APS Position Available: Editor,
‘The American Philatelist’ and
‘Philatelic Literature Review’

The American Philatelic Society, the world’s largest non-profit, stamp collecting organization is seeking an editor for its flagship publication, The American Philatelist, the Society’s full-color 100-page monthly publication. The Editor will also lead publication of the quarterly Philatelic Literature Review for the Society’s sister organization, the American Philatelic Research Library. With a staff of three, the Editor will shape each magazine, working with authors, staff, members, and advertisers to cover a broad range of philatelic topics.

The Editor and staff also lead in developing the look and feel of the APS, designing advertisements, logos, show cancels, brochures, website, monthly e-newsletter, and social media. Over the coming two years, the APS and APRL will be investing to increase and improve its web presence across platforms through the Editorial Department, so this is an incredible opportunity to grow and utilize brand awareness and new media.

What we require from a candidate:

  • A bachelor’s degree, preferred in Journalism, English, or History
  • Experience with editing, graphic and layout
  • Proficiency with InDesign and Photoshop
  • Strong organizational skills, this is a deadline-driven position

What we would like to see from a candidate:

  • Knowledge of philately and the philatelic world
  • Supervisory experience
  • Demonstration of attention to detail and problem-solving skills

This position reports to the Executive Director and requires relocation to work at our headquarters in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. Salary range is $60,000 to $70,000 depending on qualifications.

To guarantee consideration, please send a cover letter, resume, and at least two samples of prior work to Scott English, Executive Director, at scott@stamps.org.  To be guaranteed consideration for the positions, send by September 7, 2017.  Desired start date is no later than October 9, 2017.

Wishnietsky World Series Champion of Champions Announced

The presentation of the Benjamin & Naomi Wishnietsky World Series Champion of Champions exhibiting award winner was revealed this past Saturday at APS StampShow 2017 in Richmond, Virginia.

James P. Mazepa, for his exhibit at Balpex 2016 titled “Colonial Central America,” won the top award.

A full list of the winners can be found on the APS website in PDF format. The literature competition Palmares is also available here.

Additional information about the competition is online at the APS website.

August 2017 American Philatelist
Available Online

The August issue of The American Philatelist is online for APS members to view. Here are some of the highlights:

EFOs That are Best When the Lights are Off by Wayne Youngblood. Errors, freaks, and oddities are interesting enough, but things look especially freaky when you visit the somewhat hidden world of tagging miscues.

Philatelic Movie Props by Thomas Richards. From the 1930s, when real stamps could not be shown on the screen, to the creativity of Clint Eastwood, fake philately in movies can often be barely distinguished from the real thing.

Mail From the Pope’s Army by Thomas Pratuch. Exploring military mail from the 18th-century Papal States involves an exploration of complex army organizations and movements, not to mention deciphering old nonstandard Italian abbreviations.

The Lion, the Sun, and a Crown by Joseph Iredale. The sun, lion, and crown were used to imply sovereignty on the early stamps of Iran. There were no formal obliterators when the first stamps were issued in 1870.

APS Will Welcome the World by APS Staff. We have an early look at a special U.N. show scheduled for this fall at the American Philatelic Center in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania.

Senegal by Bob Lamb. A look at the philately of Senegal in West Africa, once a French colony, includes a visit with the short-lived Federation of Mali.

Happy 150 Canada! July 2017 Issue of ‘The American Philatelist’ Available Online

The special edition of the July issue of The American Philatelist is now online. Typically the issue of the magazine is available only to members, but for this momentous occasion, we are posting it available for all to read. Enjoy and happy 150 Canada!

A Philatelic Tour of Expo 67 by Richard Judge. More than 60 nations participated in what was one of the most successful world’s fairs — Montreal’s Expo 67. The tale of the fair can be found on a collection of worldwide stamps.

An Iconic Image Finds Its Rightful Spot by Kaitlyn “Sommer” DeRudder. An iconic photo of a Mountie, an officer with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and his horse is featured on a popular and beloved stamp of 1935. The stamp design was reissued in 1982 as a stamp-on-stamp design.

Wilderness Tourism by David Piercey. The resorts and post offices of Canada’s Rocky Mountains present an interesting philatelic legacy through postcards and postmarks.

A Tribute to Diverse Wildlife Stamps by Gary Dickinson. A set of 11 handsome stamps issued in the 1950s present Canadian animals from the beaver to caribou. Privately produced first-day covers are an interesting way to collect the set.

Organized Philately in Canada by Scott Tiffney. There were plenty of growing pains along with some successes as Canada’s most serious early collectors tried to find philatelic cohesion. Early journals and magazines chronicle the successes and failures.

APS StampShow by APS Staff. We offer an early look at what will be new and different at this year’s summer StampShow, scheduled for the first weekend in August in Richmond, Virginia.

Featured Columns
Stamp Classics: Isolated Colonies — Just a Few Stamps, by Joseph Iredale. British Columbia, after it combined with Vancouver Island, issued a stamp in 1865 and serves as an overprint for all of its 11 subsequent issues.

Expertizing: A Study in Carmine, by Mercer Bristow. You need to look closely to properly identify the carmine Canada 2-cent Queen Victoria definitive stamps with maple leaves.

Worldwide in a Nutshell: Newfoundland, by Bob Lamb. Before it became a Crown Colony in 1933, or joined the Canada Confederation in 1949, Newfoundland had its own postal system and stamp program.

2017 Luff Awards to Gregory, Kane, and Saadi

This year’s prestigious American Philatelic Society Luff Award recipients are Fred F. Gregory, Alan Kane, and Wade Saadi. The awards will be formally presented at StampShow, August 3 to 6 in Richmond, Virginia, and are given for meritorious contributions by living philatelists.

The awards are named for John N. Luff, who was president of the APS from 1907 to 1909. Here is a look at this year’s honorees:

Fred F. Gregory, of Palos Verdes Estates, California, is the 2017 recipient of the Luff Award for Distinguished Philatelic Research.

A stamp collector from boyhood, Gregory, is a member of the governing boards of several philatelic organizations, and has focused his philatelic interest on the stamps and postal history of 19th-century Hawaii for the past 40 years.

Mentored by Hawaii collectors Thurston Twigg-Smith, Wallace Beardsley, Ed Burns, and others from the prior generation, Gregory became a recognized expert in Hawaiian philately. In the late 1990s, he created the website, Post Office in Paradise, Mail & Postage Stamps of Nineteenth Century Hawaii (hawaiianstamps.com). He has authored numerous articles on Hawaiian stamps and postal history. He authored Hawaii Foreign Mail to 1870, an award-winning three-volume set edited by Robert Odenweller and published by the Philatelic Foundation in 2012. The set earned numerous awards at the national and international level, including the Grand Award and Gold Medal for Literature at StampShow 2012; the 2012–13 Ashbrook Cup, awarded by the United States Philatelic Classics Society, and a large gold medal at World Stamp Expo 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.

His articles include “2c Ship Fee on Mail from Hawaii via San Francisco, 1849–1855,” which appeared in the June 2008 edition of Western Express; and “A New Oldest Letter from Hawaii,” which appeared in June 2016 in the same publication.

Gregory was born and raised in California. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley and his juris doctor degree from UC Berkeley’s Boalt Hall. Afterward, with the exception of three years active duty as a legal officer in the United States Coast Guard, he practiced law with the Los Angeles-based law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher from 1965 until his retirement from the partnership at the end of 2003. He specialized in the area of business litigation. He and his wife, Carol, were married in 1967 and raised a daughter and three sons.

Allen R. Kane, of Rockville, Maryland, is the recipient of the Luff Award for Exceptional Contributions to Philately.

Kane became director of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Postal Museum on February 19, 2002. The museum is housed in the former City Post Office Building, 2 Massachusetts Ave. N.E., near Union Station on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. The 70,000-square-foot museum offers exhibitions, educational programs and a research center. Its extensive collection includes almost 6 million items, ranging from stamps to mail planes. The National Postal Museum, through its collection and library, is dedicated to the preservation, study and presentation of postal history and philately.

Since becoming director his many accomplishments include fundraising for galleries and exhibits, including raising $18 million for the William H. Gross Stamp Gallery, which opened in September 2013; obtaining a long-term grant from the United States Postal Service to fund museum operations; managing three museum councils staffed with philatelic, industry and museum leaders; managing a museum staff of more than 35 plus numerous volunteers and docents; developing excellent communication with the APS, its societies and affiliated organizations, including the Royal Philatelic Society of London; and, raising the awareness of the museum, not only to the Smithsonian but also to the District and Capitol Hill.

Upon completion of the Gross Gallery, the historic windows with stamp images have been illuminated until midnight, and seen by Congress, local residents and millions of tourists who pass by the building on tour and Metro buses, in taxis, and as pedestrians. Truly, this is an ultimate achievement of Allen in promoting the hobby and the museum.

Before joining the Smithsonian, Allen retired from the U.S. Postal Service in September 2001 after serving more than 30 years in a variety of senior leadership positions devoted to strategic and policy planning, operations, marketing and logistics. His last position at the Postal Service was senior vice President for future business design.

As a corporate officer for the U.S. Postal Service, Kane helped direct the 25th largest business in the world, with 840,000 employees and $67 billion in revenues. During his tenure he was responsible for a number of critical operations, including coordination of the implementation of thousands of pieces of high-speed automated processing equipment; re-design of national distribution and transportation networks; phase-in of the JFK and LaGuardia airport facilities; and managing the U.S. Postal Service Gulf War Crisis Team, in coordination with the White House and the Department of Defense, to ensure the successful delivery of 2.5 million pounds of mail per day to the Gulf.

Wade E. Saadi, of Brooklyn, New York, is the recipient of the Luff Award for Outstanding Service to the APS.

Saadi, a businessman, has been collecting since childhood and specializes in the U.S. classics period. He also is a writer, researcher, and exhibitor of these issues and has won numerous awards for exhibits and research. His gold medal 1847 exhibit is considered one of the finest studies in the shades and cancellations of that issue ever formed. He currently is exhibiting “Struck on Stamps — 1851 to 1868,” a study of the evolution of early cancellations. He is past president of the APS, U.S. Philatelic Classics Society, and the Collectors Club of New York. He has served as editor of the 1847 section of The Chronicle of the U.S. Classic Postal Issues since 1997. He served as president of the World Stamp Show-NY 2016 international exhibition.

Saadi was selected as president of the APS in 2008, succeeding Nicholas G. Carter, who passed away September 11, 2008. He was re-elected as president in 2009 and 2011, and served on the board as past president from 2013 to 2016. Before becoming APS president Saadi served on the APS board as a director-at-large, and as chairman of the Board of Vice Presidents, as well as chairing the Membership Recruiting Committee.
Saadi was actively involved in the incubation of the Shaping the Future of Philately Council to promote youth philately, and has been a member since 2003 of the Smithsonian National Postal Museum’s Council of Philatelists, where he chairs the New Initiatives Committee. Previously, he chaired the committee overseeing the Arago project, an online research resource on stamps and the history of postal operations as seen through the NPM’s collection.