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International Parcel Post – from pre-UPU-Chaos to UPU-system and back again- Henrik Mouritsen

June 19 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

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Henrik Mouritsen is a perfectionist in his academic career and in his philatelic hobby. He has recently written a 2500-page handbook on the postal history of Denmark and the UPU 1875-1907. It received 98 points at the FIP World Exhibition in LUGANO 2022. This was the highest score ever achieved for a Philatelic literature exhibit and it was candidate for the international Grand Prix as the first literature exhibit in FIP history. Henrik Mouritsen is an FIP juror and secretary of the FIP Postal History Commission Bureau. His exhibit ‘Danish Postal Rates 1875-1907’ was the first ever Danish exhibit not showing first issues to receive an FIP Large Gold Medal, and it got 97 points and Grand Prix International at IBRA 2009. His traditional and postal stationery exhibits also won several FIP Large Gold Medals with 96 points. Most recently, his new Open Philately exhibit on the life of the Danish King Frederik VI got 97 points and won the Grand Prix Naposta in 2023. In 2021, Henrik signed ‘“The Roll of distinguished Philatelists.”

The postal rates for international parcels sent before 1907 are very elusive and most collectors and exhibitors cannot describe them properly. The pre-UPU international parcel rates are indeed very complicated. However, most UPU parcel rates are actually highly systematic, and in this talk Henrik Mouritsen will show how to analyze the rates of such parcels. The talk will be structured as a bit of a detective story where we will resolve the mysteries surrounding this important and interesting postal history topic which is relevant to collectors of the postal history of many different countries.

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June 19
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm