Big Apple show lives up to world-class billing, Canadians effuse

Canada was strongly represented at the World Stamp Show held May 28 – June 4 at the Javits Center in New York City. From the left are Canadians Ingo Nessel, president of the Philatelic Society of Canada; librarian Kathy Hartley of the Vincent Graves Greene Philatelic Research Foundation; Michel Houde who is very active in the Canadian philatelic community; Maxime S. Herold of Canada Stamp Finder; and, John Jamieson of Saskatoon Stamp Centre. Photo by Mike Walsh.

mpressive, amazing and wow! These are just a few of the words that hit me during my first few hours of being among the thousands of collectors and dealers gathered for the World Stamp Show at the Javits Center, located near New York City’s Times Square. Attending my first World Stamp Show, I was quickly drawn to the massive layout of exhibits. I have never seen such a large number of exhibits and frames under one roof. In fact, Thomas Fortunato, chairman of marketing and public relations, shared with me that the World Stamp Show hosted 706 competitive exhibits, representing 4,146 frames. The most common theme was postal history, representing 29.2 per cent of the exhibits; followed by traditional with 22.4 per cent; and – a distant third – one-frame exhibits with 11.9 per cent of the total competitive exhibits. Now, that’s an exhibition of worldly proportions. Just as impressive was the Canadian presence. Continue reading →

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