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Summer Seminar on Philately is a once-a-year opportunity to expand your philatelic knowledge and meet others who share your passion and interests. All courses are led by philatelic experts who are accomplished writers, exhibitors, experts, dealers, and specialized collectors.


June 21-25, 2020


Early Bird Registration runs until March 31st.

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Introduction to Russian Philately

A 2-Day Course Presented by John Seidl

Monday, June 22 – Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Travel through history exploring the evolution of Russian philately from the time of the Russian Empire to the Russian Federation

Course Description:

Some collectors may identify a stamp as “Russian”. Another, more knowledgeable collector, will call the same stamp by the specific political entity that issued it. Which collector are you?
During this odyssey that will span 300+ years, discover how historical events impacted “Russian” stamp issues from various eras; Russian Empire, Russian Civil War, Russian Soviet Federated Socialist Republic, Union of Soviet Socialist Republic, and Russian Republic. Points of interest to be visited during your journey include; postal, back-of-the-book, occupation, local overprints, and foreign offices issues.
Don’t miss this opportunity to learn the historical and political stories behind Russian philately.

Intended Audience:

If you enjoy history as told by stamps, this course is for you.
Anyone with a general interest in Russia and its history.
A person who has never collected stamps from Russia will learn from and enjoy the material discussed.

***  This is NOT an expert level course in Russian philately. This course is meant to be an introduction.

Meet the Instructor

John Seidl

John has been collecting stamps for 50 years. He is a member of the Rossica Society of Russian Philately and the Ukrainian Philatelic and Numismatic Society.  He is also the President of the International Society of Worldwide Stamp Collectors and the President of the British Caribbean Philatelic Study Group. As an active participant in our hobby, John is a member or officer in dozens of local, national and international philatelic organizations, ranging from; The Royal Philatelic Society London to the Cobb County Stamp Club in Marietta, GA. His interest in stamps and postal history of Russia began as a child and continues to develop. He has been a member of the American Philatelic Society for 30+ years and has been attending the Summer Seminar for most of those years.

There are 7 spaces left in this course

Course Listing

4-Day Courses Monday-Thursday (June 22-25)

Important Information

Distinguished Philatelist

Distinguished Philatelist Dennis Gilson

The Summer Seminar Distinguished Philatelist award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated dedication, leadership, and commitment to the hobby. 

Dennis has been a member of the American Philatelic Society since January 1977 and received the 2016 Luff Award and the Century Award Plaque. He is a member of the APEX Expert committee, volunteers regularly at the APC and is an esteemed Summer Seminar Instructor.

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