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…

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…

ABPS Chairman’s 5 minute videos of exhibits available to view

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Graham Winters, the Chairman of the ABPS (the British Federation), has been spending some of his lockdown time producing short amateur videos describing a selection of his exhibits. Graham is notable for having exhibited in almost every class and for hand-writing his exhibits. The videos include exhibits in Traditional, Postal History, Aerophilately and Maximaphily. They Read more…

LE NOUVEAU JOURNAL DES MAXIMAPHILES FRANÇAIS

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Pascal Bandry, the European Bureau Member on the FIP Maximaphily Commission, recently sent me a link to the latest journal published by the Maximaphilatelists in France. I thought it was a very interesting insight into the fascinating subject of maximaphily as well as being a reminder of happier times. Pascal has kindly agreed that we Read more…