The Ameripex 86 stamps and covers were prepared for the philatelic exhibition Ameripex held in Chicago, USA, on the 22nd of May, 1986.
Ameripex 86 (Alice Goes To Chicago) – Stamps (Imperforated and perforated). Some signed
From: May, 1986
Ameripex 86 (Alice Goes To Chicago) – Signed Proof
From: May 22nd, 1986
Ameripex 86 (Alice Goes To Chicago) – Covers (signed on the back side)
From: May, 1986
Envelopes states that they are a limited edition of 150. The covers are addressed to different infamous Chicago gangsters from the 1920s – 1930s. I am not sure how many different gangster the covers have been addressed to. In my collection I currently have covers addressed to 5 different gangsters. Below are pictures of the covers I have in my collection.
Covers addressed to Al Capone
Alphonse Gabriel Caponi (January 17, 1899 – January 25, 1947) better known as ‘Scarface Al’ Capone was a infamous american gangster in the 1920s and 1930s.
Covers addressed to Dion O´Bannion
Charles Dean O’Banion (July 8, 1892 – November 10, 1924) was an Irish-American mobster who was the main rival of Johnny Torrio and Al Capone during the brutal Chicago bootlegging wars of the 1920s. The newspapers of his day made him better known as Dion O’Bannion, although he never went by that first name. He led the North Side Gang until he was murdered by agents of Al Capone (Frankie Yale, John Scalise and Albert Anselmi in 1924).
Covers addressed to Machine-gun Jack McGurn
“Machine Gun” Jack McGurn (July 2, 1902 – February 15, 1936), born Vincenzo Antonio Gibaldi, was a small time boxer, an Sicilian-American mobster and key member of Al Capone’s Chicago Outfit. He was assassinated by three men using machine guns on February 15, 1936, one day after the seventh anniversary of the St. Valentine’s Day massacre.
Covers addressed to Big Jim Colosimo
James “Big Jim” Colosimo (born Giacomo Colosimo) (February 16, 1878 – May 11, 1920), also known as “Diamond Jim,” was an Italian-American Mafia crime boss who immigrated from Calabria, Italy in 1895, and built a criminal empire in Chicago based on prostitution, gambling, and racketeering. From about 1902 until his murder in 1920, he led a gang that became known after his death as the Chicago Outfit. Johnny Torrio was an enforcer whom Colosimo imported in 1909 from New York and who seized control after his death. Al Capone, a Torrio henchman, allegedly was directly involved in the murder.
Cover addressed to John Dillinger
John Herbert Dillinger (June 22, 1903 – July 22, 1934) was an infamous American gangster in the Depression-era United States, who operated with a group of men known by some as the Dillinger Gang or Terror Gang that were, among other activities, accused of robbing 24 banks and four police stations. He returned to Chicago in July 1934. On July 22, 1934 the police and Division of Investigation closed in on the Biograph Theater. Federal agents, led by Melvin Purvis and Samuel P. Cowley, moved to arrest Dillinger as he exited the theater. He pulled a weapon and attempted to flee but was shot four times and killed.
Cover addressed to George ‘Bugs’ Moran
Adelard Cunin (August 21, 1893 – February 25, 1957), better known as George ‘Bugs’ Moran, was a Chicago Prohibition-era gangster. He was incarcerated three times before turning 21. On February 14, 1929, in an event that has become known as the Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre, seven members of his gang were gunned down in a warehouse, supposedly on the orders of Moran’s rival Al Capone.
Gerald King – Ameripex 86 (Alice Goes To Chicago) – Enclosed each cover of the above covers
The following is enclosed to each of the above covers: