The 2016 Champion of Champions is society member Richard Malmgren, for his exhibit of “Hawaiian Foreign Mail.” Richard also won this coveted award in 2010 for “Hawaiian Postage Stamps.” He is one of only 5 exhibitors to win the Benjamin and Naomi Wishnietsky Champion of Champions Award multiple times.
Several other members also took home medals and special awards at the Portland StampShow. In the Multi-frame Open competition, Robert S. Boyd won gold and the U.S. Philatelic Classics Society Medal for “Mail Between the U.S. and Germany before the Universal Postal Union.” He also won the German Philatelic Society Award. In the Single Frame Competition, Alfredo Frohlich won gold and the Single Frame Grand for “Replating Colombia’s 1861 1 Peso Stamp”.
Other members winning a multi-frame gold medal included William C. Fort III for “Wartime Trans-Pacific Airmail Routes” (also the AAPE Award of Excellence for Plan & Headings); Alfredo Frohlich for “Colombia’s Cartagena Provisional Civil War Issues 1899-1902”; Janet Klug for her “British Empire Anti-Communist Actions in the Jungles of Malaya, 1948-1960” (also the APS 1940-1980 Medal of Excellence and the Military Postal History Society Award); George Kramer for “For the Love of the Dog”; Ralph Nafziger for “The 3c 1948 Oregon Territory Issue”; Robert G. Rose for “New Jersey Stampless Covers: Handstamp Postal Markings 1775-1855” (also the APS Research Medal and the Postal History Society Award); Hal Vogel for “The Post Office that Saved, Serviced and Almost Scuttled an Antarctic Expedition: A Postal History of the Second Byrd Antarctic Expedition”.
Winning gold in the Single Frame Competition were John D. Bowman for “Overton and Company Independent Mail, 1844-1845”; John D. Bowman again for “2c Liberty Head U.S. Revenue Tax Stamp, 1875-1883”; Robert G. and Ellen Rose for “Utica New York’s Handstamped Postal Markings 1798-1855”; Mark Schwartz for “The ‘Special Arrangement’ Between Liverpool and the U.S., 1843-1848”; and Wayne Youngblood for “Lost Almost: The Los Alamos, N.M. Post Office and WWII”.
Winning Vermeil in the multi-Frame Competition was Steven Zwillinger for “Court Fee Stamps of the Indian State of Bharatpur 1915-1949”.