So what is an old German collector doing this? Simply, I'm on a "spring break". Like most collectors, I get tired of the same old collecting, day in and day out. A few years ago (1999) I started to look around for something new. Around Labor day I bought a bunch of Pitcairn Island Study Group Bulletins on Ebay, read them and got interested. The subject was neat, I could learn something and have a lot of fun doing it. So I started to gather material. As I did so, the idea came that this might make a very interesting "Display" class exhibit. I gave myself a challenge - all material and information had to come from the Internet!
As the material came in, another idea came to me. Not only would this would make a really great "Display" exhibit, but I could do it in a modified "Thematic" approach and use every stamp that the Colony has issued. Have never tried either as an exhibit before, a learning experience! The evaluation of this awaits the Judging decisions. So my two self imposed limitations are:
I am discovering that by putting this exhibit on the Internet, I am receiving as much feedback on typos, organization, etc. as I would by attending many Judge's Critiques. Thus, when the exhibit is first shown it will be very mature.
At its first showing at the Minneapolis WSP show:
|National Gold Medal|
|Best Display Exhibit|
|AAPE creativity Medal|
|People's choice Award|
And at the Omaha WSP show (September 1-3, 2000):
|National Gold Metal|
Based on the Judge's comments, I made the following changes:
Since then, the exhibit has enjoyed Gold medal awards until lately. The past two showings (2007) resulted in Vermeil medals. The last of these came with the comments from the Chief Judge (Ken Trettin) of "too many mint stamps", along with a display "point count" that was just one point away from a silver medal.. As a result, and I feel that it is a reflection on a panel of uninformed judges, is that I have broken down the exhibit and placed six of the better items in the last Shreves auction. Interestingly the six items from this "almost Silver" display exhibit were purchased by knowledged collectors for over $12,000. So much for an exhibit of "too many mint stamps".
I present the entire original exhibit here, each viewer can decide for themselves on the medal level. It can not ever be recreated again. The major items have been removed and sold. Certainly, there are a lot of "mint stamps". For an issuing area where a major portion of their livelyhood comes from philatelic sources, what else can anyone expect. Here, we have an example of how we distroy ourselves! It is just one more exhibit that has been removed from the exhibition circuit.