We are pleased to welcome these extraordinary instructors for the 41st annual Summer Seminar on Philately. This year we have 14 instructors teaching 16 courses over four days. Read on to learn more about these philatelic experts and the courses they'll be teaching.
Lifelong collector and member of APS for over 43 years, Dr. Edwin Andrews, has exhibited 101 times since 1972. His 27 different exhibits use a variety of treatments, including: display, thematic, aerophilately, revenue, fiscal revenue, postal history, military postal history, Cinderella, topical, picture post card, one frame, and traditional. Dr. Andrews has earned a myriad of gold/large gold medals and special awards. He has won multiple Grand and Reserve Grand awards. Dr. Andrews is an accredited Chief Philatelic Judge and former member of CANEJ (2013-2019). He was Lead Editor for the APS Manual of Philatelic Judging and Exhibiting (7th Ed. 2017). Edwin was a Board Member, Treasurer and is a Life member of the AAPE. He is a member of numerous philatelic societies; and is currently a Board Member and President of the Polonus Polish Philatelic Society.
Dr. Edwin J. Andrews will be teaching:
Leopold Beaudet began to seriously collect Canadian stamps in 1971 when hibrite paper varieties on Centennial definitives started appearing in post offices. He has written about Elizabethan stamp varieties, and was awarded the RPSC Geldert Medal for the series of articles titled “Canadian Stamp Varieties” that appeared in Canadian Philatelist between 1980 and 1986. Leopold did extensive research on the Centennial definitives at Library and Archives Canada, culminating in a detailed article in the D. Robin Harris catalogue, Centennial Definitives Series 1967 – 1973. He has also written articles for BNA Topics, Maple Leaves, PHSC Journal, Canadian Stamp News, and several BNAPS study group newsletters. In 2014, Leo became BNAPS Webmaster. In 2001, Leopold began editing the BNAPS Admiral Study Group newsletter, The Admiral’s Log, and wrote about his examination of the Admiral plate proofs at Library and Archives Canada. In 2011, he collaborated with members of the Admiral Study Group on a two-frame exhibit of the Admiral issue to mark its centenary. The exhibit was shown in the Court of Honour at BNAPEX 2011 in North Bay, ON.Leopold is a member of RPSC, BNAPS, CPS of GB, PHSC, SHPQ, and PSSC. He is a Fellow of the Royal and a member of the BNAPS Order of the Beaver.
Leopold Beaudet will be teaching:
Roger Curran grew up in the Washington, D.C. area and lived there throughout a career with the Federal government. Beginning the hobby as a child, Curran returned years later by starting a basic U.S. collection. He noticed how cancels sometimes enhanced the appearance of stamps and this led to an interest in cancels that has lasted for 40 years. Roger is active in the U.S. Cancellation Club and served as the journal editor for 25 years.
Roger Curran will be teaching:
A West Point graduate and career Army man, Guy Gasser, retired after 30 years of service to his country. He has collected stamps on and off for over 40 years and enjoys helping others learn about and enjoy philately. Guy has been a member of the APS since 2004 and also holds memberships in the U.S. Philatelic Classic Society, the U.S. Stamp Society, the Collector’s Club of NY and two St. Louis area stamp clubs.
Guy Gasser will be teaching:
Eric is a long time dealer, collector, student and enthusiast of revenue stamps. He is a long-time member of the APS expertizing committee, a contributor to the Scott Specialized Catalogue of United States Stamps and Covers and is working on a new edition of the Springer taxpaid revenue catalog. Jackson is a past president of the American Revenue Association and the American Stamp Dealers Association and is currently the dealer representative to the APS board of directors.
Eric Jackson will be teaching:
Jim’s passion for essays and proofs began in the fall of 1972 when he responded to a small classified ad in Linn’s Weekly Stamp News. For the next 20 years, Jim corresponded with Falk Finkelburg, the most knowledgeable student in the field at the time. Just as Dr. Clarence Brazer had served as Falk’s mentor, Falk would in turn become Lees’. This collecting interest became Jim’s vocation in June, 1990. He left behind 18 years of building two separate advertising and graphic arts businesses to become a full-time professional philatelist. For the past 30 years, Lee’s focus has been the study, acquisition, and selling of essays and proofs, postal history, fancy cancels, and philatelic literature. Jim has served on the board of directors of the United States Philatelic Classics Society, as president of the American Stamp Dealers Association, and as president of the Midwest Stamp Dealers Association. Currently Jim writes a quarterly column on essays and proofs for Linn’s and serves as a section editor for The Chronicle (quarterly journal of the U.S.P.C.S.). For over 22 years, Jim has written and produced his own quarterly newsletter, James E. Lee’s Philately.
James E. Lee will be teaching:
Ron is a prolific philatelic exhibitor and a nationally and internationally accredited judge. His column, “The Tax Collector” has appeared in most issues of The American Stamp Dealer & Collector and he has been a frequent contributor to The American Revenuer and State Revenue News. Ron’s research also has appeared in The American Philatelist and The U.S. Specialist. He has twice been a guest curator with the National Postal Museum, most recently at the revenue stamp frames in the Gross Gallery.
Ron Lesher will be teaching:
A stamp collector since 1975, Ken Martin joined the American Philatelic Society in 1980, began volunteering for the organization in 1982, and became a full time employee in 1995. In his earlier years Ken was president of the Junior Philatelists of America and founded the Penn State Stamp Club. He has been a nationally accredited philatelic judge since 2003. Outside of philately, Ken is a blood and platelet donor and serves on the board of the Mid-Central Chapter of the American Red Cross. He is also involved with the Happy Valley Adventure Bureau and his local Rotary club.
Ken Martin will be teaching:
Jerry H. Miller, a native of Chicago, is a former Vice President of the Germany Philatelic Society and the author of more than fifty philatelic articles, including the international-gold medal winning standard reference hand¬book on German classical experimental machine postmarks, “From Hinrichson to Krag: The Experimental and Early Machine Postmarks of Germany (1866–1906)”. He has been an APS & Germany Philatelic Society judge (now chief judge) for over 20 years and is a renowned exhibitor who has earned nine grand awards. Additionally, Miller is the recipient of the prestigious Newbury Award of the Chicago Philatelic Society and Silver Chalice Cup Award of the Great Britain Philatelic Society, Board secretary emeritus Collectors Club of Chicago, and Director Emeritus of Exhibit Critique Service for the American Association of Philatelic Exhibitors. Jerry is uniquely qualified as a presenter having been a collector and exhibitor of worldwide machine postmarks for over 40 years.
Jerry Miller will be teaching:
Garfield Portch is the Chairman of the Vincent Graves Greene Philatelic Research Foundation and serves as the forensic examiner on the VGG Expert Committee. He has been an active philatelist for 50+ years and is a member of several societies including: The Royal Philatelic Society of Canada (Fellow); British North America Philatelic Society (Emeritus); Canadian Philatelic Society of Great Britain; American Association of Philatelic Exhibitors; Philatelic Specialists Society of Canada and the West Toronto Stamp Club. This accomplished philatelic exhibitor, has earned Gold medals for various exhibits of the Small Queens of Canada (1870 to 1897) and for postal history in Toronto between 1793 and 1901. Portch has also been heavily involved in the management of several stamp shows, including STAMPEX 2003, 2004, 2005; Ameristamp Expo 2006; ROYAL * 2007* ROYALE and, most recently ROYAL * 2019 * ROYALE.
Garfield Portch will be teaching:
T.G. was introduced to stamp collecting fifty years ago by his grandmother, who started him on a worldwide stamp collection. His interest in fakes and forgeries led him to study with Varro Tyler and has grown into a passion for, not only collecting them, but for learning and teaching about them as well.Rehkop is currently the secretary of the Precancel Stamp Society, as well as a past president.
T.G. Rehkop will be teaching:
John has been collecting stamps for 50 years. He is a member of the Rossica Society of Russian Philately and the Ukrainian Philatelic and Numismatic Society. He is also the President of the International Society of Worldwide Stamp Collectors and the President of the British Caribbean Philatelic Study Group. As an active participant in our hobby, John is a member or officer in dozens of local, national and international philatelic organizations, ranging from; The Royal Philatelic Society London to the Cobb County Stamp Club in Marietta, GA. His interest in stamps and postal history of Russia began as a child and continues to develop. He has been a member of the American Philatelic Society for 30+ years and has been attending the Summer Seminar for most of those years.
John Seidl will be teaching:
Jeffrey Shapiro has been a collector since age 6 with philatelic interests in US Twentieth Century postal history. He is a 30+ year member of the APS and has served on the APS Board of Vice Presidents since 2017. Jeff is a member of four Boston area stamp clubs as well as the Collectors Club of New York and the Collectors Club of Chicago.
A gold medal winning exhibitor and writer, Jeff became a nationally accredited APS judge in 2000. Jeff is the Vice President of the United States Stamp Society, Board Member of the Spellman Philatelic Museum and for more than 24 years, Chair of Philatelic Show, an APS WSP national show held annually in Boxborough, Massachusetts.
Jeff Shapiro will be teaching:
Wayne is a lifelong stamp collector who began at age 8 and never stopped. He has been a member of the APS for more than 40 years and is the longest-term instructor at the APS Summer Seminar on Philately, having taught stamp technology courses for over 25 years. He is a past APS director, serves as an expertizer for the American Philatelic Society’s APEX, is an inducted member of the Writer’s Unit and Wisconsin Federation of Stamp Clubs Halls of Fame and the current president of the Errors, Freaks & Oddities Collectors Club. In August, 2018, Mr. Youngblood was awarded the Luff Award for Outstanding Service to the APS. Additionally, he was recognized as the 2019 Summer Seminar Distinguished Philatelist. Youngblood currently spends his time writing, editing, dealing and exhibiting. He edits the American Stamp Dealer & Collector magazine, as well as society publications; Collectors Club Philatelist (N.Y.), Duck Tracks (a publication of the National Duck Stamp Collectors Society), Confederate Philatelist (Confederate Stamp Alliance) and Topical Time (the journal of the American Topical Association). Wayne is a prolific writer; the author of 10 books and is a regular columnist for The American Philatelist, Linn’s Stamp News, Philatelic Exporter and others.
Wayne Youngblood will be teaching:
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