ULF LINDAHL'S EARLY ETHIOPIA GOLD MEDAL EXHIBIT
EPS President and Editor of Menelik's Journal, Ulf Lindahl, has developed a 6-frame exhibit titled, "ETHIOPIA 1895-1913." As discussed in his synopsis, it presents the Postal History of Ethiopia during the Reign of Emperor Menelik II and begins in 1895 with the organization of the Ethiopian Posts. The exhibit follows the Posts evolution to U.P.U. membership on November 1, 1908 and ends in 1913 when Emperor Menelik died. Ulf showed it for the first time at the "APS StampShow 2014" held August 21-24, 2014 at Hartford, CT. The American Philatelic Society StampShow is the biggest annual stamp show in the U.S. and features over 15,000 exhibit pages. Ulf's exhibit garnered a GOLD medal in Open Competition that included about 70 other exhibits. In the judges' exhibit evaluation, under the "Rarity and Condition" category, they had just one word to say about Ulf's exhibit. That one word was "Stunning" followed by two exclamation marks and that pretty well sums up what the viewing experience of this great exhibit is like. The crown jewel is on the 2nd page in frame 1 and is described by Ulf as the "Only Known Surviving Cover from the First Mail from Addis Ababa on May 29? 1895." This beautiful cover is from Empress Taitu to Alfred Ilg. In my opinion this is finest of all known early Ethiopia covers. I would recommend that before viewing the exhibit, you read Ulf's excellent synopis. It is easy to read and understand and will serve as a primer on early postal history. The synopsis and the 6 frames are pdf files so you will need software such as Adobe Reader to view them. Start by clicking on "Synopis" below and once done use the back arrow in your browser to return here to the main page. Continue by clicking on '1' after Frames, then '2' and so on to continue viewing all 6 frames. If viewing with Adobe Reader a menu bar will appear near the bottom of the screen that will allow you to adjust the size of the screen for best viewing. (Note: Depending on which internet browser you use, you may encounter a problem when opening frame 5. If you get a message stating "There was an error processing a page. Invalid ColorSpace" hit the "ok" button and you should be able to scroll down and view pages 2 through 16 of the frame. To view page 1, click on the "5 pg1" link just to the left of the '5' link for frame 5. (You should also be able to fully view frame 5 if you download it to your computer.)
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PROFESSOR SCIAKY'S EXHIBITS AVAILABLE FOR VIEWING
EPS's former Vice President Roberto Sciaky (now deceased) was a member of the prestigious AICPM (Associazione Italian Collezionisti Posta Militare) which issues the most important journal of postal history in Italy. The Society has its own website and as a feature of the site, collections/exhibits are available for viewing. The Association's President asked the Professor to submit two of his Ethiopia collections which include "Ethiopia 1909-1936" and "Ethiopia 1941-1952." At the Association's website you will have the opportunity to see some beautiful as well as very rare Ethiopia postal history items (all in color). Professor Sciaky did a masterful job of writing up the pages and they provide a wealth of information on the postal history for those two time periods. If you are an exhibitor or have the desire to become one here is is your chance to visually see how to lay out an exhibit. Roberto's success in exhibiting at the international level is a testament to his skills in writing up and presenting a collection. The AICPM's website address is www.aicpm.net and once there go to the left of the screen and under "FORUM" go down about 12 lines and click on the "Collezioni" link to view the collections. Scroll down to the bottom of the page where the last 2 entries list Roberto's name. The introductory pages are in Italian but the rest of the collections are in English. Professor Sciaky's bibliography can also be viewed at the site. Click on the "Bibilioteca" link. While in Italian it is fairly easy to decipher.
EAST AFRICAN APOs IN ETHIOPIA by RORY RYAN & JIM FINDLAY
EPS member Rory Ryan with fellow South African Army Military Study Group member Jim Findlay has produced a 103 page study of the East African Army Post offices in Ethiopia and Somalia (March 2012). The period covered is from 1941-1945 during the East African Campaign. Ryan and Findlay authored an earlier article on the operations of the South African APOs in Abyssinia and Italian Somaliland which appeared in MJ 23/4 (October-December 2007). That article discussed only the 1940-41 period and just the South African APOs. The East African Force had its own postal services system. Coordination of the two systems was not working as smoothly as had been hoped and it became clear that an amalgamation of the two services was needed. By August 11, 1941 all South African APOs for the East African Campaign were phased out and replaced by East African APOs. Ryan's and Findlay's new article continues on from their previous MJ article. The article is very detailed and should be a great reference work for both the specialist as well as those with a more casual interest in the subject of APOs. The article is too long to be printed in MJ in its entirety so out of necessity to make this important work readily available it can be accessed here on the EPS' website. The article has been broken down in chronological order into 7 parts. Part 1--introduction, censor stamps and APO 51-57; Part 2--APO 57-60; Part 3--APO 60-62; Part 4--APO 62-70; Part 5--APO 70-74; Part 6--APO 74-77; and Part 7--APO 77 + other related postal items. Start by clicking on '1' below and once done use the back arrow to return here to the main page and continue by clicking on part 2 and then so on. Rory Ryan's email address is email@example.com.
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