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These are the first three shows in which the medal levels have been expanded to include Large Gold, Large Vermeil and Large Silver. The U.S. is now following the custom used in most other countries. The lists below show USPCS members who won medals and special prizes at these three shows.
SOUTHEASTERN STAMP EXPO
Yamil Kouri won the Grand award and a Large Gold for The First Postal Issues of Spanish Antilles 1855-1865 (plus the APS Award of Excellence pre-1900).
Others winning Large Gold were:
Bruce Roberts – Arkansas Territory to 1865 (plus the USPCS Medal)
Alfredo Frohlich – Colombia – Postal History of the Forwarding Agents (plus the Postal History Society award)
Ralph Nafziger – Auxiliary Markings on First Day Covers (plus the Auxiliary Markings Club Award of Merit)
James Cate – Skinner and Eno on Parade… And More
Gary Hendren – Twisted Caps – Twisted Mail (plus the AAPE Creativity Award)
Eigil Trondsen won the Grand award and a Large Gold for Norway Registered Mail, 1800-1950
Fran Adams won the Single Frame Grand Award and a Large Gold for Atlantic Meeting: Roosevelt and Churchill in Newfoundland – 1941 (plus the American Philatelic Congress award)
Others winning Large Gold were:
Eigil Trondsen – Cunard Line: The Ships and the Transatlantic Mail: 1840 – 1867, The Monopoly Years (plus the Postal History Society award)
Alan Campbell – The Use of Officials Stamps in Washington, D.C.: 1873 – 1884 (plus the USPCS Medal)
Ross Towle – US 1907 – 1919 2¢ Oval Die Stamped Envelopes (plus the Chicago Collectors Club award, the USSS Statue of Freedom award and the UPSS Marcus White award))
Bill Mooz – The 1895 Newspaper and Periodical Issue (plus the Lynn Warm-Griffiths award)
Fran Adams – Dark Caves, Bright Visions, Ice Age Cave Painting of France and Spain (SFE)
Les Lanphear – U.S. Booklet Stamps Carrying the Mail, The First Fifty Years
Dick Searing – Washington-Franklin Era Commemoratives
Dick Searing – Washington-Franklin USPOD Coils Off Cover
SARASOTA NATIONAL STAMP EXHIBITION
Pat Walker won the Grand and a Large Gold for her Baltimore Postal History from Colonial times to the UPU (plus the Postal History Society award)
Mark Schwartz won the Single Frame Grand award and a Gold for The Special Arrangement between Liverpool and the U.S., 1843-48
Bill DiPaolo – The Gentleman from Pennsylvania (plus the Chicago Collectors Club award and the USPCS Medal)
Alfredo Frohlich – SCADTA Airmail Stamps for SCADTA Airmail Service in Ecuador
Jim Pullin – Pioneer Steamers on the North Atlantic, 1838-1830 (plus the APS pre-1900 Medal of Excellence)
Jim Pullin – American Sailing Packets on the North Atlantic, 1818-1840 (plus the Lighthouse Stamp Society Award)
Juan L. Farrah – The “Special Design” Issues of Cuba, 1899-1910 (plus the U.S. Possessions Philatelic Society award)
Steve Washburne – Portuguese Postal Cards, 1878-1910
William Kelly – The 3c Iwo Jima Stamp of 1945 and its First Days
Millard Mack – Domestic Uses of the 1860 Franklin Stamp (SFE) (plus the U.S. Cancellation Club award)
George Kramer – The Transcontinental Railroad
Gary Hendren – Twisted Caps – Twisted Mail (SFE) (plus the APS Post-1980 Medal of Excellence and the AAPE Creativity award)
Wayne Schuetz – First Class Surface Treaty Rate between the U.S. and Great Britain, 1908-1940
Ralph Nafziger – Auxiliary Markings on U.S. First Day Covers (plus the Auxiliary Markings Club award)
TexPex is always a great show. We have a number of Society activities planned. All rooms at the hotel unless otherwise noted.
Friday, Feb. 24
1-2 PM – Joe Crosby – Postal History Across the Red River – Piney Woods Room
2-3 PM – Larry Ballantyne – The Adams Express Company: 1840 to the Present – Piney Woods Room
6:30 PM – Wine & Cheese Reception (Grapevine Convention and Visitor’s Bureau Center in downtown Grapevine)
7:15 PM – Classics Society Dinner (Dino’s Steak and Claw House in historic downtown Grapevine, about a ten minute ride away from the show location.)
Important information about the Classics Society Dinner
Regional Vice-President, Charles Shreve, has made arrangements for an excellent dinner on Friday, February 24th, beginning at 7:15 p.m. The location of the dinner is the well-known, and highly regarded Dino’s Steak and Claw House in historic downtown Grapevine, Texas, about a ten minute ride away from the show location. The restaurant is in an elegant vintage bank building and we will have exclusive use of the upstairs balcony dining area. The entire area around the restaurant is a bustling and lively entertainment district.
Dinner will be a four-course affair, beginning with appetizers of Frizzled Calamari and Dino’s Signature Crab Cubes; followed by a mixed green salad with praline pecans, cranberries and crumbled Gorgonzola; then selecting one entree from the following options 1) 8 oz. filet of beef with garlic whipped potatoes and market vegetables, 2) Atlantic salmon with orzo pasta ratatouille and roasted pepper sauce or, 3) Stuffed chicken breast with spinach Ricotta; and concluding with a special desert prepared by the chef.
The cost has be set at $50.00 per person and Charles Shreve has kindly agreed to subsidize personally the cost of the dinner beyond the $50.00 per person.
Space is limited and we will likely not be able to accommodate more than 40 members (including guests). Please email Charles at email@example.com or call him on his cell 214-533-8882 to guarantee your spot at the dinner and to indicate your entree preference. Checks for dinner must be received by February 10th and can be mailed to:
Robert Siegel International
2651 N. Harwood Street, Suite 400
Dallas, TX 75201
Vince King, the TEXPEX Chairman, will likely be arranging transportation from the show venue to the restaurant for those who do not have a car or someone to ride with (taxis and especially Uber cars are plentiful and quite cost effective).
Saturday, Feb. 25
8-10 AM – Board of Director’s Meeting – Homestead Room
10 AM-12 PM – General Membership Meeting – Homestead Room
2-3 PM – Clifford Alexander – Understanding Carrier Covers and Rates during the Fee Paid Period (to 1863) – Piney Woods Room
Vince King, USPCS Director and TEXPEX Chairman reminds those of us who wish to exhibit to get our exhibit entries in soon, before all the frames are full.
In addition to the USPCS’ annual meeting there, the annual meeting of the United Postal Stationery Society will also be held at TexPex. Marcus White postal stationery award winners from the 2016 WSP shows will compete for the Marcus White Showcase awards (the CofC for Postal Stationery).
We look forward to seeing you all in Texas!