Once again on the first full weekend in December, PENPEX was held on December 7-8, 1985 at the Community Activity Building in Redwood City. Show hours were Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm.

The show hosted 20 dealers and the USPS. Here is an alphabetical list of the show dealers: Amestoy’s, E. Blake, John F. Doneilo, M. Fried, Doug Gary, Vince Izdepski, Kiplin Stamps, Kirk’s Stamps, Henry Kligler, Allan Lipkin, William Moll, North Bay Philatelics, Philatelic Enterprises, Philatelic Mart, C. Poetzl, Postmark Associates, M. Seaman, Tom Singer, Stamp Act, and Vogt Stamps.

Ed Rosen (left) receiving Grand Award from Cy Thompson and Jim Jefferson (right)

The judges for the show were James E. Jefferson and Cyrus R. Thompson. Past PENPEX-PIPEX chair, Edward Rosen won the Grand Award for his “Postal History of Redwood City” exhibit. The cachet, designed by Noel A. Bond, shows the Butterfield Overland Mail stagecoach. Its southern route passed through Redwood City and San Francisco.

The cachet was franked with one of four Horses series stamps and canceled with PENPEX Station pictorial cancel. A single stamp cachet could be purchased for $1 each or four for $3.75. Cachets franked with a blocks of four stamps were sold for $2 each or four for $7.50.

A complete History of PENPEX exhibit will be on display at PENPEX 2011 on December 3 and 4 at the Community Activity Building, 1400 Roosevelt Avenue, Redwood City. The stamp show is free and open to the public.

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