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01.10.2018 - 36th International Stamp Fair Sindelfingen: free portrait stamp for every visitor!

(jb/aijp) Writing and sending letters is the basis for our stamp hobby, but unfortunately letter writing is not as widespread as it used to be. On the initiative of the German Sindelfingen fair, school classes have been invited for several years to take part in workshops on the subject of “writing letters” during the fair. With the support of the German postal administration Deutsche Post, all visitors of the Sindelfingen International Stamp Fair (25 to 27 October 2018) will have the opportunity to send their greetings. Employees of an agency will take photos of the visitors and send the image data to a printing station situated in the booth of the Südwest Association. There, each image will be incorporated into a 45-cent value stamp of a so-called Plus Karte, specially designed for the trade fair, after which the card is printed out. The resulting free souvenir can be handed in quickly with a few greetings at the Deutsche Post stand.
There are three special postmarks to choose from: “Stamp Day 2018”, the “Czechoslovakia Salon” and the “Youth Pet Days”. Deutsche Post, once again the largest exhibitor this year, will also be offering a postal stationery at the fair. The special postage stamp “Tag der Briefmarke – 150 Jahre Norddeutscher Postbezirk” is appropriately printed at 70 cents.
Special postmarks, cachets and other trade fair products, as well as a comprehensive range of new products, will also be in the luggage of more than 20 foreign postal administrations or their agencies. The offer of around 100 specialist dealers, auction houses, accessory manufacturers and publishers, where beginners as well as advanced users should find what they are looking for, is once again of an international character. At the 36th Sindelfingen Stamp Fair there are many new dealers to discover in trading.
Once again this year, lending a perfect service will be the top priority. The collectors' associations will answer all questions about the hobby and the membership of clubs situated on the gallery. If you want some of your personal “treasures” to be examined, you are in the right place on the ground floor at the stands of APHV/BDB and BPP. For young visitors, Stamp Youth Southwest has designed another theme park: This year everything revolves around popular pets. Fun, games and lots of adventure are guaranteed!
The ‘Landesverband Südwestdeutscher Briefmarkensammler-Vereine’ will show a contemporary document at its stand that may make you shiver: the Hiroshima letter. It was recovered shortly after the atomic bombing in 1945 and found not far from the impact. A special lead sleeve and armoured glass protect visitors against radioactive radiation.
For collectors interested in postal history, Sindelfingen is the highlight of the year. In the international competition exhibition “Postgeschichte – live” 60 exhibits compete for the coveted “Posthörner” (post horn). This time the focus is on the philately of the Netherlands and Czechoslovakia. The “Symposium for Postal History” on Friday afternoon offers free lectures in which individual aspects are deepened.
In addition, there will be further exhibitions and special shows this year as well. On the occasion of the anniversary “100 years of Czechoslovak philately”, the Czechoslovakia Study Group organizes a salon with 130 frames that demonstrate the diversity of this collection area. The postcard and maximum card exhibition WAKMA shows on 140 square meters an unprecedented abundance of postcards and maximum cards. With a small special show the VPhA presents the research community UNO-Philately (UNOP). For the second time the literature exhibition of the German Study Groups takes place, The exhibits can be viewed at the stand of the Munich library.
The information stands of around 40 study groups (“ArGe’s”) will provide an in-depth knowledge base.
Visiting the large offer of the 36th International Stamp Fair on 25, 26 and 27 October 2018 (Thursday to Saturday) is again free of charge. The fair is open daily from 10 am. Current information can be found on the Internet at www.briefmarken-messe.de.