12.12.2011 - Still ambiguities at INDONESIA 2012
Recently it has become clear that there still are serious uncertainties regarding the international stamp exhibition INDONESIA 2012 in Jakarta (Indonesia), especially concerning the number of

10.12.2011 - Dieter Michelson leaves the IFSDA stage
Dieter Michelson (picture), who acts amongst others as Managing Director of Heinrich Koehler Stamp Auctions in Wiesbaden, has been Vice President of the IFSDA (the International Federation of Stamp

08.12.2011 - APHV will leave the IFSDA
It was no real surprise, because the decision had been taken and announced more than a year ago. On 31 December the APHV, the German Stamp Dealers Association, will leave the International Federation

06.12.2011 - Coil stamps "Interesting German sites and sights” re-catalogued
The German study group RSV has set as its goal, among other things aims, to explore the differences and particularities of the production of German coil stamps, including their packaging and

04.12.2011 - Prince Albert II receives ASCAT’s Grand Prix 2011
The French acronym ASCAT stands – when translated in English - for International Association of Publishers of Stamp Catalogues, Albums and Philatelic Magazines. The ASCAT members meet every two years

02.12.2011 - INDONESIA 2012: international exhibitors will have to fork out more
From 18 until 24 June of next year, the international stamp exhibition INDONESIA 2012 will be held in Indonesia’s capital Jakarta. The exhibition has the patronage of Fédération Internationale de

30.11.2011 - Two important catalogues to appear during MONACOPHIL 2011
Great-Britain will take up the role of host during the upcoming edition of MONACOPHIL in Monte Carlo (2, 3 and 4 December 2011). One of the pleasant consequences of this fact is that parts of the

28.11.2011 - New database shows approvals of the Philatelic Foundation
The Philatelic Foundation is a well-known American institution that was founded in 1945 in New York. The foundation has since worked for the advantage of philately. In the past 66 years, renowned

26.11.2011 - Wolfgang Maassen receives the Leon de Raay Medal (NL)
It´s not often that a foreigner has the honour to receive an award from the Dutch foundation that publishes Holland’s largest stamp magazine, ‘Filatelie’. But on 12 November of this year, such an

24.11.2011 - ASCAT supports IPHLA Mainz 2012 – twice!
The international organisation that represents the publishers of stamp catalogues and professional stamp magazines, the ASCAT, will be very active during the upcoming international philatelic

22.11.2011 - The AEP will be present at IPHLA 2012 in Mainz!
The International Philatelic Literature Exhibition IPHLA 2012, that will be held next year in the German city of Mainz, will be a real international event. Earlier, the participation of international

20.11.2011 - Copyrights of the late Loriot violated?
A number of news services – e.g. Spiegel Online and Heise-online – have been reporting about a curious decision of the Regional Court of Berlin (Germany). The decision was triggered by the daughter

09.09.2011 - Two new presidencies for Wolfgang Maassen
Consilium Philatelicum
For reasons of age, the long-standing President of the German Consilium Philatelicum, Dr. Heinz Jaeger, was not longer eligible for this function. Dr. Jaeger, who

04.09.2011 - Stamp Fair Sindelfingen: many innovations
This year, the well-known international stamp fair in Sindelfingen (27, 28 and 29 October 2011) will offer in many ways a kind of ‘New Look’, thanks to the efforts of the German postal administration

02.09.2011 - Raetia 2011 welcomes the members of the AIJP!
Thanks to the generosity of the organizers of the RAETA exhibition all European members of the AIJP will receive (or have already received) the catalogue for this important event.


29.08.2011 - Catalogue of Luxembourg stamp forgeries and counterfeit hand stamps
As a part of the anniversary ‘75 years Day of the Postage Stamp in Luxembourg’, a book will be published by the Philatelic Circle ‘SOPHIA’ in the town of Wiltz. It concerns a publication about

07.08.2011 - A tribute to Jos Wolff, president of the FSPL
Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg has awarded Jos Wolff, President of the Fédération des Sociétés Philatélique du Grand-Duché de Luxembourg (FSPL) and also Honorary President of the Fédération

04.08.2011 - Bulletin 1 of 2012 IPHLA now available!
Already since April of this year all information about IPHLA 2012, the international philatelic literature exhibition that will take place in the German city of Mainz, has been available on the

03.08.2011 - Free entrance to the Mauritius Exhibition in Berlin
In an exhibition entitled ‘The Blue Mauritius: Meeting of the Queens in Berlin’, the Museum for Communication in Berlin will present around three-fourths of the 27 Mauritius stamps still in

01.08.2011 - New edition of ‘The Philatelic Journalist’ has been released!
A new issue of ‘The Philatelic Journalist’, No. 2/2011, has been released recently. Focus of the new edition, which has been sent to all AIJP members by mail, are Chur and its upcoming AIJP Congress,

18.07.2011 - Annual congress / General Meeting of the AIJP 2011 Congress hotel Chur (Switzerland), 17t

1. Opening of the Congress by Wolfgang Maassen, President of the AIJP

2. Welcome by the host of the AGM

3. Greetings


- The IPHLA 2012 Mainz

18.07.2011 - The Board of the AIJP is looking for collaborators!
On 17 September 2011 this year´s Congress of AIJP will be held in Chur (Switzerland). Not only it is the first time that an annual AIJP-congress is held at a multilateral exhibition in Switzerland,

21.05.2011 - Living in the digital age has its advantages
Vysoke Myto (Czechia) will be the place where from October 12 to October the ‘First Czech-Slovak Philatelic Exhibition’ will be held. It concerns a so-called ‘two into one’ event, because it will act

18.05.2011 - Now also maximum cards in MICHEL’s ‘Germany’ catalogue!
Alexandra Baumann states in the May issue of ‘MICHEL-Rundschau’ (No. 5/2011) that, with entrance from its 2011/2012 edition, the MICHEL ‘Deutschland’ stamp catalogue will be extended with details

16.05.2011 - First application for IPHLA 2012 is a fact!
A soon as the website of the International Literature Exhibition ‘IPHLA 2012’ went online, the first application for the event – that will take place in Mainz (Germany) – came in. The honour of being

15.05.2011 - 21st International Stamp Fair Essen: many happy faces!
Thanks to a successful mix of international philatelic dealers from home and abroad, the presence of many post offices and the impressive booth of the German postal administration, Deutsche Post, the

14.05.2011 - Dr. Paulo Comelli has died
The Philatelic Foundation of Paraguay (Centro Filatelico del Paraguay) has announced the passing away, on 9 May 2011, of the internationally renowned philatelist Dr. Paulo Comelli. Dr. Comelli has

13.05.2011 - New literature: FFE # 14 is here!
A new issue of Fakes, Forgeries & Experts Journal is here and this time 27 authors have contributed with 28 articles on the topic of forgeries, forgers and expert philately.

The book starts

03.05.2011 - AIJP members meeting on 7 May in Essen (Germany)
During the International Stamp Fair in Essen there will be a meeting of AIJP members, including some of the AIJP’ board. As things are standing now, Dr. Mark Bottu, Giancarlo Morolli and Wolfgang

18.04.2011 - Mauritius Ball Covers
In February, Michael Sefi, the Keeper of The Royal Philatelic Collection, visited the British Library Philatelic Collections. The occasion for his visit was to bring together the only three known

12.04.2011 - New RDP’s will sign roll in Portsmouth
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

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 - 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

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).


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 - 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 - 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

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

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

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

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 - 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

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

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