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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New Year’s Greetings and our new online store!

magyarposta albumWhile our New England weather has provided us with a quirky start to the New Year, the world of Eastern European philately is looking forward to a bright and exciting year.We hope you will enjoy reading the article we assembled on the philately of the modern day Olympic Games and take some time to browse in the Hungaria Stamp Exchange online store for stamps issued by the Eastern European countries and Greece.

Click the link to the HSE store and you may notice that we have been busy redesigning the store. We hope you will enjoy the visit!

Click here to visit our new store!

And we would love to receive your feedback on the new design.

Happy New Year  to you and your family from all of us at the Hungaria Stamp Exchange. We truly appreciate your patronage and look forward to an exciting philatelic year together in 2014.

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Happy New Year

Happy New Year! From our family to yours.

It has been a great year for us here at the Hungaria Stamp Exchange. With the warmest regards, we wish you happy new year. To our new customers, welcome! We thank you for trusting us with your stamp needs and are happy to have you as a part of our extended stamp family. To our current customers, thank you! We couldn’t be where we are today without you and for that, we are thankful.

Alan & DianeLooking back on the year, one of the highlights was certainly our opportunity to return to Hungary. During the trip, we were able to experience the sights and sounds of Budapest, both old and new, and also spending time in towns that currently border on Romania and Serbia.

Be sure to read about Hungary’s new issues below.

This year, in May, we are honored to be the host for the Society for Hungarian Philately’s annual meeting. It will be held at the Philatelic Show in Boxborough, Mass on May 3-5, 2013. It will be a gala event with a Hungarian dinner for our members at a local Hungarian restaurant. Anyone in the Massachusetts area on that weekend is invited to visit with us and meet our members. Simply reply to this email for more details.

From our family to yours, we wish you a happy holidays and a joyous new year.

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Budapest Au revoir

Mythical Kings on Heroes Square

Our second family visit to Hungary was even more amazing than our first visit. We find Budapest the city continues to be a kaleidoscope of images and shapes.  It is vibrant and bustling day and night, and welcoming to native Hungarians and visitors alike. Budapest is a place of contrasts  with displays of monuments of mythical kings guarding museums of fine arts and

Hungarian countryside

science. Not far away we find tributes to Holocaust victims near ancient churches with statuary of Stalinist era leaders relegated to museums. As we ventured to the southern border cities of Bekescsaba, Gyula and Szeged we found countryside that appeared to be unchanged for hundreds of years leading to modern superstructures. Continue reading

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Back In Time to Bekescsaba

 

The road to Bekescsaba

We drove from Budapest around Kecskemet to Bekescsaba to the birth town of Janka Perlrott and Vilmos Perlrott Csaba. Since our plan was to work on family genealogy research we drove on to the town of Gyula, the county seat of Bekescsaba. Continue reading

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