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.

Balpex 2017, Baltimore, MD Area Show — September 1–3

Balpex 2017, sponsored by the Baltimore Philatelic Society, will be held September 1–3 at the Hunt Valley Inn, 245 Shawan Rd, Hunt Valley MD 21031. Parking is free. There is a $5 admission for all three days. Children 16 or under free when accompanied by a parent. Adults over 60 are free on Sunday. For a $1 discount coupon visit the Balpex website. Show hours are Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Sunday 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

The World Series of Philately stamp exhibition and bourse will feature:
• more than 60 dealers
• more than 200 frames of exhibits
• Youth room Saturday and Sunday.

Convening societies include:
• The Germany Philatelic Society
• The Royal Philatelic Society of London

Please visit the APS Booth and meet Bill Dixon, Sales Division Circuit Manager, during the show. Ken Martin, APS COO, is judging at the show.

For more information is available on the Balpex website.

Flower Once Thought Extinct in the Wild on New Postal Card August 11

The artistry of illustrator Dugald Stermer appears on a new stamped postal card to be issued Friday, August 11, the first day of the three-day Americover 2017 show in Independence, Ohio. The postal card also goes on sale nationwide Friday.

There will be three varieties of the nondenominated (34 cents) Azulillo Chilean Blue Crocus forever postal card: a single card; a double-reply card, and an uncut sheet of 40 cards. The basic postal card sells for 38 cents, which includes 34 cents of current postage plus 4 cents for the cost of the card.

A first-day ceremony is set for 11 a.m. at the annual show and exhibition sponsored by the American First Day Cover Society. The show takes place Friday through Sunday at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Cleveland-Rockside, 5800 Rockside Woods Boulevard, in Independence.

The Azulillo Chilean Blue Crocus is a flowering perennial native to Chile, the naturally grows at more than a mile high on the dry on the stony slopes in the Andes mountains. Although it had survived in cultivation due to its use as a greenhouse and landscape plant, it was believed to be extinct in the wild due to overcollecting, overgrazing, and general destruction of habitat, until it was rediscovered in 2001.

The imprinted stamp on the postal card features an existing floral illustration by Stermer (1936-2011), a longtime illustrator and designer. He was a major illustrative force behind Ramparts magazine and his other clients included the New York Times, New Yorker, the U.S. Department of State, and the 1984 Summer Olympics (for which he created the medals) in Los Angeles. He is credited with the illustration on the cover of the first issue of Mother Jones magazine in 1976, and how own nature books, Vanishing Creatures (1981), Vanishing Flora (1995), and Birds & Bees (1995).

Ethel Kessler, of Bethesda, Maryland, was art director, designer, and typographer for this card.