Oklahoma Stamp Show June 16–17

The Okpex 2017 stamp show starts today, Friday, June 16, and closes tomorrow Saturday June 17. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The show is being held at the Reed Conference Center, 5800 Will Rogers Road, Midwest City, OK 73110, located off Interstate 40, just 5 miles east of downtown Oklahoma City.

The show has 13 dealers and the United States Postal Service will also have a booth. There are also competitive and non-competitive exhibits on display.

Both The Oklahoma Philatelic Society, and The Oklahoma Postal History Society will hold their annual meetings at OKPEX 2017. The local chapter of the American Topical Association will hold its 4th OKPEX “Roundtable Meeting” and the American Association of Philatelic Exhibitors will hold an “Open Forum on Exhibiting” for exhibitors and those interested in becoming exhibitors.

Scott Tiffney, APRL Reference Assistant, will be staffing an APS table at the show.

For more information, visit its website.

Canada Will Issue Bird Stamps in August

Five birds, four of them in flight and a waterfowl species in the water, appear on Canada Post’s latest Birds of Canada stamps, which will be issued August 1.

The birds are shown attractively together on the same souvenir sheet with portion of each appearing beyond the perforations of each vertically oriented permanent (first-class domestic) stamp.

This is the second of a planned three-year series. A similarly designed group issued last year featured the Atlantic puffin and common raven among others.

The birds featured from five sections of Canada. Two birds appear along the top of the pane, two across the middle and a single species at the bottom. Shown at the top are, from left, the blue jay, from Prince Edward Island, and the gyrfalcon, from Northwest Territories; the great gray owl, from Manitoba, and the osprey, from Nova Scotia; and the common loon, from Ontario. The top two rows show single birds in flight; at the bottom is an adult loon at rest in the water with two chicks.

All text is, as usual on Canadian stamps, in English and French.

The stamps were unveiled May 26 at the annual convention of The Royal Philatelic Society of Canada.

Credited designers, the same as the 2016 set, are Kosta Tsetsekas, Adrian Horvath, and Mike Savage, of Signals with illustration by Keith Martin. The stamps are being printed by Canadian Bank Note.

Sharks Stamps Debut July 26 at
Newport Aquarium in Kentucky


[USPS Press Release]

The U.S. Postal Service will celebrate the wonder of sharks by issuing the Sharks Forever stamps featuring five species that inhabit American waters — the mako, thresher, great white, hammerhead and whale sharks. Please share the news on social media using the hashtag #SharksStamps.

The 8 a.m. July 26 First-Day-of-Issue ceremony will take place at the Newport Aquarium in Newport, KY. This is a ticketed event. Tickets are limited to a first-come, first-served basis. Please RSVP to usps.com/sharks for free tickets.

Customers may preorder the stamps in early July at usps.com/shop for delivery shortly after the July 26 nationwide issuance.

Misunderstood Creatures
Possibly no other creatures are as mythologized — or as misunderstood — as sharks. Blockbuster thrillers and sensationalized media have fueled the belief that sharks are monsters: unthinking, bloodthirsty, vengeful and primitive. While they are ancient creatures, having emerged long before the first dinosaurs, after 400 million years the 500 or so known shark species have adapted to their ecological role.

Sharks’ adaptations include light, flexible skeletons of cartilage, teeth replaced without limit and skin covered by a hydrodynamic surface of tiny tooth-like structures. Their keen senses include one that detects electrical signals given off by prey and enables navigation by Earth’s magnetic field. Their nervous systems are also adapted to sense miniscule water movements, such as the struggles of a far-off fish.

An athlete of the shark world is the swift, streamlined mako shark. The stamp image depicts a shortfin mako (Isurus oxyrinchus) knifing through the water near the surface.

The most distinctive feature of the pelagic thresher shark (Alopias pelagicus) is its unique, whip-like tail fin, seen trailing in the distance of the stamp image.

The great white (Carcharodon carcharias) epitomizes sharks in many peoples’ minds.


The world’s largest fish is the sluggish, filter-feeding, school bus-sized whale shark (Rhincodon typus).


The scalloped hammerhead (Sphyrna lewini), featured in the hammerhead shark stamp, is one of three large hammerhead species.

Columbus, Ohio Stamp Show, June 16–17

Colopex 2017, sponsored by the Columbus Philatelic Club Inc., will be held June 16–17 at Rhodes Center, Ohio Expo Center, 717 E. 17th Avenue Exit 111, Columbus, Ohio. Show hours are Friday 10 a.m.–6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Admission is free, parking is $5 for the day.

The show will feature:
• 25+ Dealers
• Exhibits
• & much more!

Please visit the APS Booth and meet Jeff Stage, Editorial Associate, The American Philatelist, during the show.

For more information visit the Colopex website.

United Nations Will Issue Six World
Heritage Sites Stamps at StampShow

The United Nations will formally issue six new stamps in its ongoing World Heritage series at a ceremony in August at the American Philatelic Society’s StampShow.

The stamps depict sites Along the Silk Road. A ceremony has been scheduled for 2 p.m. August 3, the first day of the four-day show at the Greater Richmond Convention Center in Richmond, Virginia.

To accommodate headquarters in three locales (U.S., Switzerland, Austria,) the stamps show architectural treasures in three national denominations: U.S. – Kyrgyzstan (Too Sacred Mountain) and China (Longmen Grottoes); Switzerland (text in French) –  Uzbekistan (Historic Center of Bukhara), Turkmenistan (Konye-Urgench, or Kunya-Urgench); and Austrian (text in German) – Iran (Bazaar in Tabriz), and Turkey (City of Safranbolu). The U.S. denominations are 34 cents (Grottoes), which pays the current postcard rate, and 49 cents (Mountain), the first-class domestic rate.

The series began in 1997 and features cultural and natural sites that have been inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage list. UNESCO stands for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

The new release includes panes of 20 for each stamp and a prestige booklet a block of four for each stamp, additional photos of the sites, and explanatory text.

“The Silk Roads were an interconnected web of routes linking the ancient societies of Asia, the Subcontinent, Central Asia, Western Asia, and the Near East, and contributed to the development of the world’s great civilizations,” the U.N. booklet states. “They represent one of the world’s preeminent long-distance communication networks, stretching to around 7,500 km [4,600 miles], but extending to more than 35,000 km [21,700 miles] along specific routes.”

StampShow 2017, the nation’s largest annual philatelic show, will be held August 3 to 6 and feature hundreds of high-caliber exhibits, scores of dealers, displays of stamp rarities, a youth area, dozens of presentations, meetings of specialty societies. The show serves as the summer convention for the 30,000 members of the APS, which is marking its 131st year.

More show information is available online via the APS website.