Fourth Bureau Issues Committee to Present at The Collectors Club “Society Series”[Rod Juell] will present “United States Fourth Bureau Era” at The Collectors’ Club webinar meeting on July 14. The two part program will begin with a high level over-view of all of the stamps issued during the years 1922 through 1932. This will set the context for the second part of the program – a “sneek-peak” at a new book to be published next year by the United States Stamp Society, celebrating the Fourth Bureau Issue during its centennial year. This book, currently in the final stages of layout, is expected to be the definitive work on these stamps for a generation to come.
National Postal Museum’s Inaugural Book Club Event
June 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Postmarks and Paperbacks is an online book club for lovers of books, letters, and the art and history of communication. It meets quarterly to discuss postal-themed books, including a range of selections drawing from epistolary novels, popular history books about the USPS or philately, and novels in which letters, the post office, or stamps play a central role. We think you’ll be surprised and delighted by the range of books this encompasses, so dive in and read along with us…
The Philatelic Foundation will award John M. Hotchner its 2020 Neinken Medal for distinguished service to philately. Originally scheduled to be held at a ceremony and reception at The Collectors Club in New York on October 27, 2020, it instead will be held in October 2021 because of COVID-19 which has shuttered much of New York. A collector since the age of five, he has been a devoted leader, writer, and active participant in the advancement of organized philately at the international, national, and local levels.
John served on the B.I.A. Board of Governors and was a prolific contributor to The United States Specialist. In addition to his numerous articles on stamp perforation, he served as Chairman of the Errors, Freaks, and Oddities Committee for many years.
Hotchner served on the Board of the American Philatelic Society for sixteen years including a term as
its President, as a member of the National Postal Museum’s Council of Philatelists for twenty years, as well as a dozen years as a member of the Postmaster General’s Citizen’s Stamp Advisory Committee. A co-founder of the American Association of Philatelic Exhibitors, he served as a Board member for 32 years including two terms as its President. Accredited as a national chief judge and international judge in both stamps and literature,
John has served for many years on the APS’ Committee on Judging Accreditation including a term as its Chairman. In 2017, he was invited to sign the Roll of Distinguished Philatelists. On the local level, he has served as president of the Virginia Philatelic Federation. He was a founder of national specialty societies for Auxiliary Markings, AMG Philately, and for Mourning Stamps and Covers.
Hotchner currently serves as a contributing editor of Linn ‘s Stamp News, responsible
for its popular “U.S. Stamp Notes,” a weekly column, and as a monthly columnist for The American Stamp Dealer & Collector, and US. Stamp News as well as a quarterly columnist for a number of philatelic publications. As an exhibitor, his exhibits have garnered both national grand and reserve grand awards.
PF Chairman Robert G. Rose commented on the choice of Mr. Hotchner as the recipient of its Neinken Medal. “John has done it all, and always at the highest level of achievement, as a collector and exhibitor, as writer
and judge, as a philatelic expert and, as a board member and president of philately’s leading organization.
The 12th auction by Stampedia Auctions in Tokyo, Japan, will include over 230 lots of mostly 20th century US stamps. Many items are accompanied by Philatelic Foundation certificates. Highlights include plate blocks and plate singles, Scott 557a imperf block of four, Scott 567a horizontal pair imperf vertically, and Scott 594 with 1993 Philatelic Foundation certificate.
The catalogue for the auction is available in English on the Philkasearch web site:
Purchases can be paid for by PayPal.
Enquiries about the sale can be sent by email to Shinjiro Kawashima at:
Kenneth Zierer Wins Literature Grand Award
Ken Zierer has won the first WSP sanctioned Article Literature Award at the Sarasota National Stamp Show. Ken’s article “The Dubious Origins of the Scott Listed Variety #424e” received one of the seven Large Gold medals awarded to the 32 submitted articles. The article, published in 2018 in three parts, in the May, June and July issues of The United States Specialist can be found by browsing the digitial Specialist. The competition, the first ever for philatelic articles at a World Series of Philately (WSP) show was judged by Peter McCann, Chief Judge, Patricia Walker and Patrick Walters. It would appear from the favorable reaction by the collectors at the Sarasota event, that this new form of article competition, might become a semiannual event at WSP shows.