Yesterday, Thursday 5 May 2016 at 41 Devonshire Place, Arnim Knapp from Germany presented a conference on stationery envelopes of the Kingdom of Saxony from 1859 to 1965.
And in a half hour he suceeded a high level philatelic presentation (gold medal at Belgica 2001 by the International Federation's archive) while convincing the sitting public and the youTube viewers to get interested in postal stationeries.
Even the non members of the Royal Philatelic Society London can enjoy Arnom Knapp's talent through his pdf booklet on the Society's website and imagine the judicious selection of documents he did for the conference: stationeries of course, preparatory printings and archives,...
... and simple and efficient schematics to explain how these envelopes were printed with embossing, gummed (to close them) and full of safety features to fight fraudulent products.
With the questions of the British presents, versed in Mulready, the reflexion went to the patents that covered the British machines mentioned in the presentation.
I feared the stationery + non-Commonwealth combo: I had a wonderful hour on the genesis of an issue, on a postal history and history of technologies.
Next rendez-vous on Thurday 19 May: Frank Walton will prepare an introduction video to his exhibited collection of Sierra Leone to 1961.
For those interested in French classical and modern stationeries or French contemporary "prêt-à-poster" (the commercial name invented by La Poste), click here and discover a website André Hurtré webmastered from January 2001 to January 2012.