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Philately exhibit setting stage for next year's show

STAMPS National Taiwan University hosts an exhibit starting tomorrow where visitors will have the chance to see top-notch collections from Taiwan and elsewhere

By Evelyn Shih  /  CONTRIBUTING REPORTER

Model Lin Chi-ling poses in front of personalized stamps at National Taiwan University stadium yesterday.

PHOTO: CHIANG YING-YING, TAIPEI TIMES

As a warm-up for next year's large-scale Taipei International Asian Stamp Exhibition, the Chinese Stamp Collectors' Association and Chunghwa Post have organized a smaller exhibit at National Taiwan University stadium, scheduled to take place from tomorrow through Tuesday.

"We haven't seen such a large exhibit in Taiwan for 10 years," said Hou Kwun-ming (侯昆明), secretary of the association, referring to next year's show.

More than 30 countries are slated to participate in next year's exhibition, during which rare and valuable stamps will be displayed at the World Trade Center, Hou said.

Although not as extensive, the exhibit starting tomorrow will feature more than 600 sets of stamps, including award-winning collections from Japan, the Philippines, Australia, Singapore and Thailand.

The most valuable local display, according to the association, will be a page of 10 connected stamps printed in 1945 -- representing a large percentage of the 50 misprinted copies of the stamp extant. The rare stamp, which was printed in New York, features an inverted bust of Sun Yat-sen (孫中山) against a blue background under the national symbol of a white sun.

In order to promote public consciousness of philately, organizers have invited well-known model Lin Chi-ling (林志玲) to help promote this year's exhibit.

Three thousand copies of personalized Lin stamps will be sold and Lin herself will be present at the stadium on the last day of the exhibit.

Organizers also hope to create a festive atmosphere with raffles and sales of the newly produced National Palace Museum stamp series.

Lin said that she was honored to be chosen as the exhibit's "stamp-collecting representative" because her father was an avid collector.

"Besides being a good investment, philately broadens one's knowledge and is a happy, positive hobby," Lin said.

Lin has donated what she will be paid for promoting the exhibit to the Ministry of the Interior for disaster aid for victims of Tropical Storm Mindulle.

Revenue from sales of the Lin stamp is expected to amount to NT$500,000.

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