Hungarian Philatelic Society
of Great Britain
By Mervyn Benford
The Society was formed 50 years ago and for the next three decades the prize collections – and related research, featured 19th. Century material, much of it very scarce. Still some of the finest collections of Hungarian material show that level of amazing quality but for many of us such pursuits are too difficult-
Such material, from the 20th. Century , is more abundant and in some ways more interesting because we entered the thematic age when other than the sovereign’s head was allowed on stamps. This adds its own interest as stamps and postal items can be collected to focus on particular subjects in stamp design-
Stamp collecting moved naturally from just the stamps themselves, used and mint, to their use on postal items and documents. So began what we call postal history collecting. It tells its own story not just of postal developments and changes, but often the events of the period-
After World War 1, the Trianon peace treaty was brutal towards Hungary-
Then between 1938 and 1941 parts of the territories lost at Trianon returned and so resumption of Hungarian postal authority is seen but for a very few years as the circumstances again were caught up with war and in 1946, again on the losing side because of political ties related to the returning territory, the Trianon borders were restored-
Hungary was early into innovative stamp designs. It has had a succession of fine designers-
After the next war Hungary endured one of the worst-
So for anyone interested in collecting stamps and postal history there is no better place to start than Hungary. The Society has good services and membership gains access.
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