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Welcome from the Fédération Internationale de Philatélie Postal History Commission

This site provides information on the Commission and information relating to Postal History exhibiting, judging and collecting. For those interested in exhibiting postal history at the international level, the rules governing postal history and forthcoming exhibitions are covered.

The FIP Congress held in 2012 in Jakarta confirmed my re-election as Chairman of the FIP Postal History Commission for the 2012-2016 period.

The new team as listed under ‘Commission Members’ intends to improve our Standard Postal History Seminars titled ‘Streamlinesd Seminars’ which should be given by the delegates in their respective countries so that jurors, collectors and exhibitors in Argentina will get the same advice and the same opinions as those in Australia and China. Most of these Powerpoint Presentations can be downloaded from our site ‘Seminars and Exhibits’. Please consult our website regularly in order to check out our ‘News’ and contact our webmaster directly if you have a faked cover for publication on our site ‘Cover Watch’ or an example of a Class 2C exhibit which we may add to those shown in order to promote this new Class.

Please keep in touch with our Bureau member in charge of your area. If you live in Europe this is Per Friis Mortensen (perfriismortensen@yahoo.com); if you live in the Americas this is Andres Schlichter (andres.schlichter@gmail.com); if in the rest of the world this is Charnhai Karnasuta (patjournal@yahoo.com)

Basically we shall try to maintain the popular collecting and exhibiting of Postal History in such a way that it will neither degenerate into an unpleasant ‘cheque book competition’ nor become a pure academic discipline. Our main aim should be to allow collectors and exhibitors of Postal History to have more liberty and pleasure in creating their exhibits

First Period (Before 1875)

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1859 earliest known use of 1 Real from Venezuela*

Second Period (1875-1945)

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Earliest recorded from any Chinese Imperial P.O. in Yunnan**

Third Period (after 1945)

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Viet Minh Revolution (Sept. 1945)***

Above all we try to maintain the popular collecting and exhibiting of Postal History in such a way that it will neither degenerate to an unpleasant “cheque book competition” nor become a pure academic discipline. Our main aim should be to allow the collectors and exhibitors of Postal History to have more liberty and pleasure in creating their exhibits.

Kurt E. Kimmel
RDP, Chairman of the FIP Postal History Commission

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*This letter was written in Cucuta (Columbia) on January 6, 1859, and dispatched in San Antonio del Tachira where the Real adhesive was cancelled TACHIRA FRANCA being a handstamp from the preadhesive period. ex Zanini now Kimmel Collection: the earliest known use of the 1 Real from Venezuela cancelled by a red handstamp

**January 4, 1900 sent from SZEMAO via MENGTSZ (b/s Jan 16) and LAOKAY at the Yunnan-Indochinese border where this letter was franked and cancelled Jan 26 and sent via Hanoi (b/s Feb 6) arriving at Mirande, France March 13 1900. ex Colin Jones now Kimmel Collection

***Viet Minh Revolution (September 1845) Kimmel Collection