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CHICAGOPEX 2018 Features Free Film Screening, Two Convening Societies and NPM Chief Curator of Philately Dan Piazza

CHICAGO, Oct. 19, 2018 – CHICAGOPEX 2018 will feature a free film screening, two convening societies and a speaker from the Smithsonian National Postal Museum at the show, which takes place Nov. 16-18 at the Westin Chicago Northwest, 400 Park Blvd., Itasca, Ill.

The annual philatelic exhibition and stamp show, celebrating 132 years of the Chicago Philatelic Society, features two convening societies: the France and Colonies Philatelic Society and the Society for Czechoslovak Philately. These groups will present special exhibits of stamps and postal history as well as hold meetings open to the public.

On Saturday morning, Director Mark Cwiakala will be hosting a free screening of his film “Freaks and Errors,” which is a documentary on the stamp hobby and collectors. He will be doing a Q&A session at the end and will have DVDs for sale.

On Saturday afternoon, Dan Piazza, chief curator of philately at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum in Washington, will be giving a talk entitled “25 Years of Stamps and Stories: The National Postal Museum’s Silver Anniversary.” Attendees will have a chance to receive an autographed NPM cover, a set of postcards and a catalog from a past NPM exhibit.

On Friday afternoon, the Executive Director of the American Philatelic Society, Scott English, will hold a town hall event where he will take questions from the attendees. The Library Director of the American Philatelic Research Library, Scott Tiffney, will also be attending the show.

On Friday and Saturday of the show, at 12:30 p.m., Rodney Juell, one of the authors of the Encyclopedia of United States Stamps and Stamp Collecting, will be signing copies of the book in the Atrium. Copies of the book will also be available for sale.

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)
  • American Association of Philatelic Exhibitors – Open Forum on Exhibiting (Saturday)
  • Scandinavian Collectors Club Chicago chapter (Sunday)
  • Illinois Postal History Society (Sunday)
  • North Shore Philatelic Society (Sunday)

Many of these groups feature expert guest 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 on the Chicagopex.org website.

On Saturday and Sunday mornings, the APS Committee for National Exhibits and Judging (CANEJ) will be presenting sessions on the title page and synopsis, and exhibit treatment, respectively.

This year’s show theme is “Honoring the 200th Anniversary of Illinois Statehood and the 100th Anniversary of the End of World War I.” The theme is featured on the show postcard and the cover of the show program. The U.S. Postal Service will likely have the stamp for Illinois’ 200th anniversary available for sale at the show.

There will be nearly 300 frames of philatelic material on display with something of interest for all attendees. 2018 also marks the 52nd anniversary of the philatelic literature competition with the books and other materials on display. CHICAGOPEX judges also evaluate electronic literature such as websites, blogs and online articles..

The show bourse will feature at least 75 dealers from the United States and Europe. They will offer a vast array of material to interest everyone: from the beginning collector to the advanced collector and exhibitor. The U.S. Postal Service and the U.N. Postal Administration will also attend.

The show includes a youth booth with free stamps and supplies, including a giveaway from Mystic Stamp Company.

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 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. Members also attend a Dutch-treat dinner at 5:30 p.m. at the Berghoff (17 W. Adams St.).

Follow CPS on social media:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chicagopex
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Chicagopex

For more information, contact:
Melanie Rogers
Publicity Chair, CPS
chicagopex@gmail.com
312-593-7909