ANKARA ’23 was organised by the Turkish Philatelic Federation with the support of the Turkish Post (PTT) to celebrate and commemorate the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the Republic of Türkiye. The exhibition is taking place from 20 to 30 October at the Uluncalar Prison Museum. The National part of the exhibition with 450 frames was over on 26 October, and the international part, which has been granted FEPA Recognition, with 300 frames, commenced on Friday 27 and will conclude Monday evening, 30 October, with the announcement of the Grand Prix at the palmares dinner.
For the international part, participation was open to exhibitors from countries that separated from the Ottoman Empire or that had postal organisations within the Ottoman Empire. The themes of the exhibits should be associated with the Ottoman Empire, the Turkish War of Independence, the Republic of Turkey, the Levant posts, military postal services during WWI or the wars before and after WWI in the region.
Despite the short notice, the organisers attracted exhibits from Albania, Australia, Bulgaria, Great Britain, Greece, Italy, Kuwait, Libya, Romania and Türkiye. A great team of philatelists headed by the Federation President, Ziya Ağaoğulları, with Mehmet Akan as Coordinator, Murat Çelebi as General Commissioner, Arman Arıkan as Senior Consultant, Murat Hazinedaroğlu as Technical Consultant and Serdar Yazgan as Assistant to foreign visitors, aided by volunteers from the Federation and the Academy were able to stage the exhibition and make everything possible in practically 60-70 days! These people provided great help to the National Commissioners at the Customs where procedures ran fast and smoothly and astonished all the foreign visitors to the exhibition with their customary Turkish hospitality.
Ziya Ağaoğulları was President of the International Jury and Peter Suhadolc (Slovenia) was Secretary.
Photo: The mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk at the Anıtkabir complex, Ankara.