Rush of the Treasure Hunters

06 March, 2015

They came by the thousands. Countless stamp fans crowded into Hall 1 of the MOC, as the doors of the 18th "Internationalen Briefmarken-Börse" ("International Stamp Fair") in Munich opened yesterday. The numerous stands selling stamps, covers, postal stationery, postcards, letters, and collector accessories, were surrounded in an instant.

Rush of the Treasure Hunters. Thousands of philatelists attended the opening of "Internationalen Briefmarken-Börse München" in MOC.zoom

Popular highlights are offered in abundance from around 70 exhibitors. For example, Hermann E. Sieger GmbH in Lorch presents eight Austrian postage stamps that display the singer Helene Fischer. Represented by the company Sieger, postal administrations of the United Kingdom, Israel, and the US are represented for the first time this year with a variety of impressive stamps.

It looks so simple: Felix's illustrator Constanze Droop draws on the flipchart the stuffed bunny Felix.zoom

Felix, the Stuffed Bunny, as a Crowd Puller

For even more of a craze, on 300qm of space (the largest exhibit of the Stamp Fair) the "Deutsche Post" ("German Post") brought a well-known "guest star to the fair: the cute stuffed bunny Felix who enjoys traveling for a living and writing magnificent letters back home about his adventures. He is known as a children's book and movie hero to millions. Now there are two commemorative stamps dedicated to the fluffy globetrotter, at 45 and 62 cents, which were presented at the opening of "Internationale Briefmarken-Börse München". Felix's illustrator Constanza Droop appeared in person to present the stamps and in casual conversation with Helmut Dallei of the headquarters of "Deutsche Post" how the development of the popular Felix books came to be. Fascinated, the audience watched how the artist conjured her Felix with a few simple strokes on the flipchart. The line of people at the autograph session was long.
On Friday, 6 March, as a further Felix highlight a question and autograph session with Annette Langen, author of Felix books was planned. Also the fair postal stationary is called "Felix the protagonist", depicting the stuffed bunny sitting on an airplane with an airmail letter in hand of course. The sale of this postal stationary takes place only at "Internationalen Briefmarken-Börse in München" a unique opportunity for Felix and stamp fans to purchase this unique item. Also one of the three special postmarks used by "Deutsche Post" only at the Munich Stamp Fair, shows Felix the rabbit sitting with an airmail letter in a suitcase.

Advise and Professional Trading

The center of Philately offers expert advice and professional trading at the highest level. Here "Bund Philatelistischer Prüfer" (BPP) and the Philatelic Library of Munich and a dozen associations are ready with all their knowledge free to the public. Other professional highlights offer lectures at "Forum für Sammler" ("Panel for collectors") and the innovative exhibition "Exponate live" ("live exhibits") an impressive digital presentation of exhibits from the fields of traditional philately, thematic and postal history.

Until 7 March, at this top event in its branch, stamp collectors, enthusiasts and Felix fans have the opportunity to discover a rich terrain of collectibles, take advantage of the accumulated expertise and in-depth advice at the fair, and discover how the stuffed bunny Felix conquered the world of stamps.

"Internationale Briefmarken-Börse München" will take place until 7 March at MOC in Munich and open on Friday 10:00-18:00 and Saturday at 10:00-16:00. Admission is free. 

All information about the fair can be found here.