Stamp Trivia: Can you solve it?

1024px-Old_globeWe hope you are enjoying some fun winter activities or just sitting around a warm fireplace enjoying a cup of hot cocoa.

One of the most popular questions we receive here at the Hungaria Stamp Exchange is ‘what countries do you stock besides Hungary?’ While the inventory and exciting new issues of the countries of Central and Eastern Europe can be found in detail on our website or in our newsletters, even more interesting may be the stamps we have that are from countries and city/states which no longer exist as separate entities but had issued stamps over the last 100 years. We hope you can join us in this bit of philatelic trivia and see which previously existing city states you can identify in their current day locations! Here is our list of those country stamps we stock: Central Lithuania, Cilicia, Crete, Danzig, Eastern Rumelia, Eastern Silesia, Epirus, Hatay, Istria, Ljubljana, Memel, Thrace, Trieste – Zone A/B.

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Winter Update – 2014

Holiday Greetings to our dear friends and customers! This is a special time of year as we gather together with family and friends, to trim trees, light candles, sing songs and exchange presents. We here at the Hungaria Stamp Exchange would like to take the time to send you and your family our  warmest holiday greetings and to share with you some highlights of the new philatelic issues from Hungary and year sets from a few other Eastern European countries.

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Fall Update – 2014

Thanksgiving Greetings from our family to you and yours,

As we end our Annual Thanksgiving celebration here in New England revolving around families, friends and feasts we at the Hungaria Stamp Exchange send you our greetings. We also want to update you on the Special Issues from Hungary’s Magyar Posta. Most of these issues are truly special and have a pious theme and are of organized stamp collecting significance.

We believe you will enjoy reading about Hungary’s Special Issues on the following pages and appreciate your continued patronage.

From our family to yours,
The Bauer Family

Alan, Diane, Andrew & Diana

Hungaria Stamp Exchange

2014 Special Issues

HUNGARIAN SAINTS AND BLESSEDS II

Magyar Posta is presenting the theme of Hungarian Saints and Blesseds through a series of stamps to be issued over several years.The 2014 issue in the philatelic series commemorates three martyrs who lost their lives as victims of the communist dictatorship. The stamps of the miniature sheet depict Blessed Zoltán Lajos Meszlényi, Blessed István Sándor and Blessed Szilár Bodánffy.The unusual feature of the issue is that, apart from the standard version of the miniature sheet, silver and monochrome editions are also being released.

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Hungaria Stamp Exchange On Display!

If anyone happens to be in the Merrimack Valley area of Massachusetts during the month of March, please stop in to the Lowell Five Bank in North Andover, MA to enjoy the Hungaria Stamp Exchange display.

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Included are posters on Eastern European Topical Stamps such as Art as well as articles which include  Philately and the Modern Era Olympics.

The North Andover Branch of the Lowell Five Bank is located at 498 Chickering Road, North Andover, MA 01845

We hope to hear from you soon.

The Bauer Family

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Philately and the Modern Era Olympics

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Philately and the modern day Olympics have a symbiotic relationship starting with the first modern day Games held in Athens in 1896 when Greece issued a series of stamps to mark the occasion. These stamps actually contributed to the financial success of the event which had been impacted by the financial and political crisis of the times.

Demetrios Sakorafos, the founder of the Greek philatelic association, had the idea of issuing a set of commemorative stamps with a nominal value higher than that of common postage stamps, the proceeds to go toward the fund for holding the Olympic Games. The stamps, with designs featuring ancient Greek athletic competitions, earned a considerable sum of money, and the Greek Post became the first sponsor of the Modern Day Olympic Games.

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