Jim Allen (photo) and John Barwis take Grand awards at Aripex and Texpex, respectively. News of other members winners at these shows and at Garfield-Perry below…
At the Aripex show the weekend of Feb. 19, our own Jim Allen won the Grand award with his “The First United States 12¢ Stamp Series of 1851-1861.” Congratulations Jim! And right behind him with the Reserve Grand was Dale Forster with “Australian Colonies – USA Mail”. Gary Hendren won the Single Frame Reserve Grand award with his “St. Louis Pioneer Air Mail – October 4-8, 1911”. The USPCS Medal was won by Larry Lyons and his exhibit of “Hussey’s Post”. Multi frame gold medals were taken by Society members Les Lanphear and the “United States Penalty Clause Mail: The Classic Period”; John Birkinbine II with “Pioneer Arizona Area Classics, 1783 – 1870”; Bill Dipaolo with “The Prexie Coils” ; Larry Haber and “The Half-Penny (decimal) Machin”; Alfredo Frohlich and “Colombia, First Perforated Issue, 1883”; and Edwin J. Andrews and “The Life of Jan Christiaan Smuts. Soldier – Statesman – Scholar”. Quite an array of great exhibits at Aripex from Society members.
Our own President, John Barwis, took the Grand award on Feb. 27 with his new exhibit “Carrying the Mail from Victoria.” Matt Kewriga won his second Reserve Grand in two months with “Danish West Indies Foreign Mail: 1748-UPU.” David Willig won the Society medal for “U.S. 19th Century Brown Postal Markings: Are They Really Brown or Something Else?” David’s exhibit also won the JCM Cryer Cup for the Best 19th Century U.S. or Confederate Exhibit (See photo).
The USPCS Medal (and a gold medal) was won at Garfield-Perry’s March Party by Bob Meegan with “United States Domestic Letter Rates, Act of 1792 through the Act of 1872.” (see photo). Other members who took home gold medals include Ken Nilsestuen with “Minnesota Territorial Centennial Stamp – 1949”, Roger Rhoads with “Chicago: House of Blues – Chicago Blue Cancellations and Markings on the First Postal Card” and Eigil Trondsen with two exhibits – “Cunard Line: The Ships and the Transatlantic Mail 1840-1867, the Monopoly Years” and “Norway Registered Mail 1800-1951.”