Free Stamp Show to Feature Historical Exhibits
Daday, Eileen O., Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Eileen O. Daday Daily Herald Correspondent
The massacre in the Czech town of Lidice at the beginning of World War II is just one of the historical stamp exhibits featured in this weekend's Chicagopex, considered to be the World Series of stamp shows.
More than 75 dealers and 300 stamp exhibits will be on display during the weekend show and competition, with half of them provided by the German Philatelic Society, invited as special guests.
Exhibits will run the gamut, from the children's area featuring new collections of butterflies, flowers, birds and even Disney characters to stamps and postcards from Hawaii, and aviation, to name a few.
Included in the German displays will be historical exhibits on the Graf Zeppelin, the acclaimed German airship, as well as the Murder of Lidice, documenting the town's massacre by the Nazis after the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich, a notorious Nazi official, by members of the resistance.
The story was captured in a memorable poem of the same name by Edna St. Vincent Millay in 1942, and was broadcast over short-wave radio throughout Europe. "It's a brilliant exposition, and incorporates a lot of historical things, not just stamp collecting," said Charles Berg of Chicago, show spokesman.
Besides the German Philatelic Society, nine local clubs from the Chicago area will be submitting exhibits and booths featuring stamps for purchase at face value from the U. …