StampShow 2017 Seeking Exhibits;
$150 Prize for Best Canadian Exhibit

APS StampShow 2017 is seeking exhibits for the upcoming August 3–6 show in Richmond, Virginia. The show is celebrating the 150th anniversary of Canada’s confederation and is encouraging exhibitors of Canada to submit entries. There will be a $150 prize for the best Canadian exhibit at the show. The prospectus and entry form are available. Deadline to enter is June 1.

The Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum will also have an exhibit at the show.

APS StampShow 2017 will be held at the Greater Richmond Convention Center, 403 N. Third Street, Richmond, Virginia. Function ticket reservations and online registration for the show has been posted to the website.

The judges are Tim Bartshe (Colorado), Chief Judge; Ed Andrews (North Carolina); Darrell Ertzberger (Virginia); Rob Henak (Wisconsin); Yamil Kouri (Massachusetts); Ron Lesher (Maryland); Joan Orr (Australia); Charles Verge (Canada); Pat Walker (Florida); FIP Option Jury Bob Odenweller (Ohio) and James Mazepa (Florida).

Please e-mail Kathleen Edwards for further information.

New 2017–2018 Duck Stamp June 23 in Little Rock, Arkansas

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will issue the new $25 Canada Geese Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp (Duck stamp) June 23 nationwide.

James Hautman’s acrylic painting of Canada geese.
James Hautman’s acrylic painting of Canada geese will be made into the 2017-2018 Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp. Image courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

A first-day-of-sale ceremony will take place June 23 at 10 a.m. at the Bass Pro Shop in Little Rock, Arkansas. The event is free and open to the public.

The stamp will feature a painting by James Hautman. The design of the stamp itself will be revealed on the first day for the stamp.

For additional information on the results of the contest where the painting was selected, check out the APS’s previous post on the blog.

Canada Post Issues Eid Permanent Rate Stamp May 24

Canada Post issued May 24 a new Eid permanent rate stamp in a booklet of 10. The stamp was unveiled at two events held in the evening of May 23. Below is the official press release for the new stamp’s issuance.

[Canada Post Press Release]

Canada Post issues Eid stamp to recognize two festivals celebrated by Muslims in Canada and around the world; Stamp launched at events in Montréal and Richmond Hill

OTTAWA – Canada Post today issued an Eid stamp that recognizes Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, two of the most important festivals celebrated by Muslims in Canada and worldwide.

The stamps were unveiled at events with members of the Muslim communities in Montréal, Que. and Richmond Hill, Ont. Montréal and the Greater Toronto Area are home to more than half of Canada’s over 1 million Muslims.

Eid al-Fitr
Eid al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan, the month in which Muslims fast from dawn until dusk – one of the most distinctive practices of Islam. Eid al-Fitr, or the Festival of the Breaking of the Fast, falls on the first day of the tenth month of the Islamic calendar, Shawwal (around June 26, 2017, in Canada). The stamp is being issued a month ahead of Eid al-Fitr. On the day of Eid, many Muslims congregate in mosques or in open spaces, where they will perform a special ritual prayer prescribed for Eid. People dress in their finest clothes, decorate their homes with lights, give treats to children, and visit with friends and family.

Eid al-Adha
With Eid al-Adha, or the Festival of Sacrifice, Muslims commemorate Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God. The festival also marks the end of the annual Hajj pilgrimage to the Kaaba in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, the holiest site in Islam. It falls on the tenth day of the twelfth month of the Islamic calendar, Dhul Hijjah (around September 2, 2017, depending on when the new moon is seen).

Like Eid al-Fitr, this celebration can include special ritual prayers, lavish meals, and visits with friends and family. It also includes gift-giving and acts of charity.
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American Philatelic Society Announces 2016 Chapter Newsletter Winners

The American Philatelic Society’s has announced the winners in its 2016 Newsletter Competition.

The purpose of the annual newsletter competition is to spotlight stamp club and federation newsletter editors, to acknowledge their hard work on behalf of philately, and to publicize it within the philatelic community. In addition to the awards themselves, each submission receives a judges’ critique on the newsletter’s content and format, with suggestions for possible improvements.

This year, Judy Johnson, Competition Manager, was joined by judges Terry Dempsey, Grayson, Georgia; David N. Paddock, Marietta, Georgia; Melanie G. Rogers, Chicago, Illinois; Amy E. Wieting, Bowling Green, Kentucky.

“We are fortunate to have this level of expertise assisting us in the judging and it speaks to the value of the competition,” said Johnson.

Fifteen entries were submitted in Class II — Multi-Page Publications category. Winners are:

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APS Donates 500,000 Stamps
to Holocaust Art Project

One of the framed versions of artwork that was created.

The American Philatelic Society donated 500,000 used stamps earlier this month to help a school in its Holocaust remembrance project.

The Foxborough Regional Charter School of Massachusetts started the project in 2009 with the goal of creating artwork dedicated to the 11 million people who died during the Holocaust.

The 16 boxes of stamps donated by the APS.

Charlotte Sheer, a retired teacher from the charter school and founder of the stamps project, told a reporter at the Wicked Foxborough website that the stamp tally was at 9,422,168. APS Executive Director Scott English delivered 16 boxes of stamps to the school, raising the total to close to 10 million.

Wicked Foxborough reported that Sheer started the Holocaust Stamps Project in 2009 to educate children about the Holocaust. The goal is to collect 11 million stamps to represent the all the victims whose lives were lost.

Bins of stamps for future projects.

Collected stamps are being turned into pieces of art reflecting the history of the Holocaust.

“Countless lessons in history, tolerance, acceptance and the importance of respecting differences evolve from the project,” Sheer said.

“We took advantage of the proximity of the school to the Philatelic Show in Boxborough to deliver stamps on behalf of the APS membership who have donated so generously over the years for youth education,” English said.

To date, the project has received donations from 43 of the 50 U.S. states. States yet to send donations are: Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Mississippi, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

For more information, visit their website at  www.foxboroughrcs.org/students-families/frcs-holocaust-stamp-project.