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03.11.2006 - New books - written by members of the AIJP
Wolfgang Maassen (editor): Enthusiasm at the border to excess. The phenomenon Erich Stenger.

Erich Stenger (1873-1957), professor for scientific photography in Berlin, was known as one

Wolfgang Maassen (editor): Enthusiasm at the border to excess. The phenomenon Erich Stenger.

Erich Stenger (1873-1957), professor for scientific photography in Berlin, was known as one of the most famous collectors and philatelists in Germany during his lifetime already. He gained fame as the organizer of the great International Stamp Exhibition in Berlin, the IPOSTA 1930 as much as by writing as a special author and chairman of the best-known clubs of Berlin, the Berliner Philatelisten-Klub of 1888 and the Berliner Ganzsachen-Sammler-Verein (the Berlin Philatelists Club of 1888 and the Berlin Club of Collectors of Stationary).

But only a surprising auction sale of conserved pieces of the former Stenger stamp collection showed the interested public a collector genius of the special kind, in whose personality passion and competence merged in a unique way. Thus, the editor found the trace of Stenger’s memoirs, which were thought to have been lost and which he wrote as “Memories of his life” by the end of the war. There existence was a secret not long ago.

These “Memories of his life” show Stenger in a very different light. He appears as a collector, a lover of stamps, as a specialist and researcher, as a club philatelist and an organizer. They furthermore depict the goings-on in his lifetime, famous collectors and professional philatelists as for example Philipp Kosack, as much as the sadder and darker sides which Stenger lets pass by at the end of his adventurous life. In the end they show, with psychological sensitivity, a collector genius who documented philately with enthusiasm that bordered to excess.

These “internal sights” the editor contrasts with several “external sights” about Erich Stenger, in which especially Stenger’s son Ernst plays a major role. The various contributions make it clear that philately as much as photography owe Stenger’s “enthusiasm to the excess” important chapters in their own history.

This special edition of the series “Chronic of German Philately” is equipped with numerous formerly unknown black-and-white pictures that depict Stenger as a young man, as a grown philatelist, furthermore the IPOSTA 1930 and many historically relevant personalities of the German philately. Due to the elaborate design of the book a documentation could come into life that, unprecedented, depicts one of the most important philatelists of the first half of the 20th century comprehensively. This is not only valuable for collectors who purchased an object of the former Stenger Collection.

Format approx. DIN A4, 120 pages, numerous b+w photos, canvas hardcover with golden spine, back and title imprinting with colored dust cover, Schwalmtal 2006, price: 39 Euro plus postage / packaging (5 Euro share of costs). Contact: Phil*Creativ Verlag, Vogelsrather Weg 27, 41366 Schwalmtal, phone +49 21 63/3 07 77 or fax 3 00 03. E-Mail: faktura@philcrativ.de, Internet: www.phil-shop.de