Reporting Back From The London 2010 Stamp Exhibition


By Alexander Haimann, Collections Specialist

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A 1.30-euro stamp issued by Monaco celebrating the London 2010 Festival of Stamps (image provided by Daniel Piazza, NPM Assistant Curator of Philately)

This NPM Blog post contains a short (mostly pictorial) report of my three-day visit to the 2010 London International Stamp Exhibition (read introductory blog post).

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The Exhibition was held at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London, England. The main floor (depicted in the photo above) hosted booths for a large variety of philatelic dealers and auction houses from around the world. The exhibits of stamps and covers were located in another section of the Centre.
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The thousands of visitors to the show belonged to a plethora of demographic groups.
Visitors of different ages looking at stamp displays.
Visitors of different ages are illustrated nicely by the collectors browsing through a dealer's stock.
Alex and three young stamp show attendees pose for a photo.
I very much enjoyed a brief encounter with these three fine young stamp collecting gentlemen (shown below) while looking through some early stamps of Great Britain.

I am hard pressed to think of a more welcoming and spirited group of stamp collectors than the members of the Royal Philatelic Society of Victoria, Australia (shown below).

A group of stamp show participants pose for a photo.
I attended wonderful reception for their members and guests held during my time at the London 2010 Show.

Philatelic related events are being held all around Great Britain throughout 2010. The British Library hosted a number of special tours and presentations during the London 2010 Show and will continue to host a variety of events through December.

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David Beech, Curator of the British Library's Philatelic Collections is shown below giving a special tour of a section of the Library's Philatelic Collections.

Alex Haimann

About the Author
Alexander T. Haimann, Collections Specialist & Web Projects Developer at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum, collects and writes primarily about the stamps and postal history of the U.S. during the first one hundred years of stamp production (1847-1947). Additionally, he develops internet based education projects and exhibits for the National Postal Museum. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Stamp Dealers Association, the Chair of the American Philatelic Society’s Young Philatelic Leaders Fellowship and the publicist for the United State Philatelic Classics Society. His national and international society memberships include the American Philatelic Society, United States Stamp Society, Collectors Club of New York and the Royal Philatelic Society London.