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September 18, 2009

Exciting boost for Cape Town philately

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Cape Town will join other major South African philatelic centres when it launches its own monthly Stamp Fair and Bourse in October.

Often called “the king of hobbies and the hobby of kings”, stamp collecting is promoted and bolstered significantly by get-togethers of stamp collectors, dealers and other interested parties – and the monthly gatherings will bring similar benefits to the local philatelic scene.

Until now, greater Cape Town has lagged behind Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal, which both hold regular stamp fairs that attract large numbers of amateur and serious collectors, as well as dealers. Though there are several stamp clubs in the Western Cape that hold regular meetings, there has not been a marketplace where dealers and collectors can get together under one roof.

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Starting from October 3, the Stamp Fair and Bourse will be held on the first Saturday of each month at the Public Library Hall in Durbanville (on the corner of Oxford and Koeberg roads) from 08h30 to 12h30.

With clean, modern facilities, and ample free and safe parking, the hall is an idea venue for these fairs. It is easily accessible from Cape Town and the Peninsula, as well as the Boland, Overberg and West Coast regions.

Between 10 and 15 dealers, some well-known and others part time, will be present at the monthly gathering, buying and selling philatelic material, as well as offering free expert advice and answering any questions you have. Various local philatelic societies will also be represented, to encourage new membership.

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Whether you have an interest in philately, a collection you inherited or just want to know the value of stamps and other postal material you own, this is an ideal opportunity to get guidance from experts.
Entrance is free and everyone is welcome, whether you are a serious collector, an enthusiastic amateur or just a curious onlooker.

The Stamp Fair and Bourse will no doubt become the focal point of the philately fraternity in the greater Cape Town area and is set to boost the local market immeasurably.

If you have any queries, please contact Ken Joseph (cell: +27 72 597 1287; phone: +27 21 790 5943; e-mail: ken@philatelicfriends.com) or Robert Harm (cell: +27 82 925 7103; e-mail: robharm@mweb.co.za).

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