Omaha Stamp Show, September 9–10, Omaha, Nebraska

The Omaha Stamp Show will take place September 9–10 at Metro Community College, 2909 Edward “Babe” Gomez Avenue in Omaha, Nebraska. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

This APS World Series of Philately event features 13 dealers and multiple exhibits.

APS Chief Operating Officer Ken Martin is one of the exhibit judges at the show.

Additional information can be found on the show’s website.

NOJEX 2017, North Jersey Stamp Show, September 8–10

NOJEX 2017, sponsored by the North New Jersey Federated Stamp Clubs, Inc., will be held at the Robert Treat Hotel at 50 Park Place in Newark, NJ September 8–10. This is three blocks from Newark Penn Station and only an 18 minute ride from New York Penn Station via New Jersey Transit which offers a half price senior discount. The PATH trains from New York also go to Newark Penn Station. To use the free hotel shuttle from Newark Penn Station please call the hotel at 973-622-1000 and ask the front desk for a shuttle pickup. Then wait in front of the train station adjacent to the Hilton Hotel for the shuttle bus.

Show hours are Friday & Saturday: 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Sunday: 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Admission is $2.00 on Friday and Saturday, and free on Sunday. Children are admitted free at all times. Parking is only free for registered hotel guests. Others must pay for parking but NOJEX will reimburse you $5 upon presentation of your parking ticket at the NOJEX registration desk.

There are several parking lots near the hotel.

This APS World Series of Philately event features:
• 29 dealers
• more than 240 frames of exhibits
• the U.S. Postal Service will also be at the show selling a full range of products.

NOJEX will host the following annual conventions:
• the Carriers & Locals Society
• New Jersey Postal History Society

The Canal Zone Study Group will hold a regional meeting at the show.

Please visit the APS Booth and meet Tom Horn, APS Director of Special Projects, during the show. He also will host a meeting for the APS Ambassador Program.

Additional information can be found on the show’s website.

Houston Stamp Show Will Be Held

The Greater Houston Stamp Show is still on for September 15 through 17, according to the show director.

The show venue, used at one point as a temporary refugee center for people affected by the recent torrential rains and flooding from Hurricane Harvey in Texas, was “high and dry,” according to show Chairman Ronald E. Strawser.

The annual show is held at the Humble Civic Center, 8233 Will Clayton Parkway, in Humble.

The show includes about 85 frames of exhibits, 31 dealers, an awards barbecue, and a U.S. Postal Service booth on Friday and Saturday. The show annually hosts a single-frame competition based on a color, which this year, is “red.”

Show hours will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free, as is parking.

For more information, visit the show website at www.houstonstampclub.org/HoustonStampShow.html.

Royal Mail Unveils a New Set of Star Wars Stamps for New Movie

The Star Wars universe will expand with another film in December and Great Britain’s Royal Mail is celebrating with eight new special stamps based on the epic sci-fi movie series.

The Star Wars Droids and Aliens will mark the release of Star Wars: Episode VIII, The Last Jedi, which will hit U.S. theaters on December 15. The stamps will go on sale October 12.

This is Royal Mail’s second blockbuster issue for the Star Wars realm, whose first movie — Star Wars, Episode IV, A New Hope — was released in 1977. In 2015, Royal Mail issued 12 similarly designed stamps from the earlier six Star Wars movies, including Darth Vader, Yoda, Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Princess Leia.

Like the futuristic space-age wizardry of the Star Wars films, the new stamps are meant to be fun and filled with some extra features.

The stamps are illustrated by British artist Malcolm Tween, who also designed the Star Wars set issued in 2015.

The stamps feature images of droids and aliens that have appeared in the iconic film series and feature a mix of new and classic characters: aliens Maz Kanata; Chewbacca; Supreme Leader Snoke; Porgs; and droids BB-8; R2-D2; C-3PO; and K-2SO.

The droid stamps include design features that become visible only under a UV light. The style of the “1st” value on each of the stamps replicates the iconic font used for the films.

Each stamp also features a scene created by Tween especially for the stamps that includes the hero character as well as an iconic spaceship or vehicle. The stamps celebrate the British expertise behind the Star Wars films as each episode was made with a large British cast and crew.

Aliens are non-human species who live alongside humans, speaking either human languages or languages of their own. Many aliens have distinctive anatomies, from the tall, hair-covered Wookiees, such as Chewbacca, to the diminutively shaped, short-sighted Maz Kanata.

Droids are everywhere in the galaxy. First developed in the distant past, they assist humans and aliens in every way, from flying spaceships and providing power to spreading war and terror. Most droids speak only in electronic sounds to other droids and have their memory wiped when passed to a new owner. However, some droids escape memory wipes and can appear to develop personalities of their own and even form bonds with their owners.

Star Wars creator George Lucas envisioned the movie series from the start follow space-dwelling characters, their ancestors and descendants in a series of three triologies.  The final film in the original set of trilogies, simply called Episode IX for now, is due to be released in 2019.