Annual Meeting Scheduled For MILCOPEX 2016

Our society will hold its annual meeting at MILCOPEX 2016 on September 16-17, 2016. We have society meetings and events scheduled for Friday, September 16th.  One very interesting talk already announced is Ken Nilsestuen’s presentation on “Algerian Stamped Postal History”.  Other talks are being arranged and will be posted here as soon as information is available.  We are also planning a Friday night dinner at a nearby restaurant – with details coming soon.

There are always several interesting F&C exhibits at the annual meeting, and this year includes the following exhibits:

French Consular Postal Service in Jerusalem 1948 – 1949

French Equitorial Africa: Issues of 1936-1946

The French Colonies General Issues: The Eagle Era

French Sudan & Niger

For additional information, click below:


New York 2016 – Report

New York 2016 Report

As you probably know, our society hosted a booth at New York 2016 this summer.

Show Entrance and Jenny Bi-Plane
                                                      Show Entrance and Jenny Bi-Plane


FCPS Member Tom Moseley Looks At Ralph DeBoard's Tahiti Exhibit
                        FCPS Member Tom Moseley Looks At Ralph DeBoard’s Tahiti Exhibit


We shared the booth with a couple of other societies.  Tom Broadhead spent quite a bit of time at our booth as did Ralph DeBoard and Larry Gardner.

Tom Broadhead, Ralph DeBoard, and Larry Gardner
                                      Tom Broadhead, Ralph DeBoard, and Larry Gardner


We maintained a signup book for members who visited the booth, with the following individuals signing the book (apologies if your name is misspelled – but some were difficult to read).

Tom Broadhead

Ralph DeBoard

Larry Gardner

Ed Grabowski

Peter Lampen

Gerald Schroedl

Mark Issacs

Jack Dykhouse

Greg CyKman

T.P. McDermott

Marty Bratyzl

Barry Kaiman

Larry Rosenblum

Allan Schefer

J.J. Tillard

Thomas Moseley

Ken Nilsestuen

As Tom Broadhead reported in the F&C Philatelist, 36 philatelic exhibits, 4 literature exhibits, and one presentation were among the 4000+ frames of exhibits at the show. You can follow the link below to see the list Tom recently posted in the journal.

French Area Exhibits

France & Colonies Has Success AT OKPEX 2015

Our society held it’s 2015 annual meeting at OKPEX in Oklahoma City.  A good number of members attended and everyone had a great time.  Here are few pictures of events and activities we all enjoyed.
F & C Members at OKPEX
Pictured (l to r) Eric Shepherd, Ralph DeBoard, Ken Nilsestuen, Jean-Jaques Tillard, Steve Tucker, Eric Resseguier, and Norval Rasmussen.


Dinner at Spencer's Bar-B-Que on Friday Night
Everyone enjoyed a traditional Dinner at Spencer’s Bar-B-Que on Friday Night


Steve Tucker Presenting
Steve Tucker Presenting A Detailed Introduction To The Challenges Of Collecting French Guinea


Norval Rasmussen Presenting
Norval Rasmussen (aka Ras) discussing the Tunisian “T” Coat Of Arms issue


Ken Nilsuessen Chairing
Ken Nilsestuen Chairing the France & Colonies General Meeting


One of the highlights of the show was seeing our members do extremely well in competition, including watching as one of our members won the Grand Award in both the multi-frame and the single frame competitions.

Jean-Jaques Tillard receives OKPEX Grand
Joe Crosby, OKPEX Chairman presenting the Grand Award to Jean-Jaques Tillard


JJ’s Grand Award Winning Multi-Frame Exhibit:

Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon La premiere serie “Groupe” et ses differents usages 1892 – 1901

(also the Best Exhibit by a Member of France and Colonies Philatelic Society)

and his Grand Award Winning Single Frame Exhibit:

Les Entires Postaux “Pecheur” et “Goeland” a Saint-Pierre et Miquelon 1909-1918

(as well as the United Postal Stationery Society Single Frame Award)

Other awards won by members were:

Multi-Frame Awards

GOLD Medals:

  French Guinea  – Stephen Tucker

(also The Congress Book Award)

The Postal History of Tahiti Through The First Pictorial Issue – Ralph DeBoard

(also The Robert T. Pollard Memorial Award for the best Exhibit by a Member of the Oklahoma City Stamp Club)

Tunisia World War II To Independence, 1939 – 1956Norval Rasmussen



The Era Of The French Colonial Allegorical Groupe Type Saint Pierre & Miquelon And French Guiana  – Edward Grabowski

(also American Association of Philatelic Exhibitors Award of Honor Pin)


Dahomey: Man Climbing A Tree – Jere Dutt

(also American Association of Philatelic Exhibitors Award of Honor Pin)


Single Frame Awards

GOLD Medals:

 Saint-Pierre et Miquelon, le 2f. Croix de Langlade de 1947  – Jean-Jaques Tillard


Saint-Pierre et Miquelon Vu Par La France – Eric Resseguier


 Click Below To See The Complete Palmares and special awards won by F&C members:



France & Colonies Philatelic Society To Meet At OKPEX This Summer

The 2015 meeting of the France & Colonies Philatelic Society will be held at OKPEX in Oklahoma City on Fri-Sat, June 19-20, 2015 at the Reed Conference Center, 5800 Will Rogers Road, Midwest City, OK 73110.  The Reed Center is located off Interstate 40, just 5 miles east of downtown Oklahoma City. Dealer and Exhibitor setup will be on Thursday June 18.  The Conference Center proved to be an ideal show location last year, with a perfect facility, free parking, and a convenient location.


Reed Conference Center
The Reed Conference Center – Midwest City, Oklahoma

This is a wonderful new facility that has a first floor room with 6000 sq. feet and 16 foot ceilings for the exhibits and the bourse.  The registration, post office, and society booths will be in the large foyer/entryway. It is all carpeted, air conditioned, modern, clean, well-lighted, and has free parking.

Sheraton Midwest City
The Sheraton Midwest City – Is Adjacent To The Reed Center

The Sheraton Hotel adjoins The Reed Conference Center.  It has set aside a block of rooms with either king or twin double beds at the OKPEX rate of $99.00 which includes a 50% discount on breakfast.  For reservations, you must call the hotel directly (405-455-1800), ask for reservations, and book your room at the OKPEX special rate.  There are also several other motels within 1-2 blocks of the Reed Center, all with reasonable rates.

We will have 115 competitive multi-frames and 10 competitive one-frame exhibits. Youth and single frame postcard exhibits can be shown in addition to these limits.  The APS jury will be Mr. Kenneth R. Nilsestuen, Chief, Judge; Mr. Wayne Menuz, Judge; and Mr. James R. Pullin, Judge.

OKPEX has agreed to give first priority to exhibits submitted by France & Colonies members as long as application is made no later than April 15, 2015. Applications received after that date will still be accepted as long as space is available. The OKPEX 2015 prospectus is available using the link below.

OKPEX Announcement:  OKPEX 2015 Announcement

OKPEX 2015 Prospectus:  OKPEX 2015 PROSPECTUS




French Area Exhibits Entered At Sandical

This year’s meeting of FCPS will take place at Sandical, January 24-26, 2014.  The show venue is the Al Bahr Shrine Center located at  5440 Kearny Mesa Road, San Diego, CA  92111.

Al Bahr Center
Al Bahr Center

About 192 frames are entered in the stamp show.   Below we have listed the 17 exhibits (100 frames) related to the French Area that have been reported to us.

St. Pierre & Miquelon 1932-1946 Postal History

Algeria: 1924-1958

The Era of the French Colonial Allegorical Group Type: Part IV, Senegal & Dependencies

Afrique Occidentale Francaise 1943-1960

French Naval Mail to America, The “RF” Usage Period & Lead-up, 1943-1945

Classic France: The Ceres and Napoleon Issues of 1849-75 in the Military and Foreign Mails

Tunisia 1888-1942

The Postal History of Tahiti Through the 1st Pictorial Issue

St. Pierre & Miquelon: Pre-stamp through First Pictorial Issue

French Postal Operations in the Holy Land 1852-1914

Indo-China: A Philatelic Sampler

French Guiana and Inini Commemoratives

“HORS-SAC” – Urgent Dispatch Mail

The Era of the French Colonial Group Type: OBOCK

The Cayenne Airmails of French Guiana

Dahomey – Man climbing oil palm – the workhorse of Dahomey definitives

French Guiana’s First Pictorials, 1904-28


Updated Sandical Information

Ras has sent this updated information concerning Sandical with an emphasis on the things related to France and Colonies.


Friday, January 24

10:00 A.M.     Show Opens
10:00 A.M.     U.S.P.S. is set up in the Lobby
10:30 A.M.     “What’s in Your Attic?’ Valuation Service

The following three meetings are being held off premises at Godfather Restaurant located at 7878 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.

Godfather Restaurant
                                      Godfather Restaurant


1:00 P.M.      Philately & International Mail Order Fraud (Edward  
2:00 P.M.      Postal History of French Newfoundland (Jim Taylor)
3:00 P.M.      Ships sank, pilgrims moved, wars were waged, yet the 
                           French kept the mail moving in/out of the Holy 
                           Land 1852-1914 (Michael Bass)

6:00 P.M.        Show Closes For the Day

6:30 P.M.       France & Colonies Members “Dinner Party”
                            (Spouses & Friends Welcome)

Saturday, January 25

10:00 A.M.     Show Opens
10:00 A.M.     U.S.P.S. is set up in the Lobby
10:30 A.M.     “What’s in Your Attic?’ Valuation Service
11:00 A.M.     Cats on Stamps
12:00 P.M.      France & Colonies Philatelic Society Meeting
1:00 P.M.        U.S. Philatelic Classics Society:  Ron Cipolla –  “New
Discovers Surrounding Early U.S. Newspapers Sent
Thru the Post”
2:00 P.M.        Federated Philatelic Clubs of So. California
3:00 P.M.        AAPE – Meeting
4:00 P.M.        Judges Critique of Exhibits
6:00 P.M.        Show Closes For the Day
7:00 P.M.        Awards Banquet (Ticket Holders Only)

Sunday, January 26

10:00 A.M.     Show Opens
10:30 A.M.     “What’s in Your Attic?’ Valuation Service
4:00 P.M.        Show Closes For the Day




France And Colonies Philatelic Society To Meet In San Diego

The annual meeting is only 2 weeks away, and will be held in conjunction with the Sandical Show in San Diego January 24-26, 2014.

We expect to have 100 frames of France & Colonies material on exhibit – which is almost certain to be the largest exhibition of such material to be shown this year in the US. You will have a chance to see wonderful exhibits related to France Proper, as well as colonies such as Algeria, Senegal & Dependencies, Obock, Tahiti, etc.   As we learn more we will post it here.

A very interesting set of presentations related to French Area philately are also scheduled for Friday afternoon, such as:

Philately and International Mail Order Fraud by Ed Grabowski.

Postal History of French Newfoundland by James Taylor.

Ships sank, pilgrims moved, wars were waged, yet the French kept the mail moving in/out of the Holy Land 1852-1914 by Michael Bass.

An FCPS Business Meeting & Show and Tell is also on the schedule either Friday afternoon or mid-day Saturday. Friday evening at 6:30 PM we will all gather at a nearby restaurant for our traditional dinner together.

So if you enjoy thinking about French Area Philately, you need to make plans to be at the show.


Official Show Hotel
                                Official Show Hotel


The show hotel is the Hampton Inn San Diego-Kearny Mesa, 5434 Kearny Mesa Rd., San Diego, CA 92111. The last time I looked, rooms could be booked at for rates starting at $97 per night. You can also call the hotel directly at (858) 292-1482, but the rates may not be the same. The hotel is around 10 miles from the airport, although the hotel does not have an airport shuttle. However, hotel parking is free, and conveniently, the hotel is just across the parking lot from the show.

Registration and additional information can be found at the Sandical Website:

Please note that the Sandical website is a bit out of date and the exhibit list shown is for last year, not this year.