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.

Faroe Island Eclipse Sheet Giveaway StampShow 2017 in Richmond

The Faroe Islands is giving away a souvenir sheet featuring a solar eclipse from 2015. The giveaway is being coordinated by the APS. The first 500 visitors to the APS booth who request the sheet will receive one.

What: StampShow 2017
Sponsor: American Philatelic Society and the United States Postal Service®
When: August 3 to 6
Where: Greater Richmond Convention Center, 403 N. Third Street, Richmond, Virginia
Show hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday to Saturday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday
Admission: Free for show, but all attendees must register.

Minnesota Stamp Expo Begins Friday

The Minnesota Stamp Expo brings three days of philately to the upper Midwest beginning Friday, July 21. The show will be held at the Crystal Community Center, 4800 Douglas Drive North, Crystal, Minnesota, just northwest of Minneapolis.

The show theme is the Total Solar Eclipse, which will occur August 21 across the United States.

The Minnesota Stamp Expo is part of the annual World Series of Philately and will attract several national-level philatelic exhibits.

More than two dozen dealers will be at the show, as will the U.S. Postal Service (Friday and Saturday only). Philatelic groups on hand will include the American Topical Association, the Northern Philatelic Library, and the Scandinavian Collectors Club.

Jay Bigalke, editor of the The American Philatelist, will represent the American Philatelic Society at the show.

A Boy Scout merit badge activity and youth activities are planned.

The show is sponsored by four groups: the Twin City Philatelic Society, the Lake Minnetonka Stamp Club, Maplewood Stamp Club, and Minnesota Stamp Dealers Association.

The show opens at 10 a.m. each day and closes at 6 p.m. Friday, 5 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday. More information can be found at the show website, www.stampsminnesota.com.

National Topical Show Brewing in
Milwaukee This Weekend

The National Topical Stamp Show (NTSS), sponsored by the American Topical Society, will be held June 23–25 at Milwaukee Crowne Plaza Airport, 6401 S. 13th St., Milwaukee, WI 53221 (Just off I-41, exit 319.) Show hours are Friday and Saturday 10–6, and Sunday 10–3. Parking is free, $5 admission good for all 3 days.

The show will feature:
• 15 dealers
• a cachetmakers bourse
• exhibits treated thematically; that is, they tell a story. Come to see the variety and creativity
• the United Nations Postal Administration will be present with current items for sale
• Birthday Tribute and Program on thematic exhibiting pioneer Mary Ann Owens
• ATA Annual Meeting
• Disney-Themed Beginner/Youth Area
• Silent Auctions all 3 days
• Meetings of ATA-Affiliated Study Units
• What’s in Your Attic? Free Stamp Evaluations
• Tours, Reception, Banquet, Hospitality Room

APS Executive Director Scott English will attend the show, offer special recognition to some ATA members, and make a special announcement at the ATA’s annual meeting at 1 p.m. Friday.

There are programs, society meetings, and special events throughout the show see a complete schedule.

More information is available on the NTSS website or contact the ATA office at 618-985-5100.