The Minnesota Stamp Expo was held from July 15 to17 in Crystal, Minnesota, outside of Minneapolis St. Paul. The show included a prelaunch ceremony for the United Nations World Chess Day issue, a reception sponsored by the local chapters of the Scandinavian Collectors Club and the Germany Philatelic Society, and meetings of the Northern Philatelic Society and Library, the Twin Cities Revenue Collectors Club and the Minnesota Stamp Dealers Association.
Hugh Lawrence took home the Rossmer V. Olson multi-frame Grand Award for his “Postal Rates During the Gold Yuan Era: The Chinese Hyperinflation of 1948-49” exhibit. Charles O’Brien won the multiframe reserve grand with a first day cover exhibit titled “Georgia Bicentennial 1933.” Vernon Morris was recognized for the best single frame exhibit for “World’s Third Entity to Issue Stamps; Philadelphia Local Posts, 1842 to 1861.”
Three U.S. residents are among the recipients of the 2022 medals from the Royal Philatelic Society of London. A Lee Medal for the best online Zoom presentation was awarded to Murray A. Abramson for “Commercial US Airmail (1922-1941): The British-American Airmail Postal Agreement.”
The Royal’s Crawford Medal for the most valuable and original contribution to the study and knowledge of philately in book form, whether physical or electronic, was awarded to Guillermo F. Gallegos and Joseph D. Hahn for The 19th century issues of El Salvador, 1867-1900.
The 19th century issues of El Salvador, 1867-1900 by Guillermo F. Gallegos and Joseph D. Hahn.
Congratulations to the Sequoia Stamp Club, which is hosting a celebration of its 75th birthday on September 17 at the Community Activities Building in Redwood City, California, the same location where their PENPEX Stamp Show and club meetings are held. Admission is free and the first 50 visitors who are dressed in 1947 attire will receive a free gift. To learn more about the celebration, visit www.penpex.org/SSC75.
With sadness, I note the passing of Jack André Denys in late June. An APS member for 35 years, Jack was an accomplished thematic exhibitor who served as president of the American Topical Association from 2008 to 2016. Jack wrote a regular column and many articles for the ATA journal, Topical Time, and in 2014 Jack received the ATA’s Distinguished Topical Philatelist award, its highest honor.
A member of the American Association of Philatelic Exhibitors, Jack wrote for its journal, The Philatelic Exhibitor, receiving the Randy L. Neil Award for the best article in 2011. In 2018, he co-edited the ATA handbook What’s First? and contributed to the ATA’s handbook, Topical Adventures.
The Bayeux Tapestry, his primary philatelic topic, depicts William the Conqueror’s invasion of England and victory at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. His exhibit earned 10 consecutive gold awards, which qualified him for the AAPE Diamond Award. The exhibit won the reserve grand (2007) and the grand (2008) at the National Topical Stamp Show.
Jack André Denys.
Co-founder of the Albrecht Dürer Study Unit of the ATA, Jack served as president and editor of its Dürer Journal for 20 years. He recently re-activated that organization, again serving as president and editor. He also belonged to the American Philatelic Society and the Westfield (N.J.) Stamp Club.