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

Stamp Madness — The Philatelic Final Four

The field in the American Philatelic Society’s 2017 Stamp Madness contest has been cut to just four stamps after an Elite Eight round that saw a couple of upsets, including a result that was tied online and broken by in-house votes at the American Philatelic Center.

The Stamp Madness Final Four pits the U.S. World’s Fair stamp of 1964 vs. Canada’s Eastern Farm of 1946 and the Elephant of Laos from 1958 against Southern Alps and Chapel from New Zealand.

Please vote via Facebook or Twitter to send your favorites to the championship round!

There were four brackets with four seeded contestants in each. The entire Europe and Afro-India fields have been eliminated, leaving stamps from the Americas and the Pacific divisions.

All of the second round matchups were close, including one — Laos vs. Japan — that was a tie in its online voting and was decided by live voting at APS headquarters. In another second-round matchup, No. 4 seed New Zealand turned back the pre-tournament favorite, U.S. Project Mercury, in a close battle.

Philatelic prizes will be awarded on a random drawing based on both our preview contest in which contestants picked the stamp they thought would win the game and from voting in the championship match.

But don’t hold back until the final to vote. Voting in the Philatelic Final Four will start tomorrow and is open through midnight, April 5.

Here are the capsule summaries of the Final Four contestants.

The Americas
United States (Seeded No. 1 in the Americas) – The artwork for the New York World’s Fair stamp of 1964 (Scott 1244) was created using the artwork of architectural illustrator John C. Wenrich, who worked on both the 1939 and 1964 New York fairs. The stamp features two of the fair’s prominent icons – “The Rocket Thrower” sculpture and the Unisphere globe. The World’s Fair stamp defeated UAR in Round 1 and Greece in Round 2.

Canada (Seeded No. 2 in the Americas) – The Eastern (sometimes Ontario) Farm scene stamp (Scott 268) of 1946 defeated Chad in the first round and India in the second. The stamp illustrates vital farm products and activities. The scene is a composite from four photographs. The farm house is from a photograph taken in Eastern Ontario, the barn from a farm in Western Ontario, the silo from Central Ontario, and the ploughmen and horses from Quebec. Designed by Herman Herbert Schwartz, vignette engraved by Warrell Hauck, and printed by Canadian Bank Note Co.

Pacific
Laos (Seeded No. 3 in the Pacific) – A set of seven Asian Elephants (Scott 41-47), including this handsomely dressed pachyderm (Scott 42), was issued in 1958. That year, engraver Jean Pheulpin (see French entry) received first prize for best French philatelic art for a stamp in this set.

New Zealand (Seeded No. 4 in the Pacific) – Southern Alps and Chapel (Scott 256) is part of the New Zealand Peace and Victory stamps of 1946, a set of 11 produced by Bradbury Wilkinson. The 9-cent stamp, dubbed A Spirit of Thankfulness, shows the chapel window at Waiho Gorge. The Franz Josef Glacier can be seen through the window.

The Guidelines
Choosing the field of just 16 special stamps for 2017 Stamp Madness wasn’t easy. Think about it: hundreds of thousands of stamps created worldwide since 1840. We needed a few guidelines to narrow the field. Here were the basic guidelines we used:
• Standard postage stamps only; no airmail, express mail, revenue stamps, etc.
• No specific images of individuals – kings, queens, scientists, musicians, etc.
• Avoid masterwork paintings and photos (statuary and buildings OK).
• Tried to be diverse to designs, colors, topics, and countries. Independent countries only, no colonies.
• No rarities – common stamps only.
• Stamps chosen are from post-WWII through 1970.

As it worked out, there are four general brackets based on geography: the Americas, Europe, Pacific, and Africa-to-India. The first two rounds have the Americas vs. Europe and Pacific vs. Africa-to-India. The top seeds will play the lowest seeds from the opposing bracket in Round 1.

St. Louis Stamp Expo March 31–April 2

The St. Louis Stamp Expo will be held March 31–April 2 at the Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel, 9801 Natural Bridge Road, St. Louis, MO 63134. Show hours are Friday 11 a.m.–6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.–6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Admission is $5 per person, good for all 3 days. Children under 16 are free. Parking is included with admission.

This APS World Series of Philately show features:
• 50 dealer booths
• 144 frames of exhibits
• a Youth Room
• a show cachet and cancel
• U.S. Postal Service selling current items
• Awards Banquet
• speakers & seminars
• hosting the American Helvetia Philatelic Society

This year’s theme commemorates the 150th Anniversary of the Life & Music of Scott Joplin. A schedule of events can be found on the show website.

Scott Tiffney, American Philatelic Research Library Reference Assistant, will be staffing a table during the show.

For more information, visit their website.

Eight Advance in Stamp Madness Bracket

Eight stamps have advanced to the second round of the 2017 American Philatelic Society’s inaugural 2017 Stamp Madness head-to-head bracket contest.

Matchups for Round 2 will be:

The U.S. Project Mercury stamp (which won the most votes in Round 1) from 1962 against New Zealand’s Southern Alps and Chapel (1946).

Japan’s Suigo Quasi-National Park stamp of 1962 against the 1958 Elephant stamp from Laos.

India’s Taj Mahal stamp of 1949 against the Eastern Farm stamp (1946) from Canada.

The U.S. World’s Fair stamp of 1964 vs. the Greece’s Grapes and Bread stamp of 1953.

The stamps, chosen from the years 1946 to 1970, advanced via public voting on social media platforms Facebook and Twitter. The eventual champion will be crowned via three more rounds of public voting. Round 2 voting begins Friday.

Some fun philatelic prizes based on our pre-tournament Pick the Winner contest and the championship round will be awarded at the end of the tournament.

Garfield-Perry March Party, March 23–25

The Garfield-Perry Stamp Club’s March Party stamp exhibition and bourse will be held March 23–35 at the La Villa Conference and Banquet Center, 11500 Brook Park Rd., Cleveland, Ohio 44130. Show hours are 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday. Admission and parking are free.

The show will feature:
• 60 dealers.
• 200 frames of exhibits.
• the USPS and UNPA will be present at the show selling current items.
• United Nations First Day of Issue ceremony, International Dance, six mini-sheets, Thursday at 12 p.m.
• U.S. Postal Service First Day of Issue, 10-cent Pear, Thursday at 1 p.m.
• a Garfield-Perry pictorial cancel and show cachet.
• free stamps for kids in our youth and new collector area.

The United States Stamp Society and Ohio Postal History Society will hold their annual meetings at the show. There will be other presentations and events, including a discussion by author James Barron of his book The One-Cent Magenta: Inside the Quest to Own the Most Valuable Stamp in the World at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

All are invited to attend the APS Town Hall meeting with Scott English at the show, Friday March 24 at 11 a.m. APS Ambassadors and Chapter representatives are encouraged to attend to learn about new APS initiatives, programs and other news to take back to your chapter meetings.

More information about the show is available at Garfield-Perry’s website.