St. Louis Stamp Expo
At the St. Louis Stamp Expo on April 1-3, Leonard Hartman took a gold and the Reserve Grand with his exhibit “De La Rue Stamps for the Confederate States of America.” He also won the prestigious APS Research Medal. Deane R. Briggs won gold and the SF Grande for his “Confederate Florida Provisional Usage.” Randy Neil (pictured) won gold and the USPCS Medal for his “Confederate States of America: The 10-Cent Steel Plate Issues, 1863-1865”, along with the AAPE Award for Plans & Headings; the APS pre-1900 award; the American Philatelic Congress Award for Excellence in Text.
Members winning gold medals for their exhibits included Larry Nix for “America’s Library – The Library of Congress” (and the Display Championship); Bruce Roberts for “Arkansas 1861-1865: A Divided Postal System” (and the Chicago Collectors’ Club Philatelic Exhibitor’s Award); Wayne Farley for “Independent State and Confederate Mail of West Virginia”; Wayne Youngblood for his SFE “Lost Almost; The Los Alamos, NM, Post Office and WWII”; Gary G. Hendren for his SFE “St. Louis Pioneer Air Mail, Oct 4-8, 1911”; James C. Cate for his SFE “Confederate Military Mail – Chattanooga 1862-1864”. Other medal winners include Gregory Scott Ward, with a vermeil medal for “Use of U.S. Parcel Post Stamps, 1913-1926”, and Kenneth B. Gilbert with a vermeil medal for “Landpost ‘ueber Lehrte'”,
At the Plymouth Show in Westland, Michigan, Les Lanphear III won the Grand Award for his exhibit “U.S. Departmental, 1873 to 1884; he also won the APS Research Award. Jim Pullin won a gold medal for “Pioneer Steamers of the North Atlantic 1818-1849”; he also won the APS Pre-1900 award and the Collectors Club of Chicago Award. John Bowman won gold for his single frame “2c ‘Liberty Head’ U.S. Revenue Tax Stamp 1875-1883. No USPCS Medal was awarded at this show.
WestPex was held on April 29-May 1. Society member Alfredo Frohlich took the Reserve Grand, gold medal and the medal for Outstanding Study of South & Central American Philately from COLOMPHIL for his “Republic of Colombia, International Mail, 1886-1899. Richard Taschenberg won the USPCS Medal, a gold medal, and the UPSS Single Frame Award for his single frame “The 30 Cent Nesbitt Envelopes of 1865.”
Members winning gold medals for multi-frame exhibits included Stephen S. Washburne for “Portuguese Postal Cards of the Empire” (also The Best Multi-Frame Exhibit – Continental Portugal, Azores and Madeira), Henry Marquez for “Peru 1896-1927” (also the AAPE Heading and Plan Award), and John Birkinbine II for “Inauguration and Evolution of the New 1855 Ten-cent Trans-continental Rate from the U.S. West Coast” (also the APS Research Medal and the AAPE Creativity Award). Single-frame gold medal winners included Dan Undersander for “Black Jack Envelopes and Wrappers”, and Ian C. Gibson-Smith for “The Hong Kong ‘China’ Overprinted Postal Stationery” (also the SESCAL Award of Merit). Other medal winners included Philiip J. Candreva with a vermeil medal and the AAPE Novice Award for “Real Photo Postcards of the Hotel Del Monte”, and Stephen C. Washburne with a silver medal for his single-frame “Portuguese Boas Festas Cards: The Beginning Years”.