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"White Queen" Exhibition Award
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The John D. Arn White Queen Award



to recognize and encourage exhibitors who have worked hard for excellence of presentation of Canadian-only Elizabethan II material.

In Canadian philately, the "White Queen" is the nickname given to a spectacular missing colour error on the 14c Queen Elizabeth II issued in 1978 whereby the entire red  background of the design is missing.


Left: normal; Right: "White Queen" error

Award Criteria:

The ESG John D. Arn White Queen Award may be awarded at any local, regional or national show provided:

  • the show has 200 pages (8 1/2" x 11" or equivalent) of exhibited material.
    [shows with over 500 pages of competitive material may have two "White Queen" awards]
  • there are a minimum of two Canadian Elizabethan II exhibits* in competition
  • in the event of only one Canadian Elizabethan II exhibit the White Queen may be awarded provided the exhibit received a Silver award and in the opinion of the jury otherwise meets the criteria
  • Canadian Elizabethan-era literature is also eligible, provided there are a minimum of two Elizabethan II-era literature entries in a recognized literature competition (if only one title is entered, then it must have been awarded at least a Silver award)

It is intended by ESG to have excellence in presentation rewarded regardless of the medal level awarded the exhibit. The "White Queen" need not automatically go to the highest medal level exhibit. It should be awarded to the exhibit that best exemplifies the high standards of philatelic exhibit presentation using the following criteria:

  • Layout - the balanced and eye appealing arrangement of exhibit pages; highlighting of an exhibit's material.
  • Title page - provides the viewer with a logical roadmap to follow in viewing the exhibit. It is written in concise, yet descriptive terms.
  • Logic of presentation - the flow of pages in telling the material's story is logical. The material is pertinent to and within the parameters set down by the title.
  • Write-up - is pertinent, brief, non-redundant and provides meaningful information.
  • Neatness - the pages are clean. The write-up method is neat and tidy. The mounts are subtle and even.

The judges decision is final.

* An Elizabethan II exhibit must be entirely from Canadian material released during the Elizabethan II time period. At present this covers all material issued by Canada Post Corporation subsequent to April 1, 1952 as shown in the following:

  • Unitrade Specialized Catalogue of Canadian Stamps - #316 and subsequent issues
  • Darnell Stamps of Canada - #357 and subsequent issues
  • Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue - #316 and subsequent issues
  • Webb's Postal Stationery Catalogue of Canada and Newfoundland - to identify material issued subsequent to April 1, 1952

The award winner will receive the "White Queen" pin (illustrated above) at the time of exhibiting. Upon receipt of the show's final Award Report*, the ESG will mail a year's subscription of The Corgi Times, the award-winning newsletter of the Elizabethan II Study Group, to first time "White Queen" award winner/s (that is, a multiple-time award winner may receive more than one pin but will only ever be eligible to receive one one-year's free subscription). It is crucial that the exhibitor's complete address be provided on the Award Report form.

Pin Distribution Contact:

Available to all shows (local, Regional or National)

Jon Johnson
39 Highgrove Cres SW
Calgary, AB  T2V 3K8




* All John D. Arn White Queen Award reports must be returned to Robin Harris at PO Box 2243, Beausejour, MB R0E 0C0 Canada.


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