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                 ARIPEX 2016

February 19 – 21, 2016

MESA CONVENTION CENTER

263 NORTH CENTER STREET

MESA, ARIZONA  85201-6628

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                           SHOW THEME OF ARIPEX 2016: GENEALOGY AND PHILATELY – MAKE THE CONNECTION

 

Genealogists have their eyes open for clues from their family archives that might include a postcard, an old letter and envelope, a black bordered mourning cover, a marriage license, or an early photograph with a revenue stamp affixed to the back side. In collecting, philatelists strive to research and understand the messages, postmarks, addresses, purposes, time periods, and historical and philatelic significance of a particular item.

One genealogist desires to date a stampless cover received by an ancestor and passed down through several generations. Another is curious as to the meaning of “R.F.D.” on a postcard received by their Grandmother. Why is there a revenue stamp on an old marriage license? Does a mourning cover have any value? How can something be dated depending on what postage was affixed? Is there anything special about my Great Aunts Civil War envelopes? They look like wallpaper to me.

The theme of Aripex 2016 is to bring together the two disciplines; genealogists and philatelists can meet to share and discuss the finer details of the historical and philatelic significance of family heirlooms. Additional clues may lie in a postmark – a time period such as the “postcard craze”, an event a distant relative may have attended such as the Columbian Exposition of 1893, or the Pan American Exposition of 1901.  The possibilities are endless. Attend Aripex 2016 and make the connection to your ancestors past. You may be surprised by what you find out.

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ARIPEX 2015 HAS BEEN SELECTED TO HOST THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE FIRST DAY OF ISSUE CEREMONY FOR THE NEW 1c BOBCAT COIL STAMP. The Official USPS First Day of Issue Ceremony will take place on Saturday, February 21, 2015 in the Grand Plaza, just outside of building “C”, at 11:30 AM  at the Mesa Convention Center. The official mascot of the Arizona Diamondbacks professional baseball team, D. Baxter the Bobcat, will unveil the new issue at the ceremony. Official United States Postal Service First Day of Issue Ceremony programs will be provided free of charge to the public, limited to one per person. One can purchase this new issue and additional postage at the USPS booth, located just inside the lobby of building “c” and receive an official USPS First Day of Issue cancellation.

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 WE ARE HOSTING THE FOLLOWING PHILATELIC SOCIETIES FOR ARIPEX 2016

United States Possessions Philatelic Society (USPPS)

Arizona & New Mexico Postal History Society

Plate Number Coil Collectors Club

American Ceremonial Program Society

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The Arizona Federation of Stamp Clubs is proud to welcome you to ARIPEX 2016. From this site you will find everything you need to prepare for the show.  If there is anything we can do to assist you, please feel free to contact us via the contact tab at the top right or contact one of the show committee members listed under the Show committee tab.

The Federation is proud to be holding the 58th consecutive show in Mesa, Arizona on February 19 – 21, 2016 at the Mesa Centennial Hall, located at 263 N. Center St., Mesa, AZ 85201.

The average daily high in February is 78 degrees, with 0.4 inches of rain and 25 days of sunshine so why stay in the snow or the blowing cold winds.  Come to the Valley Of The Sun and work on your new suntan for 2016.

Thanks for visiting and we look forward to seeing you February 19 – 21, 2016!

                                                                       PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR FUTURE ARIPEX SHOW DATES

FEBRUARY 17-19, 2017

Hosting the Canal Zone Study Group (CZSG)

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FEBRUARY 16-18, 2018

IF YOU ARE A PHILATELIC SOCIETY, WE WELCOME TO OPPORTUNITY TO HOST YOUR GROUP AT ONE OF OUR FUTURE SHOWS LISTED ABOVE.

                                                      PLEASE CONTACT THE SHOW CHAIRMAN AT kwkual@aol.com FOR FURTHER DETAILS