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.



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