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Philatelists aflutter over rare stamp exhibition in Taipei

IT’S THE LITTLE THINGS:The diminutive size of the objects that will be put on display belies their value, as they have been insured for more than US$1 million

By Shelley Shan  /  Staff reporter

Philatelists (stamp collectors) will be treated to a display of rare stamp collections and other related items when the Taipei International Stamp Exhibition opens today.

Chunghwa Post vice president Wu I-hua (吳倚華) said that the items on display had been insured for a total of NT$43 million (US$1.4 million). The most expensive collection — envelopes for insured letters from 1910 to 1949 — is the property of National Taiwan University assistant professor Ho Huei-ching (何輝慶).

“The envelopes were used when someone needed to mail money or valuable items like gold,” Wu said.

“They were rarely seen and were extremely difficult to collect because the stamps on these envelopes had a high postage value,” Wu added.

The items will be placed in 352 frames — 279 of which will hold collections of local philatelists, while the remainder are award-winning stamp collections from Canada, the US, Australia, Cyprus and 69 other countries and areas.

Wu said the exhibition will open tomorrow at the Postal Museum on 45 Chongqing S Road Sec 2 and end on Monday next week.

During the exhibition, a temporary post office will be set up on the ground floor of the museum to serve visitors.

Following the international exhibition, the museum will host a display of stamp collections related to aviation from Tuesday to Sept. 16.

Another stamp exhibition focused on respect for elderly people will be launched on Aug. 24.

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