The La Posta 2021 Charles A. Fricke Award for the best “Small Bites of Great American Postal History” article (one or two pages) appearing in the 2020 issues of La Posta went to Jesse Spector, M.D, Lenox, Massachusetts, for “The Outdoor Cleanliness Association of the City of New York.”
The article appeared in the First Quarter 2020 La Posta. It explored a 1937 cover from the association that led to an examination of the purpose of the group, its impact on New York City, and its relationship to similar groups in other cities.
A very close Fricke Award runner-up was American Philatelic Society (APS) member Louis Fiset, Seattle, Washington, for “The Relocation of Aleuts to Southeast Alaska During World War II” (2Q).
Third place went to Steve Kochersperger, Washington, D.C., for “The Alaska Post Office That Was Washed Away,” (3Q).
Honorable mentions went to Richard Street Hemmings, Stewartstown, Pennsylvania, “A Postal Card from a 20th Century Pandemic,” (2Q); APS member Richard Martorelli, Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania, “The USPOD’s Address Correction Service” (1Q); and APS member Juan L. Riera, Miami, Florida, “Postal Delivery Vehicles,” (3Q).
APS member Don Glickstein, Seattle, Washington, won the 2020 Fricke Award for, “1944 Diplomatic Pouch Mail to Ceylon.”
The Fricke Award winner receives a $100 cash prize. The selections were based on voting by the La Posta editorial staff and the subscribers of La Posta.
The Fricke award is named in honor of Charles A. Fricke, a postal card specialist and longtime La Posta columnist who died in 2017 at age 94.
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