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April 23, 2017

COMPEX 2017 FEATURES CACHET, CANCELS COMMEMORATING  SHOW'S 60TH YEAR

For the second time, Collectors Club of Chicago members have been invited to provide a special section of exhibits at COMPEX.  At present, CCC members will have approximately 150 frames of exhibits on display.   Please be sure to view these exhibits in addition to the COMPEX club exhibits that will be on display.  There will be something of interest for everyone to see.

COMPEX 2017 is being held May 19, 20, and 21, at the Forest View Educational Center, 2121 S. Goebbert Road, Arlington Heights, IL. 

Hours of the show are:  Friday and Saturday – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Admission and parking are free.

COMPEX 2017 (Combined Philatelic Exhibition of Chicagoland) is comprised of 9 Chicago area clubs holding their individual exhibits under the same roof at the same time.  Member clubs of COMPEX 2017 will presents a wide variety of exhibits for the viewing pleasure of all in attendance.    

This year’s theme is, “Honoring the United States Armed Forces.”  COMPEX will have a total of approximately 180 frames of exhibits.  Be sure to see the 10-frame special exhibit highlighting our show theme with a potpourri of American military mail from World War 1 in the Collectors Club of Chicago section. 

Cachet prices are:  Show-cancelled cachet: $2.00 each; Set of 3 (one per day):  $5.00; blank cachets:  $.75 each.  Cachets may be ordered by mail (add $1.00 for postage and handling – or an SASE) from:  COMPEX 2017 Cachets, 7139 West Higgins, Chicago, IL 60656. 

The cancel design submitted to the Post Office for use at the USPS station at COMPEX 2017, notes the 60th anniversary of the annual COMPEX stamp show; the key graphic element is the COMPEX logo, consisting of the intertwined letters of the show's name. This was created by Samuel Ray, a prominent Chicago philatelist and an expert at writing up exhibits for other philatelists.

The cachet for COMPEX 2017 carries out the theme of the show: "Honoring the United States Armed Forces." While many US stamps have noted the actions and contributions of the armed forces, depicting battles, great military leaders and heroes, etc., the cachet focuses on the millions of men and women who have served in the armed forces - using the "generic faces" depicted on the 1952 3c stamp honoring service women [Scott 1013] and on the 1955 3c stamp honoring the armed forces reserves [Scott 1067].

Once again, COMPEX will have its traditional Youth/Beginners’ Booth with free stamps and activities for young collectors, whether they are new to the hobby or already working on collections.  Information about collecting is also available for those wanting to get started in the hobby, regardless of age. 

A bourse of approximately 50 dealer booths will be participating to fill the needs of all levels of collecting interests.   In addition to our philatelic dealers, we are including postcard dealers.  We will also have one cachet maker included in the bourse.

In addition to the dealers, the United States Postal Service and the United National Postal Administration with participate with their respective postal products available for purchase.

This year, COMPEX will host a workshop by the Midwest Bank Note Study Group of the U. S. Philatelic Classics Society on Saturday, May 20, from 12 noon to 2:00 p.m.  The workshop will focus on various aspects of collecting this interesting issue.  All are welcome to attend this workshop.

Several local area clubs will be holding their society meetings during COMPEX, including the Chicago Philatelic Society with a program by Tom Horn, director of APS Special Projects, who will present on the status of the APS Chapter Ambassador program; The Chicagoland Chapter No. 5, Germany Philatelic Society; The Scandinavian Collectors Club, Chicago Chapter #4; Baden-Powell Philatelic Association of Illinois; and the Illinois Postal History Society.  Other societies have not finalized their plans and will be announced at a later date.  Please check the official show program for details regarding speakers, times, etc.

For further information regarding COMPEX 2017, please contract Charles Berg, 773-775-2100, or our website, www.compexstampshow.org.

 For Immediate Release
 March 31, 2017

Midwest Bank Note Study Group Workshop
Takes Place Saturday, May 20 at COMPEX '17


This year COMPEX will host a workshop by the Midwest Bank Note Study Group of the U. S. Philatelic Classics Society on Saturday, May 20, from 12 noon to 2:00 p.m.  The agenda includes general discussion, breakout study groups doing hands-on examination of stamp material using various techniques for paper discrimination of the “regular” papers as well as silk and ribbed papers.  There will also be a station devoted to UV illumination, trans-illumination by visible light, projection microscopy, direct comparisons with a variety of known samples, and an audiology booth for snap testing.  Plenary sessions will include discussion of the migration from one paper type to another.  Also featured will be a narrated version of John Barwis’ celebrated analytical study of the documented standard paper types.  Other topics may be added to this program.  If you are a collector of the bank note issues, or interested in starting a collection, this is a truly special workshop for you to attend. 

COMPEX 2017 will be held on the weekend of May 19, 20 and 21, at the Forest View Educational Center, 2121 S. Goebbert Road, Arlington Heights, IL.  Note that this is the weekend before Memorial Day weekend.

Hours of the show are:  Friday and Saturday – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Admission and parking are free!!!

COMPEX 2017 (Combined Philatelic Exhibition of Chicagoland) is comprised of 9 Chicago area clubs holding their individual exhibits under the same roof at the same time.  Member clubs of COMPEX will present a wide variety of exhibits for the viewing pleasure of all in attendance.    

This special exhibit by the Collectors Club of Chicago is in addition to the regular exhibits by the members of the COMPEX clubs. 

Once again, COMPEX will have its traditional Youth/Beginners Booth with free stamps and activities for new collectors of all ages, whether they are new to the hobby or just started on their collections.  Information about collecting is also available for those wanting to get started in the hobby, regardless of age. 

A bourse of approximately 40 dealers, including a few postcard dealers, will be participating to fill the needs of all levels of collecting interests. The United States Postal Service and the United National Postal Administration will participate with their respective postal products available for purchase.  We will also welcome post card and coin dealers.  Contact Charles Berg for details (see below for contact information).

In addition to exhibits and dealers, several local area clubs will be holding their society meetings during COMPEX, including the Chicago Philatelic Society with a program by Tom Horn.  Tom is in charge of Special Projects at the American Philatelic Society, and the Chicagoland Chapter No. 5, Germany Philatelic Society will also present a program still in the planning stage. Other societies have not finalized their plans as yet and details will be announced at a later date.  Please be sure to check the show program for details.

Make your plans now to attend COMPEX 2017 on the weekend of May 19, 20 and 21.  There will be something of interest for all attendees!!

For further information regarding COMPEX 2017, please contract Charles Berg, by email at stampkingchicago@hotmail.com, or by phone at 773-775-2100.

For Immediate Release
March 8, 2017

COMPEX 2017 – GUEST EXHIBITS
BY COLLECTORS CLUB OF CHICAGO

This year at COMPEX, we are once again privileged to announce that the esteemed Collectors Club of Chicago has been invited to present over 140 frames of exhibits by its members in a special section of the show.  Many of these members have received high awards nationally and internationally.  This is the second year that the Collectors Club of Chicago will be participating in COMPEX, and we are delighted that our visitors will have the opportunity to view these wonderful exhibits.  Please be sure to stop by to see them.

COMPEX 2017 will be held on the weekend of May 19, 20 and 21, at the Forest View Educational Center, 2121 S. Goebbert Road, Arlington Heights, IL.  Please note that this is the weekend before Memorial Day weekend.

Hours of the show are:  Friday and Saturday – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Admission and parking are free!!!

COMPEX 2017 (Combined Philatelic Exhibition of Chicagoland) is comprised of 9 Chicago area clubs holding their individual exhibits under the same roof at the same time.  Member clubs of COMPEX will present a wide variety of exhibits for the viewing pleasure of all in attendance.    

This special exhibit by the Collectors Club of Chicago is in addition to the regular exhibits by the members of the COMPEX clubs. 

Once again, COMPEX will have its traditional Youth/Beginners Booth with free stamps and activities for new collectors of all ages, whether they are new to the hobby or just started on  their collections.  Information about collecting is also available for those wanting to get started in the hobby, regardless of age. 

A bourse of approximately 40 dealers, including a few postcard dealers, will be participating to fill the needs of all levels of collecting interests. The United States Postal Service and the United National Postal Administration will participate with their respective postal products available for purchase.  We will also welcome post card and coin dealers.  Contact Charles Berg for details (see below for contact information).

In addition to exhibits and dealers, several local area clubs will be holding their society meetings during COMPEX, including the Chicago Philatelic Society with a program by Tom Horn.  Tom is in charge of Special Projects at the American Philatelic Society, and the Chicagoland Chapter No. 5, Germany Philatelic Society will also present a program still in the planning stage. Other societies have not finalized their plans as yet and details will be announced at a later date.  Please be sure to check the show program and this website for details.

Make your plans now to attend COMPEX 2017 on the weekend of May 19, 20 and 21.  There will be something of interest for all attendees!!

For further information regarding COMPEX 2017, please contact Show President Charles Berg.

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