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Philatelic Events in May 2016

In May the following philatelic events will take place:

NOBIS antiques & collectibles market with coins, stamps, old postcards (2 days), 23966 Wismar, Hall at the Old Port, 10-18. Contact: Nobis GmbH & Co. KG, Elbufer 16 01665 Diera-Zehren, mobile: 01-73/3072 932; Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,

Tirana / Albania,

Szombathely / Hungary
, Alpe-Adria 2016 + HUNFILA 2016.

General Assembly of the APHV, Hotel Pullman Dresden NEVA, starting at 10 am

26th International Stamp Fair Essen, Messe Essen, Messe Building South, Hall 1A, admission free! Opening times: on 12 and 13.5 from 10 until 18, on 14.5 from 10 until 17. Acency Jan Billion, Freiligrathring 13a, 40878 Ratingen (Germany), Tel. 02102/50675 Fax 02102/895825, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mondorf-les-Bains / Luxembourg,
Exfimo 2016

ROSSIKA 2016; Russian House of Culture and Science, open to members of the AEP, national philatelic Academies and ASCAT; contact: Igor Rodin, P.O.B. 972, 101000 Moscow, Russia, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Paris / France,
Paris-Philex 2016 National Exhibition.

New York / USA,
World Stamp Show, Jacob Javits Convention Center, New York City, 22 East 35th Street, NY 10016,


Source: AIJP News

Water damage APRL: your help is needed

On March 14, the American Philatelic Research Library suffered minor water damage. The damage was caused by construction activities in the new library (see our AIJP News item of 4 April 2016). Luckily the damage was minimized, thanks to emergency preservation measures. Still, a small number of auction catalogues were not salvageable.
The library asks for your help. If you have catalogues from any of these auction houses that you no longer need, you can help to rebuild the APRL collection by donating them. In that case you are requested to contact Betsy Gamble by email ( or by phoning her on +814-933-3803 (extension 242), in order to make sure that the catalogues that you wish to donate are still needed.
Here is a list of auction catalogues that were damaged by the leaking roof of the APRL:

Rapp (Switzerland): 1988, 1995–2002
Rasdale Auction mail sales
Rasdale Auction public auction
Rugby Philatelic Auctions
Royal Int’l Auction
Rauch, H.D.
Rauch, H.D. mail sale
Reeves, James
Roumet Histoire postal
Russ, Vic
Ryukyu Philatelics Mail Auction
Schuyler Rumsey: no. 12–14, 23–24
Stampco (Westbury, NY): no. 44, 49, 50, 69

Source: AIJP News

Special NY2016 Preview for readers of Linn’s Stamp News

World Stamp Show/NY 2016 in New York (28 May-4 June 2016) is drawing nearer and nearer. And as time goes by, more and more becomes known about the details of this international philatelic event, that will be held at the Javits Convention Center in New York City.
The well-known American stamp magazine Linn’s Stamp News has committed itself to help the exhibition with publicity. One of the things Linn’s will do is publish a number of exhibition newspapers during the show, in order to keep the visitors of the event posted.
And Linn’s will do more: readers of the magazine will receive a special preview of the show, bundled with the April issue of Linn’s. This preview provides readers with a sneak peek into the many events, exhibits and entertainment that can be enjoyed during the show. NY 2016 will be the first international stamp show that is held in the United States in 10 years. In the editorial, special tips can be found on how to prepare for the show, what to take along, and what freebies will be available. Former editor Michael Laurence and Janet Klug, chair of the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee and Linn’s columnist, share their experiences from past international shows. The preview includes lists of show events; postal administrations, dealers and societies who will participate; and a host of exciting activities.

Lost in the post: a remarkable Goethe block!

(wm) At the end of February of this year a German Goethe block got lost in the mail. The block (the Michel catalogue number is Block 6) can be described as rather distinctive, because it has been obliterated with a special hand stamp, bearing the text „(10 b) LEIPZIG C1, 1749 Goethe 1949 / 28.8.49-19". The exact dimensions of the block are 105:106 mm.
The block has been proofed by the German philatelic expert Siegfried Paul, who assessed the block, 3 June 2015 (certificate no. 7891/15), as genuine.
If you can help tracing the missing block please contact W. Hipp from Marken Schneider, Keplerstraße 11, 72762 Reutlingen (Germany), telephone ++[0]7121/93650. You can also send an email message: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..