Wonder Woman (2016)

Updated December 3rd: The following Scott catalogue numbers have been assigned:

wonderwoman4up5149-5152 (47¢) Wonder Woman
5149 (47¢) Modern Age Wonder Woman
5150 (47¢) Bronze Age Wonder Woman
5151 (47¢) Silver Age Wonder Woman
5152 (47¢) Golden Age Wonder Woman
5152a vertical strip of 4

Updated September 22nd: from the USPS
The U.S. Postal Service will dedicate the Wonder Woman Forever Stamps Fri., Oct. 7 at 9 a.m. in New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. The first-day-of-issue ceremony launch takes place prior to the opening of New York Comic Con.

Wonder Woman Forever Stamps
First Day of Issue Ceremony
Friday Oct. 7 at 9 a.m.
Javits Convention Center
655 West 34th Street
New York, NY 10001

There are a limited number of free tickets available for the ceremony. The tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please RSVP to:


Ticket requests are limited to one per individual.

The tickets will provide you with access to the stamp dedication ceremony only and not include free admittance to Comic-Con.

Updated September 17th: Here are the postmarks for this issue: wwoman-dcp-vscThe DCP measures 2.72” x 1.47”. wwoman-bw-vscThe pictorial measures 2.14 ” x 1.33”. wwoman-special-vscThe “special” postmark for local post offices to use measures 2.88” x 1.37”.

Updated September 15th, from the USPS:
wonderwoman_goldenOn October 7, 2016, in New York, NY, the U.S. Postal Service will issue the Wonder Woman stamps (Forever priced at 47 cents), in four designs, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps (Item 474100). The $9.40 Wonder Woman pane of 20 stamps may not be split, and the stamps may not be sold individually.

The stamps will go on sale nationwide October 7, 2016.

Showcasing four unique designs in a pane of 20 stamps, this new issuance from the U.S. Postal Service celebrates the 75th anniversary of Wonder Woman. This iconic DC Comics super hero — the world’s best known and most enduring female super hero — is depicted from four eras of comic book history. The background is a comic book-style power burst superimposed with the current Wonder Woman logo. Art director Greg Breeding designed the stamp pane.

Stamp Fulfillment Services will make an automatic push distribution to Post Offices of a quantity to cover approximately 30 days of sales.

How to Order the First-Day-of-Issue Postmark:
wonderwoman_modernCustomers have 60 days to obtain the first-day-of-issue postmark by mail. They may purchase new stamps at their local Post Office, at The Postal Store website at http:⁄⁄www.usps.com⁄shop, or by calling 800-782-6724. They should affix the stamps to envelopes of their choice, address the envelopes (to themselves or others), and place them in a larger envelope addressed to:

Wonder Woman Stamps
Cancellation Services
8300 NE Underground Drive, Pillar 210
Kansas City, MO 64144-9998

After applying the first-day-of-issue postmark, the Postal Service will return the envelopes through the mail. There is no charge for the postmark up to a quantity of 50. There is a 5-cent charge for each additional postmark over 50. All orders must be postmarked by December 7, 2016.

There are seven philatelic products for this stamp issue:

  • 474106 Press Sheet with Die-cut, $84.60.
  • 474110 Digital Color Postmark Keepsake
    (set of 4), $15.95.
  • wonderwoman_bronze474116 First-Day Cover (set of 4), $3.64.
  • 474121 Digital Color Postmark (set of 4), $6.48.
  • 474124 Framed Art, $29.95.
  • 474130 Ceremony Program (random single), $6.95.
  • 474133 Panel, $10.95.

Technical Specifications:

Issue: Wonder Woman Stamps
Item Number: 474100
Denomination & Type of Issue: First-Class Mail Forever
Format: Pane of 20 (4 designs)
Series: N⁄A
Issue Date & City: October 7, 2016, New York, NY 10199
Art Director: Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA
Designer: Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA
Typographer: Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA
Modeler: Sandra Lane⁄Michelle Finn
Manufacturing Process: Offset, Microprint
Printer: Banknote Corporation of America
Printed at: Browns Summit, NC
Press Type: Alprinta 74
wonderwoman_silverStamps per Pane: 20
Print Quantity: 60 million stamps
Paper Type: Phosphor Tagged Paper, Block
Adhesive Type: Pressure-sensitive
Processed at: Banknote Corporation of America, Browns Summit SC
Colors: Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black
Stamp Orientation: Vertical
Image Area (w x h): 0.84 x 1.42 in.⁄21.34 x 36.07 mm
Overall Size (w x h): 0.98 x 1.56 in.⁄24.89 x 39.62 mm
Full Pane Size (w x h): 6.25 x 8.75 in.⁄158.75 x 222.25 mm
Press Sheets Size (w x h): 19.00 x 26.50 in.⁄ 482.60 x 673.10 mm
Plate Size: 180 stamps per revolution
Plate Numbers: “B” followed by four (4) single digits
Marginal Markings:
Front: Plate numbers in four corners of pane
Back: © 2016 USPS • USPS logo • Plate position diagram • Barcode (474100 in two places) • Promotional Text • Verso Text • DC Wonder Woman Logo • Legal Disclaimer

[USPS Press Release]
Wonder Woman’s 75th Anniversary to be Celebrated on Forever Stamps
wonderwoman4upWASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service, in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products and DC Entertainment, previewed four Forever stamps today that commemorate the 75th anniversary of one of the most iconic Super Heroes of all time — Wonder Woman. The stamp pane will be among other Wonder Woman related items revealed at 3 p.m., Sat., July 23 at Comic-Con International: San Diego. The first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony will take place Oct. 7 at New York Comic-Con, Fri., Oct. 7.

Fans are encouraged to share the news on social media using the hashtags #WonderWomanForever and #WonderWoman75.

wonderwomanpaneFirst seen in October 1941 in a back-up story for All Star Comics #8, meant to test her appeal at a time when female superheroes were rare, Wonder Woman quickly broke out and headlined her own title by the next year. Subsequent generations came to know the star-spangled heroine with metal bracelets on her wrists and a magic lasso by her waist via her hit 1975-79 television series and roles in animated shows and movies, as well as her historic appearance on the cover Ms. Magazine #1 in 1972. This past March, Wonder Woman was seen for the first time in a live action motion picture with her introduction in the movie “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.”

The U.S. Postal Service celebrates her diamond anniversary by chronicling her evolution on Forever stamps from her World War II origins to today. This new issuance showcases four different stamp designs on a sheet of 20 stamps depicting Wonder Woman during four eras of comic book history:  Golden Age (1941–55), Silver Age (1956–72), Bronze Age (1973wonderwoman_modern–86) and Modern Age (1987–present). The selvage, or text outside of the stamp images, features the current block-letter Wonder Woman logo in white against a comic book style power burst rendered in shades of blue.

On the first row of stamps Wonder Woman of the Modern Age wields a hammer with a power and determination befitting her roots in the heroic world of Greek mythology.

wonderwoman_bronzeThe Bronze Age Wonder Woman’s bold stance empowers the second row of stamps. With her fist held high and bulletproof bracelets gleaming, the Amazon princess leads the charge against injustice.

The third row of stamps depicts Wonder Woman during the Silver Age. Although she possesses great strength and speed, the world’s wonderwoman_silverfavorite superheroine prefers compassion to the use of brute force. With her golden lasso of truth close at hand, she compels honesty from her foes.

In the last row of stamps, Wonder Woman from the Golden Age wonderwoman_goldenbursts onto the scene as originally envisioned by creator William Moulton Marston.
Art director Greg Breeding of Charlottesville, VA, designed the stamp pane. The Wonder Woman stamps will be issued as Forever stamps and always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce price.

U.S. Stamp Sets Guinness Distance Record

On July 19th, the Guinness Book of Records will certify a U.S. 29-cent stamp as the postage stamp that has traveled the furthest, ever — to Pluto and beyond. The 9 a.m. EDT ceremony at U.S. Postal Service headquarters will be live-streamed on Facebook: www.facebook.com/USPS

PLUTOSome background from the USPS: A 1991 Pluto: Not Yet Explored stamp that traveled more than 3 billion miles on NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft to Pluto has earned the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ achievement for the farthest distance traveled by a postage stamp.

Launched Jan. 19, 2006, on one of the fastest rockets ever built, New Horizons’ 9.5 year trek to Pluto reached 36,000 mph on the July 14, 2015, flyby. To place the rocket’s power in perspective, it took three days for Apollo 11 to reach the moon. New Horizons passed the moon in nine hours.

This record will extend another billion miles, as NASA recently announced the New Horizons mission will journey beyond Pluto to visit a Kuiper Belt object known as 2014 MU69 — considered to be one of the early building blocks of the solar system.

s_plutoThe Postal Service learned of the 29-cent stamp’s journey on the eve of the flyover and quickly put plans into place to set the record straight as noted in NASA’s celebratory photo above.

For details on the 2016 U.S. stamps for Pluto, click here.

U.S. Scott Catalogue Update, July 2016

5061 (5¢) “USA” and Star coil stamp

s_stampact5062 (47¢) 2016 World Stamp Show – blue vignette
5063 (47¢) 2016 World Stamp Show – red vignette

5064 (47¢) Repeal of the Stamp Act, 250th anniv.

5065 (47¢) Distinguished Service Cross
5066 (47¢) Navy Cross
5067 (47¢) Air Force Cross
5068 (47¢) Coast Guard Cross
a. Block or horiz. strip of 4, #5065-5068

5069 (47¢) Mercury
5070 (47¢) Venus
5071 (47¢) Earth
5072 (47¢) Mars
5073 (47¢) Jupiters_pluto
5074 (47¢) Saturn
5075 (47¢) Uranus
5076 (47¢) Neptune
a. Block of 8, #5069-5076

5077 (47¢) Pluto
5078 (47¢) New Horizons Probe
a. Pair, #5077-5078

5079 Classics Forever pane of 6
a. (47¢) George Washington (redrawn type A16)
b. (47¢) Benjamin Franklin (redrawn type A5)
c. (47¢) George Washington (redrawn type A17)
d. (47¢) George Washington (redrawn type A19)
e. (47¢) Abraham Lincoln (redrawn type A33)
f. (47¢) Benjamin Franklin (redrawn type A24)

s_parksglacier5080 National Park Service, Cent. pane of 16
a. (47¢) Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve
b. (47¢) Mount Rainier National Park
c. (47¢) Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park
d. (47¢) Acadia National Park
e. (47¢) Grand Canyon National Park
f. (47¢) Assateague Island National Seashore
g. (47¢) San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park
h. (47¢) Arches National Park
i. (47¢) Theodore Roosevelt National Park
j. (47¢) Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens
k. (47¢) Bandelier National Monument
l. (47¢) Everglades National Park
m. (47¢) Haleakala National Park
n. (47¢) Yellowstone National Park
o. (47¢) Carlsbad Caverns National Park and Preserve
ccelebs05p. (47¢) Gulf Islands National Seashore

5081 (47¢) Colorful Celebrations booklet stamp – light blue bird and flowers
5082 (47¢) Colorful Celebrations booklet stamp – orange birds and flowers
5083 (47¢) Colorful Celebrations booklet stamp – violet flowers
5084 (47¢) Colorful Celebrations booklet stamp – rose pink flowers
5085 (47¢) Colorful Celebrations booklet stamp – light blue flowers
5086 (47¢) Colorful Celebrations booklet stamp – orange flowers
5087 (47¢) Colorful Celebrations booklet stamp – violet birds and flowers
5088 (47¢) Colorful Celebrations booklet stamp – rose pink bird and flowers
5089 (47¢) Colorful Celebrations booklet stamp – rose pink flowerss_indiana
5090 (47¢) Colorful Celebrations booklet stamp – violet birds and flower
a. Block of 10, #5081-5090
b. Booklet pane of 20, 2 each #5081-5090

5091 (47¢) Indiana Statehood, 200th anniv.

Osborne To Speak At APS Tiffany Dinner

Stamp designer Michael Osborne will be the featured speaker at the American Philatelic Society’s Tiffany Dinner, which will be held on the first evening of APS StampShow, Thursday evening, August 4th, in Portland, Oregon.

The Dinner this year is sponsored by H.R. Harmer Inc.

osbornOsborne is President and Creative Director of the Palo Alto-based Michael Osborne Design. Established in 1981, the firm’s work in private label and brand package design has garnered awards from all major competitions, and has been recognized by many industry publications including a feature article in Communication Arts, 2011. Osborne’s work is included in the permanent collections of the SFMOMA, the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, and the Smithsonian National Postal Museum in Washington, D.C.

FromMeToYouHe designed the 2002 and 2004 Love stamps, the 2006 Wedding stamp set, the 2007 Patriotic Banner and the Spectrum Eagle stamps for the USPS, and in April, 2015 his stamp set “From Me To You” was released.

He has been a featured speaker at numerous design conferences, schools, and universities. Michael received his undergraduate degree at Art Center College of Design, 1978, and his MFA at the Academy of Art University, 2007, where he has taught advanced Package Design since 1991. In the summer of 2006 Michael was the recipient of the prestigious AIGA Fellow Award.

Tickets for the Tiffany Dinner are available here.

Here’s Michael Osborne at the first-day ceremony for his Love Stamp designs at APS StampShow 2002 in Atlantic City, NJ: osborne2002

APS Honors Volunteers

[press release]
The American Philatelic Society has conferred the annual Nicholas G. Carter Volunteer Recognition Awards. The awards are named for the APS president from 2007-2008 who helped create the awards. They are offered in four different categories: national, local, young adult and youth. All but the youth award require a minimum of five years of service to philately. [These awards will be presented at the General Membership Meeting, Saturday morning August 6th at StampShow in Portland, Oregon. – VSC]

National Promotion/Service

Don Chenevert joined the APS in 2003 and subsequently the society has welcomed three more of his family members: his father in 2007, his oldest son in 2009, and his daughter in 2013. Don has strongly served philately by chairing the Young Philatelic Leader Fellowship Advisory Board from 2010 through 2015, serving as an instructor of the Basic Stamp Collecting course of StampCampus since 2011, assisting with Stamp Collecting 101 workshops at APS stamp shows, and serving on the APS Membership Committee.

Joe Crosby has served as chair of the Okpex World Series of Philately show since 1997. He has competitively shown at least six different exhibits and had several articles published in the Chronicle of US Philatelic Classics, for which he has served as “Bank Note Period” editor. He has served on the board of the United States Philatelic Classics Society and as its fundraising committee chair. Joe helped establish the Classics Society Room at the American Philatelic Center.

Terry Dempsey joined the APS Membership Committee in 2011 and quickly agreed to serve as vice chair. Terry succeeded Steven Rod as committee chair and served in this position until August 2015, although he remains as a member of the committee. Under Terry’s leadership, a series of “Membership Matter” articles was begun in The American Philatelist. The Membership Committee also began providing biannual reports to the APS Board of Directors and at the general meeting for the APS winter and summer shows.

Kathy Johnson joined the APS as a junior member in 1976. She served as head of the British Commonwealth Study Group of the Junior Philatelists of America and served as president of the JPA during 1981 and 1982. She exhibited Victorian-era Ceylon and wrote a monthly column, “The Junior Philatelist” for The American Philatelist.

After a nearly 30-year hiatus from the hobby for career and family, Kathy attended the Women Exhibitors Seminar at the American Philatelic Center in 2009. Shortly thereafter, she returned for the Summer Seminar and volunteered to serve on the Membership and Long Range Planning committees. In November 2009, she was selected by the board to fill a vacancy for director at large. She them moved on to a full elected term as APS treasurer.

At the same time, Kathy became involved with the Chicago Philatelic Society and the Collectors Club of Chicago, doing extensive volunteer work for both organizations. Subsequently, she has become an accredited judge and recently captained the winning team in the competition at AmeriStamp Expo.

Denise Stotts joined the APS in 1990 by which time she already had a strong record of service to the hobby. In the 1980s she made a name for herself in Ohio serving the Euclid Stamp Club Show for 10 years and the Garfield Perry Stamp Club and Ohio Postal History Society before relocating to Houston, Texas. Despite her move to Texas she remains secretary of the Ohio Postal History Society and an active member of the Garfield Perry March Party Committee nearly 25 years later.

She no sooner arrived in Texas than she became a board member for the Houston Philatelic Society in 1993 and the following year began more than 20 years of service as show chair for the Greater Houston Stamp Expo. In 2000, she became awards director for the American Association of Philatelic Exhibitors. In 2004, she assumed the same position for the United States Stamp Society and also became awards director for the Women Exhibitors in 2009.

Denise served as assistant director for volunteers for Washington 2006 and bin room coordinator for New York 2016. Here APS service includes membership on the Chapter Activities, Ethics and Election Review committees, the local committee chair for AmeriStamp Expo 1998, the Young Philatelic Leaders Fellowship Advisory Board, and Director-at-Large from 2007 through 2011.

Local Promotion/Service

ButterlineMark Butterline is the executive director of the Boston 2026 World Stamp Show. He is president of the Northeastern Federation of Stamp Clubs and the assistant chairman of Philatelic Show (WSP show in Boxborough, Massachusetts). He is a past president of the Pitcairn Islands Study Group and a member of the Waltham Stamp Club, and the Philatelic Group of Boston. He also was in charge of volunteers for the recent World Stamp Show-New York 2016

Richard Colberg has served as treasurer of the Pennsylvania Postal History Society for the last nine years. Dick is the resident philatelic scholar for the Philatelic Society of Lancaster County. He is involved with the club’s annual show, Lancopex, including the main handling of the exhibit frames and exhibit mounting. He also did the same for the 2012 National Topical Stamp Show held in Lancaster. Dick has been president of the Lebanon Stamp Club for more than 20 years. Finally, we are grateful that Volunteer Week at the APS is on Dick’s calendar every summer.

Edie and Dale Eggen have served as society liaisons, meeting coordinators, and coordinate docent tours at Westpex for many years. There, volunteer service to the show was recognized with the Mae and Frank Vignola Service Award in 2009.

A member of at least a dozen stamp clubs, Glenn Estus has been particularly active in the Empire State Postal History Society and the Vermont Philatelic Society, for which he has served as president and webmaster. He was part of the organizing committee for Stamp Expo 400 held in Albany, New York, serves as auction manager for Sports Philatelists International and is active in stamp collecting message boards.

Vince King, serves as president of the Texas Postal History Society, and is the 2nd Vice President of the Texas Philatelic Association. As a member of the Collectors Club of Dallas, he served as the awards chairman and bourse chairman of Texpex. He was awarded the Texas Philatelic Association’s “2011 Distinguished Philatelic Texan” award for service and achievements in the field.

In more than 30 years of work, Bruce Roberts has influenced hundreds of collectors and has contributed dramatically to the growth and continuance of the hobby in Knoxville and throughout the Southeast. In 1980, Bruce was one of the founding members of the Expo City Stamp club in Knoxville, later named the Knoxville Philatelic Society. He has continued as a member for more than 25 years, and is one of only two founding members still in the club. Bruce served as president of KPS in 2005, exhibits chair for Knoxpex 2005, and bourse chair for more than 25 stamp shows in Knoxville and Oak Ridge between 1981 and 2003. He has served as exhibits chair for the Southeast Stamp Show several times.

Bruce also is an accomplished philatelist and philatelic researcher. He has published a number of articles in the national philatelic press, including, The Chronicle of the US Classics Society, The Confederate Philatelist, The Philatelic Exhibitor, The Ohio Postal History Journal and Tennessee Posts, the Journal of the Tennessee Postal History Society. Bruce is unquestionably the authority on the postal history of Arkansas, including pre-statehood. He began exhibiting his Arkansas Postal History exhibit at the local club level throughout the southeast more than three decades ago and has since won multiple WSP grand awards.

A specialist in New Jersey postal history, Robert G. Rose serves as president of the New Jersey Postal History Society and editor of its journal. He is chairman of the Philatelic Foundation, a regional vice president of the United States Philatelic Classics Society and chairman and board member of Nojex. He has lectured on various aspects of New Jersey postal history at The Collectors Club, the New York chapter of the U. S. Philatelic Classics Society, Stamp Show 2002, and Nojex.

Robert Stahl is a retired postal employee who has been a valuable contributor to the St. Louis Stamp Expo since 2006. He teaches children about the history of the post office and the history of stamps. Outside of the St. Louis Stamp Expo he talks to many grade school classes and Wee Deliver clubs that still exist. He has also runs many stamp design contests for youth.

Maurice D. Wozniak has collected stamps since the mid-1950s. Following a career that included serving as editor of Stamp Collector and The Stamp Wholesaler, Wozniak became a valuable volunteer at the local level including service as president of the Wisconsin Federation of Stamp Clubs. He was elected to its Hall of Fame in 2009 and continues to remain active currently serving as the Federation’s Northeast vice president and chair of the Hall of Fame Committee.

Outstanding Young Adult Philatelist (ages 25 to 40)

James Weigant has been a stamp collector since 1991 and an APS member since 2004. His primary collecting interests are 1898-1950 US commemoratives, 4th Bureau issues, U.S. airmail, and Osage County, Oklahoma postal history. He is a member of the Oklahoma Postal History Society, Tulsa Stamp Club, and the Petroleum Philatelic Society International. He has performed a number of projects for the APS membership committee, including reviewing all APS affiliate websites to see if they include the APS logo, and/or links to the APS website, and making phone calls to new members to see if they have any questions. James also serves as a stamp collecting merit badge counselor for the Boy Scouts.

James attended his first APS StampShow in 2011 and subsequently joined the YPLF Advisory Board. In 2014, he and three other young collectors came up with the concept of the Young Friends of the APS, for APS members between ages 20 and 50. He now serves as informal chief organizer for the group which has met at the last three APS summer and winter shows. James exhibited for the first time at Okpex 2014 and has written a few philatelic articles.

Outstanding Young Philatelist (ages 15 to 24)

In 2010, at age 13, Casey Cook became a member of the Young Stamp Collectors of America. Two years later, he was accepted as a Young Philatelic Leader Fellow. Following his year as a fellow, Casey joined the YPLF Advisory Board as alumni coordinator. Casey has continued to attend most of the APS summer and winter shows where he has served as a mentor for YPLF fellows and provided volunteer assistance. He assists with the YPLF Facebook page and blog and has written for the newsletter for YPLF supporters. He also wrote a paper on the U.S. banknotes for school.

Fricke Wins Lifetime Literature Award

[press release]
This year’s winner of the Charles J. Peterson Philatelic Literature Life Achievement Award is Charles A. Fricke. An APS member since 1954, Fricke has conducted research and authored seminal works on the first postal card issues of the United States culminating in the publication of his book, 1973 Centennial Handbook of the First Issue United States Postal Card 1873-1875. Volume 1 was subtitled, A Complete Plating of the 72 Subject Plates with a Special Appendix Devoted to Family Tree of Proofs. A companion Volume 2 also was published by the UPSS the same year with the subtitle, A Contemporary Account of the First United States Postal Card 1870–1875. In this work, he presents chronologically contemporary newspaper clippings, correspondence, official records, patents, and other files of the period as well as examples of its life, uses, and postal history.

Fricke devoted many years to this research. His detailed study of the subject plates and master die proofs resulted in renumbering all the proofs (normal, trial color and trial color card proofs) listed by Brazer in the Essay Proof Journal. In 1973, the UPSS published Fricke’s first supplement to Volume 1 of the handbook, Subject Plate Form Assignment (Matrix) describing which of the 36 subject plates were mounted in each of the two forms based on his study of hundreds of proofs and plate flaws.

In 1974, Fricke authored a similar study on the international postal card, The United States International Single Postal Cards of 1879 to 1897–1898, Volume 1: Plating. In this work he reported his further research on the international card and proved that the same 40 subject plates were used for all three issues. He was co-editor of United States Multiple Advertising and Discount Postal Cards (1987, revised 2007). In addition, he contributed to the early editions of the standard reference work, United States Postal Card Catalog.

Over many years Fricke has authored more than 1,000 articles that have appeared in many journals. These items focus on some aspect of postal card or postcard use including rates, auxiliary markings, routes, cancellations, interesting points of origin or destination, varieties, advertising cards, first day items, novelty cards, paid reply cards, earliest known use, and other stationery items like stamped envelopes and wrappers, as well as many divergent subjects in the field of philately.

These articles have appeared in more than 35 philatelic journals and publications and five newspapers, including Linn’s Stamp News, Pennsylvania Postal Historian, Stamp Collector, The American Philatelist, U.S. Stamp News, U.S. Stamps & Postal History, Scott Stamp Monthly, Postal Stationery, Airpost Journal, Philatelic Freemason, The Seebecker, American Philatelic Congress Book, New Jersey Postal History, North Carolina Postal History Society Newsletter, Collectors Club Philatelist, S.P.A. Journal, Chesstamp Review, and Mekeel’s & Stamps among others. He currently has more than 200 articles that have been accepted but not yet published.

Charles planned and copyrighted the 1997 unpublished work, The Wide-Wide-World of Postal Stationery: An Encyclopedia of Collectibles. This was a 380 35mm slide presentation with accompanying text describing nearly 850 items. The program illustrated outstanding examples, types, and varieties of world postal stationery — an originally conceived introduction to collecting postal stationery.

He also planned and copyrighted the 1998 unpublished compilation of examples of postcards with descriptions, Deltiology and Philately in the Early 1900s: A Marriage of Collectibles.

The award is named in honor of two-time John N. Luff award recipient Charlie Peterson, who set high standards in journal quality as editor of the APRL’s Philatelic Literature Review and the United States Philatelic Classics Society’s Chronicle of the U.S. Classic Postal Issues. His efforts with FIP and APS brought about the concepts of competitive literature exhibitions, and he served both nationally and internationally as a philatelic literature judge. He compiled indices for several major journals and generously mentored authors and editors throughout his career. Charlie Peterson served as president of the Writers Unit 30, the FIP philatelic literature commission, and the APRL.

Siddiqui, Birch Get APS/APRL Article Awards

[APS/APRL press release]
United States Stamp Society Barbara R. Mueller Award for Best Article in The American Philatelist (for the year 2015):

IndianStationeryThis year’s winner is Jafar H. Siddiqui for Indian Postal Stationery Overprinted for Use in Pakistan, published in the July issue of the journal.

Jafar H. “Jeff” Siddiqui has been a stamp collector since age 6 and joined the APS in 1983. His main focus includes the stamps, covers, and postal stationery of British India and Pakistan. He is the originator of Pakphil, a free newsletter on Pakistan philately published by the Pakistan Study Circle, United Kingdom. His article chronicled the use of Indian postal stationery provided for use by postal patrons in Pakistan until the availability of the first official overprinted stamps in October 1947.

The award is named for the United States Stamp Society and for one of its most prominent members, authors, and editors, Barbara R. Mueller. Among her many other honors in six decades of devotion to philately, Mueller is a member of the Hall of Fame of both the United States Stamp Society and APS Writers Unit 30. She was the recipient of the APS John N. Luff Award for Distinguished Philatelic Research in 1956.

Thomas F. Allen Award for the best article published in a single year of The Philatelic Literature Review (for the year 2015)

This year’s winner is Brian Birch for his article, “Who Really Founded the American Philatelic Society, Theodore F. Cuno or Schuyler B. Bradt?”

Brian’s interest in stamps was sparked at the age of 9 when their father gave his two sons stamp albums and a small packet of stamps. With two worldwide collectors in the same household, change was inevitable in order to avoid conflict. It was agreed that Brian should collect Commonwealth and his brother, David, European stamps, and that they would collaborate on the rest of the world.

Following some training in information science at the British Library, Brian transferred his interest to the literature of philately and the stamp collection was abandoned. With no collection to support, the standard monographs and handbooks held little interest for him and he chose to specialize in philatelic bibliography and the history of philately, its literature and its adherents. This change in direction led him to begin a number of bibliographies which expanded to a greater extent than expected and became substantial books. Although he spent a great deal of time in compiling some of these over the past 30 or so years, it was evident that their scope was such that they would never be finished and so could never be conventionally published. Accordingly, they have all been placed on the FIP literature Commission website and are updated each year. The site, fipliterature.org, currently holds more than 6,500 pages of Brian’s freely available bibliographic and biographical research.

Brian joined the American Philatelic Society and American Philatelic Research Library in 1976, subsequently becoming a Patron and Life Member of the latter. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Philatelic Society London (1981) and a member of the Collectors Club of New York (1983). Although he had always published the occasional article, retirement gave him the time to at least begin to catch up on all of the projects that had been started and then laid aside for lack of time.

His article in the 1st Quarter 2015 issue of the Philatelic Literature Review titled “Who Really Founded the American Philatelic Society, Theodore F. Cuno or Schuyler B. Bradt?” epitomizes the kind of in-depth research and inquiry that the PLR aims to encourage, and the detailed endnotes provide a solid basis for future scholarship.

The award is named for Allen, who was the editor and co-author of the book, 19th Century Cleveland Ohio Postal Markings, and received an international gold medal for his Cleveland postal markings exhibit. Past president of the U.S. Philatelic Classics Society and an editor of its publication, Allen served as president, secretary and treasurer for the Garfield Perry Stamp Club and was actively involved in the club’s annual March Party show.

2016 Luffs: Ganz, Gilson, Harris, DeBlois

I have had the privilege of knowing all these people personally, and I think it’s one of the best “classes” for the American Philatelic Society’s and philately’s highest award. Here’s the APS press release:

2016 Luff Awards to Ganz, Harris and DeBlois, and Gilson

The recipients of this year’s prestigious Luff Awards from the American Philatelic Society are Cheryl R. Ganz, Robert Dalton Harris and Diane DeBlois, and Dennis Gilson. The awards are given for meritorious contributions by living philatelists and are given annually at StampShow, which will be held this year in Portland, Oregon.

The awards are named after John N. Luff, who was president of the APS from 1907 to 1909. Here is a look at this year’s honorees:

ganz_luffCheryl R. Ganz is the 2016 recipient of the Luff Award for Exceptional Contributions to Philately.

A 40-year member of the APS, Ganz is a Smithsonian Institution curator emerita following her retirement as the chief curator of philately at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum and as lead curator of the William H. Gross Stamp Gallery, the world’s largest postage stamp gallery. She currently serves as vice-chair on the U.S. Postal Service’s Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee, which selects subjects and approves designs for U.S. postage stamps. She has served the APS as a literature judge and on its Ethics Committee and has served as a board member of the Napex show.

Cheryl has held many positions over the years in Chicagoland philately and aerophilately. She was president of the Chicago Air Mail Society (1984–85) as well as a board member (1982–91). She was literature chair for Ameripex ‘86, editor of the Chicago Philatelic Society News-Bulletin (1983–90), board member of the American Association of Philatelic Exhibitors (1986–90), board member of the Chicago Philatelic Society (1988–91), former literature judge of the APS, literature exhibits chair of Chicagopex for many years, awards committee chair for the American Air Mail Society (1988–92), president of the American Air Mail Society (1992–93), and editor of The Zeppelin Collector. From 1994 to 1997, she was a board member of the Federation Internationale des Societes Aerophilateliques.

Cheryl’s exhibits, research, writing, and speaking engagements often focus on her specialty of zeppelin posts and memorabilia worldwide, especially from U.S. airships, the 1933 Graf Zeppelin Chicago flight, and the Hindenburg. She was the first exhibitor to win a World Series of Philately grand award for a Display Division exhibit. She edited The Zeppelin Collector for 37 years and has been a contributor to the Michel Zeppelin specialized catalog. Her lifelong philatelic outreach at local, national, and international levels engages a vast spectrum of collectors from specialists to new audiences.

Cheryl has given talks, seminars, and presentations at many philatelic venues, including the Collectors Club of New York, the Royal Philatelic Society London, and the Blount Postal History Symposia. She has served as a role model for women in the hobby. Cheryl is a charismatic promoter of the hobby using both the written and spoken word.

Ganz earned a PhD in U.S. history from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her books include The 1933 Chicago World’s Fair: A Century of Progress; and Every Stamp Tells a Story: The National Philatelic Collection. Her national exhibit publications include Delivering Hope: FDR & Stamps of the Great Depression; Fire & Ice: Hindenburg and Titanic; and Favorite Finds; Pacific Exchange: China & U.S. Mail.

Her more than 100 articles have appeared in the Jack Knight Air Log, German Postal Specialist, COMPEX Directory, The Chronicle of the U.S. Classic Postal Issues, The American Philatelist, Washington City Despatch, Collectors Club Philatelist, Airpost Journal, Tell, Netherlands Philately, The Philatelic Exhibitor, and New Jersey Postal History, and other publications.

Previous philatelic awards include the Alfred F. Lichtenstein Memorial Award for Distinguished Service to Philately, Mortimer L. Neinken Medal, Carlrichard Brühl Medal, Wisconsin Philatelic Hall of Fame, AAMS Aerophilatelic Research Award, Lee Medal, Nicholas Carter National Service Award, Distinguished Philatelist Award, Elizabeth C. Pope Lifetime Achievement Award, FISA Gold Medal, Canadian Aerophilatelic Society Award, AAMS Presidents Award, Earl & Fred Wellman Literature Award, Gus Lancaster Award, George W. Angers Award, Chris Hunt Award, and Newberry Award for service to Chicagoland philately, and U.S. Philatelic Classics Society Distinguished Philatelist.

dublois_harrisRobert Dalton Harris and Diane DeBlois are the 2016 Luff Award winners for Distinguished Philatelic Research.

Robert Dalton Harris joined the American Philatelic Society in 1966 while in graduate school, and started a stamp club there. His first philatelic research article on the first postal card was published in Stamps in 1968. He became a full-time dealer in postal history and ephemera in 1973. When Diane DeBlois joined Robert in 1979 as a writer and editor in other fields, she was most keen to have him restart the house publication of aGatherin’ — P.S. A Quarterly Journal of Postal History — and she took over as editor with Volume II in 1980. Her first major research article was on the Collins Overland Telegraph. This research journal continued more than 60 issues to 1993. In 2000, DeBlois and Harris accepted the editorship of the Postal History Journal, for which they won the American Philatelic Congress’s Diane D. Boehret Awards in 2004 and 2014. The couple, separately and together, have written on a broad range of subjects for other philatelic and collecting periodicals, and are both in the Philatelic Writers Hall of Fame.

As a team, DeBlois and Harris have engaged in long-term postal history research projects and expanded the field. The first catalog of aGatherin’ in 1975 was called “Ephemera” and they continued to emphasize the interplay of these documents of everyday life with postal history. They particularly focus on sourcing postal history from government reports.

They have taught six different courses on postal history at the American Philatelic Society’s Summer Seminar. They have also made joint presentations at the Postal History Symposia, co-sponsored by the American Philatelic Research Library and the Smithsonian National Postal Museum (as well as co-writing the follow-up papers):

“The Gold Mine of Official Register Data” (2006); “1845 Cultural Nexus in Transportation and Communication” (2007); “Morse Code V for Victory: Morale through the Mail in WWII” (2008); “The Sunday Mail Controversy Paves the Way for Postal Reform” (2009); “Hermes: Message and Messenger” (2010); “It’s in the Bag — The Shape of Turn-of-the-Century Mail” (2011); “Balancing the Books: Newspapers & the Postal Business of the Confederacy” (2012); and “Newspapers in the Mail: Strategic Postal Unification of the British American Colonies” (2016).

Robert and Diane presented “Modeling Postal History with Postal Numbers” for the Second International Symposium on Analytical Methods in Philately, Chicago.

Joint papers on postal history issues outside of the reach of the hobby have included: “Early Network Theory & Practice in U.S. Postal Rates” at the Business History Conference, Le Creusot, France; “The Pre-Victorian Internet: Economic, Physical Measures & Principles of the United States Postal System in the 19th Century” (2006) at the International Economic History Congress, Helsinki, Finland; “Special Post Offices; Local Economies & the Postal Network of the United States to 1860” (2012) at the World Economic History Congress, Stellenbosch, South Africa.

From 1999 to 2010, Diane served as director of the Ephemera Society of America for which she has also served as annual conference chair since 2005. From 2007 to 2012, Robert and Diane served on the research sub-committee of the Museum Advisory Council of the Smithsonian National Postal Museum.

Robert and Diane have a long-standing habit of exposing nonphilatelic collectors to our hobby, particularly through the Ephemera Society of America. The emphemera society’s highest award, the Maurice Rickards Award, is shared for their continuing efforts of promoting understanding of the historical and cross-disciplinary importance of our objects through well-researched, readily accessible, writings. Robert has also won with Diane the 2008 the American Philatelic Congress’s C. Corwith Wagner Award (1995), as well as the 2008 Jere Hess Barr Award.

gilsonDennis Gilson is the 2016 Luff Award winner for Outstanding Service to the American Philatelic Society.

Dennis started collecting worldwide and U.S. stamps when he was about 10 years old, stopped after high school for 12 years, and then resumed the hobby at age 30. He has been a member of the American Philatelic Society since January 1977 and also is a member of the American First Day Cover Society, the American Topical Association, the United States Stamp Society and his local stamp club, the Mount Nittany Philatelic Society, of which he is the treasurer.

After successful military and post-military careers, Dennis moved to State College, Pennsylvania, in July 2000 to become the project manager for the Match Factory renovation project. After completing Phases 1 and 2 of the Match Factory project and overseeing the move of the American Philatelic Society and American Philatelic Research Library to Bellefonte in May 2004, Dennis retired fully in January 2005 and became a volunteer for the APS and APRL.

Since 2001, Dennis has been a member of the American Philatelic Expertizing Service (APEX) Expert Committee. His area of expertise is primarily the U.S. Washington-Franklin issues of 1908-1922. Dennis recently completed a nearly two-year project to enable more than 54,000 APEX certificates to be placed in the APEX Certificate Archive on the APS website. These certificates are those with digital images, starting in late 2003 until the new APEX programming software became operational in mid-2014. All new certificates since that time are automatically added to the archive.

Since 2005, Dennis has taught the four-day APS Summer Seminar course on the Washington-Franklins ( which he developed) seven times, most recently this past summer. He also has taken it on-the-road as a two-day course to San Francisco (Westpex in 2008), Washington, D.C. (Napex in 2010), and Minneapolis (Minnesota Stamp Expo in 2011).

Dennis currently spends three days a week at the American Philatelic Center, much of that time providing philatelic and scanning support to the Internet Sales Unit. He also proofreads The American Philatelist journal and provides support to other departments as needed. In addition to expertizing, teaching and other volunteer tasks, Dennis participates in an online stamp forum and has represented the APS at many stamp shows throughout the country. Dennis is especially proud to have received a Century Award Plaque for sponsoring more than 100 new APS members.