APS and ATA Will Join Forces at
2018 StampShow in Columbus, Ohio

The American Philatelic Society and the American Topical Association will co-host next summer’s large national philatelic show scheduled for Columbus, Ohio.

Leaders of the APS and ATA made that announcement Friday, June 23 at the ATA National Topical Show in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

“The 2018 show in Columbus just got even more exciting,” said Scott English, Executive Director of the American Philatelic Society, “The partnership between the APS and the ATA gets stronger every day and together we’re going to have a ‘can’t miss’ stamp show.”

“This highly anticipated event is a real sign that philatelic organizations have begun a new era of cooperation for great benefit to our hobby,” said ATA President Dale Smith about the joint show. “This is a wonderful project to combine resources to create one of the best shows to attract a great number of collectors.”

This will be the first time the APS, founded in 1886, and the ATA, founded in 1949, have combined their large annual national shows. The ATA four times has held its national show during a U.S.-based international, most recently in 2016 at World Stamp Show-NY 2016.

“This should be a sign of things to come for the hobby,” added English, “The only way we’re going to grow is by working together. I’d like to thank the Board of the ATA for being first to join us in this new vision.”

Next year will be the 132nd show and convention for the APS and the 68th annual National Topical Stamp Show. Both shows usually change locations from year to year.

The APS — the world’s largest association devoted to philately with about 30,000 members worldwide — every summer hosts StampShow, the country’s largest annual philatelic show, which includes world-class philatelic exhibits, scores of dealers and postal agencies, society and study group meetings, special presentations and guest speakers, youth areas, and a banquet. The ATA, devoted to topical stamp collecting, often presents a similar lineup, though often over three days rather than the four presented by StampShow.

This year’s ATA show, being held this weekend in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, features an all-thematic philatelic exhibition, a 30-dealer bourse, and attendance by several cachetmakers, along with meetings, seminars, and activities. Topical exhibits must be thematically treated; that is, they tell a story. They tend to be creative exhibits that make for enjoyable reading.

The American Topical Association, with members in 60 countries, has compiled more than 1,200 checklists (from the common — horses and roses on stamps; to the more unusual, such as hairstyles, banjos, and yellow fever) containing more than 400,000 stamps.

“We find that traditional philatelists often collect a topic or two, and topical collectors often collect a country or other specialty area,” Smith said. “This show will enable them to pursue their full range of philatelic interests.”

The American Philatelic Society will handle all management and logistics for the combined 2018 show. A certain number of exhibit frames will be set aside for topical/thematic philatelic exhibits.

More information about the organizations and their shows are available on the APS and ATA websites.

Carter Awards for Young Philatelists

The American Philatelic Society has announced the recipients of the 2017 Nicholas G. Carter Volunteer Recognition Award for Outstanding Young Philatelist (ages 15–24) and Outstanding Young Adult Philatelist (ages 25–40). The national and local service awards were announced earlier.

Outstanding Young Philatelist
Charles Epting, of California, is a member of the APS, American Association of Philatelic Exhibitors, U.S. Philatelic Classics Society, United States Stamp Society, and the Royal Philatelic Society of London. He is the president and works in marketing and other areas for H.R. Harmer auctions of Tustin, California.

He has authored several articles, including “New York City in the 1930s,” for the May 2016 edition of The American Philatelist; “An Unlisted Canal Zone Photo Essay,” for the September 2016 United States Stamp Society Specialist; and “Review of The Erivan Haub Collection of U.S. and Confederate Postmasters’ Provisionals,” for the August 2016 Chronicle of U.S. Philatelic Classics. A regular columnist for Stamp Insider he also has written for First Days, the Ephemera Journal, U.S. Stamp News, and American Stamp Dealer and Collector.

Epting has shown his exhibit, “Roosevelt’s Tree Army: Postal History of the Civilian Conservation Corps, 1933–1942” at AmeriStamp Expo 2016 and Okpex 2016. He presented seminars at Westpex, WSS-NY 2016 and StampShow 2016, and attended Monacophil 2015. Finally, he helped secure Harmer sponsorship of the APS Tiffany Dinner at StampShow 2016, where he introduced 2016 Luff Award winners Diane DeBlois and Robert Dalton Harris.

Outstanding Young Adult Philatelist
Amanda Morgenstern, of Illinois, has volunteered extensively in several areas of philately. She promotes the hobby and has assisted the Southern Illinois Stamp Club in many ways, such as shows, youth, group leadership, local roadshow events, and website suggestions. She has had extensive involvement with national and international promotion in her volunteer work with the American Topical Association.

Morgenstern’s volunteerism with ATA has included her volunteer-webmaster position from 2012 to 2016. ATA’s Facebook page has benefited from Amanda’s participation and leadership. Recently, she has taken the lead in supplying information for Twitter use. Amanda has created several cachets for ATA events and is always willing to help with any kind of project. Her fine sense of design has helped bring the hobby into the 21st century. Morgenstern was elected to the ATA Board of Directors in 2016.
Among other philatelic groups that she has served is the Graphics Philately Association. Morgenstern edited its quarterly journal from 2014 to 2016. She instituted a full redesign of the publication which has now received recognition in philatelic literature competitions.

Awards are presented each year at the APS General Meeting, this year on August 5 at StampShow 2017 in Richmond, Virginia. If honorees are unable to attend the show, other arrangements are made for an official presentation.

The Nicholas G. Carter Volunteer Recognition Award recognizes the outstanding efforts of our volunteers at national and local levels and also recognize our younger members whose outstanding leadership is crucial to our future.

Three Legendary Philatelists
Named to the APS Hall of Fame

Three legendary philatelists — Robert Markovits, Barbara Mueller, and Irwin Weinberg — have all been named to the American Philatelic Society’s Hall of Fame. The Hall honors deceased philatelists who have made outstanding contributions to philately.

Robert Markovits (1937–2015)

Robert Markovits, a lawyer by profession, was an internationally recognized researcher, collector, exhibitor and writer on numerous philatelic subjects, particularly back of the book material, notably, U.S. and worldwide special delivery, U.S. officials and U.S. postal stationery.

Markovits’ service to organized philately is recognized by his contributions to several philatelic organizations, especially the United States Stamp Society.

Perhaps his most notable contribution to the hobby was his research and writing about special delivery stamps. Markovits started collecting postage due and special delivery plate blocks under the tutelage of Louis K. Robbins, who with his brother, Phil, and W. Parsons Todd, were early special delivery specialists.

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James Lee Recipient of Inaugural
APS Dealer of the Year Award

James E. Lee, of Oak Brook, Illinois, is the recipient of the first American Philatelic Society’s Dealer of the Year Award.

Jim Lee has been a stamp dealer since 1972, working full-time since 1990. He served on the Board of the American Stamp Dealers Association for eight years, four years as president. Lee stated on his website that 2016 was his 45th “year of my involvement with collecting, studying, writing about and dealing in United States essays and proofs.”

Lee advertises his expert areas as U.S. Essays and Proofs, U.S. 19th Century and Civil War Postal History. His website, includes much more than the rarities and other material he has for sale. Prime among these are his most recent newsletter, which he started in 1997, and copies of some of his “As I See It” columns from the newsletter.

His most recent newsletter (March 2017) includes many bold, colorful images, much of them from the areas of proofs, essays, and postal history that he has for sale. Even if you are not interested in buying such items, the supersized high resolution images and descriptions offer an education.

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USSS/Mueller Award for Best Article in ‘The American Philatelist’ for 2016

The winner of the United States Stamp Society/Barbara R. Mueller Award, for the best article published in a single year of The American Philatelist, has been announced by the American Philatelic Society.

Henry B. Scheuer’s article titled “Kansas-Nebraska Overprint Stamps: Why, Where, and When They Were Initially Sold” was selected as the 2016 winner. The award will be presented at the APS StampShow Celebration Banquet 2017 on August 5 in Richmond, Virginia.

The winner’s name will be added to a permanent plaque in the editorial offices of The American Philatelist. Additionally, the award includes a check for $1,000.

The award is named for the United States Stamp Society (USSS) and for one of its most prominent members, authors, and editors, Barbara R. Mueller. Among her many other honors in six decades of devotion to philately, Mueller is a member of the Hall of Fame of both the USSS and APS Writers Unit 30. She was the recipient of the APS John N. Luff Award for Distinguished Philatelic Research in 1956.

Additional information on the award can be found on the APS website.