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.

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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.

Latest News from the Federation of European Philatelic Associations

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IBRA 2023 Awards and Photos

The IBRA 2023 Grand Prizes were announced at the Palmares dinner on Saturday evening, 27th May: Grand Prix d'Honneur: Walter Britz (Uruguay), "Uruguay: Early issues of the XIX century (1856-1862)" Grand Prix International: Julio Cesar…
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Hellenic Steamship Companies and their Handstamps

385 steamship companies, 110 private shipping agents, and 1657 maritime handstamps comprise the framework of the 500-page brand-new book recently released by Nikos Antypas. The reader will also have the opportunity to get acquainted with Greek…
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The Postal Issues of Syria, Lebanon and the Alaouites 1919-1945

New book: The Postal Issues of Syria, Lebanon and the Alaouites 1919-1945 (also includes Latakia, Rouad Island, Kilis local, Aintab local and Alexandretta) by Alexander Kaczmarczyk, second edition with additional colour plates and images, 141…
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Mario Paiva: O Filatelista

O Philatelista is a philatelic blog in Portuguese that was aired in May 2013 and celebrated its 10th anniversary this month. What is exceptional about it is its consistency: 3636 posts from 1 June 2013 to 30 April 2023, i.e. in 3621 days. This…
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It is IBRA time at last!

Initially announced in 2018 as IBRA 2021,  the World Philatelic Exhibition was granted FEPA recognition in 2018 and FIP patronage in 2019. In July 2020, the organisers sent out a press release saying that IBRA would be postponed because of…

The Global Philatelic Network announces new foundations for the future

According to a Press Release just received from the Global Philatelic Network: On Thursday of this week, the doors of IBRA 2023 (International Philatelic Exhibition) will open. For four days from Thursday to Sunday, 25 to 28 May, the exhibition…
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Opus XXIII: Africa

Opus XXIII, this year's volume of the European Academy of Philately (AEP), is dedicated to the philately of Africa. The same theme had also been chosen for Opus XIV (2014). Nineteen authors responded in time to Editor Guy Coutant's call for…

Andrey Strygin (1954-2023)

We announce with great sadness that Andrey Strygin passed away on 28 April 2023. The deceased was president of the Russian Academy of Philately and member of the European Academy of Philately. According to astrophilatelist.com, Andrey Strygin…
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Notebook: The Currency Rates at the Exchange Post Offices 1800-1875

Ioannis (John) Daes is better known for the two fine works he has produced during the past few years: The Ionian postal rates (2014 in Greek) and The Greek postal rates 1828-1875 (2017 in Greek and 2022 in English). Dealing with the 19th-century…
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FEPA Medals 2022

THE FEPA MEDAL FOR EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE TO ORGANISED PHILATELY, 2022 PATRICK MASELIS, Belgium Patrick Maselis has given outstanding service to philately in Europe for many years through his generous and unstinting support for innumerable organisations…

Ibero-American Philatelic Meeting in Madrid

The first Ibero-American Philatelic Meeting will take place in Madrid on the morning of 31 May, at the Hotel Mayorazgo Convention Center, located in the heart of Madrid's Gran Vía. The event, organised and sponsored by EL ECO, is held under…

Open sport philatélique 2024

The French Federation (Fédération Française des Associations Philatéliques, FFAP) and "l'Adphile - Voyagez avec le timbre" are organising the national philatelic competition "Open sport philatélique 2024" on the occasion of the 2024 Paris…
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Swedish & Norwegian Queen Louise’s Correspondence 1850-1871

A new book by Tomas Bjäringer RDP Hon. FRPSL and Ken Ryen, Royal Confessions to a Lifelong Friend: Swedish & Norwegian Queen Louise's Correspondence 1850-1871 has been recently released and is available for purchase from Nordic Philately. The…
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Napoleons Waterloo – Herrschaft der 100 Tage

The following is an excerpt from a recent post by Axel Goldmann on IBRA 2023 news webpage, a presentation of Hans-Joachim Büll's new book, Napoleon’s Waterloo – Reign of 100 Days. [...] 400 pages in which Büll covers a wide range of topics,…
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IBRA 2023 Press Release (7 May)

Yesterday we received the latest Press Release from IBRA 2023. It calls our attention to the series of IBRA 2023 lectures, which will take place in Room F between 25 and 28 May. Most of the lectures will be in German, but some will be in English.…
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Air mail to and from the Somaliland Protectorate

Copied from Vaccari News: A new book, Air mail to and from the Somaliland Protectorate by Imperial Airways and Ala Littoria - December 1935 to August 1936, was released by Germain Mentgen, who had updated and integrated his previous works in…

Gustaf Douglas (1938-2023)

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing away of Gustaf Douglas RDP FRPSL on 3 May 2023. A Swedish aristocrat and businessman, he will be remembered as the Head Patron of Stockholmia 2019 and the owner of the only known example…
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HAFNIA 24 Newsletter #3

We are open to applications! Newsletter #3 Copenhagen, 2 May 2023 We are happy that 30 commissioners will be coming to Copenhagen in October 2024 with a wide range of exhibits. The application form for the FEPA Exhibition Hafnia 24 is now…
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Poste Maritime Française. La Société l’Europe. Le Havre – Saint-Pétersbourg 1840 – 1852

A new book by Robert Abensur RDP has been recently published by l’Académie de philatélie. Here is a short description taken from the Academy's website: The Russian Empire and its notoriously Francophile elites appreciate French luxury goods.…
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FEPA Certificates of Appreciation 2022

Following its meeting on 28th April, the FEPA Board is delighted to announce the names of the Philatelic Societies awarded with the FEPA Certificate of Appreciation 2022. Marke & Munze Graz (Stamp & Coin Graz), Austria Club…

Jean de Sperati: The Stamp Forger that Fooled the Experts

A 30-minute video by Graham Beck on his @ExploringStamps YouTube Channel is all anybody needs to learn about the life and works of a philatelic legend who never called himself a forger. Instead, he called himself an artist. Graham talks first…
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Phila Historica magazine No. 1/2023 available to download

Phila Historica is a magazine for philatelic history and philatelic literature. It is offered online, in pdf format, and free of charge to all interested parties. It is produced four times annually by Phil*Creativ GmbH, under the editorship…
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Two special issues by Nordisk Filateli magazine

Jonas Hällström, editor-in-chief of the Swedish Nordisk Filateli, has sent us details about two new publications (special issues 10 and 11) recently produced and released by the magazine. Christer Brunström writes: Special Issue 10: The…
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The IBRA in Essen is the focus of the new JUNGE SAMMLER!

This is the latest press release (15th April) by the Deutsche Philatelisten-Jugend e. V., brought to us by Axel Brockmann, the editorial office of  Junge Sammler. The IBRA World Stamp Exhibition will take place from May 25 to 28 at Messe Essen.…
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EXFILNA-JUVENIA 2023 Catalogue now online

The EXFILNA-JUVENIA 2023 Catalogue was uploaded on the FESOFI website on 17th April. The Exhibition will be held in Teruel from 19 to 23 April. Exhibition webpage: https://exposicionesfesofi.es The 70-page Catalogue is available here: http…
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Tête-Bêche Rarities from the Oval Issue of Finland

A new book by Tomas Bjäringer RDP Hon. FRPSL and Mårten Sundberg FRPSL has been recently published by the Royal Philatelic Society London (RPSL). We read from the RPSL webpage: This work tells the stories of the rare têtebêches of the oval…

The Museum of Romanian Records in the heart of Bucharest

The Museum of Romanian Records is perhaps better known to the public for its incredible collections of trivets, corkscrews, and vintage cameras. However, its philatelic section is spectacular. It is spread out in 800 giant custom-made frames,…
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PHILAFRANCE 2023 is coming up in May

From 26 to 29 May 2023, La Poste, the FFAP, the CNEP, and the ADPhile, with the cooperation of the Amicale Philatélique Chalonnaise, will present PHILAFRANCE 2023 at the Parc des Expositions in Chalon sur Saône. The four-day event will include …

Clash of Empires: The 1879 Anglo-Zulu War Exhibition

When British and Colonial forces invaded the Zulu Kingdom on 11 January 1879, they ignited one of the most famous conflicts of the Victorian era. In July 2023, the Spear Museum of Philatelic History at the Royal Philatelic Society London will…
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Latest issue of Spink Insider magazine now online

Since its establishment in London in 1666, Spink & Son Ltd. has grown to become a superior auction house for rarities worldwide. It specialises in the auctioning and private sales of stamps, coins, banknotes, medals, bonds & shares,…

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