans and Headings, and the Collectors Club of Chicago Philatelic Exhibitors Award); Matt Liebson for “Development of the United States Postal Savings System 1911-1970” (also the Walter W. Hopkinson Trophy, the APS Research Medal and the American Revenue Association Award); Jim Pullin for “American Sailing Packets on the North Atlantic 1818 to 1840”; Mark Schwartz for “The New York Postmaster Provisional” (also the Hugh M. Southgate Memorial Trophy); and Dan Telep for “Vietnam’s Communist Insurgent Military Mail 1959-1975” (also the APS Medal of Excellence, 1940-1980 and the Military Postal History award.
Members winning Gold medals included Roger Brody for “Prominent Americans Series: Inspiration-Innovation-Inflation” (also the American Philatelic Congress award); Janet Klug for “The Miami & Erie Canal: Ohio’s western waterway, 1825-1913” (also the American Topical Association First Place award); Roger Rhoads for “Chicago: House of Blues” (also U.S. Cancellation Club Best Cancellation Exhibit); Gary Hendren for his single frame “St. Louis Pioneer Air Mail, October 4-8, 1911”; Ken Lawrence for “Wake Island in World War II”; and Tim Wait for “Adhesive Stamps Used To Pay The 2¢ Tax On U.S. Bank Checks 1862-1883”.
Large Vermeil awards were won by John Lighthouse for “U.S. Revenue Stamps – First Issue ‘Using the Documents of Commerce to Fund the Civil War'” (also the USPCS Medal); Bill Schultz for “Domestic Rates-U.S.P.O. Acts of 1792 to 1863: Stampless Era” (also the AAPE Award of Honor); and Mark Schwartz for “Boston’s “PAID in Grid” Cancels on the U.S. Imperforate Issues of 1847-56” (also the AAPE Award of Honor).
A Silver medal was won by Steve Kaplan for “They Weren’t Always Pets”
St. Louis Stamp Expo
The St. Louis WSP show was held the following week (March 31 – April 2).
Members winning Large Gold medals included Ed Andrews for “The First Gold Currency Stamps of Poland” (also the APS Research award, the AAPE Award for Plans & Headings); Randy Neil for “The Ten-Cent Steel Plate Issues of the Confederate States of America — 1863-1865”; Jim Pullin for “Pioneer Steamers of the North Atlantic 1838-1840” (also the APS Pre-1900 Award and the Lighthouse award); and Gary Hendren for his single frame “St. Louis Pioneer Air Mail, Oct. 4-8, 1911” (also the APS 1900-1940 award).
Winning Gold medals were Larry T. Nix for “The American Library Association and World War I” (Also the AAPE Creativity award); and S. H. Bernstein for “The Airships of ‘The Foolish Count'” (also the Ephemera Society Certificate and the American Helvetia Philatelic Society Bronze award);
A Large Vermeil medal was won by Wayne Youngblood for “Lost Almost: Los Alamos, NM, Post Office and WWII”.
A Large Silver medal was won by Randy Neil for “Monaco: The Prince and the Movie Goddess” (also the Women Exhibitors Sterling Achievement Award).
WestPex was held April 28-30 in Burlingame (San Francisco).
Jan Hofmeyer (photo) won the Grand Award and a Large Gold medal for his exhibit “The 3c Washington and its centrality to USPO fraud-prevention and cost-cutting efforts: 1861-69”. He also won the U.S. Philatelic Classics Society Medal, the U.S. Stamp Society Statue of Freedom Award, the APS Award of Excellence for pre-1900 material, and the Chairman’s Award for the Best Traditional Exhibit. Fantastic job, Jan!
Also winning Large Gold medals were Richard Malmgren for “Hawaii Postal Cards” (and the United Postal Stationery Society Marcus White Medal for Best Postal Stationery exhibit); Armando Grassi for his “A Postal Historian Study of the Crimean War” (also the Military Postal History Society Award for the Best Military Postal History Exhibit, and the PSE award “It’s Not Just Stamps”); and Robert Rose for “New Jersey Stampless Covers: Handstamp Postal Markings 1775-1855” (and the U.S. Cancellation Club Award).
Winning a Gold Medal was member Tony Wawrukiewicz for “The Postal History of U.S. Postage Due Stamps.”
Winning Large Vermeil Medals were George Kramer for “The Telegraph in America” and Alfredo Frohlich for SCADTA Airmail Stamps for SCADTA Airmail Service in Ecuador.
Winning a Silver-Bronze medal was Leslie Butler for “Stamp Issues of Poland’s Government in Exile in United Kingdom
1941-1945” (Also a Polonius Polish Philatelic Society Silver Award).