Toronto’s Sam Chiu wins Pipex Grand

Toronto-area exhibitor Sam Chiu’s 10-frame postal history exhibit, ‘Hankow, China, 1891-1919,’ received 94 points to earn a large gold and the Grand Award at the virtual Pipex exhibition this May. He was among six Canadian exhibitors competing at the U.S.-based World Series of Philately show.

Long-time Toronto exhibitor Sam Chiu took home the Grand Award at Pipex 2021, a U.S. World Series of Philately (WSP) show held virtually this year due to COVID-19. Chiu’s 10-frame postal history exhibit, “Hankow, China, 1891-1919,” earned 94 points – a large gold – as the exhibition’s best-judged entry. In it, he highlights the postal history of the central Chinese city Hankow, which Chiu called the “second most important city” on the Yangtze River, behind only Shanghai. The material dates as far back as 1891 – considered the city’s postal history beginnings, before which time “close to no items had been recorded,” Chiu said – through the end of the First World War. “The jury found it to be an outstanding exhibit,” said chief judge Liz Hisey, of Florida, who’s also the chair of the U.S.-based Committee on Accreditation of National Exhibitions and Judges (CANEJ), an America Philatelic Society (APS) affiliate. “There were several candidates for the Grand, but the jury voted for ‘Hankow.’” Continue reading →

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