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Polonus Contribution to Boston 2026

Boston 2026 World Expo officers have received a $1,000 check from the Polonus Polish Philatelic Society to further support the international philatelic exhibition. Notice was sent by President Ronald Klimley on behalf of their Board.

Established in 1939, Polonus has grown from a small local stamp club in Chicago to become the world’s largest and oldest philatelic organization specializing in Polish philately. They have recently unveiled a brand new website under the guidance of current webmaster Mark Maestrone.

The group has over 500 issues of their bulletin published from 1940 to 2018 available for anyone to download, with more recent editions exclusively accessible by members. Content runs the gamut from postal history of the region dating from the nation’s founding in 1918 to the latest new issues from Poczta Polska.

Polonus has five study groups specializing in aerophilately, cinderellas, DP/Intern camps, POW camps, and the works of master engraver Czeslaw Slania. It offers members exhibit assistance and a document translation service, among other benefits. Everyone can access their extensive eBay store.

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ATA Donation to Boston 2026

Boston 2026 has received the first of two $2,500 donations from the American Topical Association, with an additional contribution planned for 2024.

ATA Executive Director Jennifer Miller informed Boston 2026 officers of their wishes in a letter from August 23, shortly after a very successful Great American Stamp Show in Cleveland.  Collaborative efforts between both organizations have been ongoing for some time.

Dawn Hamman, ATA President, followed up by email, saying, “ATA is looking forward to active involvement in the show.  As you know, topical collecting is a growing segment of our hobby, and an excellent way to attract non-collectors to the hobby.  We want to start promoting the show to our membership now, as people will need time to plan for the big trip.  There are a lot of good topics related to Boston!

The American Topical Association is the world’s largest collecting organization specializing in subject-related philately.  Founded in 1949, the ATA continues to encourage the promotion of philately through their many programs and services.  Nearly 50 ATA Study Units delve deep into subjects from Americana to Wine, while their bimonthly journal Topical Time allows the entire membership to discover the variety and pleasures topical collecting. 

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Third Boston 2026 Label Now Available

Boston 2026’s newest collectible label was released at 1 PM today during a ceremonial presentation about the World Expo on the exhibition floor at the Great American Stamp Show in Cleveland, Ohio.

This third-in-a-series of patriotic-themed promotional “The Road to Boston 2026” labels was again created by award-winning stamp designer Chris Calle, whose artwork will be issued yearly up until show time. Each of the 3,000 sheetlets produced by the Portland Stamp Company contain nine water-activated labels of the same design.

Prominent in the design is the 1973 USPS Boston Tea Party block of four stamps depicting the nighttime raiding of British ships carrying tea that took place on December 16, 1773. Hours earlier 7,000 Bostonians rallied at the Old South Church to protest the tea importation tax imposed by the British with the catchphrase, “No taxation without representation.” Pro-independence leader Samuel Adams assembled 50 colonists in Indian guise that evening to accomplish the symbolic protest. His image is in the lower left of the label alongside the famous “Join, or Die” flag of a segmented snake.

Both the unsigned and a limited edition of 450 artist-signed versions of the sheetlet are available. Orders are currently being accepted through the Boston 2026 web site. Labels 1 and 2 in both formats have been withdrawn.

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Boston 2026-CCNY Dinner at GASS

Boston 2026 is again joining the Collectors Club of New York in hosting a joint dinner in Cleveland before the start of the Great American Stamp Show.

It is scheduled for Wednesday, August 9 beginning at 7 PM at the LULO Kitchen & Juice Bar, 1273 West 9th Street, a few blocks from the show hotels. A choice of a beef, fish or vegan entrée is available. Tickets are available by reserving them online at Eventbrite.

The meal will be followed by brief presentations from both groups. Boston 2026 officers plan to provide attendees with an update on the show’s progress to date and give a look ahead about this once-a-decade international event.

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Kelleher Commits to Boston 2026

David Coogle

David Coogle, co-chairman of Daniel F Kelleher Auctions, LLC, has confirmed the firm’s participation in Boston 2026 by reserving the first top-end Super Booth (i.e., 20’x30’ booth nearest the show’s entrance).

Based in Danbury, Connecticut, the company was founded in 1885 in Boston by its namesake, today making it America’s oldest philatelic auction house. Their quarterly public auction sales include Club, Flagship and Collection sales, conducting a public auction each month. With additional single-owner sales, they offer bidders the opportunity to own US and Worldwide items from entry level to rarities. Weekly internet auctions provide material of interest to intermediate and more casual collectors.

Their award-winning magazine, Kelleher’s Stamp Collector’s Quarterly, was first released in September 2015. More than 30 issue covers from the past eight years are displayed at www.kelleherauctions.com/magazines-2/ with a downloadable free sample of issue #1. Yearly subscription information for both the publication’s print and digital formats is also available. More than 500,000 copies in print and many more digitally have been distributed to philatelists worldwide.

To date, three-quarters of the show’s Super Booths and Half-Super Booths have been reserved. However, most size configurations remain available on the show floor. Potential dealers are asked to immediately email Bourse Chair Mark Reasoner at Mark.Reasoner@Boston2026.org for the latest information.

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AAMS Donates $10,000 to Boston 2026

Boston 2026 has received a $10,000 contribution from the American Air Mail Society in support of the show’s overall mission.

Now in its 100th anniversary year, the American Air Mail Society is the world’s largest and second oldest aerophilatelic group interested in all aspects of “mail by air,” from pioneer flights to airmail labels and etiquettes. The organization publishes major works regularly, most notably the indispensable AAMS Catalogue, now in its seventh edition, that are available for purchase through the American Philatelic Society Store. Issues of their award winning Air Post Journal from the past 90+ years may be downloaded from their web site at www.americanairmailsociety.org.

Boston 2026 President Yamil Kouri commented, “We thank the AAMS for their generous donation and invite their members to attend society-sponsored meetings and seminars throughout the eight days of our show.”

Philatelic groups from around the world are encouraged to contact Society Chair Mark Schwartz as soon as possible at Mark.Schwartz@Boston2026.org to make their show interests known, whether it be for a society table or meeting space.

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Boston 2026 Welcomes Cheryl Ganz

Cheryl R. Ganz

New APS President Cheryl Ganz has accepted a position on the Boston 2026 Corporate Board, replacing Immediate APS Past President Bob Zeigler. 

The APS Board voted Ms. Ganz unanimously as the new APS president in a vote on April 3. She previously was the Chair of the APS Board of Vice presidents, a role she assumed in August 2022. Her term as President ends August 2025. 

“Boston 2026 is appreciative of the years of guidance Bob Zeigler has provided the international exhibition and wishes him well in his future endeavors,” said Boston 2026 President Yamil Kouri. 

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Collectors Club of Chicago Donation

Boston 2026 World Expo is pleased to announce that it has received a $5,000 donation from the Collectors Club of Chicago (CCC) Board of Directors. The Boston 2026 executives are grateful to Bill Maddocks, CCC President, Melanie Rogers, CCC Secretary, and the rest of the board of the CCC for their generous support of Boston 2026.
 
Founded in the late 1920s The Collectors Club of Chicago has as its primary objectives the documentation, preservation, advancement and promotion of philately through education, study, research and services.  It is best known for its publication prowess of high quality original research works, catering to a wide assortment of philatelic interests.
 
Today meetings are held at the club’s stately four-story row house property, The Cabeen House, on North Dearborn Street in the ‘Gold Coast’ district of downtown Chicago.  Most current members reside outside of greater Chicago, including many countries overseas.
 
The property also houses the largest philatelic library collection in the midwestern United States containing books, philatelic journals, CDs, post office publications, auction catalogs and a wealth of other material.  It is available for members as well as, “anyone in the philatelic community demonstrating a need to conduct philatelic research requiring philatelic literature.”
 
Societies and philatelic groups considering participation in Boston 2026 are encouraged to contact Mark Schwartz, Boston 2026 Society Chair, as soon as possible to express their interests.

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Siegel Auction Donation to Boston 2026

Scott R. Trepel

Dr. Yamil H. Kouri, Jr., president of Boston 2026 is pleased to announce the first donation to Boston 2026 World Expo by an auction house. Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries, Inc. of New York City, and its President, Scott R. Trepel, have pledged a donation of $10,000 to the Boston 2026 show fund. Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries will also take a large dealer booth (#125) on the Boston 2026 show floor.

Scott Trepel has been the president of Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries since 1992. At the Great American Stamp Show 2021 he was presented the John Walter Scott Dealer Award by the American Philatelic Society. He is also a past member of the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum Advisory Council.

Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries, Inc. was also a major contributor to New York 2016 World Stamp Show, the previous world philatelic exhibition in the United States. Scott’s partnership with Boston 2026 World Expo will contribute to its success.

Yamil and Scott will also be exploring joint marketing and sponsorship opportunities involving both organizations.

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Boston 2026 on Fast Track!

With over three years to go before America’s next international opens its doors, progress on several fronts is ahead of schedule according to the Boston 2026 Leadership Team.
 
One month into the formal booth selection process sale of dealer booths have been stronger than expected according to Mark Butterline, show Executive Director.  “All 10’x30′ booths are now sold out, with several other popular sizes expected to sell out soon.”  USA/Canada Bourse Manager Mark Reasoner (Mark.Reasoner@Boston2026.org) encourages prospective dealers to reach out to him as soon as possible to avoid disappointment in getting the right-size booth for their business.  Dealers from other parts of the world may contact International Bourse Manager Sandeep Jaiswal to facilitate their arrangements (Sandeep.Jaiswal@Boston2026.org).
 
“Philatelic organizations and individuals have been generous in their support of Boston 2026”, says Yamil Kouri, show President.  “Our efforts in quietly seeking financial support from a variety of sources are paying off thanks to the behind-the-scenes assistance of many Boston 2026 supporters.”  Information on making donations can be found on the Donor page of the show’s web site at Boston2026.org.  Remember, as a 501(c)3 organization, donations may be tax deductible for those who itemize.
 
Schuyler Rumsey Philatelic Auctions of San Francisco has become the first auction house to confirm their staging of live auctions at Boston 2026.  Each of the show’s eight days offers auction firms the opportunity to host an exclusive live auction.  Schuyler Rumsey has chosen Tuesday, May 26 and Wednesday, May 27, 2026 for their events.  Start gathering your consignments!

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