A. AAMS Service Awards
These three awards are for
lifetime service or achievement
of major importance, and thus merit over the long
term; the immediate past
year or even few years are considered in the record
but are not decisive.
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each Award heading to see a list of the historical
To honor men and women who have contributed
significantly to the accumulation of aerophilatelic
knowledge, to interest and participation in
aerophilately, or rendered outstanding service to
national or international organized aerophilately.
The names of those honored are inscribed on the
Aerophilatelic Hall of Fame plaque at the
headquarters of the American Philatelic Society in
Aerophilatelic Research Award
Awarded for major achievements in
major award for outstanding aerophilatelic research.
This award recognizes outstanding achievements in
aerophilatelic research that serving as definitive
or foundation works in aerophilately. Recognized
research may be either original research bringing
significant new facts or conclusions to light or
secondary research bringing multiple resources
together into comprehensive works of significant
importance to aerophilatelists, as evidenced by
articles, monographs, books, catalogues or other
publications and exhibits.
The award is international in scope and is not
restricted to members of AAMS.
Walter J. Conrath Memorial Award
Presented in honor of the late Walter J.
Conrath, who contributed unselfishly to the growth
and welfare of the American Air Mail Society, to a
member who has rendered outstanding service to the
B. AAMS Literature Awards
These two awards are for the best aerophilatelic
literature published in the prior calendar year
Given annually to the best overall
aerophilatelic catalog, book, monograph, or pamphlet
published in the previous year.
AAMS publications are not eligible for this
Presented in honor of the late L. B. (Bart)
Gatchell, long time editor of the American Air
Mail Catalogue and Airpost Journal, to
recognize the literary efforts of members whose
articles appear in the Airpost Journal.
It is awarded to the best article, series, or
regular feature published in the prior year. A
serialized article is eligible for consideration
after all parts have been published.
Presented in honor of the late
Frank H. Blumenthal, long time editor of the
Airpost Journal (1972-1989), to recognize the
literary efforts of members whose articles appear in
the Airpost Journal. It is awarded to the
best short artilc (maximium three pages) published
in the Airpost Journal in the prior year. First
presented in 2014 for CY 2013.
C. Other AAMS Awards
Presented by the President of AAMS, at his/her sole
discretion, in recongition of services to the
American Air Mail Society.
At the sole discretion and option of the AAMS
President, a President's Award may be given to any
member deemed to merit special recognition.
Presented in recognition of special services to the
American Air Mail Society or to aerophilately as
recommended by the Awards Committee with concurrence
by the Board of Directors.
D. Discontinued Awards
Fred Wellman Award
Presented in honor of the late Earl and Fred
Wellman, founder and successor sustaining force of
the Jack Knight Collectors Club and Aerophilatelic
Federation of the Americas (AFA), to recognize the
literary effort of members whose articles appear in
The Jack Knight Air Log.
The award is for the article, series, or
regular feature promoting or encouraging
aerophilately in the prior year.
Publication of the Jack Knight Air Log was
discontinued in 2012 along with this award.
George W. Angers Memorial Award
In memory of this AAMS co-founder who, for
almost four decades, rendered outstanding and
unselfish service to the hobby of aerophilately and
to the American Air Mail Society, this award is
presented to a person who has rendered outstanding
service to aerophilately.
The award is not restricted to members of the
American Air Mail Society.
This award was discontinued in 2012 as its criteria
essentially duplicate those of the Aerophilatelic
Hall of Fame.