Chicagopex 2015 Honors Convening Societies

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Chicagopex 2015 is the 129th annual show of the Chicago Philatelic Society, honoring collectors of Irish, Australian and Indian stamps.

The Chicago Philatelic Society will present its 129th Annual Philatelic Exhibition, CHICAGOPEX 2015, November 20, 21, and 22, 2015, at the Westin Chicago Northwest, 400 Park Boulevard, Itasca, IL, 60143. ADMISSION AND PARKING ARE FREE! Hours of the show are: Friday – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Contact the hotel directly to make reservations (630-773-4000), and be sure to mention CHICAGOPEX for the special room rate.

This year’s show theme is “Honoring Our Convening Societies.” Special souvenir show cachets and cancellation will be available.

Four societies will be meeting at CHICAGOPEX 2015: Eire Philatelic Association, The India Study Circle for Philately, the Society of Australasian Specialists / Oceania and the Institute for Analytical Philately, which is convening prior to the show. Each group will have exhibits on view and will hold meetings during the show.

A number of special presentations will be held at CHICAGOPEX 2015: “Collection of Postage Due Fees in Ireland 1914-1926, ” presented by Robert Benninghoff; “The 50-cent Graf Zeppelin Stamp Design of 1933,” presented by Cheryl Ganz, curator emerita of the Smithsonian National Postal Museum; and “Stamp Day in the German Democratic Republic: Barometer of a Movement,” presented by David Witkowsky, president of Germany Philatelic Society, Chicagoland Chapter #5.

In addition to the national societies holding annual conventions at CHICAGOPEX 2015, the Illinois Postal History Society and the Germany Philatelic Society, Chicagoland Chapter #5, will hold meetings during the exhibition. The Chicago Philatelic Society (CPS) will also hold its meeting during the show. There will also be a special youth room with free stamps for children along with stamp mentors available for guidance.

On Saturday morning, Cheryl Ganz will be signing her book, “Every Stamp Tells A Story.” On Saturday afternoon, there will be the Literature Judges’ Feedback Forum at 2:30 p.m., the Philatelic Judges’ Feedback Forum at 4:30 p.m., and the American Association of Philatelic Exhibitors (AAPE) Open Forum on Exhibiting at 3:30 p.m. All exhibitors and attendees are welcome.    

Once at the show, attendees are encouraged to check the show program for final times and meeting rooms.

There will be approximately 300 frames of philatelic material on display with something of interest for all attending the show. In addition, the annual Annual Literature Competition will take place and copies of the books will be on display for attendees to review.

A large bourse of approximately 80 dealers will participate from across the United States and Europe. The bourse is once again full with a waiting list. Dealers will offer a vast array of material to interest everyone– for the beginning collector to the advanced collector and exhibitor. Also participating will be the United States Postal Service and the United Nations Postal Administration. Regency-Superior will be holding an auction as well.

The Awards Banquet will be held on Saturday evening, November 21, at the Westin Chicago Northwest. Reservations must be made by November 13. Please check the website, http://www.chicagopex.org, for the reservation form. The ticket price is $55.00 per person. Tickets will not be mailed but will be available for pick-up at the CHICAGOPEX hospitality table at the show.

About Chicago Philatelic Society (CPS):
CPS was organized October 8, 1886, continuing the Chicago Stamp Collectors Union, which was organized in December 1884. CPS is APS Chapter No.1 and one of the two organizations with the longest uninterrupted service to philately in the United States. CPS holds monthly stamp meetings (on the third Thursday of each month) in Downtown Chicago at the Harold Washington Library. Meetings run from 7:00p.m. -9:00p.m. and usually include a philatelic presentation and some society business. All are welcome. Many CPS speakers are advanced collectors, so be prepared to see exciting stamp and postal history subjects. Connect with CPS on Twitter @Chicagopex or on http://www.Facebook.com/chicagopex.

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