South Coast Orchid Society

Orchid Judging in Long Beach, 1954 and Beyond!

American Orchid Society Judging at Long Beach,

1974

We found photos of 12 of the 35 awards for 1974. As the awards photos were created, as far as we know, as part of the AOS judging program and for the use of AOS and its judging program, the implied copyright, if any, should remain with AOS, and, as an AOS affiliated society, SCOS presents them here with that understanding. We would very much like to obtain photos from the other 23 awards (as well as better images of the others), possibly from collections of AOS award slides that were sent out to judging centers and affiliate societies over the years.



January 28, 1974:
Phalaenopsis Barbara Freed Saltzman 'Jean McPherson' AM/AOS

AOS Award No. 19740249 Phalaenopsis Barbara Freed Saltzman 'Jean McPherson', AM/AOS 82 points, Zuma Canyon Orchids. Published in Awards Quarterly 6(2):27 (1975) without a photo. While OrchidPro lacks a photo of this awarded plant, what appears to be the actual award photo is found in AOS Bulletin 50(11):1328, November, 1981, including the award ribbon that we spotted on a few other photos from the same period from the Long Beach judging site. As published, however, the contrast and the color are very poor.


AOS Award No. 19740250 Cymbidium Calle Los Olivos 'Ransel', HCC/AOS 76 points, Andy T. Yamamoto. Published in Awards Quarterly 6(2):27 (1975) without a photo.


AOS Award No. 19740251 Rhynchostylis gigantea 'New Breed', JC/AOS, Andy T. Yamamoto. Published in Awards Quarterly 6(2):27 (1975) without a photo.


February 25, 1974:

Cattleya walkeriana 'Perfect Charm' AM/AOS

AOS Award No. 19740252 Cattleya walkeriana 'Perfect Charm', AM/AOS 85 points, Fred A. Stewart, Inc. Published in Awards Quarterly 6(2):36 (1975) without a photo.


Paphiopedilum Papa Röhl 'Giraffe' HCC/AOS, new scan from Pacific South award slides

AOS Award No. 19740253 Paphiopedilum Papa Röhl 'Giraffe', HCC/AOS 77 points, Norito and Joyce Hasegawa. Published in Awards Quarterly 6(2):36 (1975) without a photo.


March 25, 1974:

AOS Award No. 19740254 Oncidium Cauca Valley 'Sanclif', HCC/AOS 77 points, Lorie Crockett. Published in Awards Quarterly 6(2):44 (1975) without a photo. This hybrid was registered and awarded as a Colmanara in 1974, became an Odontocidium in 2004, and is now an Oncidium.


April 22, 1974:

Cattleya warneri 'Coerulea' FCC/AOS

AOS Award No. 19740460 Cattleya warneri 'Coerulea', FCC/AOS 91 points, Paul Brecht. Published in Awards Quarterly 6(3):63 (1975) without a photo. The photo in OrchidPro is badly cropped. Another version was published in the AOS Bulletin 44(6):525 (June, 1975), illustrating the FCC awards for 1974, but the color is extremely distorted to a deep grape purple. The same photo, still very purple but slightly more believable, was published in AOS Bulletin 45(1):45 (January, 1976), this time under the name Cattleya warneri var. coerulea 'Miranda' FCC/AOS (and the photo here credited to Paul Brecht, which may not be correct—Paul Brecht likely provided the photo to Whitlow, but we have no other evidence that Brecht was ever the photographer for the Long Beach site), in an article by Carson E. Whitlow, "An update on blue Cattleya breeding". Thus, there appear to be at least two complicating factors in the identification of the awarded plant: First, what appears to be the same photo (but each time with different coloring) is also called Cattleya warneri var. coerulea 'Miranda', and second, warneri is treated as a subspecies of labiata in some articles. At this writing, there is no award record for either species name with the cultivar name 'Miranda'. However, the existence of the additional versions of the photo tells us that it may yet be possible to obtain a complete and reasonably accurate image from a color slide.

There are even more problems with this award. The award description says there were "Three very large, pale blue flowers on one spike; labellum blue with amethyst tinge and typical warneri lip markings; pale cream-yellow eyes with deep orange-yellow throat." However, the description in the June, 1976 article on says "there were seven flowers on one spike"! The same article says the flowers were "pale-blue", and a "predominately blue labellum" and "typical warneri lip markings with an amethyst tint", which seems to prove that the color as published is far from realistic. It is very possible that Whitlow's account (including the seven flowers on one spike) was based on correspondence from Paul Brecht, presumably recounting his experience with this particular plant, rather than the original award description.

Further searching turned up a sort of Festschrift, "The Collected Articles, BLUE CATTLEYAS, by Carson E. Whitlow", with a forward by Ernest Hetherington dated June 11, 1990. The web site is owned and operated by "Chadwick/Whitlow Enterprises". Mr. Whitlow worked with blue Cattleyas in Southern California, especially in association with Fred A. Stewart, Inc., from about 1958 until 1969. His articles on blue Cattleyas appeared in the AOS Bulletin and Orchid Digest until 1976. A note explains why his articles were "collected": "Note: This collection of articles, with supplementary material, was published in a booklet form and sold by Twin Oaks Books in about 1992. Only about 100 copies were printed, with most of them disappearing with the demise of Twin Oaks Books." Whitlow's explanation of 'Miranda' helps to explain the situation: Only one example of a blue warneri is definitely known to have been collected from the wild, originally owned by Mr. Mario Miranda of Belo Horizonte, Brazil, apparently in the 1950's or 1960's. The name 'Miranda' seems to have been applied to this plant and possibly to its selfed progeny as well.

As best we can determine, then, Paul Brecht's awarded plant was initially understood to have been called Cattleya warneri 'Coerulea', but with further knowledge, and perhaps with input from Hetherington and Whitlow, it was realized that this was a division from the original 'Miranda' cultivar. However, the revision of the name was not added to the official award record, even though the award photo later appeared with the updated name.

Cattleya warneri var. coerulea 'Miranda' FCC/AOS, two versions of the original award photo published in AOS Bulletin 44(6):525 and 45(1):45.


Oncidium Connero 'Santa Barbara' AM/AOS

AOS Award No. 19740461 Oncidium Connero 'Santa Barbara', AM/AOS 80 points, Santa Barbara Orchid Estate. Published in Awards Quarterly 6(3):63 (1975) without a photo. This hybrid was originally registered as an Odontoglossum in 1957.


AOS Award No. 19740462 Lycaste Leo 'Golden Glow', HCC/AOS 77 points, Santa Barbara Orchid Estate. Published in Awards Quarterly 6(3):63 (1975) without a photo.


AOS Award No. 19740463 Cattleya Angelwalker 'Encanto', HCC/AOS 77 points, Fred A. Stewart, Inc. Published in Awards Quarterly 6(3):63-64 (1975) without a photo.


AOS Award No. 19740464 Oncidium spectatissimum 'Beverly', HCC/AOS 77 points, Beverly Orchids. Published in Awards Quarterly 6(3):64 (1975) without a photo. This is one of the species that were transferred from Odontoglossum to Oncidium in 2012. It was awarded here as Odontoglossum triumphans.


May 20, 1974:

No awards were found for May, 1974. The meeting would normally be held on May 20, as May 27 was the Memorial Day holiday. No awards are found for either date in the OrchidPro database or in Awards Quarterly.


June 24, 1974:

Paphiopedilum Vanda M. Pearman 'Avalon Beach' AM/AOS

AOS Award No. 19740542 Paphiopedilum Vanda M. Pearman 'Avalon Beach', AM/AOS 83 points, Tom Henry. Published in Awards Quarterly 6(4):81 (1975) without a photo.


Aerides houlletiana 'Golden Fragrance' AM/AOS

AOS Award No. 19740543 Aerides houlletiana 'Golden Fragrance', AM/AOS 80 points, Norito Hasegawa. Published in Awards Quarterly 6(4):81 (1975) without a photo.


Laeliocattleya Gaskell-pumila 'Blue Moon' JC/AOS

AOS Award No. 19740544 Laeliocattleya Gaskell-pumila 'Blue Moon', JC/AOS, Fred A. Stewart, Inc. Published in Awards Quarterly 6(4):81 (1975) without a photo. This hybrid is now correctly a Cattleya. A better but cropped version of this photo is found in OrchidWiz, image #56306, from the collection of Steve McNerney.

Laeliocattleya Gaskell-pumila 'Blue Moon' JC/AOS, photo from OrchidWiz


July 22, 1974:

Vanda Red Buttons 'Zuma Canyon' AM/AOS

AOS Award No. 19740545 Vanda Red Buttons 'Zuma Canyon', AM/AOS 82 ponts, Zuma Canyon Orchids. Published in Awards Quarterly 6(4):85 (1975) without a photo. This hybrid was originally registered as an Ascocenda in 1974.


AOS Award No. 19740546 Phalaenopsis Hugo Freed 'Zuma Creek', HCC/AOS 78 points, Zuma Canyon Orchids. Published in Awards Quarterly 6(4):85 (1975) without a photo.


AOS Award No. 19740547 Phalaenopsis Ballerina 'Amado Vasquez', HCC/AOS 78 points, Zuma Canyon Orchids. Published in Awards Quarterly 6(4):85 (1975) without a photo.


AOS Award No. 19740548 Vanda Virapong 'Malibu', HCC/AOS 77 points, Arthur Freed Orchids. Published in Awards Quarterly 6(4):85 (1975) without a photo. This hybrid was originally registered as an Ascocenda in 1970.


August 26, 1974:

[The first three of these awards, as originally published in Awards Quarterly 6(4):90 (1975), duplicated three award numbers from June 12, 1974, Miami, FL in Awards Quarterly 6(4):79-80 (1975). The AOS awards index 1932-1989 attempted to resolve the duplication by using new award numbers 19740908-19740910, but these three Long Beach awards are not now found in OrchidPro, even though one of them turned up in OrchidWiz.]

AOS Award No. 19740590 Phalaenopsis Beach Violet 'Pale Face' AM/AOS 81 points, Arthur Freed Orchids. Published in Awards Quarterly 6(4):90 (1975) without a photo. This award is not found in OrchidPro or in OrchidWiz. Award No. 19740590 in OrchidPro is occupied by Epidendrum tampense 'Greenwood' AM/AOS, exhibited June 12, 1974 by Wilkins Orchids, at monthly judging in Miami, FL.


AOS Award No. 19740591 Vascostylis Bluebird 'Colorama' HCC/AOS 78 points, A. G. Tharp. Published in Awards Quarterly 6(4):90 (1975) without a photo. This award is not found in OrchidPro. This hybrid is now correctly Vandacostylis Bluebird (1972). This award is found in OrchidWiz under Award No. 19740909, which, however, is also not found in OrchidPro. Award No. 19740591 in OrchidPro is occupied by Aerides multiflor 'Heritage' CBM/AOS, exhibited June 12, 1974 by Richard Coffman, at monthly judging in Miami, FL.


AOS Award No. 19740592 Laeliocattleya Issy 'Joy' HCC/AOS 78 points, Charles Hutchinson. Published in Awards Quarterly 6(4):90 (1975) without a photo. This hybrid is now correctly a Cattleya. This award is not found in OrchidPro. Award No. 19740592 in OrchidPro is occupied by Masdevallia coriacea 'Toni Marie' CBM/AOS, exhibited June 12, 1974 by Tony Vigliotti, at monthly judging in Miami, FL.


AOS Award No. 19740593 Vanda Peggy Foo 'Violets Are Blue', HCC/AOS 78 points, Norito Hasegawa. Published in Awards Quarterly 6(4):90 (1975) without a photo. This hybrid was originally registered as an Ascocenda in 1970. Photo not found in Pacific South award slide collection.


AOS Award No. 19740594 Vanda Bonanza 'Hot Pink', HCC/AOS 77 points, Norito Hasegawa. Published in Awards Quarterly 6(4):90 (1975) without a photo. This hybrid was originally registered as an Ascocenda in 1970. Photo not found in Pacific South award slide collection.


Angraecum comorense 'Monterey Mist' CCM/AOS

AOS Award No. 19740595 Angraecum comorense 'Monterey Mist', CCM/AOS 83 points, Chuck Spain. Published in Awards Quarterly 6(4):90 (1975) without a photo. The correct name (Kew) is now Angraecum eburneum.


September 23, 1974:

Phalaenopsis Pin Up Girl 'Zuma Canyon' AM/AOS

AOS Award No. 19740821 Phalaenopsis Pin Up Girl 'Zuma Canyon', AM/AOS 82 points, Zuma Canyon Orchids. Published in Awards Quarterly 7(1):6 (1976) without a photo.


AOS Award No. 19740822 Phalaenopsis Hugo Freed 'Serendipity', HCC/AOS 75 points, Zuma Canyon Orchids. Published in Awards Quarterly 7(1):6 (1976) without a photo.


October 28, 1974:

AOS Award No. 19740823 Phalaenopsis Barbara Freed Saltzman 'Christmas', HCC/AOS 77 points, Zuma Canyon Orchids. Published in Awards Quarterly 7(1):15 (1976) without a photo.


AOS Award No. 19740824 Phalaenopsis Lady Ruby 'Zuma Canyon', HCC/AOS 77 points, Zuma Canyon Orchids. Published in Awards Quarterly 7(1):15 (1976) without a photo.


November 25, 1974:

(Possible error: award numbers 19740861 and 19740863 not found in OrchidPro, nor, as far as we know, in Awards Quarterly.)

AOS Award No. 19740860 Phalaenopsis Marion Fowler 'Malibu', HCC/AOS 79 points, Arthur Freed Orchids. Published in Awards Quarterly 7(2):31 (1976) without a photo.


AOS Award No. 19740862 Phalaenopsis Kathryn Saltzman 'Malibu Cove', HCC/AOS 79 points, Arthur Freed Orchids. Published in Awards Quarterly 7(2):31 (1976) without a photo.


AOS Award No. 19740864 Cymbidium Trigo Royale 'Ridgeway', HCC/AOS 75 points, Ridgeway Orchid Gardens. Published in Awards Quarterly 7(2):31 (1976) without a photo.


December 23, 1974:

Vanda Memoria Jim Wilkins 'Stargazer' AM/AOS

AOS Award No. 19740865 Vanda Memoria Jim Wilkins 'Stargazer', AM/AOS 82 points, Glenn W. Briney. Published in Awards Quarterly 7(2):35 (1976) without a photo. This hybrid was originally registered as an Ascocenda in 1969.


AOS Award No. 19740866 Paphiopedilum fairrieanum 'Lance', HCC/AOS 75 points, Larry Heuer. Published in Awards Quarterly 7(2):35 (1976) without a photo.


AOS Award No. 19740867 Paphiopedilum Marlborough 'Proud Heritage', HCC/AOS 75 points, Fred A. Stewart, Inc. Published in Awards Quarterly 7(2):35 (1976) without a photo.


AOS Award No. 19740868 Paphiopedilum Marion Fischer 'Sylvan', HCC/AOS 75 points, Allen G. Sylvester. Published in Awards Quarterly 7(2):35-36 (1976) without a photo.