Here at the Hungaria Stamp Exchange we hope you are staying safely at home able to enjoy family and friends (even if only remotely) and spend time enjoying your stamp collection which may offer interesting views of far off cultures and geographies.
During these extremely challenging times when many of us may be homebound or not engaging in many journeys, we hope you will enjoy reading about the many connections near and far made by the post in various locations, countries, and geographies around the world. Also please join us in honoring and celebrating the many front line heroes helping us everyday: the medical providers and first responders, food producers and the postal workers.
As the world around us turns inward to protect itself during this pandemic, our thoughts here at the Hungaria Stamp Exchange are with you and your families. Our thoughts and wishes are for your good health and safety.
We are here by phone and email to answer any philatelic questions you may have during this time, although our traditional mail response may take longer than usual as we all slow down our travel to and from the postal authorities.
We at the Hungaria Stamp Exchange hope you are enjoying the
start of the 2020 New year! Here at the Hungaria Stamp Exchange we are delighted to
greet many of our long-time customers and welcome newly acquainted collectors
and supporters of philately. We thank you all at the start of the year for your
continued support and business.
Before you completely turn the page to the next decade we hope that you can take a few minutes to join us in a review of both the exciting and magnificent postal offerings of the last decade and a look at what the closing of the decade means for HSE.
Happy Greetings for 2019! We hope the New Year provided each of you the opportunity to spend time with family and friends, now returning to enjoy your respective philatelic interests. All of us at the Hungaria Stamp Exchange thank you for your ongoing support and interest and extend a hearty welcome to new HSE friends.
We are currently writing to you from charming snow covered Vermont before we head back to move into Hungaria Stamp Exchange’s newly built and custom fit up library and office. In our next newsletter edition we look forward to sharing photos of our wonderful new facility, however this issue is to focus on highlights of the magnificent 2018 year sets and new issues of many of the Eastern and Central European countries we offer from Hungary, Croatia, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Moldova, Slovenia and the Baltics – Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Many of these issues are available in the HSE online store. And as usual, if there are any philatelic offerings that you can’t find directly in the store please contact us by email or phone with your want list.
Today, Alan is looking at cabinet drawings for the new Hungaria Stamp Exchange library which is currently under construction and planning for its opening Fall 2018. It becomes apparent it is now time to reflect on how did this little stamp trading club comprised of Budapest friends come this far? A brief journey back in time to Budapest in the late 1920’s finds Béla Bauer, Alan’s father, trading Hungarian postal stamps with members of his close circle of friends in Budapest. At that time, while not studying for dental school, Béla’s other hobbies include writing music and trips with friends to Lake Balaton.
Béla Bauer married and moved to the United States in the early 1940’s. He arrived in New York City to start his new dental laboratory and get his family settled into his newfound homeland. He soon joined a local stamp club, Hungarian Philatelic Society, and filled the role of the secretary of the organization.
Once Béla and his family moved from New York City to central New York State, he started a small part-time stamp business called the Hungaria Stamp Exchange, focusing primarily on Hungarian stamps and some Hungarian postal history.