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.

PDF catalogue:


Russian lots:



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 ([email protected])

EXHIBITIONS 2017 (as kindly provided by Chris King in latest ABPS newsletter)

EXHIBITIONS 2017 (as kindly provided by Chris King in latest ABPS newsletter)

ABPS York Fair National Exhibition: 21st – 22nd July 2017.  York Race course, York YO23 1EX. Deadline for receipt of application forms is 22nd May 2017. Over 100 stamps and coin dealers, The pre-eminent show in the north of England. A full national exhibition with all classes. See the Rules and Entry Forms at http://www.abps.org.uk/Exhibiting/Exhibitions/index.xalter

Brasilia 2017 24th October 2017 – 29th October 2017 | Ulysses Guimarães Convention Center, Brasilia. Deadline for receipt of application forms 10th April 2017. A Specialised World Exhibition with Traditional Philately, Postal History, Postal Stationery, Thematic Philately, Youth Philately, Philatelic Literature, One-Frame, and Modern Philately in c. 2800 Frames with FIP patronage, Auspices of Federación Interamericana de Filatelia and the Brazilian Federation of Philately. For information and forms please see: http://www.stampbrasilia2017.net.br/exhibitors, British Commissioner: Frank Walton [email protected]

Praga 2018 15th – 18th August 2018 | Clarion Congress Hotel in Prague 9, Czech Republic. Deadline for receipt of application forms 1st November 2017. PRAGA 2018 is a specialized World Stamp Exhibition with FIP patronage and the FEPA recognition, held on the occasion of celebrations of: the 100th anniversary of:  the establishment of the Czechoslovak Republic, the issue of the first Czechoslovak stamp and the end of the World War I and the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Czech Republic. British Commissioner: Yvonne Wheatley [email protected]

The Philatelic Congress of Great Britain.  Congress takes place in Cardiff from 27 to 30 July at the Jury‛s Inn, Park Place, Cardiff, CF10 3UD. For further details see http://gbcongress.uk/samplepage/2017invitationtocongress/

Autumn Stampex 2017 12th – 16th September 2017 at the Business Design Centre, Islington, London. This is an excellent commercial show with now more than 70 dealer stands. A Full National Exhibition with the Sarawak Specialist Society as lead contributor, with 150 frames, both competitive and non-competitive. The Hungarian Society will take 20 frames in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Hungarian postage stamps. Forms will not be available until the end of May 2017



by Trevor Pateman

“On the night of 24 – 25 October 1917 (old style; 6 – 7 November new style), the Bolsheviks seized power in Petrograd and over the next few weeks did the same in Moscow and other major cities. That is what we call the Russian Revolution, though the Bolshevik hold on power was under continuous threat at least until the very end of 1920, when General Wrangel’s armies evacuated from Crimea. Even then, the Bolsheviks had to contend in 1921 with the Kronstadt Mutiny and the Tambov peasants’ revolt.”

link to article: the-postal-history-of-early-bolshevik-russia

Filatelistengroep Het Baltische Gebied

Filatelistengroep Het Baltische Gebied

The Filatelistengroep “Het Baltische Gebied” (Philatelists Group “The Baltic Area”) is a group of collectors of the stamps of the Baltic states. The group’s activities are principally directed at the enlargement and spread of the philatelic knowledge concerning these areas of collecting.

Info for members of BSRP:
Older HBG journals are available free at  www.hetbaltischegebied.nl
or in pdf format from Arge Baltikum at https://argebaltikum.de/

Contact J Kaptein (Editor), Reigerskamp 705, 3607 JP Maarssen, Netherlands
email: [email protected] website: www.hetbaltischegebied.nl