La Posta Publications News Release 20-6

For Immediate Release
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The La Posta 2020 Charles A. Fricke Award for the best “Small Bites of Great American Postal History” article (one or two pages) appearing in the in 2019 issues of La Posta went to Don Glickstein, Seattle, Washington, for “1944 Diplomatic Pouch Mail to Ceylon.”
The article appeared in the First Quarter 2019 La Posta. It examined the unusual route taken by a U.S. postal card sent by a father to his son, including its placement into the U.S. diplomatic pouch mail system.
Patricia A. Kaufmann, Lincoln, Delaware, was the Fricke Award runner-up with “A Cover from Chesapeake (Federal) Military Prison, Fort Hamilton, Virginia,” also in the First Quarter La Posta.
Glickstein also took third place with, “Rare ALCAN APO ‘Smoker’ Card Touches Little-Known Black History” (3Q).
Honorable mentions went to: Harlan Stone, Woodstock, New York, for “An 1874 Swiss Hotel Cover to Cleveland” (2Q) and to Richard S. Hemmings, Stewartstown, Pennsylvania, for “A 1966 11-cent Aerogramme to Jerusalem, Jordan” (1Q).
The Fricke Award winner receives a $100 cash prize. The selections were based on voting by the La Posta editorial staff and the subscribers of La Posta.
The Fricke award is named in honor of Charles A. Fricke, a postal card specialist and longtime La Posta columnist who died in 2017 at age 94.
La Posta: The Journal of American Postal History is published four times per year. It is the leading journal devoted to American postal history and is now in its 52nd year of publication. Subscriptions are $35 per year. For more information contact: La Posta Publications, POB 6074 Fredericksburg, VA 22403 or e-mail


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