(Jan Billion) Is there anyone in Germany and a number of other countries who does not know Fix and Foxi? In the 1950s these little foxes – a creation of the cartoonist Rolf Kauka – conquered the hearts of all comic fans in Germany. A stamp issued September 7 to celebrate the annual “Stamp Day” shows the comic foxes on skateboards. Since this holiday of stamp collectors is also celebrated in Sindelfingen every year, one did not have to seek far to use the brightly colored charity stamp as the imprint of a postal stationery envelope which the Deutsche Post will produce for the fair, that takes place from 26 until 28 October 2017. The added illustration shows a funny trick played by Fix and Foxi. The stamp design is taken up again in the special cancellation prepared for the “Stamp Day”. Deutsche Post – again the biggest exhibitor this year – has two additional cancellations in reserve: the first dedicated to the anniversary of the study group “50 Years ArGe Thurn and Taxis”, the second to commemorate “170 Years of the Railway Line Mannheim-Konstanz”. They correspond with two highlights of this year’s stamp fair in Sindelfingen.
Special cancellations, cachets and various fair products as well as a large offer of new issues are also available from the ca. 30 foreign postal administrations and their agents. The international flair is furthermore guaranteed by the roughly 100 dealers, auction houses, accessory producers and editors where both beginners and advanced collectors will profit to call. This 35th edition of the Sindelfingen Fair from 26 to 28 October 2017 will surprise you with a number of new faces among the dealers.
Service is a prime aim again this year. Study Groups on the upper floor will answer your questions concerning specific collection fields or club membership. Experts have a stand close to the Deutsche Post and are at your disposal if you want to get an appraisal of your treasures. Young visitors will welcome the activities prepared by the Youth Group South-West: It is all about locomotives and the railway. In short: Plenty of games, fun and adventure in the waiting!
On the upper floor, the Regional Federation South-West presents at its stand a German rarity: the Audrey Hepburn stamp, the most expensive modern stamp in the world!
For collectors interested in postal history, Sindelfingen is the Mecca every autumn. In the international competition “Postal History – Live”, about 40 collections strive again to win one of the coveted posthorns. The focus this year is on the Alpine countries: Italy, Austria and Switzerland. The “Symposium on Postal History“ on Friday afternoon offers conferences – free of charge – providing in-depth information on specific aspects of the domain.
Supplementary exhibitions and activities garnish the event this year. The Thurn and Taxis Study Group is celebrating its 50th anniversary by mounting a specialised 75-frame exhibition. Some 250 frames are reserved to the 14th edition of the MAMA, a local competitive exhibition. The well-known journalist and philatelic historian Wolfgang Maassen has prepared ten frames of a documentary collection in which he presents the “King of Stamps” Philipp von Ferrari whose death centenary is commemorated this year. And finally the Federation of Philatelic Study Groups VPhA wants you to get to know the member group Coins and Money.
More than 40 study groups have a stand and offer information, advice and plenty of literature.
The organiser Fair Sindelfingen has invited complete school classes to take part in a workshop “We Write Letters”.
Admittance is free to all programs and services of the 35th International Stamp Fair from 26 to 28 October 2017 (Thursday to Saturday) at Messe Sindelfingen. Doors open at 10 a.m.
For more information visit www.briefmarken-messe.de.