Show preview - Stampex International, Autumn 2019

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11 August 2019
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There are a number of exciting new initiatives at Stampex International this September, including a special series of talks, and tours of the philatelic exhibits. Find out more with our event preview…

Stampex International is Europe's number one stamp show and will take place between 11 and 14 September at the Business Design Centre, Islington, London.

NEW! Stampex talks

A series of special talks will take place throughout the four days. 

On the Wednesday at 2.30pm, Bill Hedley Chairman of the ABPS Exhibitions and International Committee will share his wisdom on how to exhibit competitively. At 4pm Matt Hill of Stamp Collector magazine talks to leading philatelists Edward Klempka and Frank Walton about their collecting background and philatelic expertise.

Thursday’s talk takes place at 11am and will see Stuart Aitken, Curator, Philately at The Postal Museum, take collectors on a journey celebrating the 100th anniversary of transatlantic airmail. On Friday, at 4pm, Oscar Young from Stanley Gibbons uncovers more on the world of philately, why stamps are issued, how to spot errors, and quirks in printing. Saturday’s talk, at 11am is entitled ‘Postal History Treatment’ and is presetned by Peter McCann in Association with ABPS.

If you haven’t reserved your seats you can just turn up on the day, with spaces available on a first-come-first-served basis. All the talks will be held in the Gallery bay 10. A special thanks goes to the ABPS.

Exhibition Tours 

The Philatelic Traders’ Society and the ABPS are delighted to announce the launch of exhibition tours. The tours will be a maximum of thirty minutes long and will be held on the Thursday and Friday of the event. This is a great way for stamp enthusiasts and novices to be able to hear directly from an expert and be walked around the exhibits. Meet in the foyer by the information booklets at 3pm on Thursday and 11.30am on Friday.

Stampex souvenirs

In addition to a ‘D-Day’ mini sheet from Royal Mail, a limited edition Smilers Sheet will be available from the Information Stand (Stand #117 at the front of the hall on the ‘Village Green’ area), featuring ten 1st Class stamps alongside labels each featuring a rare foreign stamp, including classics from Brazil, Switzerland and the German colonies.

Add to your collection

As ever there will be a huge range of stamps and postal history to purchase at the event, with many of the world’s top dealers offering their latest stock, and auction houses showcasing their latest sales and results. You can also head to the gallery bays to check out the gallery tables, featuring new or returning dealers from all over the world. 

Airmail Anniversary 

The Postal Museum will be celebrating the International Airmail Anniversary this September with a special display at Stampex International.

With the conclusion of the First World War, planes were able to cross the channel with greater ease and continue their journey to deliver mail to  Europe and beyond. The Postal Museum’s display will feature a range of items, focusing on four airmail anniversaries: 

  • The year 1919 saw the first international airmail service deliver mail to approximately 275,000 British troops in Cologne, Germany. The service was a success and kept the RAF in operation after the war.
  • The year also saw the introduction of a regular daily airmail service to Paris, with up to two flights daily.
  • The first successful airmail crossing of the Atlantic. On 14th June 1919, John Alcock and Arthur Whitten-Brown completed the first non-stop flight across the Atlantic, carrying with them 196 ordinary letters and one letter packet.
  • The first successful airmail flight delivering mail to Australia also took place, following numerous stops and a few minor crashes along the way… and some understandable delayed letter arrivals!

GB Line-engraved made easy 

Visit stamp and postal history expert and dealer Bill Barrell on stand 69 on Friday 13th September for his popular ‘GB Line-Engraved Made Easy’ workshop, which will run throughout the day. Bill will have leading experts on the stand to answer your queries, whether on plating, perforation, or shading. The expert advice is free of charge and Bill will be providing coffee and biscuits!

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