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.

Carter Awards for Young Philatelists

The American Philatelic Society has announced the recipients of the 2017 Nicholas G. Carter Volunteer Recognition Award for Outstanding Young Philatelist (ages 15–24) and Outstanding Young Adult Philatelist (ages 25–40). The national and local service awards were announced earlier.

Outstanding Young Philatelist
Charles Epting, of California, is a member of the APS, American Association of Philatelic Exhibitors, U.S. Philatelic Classics Society, United States Stamp Society, and the Royal Philatelic Society of London. He is the president and works in marketing and other areas for H.R. Harmer auctions of Tustin, California.

He has authored several articles, including “New York City in the 1930s,” for the May 2016 edition of The American Philatelist; “An Unlisted Canal Zone Photo Essay,” for the September 2016 United States Stamp Society Specialist; and “Review of The Erivan Haub Collection of U.S. and Confederate Postmasters’ Provisionals,” for the August 2016 Chronicle of U.S. Philatelic Classics. A regular columnist for Stamp Insider he also has written for First Days, the Ephemera Journal, U.S. Stamp News, and American Stamp Dealer and Collector.

Epting has shown his exhibit, “Roosevelt’s Tree Army: Postal History of the Civilian Conservation Corps, 1933–1942” at AmeriStamp Expo 2016 and Okpex 2016. He presented seminars at Westpex, WSS-NY 2016 and StampShow 2016, and attended Monacophil 2015. Finally, he helped secure Harmer sponsorship of the APS Tiffany Dinner at StampShow 2016, where he introduced 2016 Luff Award winners Diane DeBlois and Robert Dalton Harris.

Outstanding Young Adult Philatelist
Amanda Morgenstern, of Illinois, has volunteered extensively in several areas of philately. She promotes the hobby and has assisted the Southern Illinois Stamp Club in many ways, such as shows, youth, group leadership, local roadshow events, and website suggestions. She has had extensive involvement with national and international promotion in her volunteer work with the American Topical Association.

Morgenstern’s volunteerism with ATA has included her volunteer-webmaster position from 2012 to 2016. ATA’s Facebook page has benefited from Amanda’s participation and leadership. Recently, she has taken the lead in supplying information for Twitter use. Amanda has created several cachets for ATA events and is always willing to help with any kind of project. Her fine sense of design has helped bring the hobby into the 21st century. Morgenstern was elected to the ATA Board of Directors in 2016.
Among other philatelic groups that she has served is the Graphics Philately Association. Morgenstern edited its quarterly journal from 2014 to 2016. She instituted a full redesign of the publication which has now received recognition in philatelic literature competitions.

Awards are presented each year at the APS General Meeting, this year on August 5 at StampShow 2017 in Richmond, Virginia. If honorees are unable to attend the show, other arrangements are made for an official presentation.

The Nicholas G. Carter Volunteer Recognition Award recognizes the outstanding efforts of our volunteers at national and local levels and also recognize our younger members whose outstanding leadership is crucial to our future.

Total Solar Eclipse Stamp at
Post Offices Nationwide June 20

The U.S. Postal Service will issue on Tuesday, June 20, a forever stamp noting this year’s total solar eclipse using a special kind of ink that will make an image of the moon appear beneath your thumb.

See our earlier blog post with details about the stamp itself.

The first-day-of-issue ceremony is taking place at 1:30 p.m. (Mountain Time) June 20 at the Art Museum of the University of Wyoming in Laramie. The university is celebrating the summer solstice on that day. Prior to the event, visitors are encouraged to arrive at 11:30 a.m. to witness a unique architectural feature where a single beam of sunlight shines on a silver dollar embedded in the floor, which occurs at noon on the summer solstice in the UW Art Museum’s Rotunda Gallery.

Ceremony participants are anticipated to include:
Dr. Madhulika Guhathakurta, NASA Astrophysicist
Chip Kobulnicky, University of Wyoming Department of Physics and Astronomy Professor
Fred Espenak, Photographer of stamp image, Eclipse expert
Kevin Romero, Acting District Manager, Colorado/Wyoming District, USPS
Jim Cochrane, Chief Customer and Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President, USPS

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.