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Stamp Collector March 2021

Stamp Collector gives you all the information, news, expert advice, market insight and inspiration you need to build your stamp collection and get the most from your hobby. Every issue features the latest prices, expert collecting advice, in-depth guides giving you the lowdown on classic stamp sets, new stamps, postal history, first-day covers and much more. Our stamp stories shed light on intriguing stamps and why they were produced, and our stamp sidelines pages provide an insight into postmarks, first-day covers, Cinderellas, Post & Go and Europa stamps.

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United Kingdom
Warners Group Publications Plc
12 Issues

in this issue

1 min
in brief

The committee of Stamp Active Network have announced the appointment of Peter Barham as their new secretary. David Rossall, Stamp Active Network’s Publicity Officer, said: ‘Peter is not new to the organisation, having been on the committee for some time as Donations & Auctions Manager, but has volunteered to take on the secretarial role in addition to his existing duties. Peter takes over the role from Raymond Watkins to whom we are grateful for his years of service.’ Peter can be contacted by email barham42@outlook.com. You can find out more about the Stamp Active Network at www.stampactive.co.uk Subscriber Prize Draw: As a thank you to our growing number of loyal Stamp Collector magazine subscribers, we recently introduced a Subscriber Prize Draw which takes place every month giving one lucky subscriber a range…

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collector conference to focus on modern stamps

The second Collectors’ Conference at is set to take place from 22 to 24 February at the website www.allaboutstamps.co.uk, with a focus on modern stamps and the work of stamp designers and philatelic bureaus around the world. The online event follows the hugely successful Collectors’ Conference on GB Stamps which took place in October 2020, and was held in association with the Great Britain Philatelic Society (GBPS). The forthcoming event will include special articles, videos, and webinars. The Conference will also feature a special live webinar entitled ‘In conversation with Martin Mörck’, which will take place on 23 February at 6.30pm (UK time). The webinar will feature a conversation with the renowned Norwegian stamp engraver about his career, the engraving process and the many stamps he has produced over the years, and…

2 min
mistaken identity on masonic stamp?

A member of the Masonic Philatelic Society has pointed out that a stamp issued by Romania in April 2020 to celebrate the 140th anniversary of the existence of the National Grand Lodge of Romania, features an incorrect portrait. A press release claimed that the ‘postage stamp with the face value of 20.50 lei illustrated the portrait of the First Grand Master, Constantin Moroiu, along with Masonic symbols.’ However, Gheorghe Bichicean, has pointed out to fellow members of the Masonic Philatelic Society, that the portrait is not of Constantin Moroiu at all. Gheorghe wrote: ‘The National Grand Lodge was founded on 8 September 1880 and was 140 years old in 2020. To mark the occasion Rompresfilatelia issued a set of stamps. One stamp in particular, the 20.50L had an image of a soldier…

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philatelists honoured with lichtenstein memorial award

The Collectors Club, the prestigious philatelic society based in New York, has revealed the winners of the Alfred F. Lichtenstein Memorial Award for Distinguished Service to Philately. Mark Banchik, a retired physician administrator who lives in San Diego, and Patrick Maselis, an agricultural industrialist who lives in Roeselare, Belgium, are the two honourees. Dr. Banchik is also a past president of the Collectors Club and serves on its board of Governors; Mr. Maselis is the immediate past president of the Royal Philatelic Society London, and currently the president of the Club de Monte-Carlo. Traditionally, the Lichtenstein award is formally given at a springtime dinner in New York, but due to the continuing global pandemic, plans for a dinner this year have not yet been finalised. Alfred F. Lichtenstein (1876-1947) was widely considered one…

4 min
in conversation with…

Following their recent PTS Creative Concept of the Year Award 2021 honour, and ahead of a new ‘Conversations with Philatelists’ column starting in next month’s Stamp Collector, we speak to video podcasters Michael Cortese of NobleSpirit and Charles Epting of HR Harmer How did you both become involved in philately? Charles: Although I collected many different things as a child… I didn’t pick up philately until I was in college. I was looking for a hobby that would tie into the history degree I was undertaking, and the idea of being able to hold little pieces of the past in the palm of your hand really appealed to me. Michael: I’m a third generation philatelist… from the age of eight, my father taught me to identify stamps in the Scott Catalogue, and taught…

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flockdown - the story of the lockdown birds

SEE THE VERY LATEST NEW STAMPS AT: WWW.ALLABOUTSTAMPS.CO.UK/STAMP-GUIDES/NEW-STAMPS During the Covid-19 lockdown of 2020, we all found different ways of coping, be it baking, gardening, writing or creating. Berni Martin lives in a first floor flat in the parish of St Brelade, in the west of Jersey. Whilst she wouldn’t describe herself as an artist, she spends a lot of time crafting, making and photographing. Outside Berni’s window is a huge tree alongside which she likes to hang bird feeders. She enjoys watching the birds who come to eat the seed, each with their own personality and trademark song. She particularly likes watching the fussy eaters who cunningly shake the smaller seeds to the ground to get to the bigger, tastier nuts. During the COVID-19 lockdown, people stayed at home to stay safe…