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.

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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World Stamp Show-NY 2016 Frames Available for Sale

While significant quantities of exhibit frames have already been purchased by United States, Canadian, Japanese, Panamanian, and Israeli philatelic organizations, a little more than 1,000 units used only once during World Stamp Show-NY 2016 remain available.

Each unit, which includes the required legs, provides two faces each that hold 16 standard sized exhibit pages. These ultra-durable frames are about half the weight of those used at most U.S. national and international shows over the past 30 years. The frames also come with new screws re-engineered since WSS-NY 2016 for easier setup and added security.

The cost is $150/unit plus actual shipping from Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. Shipping costs may be avoided by arranging pickup from the American Philatelic Society in Bellefonte or at the August APS StampShow in Richmond, Virginia.

Basic Specs:

• Familiar easy load “A Frame” design
• 4 foot high by 3 foot wide main panels
• Each front/back unit weighs 24 pounds
• Strong and durable polystyrene base
• White polystyrene inner panel
• Clear 1/8” acrylic face sheets
• Easy to attach anodized aluminum legs
• Heavy duty security screws
• Shipped with 2 units per box
• Legs boxed separately
• Includes custom screwdrivers

Watch a video of the frame setup.

To arrange purchase or for additional information, contact Ken Martin at the American Philatelic Society at 814-933-3817 or kpmartin@stamps.org.

You Can Help Stamp Out Hunger
This Saturday, May 13

You can help our letter carriers help others this Saturday, May 13, during the 25th annual National Association of Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. And, this is the perfect week to pick up a memento to mark the special anniversary.

Postal patrons are asked to leave non-perishable and non-glass contained foodstuffs at their postal delivery boxes, where letter carriers will retrieve them.

Over the last 24 national food drives, letter carriers have collected more than 1.5 billion pounds of food, helped by untold thousands of fellow postal employees, retired letter carriers, family members and friends, according to the NALC website. The food is distributed to local food pantries within the same communities where it was collected.

So, please help those around you who could use a little extra help.

You can mark this special event with a sheet of special postage to collect or to send on mail. Souvenir sheets of 20 first-class (49-cent) Stamp Out Hunger Family Circus PhotoStamps are available from the American Philatelic Society. The sheet, released March 4 at AmeriStamp Expo in Reno, Nevada, features artwork by Family Circus cartoon artist Jeff Keane, son of comic creator Bil Keane. The supply of sheets ($22.99 plus shipping) is limited through the APS specialty store.

May 2017 American Philatelist Available Online

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

Champion of Champion by Robert Odenweller and John Hotchner. This August, the 50th Champion of Champions will be crowned during StampShow. Here is a look back at the roots and growth of our premier exhibiting competition, the World Series of Philately, and some of those who shaped and participated in this exhibiting event.

Fort Ticonderoga (Scott 1071) by Charles Posner. The Fort Ticonderoga stamp of 1955 was designed through a contest and led to the establishment of the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee two years later. This stamp also was part of the PMG’s quest to improve American postage stamp design.

’Round the World in 343 Days by Chuck Fisher. A colorful cover, mailed in January 1891 in Germany finally settled back in Germany more than 11 months later. In between, it traveled to four more continents, leaving several mysteries in its wake.

Collecting Coast to Coast. When First-Day Battles Raged, by Wayne L. Youngblood. Pioneer U.S. cachetmakers fought with the U.S. Post Department over what was acceptable, or not, in their designs.

Expertizing: West Berlin Stamp in Center Ring, by Tom Horn. Identifying the different years of issue in of a continuing design of West Berlin stamps is easy: All you have to do is watch which way the clapper in the bell swings.

Worldwide in a Nutshell: Kuwait, by Bob Lamb. The first stamps of Kuwait were overprinted British stamps. The independent state, a sheikdom, started issuing its own stamps a couple years before it gained full independence in 1961.