Past decade a chance to realize philatelic opportunities: Tillard

The past 10 years has given one philatelist an opportunity to realize many of his wildest philatelic dreams, and here in Canada, we’re all better for it.

The winner of both the Grand Award and the Single-Frame Grand Award at the inaugural Canadian National Philatelic Exhibition (Canpex), held Oct. 15-16, was St. Pierre and Miquelon’s Jean-Jacques Tillard, whose name has earned widespread recognition throughout the past decade.

“This is a very experienced exhibitor who has been exhibiting all over the world for number of years,” said Canpex Jury Chair John McEntyre, of Tillard. “He has the thing down right and knows what’s required to win and succeed at it.”

To win both the top awards at an exhibition is “always a challenge,” said Tillard, who added he was “very happy” with how his exhibits fared.

“I did the same job three weeks before, at Novapex, with two other exhibits,” he added. “Four national top awards in three weeks is, of course, a record for me.”

‘EVEREST OF PHILATELY’

In addition to these recent honours, Tillard received four Large Golds – and qualified for the Fédération Internationale de Philatélie (FIP) Championship Class – for his exhibit, “Overprints of St. Pierre-et-Miquelon in the 19th Century,” which was shown at the highly acclaimed World Stamp Show in New York this summer.

“The Large Gold medal is the top medal in the philately; it’s the achievement of a great job realized during many years,” said Tillard. “For me, with exhibits of St. Pierre and Miquelon, I reached the ‘Everest’ of the philately.”

Tillard said the past decade – from 2006-16 – was his chance to “realize” each of these exhibits.

“In these 10 years, I won 106 Gold or Large Gold medals, including 14 FIP medals; one Continental Grand Prix; 10 national Grand Awards; and 14 single Grand Awards,” said Tillard, who added he struck a special medal to celebrate his 100th Gold medal in philately.

“I spent lots of energy. I need to relax and to think about the future,” he said, of his future plans, adding he has his sights set on two additional honours. “I’d like to win the Champion of Champions in the U.S., and the FIP’s Grand Prix d’Honneur.”

CANPEX WINNERS

For his Grand Award-winning Canpex entry, Tillard revamped a five-frame exhibit that had previously earned him a Gold award.

“I showed it in eight frames for the first time, but I knew this exhibit had the potential to have a good result,” said Tillard, of his “St. Pierre et Miquelon, Le Type ‘Groupe’ 1892-1908” exhibit, which also earned a Large Gold at the recent World Stamp Championship in Taipei.

“The ‘Groupe’ type is the first issue realized for all colonies with their name printed on each stamp,” he said. “As I collect all classics of St. Pierre et Miquelon, of course, these stamps were in my stock; and it’s a beautiful coloured set.”

Tillard’s single-frame entry – “St. Pierre et Miquelon, Le Renard de 1952” – earned him the Single-Frame Grand Award.

“The challenge for a single-frame exhibit is to find a topic able to be developed in 16 pages,” he said. “This stamp was a good choice because I had different marquettes, proofs, sheets, covers, and the extremely rare steel die.”

Located on the northwestern Atlantic Ocean, St. Pierre and Miquelon is a self-governing collectivity possessed by France. Despite its proximity to Canada (it’s only 25 kilometres off of Newfoundland’s Burin Peninsula), the 242-square-kilometre archipelago is the only former colony of New France to remain under French control.

McEntyre said although Tillard is a resident of St. Pierre et Miquelon, he enters his competitive exhibits as a Canadian exhibitor.

“He’s been running with Canada, and to our credit because he’s been winning all these awards under our name.”

The Reserve Grand Award was also given to an exhibitor who collects the material of St. Pierre and Miquelon. Loic Detcheverry’s five-frame exhibit, “Nova Scotia Cancels on the Stamps of St. Pierre et Miquelon,” rounded out the top awards at the recent exhibition.

“They came to Canada and took home all the awards,” said McEntyre.

For more information or to contact Tillard, visit spm-philatelie.com.

CANPEX EXHIBIT PALMARES

  • Grand Award: Jean-Jacques Tillard’s “St. Pierre et Miquelon, Le Type ‘Groupe’ 1892-1908”
  • Reserve Grand Award: Loic Detcheverry’s “Nova Scotia Cancels on the Stamps of St. Pierre et Miquelon”
  • Single-Frame Grand Award: Jean-Jacques Tillard’s “St.Pierre et Miquelon, Le Renard de 1952”
  • Youth Grand Award: Jack Nixon’s Canada 1952-57 Wildlife Series

Gold

  • Neil Hunter’s “Air Mail to Eastern Canada’s Gold Fields 1924-26”
  • David Hopper’s “Northern Territory, the Squared Circle Cancellations, 1881-1913”
  • David Hopper’s “The Postmarks of the Travelling Post Offices of Queensland”
  • Steve Johnson’s “The Postal History of Yukon Airways and Exploration Co. Ltd.”
  • Neil Hunter’s “Eastern Canada’s Air Routes 1927-28”
  • Loic Detcheverry’s “Nova Scotia Cancels on the Stamps of St. Pierre et Miquelon”
  • Jean-Jacques Tillard’s “St. Pierre et Miquelon, Le Type ‘Groupe’ 1892-1908”
  • Jean-Jacques Tillard’s “St.Pierre et Miquelon, Le Renard de 1952”
  • Jean Wang’s “The Story of Blood: Myth to Medicine”
  • John Sheffield’s “The Two Ring Numeral Cancels of Canada”
  • Larry Davidson’s “Beavers: Nature’s Engineer”
  • Derek Smith’s “Advertising Mail of Saint John, N.B., Businesses and Institutions – Victorian Period, 1857-1903”
  • Jack Nixon’s “Canada 1952-57 Wildlife Series”

Vermeil

  • Harvey Johnson’s “The Krieghoff ‘The Blacksmith Shop’ Stamp”
  • Ted Nixon’s “Canada 1951 $1 Fisheries Issue”
  • Patrick Delmore’s “Used In Basutoland – Rates and Cancels 1876-1915”
  • Harvey Johnson’s “The Postal History of the Artifacts Definitives”
  • Hazel Elmslie’s “Spain: Markings on Issues of Isabel II, 1850-69”
  • Steve Johnson’s “The Postmarks and Postal History of Essex County – Stampless to Victorian Era”
  • Steve Johnson’s “The Enchanted Owl Centennial of the Northwest Territories”
  • George Alexander’s “Canadian Centennial Definitives”
  • Brenda Hoyles’s “That’s a Novel Postcard”
  • Ken Lemke’s “Grand Trunk Railway System”
  • David Hopper’s “Postal Usage of the 1978 Australian Tree Issue”
  • Pat Delmore’s “Ireland Bird Definitive Issues – 1997 to 2004”
  • Joe Trauzzi’s “The 1939 Royal Train Post Office”
  • Doug McAndless’ “Canadian Errors and Varieties During Elizabethan Era”
  • Harvey Johnson’s “Recognition of Canada’s Eight-cent and 15-cent UPU Stamps”

Silver

  • Matthew Gaiser’s “1982 Canadian Philatelic Youth Issue”
  • Russell Smith’s “Expo 67 Revisited”
  • Gerry Lemanski’s “Putting On The Ritz Parade”
  • Peter McCarthy’s “Flying With Pride”
  • Patrick Delmore’s “Basutoland – 1961 Overprints”
  • Ken Magee’s “Europe and Asia, One Stamp at a Time”
  • Myron Palay’s “Russo-Japanese War”

Silver-Bronze

  • Valerij Khomyn’s “King of Cars is a Car of Kings”
  • Anthony Mancinone’s “The Apollo Program – Landing Men on the Moon 1961-72”
  • John Sheffield’s “Getting Out The Vote: Politics and The Postal System”
  • Matthew Gaiser’s “The NHL All-Stars”

American Philatelic Society Awards

  • Pre-1900 Medal of Excellence and Ribbon: David Hopper’s “The Postmarks of the Travelling Post Offices of Queensland”
  • 1900-40 Medal of Excellence and Ribbon: Ken Lemke’s “Grand Trunk Railway System”
  • 1940-80 Medal of Excellence and Ribbon: Ted Nixon’s “Canada 1951 $1 Fisheries Issue”
  • Research Award Medal and Ribbon: David Hopper’s “Northern Territory, the Squared Circle Cancellations, 1881-1913”
  • Postal History Medal: David Hopper’s “The Postmarks of the Travelling Post Offices of Queensland

American Association of Philatelic Exhibitors Awards

  • Gold Award of Honour Pin: Brenda Hoyles’ “That’s a Novel Postcard” and Jerry Lemanski’s “Putting on The Ritz Parade
  • Creativity in Philatelic Exhibiting Award: Larry Davidson’s “Beavers: Nature’s Engineers”
  • Women’s Exhibitors Sterling Achievement Pin: Ken Magee’s “Europe and Asia, One Stamp at a Time”
  • Title Page Award: Loic Detcheverry’s “Nova Scotia Cancels on the Stamps of St. Pierre et Miquelon”
  • Novice Award: Joe Trauzzi’sThe 1939 Royal Train Post Office”

American Topical Association Award

  • First Award (Medal and Ribbon): Jean Wang’s “The Story of Blood: Myth to Medicine”

British North America Philatelic Society Awards

  • Best BNA Exhibit: John Sheffield’s “The Two Ring Numeral Cancels of Canada”
  • Best BNA Two-to-Four-Frame Exhibit: Neil Hunter’s “Air Mail to Eastern Canada’s Gold Fields 1924-26”
  • Best BNA Single-Frame Exhibit: Steve Johnson’s “The Postal History of Yukon Airways and Exploration Co. Ltd.”
  • Best BNA Research Award: Steve Johnson’s “The Postmarks and Postal History of Essex County – Stampless to Victorian Era”
  • Elizabethan Study Group Award: Doug McAndless’ “Canadian Errors and Varieties During Elizabethan Era”

Canadian Aerophilatelic Society Awards

  • Grand Award for Best Aerophilatelic Exhibit: Neil Hunter’s “Eastern Canada’s Air Routes 1927-28”

Postal History Society of Canada Awards

  • BNA Postal History Award: John Sheffield’s “The Two Ring Numeral Cancels of Canada”
  • Rich Toop Best Military Exhibit: Myron Palay’s “Russo-Japanese War”

Philatelic Specialists Society of Canada Award

  • Canada Research Award: John Sheffield’s “The Two Ring Numeral Cancels of Canada”

EFO Club of Canada Awards

  • Errors Freaks Oddities Award: Doug McAndless’ “Canadian Errors and Varieties During Elizabethan Era” and Harvey Johnson’s “The Krieghoff ‘The Blacksmith Shop’ Stamp”
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