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It’s Not Too Early To Make Plans For Our Annual Meeting

Our next annual meeting is scheduled to be held at Chicagopex in November.  It is always a mix of great talks related to collecting France & Colonies, plus fun social events.

So what do we mean by “Making Plans”?  Well, here are some thoughts:

  1.  Set aside the date: November  16 – 18, 2018.

  2.  Volunteer to give a talk (even 15 – 20 minutes would be perfect) about something in your collection related to F&C.  Let our President (Ken Nilsestuen) know if you even think you might be interested.

  3. Get an exhibit ready.  One of the really great things about our annual meeting is the opportunity to see lots of F&C material.  Show committees that host us always appreciate it if we enter a good number of exhibits.

  4.   Go ahead and reserve a room at the Show hotel.  It is a beautiful hotel with lots of very convenient FREE parking.

  5. Invite your spouse to accompany you.  There are lots of things to see in the area, including one of the largest (and nicest) malls you will find anywhere.

Here is a link to the show website where you will find all the information you need:

Keep going back to the website.  As we get closer to the date, they will keep adding more information.  The Prospectus and entry materials, as well as a special show hotel rate will be available soon.

Here are several pictures of previous times at Chicagopex and similar shows.

 Show Hotel

November 2018 – Chicagopex

Westin Chicago Northwest                                                                                         400 Park Boulevard                                                                                                           Itasca, Illinois    60143

Inside Show Hotel

APS Booth


Chicago Collectors Club

Ed at the Frames

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New Details Concerning Our Annual Meeting AT NAPEX

FRIDAY Program

Our society will meet from 1 PM to about 4 PM on Friday afternoon, June 9.  We have three speakers lined up with very interesting topics. 

Richard Aspnes, head of the Indochina group will speak on Indochina Labor Camps for WWI.  

Tom Marra will be talking on  “Postal History of the French Indian Settlements During the Classic Period

Finally, Ken Nilsestuen will discuss “Mystery and History – All from a Fragment.”  You might guess that the subject fragment is from Algeria.

 Watch the NAPEX program for the room and to confirm the time.  We will have a short open discussion afterwards.

FRIDAY Evening Dinner

Your sometimes brash president got us invited to the NAPEX dinner on Friday evening, June 9, 2017 sponsored by the Collectors Club (NY).  Thanks to the stellar work of their Ad Hoc Site Selection Subcommittee, we will be eating in the “Marzen Room” at the Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant in Tysons Corner, VA. In addition to our two groups, the Indochina study group will also join us.  Spouses and friends are welcome to attend.  The restaurant is located less than a mile from the Hilton Tysons Corner NAPEX venue.

A three-course dinner is on offer, with a choice of Bruschetta Chicken, Grilled Salmon, or Grilled Top Sirloin Steak.  A sinful dessert of triple chocolate brownie will finish off the meal.  In addition to a selection of wines, a variety of Gordon Biersch craft beers will be available on a cash basis.

The speaker is Roger Brody, whose topic will be the five cent Jamestown stamp (picturing Pocahontas).

The anticipated cost for the dinner is $43 per person.

Contact point for reservations is our recording secretary Ed Grabowski at  Please reserve right away to ensure you are included in the fun.

 I certainly hope to see you there!

 Best regards,

                 Ken Nilsestuen, President, FCPS

Annual Meeting Planned For NAPEX – June 9-11, 2017

A Message From President Nilsestuen

COME TO NAPEX!  Our society is meeting at NAPEX this year.  It’s one of the best annual stamp shows in the country, and it is quite an honor to be recognized as participants.

The show is June 9, 10 and 11, Friday through Sunday.  As in the past, the show will be at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner.  Rooms are still available as of this writing (mid April) at a very reasonable price.  Reservations information is on the NAPEX site: 

The France and Colonies Society meeting will be Friday afternoon from 1 to 4 PM on site.  We have three speakers in addition to a short business meeting, and all members are invited to attend.  Thomas Marra will speak about “Postal History of the French Indian Settlements During the Classic Period,” Richard Aspnes will present “Indochina Labor Corps in France for World War I,” and I will fill the remaining time with some Algerian postal and social history items. 

Please join us for some fun that evening, too, when we will join the New York Collectors Club for dinner at a nearby restaurant. 

 Our society members have entered several exhibits, too, so when you run out of dealers to visit, there will be some very attractive French stamps and postal history on display.  All in all, this promises to be a good time with lots of philatelic scholarship.  So plan to come to NAPEX for a great philatelic time.

 – Ken Nilsestuen, President

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