The "Literature" class, a changeling?
Part II


As introduction I have told last time somewhat about literature exhibitions, and now I will tell you the remaining part.

Nowadays the literature is divided into 3 classes:

  • Class 1 = printed media
  • Class 2 = electronic media
  • Class 3 = interactive electronic media

The first class in its turn is divided in 6 sections:

  • 1A Publications in book, loose-leaf or as pamphlet, for general information to the philatelist
  • 1B Literature for promotion of philately or the organisation in philately
  • 1C Catalogs of general character
  • 1D Specialised research publications
  • 1E Publications for promotion of postal history (1D and 1E are naturally often combined in magazines)
  • 1F Results of research, published as single article or in a series.

Class 2, elektronic media, also counts 6 categories:

  • 2A Presentations of philatelic and/or postal historic research
  • 2B Promotion material for philately in general
  • 2C Catalogs
  • 2D Electronic reports, magazines or other periodicals that promote philately
  • 2E Electronic reports regarding organizational matters
  • 2F Research results, published as one or more articles in periodicals.

Class 3 consists of interactive electronic media and comprises the following categories:

  • 3A Websites regarding philatelic findings
  • 3B Promotional websites
  • 3C Catalogs
  • 3D, 3E and 3F are the same as 2D to 2F, but now interactive.

In each of the classes a maximum score of 100 points can be obtained, but for every category they can be earned in another way. Next to a winner per category, an overall winner is chosen, similar as with stamps.

What could be the benefit for us, as collectors, of such an exhibition? Well, it is important for us as collectors to know whether a catalogue or source of information is reliable or not, and this will get clear when the information is judged by experts. We, as writers for the MFN, get a lot of information from internet or from the Philatelist Association Library in Baarn. For us a (positive) judgement is important to be sure that we can forward the gathered information to you, with a reasonable certainty that it is correct. But even then this information must be updated regularly, because new information, views or interpretations are added to the information that has been given earlier.

Altogether there is more behind the written word than you should expect at first glance.


Hans de Kloet


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