Ward Awards For 2013

Katz, Scheuer, Nafziger Win AFDCS Ward Writing Awards

Jerry Katz, Henry Scheuer, and Ralph H. Nafziger are the winners of the 2012 Philip H. Ward Award for Excellence in First Day Cover Literature, presented annually by the American First Day Cover Society.

Katz wrote "Henry Hammelman: Pioneer Servicer, Dealer, and Exhibitor," published on the Internet at henryhammelman.wordpress.com. Hammelman was active in the first half of the 20th century.

Scheuer's "The King of First Day Covers" appeared in the Fall 2012 issue of The Brookman Times and earned second place honors. Nafziger, who also took third place last year, penned "The Oregon Territory Issue," which appeared in the April 2012 issue of First Days, the official journal of the AFDCS.

The Ward Committee also gave a special recognition award this year to Alan Warren for his long and devoted service to first day cover literature and research. Among his other credits, Warren has published a "Question Box" column in nearly every issue of First Days, dating back to 1955.

Back issues of First Days are available for $4.00 each postpaid within the U.S. from Jeffrey Bennett, 1601 River Farm Drive, Alexandria, Va. 22308. A searchable electronic archive of every issue of First Days from its inception in 1955 through 2011 is available on DVD for $79 postpaid.

The awards will be presented at the AFDCS membership meeting during Americover 2013, the annual show and convention of the AFDCS, which this year is being held August 16-18 at the Embassy Suites Cleveland-Rockside in Independence, Ohio.

The award is named in honor of Philip H. Ward (1890-1963), the distinguished Philadelphia stamp collector, dealer and journalist who was a pioneer in the field of first day covers. The award was instituted by the AFDCS in 1964. All articles appearing in First Days are automatically considered for the award; articles in other publications may be submitted for consideration.

Information about the Ward Award can be obtained from the Ward Award chairman, Mark Goodson, 202 W. Temperance Street, Ellettsville, IN 47429, or bgdsn@comcast.net.

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