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[*] posted on 7/3/2006 at 11:02
Academy for Philately


A.Speeckaert, the author of "Russian Postal Censorship" is a member of Belgian Academy for Pilately. A search in Google helped me to find American, French and others Academies.
Who knows, what kind of institution is it? Who can be a member? What are their activities?
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[*] posted on 7/3/2006 at 12:12


Sorry, I could only find websites in French about the BAP. It was founded in 1956, has a very restricted membership (30 full members, 30 "corresponding members") and its aims are the development of philately in Belgium. I believe appointment to the membership (new members are co-opted by the existing members) is widely regarded as the highest honor in Belgian philately. Members include Tony Speeckaert, James van der Linden (author of "European Transit Marks" and many articles), Leo de Clerq (outstanding postal historian) and Claude Delbeke (author of some outstanding handbooks on postal history).
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[*] posted on 7/3/2006 at 14:52


Thank you!
I collected some cutouts from articles about "Academy..." and one URL address. May be it will be usefull.

http://www.upu.int/news_centre/2005/en/event_2005-06-07_aep_...

Since 1996 Dr. Kouri has been the editor of The Cuban Philatelist and is currently the president of the Cuban Philatelic Society of America. He belongs to more than a dozen philatelic societies and organizations, and is an elected member of the Spanish Academy of Philately.

GEORGE T. TURNER
Governor - Research Philatelist-Librarian, 1906-1979
America's foremost philatelic librarian serving on the B.I.A. Catalog Listing Committee and as B.I.A. Librarian. Appointed in 1958 as Associate Curator of the Division of Philately and Postal History of the Smithsonian Institution. Author of B.I.A publications "Sloane's Column" and "Essays and Proofs of the United States Internal Revenue Stamps". B.I.A. Governor 1946-1949. Revenue columnist for the American Philatelist. President of the American Philatelic Congress and the American Academy of Philately and an APS Board member. Director of SIPEX 1966. Recipient: Lichtenstein Memorial Award (1975), APS Luff Award (1976) and Signer Roll of Distinguished Philatelists (1978).


José is a Fellow of the Royal Philatelic Society, Member of the Portuguese Academy of Philately and a Member of the European Academy of Philately
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[*] posted on 7/3/2006 at 17:09
Question to APS


I asked the APS,
"I have seen several references to what is called an Academy of
Philately in a few different countries. What I looking for is what
exactly are they and any other information I can share about them.
The web sites appear to be vague and presume the reader knows what
they are.

Thanks in advance for any light the APS can shed on this topic."

The response I got from Ken Martin is below.
"Gary,

I had never heard of any Academy of Philately but in our Library article
database I found two references to the American Academy of Philately.
According to pages 1 and 3 of the May 27, 1974 issue of Linn's

- the initial steps toward its formation were taken at BALPEX in October 1968

- it was intended to be a federation of organizations similar to the Council
of Philatelic Organizations in the 1980's and eaerly 1990s

- in 1974 it was being resurrected after being "somewhat dormant the past few
years" to fill the need of an organization to which arguments among dissident
groups can be brought for settlement

- it seemed to be tied closely to the Society of Philatelic Americans as
everyone mentioned affiliated with it was also an official of the SPA.

- it's members in 1974 numbered 18 with the SPA and the United States
Philatelic Classics Society being by far the best known. Two shows were
members, seven local clubs including the Baltimore Philatelic Society, and 7
national specialty organizations.

Using google I also found reference to a European Academy of Philately for
which information is available at
http://www.aephil.net/en/

Hope this is of some help."
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[*] posted on 7/3/2006 at 19:26


That was not very helpful. Perhaps his search results would have been more impressive if he hadn't confined them to english-language-only sources.
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[*] posted on 7/4/2006 at 06:07


Maybe, maybe not. Why does the APS not think or know much about it in the US? Maybe these academies are not all that big a deal at least in the US?
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[*] posted on 7/4/2006 at 07:37


Since BALPEX and the Baltimore Philatelic Society are mentioned in the APS response, I sent email to the BPS asking for insight/input. As soon as received, it will be posted.
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[*] posted on 7/4/2006 at 12:08


Or perhaps the APS is pretty ignorant in general about philatelic societies in Europe. "Not invented here."
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[*] posted on 7/4/2006 at 13:29


You may have a point Ivo. I used to be a member of the APs for many years until I tried to enlist their help to stop an APS (dealer) member selling bogus material as bona fide stamp issues and using the APS logo to add legitimacy to his activities. despite this being clearly against the rules of the APS they were unhelpfull to the point of unreason and I resigned in protest.
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[*] posted on 7/4/2006 at 17:15


Ah yes. We have not answered the question, but have turned to bashing rather than research and answers. Guess we should have expected that. :hair
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[*] posted on 7/4/2006 at 18:36


Actually, Gary, "we" have answered the question. If you want to pursue this shadowy "American Academy of Philately" which is the APS' contribution to the discussion then that's of course your privilege.

I think I'll stand by my remark that the APS, in general, is not very well-informed about philatelic organizations in Europe, probably caused by their reliance on English-language sources. If that's "bashing" then so be it.
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[*] posted on 7/4/2006 at 18:57


The question has not been answered. We have "your" opinion. Please tell the APS that you disapprove of them and their opinion not me. Whether you like it or not, we are in the USA and not Europe. The APS, whether you like it or not, is the main philatelic organization in the USA. Please write Janet and tell her that you Ivo personally do not approve of her organization or their opinions. This has nothing to do with Rossica.

'Time to end this thread!
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[*] posted on 7/4/2006 at 20:16


The original question was about the Belgian Academy for Philately. I answered the question. I am unable to provide you with an English-language link so I took the trouble of translating the information to be found on French-language websites.

I don't approve of disapprove of the APS or their opinion at all. I simply note that they were unable to find anything about the various academies in Europe when asked, and assumed this is because they confined their search to English-language sources.

Everything else is in your head.

Incidentally, an English-language website for the European Academy of Philatelie can be found at:
http://www.aephil.net/en/
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[*] posted on 7/5/2006 at 05:48


Hi folks!
I see the beginning of the war between the Old World and the New World.
Stop it!
I wanted only to know what is Academy of Philately
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[*] posted on 8/11/2006 at 08:17


Hi,
another well known Academy for Philately - at least for collectors of French philately and postal history - is the French Académie de Philatélie, situated in Paris.
http://academiedephilatelie.org/index.html
No, there is no English page.
The Academy consists of 40 members, honorary members, corresponding members and associated members abroad. Members which are presumably also known on the other side of the Atlantic are Alexandre, Calves, Brun and Abensur. Also here - like for the Academy for Philately in Belgium - the general idea is to unite leading experts and to foster thereby the French philately.
Hope that helped.
Ciao, Thomas Berger, Switzerland
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