APS StampShow, August 4-7, 2016 at the
Oregon Convention Center in Portland,
we will not have a table at this year's APS StampShow, we will have a joint meeting with the IPPS where Craig Eggleston will
give a talk entitled “1898 U.S. Postal Cards (Philippine Military Postal Stations),” on Saturday
at 2pm in room B118.
Booths 875/877 at the World Stamp Show
in New York were the hub of activities for the USPPS along with the International Philippine Philatelic Society (IPPS), the
Allied Military Government Collectors’ Club (AMGCC), the Haiti Philatelic Society, and the International Cuban Philatelic
Society (ICPS). While
not listed in the program, we also had literature from the Sociedad Filatélica de Puerto Rico, the Ryúkyú Philatelic Specialist Society and the Hawaiian Philatelic Society.
30 people attended the joint USPPS & IPPS meeting on Monday, May 30th where Dr. Ron González gave a talk on “Puerto Rico Stationery under the U.S. Administration 1898-1900,"
and Rich Pederson gave a talk on "Collecting Allied Military Government
Stamps and Covers."
|USPPS/IPPS Booth with
|(l to r) Don Peterson, Jim Smith (AMGCC), Craig Eggleston, Joe Napp and Dan Undersander
Silvia Garcia-Fritos, with her USPPS certificate and award for her
single-frame exhibit "The First U.S. Special Delivery Stamp Used in Cuba," at the Sarasota National Stamp Exhibition in February
Members attending our meeting at the 2014 Sarasota National Stamp
Exhibition. Pictured left to right, Arturo Codina, Len McMaster, Silvia Garcia-Fritos, Alex Blanco, Octavio Cabrera, Ed Carney,
Fernando Iglesias, and Cristóbal Martínez. Others attending, but not pictured included Les Lanphear, Richard Livingston, and
Attending our meeting in Hartford at the 2014 APS StampShow included
Dick Bates, Roger Brody, Ray Cavanaugh, David Chiong, Elliott Coleman, Craig Eggleston, Jim Forte, Ron González, Darrell Kinzler,
Yamil Kouri, Al Kugel, Les Lanphear, Doug Lehmann, Bill Matthews, Len McMaster, John Morrison, Joe Napp, Don Peterson, Rich
Small, David Steidley, Gary Weiss, and David Zemer
by Len McMaster
The USPPS had a Society table and meeting at ARIPEX 2013, held April 19–21
in Mesa, AZ. At the meeting Geoff Brewster presented several items as part of the "show and tell" format and we briefly discussed
the reprint of his Philippine Flights series the Society is releasing on CD. While there were no U.S. possessions competitive
exhibits, Geoff had an 11-frame non-competitive exhibit of all the U.S. possessions stamps, an excellent display of our collecting
interests. We had several individuals stop and talk to us at our table, signing up seven new members, including James Green
(CA), Steve Gross (AZ), Larry Weinstock (OR), John Wynns (AZ), Max Schwartz (TN), Bill Woytowich (AZ), and Jon Krupnick (FL).
Lifetime Achievement Award Presented
At the ARIPEX awards banquet Saturday evening, I had the honor of presenting
Geoff Brewster with a USPPS Lifetime Achievement Award. In 1978 Gil Plass started the USPPS by himself, and was editor of
our journal, Possessions, for 14 years, 1978–1992, producing Whole Nos. 1–56. Geoff Brewster was appointed our
first president by Gill and served 8 years from 1978–1986. With Gill and Ken Koller, he wrote the USPPS constitution
and aggressively promoted our new society, publicizing it in the general philatelic press, arranging for USPPS meetings at
stamp shows, and serving as our representative to the APS (Affiliate #99), a position he still holds today.
In 2002 Geoff became president again, serving until 2010. He served a total
of 16 years as USPPS president, almost half our 34-year existence.
Geoff was editor of Possessions for ten years from 1999 to 2010, responsible
for 43 Whole Nos. (71–113). Geoff was also vice-president from 1990 to 1994, and served as secretary-treasurer from
2006 to 2010. From 2002 until 2010 he essentially held our organization together single-handedly.
As an author, he has been responsible for more than 200 articles in Possessions
alone, making significant contributions to the study of U.S. possession stamps and postal history.
Soon after the show I received the following note from Geoff: ""I wish
to thank the USPPS for the award it recently gave me, not so much for the item itself—which is certainly attractive
and of fine quality—as for the sentiment behind it. I only wish our founder Gilbert N. Plass was still here so that
the USPPS could honor him at least similarly, for having firmly established our base and by excellent example having blazed
our path for the future."
We plan to have a joint table and meeting with the IPPS at the 2013
APS StampShow being held August 8–11, at the Delta Center, 200 West Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, WI . Craig Eggleston
will give a talk on
American censorship of civilian mail during World War One: new research
from the censorship office in Manila at our meeting. We also hope to present both single- and multi-frame exhibit awards for
the best U.S. possessions exhibits.
|Jack Thompson (left) and Len McMaster (right)
The Sacramento APS show, August 16-19th, 2012 was a
great show for us. We had over 20 members and others sign the guest list, and we signed up two new members. We also had several
members winning awards.
World Series of Philately Prix d'Honneur for his exhibit "Hawaiian Foreign Mail"
Fred Gregory: Literature Grand and Gold for his book Hawaii
Foreign Mail to 1870
Possessions: Literature Vermeil for Volume 32 (2011)
Doug Lehmann: Gold for his exhibit "Maintaining the Tax System
During the Japanese Occupation of the Philippines (1942–45) with No Paper Imports or Operating Paper Mills Available"
Rick Miggins: Gold for his exhibit "Philippines: 1954–1963
Documentary Overprints on 1947 Internal Revenue Stamps"
Jack Thompson: Gold and USPPS Multi-Frame Award for his exhibit
"The Spanish American War and the U.S. Administration in Cuba"
Rick Miggins: Single Frame Grand, Gold, Errors, Freaks &
Oddities Collectors Club, United States Postal Stationery Society, and USPPS awards for his exhibit " Philippines: 1948 Embossed
Postal Envelope - From Model to Final Die"
|USPPS members at Charleston APS show
At the Philadelphia
National Stamp Exhibition (PNSE), in March at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pa., member Richard Malmgren won
not only our first award (along with a PNSE gold) for his Hawaii Postal History exhibit, but also won the Postal History Society
Award and the PNSE Grand Award. Congratulations to Richard!