Registration for Summer Seminar begins on January 4, 2022 at 8 a.m. ET.

Intro to Russian Philately

A Course Presented by John Seidl

Monday-Tuesday June 20-21, 2022

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.

Meet the Instructor

John Seidl

John Seidl 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.

About Summer Seminar 2022

Important Information

Distinguished Philatelist

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 Gilson will be recognized as the 2022 Summer Seminar Distinguished Philatelist during a reception and dinner in his honor on Wednesday, June 22, 2022.

Dennis Gilson has been a member of the American Philatelic Society since January 1977 and was recognized by the APS as the 2016 Luff Award winner for Outstanding Service to the Society. As a long-time member of the American Philatelic Expertizing Service (APEX), Dennis regularly puts his expertise in the U.S. Washington-Franklin issues to good use. Gilson also volunteers regularly at the American Philatelic Center and is an esteemed Summer Seminar Instructor. Gilson also holds memberships in the American First Day Cover Society, American Topical Association, and Mount Nittany Philatelic Society. He is especially proud to have received a Century Award Plaque for sponsoring more than 100 new APS members.

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