President's Message | Philatelic Show 2015 (Boxborough, MA) | One Frame Exhibition - November 6, 2013 | One Frame Exhibition - November 5, 2014 | Collectors Club Supports National Postal Museum | Images from the 2014 Awards Banquet
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The PNSE Show was held in early April with a strong Collectors Club presence throughout the three-day weekend. First and foremost, I would like to extend my very special thanks on behalf of the Club to Steve Washburne, Alan Warren and Mark Schwartz who helped coordinate the Club activities throughout the show, and for putting on an outstanding and most successful show.
The complete list of the awards is noted in the CCP and on the PNSE website. The winners of the Collectors Club Multiframe Awards were: Dr. Yamil Kouri - Best Foreign Exhibit for The First Postal Issue of the Spanish Antilles 1855-1865; Larry Lyons – Best Classic U.S. Exhibit for All Roads Lead to San Francisco – The Private Companies That Carried the Mail in the West; and Roger Brody – Best Modern U.S. Exhibit for Series 1902 – The Post Office Enters the 20th Century. From this group of exhibitors and exhibits Dr. Kouri received The Frohlich Joy of Philately Grand Award, and Mr. Brody received The Betty D. Schultz Reserve Grand Award. Also receiving one of the show’s top awards was Don David Price who received The George H. Dewsnap Memorial Award for the Best One-Frame Exhibit for $1.00 Rush Lamp & Candleholder Stamp – The CIA Invert. We will be seeing more of Yamil’s and Don’s exhibits as they will be competing in their respective forthcoming Champion of Champions competitions in the near future. Congratulations to these and all of the award winners for an outstanding showing on behalf of the Club.
I am also pleased to note that Editor Gene Fricks received the PNSE Merit Award for outstanding service to philately at the national level. The award was given in recognition of Gene’s lifetime support of all aspects of philately. The list of previous recipients reads like a Who’s-Who of the top echelon of American philately over the past twenty-five years. Congratulations and well done Gene!
We were pleased to have Dr. Vernon Morris give the Collectors Club Lecture, appropriately entitled Philadelphia’s First Private Post, as our contribution to the show’s program. Also, we were pleased to welcome members, prospective members and visitors at the Collectors Club Booth which we were able to staff for the entire show, despite the lack of a formal schedule for such. Thanks guys! After the early evening Awards Cocktail Party, we were happy to host an informal dinner at a local restaurant at which members, the Show Committee and the Judges participated.
With two very successful shows (NOJEX 2013 and PNSE 2014) behind us, it is time to think about next year. The Board has recommended that we participate in the Boxborough, MA show in 2015, and we have just received approval for such from the Show Committee. So keep an eye on subsequent CCP’s and the web site for further details.
Finally I wish to extend my special thanks to Mr. Steven Rod who decided to step down from his position on the Board earlier this year. Steve is a tireless worker for all aspects of philately, from the local club in Westfield, NJ to the International Show to be held in New York in 2016. We have been pleased to have his services on the Board for the past many years. Steve will still be working with us in various ways. I am looking forward to the special program that he will prepare for the 2015 Annual Meeting. He will also be working with us on a Retreat that we are planning for later this year, to develop more long-range programs for the Club. Replacing Steve on the Board is Dan Ryterband, a New York Resident Member who has been active with the Philatelic Foundation. He has already influenced the Board in helping to direct us to a company to work on our current IT issues. Welcome aboard Dan!
Unquestionably, the philatelic highlight of this spring was the sale of the one-cent British Guiana by Sotheby’s on June 17th at their Upper East Side Offices. We were pleased to be a small part of this philatelic event. Irene Bromberg, our Executive Secretary, and Adina Brizel, of our Library Staff, were acknowledged for their assistance to Sotheby’s in making our Library resources readily available for their research in preparing the absolutely beautiful seventy-one page catalog which documented the sale of this rarest of philatelic items. Simply put, this catalog is a must-read for anyone interested in philately. Members of the Collectors Club were invited to attend the presale cocktail party and sale, and I was pleased to see many members in attendance. We were also pleased to see Irwin Weinberg, who purchased the stamp in 1970 on behalf of an investment consortium, at the sale. Kudos to David Reeder and his staff at Sotheby’s for the excellent job done in orchestrating this philatelic event. We were also pleased that Al Jazeera and CNN made the Collectors Club part of their video reports on the sale.
With our successful participation at two national level shows in the past two years, the Board has agreed to show participation as one of our annual activities at the Club. For 2015 we will be joining the Philatelic Show at Boxborough, MA on May 1st through May 3rd, so it is time to start thinking about your exhibits for this major Northeast Show. After New York 2016, we plan to join the NAPEX Show outside of Washington, DC in June of 2017. For those with a more local focus, I should note that we will be having our annual One Frame Competition on Wednesday, November 5, 2015 at the Club. The prospectus will be mailed to all Resident Members in late August, and it will be available on the web site at that time. For those desiring a copy by regular mail, please contact Ms Bromberg at the Club.
At its June meeting the Board of Governors approved an increase in annual membership dues for the Club effective in 2015. The new dues structure will be as follows: Resident Members - $225; Non-Resident Members - $95; Foreign/Overseas Members - $120. It should be noted that it has been more than ten years since we have had a dues increase, and expenses have gone up in just about every one of our areas of activity. In addition, we are providing much in additional value for the membership in general. Included are a much more active web site through professional management; videos of all meetings available on the web site on a timely basis so members around the world can view the meetings and share in the philatelic experiences; Club participation at national level shows on a regular basis; and publication of the Collectors Club Philatelist in full color for every issue. Additionally, we are facing a number of major expenses in the immediate future including a full upgrade of our Club IT capability; a new and modern web site; full availability with search capability for the membership of all CCP’s on the web site; and significant number of Club building repairs and improvements to get the house ready for New York 2016. A full letter on the dues increase will go out to all members later this year.
On a final note, we have all heard of the EXPONET – Virtual Exhibition web site organized by Milan Cernik and his associates in the Czech Republic. People are encouraged to put their exhibits on line for all to see. Alain Millet, a Collectors Club member and a long-time friend, has taken a different approach to philately and the web. I consider Alain to be the world’s foremost collector of French Colonies postal history. A while ago he decided to give up the rigors, complexities and expenses associated with formal national and international exhibiting, and go his own way. He discovered a web site named ISSUU, which provides apparently unlimited space for people to put up files in their areas of interest in their own section of the site. Alain’s part of the site is accessible via the link ISSUU.COM/CODAXA, which I accessed recently in search of some minor French Colonial point. I found that Alain has been working hard on his web exhibits, and now has fourteen of them! Because of the breadth and depth of material that he has, his New Caledonia postal history is shown over a group of six exhibits alone. Without question he has the definitive collection of New Caledonia postal history, save for modern material, and it is available for all to see all of the time.
The material is presented in typical mounted exhibition style, but with the freedom to do so as he sees fit. He does not have to be concerned about page or frame limits, fine details on organization, whether items fit under his given title, etc. His definitive collection of New Hebrides postal history is presented in two exhibits, and, in my view, is the best ever assembled, as is his New Caledonia material. In addition to these, he has six further exhibits on different French Colonial or French Offices areas. His presentations on Mayotte & Nossi-Bé and the French Colonial Dubois Issue are among my favorites, and represent reference standards of what exhibits in these areas could contain. His ISSUU exhibits stand as a resource for collectors, exhibitors, researchers, judges, etc. to use as needed. I have been struggling for the past few years as to what to do with my Indochina and Madagascar Group Type exhibits which have exceeded the ten frame size allowed for national level exhibits. With Alain’s gambit, I may have found a proper place for them.
Philatelic Show 2015 (Boxborough, MA)
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Collectors Club Supports National Postal Museum
With our successful participation at two national level shows in the past two years, the Board has agreed to show participation as one of our annual activities at the Club. For 2015 we will be joining the Philatelic Show at Boxborough, MA on May 1st through May 3rd, so it is time to start thinking about your exhibits for this major Northeast Show. After New York 2016, we plan to join the NAPEX Show outside of Washington, DC in June of 2017. Watch this web site link for additional information.
Edward Grabowski, President
We were pleaseed to have twenty-two entries in the 2013 One Frame Exhibition. As is usual, the entries covered the gamut of philately, from the very best of one frame exhibits seen in any competition, to presentations by members illustrating areas of their interest without regard to being serious contenders for the top awards. My sincerest thanks to all of the exhibitors for making this another overflow event, with the frames and the room filled beyond normal capacities (Figure 1).
Lombardi captured the Grand
Award for his
exhibit entitled: The U.S. Three Cent Jackson Stamp of the 1902 Series.
As Nick noted in his summary presentation, the three cent Jackson stamp
was issued as a utility stamp to be used in combination with other
issues of the 1902 Series to make up unusual combination rates. As
such, it saw little use, and makes an excellent choice on which to
build a one frame exhibit. An example of an exceptional use of this
stamp was shown on Nick’s title page. A pair of the three cent Jacksons
was used to pay the six cent due charge on the British post card shown
in Figure 2. At first I was confused by the reason for the due charge
on this card. However, a blow-up of the printed instructions on the
card revealed that the small message space on the front of the card
could only be used for inland messages. Messages to overseas
destinations had to be written on the reverse of the card. The outcome
of the sender’s failure to read the instructions and the arrival
office’s decision to use postage stamps for the amount due is this
marvelous piece of postal history.
Reserve Grand Award went to
Mark Schwartz who continued with his
study of the state of Massachusetts with his exhibit entitled: The
Postal Markings of Newbury and Newburyport, Mass. During the Stampless
Period: 1755 – 1855. The purpose of the exhibit was to illustrate the
postal markings used by the colonial and United States Post Offices in
these two entities on stampless mail until the requirement for the use
of stamps in January 1856. Illustrative of the excellence of Mark’s
exhibit is the cover shown in Figure 3. It is one of four known (one is
in an archive) with the straight line NEWBURY hand stamp of 1775.
It is the only Newbury postmark known after Newburyport was
carved out of Newbury in 1764, as this new and very small town included
the area where the Newbury post office was situated. Originally it was
thought to be a marking from the Goddard Post, it is now recognized as
one of the last group of Royal hand stamps used in the Colonies.
Larry Lyons received an Award of Merit for his
America’s First Stamp Design, The United States City Despatch Post:
August 16, 1842 – November 28, 1846. This exhibit is yet another
example of Larry’s long-standing enchantment with United States Locals
and Carriers. In this study he noted that this stamp was the first
adhesive stamp used in the United States and the first used under
authority of the U. S. Post Office Department. The exhibit began with
the unique August 16, 1842 first day of use of this stamp. The Hon J.
W. Middendorf also won an Award of Merit for his study of Classic
Hawaii. Clearly the judges were impressed by the rarity and quality of
the material in this exhibit. Ambassador Middendorf has supported this
Club activity in past years. We hope that he will not only enter an
exhibit next year, but be able to come to the meeting. I am certain
that there are many younger members who would delight in meeting him.
John Pedneault won an Award of Merit for his
exhibit: The Irishman
Always Writes Home. In the past John has presented numerous exhibits on
the Irish overprints, an area in which he is one of the world’s
experts. This year he decided on a change in approach, and showed one
frame on postal history written to Ireland which was replete with
numerous rarities. My personal favorite was his example of a Ballon
Monte from the Siege of Paris sent home to Ireland. Also, a special
note of thanks to John for once again taking care of the mounting and
dismounting of the exhibits for the evening. The final Award of Merit
went to Roger Brody for his exhibit entitled Jamestown 1907: Essays and
Proofs. After his recent work on ‘In Cahoots’, we were unsure of what
Roger would come up for this year. He finally went with a more
traditional exhibit which featured Essay Drawings, Essay Die Proofs,
Approval Die Proofs and Posthumous Die Proofs to complete the story of
the beautiful Jamestown Issue.
this year’s Friendship Cup
was Ed Mendlowitz with his exhibit
on Early Years as a Cover Collector and Dealer (1953 – 1967). To the
best of my knowledge, this was Ed’s first attempt at a one frame
exhibit, and he clearly caught the attention of the attendees. Ed chose
to do a very personal exhibit telling the viewers about his personal
joy in building a collection of United States Presidential Inauguration
Day Covers. To capture his view of rarity and American history, he
showed the Harry S Truman inauguration cover from April 12, 1945 shown
in Figure 4. It was postmarked at Victory, VT on the appropriate day
and signed by Mr. Truman. The inscription, which notes that Truman was
the 33rd President of the United States, was corrected by Mr. Truman to
the 32nd President, reflecting the fact that Cleveland served two
nonconsecutive terms and Mr. Truman felt that he should not be counted
twice. Malcolm Forbes previously noted that he possessed a document
written by Truman stating this position, and Ed’s inauguration card
confirms this view.
Member Keith Stupell enjoys the J. W. Scott exhibit.
most unusual exhibit in this
year’s competition was presented by
one J. W. Scott and it was entitled: 20th Century United States Gems
and Rarities. This exhibit highlighted a number of ‘rarities’ that have
yet to receive catalog recognition. Keith Stupell is shown in Figure 5
enjoying one of the pages in this exhibit. My eye was caught by
pages 2, 3 and 4 of the exhibit which show the unreported no-capsule,
double capsule and reversed capsule varieties of the of the 1962
Mercury Capsule stamp. This exhibit continued in this fashion for the
full frame and provided a delightful ending to one of our most
successful One Frame Exhibitions. Thank you Mr. J. W. Scott! As usual,
awards will be presented at next May’s Awards Banquet.
Edward Grabowski, President
The Collectors Club will be holding its annual One Frame Competition on Wednesday, November 5, 2015 at the Club House. Details on the competition and a prospectus will be available on the web site presently.
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