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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!
Philadelphia National Stamp Exhibition (PNSE)
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With the success of NOJEX 2013 behind us, the Board of Governors has agreed that we continue our presence at national level stamp shows. I am most pleased to announce that we will be participating at the Philadelphia National Stamp Exhibition (PNSE) of 2014 to be held in Oaks, Pennsylvania during the weekend of April 4-6, 2014. We will feature Collectors Club competitive exhibits and lectures at the show, and will also maintain a Collectors Club Booth at which to meet members, prospective new members and guests.
PNSE is one of the major APS World Series of Philately shows along the Northeast Corridor, and will provide an excellent opportunity for Collectors Club exhibitors to qualify not only for the 2014 Champions of Champions competition in Hartford, but also to qualify their exhibits for World Stamp Show – New York 2016. With more than 200 exhibit frames available, this will be a wonderful chance for Club members to display their diverse material to a wide audience, and show that the Collectors Club is an all encompassing group of collectors. Complete information on the PNSE Show, an exhibit Prospectus and an Exhibit Entry Form are available at the show’s web site (www.pnse.org) for your convenience
In addition to the regular PNSE show awards, three special Collectors Club awards will be given at this show. They will be for the best Classic U.S., Modern U.S., and Foreign exhibits by Club members, with long-term recognition on the new Multi-frame Competition Plaque displayed in the Clubhouse. Exhibits that have previously won one of these awards, will not be eligible for this competition.
A special Collectors Club dinner is being planned to help celebrate this event with further details to be announced as the show draws closer.
PNSE will also provide meeting rooms and audio-visual equipment for all speakers who would like to share their collecting knowledge and passions with fellow collectors. Please let us know if you would like to give a presentation at PNSE. This is another opportunity to show the collecting public that the Collectors Club is a diverse and welcoming organization. Additional details about the show, including special hotel rates, also can be found on the PNSE website. Updates on our participation will appear on the Club’s web site.
I am asking all club members, particularly those along the Northeast Corridor, to consider submitting an exhibit to this show, and participating in what I am sure will be a momentous event.
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
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