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At OKPEX during the weekend of June 17, several top prizes and medals were won by USPCS members. Patrick Walters won the Grand Award with his “United States Government Flights (1918-1927). He also won the American Air Mail Society Medal. Dale Forster won the Reserve Grand Award with “Australian Colonies – USA Mail”, as well as the Postal History Society Medal and the APS Pre-1900 Award of Excellence.
Winning a gold medal at OKPEX was Alfredo Frohlich for his “Republic of Colombia, International Mail, 1886-1899”. Winning Vermeil medals were Joe Crosby for “Charles M. Russell – The Cowboy Artist” (Joe also won the Robert T. Pollard Memorial Award for the best Exhibit by a Member of the Oklahoma Stamp Club); Ralph Lott for “Washington-Franklin Series Postal History – Rates and Usages” (and The United States Stamp Society Freedom Medal); and Ralph Lott again for his SFE “Kansas Territorial Mail” (and the AAPE Award of Honor pin). Silver medals were awarded to Jim Cate for “American Machine Cancellations – Type A-14/A38 Domestic U.S. Military Facilities WWI 1917-1919”; and Joe Crosby for “Postmaster Please…”. And a bronze medal went to Charles Epting for his SFE “Roosevelt’s Tree Army: Postal History of the Civilian Conservation Corps., 1933-1942”. Charles also won the AAPE Novice award.
MINNESOTA STAMP EXPO
The Minnesota Stamp Expo was held in Crystal, Minnesota the weekend of July 15. No U.S.P.C.S. Medal was awarded. However, several members won medals and other awards. Winning Gold medals were Jim Pullin for “Pioneer Steamers on the North Atlantic 1838 to 1840” (Jim also won the APS award for pre-1900 material); Larry Nix for “America’s Library: The Library of Congress (Larry also won the ATA’s First award); Ed Andrews for “The 1924 Eagle in Wreath Issue: The First Gold Currency Stamps of Poland”; Alfredo Frohlich for his single frame “SCADTA Airmail Stamps for SCADTA Airmail Service in Ecuador” (Alfredo also won the APC award for Excellence in Text); and Dan Ryterband for his single frame “The American Civil War: Through the Lines Prisoner Mail.” Winning a Vermeil medal was Mike Ellingson for “The Pneumatic Machine Cancels of the United States”;
Balpex was held over the Labor Day weekend. Several Society members did very well. Larry Lyons won a gold medal and the Single Frame Grand award with his “Honor’s City Express Post.” Members winning gold medals for multi-frame exhibits were Larry Lyons for his “Hussey’s Post” (also the U.S. Stamp Society Statue of Freedom Medal and the Baltimore Philatelic Society Award for the best exhibit by a member); William Fort III for “Wartime Transpacific Airmail Routes” (also the American Air Mail Society Gold Medal); Darrell Ertzberger for “British Honduras Postal Stationery 1879-1973” (and the UPSS Marcus White Award); Robert P. Meegan for “United States Domestic Letter Rates: Act of 1792 Through the Act of 1872” (also the Ed Ruckle Memorial Award for excellence in postal history, and the APS pre-1900 Medal of Excellence); and Carol Bommarito for “The Development of Adhesive Postage Stamps on Transatlantic Mail.”
Winning gold medals for single frame exhibits were Richard Taschenberg for “The Thirty Cent Nesbitt Envelopes of 1865” (and the UPSS One Frame Exhibit Award); Richard Taschenberg (again) for “The Ten Cent U. S. Envelopes of 1870-1874”; and Steve Washburne for “Portuguese Postal Cards: Empire Republic Transition 1910-1912”.
Winning vermeil medals were Larry Rausch for “United Kingdom One Penny (1d) Perfins 1868-1880”; Steve Washburne for “Portuguese Postal Cards 1878-1910” and for his single frame exhibit, Dr. Robert Toal with “America’s First Souvenir View Folders” (and the AAPE Creativity Award).
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”.
On August 4-8, 2016, The APS will hold its annual StampShow in Portland, Oregon. That means that the USPCS will be holding a meeting there, sponsoring a number of talks and hosting a Society dinner on Friday night. Dale Forster will also be organizing a chartered-bus field trip from the show hotel to Fort Vancouver. Reservations will be needed for both Friday night dinner and the Saturday outing. See below for a full list of Society activities and details on how to reserve a place at the outing and dinner. A non-Society talk by a Society member, sponsored by the AAPE, is also listed.
5 Aug Board of Directors Meeting (open to all USPCS members)
8:00-10:00 Room B113
5 Aug Historical letters from the northwest corner.
11:00-12:00 Room C121
5 Aug USPCS Dinner Courtyard Portland Downtown
Reservations required: email@example.com
6 Aug USPCS-sponsored trip to old Fort Vancouver
10:00-1:30 $45/person, includes bus, lunch, and tour.
Prepaid reservation required: firstname.lastname@example.org
6 Aug The New York Postmaster Provisional.
2:30-3:30 Room B117
6 Aug Behind the scenes of World Stamp Show NY2016.
4:00-5:00 Room B119
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.”
Gordon Eubanks won the Grand Prix National (see photo) and Mark Schwartz was a Candidate for that award. Schwartz’ exhibit was “Boston Postal History to 1851.” These exhibits had won the U.S. Champion of Champions in the past two years.
James Peter Gough was a Candidate for the Grand Prix International with “Universal Postal Union (“UPU”) and its Impact on Global Postal Services”. This exhibit won the Champion of Champions three years ago.
Several other Society members also won awards. As can be seen below, USPCS members did extremely well in New York. Out of 763 exhibits awarded medals, only 77 received large gold, and 13 of them were USPCS members. Out of the 204 gold medals, 26 were awarded to Society members, as were 13 of the 198 large vermeils. Members also did extremely well in the Single Frame category, where points were awarded, but not medals. In that category, we had four exhibits with 93-94 points. The full list of SFEs is at the end of this note.
Large Gold Medal
John Barwis – Philadelphia-Great Britain Mails
Dale Forster – Australian Colonies-USA Mail
Robert D. Forster – British Columbia & Vancouver Island 1858-1871
Alfredo Frohlich – Panama–The Path Between the Seas
Fred Gregory – Hawaii Foreign Mail to 1890 (literature)
James Grimwood-Taylor – The British Postal Reform of 1839 to 1840
Geoffrey Lewis – New Orleans Postal History Stampless Mail
Richard Malmgren – Hawaii Foreign Mail
Vernon Morris – Fighting the Fed in Philadelphia. Carrier, Local Posts & Independent Mail, 1835-1868.
Patrick Walters – The United States Government Flights (1918-1927)
Paul Winants – Stampless Maritime Overweight Mail in Pre-UPU Times (1765-1876)
Jim Allen – The First United States 12c Stamp of 1851-1861
John Birkinbine II – Pioneer Arizona Area Classics, 1783-1870
Jeffrey Bohn – Accountancy Markings Associated with the 1857 Franco-British Postal Convention
Carol Bommarito – The Development of Adhesive Stamp Usage on Transatlantic Mail
Robert Boyd – Mail Between the U.S. and Germany before the Universal Postal Union
Hans Van Dooremalen – USA Postal Cards 1873-1913
Hugh Feldman – The First Four Decades of U.S. Railroad Contract Mails
Jeffrey Forster – The United States 1869 Pictorial Issue used in International Mails
Ian Gibson-Smith – The Hong Kong ‘China’ Overprinted Stamps 1917-1930
Kenneth Gilbart – United States 10c Issue of 1861
Chip Gliedman – Postal Uses of the U.S. 12c 1861 Issue
Leonard Hartmann – Confederate States of America, The Lithographed General Issues
Jan Hofmeyr – The Development and Use of the 3c Washington: 1861-1869
Nicholas Kirke – The Progression of New York City Foreign Mail Cancels 1845-1878
Lester C. Lanphear III – United States Penalty Clause Mail: The Classic Period
Geoffrey Lewis – The 1836 Anglo-French Postal Convention
Larry Lyons – The U.S. Local Posts Handled the City Mail
Henry Marquez – The Peruvian Security Seal for Certified Mail of 1916
Friedrich Meyer – Free Hanseatic City of Bremen, Letters of he Various Postal Administrations
Rick Mingee – San Francisco Postal History 1849-1869
Timothy O’Connor – Postal History of the Thirteen Colonies, 1675-1782
Anders Olason – The American Civil War 1861-1865 – Background, Course of Events and Aftermath
Robert G. Rose – New Jersey Stampless Covers; Handstamp Postal Markings 1775-1855
Stephen Rose – The 2c Stamp of the 1869 Pictorial Issue
Salomon Rosenthal – The Route of the UPU, Mexico’s Foreign Mail Issues, Their Postal History.
Eigil Trondsen – Cunard Line: The Ships and the Transatlantic Mail 1846-1867, the Monopoly Years
Steven Walske – North American Blockade Run Mail, 1775-1865
Steven Walske and Richard Frajola – Mails of the Westward Expansion, 1803-1861 (literature)
Large Vermeil Medal
Michael Bass – Foreign Postal Operations in the Holy Land 1852-1914
Lars Boettger – The Anglo-American Postal Convention of December 15, 1848
Albert Briggs – The ABCs of Patent Medicines-United States Private Die Proprietary Medicine Revenue Stamps
Roger Brody – Jamestown 1907
Gary Granzow – Line Engraved Security Printing
Lawrence Haber – The Half-Penny (decimal) Machin
William J. Johnson – James William Denver – The Man and His Times
John Kimbrough – Collector’s Guide to Confederate Philately, Second Edition (literature)
Michael Laurence – U.S. 10c Postage Stamp of 1869
Friedrich Meyer – The First Postal Convention between Great Britain and the Kingdom of Hanover
Ralph Nafziger – The 3c 1848 Oregon Territory Issue
Daniel Ryterband – A Country Divided: Effects of the American Civil War on the Mails
Daniel Warren – Southern Mail
Hans Van Dooremalen – War Hospitals in Brunn During the Great War
Greg Herbert – The Butterfly Effect
William Maddocks – The Principality of Serbia
Large Silver Medals
Cheryl Ganz – Every Stamp Tells a Story (literature)
(single frame exhibits) (in order of points)
Cheryl Ganz – The 50c Zeppelin Issue: A Study in Design (94)
David D’Alessandris – Mail Carried by the Cunard Line Between Halifax and the United States (94)
Richard Taschenberg – The 10 cent US Envelopes of 1870-1874 (94)
Nick Kirke – New York City Foreign Mail Fancy Cancels 1873-1875 (93)
Howard P. Green – Handstamped Rates on Confederate Mail (86)
Francis Adams – The Charter of the United Nations (A Document for World Peace – San Francisco, 1945) (85)
Hal Vogel – 1838-42 Wilkes Antarctic Expedition: In Many (often unfavorable) Facets (84)
Robert Watson – Airmails from New Zealand to the United States 1930-1953 (82)
Lester C. Lanphear III – Go-The World’s Oldest Board Game (71)