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27 October 2016

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Kurt Kimmel, retiring Chairman of the Postal History Commission received the FIP Service Medal from Tay Peng Hian during the Congress in Taipei after eight years service as the Chairman of the Commission.

22 September 2016

The Judging Criteria for One-Frame Postal History Exhibits (SS4) seminar has been translated into Spanish through the kind assistance of Dr Andrès Schlichter and can be downloaded as a Powerpoint file from the Standard Seminars page.

12 August 2016

A new page has been added to cover Activity Reports issued by the Bureau. The report covering the 2014-2016 period has now been published and can be found on that page.

26 July 2016

Notice of Meeting for the FIP Postal History Commission (below) and details of a Seminar covering SS2 Judging Criteria for Postal history exhibits (on the Seminars page) are now on the website.

FIP COMMISSION FOR POSTAL HISTORY

Notice of Meeting and Agenda for Commission Meeting at Philataipei 2016

Dear Delegate,

You, or your nominee, are invited to attend the FIP Postal History Commission Meeting, which will be held at the Philataipei 2016 World Stamp Championship Exhibition at Taipei World Trade Center Exhibition Hall 1, Room 1 on Monday, October 24, 2016, from 11:00 to 13:00.

This is a general meeting for delegates and it will be followed by the FIP Postal History Commission approved seminar SS2 titled ‘Judging Criteria for Postal History exhibit’ given by Malcolm Groom for delegates, exhibitors and judges from 12:00 to 13:00.

  1. 11.00-11.20 Entrance, Checking Voting rights and proxies and distribution of the prepared Election sheet to those with Voting right (by Secretary)
  2. Welcome by FIP Director and Chairman
  3. List of participants to be completed and Roll Call (by Secretary) with Collecting of the Election sheets (with the help of two Bureau members)
  4. Election results to be announced (by FIP Director)
  5. Approval of the Minutes of our last Commission Meeting* in Singapore (August 17, 2015)
  6. Approval of the 2015 Activities Report**
  7. Proposal for future project and general discussion
  8. Date and venue for the next meeting
  9. Other Business

*Minutes of the Singapore 2015 meeting can be found on this link:-http://www.fippostalhistory.com/commission_meetings

**2015 Activities Report can be found on this link:-

http://www.fippostalhistory.com/current_news

Andrew Cheung
Secretary of the FIP Postal History Commission

07 July 2016

The FIP Postal History Commission meeting is scheduled to be held at the Philataipei 2016 World Stamp Championship Exhibition at the Taipei World Trade Centre Exhibition Hall 1, Room 1 on Monday October 24 2016 from 11.00 to 13.00

29 January 2016

FIP Postal History Commission Report for 2015 is now available at this link below. The report from the United Kingdom which was received too late for inclusion in the full report is also available

Commission Activity Report for 2015

Activity Report for 2015 for United Kingdom

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29 January 2016

We are pleased to be able to add the class 2C exhibit titled “Tonga Tin Can Mail” of Mr Kazuyuki Inoue to our Class 2C Exhibits page.

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25 January 2016

A link is now available on the Seminars and Exhibits page to the One Frame exhibit by Dr Andrew Cheung titled “Disinfected Mail from China”

Delegates details fro Nepal and China have been updated.

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16 November 2015

Paolo Vollmeier RDP signs the “Book of Merit” for his life-long work in support of Postal Historyand receives a gold coin from the Kimmel Postal History Foundation. After many years of research his important books “Le armate francesi in Italia 1792-1814” have been published this year in two volumes.

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23 October 2015

The new SS4 Judging Criteria for One-Frame Postal History Exhibits as first presented at Singapore 2015 is now loaded on the website under Streamline Seminars as a downloadable Powerpont file and in PDF format

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19 October 2015

Minutes of the Commission and Bureau meetings held in Singapore are now available below.

Biography Icon2015 FIP Postal History Bureau meeting minutes Singapore( 153Kb)

Biography Icon 2015 FIP Postal HistoryCommission meeting minutes Singapore (163Kb)

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7 July 2015

FIP Postal History Commission Meeting 
Singapore, Monday, 17 August 2015, 9:00 – 10:30

Dear Delegate,
You, or your nominee, are invited to attend the FIP Postal History Commission Meeting, which will be held at the Singapore 2015 World Stamp Exhibition at Sands Expo and Convention Centre Room 1 on Monday, 17 August, 2015, from 9:00 to 9:30. It is a general meeting for delegates. This is followed by the new FIP Postal History Commission approved seminar SS4 titled ‘Judging Criteria for One-frame Postal History exhibit’ given by Bureau secretary Dr. Andrew Cheung for delegates, exhibitors and collectors interested in One-frame postal history from 9:30 to 10:30.

  • Welcome by the FIP Director and Chairman
  • List of participants to be completed

Agenda

  • Approval of the minutes of our last Commission meeting in Seoul, Korea on 10 August 2014
  • Approval of Postal History Commission Activities Report 2014
  • Proposal for future project and general discussion
  • Date and venue for the next meeting
  • A.O.B.

Andrew Cheung
Secretary of the FIP Postal History Commission

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30 June 2015

The FIP Postal Hisotry Bureau are very pleased to announce that Corinphila have agreed to renew their sponsorship of the Commission’s activities for the next twelve months.

All members of the Commission and postal historians who use the services of this website as well as benefitting from the work of the Postal History Commission are strongly encouraged to support Corinphila in recogntion of their support for our activities.

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06 May 2015

The Commission is pleased to announce that a Seminar will be held during Singapore World Stamp Exhibition 2015 on 17 August 2015 from 9 AM to 10:30 AM

The topic will be SS$ One Frame Postal history Exhibits conducted by Dr Andrew Cheung.

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16 February 2015

The 2014 Postal History Commission Activity Report has been approved by the Bureau and is available below.

Biography Icon 2014 FIP Postal History Bureau Activity Report(506Kb)

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20 August 2014

Minutes of the Commission and Bureau meetings held in Seoul are now available below.

Biography Icon 2014 FIP Postal History Bureau meeting minutes Seoul(150Kb)

Biography Icon 2014 FIP Postal HistoryCommission meeting minutes Seoul(133Kb)

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23 June 2014

Delegate lists updated for Finland and South Africa and address changes for Commission members

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29 April 2014

Delegate details for Japan and Thailand have been updated and details of the seminar to be held at Philakorea 2014 are on the Seminar page.

On 10th August from 10.30 to 11.00 am there will be a Postal History Commission meeting held in the Jury room at Philakorea 2014 followed at 11.00 until 12.30 pm by the presentation of SS3 “How to win a Gold medal in Postal history” by Dr. Andrew Cheung.

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30 January 2014

The 2013 Postal History Commission Activity Report has been approved by the Bureau and is available below.

Biography Icon 2013 FIP Postal History Bureau Activity Report(148Kb)

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13 January 2014

A new Powerpoint presentation has been added to the Individual Seminars page (go to Individual Seminars on this link):

The Judging Criteria for Postal History Class 2C Exhibits

It is downloadable as a Powerpoint file and as an Adobe PDF file

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04 January 2014

The Postal History Seminar at Brasiliana 2013 took place on 22 November 2013 in the seminar room of the exhibition centre. This was a judging seminar SS2 presented by Dr. Peter McCann.
54 people attended, most of them jurors, commissioners and some exhibitors. The seminar lasted about one and half hours including questions from the floor.

Dr McCann during his presentation at Brasiliana 2013.

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04 January 2014

Brasiliana 2013 Bureau Meeting minutes

Biography Icon November 2013 FIP Postal History Bureau meeting minutes (152Kb)

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21 October 2013

Brasiliana 2013 Seminar

A Postal History Seminar will be conducted by Dr Peter P. McCann during Brasiliana 2013. It will be held on Friday 22nd November 2013 from 2pm until 4pm.

Location will be in one of the two Seminar rooms adjacent to each other in the Exhibition building

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14 October 2013

Thailand 2013 Seminar

The seminar held on 5 August 2013 during Thailand 2013 was successfully held and attended by around 60 judges and exhibitors,The Postal History seminar at Thailand 2013 was held on Monday, 5 August at the exhibition hall. It was conducted by Dr. Peter McCann who presented the SS2 seminar intended for judges. 41 National commisioners, jurors and exhibitors attended the seminar.
During question time, the UK delegate, Chris King suggested that “Postal History treatment” should be dealt with in greater detail within the content of the SS2 or even on its own. He further commented that SS2 did not emphasize on the importance of the introductory page.
Richard Bodin, an exhibitor from Sweden suggested that the FIP Postal History website should have examples of some one-frame postal history exhibits.

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13 October 2013

Thailand 2013 Bureau Meeting minutes

Biography Icon August 2013 FIP Postal History Bureau meeting minutes (152Kb)

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21 July 2013

Corinphila renew their sponsorship of the FIP Postal History Commission

The Bureau are very pleased to announce that Corinphila, once again, have generously agreed to renew their sponsorship support for the work of the Commission for a further period.

All members of the Commission and postal historians who use the service of this website as well as benefiting from the work of the Postal History Commission are strongly encouraged to support Corinphila in recogntion of their support for our activities.

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27 June 2013

Bureau and Commission meetings held in Melbourne 13 May 2013

Minutes of the meetings held during Australia 2013 World Stamp Exhibition are available below.

Biography Icon May 2013 FIP Postal History Bureau meeting minutes (156Kb)

Biography Icon May 2013 FIP Postal History Commission meeting minutes (131Kb)

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03 April 2013

Seminar News

The simplified Seminar SS2 is now available on the website under Seminars as well as details of the Seminar to be presented by Peter McCann at Thailand 2013 in August.

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08 February 2013

FIP Postal History Commission Activity Report for 2012

Biography Icon 2012 FIP Postal history Activity Report (221Kb)

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31 January 2013

FIP Postal History Commission meeting scheduled for Melbourne during Australia 2013 World Stamp Expo

The scheduled meeting will be held in Meeting Room 1 from 12.15 pm to 2.00 pm on Tuesday 14th May 2013 at the Royal Exhibition Buildings, venue for the Exhibition.

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31 December 2012

International Postal Museum website

A website which may be of interest to postal historians has been established and is seeking members and volunteers.

The site can be viewed at http://internationalpostalmuseum.com/

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24 November 2012

FEPA Jury seminar held in Budapest

The Hungarian delegate to the FIP Postal History Commission, Mr Dénes Czirok, organized this Seminar from Friday Nov 9 to Sunday Nov 11, 2012, in Budapest. The theoretical introductions were given by the Chairman of the FIP Postal History Commission ‘How to judge Postal History exhibits’ and by Mr Vojtech Jankovic concerning the judging of Thematic exhibits. FEPA delegate José Ramon Moreno clarified general problems or explained certain details of Judging during the Seminar. Over thirty participants from a dozen different countries attended. The most valuable aspect was the practical jury work. Five groups (Postal History jurors mixed with Thematic jurors) as well as the speakers of the Seminar evaluated four Postal History and five Thematic Exhibits. The evaluations were then listed, compared and discussed. The total scores varied between 6 to 15 points between the lowest and the highest which clearly demonstrated how difficult judging still is. The 15 points difference was partly due to the fact that the exhibit showed the first issues on cover of many countries around the world which in a FIP-exhibition would get the higher points (90-92) only in the Traditional Class. Postal History is more than just stamps on covers!
The athmosphere of the whole event was very good and friendly so that the organizer was asked to try to plan another Seminar in 2013.

Dénes Czirok at right with two participants (Photo by Rigoczki)

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15 October 2012

Commission Chairs elected at Jakarta FIP Congress

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18 September 2012

Corinphila renew their sponsorship of the FIP Postal History Commission

The Bureau are very pleased to announce that Corinphila have generously agreed to renew thei sponsorship support for the work of the Commission for a further period.

All members of the Commission and postal historians who use the service of this website as well as benefitting from the work of the Postal History Commission are strongly encouraged to support Corinphila in recogntion of their support for our activities.

22 July 2012

FIP Postal History Seminar held in Paris

On June 10, 2012 at the Exhibition in Paris, FIP Vice-Presdient Peter McCann presented the FIP Judging Seminar for Postal History based on Streamline Seminar SS2

Over 50 attended from 22 National Federations

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22 July 2012

FIP Postal History Commission Bureau Meeting Jakarta, 23 June 2012 Minutes

Biography Icon23 June 2012 Bureau Meeting Minutes(156Kb)

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02 July 2012

FIP Postal History Commission Meeting Jakarta, Indonesia 2012, 22 June Exhibition Hall Room 1

The FIP Vice President Mr. Peter McCann conducted the elections after Chairman Kurt Kimmel opened the meeting at 16:10hr and welcomed the 35 delegates and 21 observers.
The roll-call was taken and voting ballot distributed to the delegates.
The following delegates were elected into the new FIP Postal History Bureau:-

• Chairman of the Bureau: Kurt Kimmel (Switzerland)
• Secretary of the Bureau: Andrew Cheung (Hong Kong)
• FEPA Bureau member: Per Friis Mortensen (Denmark)
• FIAF Bureau member: Andrès Schlichter (Argentina)
• FIAP Bureau member: Patrick Flanagan (South Africa)

Two other delegates, Malcolm Groom (Australia) and Dan Walker (USA) were re-appointed as additional Bureau members.
The re-elected Chairman Kurt Kimmel thanked the past-Bureau members Mr. Jan J. Danielski (Canada) and Mrs. Dila Eaton (Paraguay) for their contributions as Bureau members during their term.
The minutes of the last meeting held in Lisbon on 7 October 2010 and the activities report held during 2010 – 2011 were approved unanimously.
Plans for future:-
• Streamline seminar SS1 (Exhibiting seminar) as published on the FIP Postal History website will receive minor adjustments following suggestions from the new Bureau members.
• Bureau member Dan Walker reported that “Summary Statistics of Postal History Exhibits 2000 to 2010 project” was delayed due to technical problems but will be continued in future.

As there were no further questions from those attending, the meeting was adjourned at 17:15hr. Secretary of the FIP Postal History Commission Andrew Cheung

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26 February 2012

FIP Postal History Commission Activity Report for 2011 and Invitation to attend the Congress meeting in Jakarta

Biography Icon2011 Postal History Bureau Activity Report (106Kb)

Biography IconInvitation to attend the Jakarta meeting of the FIP Postal History Commission

Biography Icon2010 Postal History Bureau Activity Report (209Kb) (also available under Current News of 6 June 2011)

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06 February 2012

Nominations for Postal History Bureau elections in Jakarta in June 2012

The following nominations have been lodged for the FIP Postal History Bureau Elections to be held in Jakarta in June 2012

For Chairman: JJ Danielski (Canada) and Kurt Kimmel (Switzerland)
For Secretary: Andrew Cheung (Hong Kong)
For Bureau Member (FIAP) : Patrick Flanagan (South Africa)
For Bureau Member (FIAF): A. Schlichter (Argentina) and Aldo Samame (Peru)
For Bureau Member (FEPA): D. Czirok (Hungary), Chris King (UK) and Per F. Mortensen (Denmark)

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19 December 2011

Nomination form for Postal History Bureau elections in Jakarta in June 2012

The nomination form for the FIP Postal History Bureau elections to be held in Jakarta in June 2012 is attached for download. The form relating to any nomination a National Federation wishes to make for a Bureau position has to be returned duly signed by the nominated delegate and the National Federation before 20 January 2012

Biography Icon 2012 Bureau Elections Nomination form (61Kb)

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21 November 2011

Postal history Seminar held in Wuxi at China 2011

Presenters Malcolm Groom & Dr Andrew Cheung with Group discussion leaders Norman Banfield (New Zealand) and Gary Brown (Australia)

Dr Andrew Cheung and Malcolm Groom with one of the 64 attendees

Discussing a class 2C exhibit with Mannan Mashur Zarif, Commissioner for Bangladesh and Postal history exhibitor.

A successful seminar of two hours was presented to 64 attendees in Wuxi during China 2011, the 27th Asian International Exhibition. The seminar was prepared by Dr Andrew Cheung in English and Chinese and presented by Malcolm Groom. Andrew presented additional comments to the many Chinese attendees. The seminar was based on the Streamlined seminars with the opportunity taken of spending time in front of the frames to discuss the points made during the seminar in a more practical setting. Members of the seminar were able to move through the frames with team leaders and experienced postal history exhibitors and judges Norman Banfield and Gary Brown as well as Andrew Cheung and Malcolm Groom. This enabled a very useful session for exhibitors to better understand the points made during the Powerpoint presentation.

Thanks are extended to the China 2011 Organising Committee for the excellent facilities provided and to the many attendees for their interest shown.

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12 September 2011

See Questions and Answers for a Paper from Chris King on SS2 and the response of the Postal History Bureau

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11 September 2011

Seminar schedule updated for China 2011 in Wuxi

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17 June 2011

Questions relating to “Overwritten”, “Duplication” and “Too much blank space” in Postal History exhibits are answered by the Commission

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16 June 2011

Seminar schedule updated for Philanippon 2011

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6 June 2011

FIP Postal History Bureau Activity Report for twelve months to 31 December 2010

Biography Icon 2010 Postal History Bureau Activity Report (209Kb)

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6 June 2011

FIP Postal History Bureau Commission meeting in Delhi on February 15 2011

Biography Icon Delhi Meeting Minutes (102Kb)

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6 June 2011

FIP Postal History Bureau Commission meeting in Lisbon on October 07, 2010

Biography Icon Lisbon Meeting Minutes (102Kb)

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26 May 2011

References page

A comprehensive listing of references for South Australia have been added to the page courtesy of AD Presgrave of Goolwa, South Australia.

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25 May 2011

Cover Watch

New covers posted under Ceylon and Switzerland

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23 May 2011

SS3 Seminar held in Delhi during Indipex 2011.

On Feb 17, 2011, in New Delhi an international audience of over 40 participants listen to FIP Vice President Dr Peter McCann giving our SS3 (Streamlined Seminar “How to win a Gold medal in Postal History”). FIP Vicepresident Surajit Gongvatana assists to solve the technical problem of having a screen but no projector in the room.

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21 May 2011

SS2 FIP Judging Seminar has been revised in May 2011.

As this Seminar serves as a qualification seminar for future FIP jurors it can only be given by a few elected members of the FIP Commission for Postal History. Any Federation interested in organizing such a Judging Seminar should contact Peter McCann and Kurt Kimmel.

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24 January 2011

SS3 Seminar held in Istanbul

The updated version of SS3 “How to win a gold medal in Postal history” was presented by Kurt Kimmel in Istanbul on December 10 2010 with translations into Turkish by Alan Mellaart.

Many interesting questions were asked from among the 42 attending coming from Bulgaria, England, Germany, Greece, Pakistan and Turkey.

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12 January 2011

Minutes of the FIP Postal History Commission meeting held in Lisbon on October 7 2010

pdf_icon.pngMinutes of Lisbon meeting (100 Kb)

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26 September 2010

The amended Streamlines Seminar SS3 has been added under Seminars & Exhibits/Streamlined Seminars

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11 August 2010

NOTE AMENDED TIMES AND VENUES – FIP Postal History Commission meeting in Lisbon

The Commission Meeting will now be held on the same day, Thursday, October 7, 2010 from 10.45 to 12.45 at the World Philatelic Exhibition, Lisbon Congress Centre Auditorio 3

The Bureau Meeting will now be held in the afternoon of Thursday, October 7, 2010 from 14.30 to 16.00 in the same venue.

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09 July 2010

FIP Postal History Commission meeting in Lisbon

The Commission meeting is to be held during Portugal 2010 on October 7th 2010 from 08.30AM to 10.30AM.

The invitation to delegates is found at this link Biography IconLisbon Invitation & Agenda

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08 July 2010

Philapedia website launched at London 2010

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A new postal history reference site was launched during London 2010. A link has been added to our website at the LINKS page. The Commission are pleased to support this site through this link.

Further information can be obtained by contacting yoav@philapedia.com

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08 July 2010

FIP Postal History Bureau 2010 Interim Annual Report to FIP Board 

Biography Icon2010 Interim Annual Report (88 Kb)

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30 June 2010

IMPORTANT NOTE: Streamlined Seminars amendments

The Streamlines Seminars available as downloadable files are currently under review to ensure they accurately reflect the GREV’s in terminology. The updated files will replace those currently on the website as soon as they are available.

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15 June 2010

FIP Postal History Seminar held at London 2010

The Postal History Seminar held by Dr Peter McCann during the London 2010 Festival of Stamps was a great success with 54 participants. Eleven attendees took the examination and eight successfully passed. Details of the seminar attendances have been sent to the FIP Secretary.

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Peter McCann during his FIP Postal History seminar presentation at London 2010.

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02 May 2010

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April 24, 2010: Klaus Weiss (right) and Arnim Knapp (middle), President and Vice President of the DASV (German Postal History Society) honour our Chairman Kurt Kimmel with the Prof. Weidlich medal which is the highest award in Germany for promoting Postal History

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17 February 2010

FIP Postal History Bureau Annual Report to FIP Board for the period 1 January to 31 December 2009

Biography Icon2009 Annual Report (107 Kb)

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19 November 2009

FIP Postal History Bureau Board meeting in Rome on Oct 22, 2009

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Pictured after the Rome Board meeting are from left: Per Friis Mortensen, Danforth Walker, Kurt Kimmel & Andrew Cheung. The meeting was condensed as a result of Jury work and the Minutes of the Meeting prepared by Secretary J.J. Danielski are attached below as a PDF.

Photograph by Carol Cheung, Hong Kong.

Minutes of the Board Meeting.

Biography IconRome Meeting Minutes (108Kb)

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18 October 2009

Notes from the Class 2C judging Team at the Australian National Exhibition in July 2009 in Melbourne

(The responses from the Postal History Commission are included in BOLD letters in this report.)

Biography IconMelbourne class 2C report (229kb)

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09 September 2009

Malmo Seminar Official Report

Biography Icon Malmo Seminar report (119kb)

Malmo Seminar Official Report – Comments from the Chairman of Postal History Commission, Kurt Kimmel

Due to the condensation of the report to 25 pages, some of the opinions or ideas have been distorted or misused, e.g. the following conclusions are wrong:

“Top exhibitors identify presentation as a component of treatment” – This is wrong because we only have five points for presentation and it would be a mistake to shift some of these few points to treatment; furthermore we should avoid double penalties.

“Top exhibitors refer to items when they speak of importance” – In fact nobody has been asked to speak about evaluating Importance which would be a very interesting task on its own for a Seminar. All the speakers who had to present one exhibit had been asked to speak about “their most important items in the exhibit and why?”. Therefore it is obvious that we had to speak about important items and not about the importance of each exhibit in relation to the Postal History of the World.

Nevertheless, everybody agreed that this Seminar had been very well organized and was worthwhile attending.

Kurt Kimmel

Chairman

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18 August 2009

Postal History Seminar Attendance Form

An attendance form has been developed to record the names of all attending Postal History seminars conducted at FIP, Continental, National & Local level. For FIP qualified jury members & prospective Postal History judges it is important that your attendance at the recognised seminars is recorded on this form & the completed form is sent by the seminar convenor to the Chairman of the Postal History Commission. Please download the PDF version of the attendance form in the Seminars & Exhibits section.

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2 June 2009

Bulgaria 2009, Sofia

The Sofia Postal History judging team at work: Mehmet Akan (Turkey), German Baschwitz (Spain), Moti Kremener (Israel) and Kurt Kimmel (Team Leader)

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FIP Board Submission on Jury Matters from the FIP Commission for Postal history

26 November 2008

Suggestions for next FIP Board Meeting

1. New division of Traditional and Postal History exhibits

All the Operating Committees for exhibitions (FIP, Continental and National) should consider that after 1.1.2009 the Traditional and Postal History exhibits shall no longer be grouped by Continents but both classes should be grouped by the same three time periods (1. up to 1875, 2. 1875-1945, 3. after 1945). If there are not enough exhibits for the period after 1945 these exhibits should be judged by the team judging the 1875-1945 exhibits; not by the team judging exhibits up to 1875. This recommendation is made in order to give more modern exhibits a fair chance for a good award.

Postal History has three sub-classes A, B, C as per the new SREVes approved at the FIP Congress in Bucharest. Postal History sub-class A, B, and C exhibits should be grouped so that the Jury can compare them with similar exhibits e.g. all the Marcophily exhibits (sub-class B) of the time period up to 1875 should be grouped together and not mixed with Rates and Routes exhibits (sub-class A) or Historical and Social exhibits (sub-class C).

The One Frame Postal History exhibits should be exhibited together with the Multiframe Postal History exhibits of the three time periods and judged by the Postal History Jury. Obviously this should be done also in the other classes. A “One Frame Jury” judging all the classes is not suitable because no Juror can cope with such an immense scope of knowledge required to judge all classes and time periods of exhibits at a world exhibition. The wrong results in the One Frame class in Singapore 2004 and other exhibitions prove this.

2. How to improve the judging of Postal History (and other classes)

Unfortunately the jury procedures have deteriorated during the last decade. This results from shorter exhibitions, late distribution of judging preparation material, no quality control, wrong selection of Grand Prix candidates, accepting unqualified exhibits, and not enough time to judge the qualified exhibits. On the other hand, too much time is wasted with a few Grand Prix candidates, lengthy and boring Palmares procedures, etc.

a) Best of Class/sub-Class (=Best of Class Prix if at least 10 exhibits in a Class or sub-Class) should be introduced instead of the traditional time-consuming Grand Prix which make only two or three people happy but disappoint many! The present system encourages the Traditional jurors vote for a traditional exhibit, the Postal History jurors for a Postal History exhibit, the Thematic jurors for a thematic exhibit and the presentations exert an influence on some jurors with the result that the best exhibit does not win. The best Traditional should get a Best of Class Prix and the best Postal History should get a Best of Class Prix and the best Thematic should get a Best of Class Prix, etc. Only jurors of the class concerned should be allowed to vote. Open instead of secret voting would not only save time but also improve the correctness of the Best of Class Prix and shorten Palmares procedures. The number of Grand Prix could be reduced to one, only the Grand Prix of the Exhibition if there is a Champion-Class.

b) Exhibitions with over 100 Postal History exhibits (including the Postal History one frame exhibits) should have a Vice-President of the Jury who is not a Team Leader so that he has time to look at all the 100+ exhibits with the goal to harmonize the different Jury teams and avoid mistakes. Obviously that should be done also for the other classes if these have over 100 exhibits (including one frames which require nearly as much work and time as a well-known eight frame exhibit; some One Frame exhibits are as difficult to judge as a new five frame exhibit!)

c) Exhibitors should give more information to the jurors at the time they submit an application so that jurors can prepare better. Instead of many “synopsis” pages or no synopsis pages, every exhibitor should fill out a one page information form in addition to sending a copy of the title page and application so that the Operating Committees have better information for their selection of exhibits for the show. The information form should contain:

 additional subject background information that is not stated on the title page (about 6-8 lines)
– important and rare items which are present in the exhibit (8-12 items)
– important items added and main changes since the last exhibition (4-6 items or lines)
– personal research and study? (3-4 lines)
– publications by the exhibitor on the subject being shown (3-4 lines)
– reference literature (which is only necessary if this is not mentioned on the title page)

The majority in our Commission is in favour of a pre-printed form with these topics so that the exhibitors are told what information the Jury wants to have in advance of the exhibition. As this form should be sent with the application, the Operating Committees could use it as a valid reason not to accept those exhibits sent without the title page and the additional information form. The Commissioners should be obliged to cooperate with the Operating Committees to require from the exhibitor an application, copy of the title page and the additional information form. Actually it would be much better to not accept exhibits lacking one of these documents versus the present system of not accepting qualified exhibits without giving a reason. This rejection without giving a reason is very frustrating for many exhibitors as it has happened to specific exhibitors again and again.

d) The Jury Secretary distributes the list of the Jury teams, the time table and list of exhibits to be judged to the appointed team leaders at least three months before the opening of the exhibition. Each juror should receive the title page and a filled out information form (as outlined in 2c) of each exhibit he has to judge at least two months before the opening of the exhibition so that he can prepare (get literature from the library, etc.). If a juror receives the title page and additional information form only a few weeks before the exhibition, it will be too late to get literature to prepare properly. We have to consider that it might be that some jurors are on a business trip or have left for a holiday combining it with the exhibition. It is the responsibility of the President of a Jury to make sure that his Secretary makes these distributions in a timely manner.

e) The amount of exhibits per team and when the teams can start to work on the exhibits determines how much time the team has to complete its work. The most efficient procedure is if all the exhibits are in the frames 36 hours before the show opens and the Jury can start judging 24 hours before the show opens and has at least 12 working hours to judge before the public is allowed to be at the frames. It is the responsibility of the Coordinator to make sure that the jury has this additional early judging time and that the exhibits are grouped properly (as explained in 1. above) so that a Jury team does not have to seek out exhibits in three different places as we had to do it in Vienna. In Bucharest the FIP Coordinator did not allow the Jury to start working the day before the opening although 80% of the exhibits were in the frame. On the other hand the Secretary of the Jury wanted to have the results before all the exhibits were in the frames! With the improved procedures recommended here the jury can do a proper job of judging the exhibits with less jurors and it leaves enough time to cross check the exhibits. Sometimes cross checking has to be done in less than one hour which is impossible especially if exhibits are in various rooms, buildings or even tents like in Spain and/or if they are not properly numbered so that one needs more time to find them than to look at them. The combined knowledge of all the jurors can only be maximized if the jurors have time to see and compare all the other exhibits before voting!! It does not help much if we see the wrong judgements after the Palmares.-

f) Some quality control must be introduced so that unprepared and incompetent jurors can be eliminated in a fair procedure. Only if three different Team Leaders have stated such shortcomings of a specific juror should the juror be deleted from the FIP list. The reports of the Team Leaders should go to the FIP Coordinator in charge of “Jury matters” who informs the FIP Coordinator and the Chairman of that class who in addition should survey the Team Leaders of his class and report to his FIP Coordinator. We used to have a similar system and it was a mistake to stop it. Although it sounds nice that we judge in teams and decisions have been made unanimously, we all know that this is not true and that in fact our judging procedures have become rather irresponsible considering that each exhibitor spends many hours if not his life-time and a lot of money to build his exhibit. It should be normal procedure that the FIP Board member in charge of a particular class coordinates with the Chairman of the FIP Commission for that class (who usually knows the jurors of their class better than anyone else) in order to weed out the incompetent jurors and have the best possible jurors judging exhibits. This is very important because incompetent jurors are detrimental to our hobby especially to those who have risen to the highest level. It takes decades for a collector to reach the highest level but only minutes by an arrogant judge to destroy it. We have to do what we can do to encourage such exhibitors instead of allowing incompetent jurors to frustrate them.- On the other hand it has to be a fair and positive procedure so that the accused juror will be informed and shall be given an opportunity to explain the situation. The aim should be that he gets a chance to improve.

Hoping that I have considered all the propositions received from our Bureau members – at least as far as possible – we kindly ask for a written feedback from the FIP Board on these suggestions in due course.

Massagno, November 26, 2008