Compex 2017 Show, May 19–21, in Chicago Area

Compex 2017 is being held on the weekend before Memorial Day, May 19, 20, and 21, at the Forest View Educational Center, 2121 S. Goebbert Road, Arlington Heights, Illinois (Chicago area). Hours of the show are: Friday and Saturday — 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission and parking are free.

Compex 2017 (Combined Philatelic Exhibition of Chicagoland) is comprised of nine Chicago area clubs holding their individual exhibits under the same roof at the same time.  Member clubs of Compex 2017 will presents a wide variety of exhibits for the viewing pleasure of all in attendance.

For the second time, Collectors Club of Chicago members have been invited to provide a special section of exhibits at Compex. At present, CCC members will have approximately 150 frames of exhibits on display.   Please be sure to view these exhibits in addition to the Compex club exhibits that will be on display. There will be something of interest for everyone to see.

This year’s theme is, “Honoring the United States Armed Forces.”  The show will have a total of approximately 180 frames of exhibits. Be sure to see the 10-frame special exhibit highlighting the show theme with a potpourri of American military mail from World War I in the Collectors Club of Chicago section.

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New England Collectors Will Gather This Weekend at Philatelic Show

The 2017 Philatelic Show, sponsored by the Northeastern Federation of Stamp Clubs, will be held May 5 to May 7 at the Boxborough Regency Hotel at Interstate 405 and Route 11, in Boxborough, Massachusetts, about 25 miles northwest of Boston.

The show will feature more than 200 frames of national-level exhibits, a first-day-of-issue ceremony for a new U.S. postage stamp, more than 60 philatelic dealers, 11 societies and groups that will have meetings and/or show booths, and a show banquet.

A first-day-of-issue ceremony is set for 11 a.m. Friday for the new U.S. 3-cent coil Strawberries stamp.

Groups on hand will include the APS, American Air Mail Society, the American Association of Philatelic Exhibitors, the Canal Zone Study Group, Massachusetts Postal Research Society, Metropolitan Airpost Society, New Hampshire Postal History Society, Philatelic Society of Greater Southern Africa, Postal History Society, two chapters of the Universal Ship Cancellation Society, and the ATA Halloween on Stamps Study Group.

APS Executive Director Scott English will hold a Town Meeting 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

Other presentations include: Friday — “Philatelic Portal to WWII History,” with Bill Fort; Saturday — “How Postal Agreements Develop,” with Gary Loew and Jim Graue; and Chris Lazaroff on his “Journey to Attend a USPS First Day Ceremony in All 50 States”; Sunday — “Charles A. Lindbergh: The World’s First Celebrity.”

The Cotillion Room will host three post offices and agencies representing nine different stamp-issuing entities. On hand will be the U.S. Postal Service, the United Nations Postal Administration, and Nordica, which represents Aland, Denmark, Faroe Islands, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, and Norway.

The show’s grand award exhibit winner will be eligible to compete in the exclusive Champion of Champions competition in August at StampShow in Richmond, Virginia.

Nearly three dozen New England stamp clubs, societies, and groups sponsor the show. The show opens at 10 a.m. each day and closes at 6 p.m. Friday, 5 p.m. Saturday and 3 pm. Sunday.

Westpex Stamp Show in California April 28–30

The 57th annual Westpex stamp show, April 28–30 will salute the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, host a first-day of issue ceremony for a new U.S. stamp, present nearly 300 frames of top-class competitive exhibits, host meetings for several societies and specialty groups, offer a youth area, and feature more than 70 dealers.

An opening ceremony is set for 9:30 a.m. Friday, and the show runs through Sunday at the San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront.

A first-day ceremony is set for 1 p.m. April 28 to celebrate the U.S. Postal Service’s new Succulent Global Forever international rate stamp.

The show salutes the Summer of Love, which combined many social movements, particularly those supported by younger society, such as anti-war, alternative and rock arts, long-hair fashion, and experimentation.

Guest societies on hand will be the Scandinavian Collectors Club, International Philippine Philatelic Society, and Polonus Polish Philatelic Society. Others on hand having meetings, lectures, or booths will include the Netherlands Philatelists of California, Great Britain Collectors Club, Western Cover Society, Ryukyu Philatelic Specialist Society, China Stamp Society, Universal Ship Cancellation Society, British North America Philatelic Society, Smithsonian National Postal Museum, and the Western Philatelic Library.

More than 50 exhibits include a world of diversity, from “The First 60 Years of the Mongolian Postal Service” and “Polish Refugees in Africa, World War II” to “Hollboll’s Danish Christmas Seals: 1904–1927” and “The Telegraph in America.”

The show formally opens at 10 a.m. each day and closes at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday. A $5 admission is good for all three days; age 15 and younger are free when accompanying an adult.

American Philatelic Society Executive Director Scott English, as well as several other APS board members, will be at the show. On April 29, Scott will host an APS Town Hall at 11 a.m.

The official show website includes all details, including a full schedule, at  www.westpex.com.

Plymouth Show in Michigan April 29–30

The 48th annual Plymouth Show will be held at the Hellenic Cultural Center, 36375 Joy Road, Westland, MI 48185, April 29–30. Show hours are Saturday 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Admission and parking is free.

The show will feature:
40 dealers
• 120 frames of exhibits
• U.S. Postal Service, Nordica, and United Nations will be selling current items
• Cachetmakers Bourse on Saturday only
• Stamps in Your Closet both days 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
• adult and youth education sessions on both days

Society holding meetings include:
• Plate Number Coil Collectors Club
• Peninsular State Philatelic Society
• American Association of Philatelic Exhibitors.

There is an Awards Banquet Saturday evening, reservations are required.

More information is available on the Plymouth Show website, via e-mail, or call 313-533-7737.

StampTour 2017: APS Around the Nation

For the rest of this month through June, the American Philatelic Society travel schedule is filling up! We will continue to be representing the Society throughout the country visiting clubs and stamp shows during our #StampTour2017.

Here’s a list of upcoming stops with links to the club/show/meeting locations. We look forward to seeing you soon!

April 25: Sequoia Stamp Club — Scott English, speaker

April 26: Sacramento Philatelic Society — Scott English, speaker

April 28-30: Westpex in San Francisco— Scott English
April 29: APS Town Hall at Westpex, 11 a.m.

May 3: Collectors Club of New York — Scott English

May 5-7: Philatelic Show in the Boston area— Scott English
May 6: APS Town Hall, 11 a.m.

May 6-7: Wiscopex Stamp Show in Central Wisconsin — Jay Bigalke
May 6: APS Happenings, 3 p.m.; Banquet 6:30 p.m. (Bigalke speaker)

May 19-20: Ropex in the Rochester, New York area— Jeff Stage; Ken Martin, Exhibit Jury

May 20: Compex in the Chicago area — Tom Horn

May 26-28: Rocky Mountain Stamp Show in Denver — Tara Murray

June 9-11: Napex in Northern Virginia — Scott English
June 9 Ambassador Forum — Tom Horn
June 10 APS Town Hall Meeting — Scott English

June 16-17: Okpex in Oklahoma City — Scott Tiffney

June 23-25: National Topical Stamp Show in Milwaukee, Wisconsin — Scott English