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15.07.2006 - Success of the WASHINGTON 2006 and its catalogue with minor blemishes
The show is over, the heroes have returned to their everyday lives. For all participants it has been a magnificent exhibition which they will bear in mind for a long time. Whatever there was – the

The show is over, the heroes have returned to their everyday lives. For all participants it has been a magnificent exhibition which they will bear in mind for a long time. Whatever there was – the huge halls, the show and special show areas, the trade offers, the exhibits – was first class quality of what philately has to offer. Therefore, we can only congratulate.

From the point of view of the AIJP, especially Thomas M. Fortunato, the manager in charge for press and communication, is responsible for this, as he achieved a lot in the field of information and promotion. Special importance has the internet presence, as it connected the WASHINGTON 2006 to the world for years.

The AIJP will not play the role of someone who finds the fly in the ointment, as this would not give consideration to the value and class of the FIP exhibition. Nevertheless it could be debated if the fees for meetings and social events fitted the target group, or what to make of the number of 225,000 visitors in total.

What cannot be discussed, and this is important for the AIJP, is the catalogue part for the literature class, as it includes only the name of the authors of the exhibits with the title and a short description. Any details on the exhibits themselves are missing, be it the comprehension, the format, the year of publishing, the price or details about contact or how to receive them. In our digital age, this seems like a backshift to the “stone age”, as the catalogue does not bring any benefit to these subscribers who could not be present at the exhibition itself and yet are interested in the title of a book or magazine – here the catalogue differs from former ones of World Exhibitions. This reduces at least the value of this part of the catalogue which, apart from that, offers many important pieces of information and is designed very well. The AIJP is planning to approach the FIP directly to restate its wish to represent authors and publishers in a better way in the future.