Tim O’Connor won the Grand Award at the Philatelic show in Boxboro, Mass. on the weekend of May 6-8, 2016 with his “Postal History of the Thirteen Colonies.” He also won the APS Pre-1900 award; the APS Research Medal; and the Postal History Award Mark Schwartz won the Classics Society Medal (and a gold medal) with “The Postal History of Salem, Mass.. Domestic Mail through Sept. 1883; Foreign Mail up to U.P.U.” Members winning Vermeil medals included Yamil Kouri with his “The Rise and Fall of the New York & Cuba Mail Steamship Co.” and Matt Liebson with his single frame “The Cleveland Circuit R.P.O.” Matt also won the AAPE Award of Excellence.
Rocky Mountain SS
The Rocky Mountain Stamp Show was held in Denver on May 13-15. Matt Kewriga won the Grand Award with “Danish West Indies Foreign Mail 1748-UPU, along with the AAPE award for Plan and Heading Excellence; and the Postal History Society Award. David New won the Classics Society Medal (and a Vermeil medal) for “Postal History of Colorado.” Rick Mingee also won a gold medal for “San Francisco Postal History: 1849-1869” (as well as the Aurora Stamp Club award for the best Exhibit by a Colorado resident). Ravi Vora won a Vermeil medal for his single frame “Ahmadnagar India POW Camp Mail; Boer War to World War One.” Ravi also won a Silver medal for his “U.S. Consular Fee Stamps: Proofs, Essays, Bisects, the Multiples and Rare Usages.”
Colopex was held on June 10-11, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. The Grand Award was won by USPCS member Andrew MacFarlane with his “First Days of the 1929 George Rogers Clark Commemorative.” Andrew also won the U.S. Stamp Freedom Medal for best U.S. exhibit and the American First Day Covers award. Dan Telep won the Reserve Grand award with “Vietnam’s Communist Insurgent Military Mail 1959-1975” (also the APS Medal of Excellence 1940-1980, the Postal History Society medal and the American Philatelic Congress award. The Best Single Frame Award was won by Matt Liebson with “Integral Rate Postmarks of Cincinnati, Ohio (also the Collector’s Club of Chicago Philatelic Exhibitors Award). The USPCS Medal was won by Henry Fisher for “First Federal Stamp Issue” (also a gold medal, the APS Medal of Excellence pre-1900 and the Columbus Philatelic Club’s Columbus Award of Excellence for Best of Show by a CPC Member). Other Society members winning medals were Jim Pullen, who won a gold medal, the APS Research award and the Lighthouse award for “Pioneer Steamers of the North Atlantic 1838-1840) and Michael Morrissey who won a vermeil medal for “The Letterpress-Printed precancels on the 2nd and 3rd Issue of the U.S. Proprietary Revenue Stamps, 1871-1883.”