Youth Philately: A Paper from Stampactive

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Stampactive is the group within the Association of British Philatelic Societies that organises and encourages youth philately. They were recently awarded a FEPA Certificate of Appreciation for outstanding activities in promoting philately and have kindly sent us a paper on what they have been doing – this is attached. Everyone interested in youth philately, have Read more…

Disruption to international postal services: Latest information

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International postal services have been severely reduced in response to the Coronavirus restrictions on movement. The position is subject to constant changes as restrictions are imposed or relaxed, but for an impression of the current level of restrictions (25 April), we draw your attention to the latest advice from Slovenia Post. It can be viewed Read more…

RPSL presentation on QEII Wilding stamps available to view

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The Royal Philatelic Society London held its first ‘virtual’ meeting on 23rd April, with well over 100 members from many countries around the world taking part via Zoom. Frank Walton gave a 30 minute presentation about the origins and evolution of the Queen Elizabeth II ‘Wilding’ stamps, the standard definitives in use in the UK Read more…

PHILATELIC MAGAZINES FREE ONLINE

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Publishers of some philatelic magazines are facing the problem that their production facilities are closed for an indefinite period due to the coronavirus lockdown. So some of them have made their April issues available free online to their readers and to the philatelic community in general. The following journals are available to read: L’Écho de la Timbrologie Read more…

News from Italy: PHILATELIC VIDEO CONFERENCES DURING THE LOCKDOWN

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Thanks to the initiative of Aniello Veneri and the prompt participation of a group of philatelists who used to have a monthly “philatelic dinner” in Rome that was suddenly cancelled because of the lockdown, a regular programme of video conferences is helping to overcome the absence of philatelic events, also at the social level. Each Read more…

Dutch PostNL legalizes Magazinekaart

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  As could have been read on Fepanews a year ago the Netherlands has a new type of postal stationery as of January 2019. It is a standard postcard size (A6) card with an imprinted stamp, meant to be for shipment of the Dutch monthly ‘Filatelie’ in which the Dutch federation and FEPA-member KNBF is Read more…

Postage rate nerd’s lock down hobby

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The mystery of single stamp postal items has puzzled me for years. Would it be possible to find out all possible different single usages of some certain stamp? In order to find this out I started to fill in spreadsheets and calculate the different possibilities. Read more…

Social distancing in the 17th Century

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At present some of us may feel that the instructions to maintain 2 metres distance from other people and to avoid gathering in groups are a unique imposition, even if necessary to combat the epidemic. However, they have a long history.  As an example, a colleague drew my attention to the Orders issued by the Read more…