In­ter­na­tional ex­hi­bi­tion gets stamp of ap­proval from phi­lat­e­lists

The China Post - - LOCAL -

One of the largest stamp ex­hi­bi­tions in Asia kicked off Fri­day in Taipei, show­cas­ing some 1,000 frames of stamps from 24 na­tions with a to­tal value at NT$1.5 bil­lion (US$48 mil­lion).

The 30th Asian In­ter­na­tional Stamp Ex­hi­bi­tion, also the fifth time the event was held in Tai­wan, at­tracted thou­sands of pas­sion­ate phi­lat­e­lists who waited pa­tiently to see philatelic rar­i­ties or get per­son­al­ized prod­ucts.

Mar­veling at sev­eral award-win­ning col­lec­tions across Asia, the vis­i­tors said it was an eye-open­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

“Stamp col­lect­ing is a king’s hobby,” Chunghwa Post Chair­man Philip Weng ( ) said at the open­ing cer­e­mony. “It makes you a more in­ter­est­ing per­son.”

At the ex­hi­bi­tion, phi­lat­e­lists can catch a glimpse of some pre­cious col­lec­tions — in­clud­ing the ear­li­est cover with a Tai­wan cus­toms can­cel­la­tion, dated back to 1875, and sal­vaged cov­ers car­ried by Zep­pelin LZ 129 “Hin­den­burg,” the world’s largest air­ship that trag­i­cally burst into flames in 1937.

The ex­hi­bi­tion will run through April 28 at the Taipei World Trade Cen­ter Hall No. 3. Ad­mis­sion is free.

Thou­sands of pas­sion­ate phi­lat­e­lists flooded into the stamp ex­hi­bi­tion Fri­day to share their love of stamp col­lect­ing with one an­other.

The phi­lat­e­lists said they have learned much and find great joy in stamp col­lect­ing.

Yu Chao- nien ( ) , who heads sev­eral lo­cal philatelic as­so­ci­a­tions, has been col­lect­ing stamps since he was 15 years old.

“Check out how th­ese two stamps dif­fer from each other — you see, a va­ri­ety stamp is al­ways the most valu­able,” the 93-yearold said, point­ing at his Shang­hai print “Fly­ing Geese” stamps on dis­play.

The stamp set cost NT$206 (US$6.7) in 1950, when Yu made a monthly salary of NT$280.

Now es­ti­mated at NT$700,000, the stamps are a trea­sure for Yu, who said he will never sell them.

Josep Jove, co­or­di­na­tor of the Span­ish Vari­able Value Stamps Study and Col­lect­ing Group, was on a quick trip to Tai­wan for the event that show­cases frames of stamps from 24 na­tions with a to­tal value of NT$1.5 bil­lion.

Pa­tiently wait­ing in the queue to print out a limited edi­tion of postage la­bels, Jove said he trav­els around the world to get the la­bels.

“Some peo­ple col­lect stamps fea­tur­ing only but­ter­flies. I col­lect postage la­bels, very spe­cific,” he said, adding that both the se­rial num­bers on the la­bels and the color of the print make the col­lec­tion unique.

Still other vis­i­tors — rang­ing from school­child­ren and of­fice work­ers to for­eign am­bas­sadors — mar­veled at the stamp rar­i­ties and ex­changed their knowl­edge about them at the venue at the Taipei World Trade Cen­ter Hall No. 3.

CNA

This hand-out pic­ture from Tai­wan’s Chunghwa Post Co. shows a set of early China stamps be­ing dis­played at the 30th Asian In­ter­na­tional Stamp Ex­hi­bi­tion in Taipei, which runs till April 28. This set was orig­i­nally an is­sue from the im­pe­rial Qing Dy­nasty, but the R.O.C. gov­ern­ment printed the char­ac­ters mean­ing “tem­po­rar­ily neu­tral” at its cen­ter to make it its own on the first year of the repub­lic’s found­ing.

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