Dr R J Ceresa 1934-2017

Dr R J Ceresa 1934-2017

Dear Friends of Ray Ceresa,

It is with much sadness that we are writing to let you know that Ray Ceresa passed away on Saturday 10 June in St Richard of Chichester Hospital, West Sussex, UK.  It was a very peaceful and dignified passing, and we were able to be with him to the end.  We are immensely grateful to the hospital staff who were outstanding in their care of dad and support for us throughout.

We do not have a comprehensive list of all of dad’s philatelic friends and contacts, so please feel free to share the news of Ray’s passing with anyone who you think might know him and who would like to know.

We want to thank you for your friendship with dad.  We know how much stamp collecting and his fellow philatelists meant to him.  He relished your enthusiasm, he respected your expertise and enjoyed deeply your friendships and fellowship.  In time, we will be looking to find ways in which to celebrate and commemorate his knowledge and achievements in the area of Russian philately.

Kind regards,

Andrew, Dianne and Penny

 Saturday, 10 June 2017

Dr R J Ceresa

Dr Raymond J  Ceresa, who was best known for his encyclopaedic series of Handbooks on 1917 – 23 Russian area stamps and postal history, died on 10 June 2017. Ray Ceresa who was born in 1934 had been ill for some months. He is survived by his wife June and their three children.

Source: Trevor Pateman’s Philately Blog

For more about Dr R J Ceresa see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray_J._Ceresa

David Feldman SA 50th Anniversary Auction, Geneva 27 June 2017 – Russia and Soviet Union

David Feldman SA 50th Anniversary Auction, Geneva 27 June 2017 – Russia and Soviet Union

This catalogue represents the eighth major Russia sale David Feldman SA has had in the last five years. Again, we bring to the market an unusually large presentation of Russian material. This auction’s offer follows the amazing success of the five Dr. Casey’s Russian Post Offices in the Chinese Empire sales, which were offered between April 2012 and December 2016. The current auction presents to the market a wonderful offering of Soviet Union. It represents most certainly one of the most comprehensive collections of the Soviet period we have ever offered, with a particular emphasis on blocks of four, plus some important imperforates, errors and airmails. In addition we also have a fine selection of some early Imperial Russia with no less than two unused 1857 10k, plus some lots from the Casey Ship mail collection, a fine array of Zemstvos in large blocks and complete sheets, and a group of general Russia collections.

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BJRP 2017

BJRP 2017

Dear Members
We are once again inviting you to submit your articles for our 2017 Journal.
Thanks to Hannes Westendorf, Noel Warr and John Iacovino for their contributions:
Noel Warr – 1899 LABELS
John R. Iacovino – LENIN FORGERIES
Contact: Edward Klempka (editor@bsrp.org)