A very warm welcome to FEPA

The Federation of European Philatelic Associations

Bill Hedley

I am Bill Hedley, President of FEPA, and I am delighted to welcome you to our website.

For 30 years FEPA has been helping the national philatelic organisations in 45 countries to promote the wonderful world of philately.

Culturally fascinating, therapeutic, a route to lifelong learning, and with a strong social network, it offers something for everybody.

Our website brings you the latest news about European Philately as well as our FEPA NEWS magazine, published twice a year.

Also here is information on forthcoming exhibitions, and about us – as well as links to the national organisations who are members of FEPA.

Message from the FEPA Board to the Turkish Federation regarding the Earthquake

Dear Mr President,

On behalf of myself and the FEPA Board I want to express our deepest condolences to you, your Board and the members of the Fédération des Associations Philatéliques de Turquie for the terrible suffering and grief that has been caused to the people of Turkey by the earthquake on Monday morning. We have heard the news bulletins with horror and sadness.
Please know that our thoughts and prayers will be with you all in the difficult days ahead.

Bill Hedley
President, FEPA

Latest News from the Federation of European Philatelic Associations

James Bendon: I have retired!

On 24th March, James Bendon FRPSL, renowned British philatelist, dealer and publisher, distributed the following message to his clients and friends: I have retired! After more than 50 years as a full-time stamp dealer and philatelic publisher…

“Philately in archives – archives in philately” in Celje, Slovenia

A fine example of Best Practice: The philatelic society in the small Slovenian town of Celje brings together philately with the State archives. On Wednesday, 29.3.2023, at 11.00 pm, the grand opening will take place of the exhibition Philately…

Sergio Sismondo (1943-2023)

We copy the sad news from Linn's Stamp News website, published on 22nd March: Sergio Sismondo, an esteemed postal historian and philatelic dealer whose encyclopedic knowledge of classic-era stamps and postal history enriched collectors from…

New Board at the Real Academia Hispánica de Filatelia e Historia Postal

On 17th March, the General Assembly of the Royal Spanish Academy of Philately and Postal History took place. A new Board of Governors was also elected: President: Eduardo Consejo Prieto Vice President: Fernando Aranaz Del Río …

A short video on the intaglio process by Musée de La Poste

Musée de La Poste, Paris, celebrates the European Days of Crafts from 27 March to 2 April. Given the opportunity, it presents on its website all we need to learn about producing postage stamps by intaglio with a three-minute video which focuses…

The 2022 Winton M. Blount Postal History Symposium

We picked this up from the American Philatelic Society website: Back on December 8-9, the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum (NPM) in Washington, D.C. played host to the Twelfth Winton M. Blount Postal History Symposium (PHS). Co-sponsored…

Philatelic lectures from Israel 75 Philatelic Academy

The Israel Philatelic Federation and the Society of Israel Philatelists have joined together to create the Israel 75 Philatelic Academy. The Academy is intended to promote all aspects of Holy Land Philately and to enhance the knowledge of collectors…
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Thema: presented by the Swiss Society for Thematic Philately

Thema is the magazine of the Société suisse de philatélie thématique (Swiss Society for Thematic Philately), member of the FSPhS (Swiss Philatelic Federation). It is published quarterly and is distributed free of charge to all SSPT members.…
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FEPA awards Certificate of Merit to Vaccari News on its 20th anniversary

Yesterday we had a video conference celebrating the 20th anniversary of Vaccari News. Besides Valeria Vaccari and Fabio Bonacina, respectively publisher and editor of this daily web news, among the presenters were Bruno Crevato-Selvaggi, President…
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IBRA 2023 Press Release (8 March)

Today we received the latest Press Release from IBRA 2023. The World Championship of Philately The highlights of IBRA 2023 in Essen Bonn | 8.3.23 | Peter Platz | Only a few months to go - from May 25 to 28, 2023, the International Stamp World…
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Filatelista: The magazine of the Polish Philatelists Union

Filatelista is the official organ of the PZF, the Polish Philatelists Union, published monthly under the editorship of Adam Szuler, with 60 pages in full-colour. It was released in 1954, is the oldest philatelic magazine in Poland and this…

Jean-Louis Lafon (1937-2023)

Jean-Louis Lafon, better known as “Monsieur Astrophilatelie”, passed away on 29th January 2023, aged 85. An engineer in the space industry, it was in 1975 that he first discovered his passion for astrophilately and in 1980 he won first…

FESOFI (Spanish Philatelic Federation): New Board of Directors

During the Annual General Assembly held on 5th March 2023 at the FESOFI Headquarters in Madrid, the New Board of Directors was elected and took office for the next four years (2023-2027). President: José Antonio Arruego Vice-President: José…

“phila”-Toscana ’23 in Gmunden, Austria: 25-27 August

A bilateral stamp competitive exhibition between exhibitors from Austria and Luxembourg has been announced, organised by OK-Gmunden and BMSV-Gmunden, with the support of the Austrian Philatelic Federation. Registration deadline has been set…

CNEP Salon philatélique de printemps: 23-25 March

After four years of absence due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the CNEP Salon philatélique de printemps (Spring Philatelic Show) reopens its doors from Thursday 23 to Saturday 25 March 2023. As it has been the case since 2015, it will be held in…

Banksy mural on postage stamp wraps up the first year of the Ukraine war

The Ukrainian Post used a mural by Banksy on a postage stamp to send the world a strong message marking the first anniversary of the war. Last November, the renowned UK artist had painted a demolished wall in Borodianka, north-west of Kyiv,…

Sfizi.Di.Posta. La storia attraverso la posta, la posta attraverso la storia

The following press release was issued by Poste Italiane on 22nd February in Trieste: On Friday 3 March, in the Mitteleuropa Postal and Telegraphic Museum of Poste Italiane (Central Post Office, via Vittorio Veneto), the documentary exhibition…
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The 2023 Signatories to the Roll of Distinguished Philatelists

At the meeting of the Board of Election of the Roll of Distinguished Philatelists on 16th February 2023 it was unanimously agreed that the following philatelists be invited to be the new signatories to the Roll: Pradip Jain, RDP, India …

Ivan Kostov (1924-2023)

The Union of Bulgarian Philatelists announces with great sadness that Ivan Kostov, doyen of Bulgarian, European and world philately, has left us at the age of 99.  In his long life dedicated to philately, Ivan Kostov was a long-time publisher…

THAILAND 2023 WSC entry forms deadline: 31st March

Jenwit Apichainunt, Commissioner General of THAILAND 2023 World Stamp Championship, officially announced the upcoming exhibition by inviting the national philatelic federations to appoint commissioners and return entry forms by 31st March. The…

Mary Queen of Scots: Secret letters written during imprisonment decoded

Reported by the BBC website on 8th February: Secret letters written in code by Mary, Queen of Scots, during her imprisonment in England have been uncovered and decoded by a team of cryptographers. The documents, which were believed to have…

HAFNIA 24 Newsletter #1

This is Newsletter #1 distributed by HAFNIA 24 to its suscribers today: Welcome to HAFNIA 24 Newsletter #1 Copenhagen, 14 February 2023 This is the first newsletter from HAFNIA 24. We are delighted to be able to invite the European philatelic…
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The armies from Buonaparte to Napoleon 1793-1815

Vincent Schouberechts writes at the Trait de Union 2022-2, the biannual Newsletter of the AEP: This is as much a history book as an authoritative study of all the postmarks used in the different campaigns during the years of the French Consulate…

New exhibition at The Postal Museum: The King’s stamp

Early yesterday, the Royal Mail unvailed the first King Charles III's definitive stamps, which will be placed on sale from 4th April. Later in the day, the following Newsletter was distributed by The Postal Museum to its subscribers: See…

Mi Oficina Philatelic Society celebrates 500 presentations!

We picked it up from the Society's website: Mi Oficina Philatelic Society is a worldwide group of philatelists (mainly Latin Americans) meeting daily via Zoom. During the Covid lockdown, many of us decided to start a series of presentations…

SAVPEX 2023 Virtual Philatelic Exhibition was announced

SAVPEX 2023, Virtual Philatelic Exhibition, organised by the Philatelic Society of the Orange Free State and held under the auspices of the Philatelic Federation of South Africa will take place in June/July 2023. The exhibition will accommodate…

Message from the FEPA Board to the Turkish Federation regarding the Earthquake

Dear Mr President, On behalf of myself and the FEPA Board I want to express our deepest condolences to you, your Board and the members of the Fédération des Associations Philatéliques de Turquie for the terrible suffering and grief that…

European Academy of Philately Awards for 2023

The latest Trait d'Union 2022-2, the biannual AEP Newsletter to its members, reported yesterday the AEP Awards for 2023 as follows: The European Philatelic Merit 2023 has been awarded to Vincent Schouberechts (Belgium). The AEP would like to…

YouTube Channels: Now listed on the FEPA website

Get to know and stay tuned with the YouTube Channels on Philately. You will find a list on the FEPA website at Menu -> Resources -> YouTube Channels or at https://fepanews.com/youtube-channels The list will be continuously updated. Suggestions…
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The art in postage stamps and other philatelic writings

Francesco Giuliani and Il Postalista make a free offer to the philatelic community. A new book on the philatelic memoirs of Rodolfo Renier from Treviso, born in 1857, who not only led a brilliant academic career in Turin, at the local Ateneo…

Upcoming Philatelic Exhibitions and Events


IBRA 2023