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Rossica Journals awarded Large Silver at LITFIL-2014

A major competitive philatelic literature exhibition, LITFIL-2014, was held in Perm, Russia, from May 7-30. In all there were 123 publications exhibited, of which 72 were in the competitive class. The Rossica Society submitted its Journals from 2013 and 2014. For those who can read Russian, the link to the full Palmares listings are here:
There were eight levels of awards given: Large Gold, Gold, Large Vermeil, Vermeil, Gilded Gold, Large Silver, Silver, and Certificate. Points were awarded to each competitive exhibit. There were two Large Gold medals awarded: the first, receiving 97 points from the judges, went to David Feldman from Geneva, Switzerland, for "The Russian Post in the Chinese Empire" parts 1-3 (2012-13). The second, with 95 points, went to Lev Ratner from St. Petersburg, Russia, for "Auxilliary (вспомогательные) Postal Stations in the Russian Empire" (2012). Three Gold medals were awarded, including one for a catalog of Belarus stamps (2008-2012) and "Military Censorship in the USSR, 1941-1953". The Journal "Kollektsioner" #46, edited by Alexander Ilyushin, received 89 points and a Large Gilded Gold. Ilyushin's Postal Covers Almanac (#16 and #17), at 88 points, was also awarded a Large Gilded Gold.
Various catalogs were predominant in the Gilded Gold and Large Silver medal categories. The Rossica Journals were awarded a Large Silver medal. At 77 points, we were tied with the 2013 year's set of Filatelia magazines and the Tula Postmaster Almanac #3. The German Society's Journals #98 and #99 received one point fewer, and BSPR's Journal #103 made the Large Silver cut with a score of 75 points. Our colleague, Rossica Member Igor Myaskovsky, was awarded a Certificate for his article in the Russian publication "World of Stamps and Coins" describing the North-West Army's stamp issues during the Russian Civil War. In the non-competitive class, Mr. Myaskovsky exhibited two additional articles on Civil War issues, which appeared in the Filatelia magazine.
As with any exhibition, we applaud the efforts of its organizers, especially Sergei Filatov. A show dedicated exclusively to philatelic publications is a good way to promote our hobby. I do wonder, however, why the competitive entries were not subdivided into logical group, such as catalogs, periodicals, and specialty subjects, within which they could be rated relative to their peers. The Palmares list on the website shown above has no indication that such distinctions were made among the various entries to facilitate a more equitable system of judging.
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[*] posted on 5/14/2014 at 19:40

This is good news. It would have been nice to know that the Journals that we sent did actually arrive there before the exhibition. A simple email from them would have quieted my worrying mind. Thank you for all the work you put into this.

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