07.09.2016 - Consilium Philatelicum and AIJP Seminar on 26, 27 and 28th August 2016 in Bonn

(wm) 'That was the best event ever!' Thus, the comment of just one of the visitors of a seminar that was organized by Consilium Philatelicum in close cooperation with the AIJP. The seminar took place on 26, 27 and 28 August in the German city of Bonn, where the about forty participants were treated to a very fine and interesting event. The partakers were mainly editors of all the important philatelic magazines that are published in Germany and Switzerland. Also, a number of philatelic authors and professional philatelic journalists were present.
The guests experienced an exuberant kick off presentation held by Dr. Andreas Hahn, curator of the Museum Foundation’s “Archive for Philately“, in which a number of previously unseen archive objects were presented. Highlight was the opening of a sealed package containing original OPD stamps of the Soviet Occupation Zone (SBZ). About seventy years ago, the parcel had been returned by a number of post offices to the Postal Museum, in order to have it stored safely. The contents of the package will most probably be very useful as comparison material, for instance for philatelic experts.
As could be expected, the subsequent AIJP Congress started swiftly and smoothly. Hans-Jürgen Dobiat was elected as a Director of the Board of the AIJP, the World Association of Philatelic Authors and Journalists. At the moment, many organizations experience difficult times, but not so the AIJP: the number of its members - currently around 500 - is growing every year (in Bonn, six new members could be welcomed). Financially, things are also running smoothly. In the spring of 2016 the AIJP introduced a new series of separate publications that offer help, tips and advice to the members of the organisation. Almost unparalleled when it comes to quality and design is the official publication of the AIJP, “The Philatelic Journalist", that appears three times a year.
The main theme of the seminar was “Philatelic Literature through the Ages". Well-known experts and specialists offered a wide range of guide-topics; they provided the participants with much ‘food for thought’, and they gave them tips that they can use in their everyday practice. Presentations were made and papers discussed that dealt with classic ink to paper publications, but of course also others digital media and internet websites came to the fore. At the end of the seminar, the desire was expressed to pave the way to the safe and digital preservation of each and every philatelic publication, for the benefit of libraries, clubs, associations, organizations and individual collectors and authors.

Pictures below: these photographs made by Wilhelm van Loo offer an impression of the course of the seminar.