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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..

The Royal Philatelic Society London to celebrate 150th Anniversary

In 2019, The Royal Philatelic Society London will celebrate its 150th Anniversary. As part of this special occasion, the Society is delighted to be joining its members and friends from around the world at the 'Stockholmia 2019' international philatelic exhibition in Stockholm, Sweden from 29 May to 2 June.
The Royal Philatelic Society London is the oldest and one of the largest and most prestigious philatelic societies in the world with some 2,200 members in 80 countries. 'Stockholmia 2019' will be another milestone and highlight in its long history.
The Society is truly honoured that it is to be celebrated by 'Stockholmia 2019'. This is being organised by some of the leading philatelists in Sweden, all of whom are also Fellows of The Royal Philatelic Society London.
Contact details
Richard Stock, RPSL 150th Anniversary Project Manager, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Jonas Hällström, STOCKHOLMIA 2019 Exhibition Manager, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Source: AIJP News

Hand-drawn Bauhaus picture postcard exceeds all expectations

(wm) Earlier this month, the German auction house Stade of Grenzach-Wyhlen brought an ‘artist’s picture postcard’ under the gavel. The skilled auctioneer decided to start with a courageous upset price: 1,000 euros. But then the bidding went through the roof, ending at a remarkable 7.500 euros. Ultimately, the buyer had to pay around 9.000 for the postcard. The auctioneer, Daniel Stade, later admitted to have reckoned with a final yield of three to four thousand euros; he was stunned by the final bid.
About twenty years ago, a normal stamp collector found the picture postcard in an approval lot; the price was 30 marks (about 15 euros). The collector was charmed by the card, because of the exceptional modern drawing. He bought the card, put it in a box and then forgot all about it.

Two decades later, his sun spotted the card. He suggested to submit the card to the expertise of a professional. After all, the card was hand-drawn, so it might have an "artistic" origin and a subsequent value. The auctioneer Daniel Stade was contacted and he immediately agreed to include the card in his upcoming auction. Stade did some research, finding out the probable name of the artist who drew the card (someone called 'Werner', according to the backside of the card): Werner Graeff from the famous Bauhaus School in Weimar.
Stade decided on an upset price of 1.000 euros, which seemed rather overconfident. But Stade had not that much doubts: he knew what potential such an item could have. And he was right: a seemingly insignificant discovery costing only 30 marks turned out to be a impressive highlight that yielded 7.500 euros (auction costs excluded). It shows, once again, that when you have the right knowledge (and also a little luck) spectacular auction results are possible. And it does not always have to be a Picasso!

Source: AIJP News