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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 - 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


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 - 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


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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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


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


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 - 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


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 - 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


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 - 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,


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


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 - 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


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 - 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


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 - 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


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.


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 - 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


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


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 - 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 - 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.

Wolfgang


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 - 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


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


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 - 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 - 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


28.06.2009 - Award for Vitor Santos Falcao
On 29th of March, 2009, Mr. Vitor Sanches Falcao, a member of AIJP 670, was awarded by the Portuguese Philatelic Federation (FPF) with the Order of Philatelic Merit. Congratulations, dear


15.06.2009 - Fare thee well, and if for ever. – In memory of our dear friend Charles J. Peterson
With these words of Lord Byron we look to our dear friend Charly – so he was called by everyone – who died on 12th of June, 2009 in his home in Laurel, Maryland/USA. Only one week before he


21.05.2009 - Welcome to new members
At the IBRA/NAPOSTA-exhibition numerous wellknown philatelists found their way to the AIJP. We say welcome to all new members, colleagues and friends!

1881 Seppo Laaksonen,


17.05.2009 - AIJP-congress 2010 in Portugal
As written in the last bulletins of the AIJP the next congress will take place in Lisboa/Portugal.

At the the last board meeting of AIJP in Essen the concrete date was fixed: 9th of October


17.05.2009 - Catalogue/Palmarès IBRA 2009
The AIJP still has some catalogues and Palmarès of the IBRA exhibition in Essen. Members who are interested in these documentation are advided to get in contact with


17.05.2009 - Results of the election at the AIJP-congress in Essen
The AIJP is proud to present its new board elected by 57 members present in Essen with 65 votes at the AIJP congress on 8th of May, 2009:

Wolfgang Maassen was newly-elected for president


01.05.2009 - New candidate for AIJP-board-election
Since February 2009 Dr. Marc Bottu, representative of the AIJP in french speaking countries, is also candidate for the next coming election of a director in the AIJP board. The AIJP board supports


29.04.2009 - New candidate for AIJP-Board-Election in Essen
It is a great honour for the AIJP that Mr. Pedro Vaz Pereira, Lissabon/Portugal - member since 1992 - has accept to be a candidate for the election of new AIJP-directors next week in Essen, 8th


15.04.2009 - A Stamp for a special trade mark!
In the last years the AIJP, the international organisation of philatelic authors and journalists, has developed to a worldwide accredited specialized federation. 400 members from 40 different


13.04.2009 - FIP COMMISSION FOR POSTAL HISTORY
Press release March 30, 2009:

What has the new FIP Postal History Commission team done since our last Newsletter and our Press release in October 2008?

We have improved our website


13.04.2009 - Stamp Cllectors Fair (Sberatel) in Prague
Please have look at the LIST OF TILL NOW ENTERED EXHIBITORS of the 12th International Trade Fair Collector which will be held in the Czech capital Prague on September 3 – 5th,


13.04.2009 - Rarity-Catalogue in the Web
From now on, you can find the MICHEL-Catalogue of Rarities on www.michel.de. 60 000 stamps, covers, units, postal stationery and a lot more specials are now presented to help with your


13.04.2009 - Philatelic websites
For so many years the FIP, its Literature Commission and other important international philatelic organizations are discussing about how to integrate the spontaneous philatelic website creation


14.03.2009 - New AIJP-Literature-Distribution-Servce has started!
Members of the AIJP will remember the announcement of a new "AIJP-literature-distribution-service" last year. Now the time has come and Hans-Jürgen Dobiat, the responsible colleague, has sent the


08.03.2009 - Report of the President 2005/2009
Members will find - more than early enough - the Report of the Presdient of the AIJP for the termin from 2005/2009 under the following


08.03.2009 - The official guide für IBRA 2009 in Essen!
From 6th of May till 10th of May, 2009, Essen will presents the International show IBRA and the national Exhibition NAPOSTA, combinded with the 19. International Stamp Fair. This major event is


04.03.2009 - New: AIJP-Bulletin No. 128 (I/2009)
This time the new Bulletin has only 70 pages, but it presents as always articles of valuable content. After some short notes of different subjects the Bulletin presents a longer preview to the coming


05.02.2009 - Commercial exhibitors online on February 20th!
The 19th International Stamp Fair, the commercial complement to the major competitive exhibitions IBRA and NAPOSTA, to be held in Essen May 6-10, 2009, will again be true to its name, since the range


05.02.2009 - Sberatel 2009 in Prague
Dear exhibitors and visitors, dear collectors,

A month after the last successful year of the fair Collector, which was held in 2008 simultaneously with the World Stamp Exhibition PRAGA,


14.01.2009 - New Mailadress of the General Secretariat
After many weeks of waiting the german Telecom has provided AIJP-General secretary Jochen Stenzke with a new mail adress. Here are the facts:

AIJP-General Secretariat, Jochen Stenzke, Am


04.01.2009 - Service for philatelic journalists: The Fritz Kirchner Collection
In cooperation with the auction houses Heinrich Koehler, Wiesbaden, and Corinphila, Zurich – both are sponsor members of the AIJP – the AIJP offers additional service for colleagues who want to


03.01.2009 - AIJP annual Congress 2009
Essen, 8th of May, 2009, 2-4.30 p.m.

Blumenhof, saloon (next to the Essen Messe Fair)

1. Opening of the Congress by the President of AIJP

2. Welcome by the host

3. Greeting


03.01.2009 - AIJP Annual Congress in Essen, 8th May 2009 (Part 1)
According to § 9.1 of the bylaws, date and agenda of the congress have to be made known to the members at least two month in advance. With publication on the AIJP’s website in January 2009, this


03.01.2009 - AIJP Annual Congress in Essen 2009 (part 2)
Board Elections

According to § 11 of the bylaws the present board consists of the following members (please also see the agenda; brackets show the year of election):

the President:


03.01.2009 - AJP Annual Congress Essen 2009 (part 3)
Recommendations

We all know that a good job needs sound preparation. Things won’t grow overnight. That’s why continuity and permanent commitment are most important. Every member has the


10.12.2008 - IBRA 2009 Offers Premium Service for Journalists and Authors
Anyone who has visited the IBRA 99 Exhibition in Nuremberg will remember the excellent service offered by the press centre there: They had a computer terminal for image and text processing, a photo


10.12.2008 - IBRA 2009: The world´s costliest cover comes to Essen!
Visitors to IBRA, NAPOSTA, and the 19th Essen International Stamp Fair, to be held May 6-10 in the eastern part of the Essen Fairgrounds, will have a surprise in store for them: the legendary


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