February Philatelic Exporter

'The Philatelic Exporter' is the only independent magazine in the world for the international postage stamp trade, having been published every month since it first appeared in May 1945.

February 2009

All these News stories, and others, can be read in full in the February 2009 Philatelic Exporter

Stanley Gibbons acquires Philatelic Exporter
Stanley Gibbons is very pleased to announce that on January 23 2009 it acquired Philatelic Exporter from Heritage Studios Limited, and will be publishing the magazine from the February 2009 edition ...
For more information see www.stanleygibbons.com

Spring Stampex will bowl you over
Spring Stampex, organised by the Philatelic Traders' Society, will be held at the Business Design Centre, Islington, London N1 (close by Angel Tube Station) from Wednesday to Saturday, February 25 to 28 ...

New faces at Spring Philatex
Spring Philatex will be at the Royal Horticultural Society's Lawrence Hall, Westminster, London SW1, from Thursday February 26 to Saturday February 28. Admission is free ...

Pioneers of the Industrial Revolution
Pioneers of the Industrial Revolution will be issued by Royal Mail on March 10 on eight stamps in four se-tenant pairs. The issue marks the 250th anniversary of Josiah Wedgwood setting up his own pottery works in Burslem, Staffordshire; the bicentenary of Matthew Boulton’s death, and the 250th anniversary of James Brindley commencing the historic Bridgewater Canal from Worsley to Manchester ...


Film stars are Australian Legends
Every year since 1997 Australia Post has honoured the achievements of eminent Australians with a stamp release marking the Australia Post Australian Legends Award ...

Royal Mail postage price rises in April
Royal Mail has announced that the price of 1st and 2nd class stamps for standard letters weighing up to 100g would rise by 3p, to 39p and 30p respectively, from April 6 2009 ...

Also ...
APHV moves office
Stamps in the press
Slovakia enters eurozone
Pub closure hits Derby fair
ASCAT website relaunched
Eight-week run for 'Stamp Lincs'
Portugal 2010 Bulletin 1 available
APHV to quit IFSDA? PTS to rejoin?
Customised sheet makes £320 on eBay

Regulars:

About People

News about stamp people from around the world.
What’s happening in your life - tell the editor!

Around the Rooms

Auction action in the salerooms of Alliance, Essex, Brian Reeve, Warwick & Warwick.

Auction Diary

Public stamp auctions around the world in February and March 2009 are listed in the February 2009 Philatelic Exporter.

Auction houses

If you would like your public stamp auctions included in the magazine please let the editor have your 2009 schedules.
For more publicity for your auctions why not advertise them in the 'Philatelic Exporter'? Contact our advertising department

Back Stamps

What was in The Philatelic Exporter this month in 1954, 1961, 1971, 1980, and 1999.

Crime Column

Walthamstow theft ... Tenants suspected.

New Issues

Hundreds of new stamp issues from around the world are listed in the February 2009 Philatelic Exporter.

Postal administrations and/or agents
If you do not already do so, send to the editor details of your new stamp issues for inclusion in the 'New Issues' listing.
For increased publicity, why not advertise your new issues?

Trade Diary

What's on in the UK and overseas - events in the UK in February and March 2009, and international events up to 2016, are listed in the February 2009 Philatelic Exporter.

Event organisers
If you would like your stamp exhibitions or fairs included in these listings please let the editor have your 2009 schedules.
For more publicity for your events why not advertise them in the 'Philatelic Exporter'?

Your Letters

Security Stamps and Parcel Scams ... Stolen in the Mail.

Have you got a view to express about any aspect of the stamp trade?
Fancy a moan, a gripe, or a groan?
Or a complaint or compliment, a bouquet or brickbat?
Want to get something off your chest?

Then contact the editor.

From our contributors:

Michael Burzan - Europe

Love philately!
This is the month of Valentine's Day - February 14 - and presents an ideal opportunity to decorate shop windows accordingly. The number of 'Love and Greeting stamps' issued for this occasion (since the first from the USA in the early 1970s) has risen quite substantially in the last decade. East European countries have also started to fall in love with St Valentine in recent years - here is a selection ...

Also:
Premium quality: a trend in philately ... Top ten extraordinary stamps of 2008 .

Read the column in the February 2009 Philatelic Exporter.

James Skinner - Great Britain

Not what they used to be
Royal Mail seems currently obsessed with securing its revenue streams from stamp sales. In my December column, I reported on the range of new Machin definitives that will appear later this month with enhanced security features, intended to prevent illegal reuse of postage stamps that have already passed through the postal system but have either remained uncancelled or have had the cancellation removed. Since writing that article further details on the security features have emerged ...

Read the column in the February 2009 Philatelic Exporter.

Liz McKernan - Postcard World

Selling nostalgia
A couple of days after Christmas, listeners to BBC Radio 4 finally got to hear the interviews carried out by broadcaster Sandi Toksvig at the Postcard Show last September. The resulting half-hour programme in the series Excess Baggage turned out to be entertaining to collectors and non-collectors alike. The presenter's enthusiasm helped to show postcards and postcard collecting in an interesting manner in spite of her mentioning 'boring' postcards ...

Also:
Goodbye to Woolies ... Dutch postcard fair ... Bequest problems ... Shrinking list ... eBay surprise.

Read the column in the February 2009 Philatelic Exporter.

David Rennie - New Books

11 books reviewed in the February 2009 Philatelic Exporter.

Glen Stephens - Australasia

Stamps need air to survive!
Stamp dealers are like doctors - we generally get to tell collectors about their problem only when it is too late to rectify anything. The number one problem for stamp collectors and dealers in this Australian part of the world is our climate. Probably 90% of Australian stamp collectors live in the coastal strip from Melbourne to Cairns. These areas suffer from sustained high humidity over the long Australian summer ...

Read the column in the February 2009 Philatelic Exporter.

Glen Stephens - USA

Forged 'Inverted Jenny' is convincing
Sadly, stamp forgers are always active, and often the results can be pretty convincing. On stampboards.com mid-January a new member from the UK called 'willis8732' posted up a photo of a USA 'Inverted Jenny'. He claimed he’d bought it in a cheap £4 stamp junk lot from an antique dealer in a Portsmouth (UK) back street. The stamp looked quite genuine, with the correct gauge perfs, and even gum that looked genuine and correct. As readers know this famous 1918 stamp, if genuine, is now selling for around the US$1 million mark for top end examples – if genuine ...

Also:
Ugly stamp (below) sells for over a million dollars ... Hope springs eternal.

Read the column in the February 2009 Philatelic Exporter.