Showing a one-frame exhibit
One exhibition frame holds 16 album pages – the whole story must be on the 16 pages.
The crux of a one frame exhibit is that the contents should be the alpha and omega of the subject shown, thus not just a section of a broader collection. This is of such importance that it is being considered by jurors to either give full marks for ‘suitability’ or zero, when it is clear that an exhibit is clearly not suitable for a single frame exhibit. At this stage there remains some ‘leniency in this respect. Thus the ‘story’ starts on page 1 end ends on page 16!
The introduction first page is also extremely important and should be concise, to the point and informative of the structure and plan for the rest of the 15 pages of the exhibit. A compact index can be included but should not conflict with the plan structure. Lengthy descriptions are unnecessary.
The plan as set out in the introduction page must be logically adhered to without repetition in the wording, page heading or common knowledge information. Avoid unnecessary catalogue details. Rather use the space to show own research or more relevant write-up.
Senior exhibitors at national exhibition level should avoid including material which is detrimental to the content, such as ‘cancelled-to-order’ or CTO stamps, blacklisted material and use of First Day covers. The latter may be included in exhibits in specific classes if catered for in an exhibition only. Select good clean mint or used material instead.
Page layout should be consistent throughout the exhibit and neat mounting is highly important and is an indication of the respect which the material exhibited deserves. If viewed as a whole the sixteen pages should present themselves as a coherent unit pleasing to the eye, well balanced and without gaps.
Many exhibitors tend to use ‘padding’ material to fill up pages, such as overlarge illustrations of stamps already shown on the page itself, or adding non-philatelic material, which in most exhibit classes is not allowed.
The most important is however that you must be pleased and satisfied with, and enjoy your end product! Don’t forget to implement advice from jury commentswith a view to next time.