The Great Britain Philatelic Society website www.gbps.org.uk has been awarded runner up for the FEPA Francis Kiddle Medal. This is an outstanding achievement and recognises the development and management of a world class website. This new award, the Francis Kiddle FEPA Medal 2021, is named after Francis Kiddle RDP, a great philatelist and an enthusiastic leader in philatelic literature.
Giancarlo Morolli RDP, FEPA Vice-President wrote: In consideration of the many outstanding achievements by philatelic organisations in developing online offerings of high quality, FEPA has decided to give recognition to this new branch of our activities by awarding a medal to the philatelic website that it judges to be the best in 2021. Nominations were made by FEPA Member Federations and by a panel of 16 expert advisers, all well known philatelists, active in different areas of collecting and all interested in philatelic literature, including its digital components. Websites selected should be established in a FEPA member country or provide significant attention to European philatelic matters.
Are you set to visit Stampex this week ? Then check out some of our top places to grab a bit near the Business Design Centre
5. Thai Square
7. Megans at the Sorting Office
There are loads of other great options as well, easily within walking distance. Don't forget you could either head to the Hilton or The Skinny Kitchen right next door to the venue.
CONGO FREE STATE – First Postal Markings and The First Two Stamps Issues
King Leopold II, King of the Belgians, had the firm intention of giving Belgium a colony despite the lack of enthusiasm for the idea in Belgian financial and economic circles. Having decided to go ahead with his project, the King was on the lookout for every opportunity. Although they had been thought to have been killed by the natives, the arrival of Stanley's expedition in Boma on 9 August 1877 caused quite a stir in Europe. Stanley’s expedition had arrived exhausted and famished after 999 days spent crossing Africa from west to east and navigating up the Congo River. Leopold II was convinced that someone like Stanley was the right man to help with his project, given the knowledge he had acquired during his expedition and the tenacity with which he had pursued his goal. Stanley, on the other hand, believed his exploration of the Congo basin was going to open up vast prospects for his motherland, the United Kingdom. Despite being celebrated as a hero for his exploits, he received only lukewarm interest from the British authorities. Greatly disappointed with the attitude of his fellow countrymen and having been approached by Leopold II’s envoys, he made the decision to work for the Belgian King. Leopold had created a new organisation, the International Association of the Congo, in which he employed Stanley. Although he did not admit it, the aim of the association was to create occupation stations and enter into treaties with the local chiefs to cement the IAC’s stranglehold on as vast an area as possible in central Africa. The King achieved his aim following the Berlin Conference where, despite not officially demanding anything, he got everything he wished for: the creation of an independent state recognised by the colonial powers, with himself as sovereign.
The collection will also be presented at the Autumn Stampex Exhibition in London, from September 29th to October 2nd 2021; following the London show, the collection will be taken to New York for viewing. The collection then returns to Geneva in anticipation of its sale with viewing available from October 11th.
The British Guiana – “The Imperium collection” is exclusively available to view electronically on the Museum of Philately website, having been kindly loaned for exhibition on this digital platform. Visit the site for further details:- https://www.museumofphilately.com/collection/34
More from David Feldman SA is below
This is a unique opportunity to acquire material from one of the most important and comprehensive collections ever formed of this famed British colony, which has long held philatelic legend status as one of the most coveted regions to have produced a set of primitive issues which encapsulates many of the World’s rarest stamps. The auction will take place on Thursday 14th October 2021, including all the items sold by David Feldman SA in 2014 which were part of the Grand Prix winning collection of British Guiana formed by John E du Pont, but also notable rarities added to the collection over the ensuing years from both auction and private treaty purchases.
The collection is a pre-eminent study of the three key iconic British Guiana primitive stamps; the 1850 “Cotton Reels”, the 1852-53 Waterlows, and the world-renowned 1856 Provisional stamps both on and off cover. Also included are a presentation of the pre-stamp period, the British Post office in British Guiana, Postage Dues, and the Inland Revenue issues. This fascinating far-flung part of mainland British West Indies, which resides on the northern coast of South America, has always attracted the attention of the world’s greatest collectors and as such the material boasts the Provenance of the world’s most famous philatelists such as, Count Ferrary, King Fuad, Burrus, Dale-Lichtenstein, Champion, Hind, Duveen, Townsend, Hubbard and of course du Pont.
The collection includes several world classics including the 1850 “Two Cent Cotton Reel”, which is ex Rene Berlingin, and also the legendary “Miss Rose” cover, which is one of only two covers that exist with the 2 cents issue, and was once in the collection of Claude Cartier. The unique “error of colour” or “2 cents instead of 12” cover, described by Robson Lowe in the 1963 Burrus auction catalogue, ‘as important as the 1856 “One-Cent on magenta”’ – the World’s most expensive stamp that recently sold at auction for $8.3m. Other highlights include a series of the 1852 “Tall Ships” issues of the One Cent and Four Cents in astounding quality, examples of the celebrated 1856 Four Cents on Magenta “Provisional” Issues as well as the rarer 1856 Four Cents on Blue.
Images with thanks to David Feldman SA.
The Philatelic Traders' Society organisers of Stampex are delighted to confirm that Autumn Stampex, proudly sponsored by Spink will run from 29th September - 2nd October 2021.
More details will be posted on the blog and the website in due course. To be the first to find out what is happening, why not sign up to the newsletter or follow us on social media @ptsandstampex
The Stamp Active Network, the voluntary organisation that promotes stamp collecting for children in the UK, will be at Autumn Stampex providing free stamps and goodie bags for young collectors. There will be a range of free activities with prizes including Stamp Art fun. They also intend, if possible, to run the popular free children’s auction on the Saturday with appropriate social distancing measures in place. The event will be fully compliant with any Covid restrictions.
Stamp Active will also be giving vouchers to fifty youngsters under 18 who come to Stampex. The vouchers will be worth £20 each, to spend with dealers at Stampex. Ten vouchers will be available on each of the first three days with a maximum of fifty vouchers overall to be given out during the show.
Autumn Stampex will take place at the Business Design Centre, Islington, London from 29th September to 2nd October.
For further information, look at the Stamp Active website: https://www.stampactive.co.uk
Public Service Announcement. Father's Day is Sunday 20th June. If you have forgotten, don't worry here are some of our favourite philatelic things you can buy online.
Top Ten things we discovered a collector can do at Virtual Stampex that they can’t do at a traditional fair or show.
Number One: Get up late or early and turn up to the show whenever you feel like it. Morning, noon or night. In fact, right through the night. 24/7 for 3 days. Log-in and out whenever it suits you.
Number Two: Visit more than one booth at a time (a booth is a ‘stand’ at physical stampex) and even be in more than one place at any one time.
Number Three: Attend any of the Talks presented in the Auditorium from anywhere in the world, and indeed from anywhere in your home or place of work.
Number Four: Eat and drink at any of the Virtual Stampex outlets, areas and rooms without fear of, a) being judged or told off b) not having somewhere to sit and c) interruptions.
Number Five: Spend absolutely zero on travel costs. And even fit in a show visit whilst you’re on your break at work, or when you have finished your to do list at home.
Number Six: Take every single available catalogue, pricelist, brochure, magazine, Souvenir and welcome pack and show guide without the need for, a) a carrier bag or b) humping it around with you and worse taking it back home on public transport. A Virtual Briefcase is provided. And it has to be said this is a lot more environmentally friendly. No filling up your recycling bin once you're done with them. Just delete them.
Number Seven: Get your stamps or collection valued without dragging heavy bags or boxes around the show or back and forth from your residence.
Number Eight: Visit the collectors lounge anytime during the 72 hour philatelic extravaganza and participate in the discussions, chats, and get questions answered from experts and other collectors. You can even refer to any reference books or material you have on your shelf. Normally you have to make a note and check when you get home.
Number Nine: If you missed the show during the three days doesn’t matter you can still visit for another 30 days. Even see the exhibition in the exhibit hall which would normally be taken down at the end of a physical show.
Number Ten: Watch any of the Talks given in the Auditorium ‘On Demand’ for the duration of the 30 days, and pause and playback from the comfort of your homes. Even rewatch the ones you liked best.
Let us know if you discovered any other useful things that were possible at Virtual Stampex which you can’t do at a traditional fair or show.
By Devlan Kruck from Museum of Philately
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