Thousands of exhibit frames at upcoming World Stamp Show

It will be the largest international philatelic exhibition held in the U.S. since Washington, D.C. hosted the 2006 World Philatelic Exhibition, which included 640 exhibits from 60 countries around the world.

At this year’s World Stamp Show NY2016, held May 28-June 4 in New York City, the competitive exhibits will span virtually all subjects with 700 exhibits across 4,125 frames. There will also be about 500 frames of non-competitive exhibits and a court of honour displaying some of philately’s greatest rarities, including the unique 1856 one-cent Magenta of British Guiana.

The exhibition takes place on the third floor of Manhattan’s Javits Convention Center. On May 28 – opening day – the exhibit floor will be open from 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. For the remainder of the week it will open at 10 a.m. and close at 6 p.m.


A complete listing of competitive philatelic and literature exhibits are now posted here on the World Stamp Show website.

The show’s Exhibits Selection Committee received applications for more frames than were initially available, so the initial limit of 3,800 competitive frames was increased to meet some of the demand.

World Stamp Show Commissioner General Stephen Schumann and Judges and Judging Chair Stephen Reinhard said: “These are the finest selections of competitive exhibits to be shown at a World Philatelic Exhibition in many years. The selection process was very difficult, considering we had over 6,500 frames applied for and we could only accommodate 4,125.”

George Pepall, president of The Royal Philatelic Society of Canada, agreed the show’s scale and scope is unmatched.

“The number of dealers will be in the several hundreds, and the number of superb exhibits will … give attendees the opportunity to see virtually anything that anybody specializes in,” said Pepall. “There’s a good chance a person’s specialty will be there as part of a world-class exhibit.”

Out of a total of 700 competitive exhibits, postal history leads the way with 204 exhibits (or nearly 30 per cent of all exhibits). This is followed by 159 traditional exhibits; 82 single-frame exhibits; 61 thematic exhibits; and 52 youth exhibits.

Dr. Sam Chiu, of Toronto, Ont.,

Dr. Sam Chiu, of Toronto, Ont., is one of 23 Canadian exhibitors. His five-frame exhibit is titled ‘Chefoo Local Post, China, 1893-96’.

Also online is a list of 175 literature entries. Organizers said these applications also exceeded initial estimates. The literature entries include three classes: (a) philatelic books and research papers with 103 entries; (a) philatelic magazines and periodicals with 38 entries; and (c) catalogues with 34 entries.


There will be 23 exhibits entered by Canadian philatelists at the upcoming World Stamp Show.

1155-1162 Canada – The Small Queens of 1870-1897 Eight Guillaume Vandeboncoeur
1163-1170 St. Pierre & Miquelon: Colonial Series Through First Pictorial Eight James Taylor
1171-1178 The Maple Leaf Issue of Canada 1897-1898 Eight David McLaughlin
1189-1196 Canada – The Large Queens 1868-1896, The First Stamps Printed in Canada Eight Fred Fawn
1328-1328 1908 Canada: The 1¢ Quebec Tercentenary Stamp Single John McEntyre
1376-1376 Essays & Proofs of Hungary’s 1919 Issues Single Fred Fawn
1497-1504 The Small Hermes Heads of Greece 1886-1901 Eight Anestis Karagiannidis
1531-1535 Great Britain. George V Commorative Stamp Issues Five Mary Pugh
1536-1540 The Story of The Penny Black Plates. The Varieties and Usage. Five Graham Locke
1775-1779 Chefoo Local Post, China, 1893-96 Five Sammy Chiu
2044-2048 Metered Mail 1897-1922 Five Luc Legault
2291-2295 US RRR & AR to 1945 Five David Handelman
2329-2333 Marcophilie de La Ville de Quebec 1763-1851 Five Gregoire Teyssier
2334-2338 A Postal History of the Yukon Five Kevin O’Reilly
2339-2343 Postal Usages in the Province of Quebec and Lower Canada until 1831 Five Christiane & Jacques Faucher-Poitras
2373-2380 In Defense of the Border- Canadian Military Mails 1667-1885 Eight David L. Hobden
2407-2407 Canadian Military Hospitals at Sea Single Jon Johnson
2925-2929 1852-76 Plain and Numbered Star Cancels on Mail from Paris Central and 39 District Offices Five Ted Nixon
2935-2939 Postal Censoring Challenges: Dealing with WWII Mail Violations Five Michael Deery
3945-3945 London Design of Candian International Reply Coupons Single JJ Danielski
4119-4119 Canadian Pioneer Airmails 1918-1922 Single Raymond Simrak
4789-4793 Newfoundland Legal Documents: Stampless Precursor and 1898 Queen Victoria First Revenue Types Five John M. Walsh
4968-4972 Novydux HB – A Private Port in Mullajo, Sweden Five JJ Danielski


Organizers said a “very limited quantity” of World Stamp Show medals are being custom die struck in antique bronze, measuring two inches by three inches and weighing about eight ounces.

Designed by Niko Courtelis, the medal features the show logo on the obverse within a raised stamp border and a stylized magnifying glass – where medal recipients’ names will be custom engraved – on the reverse.

Empty exhibit frames will be available for sale at the conclusion of the show. Anyone interested in purchasing them can email for details.

For more information on the exhibits to be displayed at the upcoming World Stamp Show, visit

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