Toronto exhibitor wins Large Gold at National Topical Stamp Show

North Toronto Stamp Club (NTSC) member Jean Wang won a Large Gold for her multi-frame exhibit, titled “The Story of Blood: Myth to Medicine,” at the 67th annual National Topical Stamp Show in Milwaukee.

Wang’s five-frame thematic exhibit, which was displayed in frames 158-162, shows the history of blood from ancient times to the establishment of transfusion medicine and modern-day blood banking. It highlights the history of blood; the acquisition of new knowledge regarding blood’s properties; the development of transfusion medicine; the international effort to maintain a safe blood supply through donor recruitment; the process of blood collection and preparation for distribution; and the various ways in which blood can save the lives of individuals with bleeding and blood disorders.

Items presenting difficulty of acquisition are indicated by a red drop of blood. Among these rarities are:

  • original artwork from Indonesia;
  • pre-production items from Canada (a 1952 hardened die essay, of which only one example is known to exist), Tonga (including a cromalin proof, of which only four examples exist), Burundi, France, and Monaco;
  • stamped-to-order postal stationery cards from the Welsh Blood Transfusion Service as well as Britain’s National Blood Transfusion Service and its predecessor, the British Army Transfusion Service;
  • a Canada Small Queen with a “vampire bite” error cancelled with a rare 1892 Toronto Junction postmark; and
  • a stethoscope watermark on Egyptian Syndicate of Medical Professions revenue stamps.

Wang’s exhibit also earned the Medical Subjects Unit Award at the national-level show, which was hosted on June 23-25 by the American Topical Association (ATA).

PREVIOUS AWARDS

Wang’s “Myth to Medicine” exhibit has previously won a number of awards, including:

CHALLENGES

According to Wang, because blood is a modern medicine, any philatelic material relating to blood donation and transfusion is dated after 1940. This presented a challenge for earlier versions of her exhibit; however, examples of earlier material, including pre-philatelic items tied to the theme of blood, have since been added.

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