Behruz has been an APS member since 2002 and a stamp collector for over 50 years. He began collecting in his native Iran when he saw the stamp album of his uncle in his grandparents home. Nassre collected through his high school years until he came to the United States for college. Following college and beginning his IT career in the San Francisco Bay he resumed collecting and has been a serious collector and exhibitor for the past 20 years. Like many collectors he ties his collecting to his ancestral heritage. This connection is described as part of the ‘Collecting Ancestral Homelands’ exhibit of National Postal Museum. In addition to the APS, Behruz is a member of the Iran Philatelic Study Circle, the United Postal Stationery Society (UPSS), the Royal Philatelic Society London, the Collectors Club of New York, the American Association of Philatelic Exhibitors and the Collectors Club of San Francisco. Nassre is past president of the Collectors Club of San Francisco, a current board member of the UPSS and manages the website and online discussion groups for the Iran Philatelic Study Circle and the Collectors Club of San Francisco. He has written numerous articles for Iran Philatelic Study Circle Bulletin and the UPSS. He has exhibited nationally internationally for the past 20 years. Some of his exhibits can be viewed here. He has expertized Iranian stamps and postal history for the last 6 years.
Watch Behruz Nassre's Stamp Chat on Persian Forgeries. His favorite stamps offer a contrast to Iranian philately. One is arguably one of the most beautiful pre-1890 stamps and the earliest 3-color stamp ever produced, the 1882 1 Toman (10 Fr.), Dual Currency Issue of Iran printed by the Austrian Government Printing Offices in Vienna. He is currently working on an exhibit on this stamp. A second favorite stamp, which was the subject of his first multi frame exhibit, is the Provisional Typeset Issue of Tehran, printed in 1902 by the Pharous Printing Firm in Tehran. This stamp is extremely crude as a stamp was quickly needed due to a stamp shortage.
Watch Behruz Nassre on Stamp Chat: Future of Philately: Online Exhibiting Part I.
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