We have to start this Newsletter on a sad note - the deaths of Charlie Peterson on 12th June 2009, of Bill Welch on 4th September 2009 and of Otto Gleixner on 17 July.
Charlie Peterson RDP, FRPSL (1933-2009)
Perhaps two comments sum up our memories of Charlie - "The passing of a legend and a very good friend" and "Philately lost not only a good and great man, but mainly an excellent philatelist and director".
Where does one start in paying tribute to his many achievements:
Each of these is an achievement in its own right, but perhaps one of his greatest achievements was as a driving force in the move of the American Philatelic Research Library and the American Philatelic Society to the 'Match Factory' in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
Our thoughts are with Lanny and the family.
Bill Welch FRPSL (1941-2009)
Bill had been a leading philatelist in the United States and for many years was editor of The American Philatelist. At the time of his death aged 68, he was long time Mayor of State College.
Bill had a long interest in Latin America and was Editor of Ecuador: The Philately of the Seebeck Era published in 2005.
He will be much missed. Our thoughts are with Nadine and his family.
Otto Gleixner (1934-2009)
On 17 July 2009, a week after attending the annual meeting of National Association of Bavarian Philatelic Societies in Schwandorf (Germany), the death was reported of Otto Gleixner. The 75-year old enjoyed widespread recognition as a literature expert and he was a prominent official of his association. His achievements include:
The German philatelic community must be thankful for the work that has been done by the usually quiet and unassuming, sympathetically smiling Otto Gleixner, especially with regard to philatelic research and the preservation of philatelic literature. He will be sadly missed.
1. BUREAU MEMBERSHIP
Firstly a warm welcome to new Delegates Eloy Orlando Corres from Argentina, Jiri Sedlak from the Czech Republik, Mr F N Farahbakhsh from Iran, Dr Mashael A Alhajeri from Kuwait, Pedro vaz Pereira from Portugal and Hans Schwarz from Switzerland.
With this Newsletter is an updated list of Commission Delegates as at 1 September 2009.
We are missing an email address for Indonesia.
2. WEBSITE - WHAT IS NEW
The following items are new or have been updated:
3. ALLOCATION OF RESPONSIBILITIES
CHAIRMAN - Anthony Virvilis: contacts with FIP Board, FIP Commissions, UPU, AIEP and AIJP, seminars, website and co-ordination of Bureau activities.
SECRETARY - Norman Banfield: general administration, invitations, preparation of agenda, keeping of minutes, list of delegates, Commission Newsletter, record management, relations with FIAP and delegates of FIAP countries.
MICHAEL DIXON: relations with FIAF and delegates of FIAF countries.
KARL-FRANZ LINDNER: relations with FEPA and delegates of FEPA countries.
ERIK HAMBERG: responsible for Bureau projects.
LIU JIA-WEI: responsible for Literature written in East Asian languages.
4. PROPOSED ADDITION TO THE 'GUIDELINES'
Judging of CDs
The Philatelic Literature SREV and Guidelines were written before electronic media were included in Literature exhibitions. It has been suggested that some guidance is required when judging CDs and it is proposed to add to the Guidelines:
Research (40%) and Presentation (5%) are the same standards as we use for books.
If you have any comments on this proposal could you please email the Chairman at email@example.com and the Secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org so that comments can be combined and put to the Bureau members.
5. CHINA 2009 - SEMINARS
Presentation by Mr Tay Peng Hian, FIP Director.
In the period 2000-2009 Literature entries had received only 10 Large Gold awards - there were none in CHINA 2009.
Comments on the judging of the individual books:
Republic of Venice by Paolo Vollmeir
Pre-Philately Postal Markings of Spain - Volumes I-IV
Up to 1971 there was no catalogue of Spanish pre-stamp markings, only a few articles. In 1971 a catalogue of 900 pages was produced and this had expanded to three volumes by 1983. A lot of research in archives had resulted in the current four volumes which had been awarded Large Gold at ESPAÑA'06, ST PETERSBURG'07 and EFIRO'08.
The Grand Prix Club Book 1950-2000 by David Springbett
Includes information on all Grand Prix winners and their exhibits and includes illustrations. The effort in the amount of research was rewarded at BANGKOK 2003 with 93 points = Gold.
Philatelic Expertising by Wolfgang Hellrigl
Includes information on AIEP members who issue AIEP Certificates, history of AIEP and how expertising started. At WASHINGTON 2006 awarded 92 points = Gold.
Anthony Virvilis stressed the need for everyone who does research to write down the results and publish them in journals. It is essential to communicate what we know by our writing. It is also desirable that research in East Asian areas be published bi-lingually to reach a wider audience.
Paolo Comelli drew attention to a number of articles about Brazilian philately on his website HYPERLINK "http://www.comelliphilatelist.com/"www.comelliphilatelist.com - have a look: they are both interesting and evidence of research.
6. EXHIBITION RESULTS
For the exhibition results a few more titles than normal are listed - this shows that a lot of good books are being published each year. As an exhibitor and as a judge it is essential to have access to philatelic literature. As a judge I was told "Read, read, read".
BULGARIA 2009 (FEPA) - report by Jose Ramon Moreno, Literature Jury Member
Sixty two exhibits were in the Catalogue of the exhibition. Nevertheless 12 of them were not judged. Eight because they did not arrive and four because they did not meet the requirements and were placed "out of competition".
Unfortunately this is something too much repeated and therefore both, the National Commissioners and philatelic authors have to give a special consideration. It is necessary to read the rules and send the exhibits to the Organising Committees of the Exhibitions by the proper way and time.
The level of the works presented was high, 32% of the qualified exhibits having received the Vermeil medal or higher.
The best entry of the Literature Class was the two volume:
It is a detailed and wonderful study achieved over many years of research. It is a masterpiece for those interested in the classic period of Portuguese Philately.
Other outstanding books of exceptional interest present in Bulgaria 2009 were, among others:
CHINA 2009 (FIP) - report by Dr Robin Gwynn, Literature Jury Team Leader.
131 works were entered in this section of the exhibition, in three sections: 73 Books (1 was transferred to Periodicals), 37 Periodicals and 21 Catalogues (1 was transerred to Books).
One entry was rendered Hors Concours by the author's appointment to the Jury, seven entries never arrived, five entries were not judged because they were out of date in terms of the Regulations for the relevant Class. The balance of 118 entries were judged as follows:
The 2 Gold medal exhibits were:
Letter mail from and to the Old Italian States 1850-1870 by Mario Mentaschi -Thomas Matha
China silver Yuan stamps by Patrick Choy
The Organising Committee is thanked for the excellent facilities provided for the Literature judging.
From the Palmares, the Gold and Large Vermeil awards were:
Facilities for viewing Literature exhibits were good - exhibits on shelves and tables at which they could be read.
HONG KONG 2009 (FIAP)
29 entries comprising Books 20, Periodicals 4 and Catalogues 5.
Awards were G - 1, LV - 1, V - 6, LS - 6, S - 5, SB - 8 and B - 1.
The entries were displayed on shelves just inside the main entry to the exhibits area.
PHILAKOREA 2009 (FIAP)
34 entries of which 2 were absent and one taken out of competition, leaving Books 22, Periodicals 5 and Catalogues 4. Awards were LV - 2, V - 6, LS - 7, S - 10, and SB - 6.
'Books': Encyclopaedia of Japanese Cancellations 87 Large Vermeil and 5 Vermeils of which 3 related to Japanese philately.
'Periodicals' category: the top awards were two Large Silvers to Korean publications.
'Catalogues' category: the top awards were:
The entries were displayed on shelves with tables available to sit and read.
7. AROUND THE WORLD
Competitive Philatelic Literature Events in JAPAN - 2008 Season
There are two national exhibitions every year in JAPAN - both shows include Literature. These are the All Japan Stamp Exhibition in April with patronage of Japan Post Co Ltd and the Japan Philatelic Exhibition (JAPEX) in November with patronage of the Japan Philatelic Society, Foundation.
All Japan Stamp Exhibition'08: There were 14 entries (7 Books, 7 Periodicals) in total. The highest awards were Vermeil medals to: Encyclopedia of the Japanese Post Marks by Yoshiyuki Yamazaki and to Postal History (The Series of Read the Japan Stamps Specialized Catalogue ) by Kou-ichi Tange.
JAPEX'08: There were 28 entries (13 Books, 14 Periodicals, 1 CD). Receiving the highest award was Vermeil to: Beginning Postal System in MeijiEera - Developing History in Chiba Prefecture by Masayuki Ebato.
The 11th New Zealand National Philatelic Literature Exhibition was held in Palmerston North on 27 June 2009. Entry required just one copy of a book/monograph or 1 - 2 years of a Periodical. Entries should be in English or bi-lingual. There is NO entry fee.
The publications go into a philatelic library and are available to members of all societies affiliated to the national Federation. This library is used particularly by judges preparing for national and international exhibitions.
The Jury Chairman in 2009 was Dr Robin Gwynn, a FIP Literature judge.
There were 61 entries: 41 Monographs, 18 Periodicals and 2 CDs. One of the Periodicals was rendered Hors Concours. The top awards were:
Best periodical: The Collectors Club Philatelist 88 Gold
Judging is to FIP rules but as a national exhibition, medal levels are one step higher.
A list of the entries and awards can be found on the FIP Philatelic Literature Commission website - fipliterature.org
The next exhibition will be held in 2011.
Erik Hamberg advises that the Postal Museum in Stockholm has a considerable stock of duplicates of stamp exhibition catalogues from all corners of the world, from the 1970s and onwards. We only need 1 copy of each, so therefore I can offer our duplicates to all interested Literature commission delegates. I have no list of these duplicates - unfortunately - so please let me know your wishes and I will try to fulfil them (as Santa Claus). Everything will be sent free (no charge for postage).
Erik Hamberg email@example.com
Recent Exhibition Awards
There have been two recent exhibitions in the USA which included Literature. The full list of awards can be found on the American Philatelic Society website www.stamps.org
NAPEX 2009 - June 6, 2009, Washington.
This National exhibition had 31 entries in the Literature section - 17 Handbooks & Special Studies and 14 periodicals. The Literature Grand Award and Gold Medal went to:
Special Mail Routes of the American Civil War: A Guide to Across-the-Lines
Postal History - Steven C Walske & Scott R Trepel
There were a further four Gold medals in the Handbooks section and four in the Periodicals section. The full list of awards can be found at HYPERLINK "http://www.stamps.org/"www.stamps.org - menu left side, go to Shows & Exhibitions, then World Series Shows, scroll down to NAPEX and 2009 Literature Exhibition Winners.
APS STAMPSHOW 2009 - August 6 2009, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
A total of 76 entries Literature Grand Award & Gold:
Handbooks section - Gold medals were awarded to:
The full list of awards can be found at www.stamps.org - menu left side, go to Shows & Exhibitions, then Stamp Show and Literature Exhibition Palmares.
8. PHILATELIC LITERATURE AWARDS - SOUTH AFRICA
The South African Philatelist is the journal of the Philatelic Federation of South Africa. In August 2006 the Federation introduced the Jack Haggar Award and trophy to commemorate Jack's contribution to the philately of the Union of South Africa. The conditions for the competition and award of the trophy are:
9. YOUTH LITERATURE
The FIP Youth Philately Commission has organized the first Youth Literature Award - a competition for books or articles, including web or electronic publications, written by young authors up to age 21 years. The Commission has asked us to promote this competition and award. The Special Regulations are being sent separately to the FIP Philatelic Literature Commission Delegates.
10. NEWSLETTER CONTRIBUTIONS
This is your Newsletter but we do need contributions from you. The aim is to publish two issues each year - so please send us something about philatelic literature events and news in your country, preferably by email - to the Secretary, Norman Banfield:
- email address firstname.lastname@example.org
- postal address: 14 Rata Road, Raumati Beach, Kapiti 5032, New Zealand.
Thank you to those who have contributed to this issue.
11. EMAIL ADDRESSES
Contact by email is becoming normal today - if you receive this Newsletter by post it means we do not have an email address for you.
If you have one, please advise the Secretary, Norman Banfield at: email@example.com
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