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CHICAGOPEX 2017 Features Special Exhibit About 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition

CHICAGO, Nov. 12, 2017 – CHICAGOPEX 2017, taking place Nov. 17-19, will host a special exhibit of souvenirs from the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition including: Columbian coin glass, Satsuma porcelain, art glass, tokens and medals, Libbey glass factory items, Wedgewood and Doulton items, time pieces, paper items including ad cards, sheet musical, postal items, entrance items, personalized souvenirs, vendor giveaways, textiles and silks.

The exhibit comes from the collection of a Rockford-area resident, who is displaying the material to honor this year’s show theme of the 525th Anniversary of Columbus’ Sailing and to commemorate the 124th anniversary of the World’s Columbian Exposition.

Chicagopex, an annual philatelic exhibition, celebrates 131 years of the Chicago Philatelic Society (CPS), and features three book signings among its special events at the Westin Chicago Northwest, 400 Park Blvd., Itasca, Ill.

There will be one book signing and presentation each day of the show:

Copies of the books will also be available for sale. Please see the CPS’s Facebook page Events and the show program for specific conference rooms within the hotel.

The show will host two convening societies: the Society of Israel Philatelists and the British Caribbean Philatelic Study Group. These groups will present special exhibits of stamps and postal history as well as hold meetings open to the public.

The following groups are also meeting at the show (all free and open to the public):

  • Chicago Philatelic Society (Saturday)
  • Germany Philatelic Society Chapter #5 (Saturday)
  • Illinois Postal History Society (Sunday)
  • North Shore Philatelic Society (Sunday)

Many of these groups feature expert speakers giving talks open to the public. The full schedule will appear in the show program, which will be available at the hospitality desk in the hotel’s atrium. It’s also available at the show website.

Special souvenir show cachets and cancellation will be available for all three days of the show. There will be 270 frames of philatelic material on display with something of interest for all attendees. 2017 also marks the 51st anniversary of the philatelic literature competition with the books and other materials on display. CHICAGOPEX judges will also evaluate electronic literature such as websites, blogs and online articles.

The show bourse will feature 75 dealers from the United States and Europe. They will offer a vast array of material to interest beginning to advanced collectors and exhibitors. The U.S. Postal Service and the U.N. Postal Administration will also attend and sell their materials. The show will include a youth booth with free stamps and supplies.

Attendees are asked to contact the hotel to make reservations and to mention CHICAGOPEX for the special room rate. Admission and parking are free. Show hours are: Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday night will also feature a catered awards banquet. Tickets must be purchased in advance ($60 each) and dress is business casual. Please see the CHICAGOPEX website for the reservation form. Special diets can be accommodated upon request.

About the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition:

Also known as the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, the exposition was held to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Columbus’ discovery of the New World. Due to delays, the Expo was held one year late. The competition to host the Expo, in which Chicago bested New York, earned Chicago the nickname the “Windy City.” Running May 1-Oct. 30, 1893, the Expo was constructed on more than 600 acres on two miles of Chicago lakefront. Fourteen major buildings were constructed, mostly around a lagoon area. Most of the United States and territories constructed buildings as did many foreign governments. A Midway Plaisance area housed the Ferris wheel, Javanese and German villages and many sideshow exhibits.

The Expo featured many firsts:

  • The first Ferris wheel, 250 feet in diameter, made two revolutions at a cost of 50 cents per ride. Each of the 36 cars held at least 50 people.
  • The first U.S. mint commemorative coins were issued: half dollar and a quarter.
  • Some of the first U.S. post office commemorative stamps were issued with values from $0.01-$5.00.
  • The Woman’s Building designed by a woman, Sophia Hayden.
  • The Manufactures and Liberal Arts Building was the largest building in the world when constructed.
  • The first Expo to make major use of electricity at night.

About Chicago Philatelic Society (CPS):

Organized Oct. 8, 1886, continuing the Chicago Stamp Collectors Union, which was organized in Dec. 1884. CPS is chapter no. 1 of the American Philatelic Society and one of two organizations with the longest uninterrupted service to philately in the United States. Each month, CPS holds meetings on the third Thursday in downtown Chicago at the Harold Washington Library (400 S. State St.) in meeting room 3N-6. Meetings run 7 p.m.-9 p.m. and usually include a philatelic presentation and society business. All are welcome. Many speakers are advanced collectors who share insights on exciting stamp and postal history subjects. Some members and guests attend a Dutch-treat dinner at 5:30 p.m. at the Berghoff (17 W. Adams St.).

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For more information, contact:
Melanie Rogers
Publicity Chair, CPS