We just posted the first press release for COMPEX 2018, in June, just outside Chicago. Hope to see you there! http://www.compexstampshow.org/press-room.html
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE “U.S. Contract Mail Routes by Railroad (1832-1875)” Receives Top Honors in International Competition Dec. 18, 2017 (Chicago) – Auktionshaus Christoph Gaertner announced at MonacoPhil 2017 that “U.S. Contract Mail Routes by Railroad (1832-1875),” the notable book authored by Hugh V. Feldman and published by the Collectors Club of Chicago (CCC), received first place in the Fifth Annual C.G. International Philatelic Promotion Award competition. CCC club member Leonard Hartmann accepted the award, which included a 2000-euro prize, on behalf of the club. Recent book reviewers have said: “The bonus disk is a boon to postal historical research…Although these reports might be sourced otherwise from the internet, to have them all in one place is a gift…So, bravo to a brave British postal historian for supplying his American counterparts with such a valuable resource.” Diane DeBlois in the Nov. 2017 issue of “The Chronicle of the U.S. Classic Postal Issues” by the U.S. Philatelic Classics Society. “…In a feat of monumental discipline, Feldman photographed every page in the gargantuan, 325-volume ‘Register for Star Route Contracts 1814-1960.’” Charles Snee in the Dec. 11, 2017 issue of “Linn’s Stamp News.” The book presents the development of the early railroads in a historical context focusing on the establishment, routes and the cities and towns served as it relates to the philatelic information. The mail contract route information is presented in a well-organized manner including dates, route numbers, contract agreement and cost per mile. The arrangement is by state accompanied by charts, copies of detailed maps locating towns and a detailed list of the stations served on the various mail contracts. The mail contracts normally have the individual stops and dates and thus one may be able to bracket in times when a specific station was in use. This book runs 1,096 pages in full color, hard bound, dust jacket, illustrates 242 covers, 582 maps and 360 other images. A DVD is included containing over 800 covers (many not illustrated in the book), PMG annual reports and other reports to Congress between 1817 and 1878. In addition, there are images of the manuscript Railroad Contracts by States - 6,773 total, and we believe these contracts have never been reproduced before. In late November, Feldman appeared at Chicagopex 2017 stamp show in Itasca, Ill., where he gave a presentation based on the book and signed copies. The competition, open to all organizations and publishers of philatelic periodicals, was founded in 2013 to recognize promotion of philatelic research and the preservation of philatelic knowledge through publication, according to outgoing APS Librarian Tara Murray, as posted in a recent APRL blog. The railroad book and others are available for purchase at the CCC website. Bulk purchases are available by contacting Hartmann at email@example.com. ### For more information, or to set up an interview with author Hugh Feldman or a CCC member or officer, please contact: Melanie Rogers CCC Public Relations and Publicity Manager www.collectorsclubchicago.org http://www.facebook.com/collectorsclubofchicago firstname.lastname@example.org About the Collectors Club of Chicago (CCC): The CCC was incorporated on 13 October 1928, and it is believed members met in one another’s homes until the beginning of World War II, at which time the meetings lapsed. In early 1944, three legendary, Chicago-area, advanced collectors of postage stamps and postal history planned the formation of an intimate group of collectors having similar interests: Dr. Clarence W. Hennan, David Lidman (then the Stamp Editor of the “Chicago Sun”) and Charles F. Meroni, Sr. In November 1944, these three individuals and five more met to officially establish the club. An agreement was reached whereby a Chicago-based organization would be formed for the purpose of promoting philatelic research, for the exchange of information concerning all aspects of postage stamps and postal history and for the promotion of social contact between good friends having a common bond through philatelia — the name of the organization was to be the Collectors Club of Chicago. From 1945 to 1969, the club met at a variety of public locations, including the University Club and the Union League Club. In 1970, the club began meeting at the present-day Gold Coast clubhouse, which was a gift from Richard McPherren Cabeen and his wife Blema. Cabeen, a CCC member, was a notable philatelic author who wrote books as well as a stamp column that appeared in a local newspaper. Because of the foresight of the Chicago area’s philatelic fraternity in the formative years, the current CCC membership now enjoys the privileges and benefits of a permanent, upscale clubhouse building, a very comprehensive philatelic library and the opportunity to socialize at least monthly with fellow collectors.
Chicagopex (Nov. 17-19 in Itasca, IL) is still accepting applications from exhibitors. Find the prospectus here: http://chicagopex.org/chicagopexcurrent.html
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