12.04.2011 - IPHLA Mainz 2012: official website is now on-line
Two weeks ago the IPHLA team has met for the first time. And already now, only two weeks later, the official IPHLA website - managed professionally by Michael Lenke - is on-line. Visitors of the site

08.04.2011 - A stamp for Japan!
It is hardly necessary to emphasize the enormous calamity that has struck large parts of the Japanese population. When looking at the daily events in Japan, taking in the grief that a cruel tsunami

23.03.2011 - Next issue of ‘ThePhilatelic journalist’ in print
The editorial content of the first issue of the year 2011 of the AIJP magazine ‘The Philatelic Journalist’ has been sent to the printers. Delivery of the issue is expected to take place in early

23.03.2011 - More value to be had for authors and self-publishers of the AIJP
Thanks to the mediation and the support of the German publishing house Phil*Creativ Verlag, the AIJP has been able to set up a cooperation agreement with the much-visited website

23.03.2011 - New Book List of the AIJP is coming up
In the coming days a new list of antiquarian books will be published via AIJP member Mr. Dobiat; it will contain well over 1.150 items. The list is the result of the dissolution of the second and

23.03.2011 - AIJP booth on the International Stamp Fair in Essen (Germany)
AIJP members visiting the International Stamp Fair in Essen (5, 6 and 7 May 2011) can visit the AIJP booth there. They will find in the so-called ‘Philatelic Center’ (Booth Nr 1A-76), to be more

19.03.2011 - Welcome to Alpe-AdriaPhila 2011 in Opatija
Alpe-AdriaPhila 2011 Opatija will be held from April 14 until April 17 2011, in the Crystal Hall of Hotel Kvarner and in the Art Pavillion ‘Juraj Šporer’ in Opatija (Croatia).


19.03.2011 - FEPA awards Certificates of Appreciation for the promotion of philately
During its meeting of January 29, the Board of the European Federation of Philatelic Associations (FEPA Board) has decided to award a Certificate of Appreciation to the following

18.03.2011 - FEPA Medal 2010 for exceptional philatelic study and research goes to Patrick Maselis
Patrick Maselis (Belgium) will be the recipient of the FEPA Medal 2010 for exceptional philatelic study and research. Mr. Maselis, who is the President of the Club de Monte-Carlo, has acted

18.03.2011 - Marisa Giannini awarded with FEPA Medal 2010 ´Exceptional support to organized philately´
The FEPA Medal 2010 for exceptional support to organized philately has been awarded to Marisa Giannini, Director of the Philatelic Division of the Italian postal administration (Poste

18.03.2011 - FEPA Medal 2010 for exceptional service to organized philately goes to Ludwik Malendowicz
The Board of the European Federation of Philatelic Associations (FEPA) has awarded Ludwik Malendowicz (Poland) with the FEPA Medal 2010 for exceptional service to organized philately. Prof.

14.03.2011 - The Japanese Tragedy
All friends and colleagues of the AIJP have, with deep consternation and great concern, watched the horrendous images that came in to report about the enormous catastrophe that has come over Japan.

09.03.2011 - Mauritius - Meeting of the Queens in Berlin
The unique international exhibition ´Mauritius - Meeting of the Queens´ unites most of the surviving legendary Blue and Red Mauritius postage stamps at the Museum for Communication

14.02.2011 - Felzmann: a splendid time is guaranteed for all!
Later this month, the renowned German auction house of Felzmann will present an impressive number of new discoveries and great rarities. They will be offered during the Felzmann auction on 24, 25 and

07.02.2011 - Auction results for covers with provisional franking and franking paid in cash
Perhaps the largest database that one can find on the Internet when it concerns covers that show provisional franking or franking paid in cash (i.e. letters that show the fact that postage has been

06.02.2011 - First Christmas Stamp & Coin Fair in Frankfurt (Germany)
This year, the Association of Stamp Collectors MOENUS 1911 in Frankfurt will celebrate its 100th anniversary with a special Christmas Stamp Fair. The fair will take place on November 27 in

05.02.2011 - Three important literature anniversaries
In January 1931, i.e. 80 years ago the library of the Munich art dealer Friedrich Heinrich Zinkgraf, former Chairman of the Munich Stamp Club, was used for kick-starting a new philatelic library.

04.02.2011 - Harald Rauhut Award for publications of the BDPh communities
A few days ago, the official League of German Philatelists (BDPh) has decided to introduce a special philatelic literature award. The prize is created especially for publications from study groups

02.02.2011 - Reader of the Sindelfingen Postal History Symposium 2010 may now be ordered
Year after year, the International Stamp Fair of Sindelfingen offers something special in the form of a symposium dedicated to postal history. Thanks to the lectures of the speakers on these

31.01.2011 - Special stamp for former German Chancellor Kohl?
The former German Chancellor, Helmut Kohl, may well be the subject of a special stamp, appearing later this year in Germany. That is, if a rumour presented in the German stamp magazine Deutsche

30.01.2011 - 1.000 times Prussia for specialists
The German stamp auction house of Pumpenmeier, based in Kirchlengern, has something special for those who are interested in Prussian postal history. On 26 February of this year, auctioneer Bernd

29.01.2011 - Queen’s figurehead: not in danger
Now that the British Royal Mail is up for sale, many people in the stamp world wonder whether one of the oldest philatelic traditions – the depicting of the reigning King or Queen on British stamps –

28.01.2011 - Smithsonian Institute receives another important donation
The new year has begun surprisingly well for the Smithsonian´s National Postal Museum in Washington (USA). Because Vince and Becky King from Denton, Texas, have made a donation of $ 250.000, with

27.01.2011 - German President receives special collection
The German Federal President, Christian Wulff, has officially launched a new series of German surcharge stamps (the so-called ‘Wohlfahrtsmarken’) during a special presentation on 10 January of this

26.01.2011 - International Stamp Fair Sindelfingen: new dates and an interesting programme
In collaboration with the postal organizations of Liechtenstein, Switzerland and Austria, the German post will organize the 2011 edition of the well-known International Stamp Fair of Sindelfingen.

13.01.2011 - ‘Everything a collector needs!’
In March a new book, titled ‘Alles, was der Sammler braucht!’ (‘Everything a collector needs!’) will be published by the AIJP’s President, Wolfgang Maassen.
This new volume in the series ‘Tips

12.01.2011 - 2012: Fifty years AIJP
In 1962 the AIJP was founded in the capital of what then still was called Czechoslovakia, Prague. Of course, the fact that the AIJP will be fifty years old in 2012 will have to be celebrated

11.01.2011 - German League (BDPh) introduces new rules for literature
With regard to literature, the official federation of German philatelic associations (BDPh) has adopted a new approach. In future, not only literature that is presented in the traditional fashion

10.01.2011 - Deadlines for coming issues of ‘The Philatelic Journalist’ in 2011
In 2011, there will also be three issues of ‘The Philatelic Journalist’. They will appear in the middle of March, in June and mid September. The recently redesigned official journal of the AIJP has

09.01.2011 - In memoriam Hans-Henning Gerlach
On 2 December 2010 Hans-Henning Gerlach (born 1938, Tübingen) died. He was a much valued and highly trained interpreter, cartographer and author. He gained much respect thanks to his atlases that

07.01.2011 - Dues raised, but also new services
The AIJP Congress in Lisbon has decided in October 2010 that the dues of our organisation will be increased from 30 to 40 Euros per annum. At the same time, a number of new services for members of

06.01.2011 - In memoriam Hans Effenberger
On 4 December 2010 Minister Hans Effenberger passed away after a long and serious illness, which he endured with great patience. Born on 6 June 1926, the Austrian, who was a member and a valued

05.01.2011 - A Happy New Year!
The Board of the AIJP wishes all its members and friends a happy New Year. We are pleased to be able to offer another year of support, advice and service. A brief overview: AIJP member meetings are

30.11.2010 - Publications of the Belgian Academy of Philately
After the splendid series of books on Belgian Philately – edited by the Club de Monte Carlo – and quite all written by members of the Belgian Academy - the Belgian Academy started publishing their

30.11.2010 - Philatelic Expertising and its Future
Seminar Wednesday 8th December 2010 - 15.00 to 16.00
The British Library Conservation Centre
96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB

A seminar about the direction and future directions

30.11.2010 - The first journalist in space
As an Astrophilatelist, Mr. Igor Rodin, Chairman of the FIP Section for Astrophilately and new member of AIJP, informed us that in December 2010 there will be the 10-th Anniversary of the space

27.10.2010 - A company´s history documented in an exhibition catalog
A company´s history documented in an exhibition catalog The Wiesbaden Stamp Collectors Club (est. 1885) has celebrated from 8 to 10 October its 125th anniversary, at the castle Wiesbaden-Biebrich

27.10.2010 - New presentation of the ‘Edition d´Or’ in Sindelfingen
On Friday 29 October, at 17 h. at the Hotel Mercure (next to Sindelfingen Fair), it will be that time again. Then, the companies of Heinrich Köhler and Corinphila and their respective managers

27.10.2010 - New FIP president elected
On 10 October 2010, 88 delegates from national philatelic associations from all over the world decided who should succeed the former President of the FIP, Jos Wolff. Wolff had to resign because of

27.10.2010 - Members of the AIJP will convene in Sindelfingen
Next Saturday, 30 October, members of the AIJP can attend a meeting of their World Association of Philatelic Journalists and Authors. The meeting, which will take place in the Mercure Hotel, will be

14.10.2010 - Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum Receives Important Donation
Donald Sundman, president of Mystic Stamp Company, has donated $250,000 to support the National Postal Museum’s expansion to create the William H. Gross Stamp Gallery

14.10.2010 - Witkowski Medal for Andrzej Fischer
The Chapter for the Jan Witkowski Medal, an award from the Philatelic Study Group Poland (officially connected with the German Philatelic Association/BDPh), has decided that, for the year 2010, this

03.10.2010 - PWO critical about World Stamp Numbering System (WNS)
The Philatelic Webmasters Organisation (PWO) has as its key goal promote philatelic webmastering. Recently, the PWO has revisited its first participation at a world philatelic exhibition under the

29.09.2010 - Bavarian Radio interviews CEO of MICHEL Catalogues
One hundred years ago, Hugo Michel presented his first stamp catalogue in the German town of Apolda. Since then his publications has become trusted advisors for thousands of collectors around the

27.09.2010 - PHILALUX canceled!
On Monday 27 September 2010, the national associations under the umbrella of the FIP have been informed by Luxembourg Post that the PHILALUX exhibition of 2011 will not take place. The main reason is

27.09.2010 - Gold Needle of the BDPh for Franz-Jozef Lindauer
The highest award that the German Philatelic Association (BDPh) can give to those mem-bers that are active in the associated clubs, is the Gold Needle. According to the Statutes of the award, the

27.09.2010 - Richard Renner Medal 2010 for Frank H. Walter
During the 17th General Meeting of the German Philatelic Association (BDPh) on 31 August 1963 in Berlin, the statutes of the newly established Richard Renner Medal were ratified. The award can only

16.09.2010 - Sberatel 2010: a huge success
The 2010 edition of Sberatel, the largest collectors fair in Central and Eastern Europe, which was held on 2, 3 and 4 September 2010, has been very successful. The fair took place at the PVA Centre

10.09.2010 - Wolfgang Maassen: From First Albums and Catalogues to Publishing Houses of Global Standing
What the author – editor in chief of two philatelic journals and President of the World Association of Philatelic Authors and Journalists – presents in his latest special edition from the “Chronicle

06.09.2010 - In Memoriam Juhani V. Olamo
A few days ago the AIJP received the news that the famous Finnish philatelic expert, Juhani Olamo, has recently passed away. Juhani Olamo was not a member of the AIJP, but he has been so of the AIEP

05.09.2010 - Sindelfingen Fair 2010: entry remains free
Many will know the International Stamp Fair that takes place every year in the German town of Sindelfingen. In 2010, the fair will offer high quality exhibits from members of the European Academy for

01.09.2010 - PHILALUX 2011 receives AIJP patronage
On 21 August 2010 the organisers of PhilaLux 2011 have received confirmation from the President of the AIJP, Wolfgang Maassen, that their exhibition will have the patronage of the AIJP. The event, an

26.08.2010 - 100 years of Michel catalogues - Apolda invites you!
On 11 September 2010 it will all happen: Rüdigere Eisenbrand, Mayor of the city of Apolda (Germany), will welcome as his guests all those who wish to celebrate the anniversary ‘100 years of Michel

02.08.2010 - Smithsonian’s NPM Honors Philatelic Achievement
The National Postal Museum has announced two recipients of the 2010 Smithsonian Philatelic Achievement Award: Michael Madesker and Robert P. Odenweller. The award celebrates outstanding lifetime

23.07.2010 - A new name: International Postal Philatelic Club
The FILAPOSTEL congress took place on 17 June 2010 in Paris, during the «Salon du Timbre». During this congress a new by-law was accepted by the delegates and a new name was adopted: ´International

21.07.2010 - PHILALUX 2011
Next year in Luxembourg (28 April-1 May 2011) an exhibition will be staged that has the patronage of the FEPA: PHILALUX 2011 (LuxExpo, Luxembourg-Kirchberg). This exhibition deserves our special

21.07.2010 - A comprehensive biography of Jean de Sperati
A biography that so far has received little publicity is Lucette Blanc-Girardet’s ‘Jean de Sperati - L´homme qui copiait les timbres’ (‘Jean de Sperati – The Man Who Copied Stamps’, Editions

14.07.2010 - ‘The German Postal Specialist’ on CD
The USA based ‘Germany Philatelic Society’ represents the interests of all Germany collectors in the United States. During the past decades, the society has been an a renowned and a very active

14.07.2010 - First edition of MICHEL’s rarities catalogue has appeared
In May 2010, during the London exhibition, Michel’s Raritäten-Katalog / Rarities Catalogue was presented to the public. The catalogue, which is in German and English, is now available: about 1.200

14.07.2010 - 120 years of ‘Gibbons Stamp Monthly’ on DVD
During the LONDON 2010 exhibition the editor of Gibbons Stamp Monthly (GSM), Hugh Jeffries, presented a tantalizing excerpt from the archives of his magazine, which has been published for 120 years

14.07.2010 - 2010: a festive year for three stamp catalogues
In the early weeks of the year 1910 the first catalogue, dedicated to European stamps, was published by Hugo Michel. It concerned a modest volume with a format of 12.5x19 cm and presenting a mere 108

19.06.2010 - The late F B Sellers, RDP, FRPSL
With much sadness I report the death on Wednesday 16th June 2010 of Frederick Burton "Bud" Sellers in Sun City West, Arizona, United States. He was born in 1918.

Bud was amongst the most

14.04.2010 - An invitation for AIJP members to visit the ASCAT Seminar about the future of philately
The Future of Philately is an interesting question. We feel that expert presentations and open discussion with people interested in this topic could help us to find new ways of promoting and

14.04.2010 - BPB Editor John Holman retires
AIJP Member David Beech sends us the following message: ‘Unfortunately the occasional notes that I circulate to philatelic friends and acquaintances usually refer to the passing of another philatelic

11.04.2010 - New RDPs to sign Roll in Leamington Spa
The Roll of Distinguished Philatelists was established in 1921 by the Philatelic Congress of Great Britain with the approval of His Majesty King George V who was the first Signatory. An invitation to

11.04.2010 - The AIJP invites writers and journalists to visit its London Meeting!
On the opening day of LONDON 2010, the International Stamp Exhibition that will be held from 8 until 15 May 2010, the AIJP might even surprise the critical British public. Because on the 8th of May,

03.04.2010 - New Editor for ‘De Postzegel’
Belgium’s foremost stamp publication, ‘De Postzegel’, has appointed a new Editor. With the appointment came an end to a difficult situation in which the publisher of the magazine - the Koninklijke

28.03.2010 - Important news for collectors of Belgian Postal History items!
The Court of Appeal in Liège (Belgium) has ruled that the Belgian National Archive did act illegally when it ordered the seizure of postal items belonging to a well-known collector. The seizure took

06.03.2010 - Now open: the INDIPEX 2011’s website
AIJP member Madhukar Jhingan from India has informed the readers of his magazine ‘Stamps of India’ that with entrance from 4 March 2010 the official INDIPEX 2011 website can be visited. The site

02.03.2010 - LONDON 2010: free admission for AIJP members
On 8 May it will open its doors: the world philatelic exhibition LONDON 2010 (also called ‘The Festival of Stamps’), in England’s capital, London. Expectations are that the event will attract a large

24.02.2010 - PHILALUX definitively moved to 2011!
For technical reasons the organizing committee of PHILALUX (1-4 July 2010, Luxembourg) has been forced to postpone this exhibition. The FEPA event will now take place in 2011, to be precise from

24.02.2010 - Munich Stamp Fair (IBB): free admission for AIJP members!
This year, the International Stamp Fair in Munich (to be held on 5, 6 and 7 March) will be the first major philatelic event that will be held in the south of Germany. Normally the entrance fee for

24.02.2010 - Patronage for PORTUGAL 2010 confirmed!
Recently, the President of the AIJP, Wolfgang Maassen, has confirmed that Portugal 2010 has received the patronage of the AIJP. This international philatelic exhibition will be held from 1 to 10

24.02.2010 - Here comes the new AIJP Bulletin!
The first AIJP Bulletin of 2010 is about to appear; it will have a brand new format as well as a new layout. The magazine will also show a new, catchy masthead: ‘The Philatelic journalist’. Thanks to

17.02.2010 - Charles John Peterson inducted in the APS’s ‘Hall of Fame’
The well-known literature expert, international juror and member of countless American clubs and associations, former AIJP Vice President Charles (‘Charlie’) John Peterson (1933-2009), has been

17.02.2010 - FEPA exhibition Luxembourg postponed
The PhilaLux Exhibition planned to take place in Luxembourg from July 1st until July 4th 2010 has been postponed. This has been reported by AIJP Director Dr. Mark Bottu. It seems that the event will

17.02.2010 - Åland goes digital
In a notification that the postal administration of Åland has released in mid-February, the organisation states that that it will discontinue its service with regard to sending actual stamps to press

17.02.2010 - Admissions to fairs and exhibitions
Visitors of the international stamp shows in Munich (early March) and Sindelfingen (late October) will have to pay an entrance fee. And those who want to visit London 2010 on its first exhibition day

17.02.2010 - New AIJP Members
The AIJP welcomes the following new members:
1928 Alexandra Baumann, D-Unterschleissheim
1929 Heinz Glättli, CH-Muttenz
1930 Guy Coutant, B-Deurle
1931 Dr. Horst Schmollinger,

17.02.2010 - Cover from the correspondence of the family of Diana, Princess of Wales stolen
A rare 1856 cover addressed to Earl Spencer was stolen at Brussels railway station on 25 January 2010. It is a 2d postal stationery envelope, originally addressed to London, where an additional 2d.

17.02.2010 - Gini Horn: resigned?
From circles that are usually well-informed we have gathered that Gini Horn – for a long time the Librarian of the American Philatelic Society – has resigned from this function. We hope to be able to

05.02.2010 - Good news for literature lovers
On February 28, the Dutch firm Boekenland (its owner, René Hillesum, is a member of the AIJP) will present an auction that contains between 10 and 11 thousand philatelic books, all with a starting

12.01.2010 - Hans W. Hohenester re-elected as President of the ASCAT
Early December 2009, during MONACOPHIL, the current President of the Association Internationale des Editeurs de catalogues ASCAT, Hans W. Hohenester, was reappointed in this function by his

12.01.2010 - Giancarlo Morolli: 40 years active for ‘Il Collezionista’
In January 1970 - exactly 40 years ago - the renowned Italian magazine stamp magazine Il Collezionista introduced in its columns two new members of the editorial staff. One of the then introduced

29.12.2009 - Grand Prix for Tony Virvilis
Tony Virvilis, President of the FIP-commission for Literature and a prominent member of the AEP, has been awarded with the Grand Prix at the National Philatelic Exhibition in Greece for his

29.12.2009 - Traditional philatelic press: in dire straits?
Due to the loss of a government grant and considering the sharp fall in advertisements, the Canadian stamp magazine Philatélie Québec has decided to abandon its ink to paper publication and to

29.12.2009 - PhilInfo follows Canadian example
A convocation that has been sent by Joëlle Amalfitano, publisher of PhilInfo, the official bulletin of the French postal administration, informs us that PhilInfo’s December issue has

26.12.2009 - A happy New Year 2010
The board of AIJP wishes all members, their families, but also all colleagues in each part of the world a happy and prosperous New Year 2010.


02.12.2009 - AIJP members elected as Fellows!
On 3 November 2009, The London Philatelist (official magazine of the Royal Philatelic Society, London) has announced that, along with a number of other esteemed persons, three

02.12.2009 - How a literary Mount Everest was challenged!
It was apparent that on 28 November 2009 Patrick Maselis, President of the Belgian Academy for Philately (also President of the Club de la Elite de Monte Carlo) was looking forward with great

02.12.2009 - Lecture of AIJP Director Dr. Mark Bottu about Frans De Troyer
On 28 November 2009 the annual general meeting of the Belgian Academy for Philately was held in the House of Philately in Brussels. About sixty renowned philatelists - including

30.11.2009 - Pol Wijnants: ‘Legioenpropaganda in het Derde Rijk’
In the Belgian magazine De Postzegel (No. 716/Vol. 72, December 2009, p. 453) a well-researched and richly illustrated full-colour article has been published by AIJP member Pol Wijnants. The

30.11.2009 - Pedro Vaz Pereira resigns from the Board of the AIJP!
On 10 November 2009 Pedro Vaz Pereira has expressed his wish to resign from the Board of the AIJP. Pedro Vaz Pereira was elected Director of the Board in May 2009, at the annual congress in Essen.

30.11.2009 - AIJP supports LONDON 2010 with its own literature catalogue
Regular exhibitors will know the problem from their own bitter experience: although their publications are certainly on show, in many cases visitors of the exhibition will not be able to find further

30.11.2009 - Joburg 2010 opens new website
The website of Joburg 2010, the 26th Asian International Stamp Exhibition which will be held in Johannesburg (South-Africa) from October 27 until October 31, 2010, can now be visited. The address is

30.11.2009 - AIJP meeting during LONDON 2010
On the opening day of the LONDON 2010, May 8, 2010, a meeting of the AIJP will be held at the Hilton Hotel, about 50 meters from the exhibition. Members, friends and guests of the AIJP are welcome to

30.11.2009 - Presentation ‘Edition d´Or’ on December 4, 2009, in Monte Carlo
In December 2006 the first presentation of a new book series, ‘Edition d’Or’ took place in Monte Carlo (Monaco). Main target of this range of prestigious publications is to document the most famous

14.11.2009 - Exhibition at the Royal Philatelic Society London
The Royal Philatelic Society London is pleased to announce that, as part of the Festival of Stamps 2010, it will be holding an exhibition on Thursday and Frieday, May 6 and 7, 2010. This free

05.09.2009 - New members
Wir begrüßen als neue Mitglieder - Welcome to our new members!

1918 Hans Kupec, Sinzing, D
1919 Dr. Manfred G. Heber, Maspalomas, E
1920 Njio Frits, Vinkeveen, NL
1921 Carsten

04.09.2009 - New list and offers from the AIJP literature exchange
Exclusive for members having an e-mail-adress Hans Juergen Dobiat sent a list with new offers. Dobiat wrotes:

Dear colleagues,

this is the 2. list of our literature-distribution-service. I