The proposed pictorial postmarks for Americover 2018—the annual show, convention and first-day cover (FDC) celebration of the American First Day Cover Society (AFDCS)—were designed by prominent young philatelist Dani Leviss.
The New Jersey woman is in the design track of the Young Philatelic Leaders Fellowship program of the American Philatelic Society (APS). Her mentor is professional artist Chris Calle, and her sponsor is Ann Duncan.
The theme of the show, which is being held Aug. 3-5 in the Atlanta area, is “Georgia On My Mind.” The postmarks show a peach, the state fruit; civil rights demonstrators; and symbols representing singer-songwriter Ray Charles, who recorded the best-known rendition of Georgia On My Mind. The song was written by Hoagy Carmichael and Stuart Gorrell in 1930, the year Charles was born.
Americover 2018 will be held at the Hilton Atlanta Northeast on 5993 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., in Peachtree Corners, Ga., about 30 kilometres from downtown Atlanta. There are two bourses at the show (commercial dealers and cachetmakers), a banquet, meetings, award-winning FDC exhibits, a youth table, a hospitality suite, live and silent auctions, seminars and a forum by a U.S. Postal Service official involved with FDCs.
Leviss is also an FDC cachetmaker and has, in recent years, had a table at the cachetmakers bourse. She is the daughter of the late Gerry Leviss, co-founder of Barry and Gerry Covers, and her mother Donna often operates the BGC Legacy booth at Americover.
“I’ve always been running around stamp shows, sleeping under the table, looking through other dealers’ stock,” said the younger Leviss.