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Michael Roberts was awarded a Gold for Mexicana at the APS show 8/9-12/ 2018 in the category of Philatelic Society Journals. We are all so appreciative of his work to bring excellence to the Mexicana Journal now recognized by the APS award. RRGRACE

The long awaited 2016 Follansbee Event/weekend in Reno turned out to be beyond everyone's expectations for material,viewing,learning,socializing and just a tremendous philatelic experience(Depth, Breath,Accurate Descriptions so seldom seen). Mr Follansbee put on the broadest auction material present for a long time(? ever, without taking any credit for the expansive material presented) included were : "large lots",stampless covers, colonial mail,republic mails, Sellos Negros,1856 issue,1861 issue,Spanish intervention,Eagles,Maxis, Guadalajara Provisionals, Gothics, 1868,1872,1874,Foreign Mail,1884-1910,"Revolution",US Occupation VCZ, Oaxaca,Coach/Anvil Seal Issues,Airmails,Officials,Revenues,Postal Stationary, Yucatan Issues,Revenue Stamped Paper, and Literature. Believe me there was not time to see 1/2 of all the materials even if you worked at as I did! There were so many highlights I will only mention a few: #10 Monterrey(probably less than 5-10 known),#7A-CE(on white paper-less than 5-10 known), Spanish Intervention Stamps used at VCZ(RR ? 2 sets),multiple Guadelupe Hidalgo Eagles(6 different)-will never be any sale with these in that number again, Tacubaya eagles--6 different,Texcoco eagles--5, Tlalpam 2r first period(only known copy), 1868 50c blue color error(2 stamps!), 1872 Durango sub number 1, on 2 stamps on piece,"extraordinary"(rarely ever seen in auctions), Sonora 321 cover,#327 sheet-only known copy outside the Smithsonian, many beautiful cancels, watermark varieties and other covers. Additionally the Mexico Philatelic experts were sharing their knowledge such as Mark Banchik, Martin Spufford, Pete Taylor,J. Winerman, Dave Pietsch, Dexter Matoon, Bubba Bland,Manuel Inglesias, Mike Hart, Rich Daffner, Tad Mackie, others and of course Mr Follansbee who remains a wealth of knowledge. The socializing was always appreciated by those in attendance since we rarely are able to spend time with their fellow philatelic collectors.  Any opportunity to attend a Follansbee "event" in the future would be most worthwhile both from a philatelic and social standpoint in my opinion. RRGRACE

« on: January 12, 2014, 09:44:39 PM »
I have a selection of older books I recieved and propose to allow those interested to make a donation to Mepsi to acquire some of these. As we all enjoy the stamps of Mexico, knowing the history and culture of Mexico is also important and many of us perhaps have small libraries covering these areas. This is an opportunity for those interested to start or build a library on these important subjects. The books number 26 and cover topics of History(9), Revolution History(4), Travel(10), and Novels(3). Some of the highlights include Prescott's Mexico, dated 1898, two volumes, Mexico in War and Peace by Russell 1914(VCZ Occupation),True History of the Conquest of Mexico by Diaz de Castillo 1927 and Wind that Swept Mexico by Brenner 1942(wonderful pictures of the Revolution). The travel areas reveal Mexico as early as 1900 as travelers saw the country and their explorations. Attached is a list of the books by topic and suggested donation to Mepsi. I plan to mail but could bring some desired to Sarasota in February.  If you need more information about the books or to puchase please contact me by email. R RANDALL GRACE

The Grand Opening of the new William Gross Stamp Gallery at the National Postal Museum in Washington, D.C. occurs on 9/22/2013 and has been a long awaited event for philatelist as it will exhibit rarities of the world. There is a first day of issue ceremony for the U.S Postal service Inverted Jenny Souvenier sheet also the same day. The importance for collectors of Mexico is that among some of the rarities on exhibit will include the A.O. Tittman #324a mint stamp one of the rarest stamps (possibly 2 known)of Mexico(the only stamp from the collection chosen to exhibit as best I know) and if anyone is nearby in the future a visit to this Gallery would be of significant interest.

General Discussion / LARGE NUMERALS 1886-1895 BY OMAR RODRIQUEZ
« on: January 06, 2013, 03:40:02 PM »
This article in January Mexicana is truly a unique gift to Mexican philatilists and one of the finest articles on any issue but covering one of the most complex issues of Mexico written and researched such that it is easily understandable. This rather vast area is covered so magnificently from the proofs and essays,colors, papers, "jewels", multiples, combinations and "Colima Provisionals" that all writers on Mexico stamps should attempt to emmulate this example of philatelic approach to difficult subjests. I am hopeful this is not the last article on the "Numerals" by Omar Rodriquez as his knowledge of the area is so vast and writing style so engaging and understandable.   RRGRACE

« on: September 10, 2012, 06:57:36 PM »
Congratulations are in order for the Mepsi members awards at the  National Philatelic Exhibitions of Washington meeting held in McLean, Virginia June 1-3, 2012: Ron Mitchell's Mexico's Denver Printing of 1914 (Reserve Grand and Gold for Handbooks), Michael Roberts for Mexico's Revenue Stamps (Vermeil for Handbooks and Special Studues), Michael Roberts for Mexicana (Vermeil for Periodicals). Mepsi members  probably represented the largest number of awards in this literature contest, ie 3 of 25 available competitive awards.These awards do enhance Mepsi in Literature circles. My personal thanks to both author's for their significant literature contributions which provide all of the Mepsi members with important information in these areas. I recognize the effort, time and concerns provided that cannot be sufficently repaid. RR GRACE

« on: August 05, 2012, 03:08:06 AM »
This is the first letter of the 1861 period that I have seen which is written entirely in English and though perhaps someone else might have interest but also query others on whether they have seen similar. RR GRACE

In the April 2011 Mexicana there are several excellent articles that makes the Mepsi membership worth the dues just for these single gems. Congratulations to these authors and Mr. Mike Roberts for this issue in color. Mr. Rodriquez's article on the Guadalajara Provisionals is the most comprehensive review of this difficult area ever attempted. It is clearly written, illustrations are profuse and educational, the vast area is covered so well it leaves little else to be said. The enormous work to accumulate, study, exhibit and write about  any focused area of Mexico is difficult but since this area had little information prior to these studies it makes them all that more challenging and outstanding. Not only that, but the separate addition of the study of the various types of forgeries of these Provisionals in color (as is the proir article) will serve as an excellent guide for collectors of this issues for many decades to come. All collectors of classic Mexico are indebted to Omar Rodriquez for his sharing his knowledge and experience with the Guadalajara Provisionals and these articles should be valuable in your reference files for Mexico.   RR GRACE

General Discussion / Bicentennial Anniversary for Mexico Independence--2010
« on: September 16, 2010, 01:11:39 PM »
As collectors of Mexico stamps, we are neccessarily students of Mexico history, and as most know today marks the two hundred years since beginning of the war of Mexico Independence from Spain. This began with the beloved priest Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla "Grito" (Cry for Independence) on Sept. 16 1810. His guerrilla army was at least at first made up of full blooded Indians and mestizos who fought for democratic freedoms and somewhat for the preservation of the Catholic Church's rights (power and wealth). They carried the banner of the Virgin of Guadulupe, perhaps an Indian version of the Virgin Mary, and were successful eleven years later in achieving their independence.
  One hundred years later in response to the oppressive dictatorship of Porfirio Diaz(40 years) a revolution in 1910 occured again for the oppressed throughout Mexico. Technically this was a "Civil War"
but has taken on the name Revolution probably due to the extent and similar causes as the 1810 Revolution. This is a complicated historical area of Mexico history with the Diaz 1910 government changing to Madero, then Huerta, to Carranza, then to Obregon in 1920-1924. Thus approximately another ten years of "Revolution" concluded to give Mexico peace and some improved conditions for the oppressed with the beginning of its march towards democracy. Several enjoyable books on the time period are The Winds That Swept Mexico by Brenner(1943) and Heroic Mexico by Johnson(1968).
  We acknowledge and respect our friends of  Mexico and celebrate with them their heritage today. As we also realize and trust their unwavering Revolutionary Spirit will triumph over any domestic threat.   RR GRACE

Since how we describe classic Mexico depends on common agreement of the terms, an area that I have not seen reviewed or discussed recently,  & offers an opportunity to make sure we all know what we are saying as we so commonly describe these items. These are variously noted in all the sales catalogues and perhaps for some these terms are unclear. So I wanted to get some viewpoints on my definitions of "letter, letter sheet, circulars, fronts, and folded wrappers". Since all letters were made from folded papers in early Mexico mails adding "folded" does not improve the description to me.
"Letter"--complete outside cover with address+cancel+stamp/stampless and complete inside letter with docket, "Complete Letter"
"Letter sheet"--Outside complete cover with address+cancel+stamp/stampless and no inside letter, also same as "Folded letter sheet"
"Circulars"--Outside complete address+cancel+stamp at reduced circular rate and inside usually advertisement of product but no letter
"Front"--Outside cover with address+cancel+stamp/stampless but exists as only a single sheet of paper without a backing or letter
"Folded Wrapper"--Outside cover no contents
Comments and further education of terminology will be appreciated by all. RR GRACE

In the upcoming Rumsey sale there are three lots with a similar general descriptions, "Exhibition Collections"( lots 1609,1620,1622--also no photos) which is an interesting description. One might assume these are from an exhibit or perhaps ready for exhibit but neither is listed. They are mounted on "exhibit pages" so this must make them an "Exhibition Collction" in the terminology of the lot describer. Perhaps it would be clear if they denoted the award the exhibit received, where exhibited or why it was ready or not for "exhibit". So when is an "exhibition collection" just a collection or vice versa? RRGRACE

General Discussion / Mexicana Awards
« on: November 30, 2009, 07:09:29 PM »
Recently I noticed that Mexicana had recieved two awards for literature:1) APS-8/09 , Silver and 2) Napex- 6/09 Vermeil . This continues to reveal the hard work Mike Roberts is rewarded by the philatelic judges and we should all be thankful for the improving Mexicana. R R GRACE

« on: September 09, 2009, 01:29:29 AM »
There is a new first in Follansbee Auction Catalogues as the 2009 catalogue now has color pages on the front and back covers!!! The sale catalogue for Oct. 24, 2009 is now available. It is a wonderful addition because it discusses the Chihuahua Provisionals, Stout thin figure exhibit with explanations and the Dunford Durango exhibit. These represent some unique  firsts for any auction of Mexico. The educational value of the Follansbee Auction Catalogues have always been superior but the 2009 surpasses all others and will be enjoyed by all students of Mexico philately. RR GRACE

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