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100 years since the first philatelic exhibition of Greater Romania

 
 
100 years since the first philatelic exhibition of Greater Romania

100 years since the first philatelic exhibition of Greater Romania

22 May 2020

 

 

 

 

 

100 years ago, on May 23-24, 1920, in Lloyd's Palace, in the current Senate Hall of Politehnica University Timișoara, the first philatelic exhibition in Greater Romania was organized. The catalog of the exhibition shows that it was patronized by Stan Vidrighin, then mayor, and later rector of the Timisoara Polytechnic. Even if the current situation does not allow the organization of an event commensurate with the importance of the Centenary of the first philatelic exhibition in Greater Romania, Politehnica University Timișoara, Romfilatelia and Timișoara Philatelic Association wanted to mark this moment at least in the virtual environment. As soon as the conditions allow, UPT will organize, in the Senate Hall, an exhibition to commemorate that important moment in the history of the city and of philately enthusiasts from all over the country.

According to the catalog of that first exhibition, it was sponsored by Stan Vidrighin, the first mayor of Timisoara under Romanian administration, and Henrik Baader - senator, president of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Timisoara. The event was attended by 32 exhibitors from Timisoara and surroundings, who presented 53 exhibits from their collections.

The newspaper "Temesvarer Zeitung" reported, at that time, that "In long and large windows were displayed countless collections, as well as special copies of collections. On the walls were large paintings with the most interesting stamps and so designed that they were very aesthetic. In the corners of the hall were exhibited works of art, paintings, vessels, antiques ... etc. "

It was, practically, the first large independent philatelic exhibition organized in Romania, for which there are concrete documents and an exhibition catalog. The event enjoyed a valuable turnout, representing the first leap into European philately. The propagandistic role of the exhibition, for all philatelists in Romania, was significant, reflected by the organization, after only 3 years, also in Timisoara, of the first national philatelic exhibition and the first Congress of Philatelists in Romania.

The centenary of the first philatelic exhibition of Greater Romania is also reflected in a postcard made by Romfilatelia SA, in partnership with Politehnica University Timisoara, with the Senate Hall as its image, while the stamp of the philatelic product bears the image of Stan Vidrighin.

To celebrate the same event, the Timișoara Philatelic Association made an envelope with the image of Lloyd's Palace and a special stamp dedicated to the Centenary of the first philatelic exhibition of Greater Romania.

Also this year, on February 18, 2020, Romfilatelia launched in Timișoara, in the Auditorium of the UPT Conference Center, a philatelic show with the theme "Politehnica University Timișoara, a century of education and innovation". The postage stamp issue contains an entire postcard, a stamp, a lace package, and a "First Day" envelope, marking the Centenary of the first higher education institution in the west of the country. All these will be reunited in an exhibition that will be organized, when the conditions allow it, in the Senate Hall of Politehnica University Timisoara.

 
100 de ani de la prima expoziție filatelică a României Mari
100 de ani de la prima expoziție filatelică a României Mari
100 de ani de la prima expoziție filatelică a României Mari
100 de ani de la prima expoziție filatelică a României Mari
100 de ani de la prima expoziție filatelică a României Mari
100 de ani de la prima expoziție filatelică a României Mari
 
 
 
 
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