Aerophilately 2022 set for this November

By Ron Breznay

Aerophilately 2022, presented by the American Air Mail Society (AAMS), will be held from Nov. 4-6 at American Philatelic Society (APS) headquarters in Bellefonte, Pa.

There will be a World Series of Philately exhibition with both the multi-frame and single-frame Grand Award winners invited to participate in the next Champion of Champions exhibition. The only condition for entering is that all entries must be aerophilatelic or astrophilatelic in nature or have an aviation theme. All APS exhibit categories are welcome to apply. A prospectus and entry application are available from Exhibit frames will be assigned in order of each application’s receipt.

Additionally, the three-day show will feature dealers, seminars, an awards banquet and other activities—all with the backdrop of the wonderful American Philatelic Research Library at APS headquarters.

The seminars schedule includes:

  • “Amazing Zeppelin Stories,” by Bob Helms, Jim Hill and Cheryl Ganz;
  • “Expansion of U.S. Airmail to Foreign Destinations (1922-1941),” by Murray Abramson;
  • “The Veil is Lifted, PAA over the Atlantic, WWII,” by David Crotty;
  • “Rare & Unusual Airmail Interruptions,” by Steve Berlin;
  • “Wake Island and the Airmail, 1935-41,” by Ted Bahry;
  • “Air France South Atlantic: Origins and Destinations,” by Dan Gribbin;
  • “Pan Am Clippers Conquer the Pacific – August 1933 to April 1946,” by Jon Krupnick;
  • “Air Crash Covers of Pan American World Airways,” by Ken Sanford; and
  • “Pan American Clippers on the Eve of Pearl Harbor and in the Weeks That Followed,” by Ken Lawrence.

The show will also feature book signings, including for:

  • U.S. Zeppelin and Airship Mail Flights by Cheryl Ganz;
  • Pan American’s Final Flight by Jon Krupnick; and
  • History of Airmail to Poland and Its Contribution to Airmail Services in Europe (1914-1939) by Jerzy Kupiec-Weglinski.

Other activities include an AAMS membership meeting, a meeting of the American Association of Philatelic Exhibitors and a judges’ critique.

The AAMS arranged a block of rooms at Best Western Plus University Park Inn & Suites on 115 Premiere Dr., State College. The discounted rate is $82 US a night, it runs from Nov. 1-8 and it includes a complimentary hot breakfast buffet. There will be a hospitality room for AAMS members.

To make reservations, call the hotel at 1-814-234-8393 and ask for rooms in the Aerophilately 2022 room block or reserve online here.

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