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Liechtenstein wins NexoFil Award in category most innovative stamp

(lp) Every year, in Spain the so-called NexoFil Award is awarded. It concerns a competition organized by the leading Spanish philatelic magazine "EL ECO". The magazine invites official philatelic organizations in nations from all over the world to nominate their favorite stamps. When all nominations have come in, an international jury with 40 experts from Europe and America judge the submitted stamps. There are ten different categories.
The Liechtenstein stamp "International Year of Light" (2015) has been voted as the winner in one of the most challenging categories: "Most Innovative Stamp of the Year". The stamp was designed by Leone Ming and contains three light phenomena: a fluorescent background that illuminates in the dark, a micro perforation for the diffraction of light waves, and a special color, which changes from pink to violet when exposed to ultraviolet light.
It is not the first time the stamp received an award; last year it also won the Red Dot Award.


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Wolfgang Maassen: Who is Who in philately? Volume 2 (E-H)

(pc/wm) In 1999, the first edition of a useful reference book, titled ‘Wer ist wer in der Philatelie’ (‘Who’s Who In Philately’) was published. It offered 240 pages and dealt with all letters of the alphabet (A-Z). The book contained the names of important philatelists, followed by short biographies; it concerned philatelists since the 19th century. Already at that time the ‘Who’s Who’ was remarkable and unique publication. A second edition, purely digital, appeared in 205 and supplement the first edition considerably. But only the third edition, whose first volume (2011, 328 pages, letters A, B, C and D) fulfilled the wishes for that remained for the users of the earlier editions, being philatelists, journalists, collectors and philatelic associations.
And now volume 2 of this third edition is available, counting 372 pages that ‘only’ offers another four letters of the alphabet: 44 pages for the letter "E", 87 for the letter "F", 91 for the letter "G" and no less than 122 pages for the letter "H". As was the case in 2011, more and more well-known dealers, experts philatelists from the former German Democratic Republic were taken into account. The principle that only those who had left their mark in German philately was retained. This meant that their biographies in some cases were expanded enormously. The result is that also this second volume of the third edition compiles an enormous amount of unique information about and illustrations of persons that not only shaped German philately, but also international philately.
The pictures on this hardbound volume already give away something about the contents of the bookk: we recognize Philipp von Ferrari, "Bud" Hennig, Ludwig Hesshaimer and Gerd H. Hövelmann. The back of the book shows Georges Fouré, thanks to the only photograph that seems to exist of him. The aforementioned names shows the enormous diversity in word and image that can be found in this work.
Volume 3 of the third edition will be released in a year’s time. The author already offered the contents of this volume (although still incomplete and without any illustrations) in his digital magazine PHILA HISTORICA, which can be downloaded free of charge at The printed volume will have the same scope as the information that was published PHILA HISTORICA; it covers the letters I, J, K, L and M. There will also be a number of extensive lists of abbreviations, bibliographies and surnames.
“Wer is wer in der Philatelie” by Wolfgang Maassen (third edition, third volume). Format DIN A5, 372 pages, ill., hard cover. Selling price 24,80 euro plus postage. ISBN: 978-3-932198-96-0. For more information please contact Phil*Creativ Verlag, Vogelsrather Weg 27, 41366 Schwalmtal, Germany, telephone ++[0]2163/4866, Fax 30003, e-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or

Royal Philatelic Society elects first "overseas" President

(RJ West) At the Annual General Meeting held on 22 June, The Royal Philatelic Society elected Patrick Maselis as President. Patrick is the Society’s first ‘overseas’ President, his election recognising the fact of the membership of over 2,250 of the Society, more than half reside outside the United Kingdom.
Patrick, born and living in Belgium, is a fourth generation philatelist, his collecting interests including the Medallion issue of Belgium, Belgium Congo and Ruanda-Urundi, and the postal history of Lake Enclave, New Zealand and New York. He is the Chief Executive Officer of the Maselis Group, active worldwide in cereals and breakfast cereals.
Richard Stock, elected two years ago as a Vice-President, is joined by Peter Cockburn also elected at this year’s AGM. Other Officers are Peter Cockburn as Honorary Secretary, Nigel Gooch as Honorary Treasurer, and Ben Palmer as Honorary Librarian.
The members of Council are David Alford, Mark Bailey, Dieter Michelson, James Podger, Mike J. Y. Roberts, Birthe King, John Davies, Bill Hedley, Christopher Hitchen and Colin Hoffman.

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PHILA HISTORICA 2/2017 available for download

PHILA HISTORICA is the title of a prestigious digital magazine published in the German language that focuses mainly on postal history, philately and philatelic literature. It concerns a high-level magazine that has been awarded the important CG Award in 2013. Each issue of the magazine – there are four of them each year – contains about 250 pages in large (A4) format, and offers illustrations in full-color. In many cases the contributions in the magazine are published for the first time, which makes the contents of PHILA HISTORICA even more interesting.
In the latest issue, published recently, the Editor of the magazine, Wolfgang Maassen, brings the famous ‘King of Philatelists’, Philipp von Ferrari, to the fore; this on the occasion of the fact that this fascinating collector died exactly one hundred years ago. Maassen discusses not only the person of Ferrari himself, but also the – often inaccurate - literature that has been published about this intriguing philatelist. In a further article, he discusses the theme "German Emigrants in New York", also a very interesting subject. He also presents the upcoming exhibitions in Monaco (MonacoPhil 2017) and Sweden (Stockholmia 2019) and offers a thorough review of the "Philatelic Summit" that was held some time ago in Stockholm. Regular readers of the magazine will appreciate the pre-release a part of the series "Who is who in philately?"; it concerns the 2nd part of the letter "K". Another contribution of interest could be an extensive list of philatelic literature rarities, and the same goes for the continuation of Hans-Jürgen Dobiat’s article about the so-called "name sales".
One of the best things about PHILA HISTORICA is that the magazine can be obtained totally free of charge: you may download it at the internet address Although you are not obliged to do so, a small donation to help financing the production of this extensive magazine will be highly appreciated. You will find the details on the aforementioned website.

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Italia 2018: International exhibition of philatelic literature in Milan, March 2018

(bcs) The Federation of Italian Philatelic Societies will organize an international exhibition of philatelic literature called “Italia 2018” which will be held in the framework of the philatelic event Milanofil in March 2018. Milanofil is a large trade convention with international attendance. Collectors, authors, publishers and webmasters from all over the world can take part with their books, journals, websites, philatelic products and software.
ANN international jury will implement innovative terms of judgment that will award both research and educational and divulgation works; the jury will have much time for a well-thought and carefully weighed judgment.
The registration is individual and can be performed only through the exhibition website: there will be many news indeed, too, in the organisation, everything exclusively by means of the website and in a paperless fashion.
The organisers expect about 400 international exhibits from all over the world: every author and publisher is invited. Whether an important research book or a society journal or a big portal or a little society website, there will be the space and possibility to promote everyone’s work.
The event will be held under the patronage of FEPA, Federation of European Philatelic Associations, and the Académie Européenne de Philatélie (AEP).
Regulations, information and the application form can be found on The website will be available 1st July, 2017.
More information: Bruno Crevato-Selvaggi, Commissioner General, e-mail address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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