A stamp enthusiast370.
(photo credit: Courtesy- Israel Philatelic Society)
A large international stamp exhibition with free entrance to the public opened
on Sunday at the Tel Aviv Fairgrounds.
Called Tel Aviv 2013, it will
feature numerous rare stamp collections and competitions between collectors, and
will mark the 65th anniversary of the release of the Doar Ivri stamps, the first
series to have been issued by the nascent State of Israel.
opens daily at noon, and will be open to the public until 8 p.m. on
At the exhibition will be collectors from a large number of
countries, including the US, considered the leading stamp-collecting country,
and Russia, where stamp collecting as been on the rise since the Soviet Union’s
fall and is approaching American levels, according to the organizers. The
popularity of stamp-collecting in Israel is considered to fall somewhere between
that of the two nations, and so the Russians would have to surpass the Israelis
to pose a threat to the Americans.
Some stamps in the collection were
printed on iron, silk and wood, and some were of unusual sizes. International
judges from the World Philatelic Association will decide on the winning
collections and hand out prizes.
Israel Philatelic Service director Yaron
Ratzon said on Sunday that the organizers expect many participants and that the
service has prepared special postal memorabilia and stamp issues for the event.
Visitors will be able to pose for photos that will be incorporated into
limited issue stamps featuring the exhibition’s banner.