Welcome to Dr Iwan’s APIT ” Asia Phillatelic infocenter Today”


APIT “Asia Phillatelic Information Center Today”_was created and copyright @Dr Iwan 2010

“Asia Phillatelic infocenter  today” will compile all the phillatelic information from Asia Countries.


  Mr. Muhammad Saleem Tabani a well known philatelist, has passed away on 4rth February 2010.  
  Meeting of Faisalabad Philatelic Association  
  Indipex 2011:

The World Philatelic Exhibition INDIPEX 2011 will be held in Hall No. 8-11 of Paragati Maidan Exhibition Complex, New Delhi. India from 12th to 18th February 2011. INDIPEX is organized by India Post, Government of India in collaboration with the Philatelic Congress of India (PCI) under patronage of the Federation International de philatelie (FIP) and the auspices of the Federation of Inter-Asia Philately (FIAP). The collectors interested to participate should contact National Commissioner before May 31, 2010.

  National Stamp Exhibition Karachi “Pakistan 2009”  
  National Stamp Exhibition Lahore 2009  
  George Rab Editor PAKPHIL comments on our website:  
  I am pleased to report that a respected collector and dealer in Faisalabad have created what I believe is the first comprehensive website dedicated solely to Pakistan Philately. He is Akhtar-ul-lslam-Siddiqi, whom I have personally known for many years, and is also the author of the handy pocket sized series of “Collect Pakistan Postage Stamps” catalogues. On this website we have an updated version of his catalogue, articles, Philatelists Directory, list of Philatelic Associations and details of Philatelic Literature on Pakistan and much more.

This is an important undertaking for Pakistan philately and deserves our support. I recommend all interested collectors to have a look at it and if possible contribute. Akhtar commented “/ have tried to make my website a good magazine instead of an ordinary web page. I have paid a lot for this work but by the grace of almighty God it will be recognized worldwide. Please publicize this website in your Pakphil so that other collectors are made aware of it”.

Although still in its infancy and yet to develop to its full potential it contains lots of interesting facts on Pakistan philately. The website can be found at http://www.pakistanphlately.com and there you can email your comments to Akhtar. I am certain this will encourage Akhtar and show him that his efforts are appreciated.

Finally, I must also mention that the 2009 edition of “Popular’s Pakistan Postage Stamps” has just been published. This is edited by Latif Rashed. We reviewed a previous edition in issue 14 (May 2006) and I have no doubt his excellent standard will have been maintained. If any member has difficulty in obtaining a copy I can obtain some from Pakistan. The next newsletter is scheduled for May; therefore the deadline for your contributions is mid March. George


Philately Fever

Asian collectors get passionate about stamps


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    HONG KONG — In 1873, a clerk at the Boston, Massachusetts, head office of the Tudor Ice Company pasted three postage stamps to the front of an ordinary-looking envelope that ultimately would travel halfway around the world, via London, Brindisi, Alexandria and Bombay, to the company’s storage facility in Calcutta, India.

    Within a few decades, the envelope and its three bicolor stamps had captured the imagination of serious collectors. The Ice House cover, as it came to be known in philatelic circles — “cover” refers to a stamp attached to an envelope — was the only known example of an envelope bearing a rare 90-cent, full-face portrait of Abraham Lincoln. While the 1869 Lincoln stamp on its own was never worth more than a few thousand dollars, the unique Ice House cover was highly prized as early as the turn of the 20th century.

    Over time, as the envelope with its curling script passed through the hands of several U.S. collectors, its value and reputation grew, and its story became more intriguing. In 1967, burglars broke into the Indiana home of a steel magnate, J. David Baker, and stole his stamp collection, including the Ice House cover. The precious envelope — Mr. Baker paid $6,500 for it in 1964 — was missing for almost three decades until an elderly couple stumbled on it along with a bundle of stamps while cleaning out the house of a deceased friend in 2006. The couple was cleared of all wrongdoing and the Ice House cover was returned to the Baker family.

    Last June, when the Ice House cover went up for sale, the bidding at Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries was feverish, and offers came in from every corner of the world. In the end, the winning bid, a staggering $431,250, plus a 15% buyer’s premium that brought the cost to almost half a million dollars, went to a Hong Kong physician and stamp collector, Arthur K.M. Woo.

    Dr. Woo’s bid was no record breaker. Siegel, a 130-year-old stamp auction house in New York, cites recent examples of several stamps that have sold for more than $1 million. But the sale points to a geographic shift in philately, which until now had centered mostly on collectors in the West: Asians from China to India to Japan are emerging as serious buyers willing to fork over large sums for sought-after stamps, thanks in part to rising fortunes in the region, as well as the ease with which fledgling collectors can now get access to stamp dealers, auction houses and philatelic societies thanks to the Internet. This burgeoning group also is helping to lift the nascent market for stamps from Asia, at a time when the value of stamps from other regions is drooping.

    “In the U.S. and U.K., stamps, like other collectibles, have fallen in value during the past two years because of the financial crisis. This has not been the case in China, or other Asian markets, based upon bidding at our auctions,” says Louis Mangin, director of Hong Kong-based stamp broker Zurich Asia. Just last week at a Zurich Asia auction in Hong Kong, a rare Chinese stamp from 1897 sold for HK$2,587,500 (about $334,000), including a 15% buyer’s premium. The sale, to an anonymous buyer from China, set a world auction record price for a single Chinese stamp.

    Despite the weaker global economy, a time when many have been forced to watch their spending, stamp collectors haven’t lost their enthusiasm for “passion investing.”

    Frowned upon in China as a bourgeois pastime during the Cultural Revolution (1966-76), stamp collecting there has become popular in recent years. China’s National Post and Postage Stamp Museum opened in Beijing in 1985 and collecting was actively encouraged by the government, possibly to promote a patriotic interest in the nation’s history. By some estimates, there are now 15 million active stamp collectors in China, out of 50 million world-wide.

    Chinese collectors, especially those who lived through the Cultural Revolution, favor the colorful stamps, many featuring portraits of Chairman Mao Zedong, issued during that politically chaotic period. They were printed in great numbers and most remain relatively inexpensive, though some of the rarer issues go for hundreds and thousands of dollars. A few, which were withdrawn from circulation before being widely distributed, now sell for tens of thousands of dollars. Other sought-after stamps are those issued in areas of China that were under Communist control before the establishment of the People’s Republic in 1949.

    In April, the central Chinese city of Luoyang hosted the World Stamp Exhibition, the Olympics of philately, a decade after Beijing hosted the event for the first time in China in 1999. Visitor numbers for April’s seven-day fair were said to have been in the hundreds of thousands. And the line to see the Royal Philatelic Collection — one of the world’s finest, started by King George V and carried on by succeeding British monarchs — encircled the exhibition hall day after day.

    “The people (in Luoyang) went crazy,” says Andrew Cheng, chairman of the Hong Kong Philatelic Society. “They were not all rich people, but they were just buying everything. The masses, you just would not believe it. And compared to 1999, you’ve got a lot more serious collections by mainlanders.”

    China isn’t the only hotbed of philatelic activity in Asia. Spink, a London-based auctioneer, held its first annual stamp auctions in Singapore and Hong Kong in 1997. “Each year we see new collectors emerging in Singapore and Malaysia leading to higher prices,” says Tim Hirsch, Spink’s managing director of global auctions. In Singapore in July, an auction of “Stamps of South East Asia” generated sales of about $1 million, “a fantastic sum,” says Mr. Hirsch. The sale featured, among other rarities, a sheet of “Four Cents” stamps from the Straits Settlements — the former British colony in Southeast Asia — from March 1899, which sold for about $41,600.

    Philately has its origins in the 1860s (the word was coined in 1864), when the first stamp catalogs — complete listings of published stamps — were issued in France and England. Back then, there were about 2,400 varieties; today there are more than 200,000, far too many for a single collector to amass. Most collectors tend to specialize in stamps of a single country, continent, subject or period of time. The rarer the stamp, the more valuable it is: Those issued between 1840 — when the first postage stamp was printed in England — and 1875 are the most rare and thus, the most valuable. Stamps with errors, such as the 1918 U.S. 24-cent airmail stamp with an airplane pictured upside down, are also valuable. And entire collections, when sold as one set, can fetch millions.

    It can take years to build a valuable portfolio of stamps. But budding collectors who want instant gratification can now buy prepackaged portfolios from dealers such as venerable London broker Stanley Gibbons. The minimum investment in these portfolios is £10,000 (about $16,600), though the average investment is about $50,000. Each portfolio includes some “blue chip” stamps — well regarded, expensive and expected to generate stable returns — as well as other stamps from emerging markets that aren’t worth much now but might be later.

    Geoff Anandappa, a portfolio manager with Stanley Gibbons, says the firm has pulled in about $62 million in collectibles portfolios, which include autographs and other collectibles. Now he’s hoping that Asian stamp enthusiasts will push that figure even higher. In the past 12 months, he has signed up Asian investment advisers to market the portfolios, including Wealth Management Group in Hong Kong and Pemberton Investments in Singapore.

    “In Asia, you find that a lot of doctors, lawyers, architects and so on are collectors. It’s seen as a hobby that a lot of professional people do, not as something for children, which is the way it has been in the West,” says Mr. Anandappa. “When you talk to people (here), they know that stamps can be very valuable.”

    Asia Stamp History and Information Asia is one of the most popular collecting interest areas in philately today.There is tremendous interest in the stamps and philately of China – especially Imperial China and the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Republic of China (ROC) or Taiwan stamps are not far behind in interest. Japanese and Korean stamps are also extremely popular because of their exquisite designs and highly artistic subjects. Many early asian stamps evoke strong memories of historical events and circumstances and are valued highly.Japan stamps On April 20, 1871, the modern postal service system run by the State replaced the courier system operated by private  individuals and the first postage stamps of four denominations were issued. These are known as the Dragon Series with the design consisting  of two dragons facing each other. In 1872, they were replaced by a chrysanthemum and paulowina design and were referred to as the Cherry Blossom Series, because cherry blossoms appeared in all four corners. These two series were also called the Hand-engraved Stamps as they were all printed by an intaglio process involving hand-engraving on copper-plate. After that came the Koban Series, the Crysanthemum Series, Tazawa Series and the Showa Series. Starting in 1992,  Nature in Japan was chosen as the  common theme for “Ordinary” or regular or definitive stamps.Commemorative stamps publicize important events memorable to the nation and people.Japan’s first commemorative stamp was issued on March 9, 1894, to celebrate the 25th wedding anniversary of Emperor Meiji.Just as Christmas cards are exchanged in many countries, it is a custom in Japan to exchange New Year cards. Postage stamps with special designs have been issued for New Year cards since 1935.Most of the designs involve traditional toys in the shape of the zodiac and are very popular in Japan.  In 1989, Japan started to issue lottery-style postage stamps to convey a “New Year presents dream” to people who receive New Year letters instead of New Year cards.With the object of popularizing philately and obtaining wider recognition of the cultural value of postage stamps, Philately Week is held on a nationwide basis, and a postage stamp to mark the week has been issued every year. For the design, ukiyoe pictures have mainly been used, but in recent years , works by distinguished modern  painters and pictures on folding screens have also been featured.Special postage stamps have been issued since 1958 for International Letter Writing Week.Letter-Writing Day is an annual occasion encouraging people to write more letters, to discover the happiness of communicating, and to enjoy the pleasure of receiving mail.Letter-Writing Day was established in 1979. Since then, under the slogan of  the ” twenty-third of each month is Letter-Writing Day” special stamps are issued each July. July is called Fumizuki, which means “month of letters” in ancient Japanese.Illustrations depicting warm feelings that accompany letters have been adopted for the designs of Letter-Writing Day  stamps and have gained much popularity among young people.To commemorate the centennial of the first commemorative stamp in 1894, Japan issued a History of Postage Stamps Series. The designs are borrowed from early stamps. Included are the “Mikaeribijin” or beautiful woman looking back issued on November 1, 1948 for Philately Week and “Tsuki-ni-kari” or moon and wild geese issued on November 1, 1949 for Postal Week. The new versions employ the latest in printing technology in monochrome reminiscent of days of old, coupled with multicolor for contrast.Regional or Prefecture or Furusato stamps have been in circulation in Japan since April 1989. This is an example of the flower sheet that was issued in 1990 with one stamp for each of 47 prefecturesAirmail stamps were first issued in 1919. My favorite is the souvenir sheet issued on April 20, 1934 for Communications Commemoration Day. This sheet was sold only at the Philatelic Exhibition Post Office in Tokyo from April 20 to 27, 1934.Semi-postal stamps are issued with a surtax to benefit various needy causes. My two favoritesare the  issue for the International Garden & Greenery Exposition in Osaka on June 1, 1989 and the 1995 Kobe Earthquake issue for Philately Week in 1995.Click here to view a mini-sheet of 10 early Japanese Revenue Stamps.

    China Stamps While Imperial China issues are full of history and extraordinary circumstances and are highly desirable, the favorites are in issues of the People’s Republic of China and also Taiwan.  Some favorites are shown, and let their images speak for themselves.People’s Republic of China StampsNovember 10, 1959: 10th Anniversary of the Young PioneersJune 1, 1960: GoldfishVarius dates 1960 & 1961: Chrysanthemums in Natural ColorsNovember 10, 1961: Statuettes from Tang DynastyJune 10, 1962: “The Sacred Crane”  from paintings by Chen Chi-foVarious dates1962: Stage art of Mei Lan-fang, actorAugust 5, 196: Giant PandasOctober 15, 1963: Hwang Shan Landscapes (Yellow Mountains) October 1, 1964: 15th Anniversary of the People’s RepublicAugust 5, 1964: Peonies

    Republic of China (Taiwan) StampsMarch 20, 1951: Self – Government in Taiwan – Commemorative IssueOctober 31, 1953: 67th Birthday of President Chiang Kai-shekJanuary 28, 1954: Opening of Silo Bridge – 1st AnniversaryOctober 31, 1955: 69th Birthday of President Chiang Kai-shekAugust 4, 1960: 7th – 11th Century  Paintings from Palace MuseumMay 20, 1961: 1st Anniversary of Chiang Kai-shek’s Inauguration

    Stamps of South East Asia – 19 June 2004

    Two spectacular Straits Settlements Blocks recently consigned for sale to be included in our forthcoming Spink Singapore auction at the Oriental Hotel, 22 June 2004.

    c SG35/Sc22
    b SG34/Sc23
    b SG34/Sc23
    b SG34/Sc23
    b SG34/Sc23
    b SG34/Sc23
    b SG34/Sc23
    b SG34/Sc23
    b SG34/Sc23
    b SG34/Sc23
    b SG34/Sc23
    b SG34/Sc23

    Position 1-12

    Dr F E Wood, 1964 (the two blocks)
    Charles S Taylor, 1981(the two blocks)
    George Asch, 1991(the two blocks)
    David Springbett, 1994 (sold as a separate lot)
    Purchased by the present owner at the above sale

    a SG33/Sc24
    a SG33/Sc24
    g SG36/Sc25A
    g SG36/Sc25A
    g SG36/Sc25A
    a SG33/Sc24
    a SG33/Sc24
    k SG38/Sc25
    l SG30/Sc25C
    i SG37/Sc25B

    Position 49-60

    Dr F E Wood, 1964
    Charles S Taylor, 1981
    George Asch, 1991
    David Springbett, 1994
    George Bloch, 1996
    Purchased by the present owner at the above sale

    Following the success of 2003 Singapore auction, we have just received instructions to sell at auction two of the most important Straits Settlement blocks in private hands. Both blocks have impeccable provenance and have not been on the market for nearly a decade and will, for the first time since 1991, be offered together as one lot.

    We can ascertain that both of the blocks were acquired by Dr F E Wood after the publication of his book “Straits Settlement Postage Stamps” in 1948. In his famous book, his ‘10’ on 30c. claret surcharge plating study shows the positions of the types he had been able to plate based on the two large blocks in the Royal Collection and his famous lower right hand marginal strip of three which incidentally was sold at the Spink Singapore sale in June 2003, emanating from the William Frazer collection (lot 38, S$69,000). Having not acquired the two blocks prior to completing his book, he was unaware that positions 1 and 7 were type ‘c’ and ‘b’ and positions 49 and 55 were both type ‘a’.

    The two blocks were always sold together as one lot until the dispersal of the Springbett collection in 1994. George Bloch purchased the lower block at the Springbett sale at Christie’s Singapore in 1994 and the other block was purchased by the present owner in the same sale. The present owner then acquired the upper block at the George Bloch sale in 1996, reuniting these two unique pieces.

    Estimate on request.

    Tim Hirsch
    Chairman, Spink Collectables

    We have already had consigned a number of exciting properties for the 2004 Singapore sales which takes place two months before the F.I.P International Exhibition in Singapore. Consignments will be accepted until mid February.

    To consign, please contact:

    Information sheet 1a:Asia Phillately

     NATIONAL STAMP EXHIBITION“KURRACHEE 2010”  Stamp Society of Pakistan in collaboration with Dawn Life Style and support of Philatelic Federation of Pakistan and Pakistan Post has planned to convene the National Stamp Exhibition titled “KURRACHEE 2010” from 25-27 June 2010 at the Expo Centre, Karachi


    For more details contact

    Commissioner General: Mr. Abdul Wahid

    Email: a_wahid@ppl.com.pk

    Cell: 0092 321 2527213


    PALMPEX 2010

    The PALMPEX 2010 National Stamp Exhibition is being run by the Manawatu Philatelic Society Inc and will be held on 12 -14 November 2010 in Arena Manawatu, Pascal Street, Palmerston North under the Patronage of the New Zealand Philatelic Federation Inc. It is governed by the “Approved Regulations for New Zealand National Philatelic Exhibition” of the New Zealand Philatelic Federation.

    Entries in the Competitive Classes may be made by any person within New Zealand or Overseas belonging to a Philatelic Society or Stamp Club affiliated to the New Zealand Philatelic Federation, the Australian Philatelic Federation or in the Gulf Cooperation Council countries.

    For email enquiries: palmpex2010@inspire.net.nz

    Web: www.stampsnz.co.nz/palmpex



    The Emirates Philatelic Association (EPA) with the collaboration of Emirates Post organized Abu Dhabi Stamp Exhibition to celebrate the 38th National Day. The exhibition was held in Al Wahda Mall, Abu Dhabi from 16 – 21 December 2009.


    The exhibition was inaugurated by Mr. Salem Obaid Al Shaye, Assistant CEO Operations Affairs of the Emirates Post along with Mr. Abdulla M. T. Khoory, President of EPA in presence of Ms. Thamnah Al Sharefe, Zone-1 Postal Area Manager of Emirates Post Abu Dhabi and other officials from the Emirates Post & Al Wahda Mall.


    The 64 frames were on display with world class exhibits mainly from the United Arab Emirates early Abu Dhabi and Dubai period along with UAE Postal Stationary and UAE phone card collections.


    The Jury job was assigned to Mr. Khalid Ali Omaira and Mr. Muhammad Javaid served as Jury Apprentice.


    The exhibition attracted many visitors and specially schoolchildren shown their great interest in the exhibition.




    FIP Director Candidate

    Mr. Bernard Beston is a lawyer by profession. He has served as FIAP Vice President in the past.  His interests in philately are diversified as one could gauge from the international awards collection that he has assembled in Traditional, Postal History, Thematic and Postal Stationery.




    THAIPEX 2009

    The 16th Thailand Philatelic Exhibition was held at the Siam Paragon Shopping Centre during 4 to 9 August 2009. The highlight of event was the competitive exhibition, a preparation for participating in the 25th Asian International Stamp Exhibition (Bangkok 2010) to be held from 4-12 August 2010 at Queen Sirikit Convention Centre. In all, 25 competitive exhibits, totaling 94 frames, entered. The number of exhibition was considered to be fairly represented at a national level event.

    Overall, this exhibition has proven to be quite successful as the atmosphere revealed crowed of old and new stamp collectors, whether children or adults, who were busily enjoying themselves in various philatelic activities throughout the event.




    Mr. Young – Su Kwon, the immediate past president of the Philatelic Federation of Korea, passed away on February 2nd, 2010 at the age of 73. After the successful operation on colon cancer two years ago, he seems to recover well. The church funeral service was held on February 4th in the Mother Church, where he has served as an Elder since 1976.

    Mr. Kwon was the chairman of the 21st Universal Postal Congress held at Seoul in 1994, served as the chairman of the Council of Administration, UPU, 1994-1999 and as the chairman of the High Level Group, UPU, 1999-2001. In the 1970s, for five years, Mr. Kwon served as a faculty member and as director of AOPTS in Bangkok, Thailand. He left behind his beloved wife, four sons, a daughter and seven grandchildren.


    On the 11th February this year, Mr. Ki-Hong Chin died of the infirmities of old age at the age of 97.  He was the founder and the first president of the Union of Philatelic Societies in Korea, the predecessor of the present Philatelic Federation of Korea.  He served as the president of KPF for one term of two years and was advisor since 1982.


    He left behind his beloved wife, two sons, three daughters and also seven grandchildren.



    SHARJAH 2010


    The Emirates Philatelic Association and Sharjah Mega Mall, will organize “Sharjah Arabian Stamp Exhibition- SHARJAH 2010” in Sharjah City from 22 – 27 September 2010 to promote every aspect of philately in the Arabian region.

    For more details contact:

    Mr. Khalid Ali Al Omaira

    Commissioner Genral

    Email: a6zsn@hotmail.com

    Exhibition “PORTUGAL 2010″

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    Polish post issue a souvenir sheet to mark the World philatelic Exhibition to be held in Portugal in 2010.

    Title: World philatelic Exhibition “PORTUGAL 2010″
    Date of Issue: 30 April 2010
    Country: Poland
    Denominations: PLN 3

    Source: http://www.poczta-polska.pl

    Federation of Inter-Asian Philately (F.I.A.P.)



    The 26th Asian International Stamp Exhibition (JOBURG 2010) will be held from 27-31 October 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa. For more details contact Commissioner General: Mr. Andrew Fischer Email: andrewf@fischerassociates.co.za WELCOME TO FIAP

    The Inter-Asian Philatelic Federation, abbreviated as F.I.A.P., is a nonprofit and non-political federation of philatelic federation in Asia and Australia. It all started in the early 70s when a group of enthusiastic philatelist from Asian and Australian having one common desire of forming one big philatelic family. A preliminary conference was thus held in Singapore on December 16, 1972 for two days, and a protem executive committee was born. Dr. Soichi Ichida (Japan) was elected as Chairman, M.S. Khorshid (Iran) as Vice-Chairman, Koh Seow Chuan (Singapore) as General Secretary, Dr. A R Kandiah (Malaysia) and S.Suryadarma (Indonesia) as Committee Members. John Gartner (Australia), Christopher D’ Almada (Hong Kong), Charles Stewart (Thailand) are the other founder of F.I.A.P. Drafting of F.I.A.P. constitution, inviting membership applications and holding many meetings during the period 1972-1974 were main task of the founding members.  F.I.A.P. was at last, officially registered in Singapore on September 14, 1974 with Indonesia, Iran,  Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand as the founding member countries.FIAP is a young international philatelic organization, but she acts as a powerful lighthouse guiding the Asian members to the route to organized philately. Prior to the formation of FIAP in 1974, organized philately is practically unheard of in Asia, with the exception of Japan, India and Iran. It is through the never-ending efforts of our founding members that places Asia in a most respectable status in the world of philately today. Todate, FIAP has thirty one members.
    FIP ELECTION 2010At the forthcoming 71st FIP congress to be held in Lisbon on October 10, 2010 there will be an election for the President, one Vice-President and one Director. FIAP has nominated followings candidates:


    We therefore, sincerely request you to cast your sacred votes with us and say loudly and affirmatively “YES” to us!

    The FIAP Members Meeting will be held on October 08, 2010 in Lisbon, Portugal.


    The next FIAP Exco Meeting will be held on October, 29, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa. For more details contact FIAP Secretariat:Ms. Jasmine Soh  Email:fiap@pacific.net.sg  

    The 25th Asian International Stamp Exhibition (Bangkok 2010) was held in Bangkok, Thailand from 04-12 August 2010. Bangkok 2010 Stamp Exhibition The last  FIAP Exco Meeting was held on August 11, 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand.FIAP Exco Meeting Bangkok August 11, 2010
     Bangkok 2010 Stamp Exhibition  FIAP Exco Meeting Macau March 08, 2010
     Philakorea 2009 Commissioners  FIAP Exco Meeting & Congress Seoul, August 2, 2009
      Hong Kong 2009 Jury Team  Jakarta 2008 Stamp Exhibition   Taipei 2008 Stamp Exhibition  Hall

    FIAP Exco Meeting March 08 Macau  
    London 2010 (International Philatelic Exhibition) May 8 – 15 London, Great Britain FIP Patronage
    Bangkok 2010 (25th Asian International Stamp Exhibition) August 4-12 Bangkok, Thailand FIAP Patronage
    FIAP Exco Meeting August 11 Bangkok, Thailand  
    Portugal 2010, World Philatelic Exhibition October 1 – 10 Lisbon, Portugal FIP Patronage
    FIAP Members Meeting October 08 Lisbon, Portugal  
    FIP Congress October 10 Lisbon, Portugal  
    Joburg 2010 (26th Asian International Stamp Exhibition) October 27 – 31 Johannesburg, South Africa FIAP Patronage
    FIAP Exco Meeting October 29 Johannesburg, South Africa  
    Indipex 2011, World Philatelic Exhibition February 12 – 18 New Delhi, India FIP Patronage/FIAP Auspices
    FIAP Exco Meeting Feb New Delhi, India TBA
    Philanippon 2011 July 28- August 2 Yokohama, Japan FIP Patronage/FIAP Auspices
    FIAP Exco Meeting & 18th FIAP Congress August Yokohama, Japan  
    China 2011 TBA TBA FIAP Patronage

    JAKARTA 2012

    March or April TBA TBA
    SINGPEX 2012 June Singapore FIAP Patronage
    DOHA 2012, World Philatelic Exhibition October Doha, Qatar TBA
    FIP Congress October Doha, Qatar TBA
    Australia 2013 April Melbourne, Australia FIP Patronage, FIAP Auspices
    Bangkok 2013 (FIP World Stamp Exhibition) August Bangkok, Thailand FIP Patronage/FIAP Auspices
    HONG KONG 2013 TBA Hong Kong FIAP Patronage
    Macau National Stamp Exhibition March 06 – 09 Macau  
    Canberra Stampshow 2010 March 12 -14 Hellenic Club, Woden, Australia    
    Kurrachee-2010 June 25 – 27 Expo Centre, Karachi, Pakistan  
    Adelaide Stampex 2010 August 20 – 22 Dril Hall, Torrens Parade, Adelaide  
    Sharjah Arabian Stamp Exhibition-Sharjah 2010 September  22 – 27 Mega Mall, Sharjah, UAE  
    PALMPEX 2010 November 12 -14 Arena Manawatu, New Zealand  
    16 GCC Stamp Exhibition November Kuwait  
    Mandurah 2010 Fair November 19-21 Mandurah, Australia  
    1 ASIANA 1977 (1st Asian International Stamp Exhibition) Bangalore, India October 19 – 23, 1977
    2 STAMPEX 1986 (2nd Asian International Stamp Exhibition) Adelaide, Australia August 04 – 10, 1986
    3 PHILEX 1987 (3rd Asian International Stamp Exhibition) Singapore December 21 – 23, 1987
    4 THAIPEX 1989 (4th Asian International Stamp Exhibition) Bangkok, Thailand August 04 – 08, 1989
    5 KUALA LUMPUR 1992 (5th Asian International Stamp Exhibition) Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia September 01 – 07, 1992
    6 INDOPEX 1993 (6th Asian International Stamp Exhibition) Surabaya, Indonesia May 29 – June 04, 1993
    7 SINGPEX 1994 (7th Asian International Stamp Exhibition) Singapore August 31 – September 02, 1994
    8 JAKARTA 1995 (8th Asian International Stamp Exhibition) Jakarta, Indonesia August 19 – 25, 1995
    9 CHINA 1996 (9th Asian International Stamp Exhibition) Beijing, China May 18 – 24, 1996
    10 TAIPEI 1996 (10th Asian International Stamp Exhibition) Taipei, Taiwan October 21 – 27, 1996
    11 HONG KONG 1997 (11th Asian International Stamp Exhibition) Hong Kong February 12 – 16, 1997
    12 SINGPEX 1998 (12th Asian International Stamp Exhibition) Singapore July 23 – 26, 1998
    13 BANGKOK 2000 (13th Asian International Stamp Exhibition) Bangkok, Thailand March 25 – April 03, 2000
    14 INDEPEX ASIANA 2000 (14th Asian International Stamp Exhibition) Calcutta, India December 07 -12, 2000
    15 HONG KONG 2001 (15th Asian International Stamp Exhibition) Hong Kong February 01 – 05, 2001
    16 CHINA 2003 (16th Asian International Stamp Exhibition) Mian Yang, China September 20 – 24, 2003
    17 HONG KONG 2004 (17th Asian International Stamp Exhibition) Hong Kong January 30 – February 03, 2004
    18 TAIPEI 2005 (18th Asian International Stamp Exhibition) Taipei, Taiwan August 19 – 24, 2005
    19 DUBAI 2006 (19th Asian International Stamp Exhibition) Dubai, U.A.E November 13 – 16, 2006
    20 BANGKOK 2007 (20th Asian International Stamp Exhibition) Bangkok, Thailand August 03 – 12, 2007
    21 TAIPEI 2008 (21st Asian International Stamp Exhibition) Taipei, Taiwan March  07 – 11, 2008
    22 JAKARTA 2008 (22nd Asian International Stamp Exhibition) Jakarta, Indonesia October 23 – 28, 2008
    23 HONG KONG 2009 (23rd Asian International Stamp Exhibition) Hong Kong May 14 – 17, 2009
    24 PHILAKOREA 2009 (24th Asian International Stamp Exhibition) Seoul, Republic of Korea July 30 – August 04, 2009
    25 BANGKOK 2010 (25th Asian International Stamp Exhibition) Bangkok, Thailand August 04 – 12, 2010




    more info click FIAP .com.

    the uillustrations not install because copyright FIAP.

    FIAP Exco Meeting Hong Kong, May 17, 2009

    Information sheet 1b : Indonesia phillately



    The aim of doing Indonesia Stamps webpage is to introduce the Indonesian Stamp to worldwide and all Indonesian resident.

    Nowadays In Indonesia very few people that have the hobby in collecting philately object.

    Through this web page I’m expected to be able to cultivate the hobby of collecting philately object especially in stamp.

    My main thematic collecting in Indonesia Stamps are :

    • Art and Culture
    • Traditional Costume
    • Tourism
    • Folktales
    • Flora and Fauna


    This Arts – Culture thematic was chosen by me as the main collection because of seeing so many styles of the Arts – Culture available in Indonesia.

    So apart from collecting also could know Indonesian culture from all over the area.

    — OOO —

    Information sheet 1b:China phillately

    China Philately

    Special Chinese Stamps Catalogue

    In our website you can find information about literature on Chinese philately. In addition, you’ll find a comprehensive review of the market situation by hammer prices for which these entires were finally sold at international auctions. The entires are described in brief but exponentially and – and this is the special value of this catalogue – for each of them is shown the price, to be exact: the price this item was sold for by one of the auction companies. So you will have real prices and not only estimates. If you add further 20 to 25 percent (auction surcharges) you will exactly know what this card or cover is worth or at least was worth a buyer.
    In Vol. I you’ll find the images of several hundreds of covers and postcards of the Foreign Post Offices in China at the turn of the century. Many of the Russian mail cancels are described in detail according to Tchilinghirian.

    On 365 pages of the Vol. II are shown about 1,000 b/w pics of covers and cards of the Chinese Empire issues.

    In Vol. III you’ll find the images of 750 covers and postcards of Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan and Tibet.

    Information sheet no.1c:Polemik Prangko Prisma Pos Indonesia

    Mempertanyakan Prangko Prisma
    10/06/2003 (21:00)

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    From:・"Richard Susilo"
    Date:・Tueun・0,・003・12:11 am
    Subject:・Siaran Pers Posindo ttg "INUL"
    Email dari Rekan Mulyana Sadiun
    >Subject: Siaran Pers Posindo ttg "INUL"
    >Date: Mon, 09 Jun 2003 23:36:37 +0700
    >Simak "Prangko Inul" :
    >Nomor : 9 / Humas / V / 03
    >Mencermati informasi yang berkembang akhir-akhir ini khususnya berita yang
    >oleh beberapa media cetak dan media elektronik, tentang " PT Pos akan
    >Prangko Seri yang memuat gambar seorang artis penyanyi INUL ", disampaikan
    >manajemen PT Pos merasa perlu untuk memberikan penjelasan untuk meluruskan
    >dimaksud, agar tidak terjadi kekeliruan persepsi di mata masyarakat.
    >Yang benar adalah bahwa PT Pos Indonesia tidak akan menerbitkan Prangko
    >Inul, tetapi memungkinkan untuk membuat Prangko Prisma sebagaimana telah
    >oleh banyak pihak selama ini.
    >Persyaratan dan proses penerbitan Prangko Seri sangat berbeda dengan
    >dan proses pembuatan Prangko Prisma.
    >Searah dengan perkembangan dan dinamika masyarakat, model perposan
    >perprangkoan dan perfilatelian memang mengalami revolusi positif yaitu
    >dikenalkannya jenis/bentuk prangko "unik" dengan nama PRANGKO IDENTITAS
    >ANDA yang populer dengan sebutan Prangko Prisma.
    >Searah dengan perkembangan dan dinamika masyarakat, model perposan
    >perprangkoan dan perfilatelian memang mengalami revolusi positif yaitu
    >dikenalkannya jenis/bentuk prangko "unik" dengan nama PRANGKO IDENTITAS
    >ANDA yang populer dengan sebutan Prangko Prisma.
    >Sesuai dengan namanya maka melalui Prangko Prisma, kini setiap orang atau
    >dapat mengekspresikan wajah / foto keluarga atau identitas lain ( logo
    >sejenisnya ) yang dikehendaki, dalam lembaran asli prangko tanpa
    >fungsi utamanya sebagai alat pengeposan.
    >Bentuk Prangko Prisma itu sendiri seperti bentuk prangko pada umumnya,
    >tetapi segi atau ruangnya terbagi dua yaitu segi prangko dan segi untuk
    >foto, logo atau tanda lainnya sesuai pesanan.
    >Yang dapat ditampilkan dalam Prangko Prisma adalah :
    >Foto wajah, baik satu orang atau lebih
    >Gambar, hasil karya seseorang
    >Iklan suatu produk/jasa
    >Prangko Prisma mulai diluncurkan di Indonesia pada tanggal 9 Oktober 1999,
    >dengan peringatan hari jadi UPU (Universal Postal Union) atau Perhimpunan
    >Sedunia. Indonesia merupakan negara kedua di dunia yang memproduksi
    >Prisma, setelah Australia yang mulai meluncurkannya pada bulan Maret 1999.
    >ini terdapat sekitar 10 negara di dunia yang membuat prangko Prisma.
    >Pembuatan Prangko Prisma dapat dilayani secara langsung di loket pelayanan
    >Prisma di kantorpos, di Unit Bisnis Filateli atau di tempat-tempat khusus
    >disediakan untuk keperluan itu ( misalnya di loket Pameran dlsbnya )
    >cara pengambilan foto kemudian ditunggu beberapa saat untuk menerima
    >Apabila di kantorpos tidak terdapat layanan Prangko Prisma, dapat dipesan
    >Mail Order dengan mengisi formulir pemesanan dan menempelkan foto /
    >yang dikehendaki, kemudian mengirimkannya ke salah satu Kantorpos yang
    >pada formulir pemesanan tersebut.
    >Terlampir disampaikan informasi lengkap tentang penerbitan sebuah prangko
    >PT Pos Indonesia.
    >Manajer Humas,
    >Nippos : 956066422
    >Siaran Pers No 9 / Humas / V / 03
    >Sesuai dengan ketentuan yang diatur dalam Keputusan Dirjen Postel Nomor
    >tanggal 13 Maret 2003, maka seluk beluk "Prangko" dapat dijelaskan secara
    >sebagai berikut :
    >Pengertian Prangko
    >Prangko adalah benda berharga resmi yang diterbitkan oleh Pemerintah dalam
    >ini Direktur Jenderal Pos dan Telekomunikasi yang fungsi utamanya sebagai
    >pelunasan porto dan bea jasa pos dan proses pencetakannya diperlakukan
    >dokumen securiti.
    >Jenis-jenis Prangko
    >Prangko Definitif
    >Adalah prangko yang tidak diterbitkan semata-mata untuk pelunasan porto
    >bea jasa pos, tidak dibatasi masa laku dan masa jualnya, dapat dicetak
    >sedangkan penghentian penjualan dan masa lakunya ditetapkan oleh Direktur
    >Diterbitkan 1 ( satu ) seri dalam setahun.
    >Prangko Non Definitif, terdiri dari :
    >Prangko Peringatan : adalaha prangko yang diterbitkan untuk memperingati
    >atau peristiwa baik nasional maupun internasional.
    >Prangko Istimewa : adalah prangko yang diterbitkan dengan maksud sebagai
    >kepada masyarakat untuk melakukan hal-hal yang bermanfaat bagi tujuan
    >bernegara, berbangsa.
    >Prangko Amal : adalah prangko yang diterbitkan dengan harga tambahan
    >untuk mengumpulkan dana guna kepentingan kemanusiaan melalui badan amal
    >ditetapkan oleh pemerintah.
    >Jumlah cetak ditentukan/dibatasi, tidak dapat dicetak ulang.
    >Prangko Non Definitif dicetak paling banyak 15 seri dalam setahun.
    >Masa jual : Selama setahun terbit ditambah 3 tahun berikutnya.
    >Masa laku : Selama tahun terbit ditambah 5 tahun berikutnya.
    >Prangko Prisma (Prangko Identitas Milik Anda) :
    >Adalah prangko yang diterbitkan dalam komposisi bergandengan dengan "tab"
    >bidang kosong yang disediakan untuk memuat gambar identitas berbeda dengan
    >yang dipishkan dengan perforasi atau tanda lain dan ukuran tab maksimal
    >dengan ukuran prangko.
    >Diterbitkan paling banyak 2 (dua) seri dalam setahun.
    >Jumlah cetak dibatai, tidak dapat dicetak ulang.
    >Masa laku dan masa jual : sama dengan prangko non definitif.
    >Gambar identitas yang tercantum pada "tab" prangko Prisma harus sopan,
    >menyerupai prangko atau meniru prangko.
    >Kewenangan Penerbitan Prangko
    >Program penerbitan prangko ditetapkan oleh Direktur Jenderal Postel atas
    >dari Tim Pembinaan Perprangkoan dan Perfilatelian Nasional. Tim Pembinaan
    >dari unsur-unsur Ditjen Postel, PT Pos Indonesia, Perum Peruri, Organisasi
    >Instansi/lembaga atau perorangan yang dianggap ahli dalam bidangnya
    >Pencetakan prangko dilakukan oleh PT Pos Indonesia (Persero).
    >Gambar orang atau tokoh yang masih hidup yang dapat dimuat pada atau
    >prangko hanya PRESIDEN dan WAKIL PRESIDEN.
    >Orang lain yang masih hidup diluar Presiden dan Wakil Presiden, hanya
    >ditampilkan pada prangko Prisma, bukan pada prangko itu sendiri, melainkan
    >bidang kosong atau "tab" yang ada disamping prangkonya, Gambar tersebut
    >belakangan melalui layanan prangko Prisma di Kantor Pos, baik difoto
    >ditempat pelayanan atau cukup dengan menyerahkan/mengirimkan foto yang
    >ada. Blangko prangko Prisma telah dicetak terlebih dahulu dengan seri/tema
    >oleh Pemerintah. PT Pos Indonesia mencetak lebih lanjut atas foto, logo,
    >pada bidang kosong yang ada pada prangko Prisma.
    >Ketentuan pencantuman foto, logo, gambar pada prangko Prisma :
    >Tidak melanggar etika dan norma-norma umum yang berlaku serta sopan.
    >Mendapat izin dari pemiliknya.
    >Yang dapat ditampilkan pada prangko Prisma adalah :
    >Foto seseorang atau lebih dari satu orang
    >Tulisan/tanda tangan
    >Gambar hasil karya seseorang
    >Gambar iklan suatu produk/jasa
    >Fungsi Prangko Prisma
    >Dapat digunakan untuk melunasi biaya pengiriman suratpos
    >Dijadikan koleksi pribadi/keluarga
    >Sebagai souvenir atau hadiah kepada orang lain
    >Media promosi suatu produk
    >Media untuk menyampaikan/memperkenalkan pesan-pesan tertentu
    >Kantor-kantor yang saat ini tersedia alat pencetakan prangko Prisma adalah
    >Kantor Pos Jakarta Pusat
    >Kantor Pos Surabaya
    >Kantor Pos Surabaya Selatan
    >Kantor Pos Jember
    >Kantor Pos Yogyakarta
    >Kantor Pos Semarang
    >Kantor Pos Denpasar
    >Kantor Pos Balikpapan
    >Unit Bisnis Filateli Pusat Bandung
    Date:・Thuay・2,・003・11:46 am
    Rekan2 filatelis,
    Terima kasih mas Erich, Jeli. Ternyata diketahui.
    Yang saya pegang, kopian tanpa tanggal, menurut informasi yang saya peroleh
    dirilis tanggal 13 Mei 2003. Waktu itu rekan Berthold di KONI Pusat cerita
    siang itu terima fax dari Humaspos Bandung.
    Release tersebut saya kutip sesuai (sedikit) aslinya, sebetulnya ada satu
    baris lagi kalimat yang menyatakan :
    "Terlampir disampaikan informasi lengkap tentang penerbitan sebuah prangko
    di PT Pos Indonesia".
    Ini yang membuat saya malas mengetik, 2 lembar halaman HVS dengan font 12,
    neh. Isinya kita sudah banyak tahu kalau mau lihat Keputusan Dirjen Postel
    no. 23/Dirjen/2003 tanggal 13 Maret 2003 tentang Ketentuan Penerbitan
    Prangko dan Benda Filateli atau SK sebelumnya yaitu Keputusan Dirjen Postel
    nomor 81/Dirjen/2000.
    Tentang batasan tersebut SUDAH ada, kalau sempat dapat brosur pesanan, coba
    dilihat di sana (meski sebagian saja kutipan dari SURAT EDARAN DIREKSI PT
    Aslinya SE tersebut kita harapkan pak Hari Purnama "hari"
     berkenan mengirimkannya (file jpg) ke Richard
    Susilo  agar dapat dipasang di website Klik
    Di antaranya : pemesan bertanggungjawab (harus tanda tangan di situ) atas
    foto yang diserahkan untuk dicetak. Foto tidak melanggar norma dan susila.
    Cukup panjang. Dulu pernah saya kirim via mailing list ini, sekitar (lupa)
    tengah hingga akhir 2001. Kali aja masih ada di arsip di yahoogroups ini.
    File-nya masih di Jalan Cilaki Bandung. Belum ditransfer ke komputer saya.
    Sebetulnya saya juga nunggu komentar-komentar seperti ini (beberapa email
    terakhir) agar kita semakin peduli, tak apa kalau sedikit terlambat.
    Mana komentar rekan2 atas email ini ? :
    no.1 Wed, 19 Mar 2003 15:39:25 +0700
    Rekan2 filatelis,
    Saya dapatkan naskah/file tentang E-Postage ini (di bawah). Mohon kepada
    rekan-rekan yang pernah mendapatkan sampul surat dengan E-Postage untuk
    dapat membagi informasinya. Bagaimana bentuk cetakan E-postage ini, apakah
    seperti barcode?
    Bagaimana komentar rekan2, apakah di negeri kita sudah diperlukan?
    no.2 Wed, 19 Mar 2003 17:08:09 +0700
    Rekan filatelis,
    Anda sempat punya koleksi Bayar Porto? Terakhir diterbitkan tahun 1990.
    Kabarnya sudah sulit mendapatkannya di kantor pos. Kalau diterbitkan
    kembali (dengan desain baru) oleh PT Pos, masih diminati tidak?
    no.3 Tue, 25 Feb 2003 16:54:30 +0700
    Apakah di antara anggota milis ini ada yang sudah mengumpulkan koleksi
    penerbangan perdana masing-masing perusahaan penerbangan ini?
    no.4 Wed, 23 Apr 2003 08:36:51 +0700; MASA JUAL dan MASA LAKU prangko (ini
    hilang di jalan ya? Saya 'resend' deh)
    Dengan SK yang baru sekarang, yang menyatakan SK lama tidak berlaku,
    bagaimana dengan MASA JUAL prangko terbitan tahun 2000, 2001 yang keburu
    ditarik dari loket Pos?
    Bagaimana dengan MASA LAKU prangko terbitan tahun 1998, 1999, dan 2000?
    Terima kasih dan
    salam filateli,
    Agus Wahyudi
    At 16:12 22-05-03 +0700, you wrote:
    >Akhirnya, sebuah penjelasan resmi. Tapi, Pak Agus, suratnya kok tidak
    >Lalu, untuk foto, jelas sudah terjawab kekhawatiran sebagian orang: cuma
    >menampilkan wajah, tidak bisa pantat sedang ngebor.
    >Namun, masih ada bolongnya, nih. Kalau "Gambar hasil karya seseorang" itu
    >lukis-ulang halaman tengah Playboy, gimana tuh?
    >Juga, logo/simbol/slogan sebaiknya sudah resmi sehingga tidak melanggar
    >hak cipta, kesopanan, dan hal-hal agama. (Mis. logo "Allah", mungkin
    >tidak bisa diterima sebagian orang.)
    >Atau Pak Agus punya SK atau semacamnya yang menjelaskan lebih jauh kelima
    >item untuk Prisma ini?
    >-----Original Message-----
    >From: Agus [mailto:wahyudi@posindonesia.co.id]
    >Subject: [PRANGKO] Sekali lagi Prangko Inul (PRANGKO PRISMA BOLEH
    >NOMOR 9/HUMAS/V/03
    >Yang dapat ditampilkan dalam Prangko Prisma adalah :
    > Foto wajah, baik satu orang atau lebih
    > Tulisan / Tanda-tangan
    > Logo/Simbol/Slogan
    > Gambar hasil karya seseorang
    > Iklan suatu produk/jasa
    From:・"Erich Hermanto Ekoputra"
    Date:・Thuay・2,・003・10:12 am
    Akhirnya, sebuah penjelasan resmi. Tapi, Pak Agus, suratnya kok tidak
    Lalu, untuk foto, jelas sudah terjawab kekhawatiran sebagian orang: cuma
    menampilkan wajah, tidak bisa pantat sedang ngebor.
    Namun, masih ada bolongnya, nih. Kalau "Gambar hasil karya seseorang" itu
    lukis-ulang halaman tengah Playboy, gimana tuh?
    Juga, logo/simbol/slogan sebaiknya sudah resmi sehingga tidak melanggar hak
    cipta, kesopanan, dan hal-hal agama. (Mis. logo "Allah", mungkin tidak bisa
    diterima sebagian orang.)
    Atau Pak Agus punya SK atau semacamnya yang menjelaskan lebih jauh kelima item
    untuk Prisma ini?
    -----Original Message-----
    Date:・Thuay・2,・003・9:56 am
    Subject:・Sekali lagi Prangko Inul (PRANGKO PRISMA BOLEH DIPESAN OLEH SIAPA SAJA)
    NOMOR 9/HUMAS/V/03
    Mencermati informasi yang berkembang akhir-akhir ini khususnya berita yang
    dimuat oleh beberapa media cetak dan media elektronik, tentang ?T Pos akan
    menerbitkan Prangko Seri yang memuat gambar seorang artis penyanyi INUL,
    disampaikan bahwa manajemen PT Pos merasa perlu untuk memberikan penjelasan
    khusus untuk meluruskan berita dimaksud, agar tidak terjadi kesalahan
    persepsi di mata masyarakat.
    Yang benar adalah PT Pos Indonesia memang telah menerima pesanan pembuatan
    Prangko Prisma dari pihak manajemen yang menangani artis tersebut dan saat
    ini masih dalam proses pembahasan pemesanan, sesuai dengan prosedur
    pemesanan Prangko Prisma, artinya belum ada kesepakatan final tentang
    pembuatan itu sendiri.
    Gagasan pembuatan Prangko Prisma artis tersebut muncul dari pihak manajer
    artis bertalian, sedangkan PT Pos memberlakukan pemesanan tersebut seperti
    halnya pemesanan dari pihak-pihak lain (baik perorangan maupun institusi)
    dan fenomenal artis tersebut sendiri, bagi PT Pos Indonesia dipandang bukan
    sebagai salah satu peluang bisnis.
    Searah dengan perkembangan dan dinamika masyarakat, model perposan
    khususnya perprangkoan dan perfilatelian mengalami revolusi positif yaitu
    dengan dikenalkannya jenis/bentuk prangko ?nik dengan nama PRANGKO
    IDENTITAS MILIK ANDA yang populer dengan sebutan Prangko Prisma Sesuai
    dengan namanya maka melalui Prangko Prisma, kini setiap orang atau
    institusi dapat mengekspresikan wajah / foto keluarga atau identitas lain
    (logo atau sejenisnya) yang dikehendaki, dalam lembaran asli prangko tanpa
    menghilangkan fungsi utamanya sebagai alat pengeposan. Bentuk Prangko
    Prisma itu sendiri seperti bentuk prangko pada umumnya, akan tetapi segi
    atau ruangnya terbagi menjadi dua yaitu segi prangko resmi PT Pos Indonesia
    dan segi untuk menampilkan/mengekspresikan foto, logo atau tanda lainnya
    sesuai pesanan.
    Yang dapat ditampilkan dalam Prangko Prisma adalah :
     Foto wajah, baik satu orang atau lebih
     Tulisan / Tanda-tangan
     Gambar hasil karya seseorang
     Iklan suatu produk/jasa
    Prangko Prisma mulai diluncurkan di Indonesia pada tanggal 9 Oktober 1999,
    bersamaan dengan peringatan hari jadi UPU (Universal Postal Union) atau
    Perhimpunan Pos Sedunia. Indonesia merupakan negara kedua di dunia yang
    memproduksi Prangko Prisma, setelah Australia yang mulai meluncurkannya
    pada bulan Maret 1999. Saat ini terdapat sekitar 10 negara di dunia yang
    membuat prangko Prisma.
    Pembuatan Prangko Prisma dapat dilayani secara langsung di loket pelayanan
    Prangko Prisma di Kantorpos, di Unit Bisnit Filateli atau di tempat-tempat
    khusus yang disediakan untuk keperluan itu (misalnya di Lokasi Pameran
    dlsbnya ) dangan cara pengambilan foto pemesanan secara langsung atau
    menyerahkan foto kemudian ditunggu beberapa saat untuk menerima hasilnya.
    Apabila di Kantorpos tidak terdapat layanan Prangko Prisma, dapat dipesan
    melalui Mail Order dangan mengisi formulir pemesanan dan menempelkan foto /
    Identitas yang dikehendaki, kemudian mengirimkannya ke salah satu Kantorpos
    yang tercantum pada formulir pemesanan tersebut.
    Manajer Humas
    Nippos : 956066422
    From:・"Berthold Sinaulan"
    Date:・Thuay・2,・003・3:49 am
    Subject:・Re: Perangko Inul/Nina Chang
    Saya sebenarnya sibuk, tapi beberapa teman meminta saya menanggapi e-mail
    ini, agar memberikan penjelasan kepada sdr.Nina Chang yang tampaknya belum
    1.Silakan baca e-mail dari Kak Yung Benson yang saya kutipkan di sini:
    Jawaban Kak Yung Benson, Juri Pameran Filateli Internasional/FIP:
    Perangko "Prisma" itu sebenarnya berasal dari Australia yg disebut
    "Personalised stamp" yg pertama diadakan pada pameran filately International
    di Melbourne 1999.
    Tujuan diadakannya "Personalised Stamp" ini adalah untuk menarik orang ke
    pameran filateli dan sekaligus merupakan income yg lumayan bagi pihak pos
    sebagai salah satu dana menyelenggarakan pameran tsb..
    Sebab itu jika kita pergi ke pameran2 filately international selalu ada
    stand "Personalised Stamp" ini yg disingkat menjadi "P Stamp".
    Kita selalu melihat orang2 pasti ngantri panjang untuk membuat foto wajahnya
    pada perangko pameran ybs.
    2.Sebaiknya sdr.Nina Chang tidak asbun, cari tahu dulu informasi lengkap
    baru bicara, contohnya yang Anda ucapkan, saya kutipkan di sini:
    apalagi dikoleksi (kecuali fotonya sendiri kali). Yang agak lain, di
    Indonesia prangko ini malah diperdagangkan sebagai benda koleksi (prisma
    ucapan selamat, papua, pupuk kaltim dll).
    Apa betul yang diucapkan sdr.Nina Chang? Prangko Prisma justru lebih banyak
    dijadikan benda koleksi, dan bukan hanya untuk foto pribadi. Contoh paling
    aktual, dalam Jambore Kanada bulan Juli mendatang, sudah disiapkan Sampul
    Peringatan (SP) dengan Prisma Kanada (di sana namanya Picture Postage)
    dengan logo Jambore dan cap pos khusus dan dijual kepada para filatelis.
    Prisma Hong Kong banyak dipakai perusahaan untuk promosi perusahaan, selain
    itu di Singapura dan Inggris, juga banyak lembaga non-profit maupun
    perusahaan membuat SP dengan Prisma dan cap pos khusus yang dijual kepada
    filatelis dan dibagikan kepada klien-kliennya.
    3.Ini saya kutipkan lagi dari Topical Time, majalah resmi ATA (Asosiasi
    Filatelis Tematik Amerika) - di mana sdr.Richard Susilo jadi life member,
    dan anda pun bisa jadi life member, karena persyaratannya hanya membayar US$
    400.-, edisi Mar-Apr.2001. Mantan Presiden ATA, Fred Foldvary, yang juga
    filatelis kawakan AS mengatakan begini di Topical Time:
    "The stamp on which a personalized photo is placed is still a legitimate
    postage stamp. As for exhibiting, the rule should be modified to permit one
    mint P-stamp and up to three covers franked with one or more postally used
    P-stamps. This would enable P-stamp to be included in a thematic exhibit".
    Selain itu, P-stamp setahu saya juga sudah pernah diikutkan dalam pameran
    filateli, di kelas modern philately dan open class.
    Kalau sdr.Nina Chang masih ingin informasi lagi, mohon tunggu sampai selesai
    HUT Jakarta 22 Juni 2003, karena saya sibuk sekali.
    BTW, saya ingin tahu sdr.Nina Chang sudah pernah ikut pameran filateli di
    mana saja? (baik tingkat lokal, nasional, regional/Asia-Pasifik, maupun
    tingkat dunia), dan koleksinya apa ya?
    Terima kasih.
    Berthold DH Sinaulan (belum pernah ke Australia tapi punya koleksi Prisma
    Australia, mint & used)
    Kolektor "The 1937 World Scout Jamboree", "Scouting in Indonesia", dan "From
    Meester Cornelis to Jakarta Jatinegara" (yang terakhir postal history).
    LANGSTEMPEL dan DJATINEGARA dari masa pendudukan Jepang (1942-1945).
    >From: Nina Chang
    >Reply-To: PRANGKO@yahoogroups.com
    >To: PRANGKO@yahoogroups.com
    >Subject: Re: [PRANGKO] Re: Perangko Inul
    >Date: Tue, 20 May 2003 10:40:38 -0700 (PDT)
    >Kalau ada teman yang lain tersinggung dengan email saya kemarin,
    >very sorry deh, ngak ada niat gitu , wong yang dingomongin koq terus
    >INUL saja.
    >Soal usulan tuh kan buat wacana perbandingan aja, mau didengar atau tidak,
    >ngak ada yang maksa, itu kebetulan kejadiannya pas di bulan Mei
    >Saya secara pribadi tidak kenal Pak Richard, atau rekan yang lainnya, hanya
    >secara kebetulan saya ikut di milis ini beberapa bulan lalu.
    >Saya pernah tinggal di Australia thn 1995 lalu, setahu saya disana prangko
    >prisma bukan tema filateli/eksibisi, rasanya koq ngak pernah ada yang
    >mempertandingkannya, apalagi dikoleksi (kecuali fotonya sendiri kali). Yang
    >agak lain, di Indonesia prangko ini malah diperdagangkan sebagai benda
    >koleksi (prisma ucapan selamat, papua, pupuk kaltim dll). Oh ya, di
    >Australia prisma itu asalnya dari kata mereka "personalized stamp" alias
    >prangko pribadi.
    >Sorry buat rekan lebih pinter dari saya, ini cuma pendapat pribadi.
    >* : )
    >old Sinaulan  wrote:
    >Kenapa harus tanya Pak Richard?
    >Kalau anda punya usulan penerbitan prangko, SS, SP atau lainnya kenapa
    >diajukan? Silakan ajukan ke Ditjen Postel atau melalui Posindo?
    >Justru yang kita bicarakan jangan sampai yang mengaku senior atau pakar itu
    >justru tidak mengerti bahwa nggak mungkin terbit prangko Inul atau orang
    >lain selain Presiden dan Wapres RI (kalau tokohnya masih hidup), kecuali di
    >prangko Prisma.
    >O ya, saya jadi ragu dengan kemampuan logika Anda, bagaimana Prisma nggak
    >ada hubungannya dengan filateli? Tahukah Anda justru Prisma pertama kali
    >diterbitkan di dunia (tepatnya di Australia) justru pada pameran filateli.
    >Terima kasih.
    > >From: Nina Chang
    > >Reply-To: PRANGKO@yahoogroups.com
    > >To: PRANGKO@yahoogroups.com
    > >Subject: Re: [PRANGKO] Re: Perangko Inul
    > >Date: Thu, 15 May 2003 10:42:51 -0700 (PDT)
    > >
    > >Yang dibicarakan itu jelas berbeda, coba tanya aja Pak Richard.
    > >Mengapa ngak coba bahas hal-hal lain, misalnya:::
    > >1. Perayaan WAISAK tahun ini di Borobudur tepat 50 thn (EMAS),
    > > Mengapa ngak kepikir misalnya kelluar SS atau SP?
    > > Bukankah kita harus bangga dengan salah satu dari 7 keajaiban
    > > di dunia yang tersisa, ini kan kebanggaan bangsa.
    > >2. Rudy Hartono, baru saja dipilih Goldquest sebagai tokoh tahun ini,
    > > setara dengan tokoh dunia lainnya, kenapa Pos ngak kepikir misalnya
    > > keluar SP dengan duplikat emasnya, atau SS untuk pameran
    > > misalnya?
    > >3. Masih banyak...banyak lainnya.
    > >INUL hanya kontroversial, kita tahu itu prisma doang, mana ada hubungan
    > >dengan filaeli???
    > >Maaf, Jika banyak "fans"nya, wa ngak IRI, koq!
    > >Berthold Sinaulan wrote:
    > >Justru itu, kita sedang membicarakan filateli dan prangko secara umum.
    > >Mestinya yang senior dan pakar mengerti dong mengenai tata cara
    > >prangko, jangan ASBUN, nggak mungkin dong prangko Inul terbit kalau bukan
    > >Prisma, kan sudah jelas aturannya, tokoh yang masih hidup yang dapat
    > >diterbitkan gambarnya sebagai prangko hanya Presiden dan Wapres RI. Is it
    > >clear for you or not????!!!!!
    > >
    > > >From: Nina Chang
    > > >Reply-To: PRANGKO@yahoogroups.com
    > > >To: PRANGKO@yahoogroups.com
    > > >Subject: Re: [PRANGKO] Re: Perangko Inul
    > > >Date: Wed, 14 May 2003 09:43:01 -0700 (PDT)
    > > >
    > > >ASAL BUNYI AJA....
    > > >STOP deh, bahas INUL INUL DAN INUL......
    > > >Koq ngak balik kanan ngomong tenatng filateli aja sih.
    > > >Nina.
    > > >!!!
    > > >
    > > >
    > > >--- Berthold Sinaulan wrote:
    > > > >
    > > > > Ini sih bukan soal demokrasi, tapi soal bagaimana
    > > > > kita memposisikan diri,
    > > > > kalau tidak mengerti lebih baik tidak asbun, bukan
    > > > > begitu?
    > > > >
    > > > > >From: "Richard Susilo"
    > >
    > > > > >Reply-To: PRANGKO@yahoogroups.com
    > > > > >To: PRANGKO@yahoogroups.com
    > > > > >Subject: Re: [PRANGKO] Re: Perangko Inul
    > > > > >Date: Mon, 12 May 2003 09:50:58 +0000
    > > > > >
    > > > > >ha...ha..ha...rame juga soal Inul ya di forum ini.
    > > > > >baguslah kita punya demokrasi ternyata jalan dengan
    > > > > excellent.
    > > > > >salam selamat mengumpulkan prangko
    > > > > >rs
    > > > > >
    > > > > > >From: "Berthold Sinaulan"
    > > > > > >Reply-To: PRANGKO@yahoogroups.com
    > > > > > >To: PRANGKO@yahoogroups.com
    > > > > > >Subject: Re: [PRANGKO] Re: Perangko Inul
    > > > > > >Date: Mon, 12 May 2003 08:41:05 +0000
    > > > > > >
    > > > > > >
    > > > > > >Iya nih, Pak Richard kan senior,mestinya lebih
    > > > > mengerti bahwa sesuai
    > > > > >aturan:
    > > > > > >a.prangko hanya diterbitkan oleh Ditjen Postel
    > > > > bukan Posindo
    > > > > > >b.yang dicetak Posindo adalah Prisma (prangko
    > > > > identitas milik anda),
    > > > > >desain
    > > > > > >di bagian tab-nya. siapa pun bisa tampil di situ
    > > > > asal desainnya sopan.
    > > > > > >c.tokoh yang masih hidup yang bisa tampil di
    > > > > prangko (bukan Prisma)
    > > > > >hanyalah
    > > > > > >Presiden dan Wapres RI
    > > > > > >
    > > > > > >begitu kan Pak Richard? Pasti Pak Richard lebih
    > > > > tahu dari kita.
    > > > > > >
    > > > > > >
    > > > > > >
    > > > > > >
    > > > > > > >From: "Anna Wid."
    > > > > > > >Reply-To: PRANGKO@yahoogroups.com
    > > > > > > >To: PRANGKO@yahoogroups.com
    > > > > > > >Subject: Re: [PRANGKO] Re: Perangko Inul
    > > > > > > >Date: Sun, 11 May 2003 20:40:57 -0700 (PDT)
    > > > > > > >
    > > > > > > >Iya nih pak Richard kog begitu jawabannya,nanti
    > > > > kalau
    > > > > > > >ada perangko Inul beneran Bapak jangan malu lho
    > > > > ya...
    > > > > > > >Saya rasa nggak ada salahnya Inul dibuat
    > > > > perangko..so
    > > > > > > >jangan menghakimi dengan pantas and tidak
    > > > > pantasnya,
    > > > > > > >hati-hati lho kalau menilai orang lain !!
    > > > > > > >
    > > > > > > >
    > > > > > > >--- Berthold Sinaulan
    > > > > wrote:
    > > > > > > > > ini jawaban dari orang yang nggak ngerti,
    > > > > lebih baik
    > > > > > > > > tidak menjawab kalau
    > > > > > > > > tidak mengerti apa-apa
    > > > > > > > >
    > > > > > > > >
    > > > > > > > > >From: "Richard Susilo"
    > > > > > > > > >Reply-To: PRANGKO@yahoogroups.com
    > > > > > > > > >To: PRANGKO@yahoogroups.com
    > > > > > > > > >Subject: [PRANGKO] Re: Perangko Inul
    > > > > > > > > >Date: Fri, 09 May 2003 17:00:17 -0000
    > > > > > > > > >
    > > > > > > > > >Posindo akan terbitkan atau tidak prangko
    > > > > Inul,
    > > > > > > > > saya tidak tahu.
    > > > > > > > > >Silakan orang Posindo menjawabnya.
    > > > > > > > > >Soal pantas atau tidaknya menerbitkan
    > > > > prangko Inul,
    > > > > > > > > tegas-tegas saya
    > > > > > > > > >katakan tidak pantas. Gampang saja kok.
    > > > > Sudah
    > > > > > > > > pernah dapat bintang
    > > > > > > > > >jasa atau tidak dari pemerintah Indonesia
    > > > > si Inul
    > > > > > > > > itu?
    > > > > > > > > >
    > > > > > > > > >richard
    > > > > > > > > >--------
    > > > > > > > > >
    > > > > > > > > >--- In PRANGKO@yahoogroups.com, "Abraham
    > > > > Sihombing"
    > > > > > > > >
    > > > > > > > > >wrote:
    > > > > > > > > > > Bung Richard...bener nggak seh PT Pos
    > > > > Indonesia
    > > > > > > > > akan mengeluarkan
    > > > > > > > > >perangko bergambar Inul?...mohon
    > > > > penjelasannya,
    > > > > > > > > bung. Terima kasih.
    From:・"Richard Susilo"
    Date:・Tueay・0,・003・10:40 pm
    Subject:・Mempertanyakan Prangko Prisma
    Klik http://berifil.com
    Sejak penerbitan prangko prisma Inul, memang cukup menarik perhatian kita
    bersama. Bagi saya, bukan soal siapa atau apa yang ada di dalam prangko
    prisma, tetapi penggarapan prangko prisma penuh dengan dualisme.
    Di satu pihak kita tahu Posindo memang butuh duit karena saat ini banyak
    merugi, lain dengan 10 tahun lalu yang punya cerita sukses dan keuntungan
    berlipat, maka butuh suntikan dana dari penjualan model prangko prisma.
    Di lain pihak, bagi dunia filateli perlu dipertanyakan lagi ketentuan yang
    ada mengenai penerbitan prangko prisma, agar tidak melenceng nantinya dari
    alur kebijaksanaan penerbitan prangko yang sesungguhnya.
    Nah, ketentuan yang ada mengenai prangko prisma, terus terang hanya
    segelintir orang saja yang mengetahui dan ketentuan itu pun, walaupun belum
    pernah saya baca, saya yakin banyak "bolong-bolong" dan patut kita
    pertanyakan bersama. Wajar memang, karena tak ada gading yang tak retak
    setelah beberapa tahun terakhir ini muncul prangko prisma.
    Agar baik kiranya bagi semua pihak, tentu saja kita harapkan ketentuan
    penerbitan prangko prisma ini, misalnya SKDireksi Pos No. sekian, tanggal
    sekian itu, dipublikasikan di sini, lalu kita sempurnakan bersama-sama.
    Sangat diharapkan SK Direksi Pos itu kiranya bisa diungkap di sini, kalau
    malas mengutip, bisa dikirimkan ke saya untuk di scan lalu ditampilkan di
    layar maya (internet) yang bisa kita baca bersama.
    Date:・Weday・1,・003・11:56 am
    Subject:・Re: [PRANGKO] Mempertanyakan Prangko Prisma
    Perangko "Prisma" itu sebenarnya berasal dari Australia yg disebut
    "Personalised stamp" yg pertama diadakan pada pameran filately International
    di Melbourne 1999.
    Tujuan diadakannya "Personalised Stamp" ini adalah untuk menarik orang ke
    pameran filateli dan sekaligus merupakan income yg lumayan bagi pihak pos
    sebagai salah satu dana menyelenggarakan pameran tsb..
    Sebab itu jika kita pergi ke pameran2 filately international selalu ada
    stand "Personalised Stamp" ini yg disingkat menjadi "P Stamp".
    Kita selalu melihat orang2 pasti ngantri panjang untuk membuat foto wajahnya
    pada perangko pameran ybs.
    Sekarang "P Stamp" ini juga dapat di buat walaupun tidak ada pameran, yaitu
    dgn memberikan foto anda pada pihak "P stamp/ Prisma".
    Berikut ini mungkin dapat anda lihat contohnya dari Australia yg bisa anda
    di website ini, lalu anda pilih "Personalised Stamp".
    Adapun tujuan utama perangko Prisma adalah menampilkan wajah anda sendiri,
    atau handai taulan dan untuk dikirim diantaranya atau dikoleksi sendiri.
    Saya kurang tahu kalau ternyata dapat di komersilkan dgn menampilkan wajah
    Inul dsb.
    kak Yung
    Suara Merdeka
    Sabtu, 10/05/03 : 16.40 WIB

    Disiapkan Perangko Inul 4 Pose ・p> Semarang, CyberNews. Rencana mencetak perangko bergambar penyanyi dangdut Inul Daratista sudah mendekati final. PT Pos Indonesia telah menyiapkan empat pose penyanyi yang terkenal dengan goyang ngebornya itu.

    Ide pembuatan perangko tersebut khabarnya dari PT Pos Indonesia wilayah VI Jateng. Bahkan gambar perangko dengan format Perangko Identitas Anda (Prisma) sudah dipajang di papan pengumuman Kantor Pos Besar Semarang sejak Kamis (8/5).

    Namun, entah mengapa gambar-gambar tersebut

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    the Informattion sheet no 2. MR STEVE TAN OF MALAYSIA

    Sunday November 19, 2006

    Stamping his mark

    Collecting stamps might not seem to be the most exciting of hobbies, but for one man, it has become an allconsuming passion, writes MARTIN VENGADESAN.

    IT seems as though some hobbies are just fading away with the passing of time. One is unlikely to see many children flying kites or playing marbles nowadays as what were once hugely popular pursuits are relegated to the sidelines.

    Yet, one little boy has never given up on his fondness for stamp collecting, and indeed has made it the cornerstone of his personal and professional life.

    At the age of 68, Steven Tan still retains his passion for stamps and coins.

    At 68, Steven Tan is still full of enthusiasm over his boyhood hobby of stamp collecting ? and little wonder, for he has been in the stamp business full-time since 1960!Since the mid-1970s, he has been managing director of International Stamp & Coin Sdn Bhd (now located at Pertama Kompleks, Kuala Lumpur), and aside from his thriving business, he has been at the forefront of the “industry” in Malaysia, producing definitive catalogues on both stamps and coin and paper money.

    Tan spoke to me recently, reflecting on a fascinating lifetime spent pursuing a boyhood dream.

    Born in Kuala Pilah, Negri Sembilan, in 1938, Tan began collecting stamps during his school days when he had moved to KL.

    “A schoolmate showed me some stamps that looked so nice, I became very interested. I started collecting them from everywhere.?

    “This was right after World War II. I’d come home from school every day and arrange and re-arrange my stamps.

    “Once people realised I took it seriously, they began giving me their stamps. Later on I made pen pals so I could exchange stamps. It was a very popular hobby then.”

    Indeed, Tan’s fascination with stamps became such that soon after the country achieved independence, he found himself making it his profession.

    “After working for a while as a salesman, I started dealing in stamps in 1960, at the age of 22.

    These two notes issued in 1942, a 1,000 dollar note (top) and a 10,000 dollar note, are now worth approximately RM75,000 and RM120,000 respectively.

    “I was doing it from home. I had no office. I just prepared a lot of stamps that where consigned to bookstores. It certainly wasn’t much, but it made me a living.“Later, I started doing mail order for the region, until in 1970 I opened a small office in Medan Pasar, KL. Soon after that I expanded into coins thanks to a friend who had started putting coins in my shop on consignment.”

    Another major move that Tan made was to go into publishing.

    “To supplement my business, encourage more collectors and also to document my own knowledge, I published my first catalogue in 1973. And the demand was so great!

    “A lot of collectors were so happy that at last they had a guide to how much to pay for particular stamps.

    “The most recent catalogue is the 26th edition, and it sells for RM59. It is possible for someone to self-evaluate their collection based on this catalogue.”

    The fact that there is still an interest in collecting stamps and coins is borne out by the flourishing membership of the Philatelic Society of Malaysia and the Malaysia Numismatic Society.

    Said Mak Kok Cheong, a vice-president of the Philatelic (the word means “stamp-collecting), “We have as many as 700 active members. Some are as young as 10, while our oldest members are in their 80s.

    “Stamp-collecting is a ‘learning’ hobby that goes far beyond simply looking at the monetary value of a stamp. A stamp is a small piece of art that can teach you about history and culture.”

    Tan is a veritable mine of knowledge about stamps and his eyes light up as he talks about his lifelong passion.

    “The very first Malaysian stamp is a Straits Settlement stamp first issued on Sept 1, 1867. Prior to that, they used chops.

    “The stamps were Indian stamps and they used to over-print a crown and the value.

    “But you can see what a vast difference individual factors make to the value of a stamp because a stamp from that period can cost as little as RM300 or as much as RM9,000, depending on its original value, scarcity, condition and mint.”

    So how does one get started as a stamp collector?

    “Many (Philatelic) society members started off buying stamps from me,” Tan chuckled.

    “In Malaysia, we have a few collectors who have won medals in international competitions. Very often, they started from my shop where we taught them how to maintain a collection.

    “My advice to newcomers is to collect stamps that are easily available in our country.

    “Malaysia has so many states, you can just pick one and specialise in that, if you can afford it. If you don’t have much money to invest, I would suggest thematic stamps, maybe flowers or butterflies.”

    Does Tan’s business have many competitors?

    “I wouldn’t call them competitors. It really depends on stock. In Malaysia, there are very few dealers, barely 10 even. So there is no real competition.

    “In this line you pay money to buy a piece of paper. Customers have to know you are reliable.

    “As for formal study, there is no course that I know of. You just have to handle stamps regularly and meet with and talk to other collectors.

    I wondered about the value of commemorative coins and stamps, but according to Tan, they generally appreciate very slowly.

    “It depends on the scarcity and face value. That’s why we have to do our evaluations.

    “Let’s say in 1993, they printed a commemorative Bangkok stamp. It had a face value of RM1.80. Now it is worth about RM70.

    “The value is higher because when the post office released it, they did not give the news to collectors, and there was a very small quantity printed; also it was available only at a Bangkok exhibition. This gives it additional value. But a slightly older stamp will be worth much less.

    “In general,” Tan continued, “the market is quite stable, but you won’t make big gains.

    “However, stamps will seldom go down in value. This happened only in China and Hong Kong in the mid-1990s because collectors and dealers were speculating and overvalued the stamps, and then a drop occurred.”

    Despite the odd speculator, most collectors are in it for something more than financial gain, asserted Tan.

    “A lot of collectors love the collection regardless of the monetary value. When I started, I never thought of making it a business. I was happy to collect stamps just as a simple hobby. There is a lot more to collecting than money. You make a lot of friends and meet interesting people. It helps pass the time.”

    So how about his own personal collection?

    “Well there was one actually collected by my late wife Leena. It’s unusual because it features stamps from Labuan. The first stamp was printed in 1878 and the last one in 1902.

    “But we sold the whole collection last year, and I’m afraid the value is confidential.

    “I can tell you that there is just a handful of collections in Malaysia worth more than a million ringgit.”

    Tan has some rather unusual advice for the maintenance of stamps, advice that gives away his fondness for the pastime.

    “Since the weather is so hot in Malaysia, do you know I used to recommend that stamp collectors keep their collections in the fridge!

    “Really ? because that will keep them in perfect condition. Nowadays you have chemical free stamp albums, but it’s not the same.

    “It’s true that, today, there are fewer people interested in stamps. But there are still young people who are encouraged by their relatives to start collecting. Sometimes a collection is even passed down through generations.”

    Ironically, the bug has not caught on in Tan’s own family.

    “Actually, my children are not interested at all. They have their own professions. I also have three grandchildren and, while one granddaughter has started collecting, nobody is deeply into it.”

    Tan concluded by telling me the kind of tale that collectors would love to experience.

    “Once in the early 1970s, on a quiet day at the shop, four old people came in with some invalid Straits Settlements notes. They had found the notes under the bed of their recently deceased friend and they tried to trade them at a bank to pay for his funeral.

    “The bank refused to accept the notes but recommended they bring them to me for assessment.

    “I looked at the notes and was intrigued. I gave them enough to pay for the funeral, about 1,000 ringgit.

    “Many years later, the notes came to be worth much, much more than that ? a small fortune, in fact!”