StampShow 2017 Seeking Exhibits;
$150 Prize for Best Canadian Exhibit

APS StampShow 2017 is seeking exhibits for the upcoming August 3–6 show in Richmond, Virginia. The show is celebrating the 150th anniversary of Canada’s confederation and is encouraging exhibitors of Canada to submit entries. There will be a $150 prize for the best Canadian exhibit at the show. The prospectus and entry form are available. Deadline to enter is June 1.

The Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum will also have an exhibit at the show.

APS StampShow 2017 will be held at the Greater Richmond Convention Center, 403 N. Third Street, Richmond, Virginia. Function ticket reservations and online registration for the show has been posted to the website.

The judges are Tim Bartshe (Colorado), Chief Judge; Ed Andrews (North Carolina); Darrell Ertzberger (Virginia); Rob Henak (Wisconsin); Yamil Kouri (Massachusetts); Ron Lesher (Maryland); Joan Orr (Australia); Charles Verge (Canada); Pat Walker (Florida); FIP Option Jury Bob Odenweller (Ohio) and James Mazepa (Florida).

Please e-mail Kathleen Edwards for further information.

Rochester, New York Area Stamp Show May 19–20

Ropex Stamp Show, sponsored by the Rochester Philatelic Association (RPA), will be held May 19–20, at the Greater Canandaigua Civic Center, 250 North Bloomfield Road, Canandaigua, New York. Show hours are 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Admission is $2 for adults, free for youth 18 and under. Parking is free.

This year’s show features:
• 17 dealers from the eastern and central U.S. Dealers are encouraging collectors to contact them by email or phone in advance to make sure items of interest will not be left behind.
• 128 frames of exhibits.
• U.S. Postal Service will be present selling current items.
• The American Topical Association will have a booth.
• Youth Booth — welcomes kids all day to learn about the hobby and get free stamps and supplies.

Meetings and events on Saturday:
• All are invited to attend the Ropex Awards Ceremony at 9:15 a.m.
• The Empire State Postal History Society will hold its annual meeting at 11 a.m.
• A regional American Association of Philatelic Exhibitors Open Forum at noon hosted by Ken Martin.
• Judges’ Feedback Forum at 1 p.m.
• Winners of the RPA’s annual youth “Design-a-Stamp” contest will be announced at 2 p.m.

Ropex is commemorating the 200th anniversary of the start of Erie Canal construction. A pair of specially designed cachets are available on the theme.

Jeff Stage, APS Editorial Associate, will staff an APS table and Ken Martin, APS COO, will be judging.

Members of the public are encouraged to bring in their own philatelic material for a free evaluation and identification by knowledgeable RPA members throughout the show.

Full show details can be found online on the club’s website.

Portland, Oregon Stamp Show, May 12–14

Pipex 2017, sponsored by the Northwest Federation of Stamp Clubs will be held May 12–14 at the Red Lion Hotel on the River at Jantzen Beach, 909 N. Hayden Island Drive in Portland, Oregon. Show hours are Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.–6 p.m. and Sunday 10 am.–4 p.m. Admission and parking are free.

On Friday of the show, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., an American Philatelic Society forum will take place where Michael Bloom will give insights into the APS, the world’s largest philatelic organization.

The hotel offers a free on-demand shuttle from the Portland International Airport. You must tell them that you are attending Pipex. The show room rate is $103 per night. Register on the Pipex website or call the hotel at (503) 283-4466.

The APS World Series of Philately show will feature:
• 40 dealer booths
• 3,800 pages of exhibits
• a youth area and StampBuddy for adult collectors
• Grandma’s Attic (free advice on collections)
• a stamp collecting pavilion.

Meetings will be held by:
• Mobile Post Office Society
• Scouts on Stamps Society International
• International Machine Cancel Society
• Northwest Federation of Stamp Clubs
• Women Exhibitors will hold a regional meeting
• Pacific Northwest Postal History Society.

Harmer-Schau Auctions Northwest will hold an auction at the show on Sunday, May 14.

For more information, see the Pipex 2017 website.

You Can Help Stamp Out Hunger
This Saturday, May 13

You can help our letter carriers help others this Saturday, May 13, during the 25th annual National Association of Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. And, this is the perfect week to pick up a memento to mark the special anniversary.

Postal patrons are asked to leave non-perishable and non-glass contained foodstuffs at their postal delivery boxes, where letter carriers will retrieve them.

Over the last 24 national food drives, letter carriers have collected more than 1.5 billion pounds of food, helped by untold thousands of fellow postal employees, retired letter carriers, family members and friends, according to the NALC website. The food is distributed to local food pantries within the same communities where it was collected.

So, please help those around you who could use a little extra help.

You can mark this special event with a sheet of special postage to collect or to send on mail. Souvenir sheets of 20 first-class (49-cent) Stamp Out Hunger Family Circus PhotoStamps are available from the American Philatelic Society. The sheet, released March 4 at AmeriStamp Expo in Reno, Nevada, features artwork by Family Circus cartoon artist Jeff Keane, son of comic creator Bil Keane. The supply of sheets ($22.99 plus shipping) is limited through the APS specialty store.

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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