Delegates 17 - Proxies 14
Total 51 from 36 different countries As first point of the agenda Mr. Vit Vanicek read the report of the open meeting in Brussels on 15th June 2001.
The Chairman mentioned that the Newsletters are only sent to the Commission Delegates, the FIP. Bureau members and the Chairman of the other Commissions. Everyone else attending this meeting may request a specimen, which were distributed.
The Chairman announced that the Bureau proposed three periods of postal history
A. Postal History up to 1875 - pre UPU
The Commission then discussed the new genres of philately - Social Philately and Special Studies. After these discussions, it was proposed to study the possibility to take both into the Postal History under one concept "Social Historical and Special Studies".
The aims of our Commission to bring more illustrative material into collections were presented by the four Bureau members and one invitee using projection of slides and transparencies. The contents of the intensive discussions about will be reported in the minutes of the meeting.
By the present point system, if we wish any changes, it
will be done to make them more clear and comprehensible for the collectors
and the public. It was agreed after discussions to study the opportunity
to compose a file of examples of pages containing illustrative material.
Through the presentation of a range of pages from postal history exhibits containing such illustrative material and of pages from Social philately exhibits to give a further dimension on what is acceptable in exhibits in that experimental class, the attendees were informed and discussed the relevance of this material and the opportunities provided to enhance postal history exhibits and make them more understandable as well as interesting to the viewer.
The first presentation was made by our guest from the USA, Kees Adema, who showed the use of early engravings on pages extracted from his collections of Dutch postal history which was partly exhibited in the Court of Honour in Amsterdam. The engravings related to the place to which the marking was attributed thus illustrating how small some of these towns were a few hundred years ago.
Then the members of our Commission presented pages taken from their collections:
Kurt Kimmel started with pages from his exhibit "Postal History of the Valtellina 1484-1918" which has always been shown at FIP-World exhibitions including one or two pages in each frame with related illustrative material which tells the viewer that this area is in the southern part of the alps and was part of Switzerland until liberated with the help of Napoleon I in 1797. There were no post offices in the Valtellina before 1800. Therefore, we consider it "strictly necessary" not only to show the cover but also the nice looking letter head of the French Occupation forces because besides of being attractive for the viewer it proves that this letter actually was written in this mountainous area even if the postal markings are from Como or Milano. From 1815-1859 the Valtellina was part of the Austrian Empire and etchings or lithographs of villages are more difficult to find than the letters of the same period. The art is to find a matching pair: an important postal history item and the illustrative material of the same place and period.