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A Candid View
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Some of the estimated crowd of 2,000 stamp collectors who attended the first day ceremony for the Benjamin Franklin souvenir sheet at Pacific 97 on May 29, 1997. In the center is a section reserved for the press, organizational officials, and members of the Citizen Stamp Advisory Committee.
There were almost always long lines waiting to make purchases at the main USPS sales booth. There were also booths for cancellations, coil stamps, and "full service" (standard mailing services).
Two Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers flank Canada Post chief Andre Oulett as he unveils one of the Ocean Fish designs during the first day ceremony May 30 at Pacific 97 in San Francisco.
Vancouver Aquarium executive director John Nightingale was one of the featured speakers during the first day ceremony for Canada's Ocean Fish stamps at Pacific 97. He described each of the fish as the stamps were unveiled, one by one. Here he holds the plaque he was given.
There were always long lines at the Hong Kong Post booth at Pacific 97 - long enough to require extra security and bell ropes.
A blow-up of the Benjamin Franklin souvenir sheet was unveiled at the first day ceremony May 29, 1997, by (l-r) "Ben Franklin" (Michael Curry), Pacific 97 president W.E. "Gene" Tinsley, designer Richard Sheaff (partially hidden), and Deputy Postmaster General Michael Coughlin.

Famed Swedish engraver Czeslaw Slania could be found in the back of the Moscone Center's South Hall, almost in the snack bar, engraving dies for stamps and signing autographs.

TOPICAL TIME editor George Griffenhagen answers questions at the press conference announcing the second edition of the American Topical Association handbook ADVENTURES IN TOPICAL COLLECTING, which the retired pharmacist co-authored with ATA founder Jerome Husak.
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Photos Copyright © 1997 Lloyd A. de Vries

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