Charles Neyhart wins third consecutive Helbock Prize

Peter Martin, publisher of La Posta Publications, recently announced Charles Neyhart as the winner of the Richard W. Helbock Prize for the third consecutive year.

Neyhart, who holds a Ph.D. in business administration from Penn State, retired in 2001 as emeritus professor of business from Oregon State University and lives in Portland, Ore.

The Helbock Prize is awarded to “the best postal history article appearing in the previous year’s La Posta: The Journal of American Postal History.”

Neyhart won this year’s Helbock Prize for “Play It Again, San Diego – The 1935 California Pacific International Exposition,” which appeared in the Second Quarter 2015 La Posta. This article examines the complete postal history of the 1935 San Diego California Pacific Expo, which was held during the Great Depression at the same venue as the 1915 Panama California Expo.

Neyhart was first awarded the Helbock Prize in 2014 for “The 1905 Portland, Oregon, Lewis & Clark Exposition Postal Stations.” He also won last year’s honour for “‘A Knife in the Back’ The 1915 San Diego Panama California Exposition.”


The Helbock Prize is named in honour of the founding editor of La Posta, Richard W. Helbock, who died from a heart attack in 2011. He founded La Posta in 1969 and continued to edit the journal for more than 42 years until his death five years ago.

In 2013, the inaugural Helbock Prize was won by Richard S. Hemmings for “New York City’s Cortlandt Street: One Way to the River.”

Runner-up for this year’s prize was “The Inside Story of the Staples Post Offices” by Kelvin Kindahl (Fourth Quarter, 2015 La Posta), of Florence, Mass. This modern postal history feature reviewed the history of the four attempts by the U.S. Postal Service to place contract post offices into major chain retail stores and included a complete listing of all the recent Staples Post Offices, with start and ending dates.

Third place was awarded to “The Postmarks of Rockville, Maryland: Postal Cancellations from 1801 to 1975” by Wayne Anmuth (Third Quarter, 2015 La Posta), of Chevy Chase, M.D. The article provides a look at the many postmarks used for this well-known city just outside Washington, D.C.

Receiving honourable mentions were Patricia Kaufmann for her Confederate feature, “A Cover to a Sea Captain – The Victim of Mutiny and Murder,” and three articles by Jesse Spector and Robert Markovits: A Patriotic Cover and the Johnson’s Island Confederate Prisoner of War Camp;” “Resurrecting William Thompson;” and “A Great War Postal History Perspective.”

The selections were based upon voting by the La Posta editorial staff and the patron, benefactor and sustaining subscribers of La Posta.

La Posta: The Journal of American Postal History is published four times a year. It’s the leading journal devoted to U.S. postal history and is celebrating its 48th year of publication this year. Subscriptions are $34 a year.

For more information, contact: La Posta Publications, POB 6074 Fredericksburg, VA 22403; or e-mail

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