The Postal History Commission

The FIP Postal History Commission website is the principal means by which we provide information on  Commission activities and information relating to Postal History exhibiting, judging and collecting. 

Welcome from the Fédération Internationale de Philatélie Postal History Commission Chairman

The FIP Postal History Commission meeting held in conjunction with the FIP Congress held in October 2016 in Taipei  elected a new Bureau for the 2017-2020 period. 

The Bureau members details can be seen on the Bureau Members page under the About Us tab.

The incoming Bureau intends to continue to  improve our Standard Postal History Seminars titled Streamlined 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. These Powerpoint Presentations can be downloaded from our site under ‘Resources’.We also plan to develop seminars  on specific judging criteria in particular relating to “Treatment” and “Knowledge & Research”

Please consult our website regularly in order to check out our ‘Latest News’

Please keep in touch with the Bureau members in charge of your region. If you live in Europe this is Dr Wolf Hess (; if you live in the Americas this is Dr Andres Schlichter (; if in the rest of the world this is Charnhai Karnasuta (

It is also important to remind delegates that they should maintain  contact with our Bureau Secretary, Dr Andrew Cheung ( and keep him informed of activities in your country as we hope to present a comprehensive report each year on postal history exhibiting and collecting around the world. A lack of response to his requests does not help us achieve that aim.

We shall try to maintain the popularity of collecting and exhibiting of Postal History in such a way that encourages postal historians to create their exhibits from ALL time periods without the need to spend a fortune nor to present a purely academic treatment of their topics. With this is mind we intend to continue to promote the Postal History sub-class 2C “Social, Historic and Special Studies” as a way of attracting new exhibits and exhibitors into the world of exhibiting. We hope to encourage postal historians to present their collecting interests though innovative and attractive exhibits for their pleasure and the enjoyments of viewers.

Malcolm Groom
Chairman of the FIP Postal History Commission


Second Period (1875-1945)

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

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