04/08/2011 (P1687)
Contact: Ken Martin

Lloyd de Vries Recipient of Kehr “Future of Philately” Award

American Philatelic Society (APS) member Lloyd de Vries is the 2010 recipient of the Kehr “Future of Philately” Award for 2010. Lloyd was recognized for his outstanding contributions at APS AmeriStamp Expo, in Charleston, South Carolina, in February.

The Kehr Award, named for Ernest Anthony Kehr (1911–1986), one of philately’s most distinguished spokesmen, each year recognizes a living philatelist, who has contributed to the future of the stamp hobby. The candidate’s endeavors must exhibit sustained excellence, lasting value, and demonstrated positive results. The candidate’s activities in one or more of these areas should also have been demonstrated for a period of at least five years.

The committee unanimously agreed on Lloyd’s nomination, their “…overriding consideration was de Vries’ role in founding the Virtual Stamp Club, making him a pioneer in promoting philately through a medium that directly points to ‘the future of philately’.

In 1993 Lloyd started operating online stamp collecting forums with the Genie dial-up system. He also has had forums on America Online, the Microsoft Network and Dueling Modems. He has used modern media (radio and the Internet) to guarantee the future of stamp collecting. Since 1997, he has hosted a weekly 60 second radio program, “The CBS Stamp Collecting Report” on the CBS Radio Network. The show targets the general audience, not the serious philatelist. It provides information that encourages listeners to become stamp collectors while also entertaining and educating the serious collector.

Since 1996, Lloyd is manager and president of Virtual Stamp Club (VSC) — the first electronic Chapter of the APS and the American First Day Cover Society — on the Internet. The VSC targets all levels of collecting, but it is especially useful for entry level collectors, as it provides them with a means to ask questions and obtain answers. It also contains an electronic library of several thousand articles targeted at beginning collectors.

He has written for a wide variety of stamp collecting publications and non-philatelic publications. He has served as an officer for the American Philatelic Society, the American First Day Cover Society, the APS Writers Unit #30, and the Philatelic Computing Study Group. Once again, Lloyd uses these organizations to ensure that there is a future in stamp collecting.

Lloyd supports stamp collecting by attending major stamp shows and representing philatelic organizations. He is always willing to answer questions, especially from beginners. His target audience at shows is “…anyone who doesn’t move fast enough!” He wants them to know that stamp collecting is fun and they should be part of the hobby.

The American Philatelic Society congratulates Lloyd de Vries on his accomplishments and thanks him for continued dedication to promoting the hobby. If you know of someone who deserves recognition for similar contributions, please send his or her name, accomplishments, and supporting documentation to the American Philatelic Society, Attn: Kehr Award Committee, 100 Match Factory Place, Bellefonte, PA, 16823 by June 15, 2011.