Reporte de las Comisiones de la FIAF 2007-2008
INFORME COMISIÓN FIAF DE LITERATURA FILATÉLICA 2008
Como es de su conocimiento sigue trabado el trabajo sobre la Historia de las Publicaciones Filatélicas Periódicas que se editan en el ámbito de la FIAF. Este trabajo se inició con la colaboración del Delegado del Uruguay Sr. Juan Bosco Oberti pero no avanza ante la falta de respuesta por parte de numerosas entidades afiliadas a la FIAF.
Premio Literario Alvaro Bonilla Lara. Se envió al señor presidente de la Comisión FIP de Literatura Filatélica Dr. Anthony Virvilis, a su pedido, el detalle (año, autor y título de la obra) de los premios otorgados desde su creación en 1987 durante la Exposición CAPEX 87, Toronto, Canadá.
Prensa Filatélica Iberoamericana. A partir del número 260 de la revista Cronista Filatélico de la Asociación de Cronistas Filatélicos de la Argentina se inició la publicación de la reseña de las revistas filatélicas periódicas publicadas en los países de Iberoamérica, a cargo del prestigioso investigador
y escritor Ing. Danilo A. Mueses de República Dominicana.
INFORME DE LA COMISIÓN FIAF PARA LOS ENTEROS POSTALES
1) De acuerdo con las elecciones llevadas a cabo en Bucarest, Rumania, en ocasión de EFIRO 2008, la presidencia de la Comisión F.I.P. para los Enteros Postales, continúa en la persona de Stephen Schumann, de U.S.A., y el miembro del Buró que pertenece
a nuestra Federación continental es César Jones (Uruguay).
Meses atrás, Jones se había incorporado a tal posición, por designación de la presidencia al quedar vacante el cargo, dado que el miembro del Buró F.I.P. electo por la FIAF, Enrique Bialikamien de Costa Rica, debió renunciar a su
posición debido a las disposiciones reglamentarias de FIP, ante la presentación de su candidatura al Consejo de la máxima federación filatélica mundial.
2) De la reunión de la Comisión en EFIRO destacamos las conferencias de Enrique Bialikamien sobre las Tarjetas postales costarricenses de 1923 y la de Ross Towle (USA) respecto de Enteros postales de la American Bank Note Co., como el ejercicio de juzgamiento
de la colección "Bahamas durante el reinado del rey Jorge VI".
3) En EFIRO 2008 se exhibieron las colecciones que destacamos por su pertenencia al área geográfica FIAF, por la colección en sí misma, o por la nacionalidad de su expositor, como sigue:
- TOWLE ROSS, USA, Chile: Postal Cards and Envelopes 1872-1929 96, Oro y premio especial.
- MARTIN DE NICOLAS ARTURO, USA, Official Postal Cards of Spain (1873-1938) 96, Oro y premio especial.
- SINFIELD JOHN, AUSTRALIA, Republic of Panama Postal Stationery 92, O.
- SUESS PETER, ALEMANIA, The Postal Stationeries of Mexican Express-Companies 90, O.
- BASCHWITZ GÓMEZ GERMÁN, ESPAÑA. Enteros Postales de Perú. 90, O.
- GLOHR ERIC, USA Hawaiian Postal Cards and Envelopes: Kingdom, Provisional Government, and Republic Issues. 88, VG.
- SEITZBERG SVEND, DINAMARCA, Danish West Indies Postal Stationery 86, VG.
- VILLARROEL DE PEREDO MARTHA, BOLIVIA. Postal Stationary of Bolivia 83, V.
- FERRER ZAVALA ARTURO, ESPAÑA, Enteros Postales Mexicanos. Siglo XX 78, PG.
- JIMENEZ ALBERTO, MEXICO, México XIX Century Postal Stationery 76, PG.
- BUSSEY LEWIS, USA, U.S. One Cent Postal Card, Design of 1898 76, PG.
- CARLOS ESTUARDO RIVERA GRAJEDA, GUATEMALA. From Guatemala to the World in 1890 73, P.
- HARALD POECH, GUATEMALA, POSTHORN, Guatemala 19th Century 70, P.
En el "campeonato ISRAEL 2008" calificaron las siguientes:
- VILLARROEL DE PEREDO, MARTHA. BOLIVIA, Bolivia Postal Stationery V 81
- NUTIK-NOGID, CLAIRE R. USA, Postal Stationery of the Palestine Mandate PG 76
- JIMENEZ CORDERO, ALBERTO, MÉXICO, PS Mexico XIX Century Postal Stationery S 70
- FERRER, ARTURO, Spain, First Postal Stationery of Argentina SB 68
- BUNCE, ART, USA, Before the Mulready-Postal Stationery of the Italian States 1608-1836 G 90
- BANCHIK, SEYMOUR, USA, The Evolution and Usage of 19th Century British Wrapper Bands LV 88
En ambos jurados el Team leader fue Stephen Schumann de USA. César Jones (Uruguay) fue jurado en WSC Israel 2008 pero no actuó en el grupo de jurados de Enteros Postales.
En Uruguay, durante cuatro meses y a razón de una sesión por semana, la Federación Uruguaya de Filatelia, realizó un Seminario Nacional para candidatos a Jurados de todas las clases, incluyendo Enteros Postales, el que fue conducido por el Jurado
FIP de Uruguay, César Jones, con la colaboración de dos jurados FIAF: Ernesto Zicari y Juan Bosco Oberti. Asistieron los filatelistas y expositores: Darío Ciardi, Rafael Fosalba, Enrique Lewowicz, Vicente Luis y Miguel A. García.
Con profunda consternación, damos cuenta del fallecimiento de uno de los más grandes expositores filatélicos uruguayos desde 1984: Juan Carlos Mira. El Sr. Mira obtuvo medalla de oro grande FIP con sus colecciones de filatelia tradicional: "Uruguay
Siglo XIX", y aerofilatelia: "Correo aéreo uruguayo". También había sido expositor de enteros postales uruguayos en Australia 1999, en Melbourne, colección que no había sido exhibida desde entonces, a la espera de un mejoramiento que estaba
concluyendo, cuando, luego de una penosa enfermedad, su vida, lamentablemente, se apagó. Fue comisionado uruguayo en múltiples ocasiones a lo largo y ancho del mundo, se granjeó amigos en todas esas oportunidades, y su fallecimiento ha representado una pérdida
importante para la filatelia uruguaya y sudamericana.
Saluda muy cordialmente,
César Jones AHF, Presidente de la Comisión FIAF de Enteros Postales, y miembro del Buró de la Comisión correspondiente de la FIP.
INFORME DE LA FAKES-FORGERY COMMISSION
At the end of 2007 Dr. James Mazepa announced that I have accepted to work as the President of the Fakes-Forgery Commission. For those who don't know me allow me to say a few words. I have been a philatelist virtually all my life during which I have collected many countries
and areas. Born in Germany and nationalized British Citizen, having lived also many years in Spain and as from 1988 in Bogotá, Colombia. Ever since than my main area is Colombia. Having been a Graphic Designer and Specialist in Graphic Arts, I was able to dedicate my professional knowledge
to become an AIEP Expert for Colombian Philately and have until now published 10 books with over 2000 pages on the subject and in the progress to write a few more if time permits. I have tried and am still trying to fight forgeries but it is a very difficult job indeed. There are dealers
who believe they know everything of any country they sell, dealers who believe to know more than the experts, dealers who sell knowingly fakes and forgeries and do not correspond afterwards and are those who are honest in all aspects. Needless to say that certain dealers do not like me or
other colleagues as they do not want to return money when a client comes with a certificate and sadly enough I even had experienced serious threats on my life. I believe that many collectors had also bad experiences with regard to fakes and forgeries. It is simply a continuous fight. However,
where an individual can't do much, a united group or organization may have more luck. That is essentially what this commission is about, identify, trying to improve and to publish in the interest of the collector. I like to call upon anybody interested to work with me in the Commission on
a regular basis.
This shouldn't take much time of anybody. Supplying information on any NEWS related to our subject, new discovered forgeries, etc., activities in Clubs, auctions or Federations.
Any related projects, new publications, list of local experts or anything which might be of interest to all of us.
Please contact me at any time via email: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or consulting any information or references in literature, other experts, books or any other contact needed.
Dieter Bortfeldt, FRPSL,AIEP, etc.
President - Fakes Forgeries Commission
On 3 April 2008, the latest edition of the FFE magazine No.11 appeared, this publication or better book, is the magazine of the International Association of Philatelic Experts, in short AIEP, with over 200 pages full of interesting articles from many parts of the world. This
is a highly recommended yearly publication.
On the web www.ffejournal.com you find ALL articles published over the last 10 years, the contents of number 11 will appear shortly on that site, too.Digital Microscope
A new concept - a microscope with scanner connected to the computer, an easy and quick way to check stamps cancellations, etc. Ideal to see those important details separating the Forgery from the genuine stamps. A new product from STANLEY GIBBONS Ltd., London. See note taken
from their web site.
SCAN F-3 (insert)
Finally I like to show 2 interesting items worth mentioning:
SCAN F-1 (insert)
A parcel card from Colombia, showing a mixture of stamps, a 10 Peso (high value) of 1917 with a pair of stamps with the portrait of Cisneros issued 1949 - all cancelled 1942 with a date of January 1953 alongside. The item was bought showing the late use of the 1917 stamp.
When I was shown this item, a genuinely used parcel card I was absolutely puzzled.
What is a 1949 stamp doing with a 1942 cancel on a document of 1953 ?????
Any suggestions? How would you evaluate this item ? Send me an email and we publish the answers in the next quarter of this year.
The next item is a cover with a 1917 4 Centavos Registration stamp sold as a scarce registration cover for a high price.
SCAN F-2 (insert)
Well, lets have a closer look: NO sign of any registration postal indication, The ordinary single letter postal rate was 3 Centavos, meaning that the cover with the total value of the stamp covered a double letter rate. The value of the 2 stamps are about 2 Dolar on the market, so why pay
a price of more than 100 Dolar /actually much more) for a cover which is not even registered? On top of it the registration fee was never 4 Centavos but 10 Centavos or more. WHY?
The answer is: It is still the only known genuinely circulated cover with this stamp.
I gave these two examples to show the importance to check dates of issue, dates of use, postal rates, etc. proving that sometimes a apparently very ordinary material can have some great hidden value or problem. As a good friend always says: Don´t take everything for
granted - always look TWICE and on BOTH sides.
Not a Chinese proverb - but a good advice.
Well, I very much look forward hearing from you, about your work in the Federations, Clubs or with philatelic friends - take part in the Commission - we need yor support.
Report of the FIAF Commission Fakes and Forgeries
By Dieter Bortfeldt, FRPSL, AIEP
The previously mentioned ZOOM Digital MICROSCOPE available from STANLEY GIBBONS, London, per internet, has been widely accepted in the philatelic world and many experts are using this excellent tool.
Highly recommended for detecting forgeries, details of stamps, etc. with enlargement of up to 130X.
During the last months I have received either personally or via email questions regarding claims of forgeries bought, sold and offered with Certificate of certain dealers. I had cases where a known forgery was sold with certificate and when I issued a certificate stating
it is a well identified forgery, the buyer received an answer stating that their expert says its genuine and therefore they are not accepting the claim and return of money.
With reference to experts I must clarify that there is no expert being able to certify any stamp of the world. Like APS and the Royal Philatelic Society work as teams of specialists - experts.
Buying in EBAY has various sides, for the person who knows there are bargains and scarcer items and the other side is the sale per internet of so-called genuine material which turns out to be either a forgery or defective, etc. It is a risk for the average collector, who
should get a second opinion or if not satisfied inform EBAY direct.
New Type of Forgeries
The AIEP has recently informed about a new type of forgery regarding cancellations on valuable stamps and covers applied by inkjet or laser printer.
These are very difficult to distinguish - they appear nearly perfect.
Take this information into consideration.
I am working on a study of inks used for cancellations and prephilatelic material, which should help to detect forgeries or fake cancellation taking samples of material from various places and of different time periods.
My aim is to complete a first useful report by the end of this year.
Anybody wanting to participate is more than welcome.
INFORME DE LA COMISION DE HISTORIA POSTAL
Draft of Regulations for the Evaluation of Postal History Exhibits (.pdf)
Annual report of the FIAF Commission for Postal History for the period ending September 30, 2008
In the first activity report of the Commission for the period ending March 31, 2008, I declared my intentions for the Commission in the following way:
"I see the commission as a forum for exchange of ideas regarding postal history, especially its exhibiting aspects. I also intend to use it as a transmission belt between the FIP Commission for Postal History and exhibitors and authors in the Western Hemisphere. My intention
is to get the new Special Regulations for Evaluation of Postal History Exhibits at FIP Exhibition (SREV) as well as the Guidelines for Judging Postal History Exhibits which will be voted upon in June 2008 in Bucharest, Rumania translated to Spanish and posted on the FIAF website (.)".
Accordingly, we prepared our own draft of SREV which on April 9, 2008 was emailed to the FIP Commission for Postal History. Unfortunately, it was too late to consider our proposition. Consequently, the draft prepared by the FIP Commission was presented at the General Meeting
of the Commission in Bucharest, voted upon, and then approved by the FIP Congress. It is taking effect on January 1, 2009. The texts of this document in English, German, Spanish and Portuguese are available on the website of the FIP Postal History Commission www.fippostalhistory.com. The
texts in French, Russian and Chinese should be added soon.
Though we recognize the FIP SREV as the official regulation in force, we plan to use our draft as material for future discussions within the FIAF Commission for Postal History and the national federations belonging to FIAF. We also continue our efforts on the preparation
of guidelines and commentaries to our draft of SREV.
Our draft proposes a more advanced concept of postal history than the one of the FIP SREV. It also comprises detailed provisions regarding organization and composition of exhibits, write-up, use of illustrations, maps, and other collateral material. We have proposed a number
of solutions that may complement the FIP SREV.
Furthermore, the English version of our draft has already been published (the September-October 2008 edition of the Canadian Philatelist) and has already stirred some reactions. Our draft was also translated into Spanish by the newly co-opted member of our Commission, Mr.
Alfredo Frohlich, and very soon will be distributed among delegates to the Commission.
The English text and the Spanish translation thereof are included as attachments to this report.
News from the FIP Commission for Postal History
The General Meeting of the Commission for Postal History took place on June 26, 2008, and was followed by the 70th FIP Congress at the closing of EFIRO 2008 World Philatelic Exhibition in Bucharest, Romania.
Having completed his second term as the Chairman of the Commission, Leo De Clercq stepped down. He was thanked for his long lasting service by Dr. Peter McCann - FIP Coordinator for the Commission and Kurt Kimmel - a newly elected Chairman. Two days later, during the FIP
Congress, Leo De Clercq, along with other retiring commission chairmen, was presented with the FIP Medal of Service by the FIP President Joseph Wolff.
A new team of officers of the Commission was elected:
Kurt Kimmel-Lampart (Switzerland) who ran un-opposed was confirmed the new Chairman. JJ Danielski (Canada) was elected the new Secretary. Dila Eaton (Paraguay) was elected the new member of the Commission for FIAF and Per Friis Mortensen for FEPA. Dr. M.T. Cheung who ran
un-opposed was confirmed as the Commission member for FIAP. As a new Chairman, Kurt Kimmel informed the delegates that he will ask the FIP to appoint Malcolm Groom (Australia) and Danforth Walker (USA) as un-elected members of the Commission.
There was also a shuffle of responsibilities within the FIP Board of Directors. Mr. Paulo Comelli became the new FIP Coordinator for the Commission for Postal History. The formed FIP Coordinator Dr. Peter McCann assumed the Commission for Traditional Philately.
Make up of the FIAF Commission for Postal History
Chairman: Dr. JJ Danielski (Canada), Secretary: Roberto C. Eaton-Kent (Paraguay),
Members: Dr. Giorgio Migliavacca (British Virgin Island), Aldo Salvatteci (Peru), Danforth Walker and Alfredo Frohlich (USA).
Dr. JJ Danielski