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Posted on: Wednesday, 20 October 2010

The International Stamp Show in Gauteng from 27 to 31 October 2010

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International Stamp Show

International Stamp Show

When I was younger I used to collect stamps, I’m not sure if this was because I was trying to get another badge to sew onto my uniform or if I just decided to do this as a hobby. Either way, I spent a fair amount of time collecting a variety of stamps and putting them into my stamp book – which I am sure is collecting a serious pile of dust on my mom’s bookshelf now. Stamp collecting, or philately, is an extremely popular hobby worldwide and this October you can visit the International Stamp Show at the Sandton Convention Centre from 27-31 October 2010.

However the stamp show is not the only draw card for this event, Pretoria’s skyline is set to feature in the Guinness Book of Records in the form of the world’s largest stamp mosaic. This mosaic is a collaboration between the Hatfield Tuition College and the South African Post Office. The stamps being used have been donated by the Post Office and approximately 201 000 cancelled postage stamps will be used creatively to make up this mosaic which will be 27 metres wide by 6 metres high. The mosaic will then be proudly displayed in our capital city’s skyline. I certainly am intrigued to see what this looks like.

Stamp Show

International Stamp Show

The current record holder is the Leipzig International School in Germany, who in 2007 created a mosaic using 115 000 stamps, which in itself is mind boggling so can you imagine what will be done with 75 000 more stamps?

This is a free event for the general public so what is stopping you from coming to support this achievement? You might also find that you want to start a new hobby and this is the perfect opportunity to completely indulge yourself in the world of philately.

If the mosaic isn’t a big enough draw card for you come and see the 26th Asian International Stamp Exhibition which will showcase more than 300 quality exhibits from those in the know who are all eager to impart their knowledge and the interesting facts they have discovered. Philately is another interesting way to look at history and significant events that have taken place across the globe. So even if you are not a stamp enthusiast you will most definitely learn something you didn’t know before.

International Stamp Show

International Stamp Show

If you are interested in royalty then you will also be able to see the Court of Honour which features a selection of Queen Elizabeth II collection and you will be glad to know that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has given her personal approval on this collection. This Royal Selection will be followed closely by the Keeper of the collection, Michael Sefi.

The South African Post Office will also have a display showcasing a full trading post office and the official launch of South Africa’s eights definitive stamp issue, “The Beads”, will take place. Other exciting things to look out for will be the competitive exhibits, dealers and auctions houses who will be able to value your collections or where you can purchase stock from. I better dust off my book, who knows maybe I have a gem sitting in my book that I am unaware of.

Don’t throw away those postcards or letters you get from friends and family far and wide, maybe it’s time you sat down and started collecting yourself, there is a whole world out there to be discovered!

International Stamp Show

International Stamp Show

Opening Times:
Wednesday, to Friday: 09h30 to 18h00
Saturday: 09h30 to 17h00
Sunday: 09h30 to 15h00
Contact: Telephone +27 (0)11 447-2233

Dates & Venue:
Sandton Convention Centre
The Stamp Show takes place from 27-31 October 2010.
Entrance is free.

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Tania Stephenson


Tania loves to cook and create magic in the kitchen for family and friends (or even just herself). Be it finding a new recipe or making a tried and tested dish from her recipe folder - the kitchen is her sanctuary. Find her hanging out with friends round the braai or curled up on the couch reading the latest crime drama. With a spring in her step and a song in her heart you’ll find her supporting local artists in theatre, music and dance – from a hip hop competition or the latest musical on stage at Artscape in Cape Town. Enjoying all things culture she likes to share her experiences and delights with those around her.

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