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Final Report by Gordon C. Morison:

Collectors from Three Countries Capture Grand Prix Awards at NORDIA 2001
Sweden, Finland and Norway collectors won the three Grand Prix awards at NORDIA 2001 in Tucson, AZ, where the 3 Skilling Yellow, the world's most valuable stamp, and the corner block of the 24-cent U.S. inverted Jenny Air Mail Stamp, attracted considerable attention.

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Stamp Show Stampede: NORDIA 2001 - ARIPEX - AmeriStamp Expo!
(Photo: Diana Wolff).

Lennart Daun of Sweden won the Grand Prix NORDIA 2001 with his showing of Swedish Postal Stationery 1872-1897. Heikki Pahlman of Finland took the Grand Prix Nordique with his Finland 1566-1896, and Tønnes Ore of Norway won the Grand Prix International with Trieste. The Grand Awards were Native American Hopi pottery.

The top Nordic youth award went to From the Bookshelves of My Childhood, shown by Sofia Karlsson of Sweden who was present to receive her Large Vermeil. She had been sponsored to attend by NORDIA 2001 as a result of her winning the major youth award in Sweden last year. During the exhibition, she stayed with a local family who have a Swedish speaking 15-year-old daughter. She had the opportunity to attend an American school and to visit with the American family in addition to taking part in the NORDIA 2001 events.

In addition to the gold awards given to the Court of Honor exhibitors, 22 Golds were presented in the competitive classes at the banquet, attended by more than 300 at the El Conquistidor Resort and Country Club. NORDIA 2001 medals were of Native American design, crafted in silver with a different stone signifying the different levels. So that lady collectors and the wives of collectors could wear them as jewelry, a hook was provided on the back. Several of the wives wore the medals on necklaces on Sunday morning!

Mrs. Norby!
Inga Nørby, Denmark.
The Medal

Gold and Large Vermeil medals had a turquoise stone. The Gold award was distinguished by the addition of an arrow in gold. The Vermeil showed lapis, the Large Silver pink rodonite and the Silver carnelian. Click here to review the Awards List.

The Grand Prix Postal went to Åland Post. Showing non-competitively were exhibits from the Post Museums of Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland and Finland. Local cultural groups in Tucson provided several frames of exhibits noting their heritage. Six of the most outstanding Nordic collections were featured in the Court of Honor.

Noted Swedish stamp engraver Czeslaw Slania was kept busy mornings and afternoons signing autographs including his 1000th stamp engraved for Sweden Post that is now in the Guinness Book of Records as the largest engraved postage stamp. Two new stamps, engraved by Slania for the Marshall Islands and printed by Sweden Post, were placed on sale with their first day at the exhibition.

The U.S. Postal Service released its annual Love stamp for the new First Class Mail rates at the exhibition on Friday morning at a well attended first day of issue ceremony. Special cancellations were available for the show from the USPS, and the Arizona Federation of Stamp Clubs sold cacheted envelopes for each day, one of which featured the Nordic theme.

From the opening ceremony to the end of the exhibition, there was much to do and see. Native American Hopi hoop dancers from the U.S. Southwest enlivened the event at the start. The Awards banquet was capped with a performance by an ensemble of 12 harpists. On Friday night everyone dressed Western for a visit to Old Tucson. Prior to the exhibition's opening, NORDIA 2001 provided tours to Kartchner Caverns and Tombstone (way over subscribed), Biosphere 2, the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and Mission San Xavier del Bac.

More than 80 collectors attended the two-morning Postal History Symposium on Methods and Topics in Postal History, Nordic Mails and Routes. Eleven papers were presented and published in the Proceedings. A few additional copies remain and may be ordered through The Rosetta Stone Press, PO Box 930, New Providence, NJ 07974, USA, at the issue price of $35 postpaid in the U.S. and $40 postpaid to other countries.

The exhibition itself was a tripartite event. NORDIA 2001 exhibits filled one end of the 90,000 square foot hall. At the other end was the ARIPEX national World Series of Philately competition, which incidentally attracted quite a few Scandinavian exhibits, and the APS AmeriStamp Expo, a single frame exhibition that had both a championship class and standard competition. ARIPEX also sponsored a youth exhibition and the U.S. Postal Service and ARIPEX provided computers and other youth activities for youngsters during the show. On Friday more than 800 youngsters between the ages of 9 and 14 attended. They learned about stamp collecting, played stamp games on computers and even designed their own stamps by computer.

See also the story about Geronimo's Rifle

Gordon C. Morison
President, NORDIA 2001, INC.
P.O. Box 59305
Potomac, MD 20859 USA

Tel: +1 301-299-7103
Fax: +1 301-299-0751


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