for Post Offices of the Baltic Republics and Ukraine
postal administrations have quite literally taken this year’s fair
by storm. For the first time the postal administrations of the Baltic
Republics – Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia – will participate
in the trade fair on a large joint stand. The Ukrainian Post Office will
also be at Collector for the first time, and it has given advanced notice
of a special cancellation stamp for Prague. The post offices named will
offer not only postage stamps at the fair, but also other philatelic
material. Their participation is an ideal opportunity for collectors to
start collecting modern postage stamps from these interesting countries.
the end of May thirty-four postal administrations had been registered for
the trade fair, either at independent stands or through agencies.
Kremnica at the Fair Once Again
last year’s premiere, Mint Kremnica from Slovakia is returning to
Prague. The mint is an enterprise which has been minting coins
continuously for 675 years. The first coins were golden florins, and at
the end of the 14th century it minted so-called Kremnica golden
ducats. Today it makes coins for regular circulation and commemorative
coins for the Slovak National Bank and also for other countries such as
Slovenia, the Ukraine, India, Bangladesh or Mauritania.
Post Office as Observer
that the fair Collector in Prague has for some time been an event of more
than merely local importance has naturally reached Switzerland. And so Mrs
Maja Stähli, head of the foreign sales department of customer services,
postage stamps and philately of the Swiss Post Office, is coming to this
year’s event as an observer. We hope that Mrs Stähli’s
evaluation of the fair will result in us welcoming the Swiss Post Office
in the years to come as a permanent exhibitor.
Participation by Czech Philatelic Dealers
Czech dealers in the field of philately could not pass up participation at
the trade fair. Practically all the large firms will exhibit at the fair.
Just as a random sample of Prague philatelic shops we might name Alkado,
Filatelie Braník, Filatelie Hobby, Filatelie FOS, Filatelie Řipská,
Slovfila, Filatelie Pěnkava, Artphila, Troja Super and Qarta. Amongst the
firms from outside Prague, Filatelie Burda, FIPA, Filatelie Panský, Firma
Matura, Filatelie Pytlíček, Filatelie Klim and many others will be
making presentations at Collector.
Mint from South Africa
year the Universal Mint from Cape Town will be participating at the fair
for the first time. This mint is primarily known for its original ideas in
the minting of coins in terms of shape, size or weight. In any event, it
will certainly liven up the trade fair and draw the attention of
numismatists. Another mint from South Africa, the state South African Mint
will also exhibit at Collector as part of the large stand of the Austrian
firm Schoeller Münzhandel.
Finland Post at
The Philatelic Centre
of Finland Post Corporation will be present in Prague at Collector this
year. It is not the first time for Finland Post to attend a stamp
exhibition in the Czech capital, since in 1988 Finland Post participated
in a world stamp exhibition in Prague. At the stand of Finland Post the
visitors can take a look and buy the new stamps from Finland and a variety
of other philatelic items. Finland was one of the 12 countries to
introduce the euro in 2002. This meant of course that the new stamps were
denominated in euros instead of Finnish marks. In a way, a new era of
Finnish postage stamps began. You can still obtain the stamps of the first
euro year in the year pack of 2002 stamps.
An interesting item is a miniature sheet showing Finnish
lighthouses, due just before the Prague fair. A show card for the Prague
show will be available, postmarked with a show cancel. For more
information about Finnish stamps, please visit www.posti.fi/stamps
would philately or numismatics be in the future if small children were not
brought up with an affection for collecting? These days they can find many
“more modern” hobbies, but collecting is timeless. Moreover,
as Goethe was reputed to have said: Collectors are happy people. When
children grow into adults, maybe they forget their first steps as a
collector, but the seeds will have been sown… . And when they free
themselves in adulthood of family cares, their children and possibly the
essentials of making a living, the harvest will come: they will remember
their stamps or coins and spend their free time on them.
year at Collector young visitors will have their area where they can show
their skills at drawing. As a reward they will be allowed to choose from a
pile of stamps and take them home in an album given to them by the Czech
Cancellations and Postcards
year special-occasion occassional stamps are available at the Czech Post
Office stand. This year will be no exception. For the duration of the fair
the Post Office will offer imprints of a special stamp “Collector
– Annual Meeting of Collectors East – West”, and on 14th
September it will offer imprints of a special-occasion rubber stamp for
the United Nations day at the fair. In the information section and at the
Czech Post Office postal cards will be on sale which have been issued in a
print run of 2500. Collectors can also use the special-occasion R-stamp
for recorded delivery consignments.
for Telephone Card Collectors
collectors of telephone cards, the fair Collector is one of the few
opportunities in the Czech Republic to buy or swap collecting material.
This year will be truly bountiful for them. In addition to Czech dealers
and collectors, exhibitors have registered at the trade fair from Germany,
Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Sweden, Bulgaria, Greece, Russia, Hungary,
Croatia, Slovakia, Belarus and Slovenia. The organisers are negotiating on
the participation of exhibitors from Mexico (again), Spain, Andorra,
France, Israel and other countries.
Stimulation for the Fair
participation of dealers and collectors in the field of minerals and
precious stones is one of the stimulations of the fair each year. In
addition to the firm Chukwuemeka from Zambia, this year other firms will
also offer collecting material at Collector. For example Mineral & Gem
Collection will present ground natural precious stones and collecting
rarities. The firm Gemeo will sell Australian opals in the form of
polished and ground stones and jewellery. Mineral Metal returns to the
fair with an extensive offer of different minerals, gems and precious
stones, including therapeutic
ones. Moldavite, Czech garnets etc. will also be displayed on the stands
of other exhibitors.
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