Joburg 2010 International Stamp Exhibit


Sports enthusiasts are not the only ones excited by the major international events in South Africa in 2010.

The Joburg 2010 International Stamp Show, the 26th Asian International Stamp Exhibition (South Africa is affiliated to FIAP – The Federation of Inter Asian Philately) will be held from Wednesday, 27 October to Sunday, 31 October 2010 at the Sandton Convention Centre, and is set to delight both seasoned philatelists and those who have recently discovered this rewarding pursuit. This is the first International Exhibition to be hosted by South Africa since the successful Ilsapex International in 1998, which was also held in Johannesburg (Midrand).

Entries close on 31 March 2010. Entry forms may be downloaded off the web site The web site also contains other useful information regarding the show, including, for the benefit of prospective exhibitors, the exhibition IREX – the Individual Regulations that exhibitors need to comply with in entering for the exhibition.

Please bear in mind that Joburg 2010 Stamp Show will see South Africa adopting the international standard of 16 page frames. Accordingly a One Frame exhibit will comprise 16 pages, a 5 frame exhibit 5 x 16 = 80 pages and an 8 frame exhibit 8 x 16 = 128 pages

South African exhibitors may also get further information from their Regional Vice Presidents. To assist in the logistics in getting exhibits to and from the exhibition, the Philatelic Federation of South Africa has nominated 5 South African Commissioners. Entrants who are accepted will be contacted by the relevant commissioner with all the details of how to prepare their exhibits for conveyance. The nominated Commissioners are:

Mr Dave Morton             Western Cape
Mr Vernon Mitchell         Eastern Cape
Dr Jim Findlay                 Gauteng & Zimbabwe
Dr Angus Pringle            KZN
Prof Gary Osthof            Free State & Northern Cape

The Joburg 2010 International Stamp Show is sponsored by the Philatelic Foundation of South Africa and the South African Post Office, and has the patronage of the Federation of Inter-Asian Philately (FIAP). It is also recognised by the Fédération Internationale de Philatélie (FIP), the international governing body for world philately.

The stamp show will see members of the international philatelic community, drawn from some 45 countries, join South African philatelists and stamp enthusiasts over four days of philatelic activities. The entire Ground Floor of the Sandton International Convention Centre has been secured for the exhibition. This comprises some 5,800m2 (nearly 60,000squaree feet) of exhibition space. The floor will be fully carpeted with strong branding and graphics – ensuring that the exhibition and the trade are readily identifiable. Seating and refreshment areas will be located within the Hall.

“With a history spanning many, many years, philately is an intricate and diverse pursuit, and its significance will be highlighted and acknowledged with this coming event,” say the Co Chairperson of Joburg 2010 International Stamp Show Mr Howard Green.

“The pride and fellowship of philately will be celebrated. A junction of expertise, experience and passion from all corners of the earth will set the benchmark for The Joburg 2010 International Stamp Show.”

Highlights include an exceptional Court of Honour featuring a selection of the Queen Elizabeth II collection, for which Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has given personal approval. The selection will be brought to South Africa by the Keeper of the Royal Collection.

The South African Post Office (SAPO) archival exhibit and a diversity of invited exhibits will also be featured in the Court of Honour.

Some 1,500 frames of competitive exhibits with over 20,000 pages of stamps and philatelic material across all FIP classes are anticipated and frames will comply with the International Convention of 16 pages per frame.
The Competitive Exhibition is set to be a major attraction and draw strong interest from a wide spectrum of local and international collectors and philatelists.

The show will include a variety of special events and entertainment, which will be enjoyed by adults and children alike.

A youth activation zone will appeal to new and young stamp collectors, inspiring and assisting them to embrace the hobby.

The official launch of the 8th definitive stamp series by SAPO is another highlight of this show.

The presence of over 40 local and international dealers from the likes of Europe, USA and Australasia will provide a unique opportunity for trade for all collectors and budgets.

Concurrent to Joburg 2010 International Stamp Show, the South African Post Office will also host a Conference for Managers of Philatelic Bureaus.

“The show is a platform which showcases the high standards of philately in our country to an audience of world-renowned philatelists and also create awareness of philately amongst the general public,” explains Johan van Wyk, Manger Philatelic Services of the Post Office. “It will also lead to a promotion of our country through its stamps, and strong participation from African countries will showcase the diversity, strength and growth within our continent.”

African participant countries include South Africa, Swaziland, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Tanzania, Zambia and Sudan.

Participating countries include Australia, Bahrain, China, Chinese Taipei, France, Georgia, Germany, Great Britain, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Luxembourg, Macau, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Portugal, Qatar, Singapore, Spain, Sri Lanka, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, Thailand, USA, UAE and Vietnam.

Press information:

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As of the Press Time: Philippine Philatelic Federation and International Philippine Philatelic Society will be sending representatives to the show.


London 2010 Festival of Stamps

As part of the London 2010 Festival of Stamps a year long exhibition The British Library Philatelic Rarities will be on show in the permanent Philatelic Exhibition area at the British Library, 96, Euston Road, St Pancras, London, NW1 2DB. Admission free.

Event: London International Stamp Exhibition 2010

Date: May8 to 15, 2010

Over forty of the library’s great philatelic rarities have been selected to be specially featured. Included in the exhibition are the unique America 1765 1d Revenue proof sheet; the introduction of which prompted widespread opposition and the cry “no taxation without representation”; the famous Canada 1851 12 pence black in an unused pair, Cape of Good Hope 1861 4d vermilion error of colour in pair with normal 1d used; a rarity of Great Britain – the 1858-79 1d plate 77 unused; an example of the Hawaii 1851-52 Missionary 2 cents used; the unique cover bearing two examples of India 1854 4 annas with inverted head; the iconic Mauritius 1847 Post Office 1d red used on ‘Ball’ cover and 2d blue unused; Spain 1851 2 reales blue error of colour used; and USA 1918 24 cents Curtiss Jenny error ‘centre inverted’ unused. The exhibition offers a rare opportunity to see many of the most significant items in philately and all in one place – The British Library.

In association with this exhibition a new booklet Treasures in Focus Stamps has been published, and is exclusively available from the British Library Shop or via the British Library Online Shop at:  Price £3.99.

From Sunday 9th to Saturday 15th May at 11.30 each day a philatelic Curator will conduct a tour of the British Library’s Philatelic Exhibition, (which is on permanent public show in 1,000 display frames of about 80,000 items). These exhibits have recently been rearranged and as well as including The British Library Philatelic Rarities exhibition, will also show the first half of the Tapling Collection countries Afghanistan to Mexico, including the fabulous Great Britain collection), which has not been on public display for some time.

Other collections on display include the Mosely Collection of British Africa to 1935; The Bojanowicz Collection of Poland postal history 1938-1946; The Model Collection of Germany 1945-46 local provisional stamps; The Harrison Collection of die proofs 1911-37, engraved by J.A.C. Harrison; The Fitz Gerald Collection of World Airmails to the 1930s (selected pages); The Bailey Collection of Spanish Civil War 1936-39 (selected pages) and The Langmead Collection of Great Britain and Ireland Telegraph stamps.

Other exciting activities that are planned to take place during the period of the year long London 2010 Festival of Stamps will include a series of presentations, which will be staged monthly throughout the year and on a daily basis during London 2010 International Stamp Exhibition from the 10th to 15th May.

Visit the website for more information :

For details see web page at:

Additional Notes:

Philippine stamp collectors will be able to meet and IPPS will  have an interesting stamp lectures on May 10, 2010

Monday 9-11 AM—May 10, 2010—British Postal Museum and Archive, London,  England
Philippine Show and Tell (sponsored by the International Philippine Philatelic Society )

Contact Person :

Mr. Geoffrey Lewis, POC, +61-2-9399-8566—

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