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If you cast your minds back to the 18th February the UK was being battered by Storm Eunice, causing widespread damage to property and disrupting travel by train, plane and automobile. The timing of this weather front could not have been worse for the already windswept London 2022 International Stamp Exhibition. As you’ll be aware it was originally scheduled for May 2020 and rearranged for 19th to 26th February 2022 at the Business Design Centre, Islington. However, the lingering pandemic and shadows cast by border entry and exit restrictions further affected confidence in travel and attendance, and as the long awaited show neared its inaugural opening day, many stand-holders withdrew and some exhibitors, for all sorts of reasons, could not participate. So, the blow dealt by the hurricane winds on the eve of the event was ironic, if not typical of how things seem to have been for major stamp shows these last few years. However, the show did go ahead, and David Feldman SA and their UK and Geneva team were in attendance (stand 70-72) for the duration of the exhibition, albeit some members of our staff were impacted by travel chaos, which dragged on for the first three days, and like many who attempted to make the journey to London, delays were encountered.

Despite all the complications there were 566 exhibitions displayed during the eight days. This was arranged in two halves, with the initial exhibits being erected Saturday to Tuesday and the second instalment Wednesday to Friday.

The Class winners were announced and trophies presented at a special reception prior to the President’s Dinner which was held on the Friday evening at the prestigious Guildhall, London. This black tie event was attended by nearly 400 guests, to much fanfare and the clinking of glasses and flashing of cameras. Our team was there to congratulate the winners and to spend quality time with exhibitors and collectors.

The results were as follows:

Grand Prix National

Howard Hughes (97 points) “The Maltese Cross”

Grand Prix International

Dr Vittorio Morani (97 points) “Tuscany 1836 to UPU: Letter mail in, from and to Tuscany: routes, rates and charges”

World Stamp Championships

James Peter Gough (97 points) “UPU and its Impact on Global Postal Services”

Other noteworthy Large Gold medal awards were; Joseph Hackmey (97 points) “The half lengths of Victoria” and also his exhibit “The Triangulars Of The Cape of Good Hope” was also awarded a Large Gold (97 points). Jan-Olof Ljungh (97 Points) “The first stamps of the German Empire the Eagle Shield stamps and the 10 and 30 Groschen stamps 1872-1875”, Michael Mahler (97 points) “United States of America U.S. Civil War Fiscal History Panorama”, Luís and Eduardo Barreiros (97 points) “Portugal Portugese India – The “Native Issues” 1871-1885”, Iva Mouritsen (96 points) “Denmark A Royal Ménage À Trois And Its Historical Consequences”, Simon Beresford-Wylie (97 points) “Great Britain: Development and Usage of the World’s First Postage Stamps (1840-1841)”, Bjorn A. Schoyen (95 points) “Norway First United Kingdom aerial post 1911 – The first Sustained Air Mail Service in the world” and Geoffrey Lewis (96 points) “How the 1836 Anglo-French postal treaty made it easier to send mail worldwide”.

Well done to those who were awarded large gold and especially to those who won their class category.

On a slightly more humble note, our very own Ricky Verra, who made the trip over from Geneva, gave two one-frame displays on his GB QV Jubilees. He presented his first at an event on the Wednesday, organised by the Great Britain Philatelic Society (GBPS) at the Business Design Centre, and then the following day, at the Royal Philatelic Society London (RPSL), at 15 Abchurch Lane, London, where around 40 international exhibitors took part in their overseas display attended by 300 attendees during the day. Well done to Ricky!

Perhaps one day we will be heralding his achievements at an international show in the future, where we hope to see you all on one of our stands. The next World Stamp Exhibition will be; Helvetia, 18th-22nd May, at Lugano, where we will be on hand to meet collectors and exhibitors and assist with buying and selling material. 

Lastly, well done to the organisers and volunteers of London 2022 for making this show happen even in all the adversity, and often with ever changing circumstances. It was a tremendous effort. Congratulations to all involved.