Show review: UN Expo 17

This October, the “World Series of Philately” exhibition and shown known as U.N. Expo 17 was held at the American Philatelic Center’s Sundman Hall in Bellefonte, Pa.

Sponsored by United Nations Philatelists Inc. (UNPI) in association with the American Philatelic Society (APS), the two-day show featured dozens of competitive exhibits.

One of the entries with a Canadian theme was Jim Matyasovich’s traditional seven-frame exhibit, entitled “United Nations Stamps for EXPO 67 – Montreal, Canada,” highlighted the design and development of each of the five Expo 67 stamps issued by the United Nations Postal Administration (UNPA). Matyasovich’s exhibit used photographic essays as well as colour trial and progressive die proofs.

To mark Canada’s centennial celebrations, the United Nations Postal Administration (UNPA) issued five stamps in Canadian denominations. They were valid at the U.N. post office in Montréal.

For his exhibit, Matyasovich earned a Large Vermeil as well as the Award of Honor from the American Association of Philatelic Exhibitors (AAPE).

UN PHILATELISTS INC.

The United Nations Philatelists, Inc. (APS Affiliate #AF0071) is an “organization of philatelists devoted to the collection, study and exhibition of the issues of the United Nations Postal Administration, the postal history of the United Nations, the issues and postal history of its branches, specialized agencies and forerunners, as well as the world-wide topical issues that call attention to the United Nations, its agencies and programs,” according to the organization’s website.

In support of its activities, UNPI issues a bi-monthly journal, The Journal of United Nations Philatelists, which is usually 24 pages long. It keeps members informed about United Nations philately, including club activities and meetings, on-going research in and new items of philatelic interest to United Nations philatelists.

The UNPA also attended the show, where representatives hosted a first-day ceremony for the Universal Declaration of Human Rights stamp.

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