Madrid Philatelic Society publish daily articles on-line

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Since the lock-down began in March SOFIMA (the Madrid Philatelic Society) have published daily articles on subjects of philatelic interest. As a result they now have a long list of articles  on their website on ‘curiosities’ ranging from the ‘Philatelic Aftermath of the Civil War’ through ‘The first aerial stowaway’ to ‘Disinfected Mail’. To see them Read more…

German Federation offers on-line seminars from 13 May

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The Bund Deutscher Philatelisten (BDPh) is launching a series of on-line seminars using Zoom technology to offset the restrictions on philatelic life imposed by the Corona crisis. The first seminar will be held from 16.00-17.30 on Wednesday 13 May when Lars Böttger will talk on the theme of ‘Der 1. Weltkrieg und seine Folgen für Read more…

ASCAT is winding up

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We have been informed that the Association of Stamp Catalogue, Stamp Album and Philatelic Magazine Traders (ASCAT) will wind up its activities later this year. It was founded in 1977 to defend the professional activities of its members and is currently based in Germany. Residual funds will be transferred to the non-profit organisation ‘Kinderlachen’.

VOTE FOR YOUR FAVOURITE EUROPA STAMP

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The competition to select the most popular EUROPA stamp for 2020 is now underway. The theme is ‘Ancient Postal Routes’ and candidate stamps have been selected because they illustrate this theme in different ways. All philatelic enthusiasts, postal fans or lovers of history are invited to vote on-line for their favourite stamp. To find the Read more…

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…