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

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.