Florex 2016 — the Florida State Stamp Show and the final World Series of Philately show of 2016 — will be Friday through Sunday, December 2–4, in Orlando.
The show, which bills itself as the largest WSP show in the Southeast, will be held at the Central Florida Fairgrounds, state Route 50 (Commercial Exhibit Hall 4603 West Colonial Drive), 3½ miles west of downtown Orlando.
Parking and admission to the show are free. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.
The show will feature about 45 dealers from all over North America, occupying 63 booths, along with 184 frames of competitive exhibits, representing nearly 2,900 pages of material.
The December issue of The American Philatelist is now online for members to view. Here are some of the highlights:
The Art of Expertizing by Mercer Bristow. Starting with seven candidates, the American Philatelic Society’s on-staff expertizer takes us through the process to determine whether a classic stamp from an old German state is the real deal.
Seeking Another Philatelic Quest? by Peter Elias. Most collectors in the United States are somewhat in the dark when it comes to some modern European specialties. The author reviews the popularity and varieties of Spanish thermal ATM stamps.
Curious Aberration on Indonesian Covers by Mardjohan “John” Hardjasudarma. Indonesia’s legacy of first-day covers includes some unofficial back-side first-day cancellations of older stamps.
The 12 new United States Andrew Wyeth commemorative forever stamps will be issued July 12 nationwide. The ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. at the Brandywine River Museum of Art in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania.
The details on the issue date were first published by Art Fix Daily and confirmed by U.S. Postal Service spokesman Roy Betts.
The paintings depicted are Alvaro and Christina, 1968; Big Room, 1988; The Carry, 2003; Christina’s World, 1948; Frostbitten, 1962; North Light, 1984; Sailor’s Valentine, 1985; Soaring, 1942–50; Spring Fed, 1967; My Studio, 1974; Wind from the Sea, 1947; and Young Bull, 1960.
Here are the details on the Wyeth stamps from the USPS November 23 press release:
Mastering a realistic style that defied artistic trends, Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009) created haunting and enigmatic paintings based largely on people and places in his life — a body of work that continues to resist easy or comfortable interpretation.
Finding endless inspiration both in his hometown of Chadds Ford, PA, and in rural Maine, he scrutinized the lives, houses and personal belongings of people around him, sometimes painting their portraits but just as often using objects and places to represent them. 2017 is the centennial of Wyeth’s birth. With subtle symbolism and eerie implications, his work invites us to reinterpret his personal vision. Derry Noyes art directed and designed this pane of 12 stamps.
The American Philatelic Society has joined with organizations around the world to support Giving Tuesday. After Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday helps kick off the charitable season on holiday and end-of-the-year giving. Last year, more than 45,000 organizations came together to make a difference and now we are joining this effort to make a difference for the hobby.
The American Philatelic Society and American Philatelic Research Library welcome gifts of all kinds — but we have a very special opportunity to grow the APS and the hobby. Thanks to the success of World Stamp Show-NY 2016 — we have received a challenge.
That challenge is an offer to match dollar-for-dollar donations for two purposes:
Modern Member Outreach: Collecting is different for newer collectors. Technology through the internet has opened new doors to finding stamps and learning about the hobby. With your help, we can connect with collectors and promote the hobby and the APS with greater technology than ever before. (Goal: $25,000 for a total of $50,000)
A Team for the Hobby: Recently, we convened the Summit for the Future of Philately in Bellefonte. From that Summit, a dream team of collectors, dealers, the U.S. Postal Service and the National Postal Museum will form the Council on Postal Collectors to promote the hobby for the next generation. See the report from the October 28, 2016 meeting here. (Goal: $25,000 for a total of $50,000)
Donate Now The American Philatelic Society and American Philatelic Research Library are both IRS recognized 501(c)(3) public charities. Gifts may be tax deductible for U.S. taxpayers. Written acknowledgments are provided for all gifts of $5 or more.
The United States Postal Service announced another grouping of stamps to be issued in 2017. Here is a link to the other 2017 stamps previously revealed. No issue dates have been announced for any of the 2017 stamps as of today.
A slide show of the images is provided along with the USPS press release below.
[USPS Press Release]
WASHINGTON — The Postal Service today announced more subjects that will be featured on Forever stamps in the new year.
“2017 will be an exciting year for the Postal Service’s stamp program,” said Mary-Anne Penner, U.S. Postal Service Director, Stamp Services. “This amazing collection of stamps features beautiful art, distinguished Americans and historic events.”