25 November 2014

Slovak Philatelist honored on stamp



Date of Issue : 5 December 2014

I am pleased to share the information about a postage stamp to be issued in honour of a philatelist. Slovak Post will  release a special commemorative stamp to honor one of its greatest philatelists on the 5th of December.

Severín Zrubec lived, worked and received his degree of Doctor in Laws at the Faculty of Law of the Slovak University (1948) in Bratislava. Severín Zrubec worked as a lawyer in various organisations. He held his final post at the Ministry of Agriculture of the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic (1968 – 1981) until 1982 when he retired. He is buried in his home place.

However, the philatelic public knows Severín Zrubec as a successful exhibitor, journalist, association member, and a member of home and foreign juries assessing exhibits. He took part in organised philately for more than fifty years. He engaged in modern view of philately as a hobby with a significant cultural and social mission. Since 1952, Severín Zrubec was a member of the Association of Slovak Philatelic Societies.

Attempts for re-establishment of the Association of Slovak Philatelists (1969) are also closely connected with his name. He held an office of the association chairman during two terms (1969 − 1979) and then continued as its vice-chairman for another two periods. His activities earned him various awards, for instance, Gold Honorary Medal of the Association of Slovak Philatelists and Laureate of the Prize of the Association of Slovak Philatelists 2000.

Severín Zrubec worked as a member of the Thematic Philately Commission of FIP (1974 - 1984) and International Jury of the Association of Slovak Philatelists (1973 − 2011), as well.  His name has been written in golden letters in the Slovak and European philatelic history. The exhibit “Today Rotary Press Machines Revolve” was displayed at several tens of domestic and foreign exhibitions for twenty eight years. It was awarded four gold, seventeen gilded and seven silver medals at five world’s fairs under the patronage of FIP and twenty two international exhibitions. When finishing his exhibition activity in 1998, Severín Zrubec gifted his extensive thematic collection “Printing and Book” to the Museum of Book Culture in Trnava. However, the good man and excellent philatelist was also a poet engaged in writing for a long time. During 2003 - 2005, he published fourteen short collections of subjective lyric poetry written especially for his friends and acquaintances.

The traditional postage stamp with a coupon annually issued at the occasion of the Postage and Philately Stamp Day is impressively shaped as a trapezium with triangle coupons. It is dominated by his portrait and autograph. Zrubec’s first gold medal awarded at the World Postage Stamp Exhibition PRAGA 1962 extends over the right coupon, while a section of the emblem of the Society of St. Gabriel, he co-founded (1962), is depicted on the left one. FDC includes a postal stationery (J. Fándly, 1991 from Museum of Book Culture) issued by the Union of Slovak Philatelists and sent to his address.

Club News

Hyderabad Stamp, coin & Note Fair – 2015 potponed

The Hyderabad Stamps, Coins & Notes Fair-2015 is postponed which was  proposed be held in February 2015 It was to be held at FAPCCI Federation House, Hyderabad. Executive Committee of FAPCCI has decided to renovate the Hall where this Fair was to be held, all bookings for the hall are cancelled.The Fair will be held under same terms and conditions and everything else remaining same, at the same place at a future date, details will be intimated soon.

- BK Nagpal  : email :  HydPhilSociety@yahoo.co.in Phone :+91 - 9885031013


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