02.05.2018 - Social Philately seminar of the Consilium Philatelicum: Sex & Crime!

(CPh) In the May issue of Germany’s leading stamp magazine, “philatelie”, it has been announced that a lecture by Renate Springer, titled “Cologne 1945-1947 - The way to normality after the Second World War”, would be held under the denominator of a Social Philately seminar organised in Wiesbaden by the German chapter “Consilium Philatelicum”. Unfortunately, this lecture had to be cancelled.
Luckily, the Chairman of the aforementioned chapter was so kind to reach a helping hand by offering to present a replacement lecture under the rather defiant title "Sex and Crime: Dr. Paul Singer and the Shanahan Auctions - philatelic history as 'social philately'”. It concerns a very exciting chapter in philatelic history. Paul Singer and his legendary Shanahan auctions were considered to be the largest in the world in the 1950s. It was a time characterised by unimaginable millions of dollars, investments and speculative profits. In 1959, even the billionaire Maurice Burrus was captured by the man from Dublin in 1959, entrusting Singer with parts of his unique collections. Singer’s "Millionaire’s Sale" was unique, as well as his gala evenings, which insiders claimed that many a lady who was present there might not belong to the real nobility. "Sex sells," whispered insiders.
The lecture, which will be given by Wolfgang Maassen, President of the chapter, will prove that the history of philately has many things to offer that can be entertainingly narrated. The speaker can draw from probably the world's largest documentation archive about Singer and his former Irish auction house.
Registration for the seminar is possible until 20 June 2018. Please contact the organizer of the event, Wolfgang Maassen: by phone (02163/49760) or by mail to: At the moment of writing there were still some seats available.