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A selfie with a stamp

(sp) How can we transfer typical content from the digital world onto a stamp format? Students from Zurich University of the Arts and Swiss Post examined this question in a collaborative project entitled “Letter vs. e-mail”. Amongst the numerous design ideas, the selfie stamp by the young designer, Nicole Jara Nizcardo, ultimately came out on top. This extraordinary A Mail stamp, issued on 7 September 2017, is coated with a silver film on which the viewer’s reflection appears. The sheet of stamps with 20 selfie stamps is also presented in the shape of a tablet, creating the perfect example of the symbiosis between digital and analogue reality.

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Cult Foxes Decorate Stamp Fair Cover!

(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. 
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Documentary Collection Celebrates “King of Stamps” Philipp von Ferrari

(Jan Billion) 100 years ago died the famous stamp collector Philipp von Ferrari who called the greatest stamp rarities his own. For over 20 years the well-known specialised journalist and philatelic historian Wolfgang Maassen has conducted research on Ferrari, the “King of Stamps”, and he holds the presumably most comprehensive archives of document copies concerning this personality. During the 35th International Stamp Fair in Sindelfingen (26, 27 and 28 October 2017) he will present in ten frames an exciting extract.
Different from the usual stamp collections presented in competitions, this exhibit is conceived as a documentary exhibit. Because Philipp von Ferrari, the mysterious son of a count, has left no letters in private possession; there are only a very few such items in national museums and archives. But with his reserve of so far unknown photos (in most cases the originals are large oil paintings in museums) and his stock of copies from state archives as well as a considerable number of original envelopes, picture postcards etc. Maassen has composed a documentary collection which in a so far unprecedented way describes the life of this cosmopolitan. The panoply starts with the origins of his family, passes through his childhood and adolescence, his professional life as well as his philatelic activities, and does not leave out the loneliness if his last years. His testament and legs, the troublesome legal conflict concerning his treasures and the liquidation of the most comprehensive stamp collection of all times in a series of public auctions – all this is presented by means of well-chosen material. In this way justice is done to a hardly known Philipp von Ferrari, and in the end an extraordinary personality is revealed to whom philately worldwide is indebted more than to anyone else for his promotion and support which can be felt up to the present day. 
P.S. The exhibit shown in Sindelfingen (120 pages) is described in German language. The same but complete exhibit (220 pages) will be shown in Monte-Carlo at the MonacoPhil (30 Nov.–2 Dec 2017) in the Car-Museum, but there with English description.

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New Name and Logo for Boston2026

It’s a popular saying: ‘Foresight is the essence of government‘. And a true one, no doubt. The organisers of the twelfth United States international philatelic exhibition, which will take place in 2026, certainly are looking ahead. They have decided to rename the exhibition. Initially, the event was called ‘Boston 2026 World Stamp Show’. But now the exhibition has a new and shorter name: ‘Boston 2026 World Expo’. And to make things complete, also a new logo has been designed for the event.
In a press release, the show committee explains the decision to change things: ’The new name is shorter, and opens the door to explore more than just ‘stamps’, as our hobby includes a wealth of other items.’
The new logo has been created by the American stamp designer Richard Sheaff. It shows the so-called Betsy Ross flag, an early design of the famous stars and stripes. The Betsy Ross flag shows thirteen stars.

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A catalogue causing a holiday feeling: MICHEL South-East Europe 2017/18 (EC 4)

(wm) It could well be that the 102nd edition of MICHEL’s South-East Europe Catalogue 2017/218 (‘EK 4’) will trigger a real holiday feeling for many a stamp collector. Because in part 4 of MICHEL’s Europe Catalogue, you will find many countries and territories that are popular with holiday-goers. Just have a look at what’s featured in this volume: the Aegean Islands, Bulgaria, Epirus, Greece, Ikaria, the Ionian Islands, Crete, Eastern Rumelia, Romania, Samos, Thrace, Turkey, Turkish Cyprus and Cyprus. All in all 1280 pages in full colour, hardbound and offering 18200 illustrations along with 71.000 price quotations.
The editors of the catalogue have now recorded a number of perforation variations of Bulgaria. The same goes for a number of partly perforated postage stamps of a number Greece. The United Europe stamps of the latter country have now been divided in copies that originate from stamp sheets and copies that come from stamp booklets.
Many price movements are to be found, especially in Turkey and Greece. The catalog costs 69.80 euros. The ISB-number is 978-3-95402-229-8.


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