Ex-Stergion Collection of Canal Zone C33 First Day Covers at Ebay

(Published: May, 2019, Volume 19, Number 2, Issue #49) (Table Of Contents)
(Author: Larry Fillion / Brad Wilde)

Below is an image of the malaria items from the Stergion collection (through eBay member silversands). Of the 12 items, 10 of them sold. Some went cheap and some went for a lot of money. The ones which went for a lot of money of course are the new items which have not been seen before this sale and not in the Canal Zone (1962) Scott C33 handbook but will be added at the end of the year. I believe that some of the bidders were not Anti-Malaria collectors but Canal Zone FDC collectors. I bid and won a few of the FDCs and the newly purchased FDCs will complete my four frame exhibit "Canal Zone's 1962 Anti-Malaria airmail stamp and its First Day Covers" which will be shown for the for the first time later in 2019.

[from the seller] Elizabeth "Betty" B. Stergion was the pre-eminent Canal Zone/Panama postcard collector and had probably the best collection of views ever put together. She also was a pretty decent philatelist. She was born on the S.S. Ancon somewhere between Haiti and the Canal Zone in 1917 and grew up in the Canal Zone where her father was an engineer (in charge of building Madden Dam). She left in 1939 to go to Wellesley, fell in love, got married and spent most of the rest of her live in Corning, New York, where her husband was an executive with Corning Glassworks. She continued to collect postcards up until about 2010 when her health began to fail. She basically stopped buying stamps about 1982. She passed away in 2017 slightly short of her 100th birthday. Wonderful person and she made the best brownies I have ever tasted (but would never give me the recipe, sigh).

Brad Wilde is a collector of the philatelic history of Panama (1881 -1953), the Canal Zone (airmail usages), and SCADTA (usages to, through, and from the Isthmus of Panama). He also owns approximately 12,000 postcards pertaining to the Isthmus of Panama. He was raised in the former Canal Zone and recently retired after serving his country as a diplomat with posting in the Far East, the Americas, and Europe. He is the co-author of Canal Zone Airmail Rates published by the Canal Zone Study Group and Panama Patchwork Revisted . He is finishing a catalogue of all of the first day cover cachets of the Canal Zone begun by Roger Wentworth & Robert J. Karrer. He is currently the editor of Copaphil's journal Copacarta and will become the editor of the Canal Zone Study Group's journal Canal Zone Philatelist. He can be reached at bgwndal@gmail.com.

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