American Philatelic Society Names New Editor

Bellefonte, Pennsylvania — Today, the American Philatelic Society announced that Martin Kent Miller of Greer, South Carolina would become the new Editor for the Society. Miller will serve as Editor of the APS flagship publication, The American Philatelist, a monthly journal dedicated to stamp collecting and the Philatelic Literature Review, the quarterly publication of the American Philatelic Research Library.

Miller, 49, joined the APS in 2008, but has been a stamp collector since 1974. His collecting interests include philatelic materials related to the USS North Carolina, the 1934–35 National Parks series, and a single-issue collection of the 1937 West Point commemorative. He is currently President and Founder of The Image Forge, a corporate communications firm in Greer in operation since 2003. In 2012, Miller branched out into the social media world as Co-Founder and Director of Marketing for Socialtopias in Charlotte, NC. He was Global Communications Manager for Michelin Aircraft Tire Corporation in Greenville, SC from 2000 to 2003 and Vice President and General Manager of Hell Gravure Systems, North America in Schaumburg, IL and through their relocation to Inman, SC.  Miller holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from Harding University in Searcy, AR where he graduated Magna Cum Laude.

“We’re excited to have Martin joining the team,” said Scott English, Executive Director of the APS, “He brings a wide range of experience in publication, marketing, and branding to our organization. We hope to leverage his talents not only with the publications, but leading the way in growing our online presence to promote the APS and the hobby.”

While Miller’s primary responsibilities will be managing the two publications of the APS and APRL, he will also lead the efforts to revamp the APS website and develop the online strategies for promoting the APS and the hobby to a whole new audience.

“Philately has always been the unifying point of my varied interests — art, design, printing and history,” commented Miller. “I’m honored to now have the opportunity to combine my professional experience with the hobby that holds my love and passion.”

Miller officially joins the APS team on October 1, 2017, but will begin working with current Editor Jay Bigalke immediately.

September 2017 American Philatelist Available Online

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

U.N. Philately by Jeff Stage. Don’t be fooled. The United Nations may not have issued its first stamps until 111 years after the Penny Black, but there is still a world of philately to collect. An expert offers some background about U.N. collecting in anticipation of the UNEXPO17, a special World Series of Philately show, in October at the American Philatelic Center.

An Unusual Registered Item by Vincent Centonze. Why would someone send a postal card — easily viewed by anyone — as a registered item? Perhaps it was just as some assurance of delivery … or was there a blatant message the sender hoped to broadcast through the mailstream?

The Metcalf-Hunt Correspondence, 1835-1875 by Robert L. McCaughey. A collection of nearly 200 covers and letters from the 1800s help tell the story of two prominent New England families — the Metcalfs and Hunts — and their hometown of Providence, Rhode Island.

Will-Call Cards and the Traveling Salesman by Wayne Youngblood. Salesmen’s will-call cards provide an interesting collectible area that offers interesting messages, postmarks and other postal cancellations, stamp usage, and advertising, from some of the U.S. postal system’s glory years.

Turks and Caicos Islands by Noel Davenhill. We travel to the Turks and Caicos Islands, likely discovered by Columbus, wound up as a dependency of Jamaica, and finally as a British Overseas Territory. First, just the Turks Islands were occupied, but the salt industry, followed by tourism prompted growth, and philately, on the Caicos Islands as well.

Guinea-Bissau by Bob Lamb. First colonized by Portugal, this small locale on Africa’s west coast first used overprinted stamps from Cape Verde. Stamps after World War II were inscribed “Guiné” and a whole new look was created after independence in the mid-1970s.

APS 2017 Web Award Winners

The American Philatelic Society has named the winners in this year’s Chapter and Affiliates Web Awards recognizing website excellence.

Eleven groups participated in the competition that was open to all APS chapter clubs; clubs or federations that run stamp shows; and affiliates. Each site was evaluated in a variety of areas, including overall content, structure and navigation, visual design, functionality, and interactivity. The judges were Donald J. Chenevert Jr., of Springfield, Missouri, and Lloyd A. de Vries, of Washington Township, New Jersey.

All entrants received a certificate and distinctive electronic award badge to post on their site signifying their award level and competition year. The 2018 competition will be held in the spring with details available at https://stamps.org/Club-Benefits.

Here is a summary of the awards. Congratulations to all!

Gold
American First Day Cover Society (www.afdcs.org)

American Topical Association (www.americantopicalassn.org).

Ebony Society of Philatelic Events and Reflections (www.esperstamps.org)

Europa Study Unit (www.europastudyunit.org)

The Stamp Forum (thestampforum.boards.net)

Vermeil
Chicago Philatelic Society (www.chicagopex.org)

Christmas Philatelic Club (www.christmasphilatelicclub.org)

Scandinavian Collectors Club (www.scc-online.org)

Silver Bronze
American Society of Polar Philatelists (www.polarphilatelists.org)

Compex Show Committee (www.compexstampshow.org)

Bronze
Vermont Philatelic Society (www.vermontps.org)

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.