Source: Iran Heritage Foundation
A rare opportunity to view an award winning collection of Persia's Postal history during the Qajar period, followed by a lecture on the subject.
Collector & Lecturer
Mr. Björn Sohrne
Persian postal history has not been fully documented and literature on the subject is in short supply. The exhibition therefore attempts to give an understanding of the vastness and richness of Persian postal history during the Qajar period and to show some of the political implications for Persia as it was "squeezed" between the interests of the super powers own interest at the time of the so called Great Game and the consequences for the Persia's postal development.
The exhibits which form the collections of Mr. Bjorn Sohrne span from early 19th century through the end of the Qajar period. The items selected for the exhibition demonstrate the significance of Persian postal history in its geopolitical setting in middle Asia. Included in the exhibition are early 19th century desert mail, British military campaigns mail of 1839 and 1857 and Russian pre-UPU consular mail from Persia. The development of Persia's own postal system that was reorganised by Austrian administrators from 1875 is further emphasized in the exhibition.
The exhibits are among the rarest of their kinds and include many of "the earliest" and "the highest rate recorded", such as the Lion issues, 1875-1879, considered as world classics and much sought after.
The Lecture will follow the story of the development of Persia's postal system in a chronological order starting from early 19th century and will touch on the development of routes and new postal services, rate changes; the 1902 take over of the postal administration by the Belgian administrators, some rare censors used during WW1 and rebel issues of Lar and of Mirza Kuchek Khan.
About the Lecturer
Mr. Björn Sohrne worked for the Swedish Trade Office in Tehran during 1977-78, during which period he started to collect Persian postal history. In collecting materials he was guided by the world reknown philatelist Dr Muhamed Dadkhah, considered to be the father of Iran philately. He is now the proud owner of one of the rarest collections of Persian Philately. He is a member of the British Philatelic Society London and Honourable Member of Iran Philatelic Society Tehran as well as a number of other stamp societies.
His collection of Persia's postal history, divided under four different titles, have received a number of the highest rewards at international philatelic events since 1986 and have won many Gold awards.
(Strictly 50 places available)
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Date and Time
Friday 28th October 2011
Exhibition: 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Lecture: 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Friday 28th October 2011
The Royal Philatelic Society
41 Devonshire Place
London W1G 6JY
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