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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!
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).
Philatelic Literature was also judged at ChicagoPex. Society members winning Gold medals included Gary Wayne Loew for “The Bathurst Connection: The Centrality of Gambia to the Development of Transatlantic Air Mail”; Scott Trepel for “Mail to and From US Forces protecting the Capital in April-June 1861”; Scott Trepel (and Siegel Auction Galleries) for “Jenny 95”; James W. Milgram, M.D. for “American Illustrated Letter Paper 1819-1899); and Doug Weisz for “Dorothy Knapp: Philately and Family”.
Winning Vermeil were Kenneth Trettin for “The Congress Book 2016”; Steve Zwillinger for “The Path to Gold: 175 Proven Stamp Exhibiting Tips; Wayne Youngblood (Editor) for “The Posthorn”; and Francis J. Crown for “Uniontown, Alabama, Postmaster’s Provisionals.
Winning Silver-Bronze was Caj Breitfus for ”Stamp Show Here today, the Podcast Episode #91
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 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 F