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Lester Lanphear lll won the Grand (and the USPCS award) for his “U.S. Departmental, 1873-1884”. Alfredo Frohlich won the Reserve Grand for “Chile – The Rouletted lssues 1877-1899.”
Winning Gold medals were Jeff Forster for “The United States 1869 Pictorial lssue Used in lnternational Mails” (Jeff also won the APS Medal of Excellence Pre-1900, the Collectors’ Club of Chicago Award, and the Postal History Society award); Hal Vogel for “The Post Office That Saved, Served and Almost Scuttled an Antarctic Expedition: A Postal History of the Second Byrd Antarctic Expedition” (also the AAPE Award of Excellence in Plans and Headings, and the LighthouseStamp Society award); and Ross Towle for “Parcel Post Cards of Chile 1909-1954” (Ross also won the APS Medal of Excellence 1900-1940).
A Vermeil medal was won by James C. Cate for “Domestic U.S. Military Facilities – WWI 1917-1919, American Machine Flag.”
Two silver medals were won by Charles Epting for his single frame exhibits: “Roosevelt’sTree Army: The Postal History of the Civilian Conservation Corps 1933-42” (and the AAPE Award of Honor) and “The works Progress Administration 1933-1942.”
Patrick A. Walters won the President’s Grand award (also the American Air Mail Society Grand Award, and the AAPE Award of Excellence for Plans and Headings) for “The United States Governmental Flights (1918-1927).” John H. Barwis won the Felix Ganz Reserve Grand for “Carrying the Mail from Victoria.”
Winning Gold medals were Matthew W. Kewriga for “Danish West Indies Foreign Mail: 1748-UPU” (Matt also won the Scandinavian Collectors Club National Award and the SCC Paul Jensen Award for Postal History); James W. Milgram, MD for “Express Mail of 1836-1839 and 1845” (Jim also won the APS Pre-1900 Award of Excellence); William Fort for “Wartime Transpacific Airmail Routes” (Bill also won the Andrew McFarlane U.S. Airmail Exhibit Award); Larry T. Nix for “America’s Library: The Library of Congress” (Larry also won the American Philatelic Congress Award); Cheryl Ganz for her SFE “Airships over the Arctic”; and Larry Lyons for his SFE “New Orleans Carriers, 1851-1861”.
Winning Vermeil medals were Millard Mack for “The 6c Transport Airmail Stamps Goers to War”; and Roger Rhoads for “Chicago: House of Blues (Chicago Blue Cancellations and Markings on the First Postal Card)” (Roger also won the U.S. Cancellation Club Award).
The last WSP show of the year was held the weekend of Dec. 2-4 in Orlando, Florida. Member Nick Lombardi won the Grand award with his exhibit “The 1903 Two Cent Washington Shield Issue.” Nick also won the USSS State of Freedom award. Tony Dewey (not a member but we are working on him) won a Gold medal and the USPCS Medal with “A Postal History of Hartford Connecticut.” Other members winning Gold medals included Bill DiPaolo with his “The Prexie Coils” and Jim Pullin with two exhibits “American Sailing Packets On The North Atlantic 1818 to 1840” and “Pioneer Steamers on the North Atlantic 1838 to 1840”. Jim’s first exhibit also won the Postal History Society Award.
Other awards won by members included a Vermeil medal for Alfredo Frohlich and his “Colombia 1904 – 1905 World’s First Inflation Rated Mail” and a certificate for Leslie Butler and his “Polish Government in Exile.”
The Smithsonian Philatelic Achievement Award honors Americans and individuals from around the world for outstanding lifetime accomplishments in the field of philately.
The U.S. Philatelic Classics Society is proud to announce that Past-President Richard F. Winter (photos) and USPCS members Cheryl R. Ganz and William H. Gross (photos) were awarded the Smithsonian Philatelic Achievement Award for 2016. The award, last presented in 2013, is given to individuals from around the world for their outstanding lifetime accomplishments in the field of philately. As per the Smithsonian website, “the achievements can include original research that significantly advances our understanding of philately and postal history; exceptional service to the philatelic community, and, the overall promotion of philately for the benefit of current and future collectors.”
This honor is one of the most significant and widely regarded awards that an individual can receive in the field of philately. As well, all three have previously been awarded the USPCS Distinguished Philatelist Award, the Society’s highest honor.
We wish to extend our congratulations to these most deserving individuals.
In mid-December, a special auction will be held by Siegel Auction Galleries in New York City, the proceeds from which will be donated to the Smithsonian National Postal Museum’s endowment fund. The majority of lots in the auction are 1851-1856 Issue stamps and covers, which have been generously donated by Gordon and Ronda Eubanks. Gordon Eubanks won the Grand Prix National at World Stamp Show-NY 2016 with his exhibit of the 1851-1856 Issue. Mark Schwartz has also been a significant contributor to the auction.
Omaha Stamp Show
At the Omaha Stamp Show on Sept. 10-11, Society member Tim Wait won a gold medal, the Reserve Grand Award, and the USSS Statue of Freedom Award for his exhibit “U.S. Civil War Documentary Stamp Taxes 1862-1872.” Other members winning gold medals were Ralph Nafziger for “The 3¢ 1948 Oregon Territory Issue”, Mark Schwartz for “The First US International (UPU) Postal Card and its Forerunners” (Mark also won the U.S. Philatelic Classics Society Medal); Bob Hohertz for his single frame “The Ten Cent Prexie – Solo Uses and Misuses” and Bob Hohertz again for his single frame “Revenue Imprinted Parlor Car Tickets 1898-1902”, which also won the American Revenue Association Award; Gary G. Hendren for his single frame “St Louis Pioneer Air Mail, Oct 4-8, 1911”; and Tim Wait again for “2¢ Blue Liberty Tax Stamp 1875-1883.” A vermeil medal was won in Omaha by Ed Andrews for his “The Eagle in Wreath Issue: The First Gold Currency Stamps of Poland”.
SESCAL was held in Los Angeles on September 23-25. Society members took two of the top four awards. Les Lanphear III won the multi-frame Reserve Grand award with “U.S. Departmentals 1873-1884” and Matt Kewriga won the single frame Reserve Grand with “US 1870 2 Cent Jackson Bank Note: From Model To Complete Die.”
Other members winning gold medals included Jim Allen for “The First United States 12 Cent Stamp Series of 1851 – 1861” (also the APS Medal of Excellence: Pre 1900, the AAPE Award for Plans and Headings Excellence, and the Lynn Warm Griffiths Memorial Award); Ed Field for his SFE “Use of $5 Stamps To Pay Registry Surcharges On Transfer of Securities: 1933 – 45”; Mark Schwartz for his SFE “The “Special Arrangement” Between Liverpool and the U. S. – 1843 – 1848″; and Fran Adams for his SFE “The United Nations and Palestine: 1947 – 1951.”
Winning a vermeil medal was member Brian Clague for his “British Medicine Duty Stamps.”
At IndyPex on Oct. 7-9, three Society members won Gold medals. William Maddocks won for “The Kingdom of Serbia, 1882-1921” (also the J. David Baker Postal History Award) and William Maddocks won again for “The Postal System in Bosnia-Herxegovinia, 1878-1919” (also the APS Research Award). Janet Klug won for her SFE “The Devil in a Bottle” (also the AAPE Creativity Award).
Winning a Vermeil medal was Janet Klug for her SFE “I’ll Be Seeing’ Ya… Five Years as a POW in Stalag VIII-B”
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).