Title: Bulletin of the Rossica Society of Russian Philately
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Title: Bulletin of the Rossica Society of Russian Philately
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Publication Date: Summer 2007
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Michael Ann Gutter: Editor: mgutter@msn.com

Summer\Fall 2007

Society News

Activity Reports

This issue of this Bulletin is dedicated to providing Rossica
members with the officer's reports that will be provided at the
Annual Meeting held Chicago. Since many of the member's are
unable to attend the meeting, the Executive Board decided that
the members would benefit from the results of the information of
the reports. Since the Bulletin is the means by which this
information is communicated to its members, we are providing it
in this issue. However, there is other information in this issue of

President's Report
Submitted by Gary Combs

The last year has been very busy and we have accomplished
more than expected. Some of the key items completed are listed

- Reciprocal agreement with Kollektsioner to translate and
reproduce articles between them and Rossica.
- Reciprocal agreement with Pochtovye tsel'nye veshchi to
translate and reproduce articles between them and Rossica.
- Publication Agreement for all future articles covering
copyright issues.
- Agreement with The Canadian Society of Russian Philately
to reproduce Post Riderjournals.
- Established baseline fees plus postage tables for Rossica
- Increase website storage to include sufficient space for
download capabilities and future virtual initiatives.
- Transferred all items for sale electronically except the journals
to the website to facilitate the capability for members to directly
download items rather than pay the additional cost for paper
copies sent via regular mail.

The items available are:
Levin Mutes
Moscow Study
Michalove Guide
Epstein Catalog both parts
Reverse Sort
Cumulative List Forward Sort

Gutter Define a new information package for new members and
the information package to send to people asking about
membership. In process
Laveroni Create a collecting interest questionnaire for our
member and new members Done

Mirsky Work on developing a methodology to get information
to the members in what is in the Library In process

Conduct a Library Survey Done

Shalimoff Develop a mentoring and tutoring package to assist
people in learning how to exhibit. Serve as the POC for
developing new exhibitors. Completed (published in this

Ceresa Putting fake/forgery information on the Samovar. In

Pietruszka Develop a brand new package of awards In

I NUMBER 42 Bulletin continued SummerFall 2007


- Create a new Rossica Vignette Done
- Create a Rossica canceller Done

Stickney Develop a network among sellers of Russian material
that will benefit Rossica members. Since Stick is not a collector
of anything but money, this is probably his only area in which he
can contribute. No progress

Jeff Develop a method to "download" society for sale items
from our web site. Done

Vice-President/Publicity Director's Report -
Submitted by Dave Skipton

Ever since we knew back in 2006 that we were definitely going
to have a Pan-Slavic show at Chicagopex 2007, most of my
efforts over the past six months have been directed at publicizing
and promoting it. This is an important event for the Society (the
last one was held in 1993), one that we will be sharing with the
Society for Czechoslovak Philately, the Society for Hungarian
Philately, Polonus and the Ukrainian Philatelic and Numismatic
Society. To that end I've been busy "scaring up" exhibits from
Rossica members, arranging for a speaker, shepherding a
vignette from conception to printing so that we could have
something with which to commemorate the event, and obtaining
a hand stamp to complete the kit of necessary items for Rossica's
"Temporary Postal Branch Office" at the booth.

Rossica hand stamp in hand, as of May 2007.

Rossica vignettes As of 18 September 2007, when this report
was written, the art work for the vignettes (same design, one in
English, the other mostly in Russian) had been completed,
scanned in and composed with the text on a PowerPoint slide,
and the entire package was already at the printers Yourstamps
- in Berlin, Germany. By the time this report is published, we
should have the sheets back and ready to go. Both the vignettes
and the hand stamp will be unveiled at the AGM in Chicago, and
the vignettes will be available for sale at the Rossica booth. This
is the first vignette that Rossica has issued since 1957 (a souvenir
sheet came out in 1976), and it goes hand-in-hand with the
publication of the Short History of the Rossika Society, 1929-
1968, published in time for the Washington 2006 international.

Efforts to round up exhibits for the Pan-Slavic met with mixed
success. Some exhibitors whom I approached were unable to
meet the application deadline, others declined to show. A couple

of others made the decision to show without any encouragement
from me. In all, Rossica members will have 60 frames of Russia
and related-areas exhibits. This is down from the 100 frames that
we showed at the last Pan-Slavic at Chicagopex, but given that
we are sharing the event with four other societies, it is doubtful
that we would have received 100 or so frames even if we had
generated that many.

With the crucial help of Roger Quinby, we were fortunate to
recruit an outstanding speaker for the event Kaj Hellman. (See
the ad reproduced below.) This represents another first in many
years: a well-known speaker from outside the U.S.

In an effort to reach Russian philatelists around the world, the
following advertisement was placed on the Rossica website:

Rossica is proud to announce that we will have a booth at the
( i ,.,.... ',\ 2007 Pan-Slavic show, with a noqmoeoe omoenenue 06uCecmea 'PoccuKa'n ("Temporary
Rossica Society Postal Branch Office ") selling Society literature,
znachki, coffee cups (sorry, no souvenir samovars) and the new
Rossica vignette, which will be unveiled at the Annual General
-I-.. ig Whether you are a dyed-in-the-wool vignette collector
or just want a souvenir to enliven your philatelic
correspondence, we think you will enjoy this production. We will
also have a great speaker -Kaj Hellman -who's coming all the
way from Finland to give us a presentation on Oleg Faberge and
his collections. This will be a f i....i,,i,, talk by a gentleman
who knew Faberge well.

In addition, there will be eight outstanding exhibits ofRussia and
related areas to view, totaling 60frames. In alphabetical order
(and my apologies to anyone I've overlooked!) they are:

Alfred F. Kugel The Philatelic Effects of the Breakup
of the Romanov Empire 1918-1923 (Court of Honor 10
Edward J. Laveroni Imperial Postmarks of the Trans-
Siberian Railroad, Chelyabinsk to Chita (6 frames);
Raymond J. Pietruszka Russian Soviet Federated
Socialist Republic (6 frames);
Roger P. Quinby Postal Censorship in the Grand
Duchy of Finland 1914-1918 (8 frames):
Radcliffe, Jeff Rossica Journal (Literature
Competition both 2006 journals);
David M. Skipton -A Look ;li. .ili the Judas Hole: The
Imperial Russian Prison System and Censorship (10
Jaroslav J. Verner Czechoslovak Siberian Legions
(Court of Honor 10 frames);
George G. Werbizky Ostarbeiter Mail in World War II
(10 frames).

Pan-Slavics don't come around every year you won't want to
miss this show!

When I haven't been working on the Pan-Slavic, I've been doing
the usual tasks associated with "publish, publish, publish."

I NUMBER 42 Bulletin continued SummerFall 2007

Soliciting articles, researching, writing, translating and reviewing
(as a member of the Editorial Board) articles for the Rossica
Journal, and finishing, at long last, the Short History in 2006.
That publication has shaken loose a considerable amount of
additional information about the Society; some of it has already
appeared and more of it is yet to come.

Secretary's Report
Submitted by Ed Laveroni

Ed Laveroni, our Secretary, took on the special project of
designed a New Member's Collecting Interest Form. Because of
the size of the form, it is attached at the end of the Bulletin.

Tentative Members

The following are our tentative members who will become full
member within 90 days unless, you, our members, provide some
reasonable cause why they should not become members.

Genady Berman, Holan, Israel,
gandiberman@(0 13.net.il
Michael Welch, St. Paul, MN, USA
Lecel Neves, Cleveland, TN, USA
Michael H. Cavanaugh, Washington, ID, USA
Samuel Rentsch, Geneva, Switzerland

Welcome to Rossica! We hope you will enjoy the benefits the
society has to offer including the Journal, the Bulletin, the
Library, and the web site. Of course, if you have access to the
Internet, the Samovar is a great source of information and I
encourage you to visit it and post your questions as well any
news and discoveries you may have made. We also encourage
you to share your collecting interests with others. Help us grow
and bring new members into Rossica.

Removed Members

Anatoly Chlenov as expelled from the Rossica Society on
September 17, 2007. The reasons are:
Failure to respond to official correspondence.
Openly demeaning the Society or undermining its goals
and objectives.

Treasurer's Report 2007
Submitted by Mike Gutter

My activities were divided into three distinct areas of
responsibilities. The one area that was genuinely outside the area

of being a Treasurer is that of being the Bulletin Editor. I include
it in this report so that I can maintain a consistency in my report.

Highlights of Activities

Set up Rossica accounting with on double entry general
ledger on QuickBooks.
Posted all transactions starting 1/1/2006. All bank records
Paid all bills as presented and approved by the Board.
Deposited all checks. More timely deposits are an area for
improvement by me.
Submitted Form 990 and Form 990 Schedule A for Tax
year 2006 to IRS.
Reconciled all financial records for the first half of the
fiscal year and "closed the books for 4/1/2007-
9/31/2007. Created a Trial Balance Report. The books
are now open for audit.
Recommended fee structure changes for PayPal fees and
shipping fees to offset the imbalance in the cost of
hardcopy Journal shipping and payments made by
PayPal. (The fee new schedules are toward the end of
this Bulletin.)
Recommendation of a trial budget for 2008 for the
officer's meeting.

Maintained the membership records.
Processed the new member applications.
Checked the APS references of new applicants.
Informed new applicants of the receipt of their checks.
Provided the membership database to the appropriate
officers and Journal Editor.
Designed a member information package. The completed
package will be available at the general meeting.
This is an area of slow learning for me. Processes are now
in place to ensure that all applicants are properly

Expanded the contents of Bulletin #41 based on member's

Full Treasurer's Activity Report
1. I assumed my duties on April 1, 2007. The financial
bookkeeping system was set up with a chart of accounts
using QuickBooks. This is a double entry system as
required by our Constitution.

I NUMBER 42 Bulletin continued SummerFall 2007

2. As the accounting records and the invoices were received,
they were entered into our accounted system. All
deposits of checks and PayPal transfers into the bank
account were recorded by deposit date. All payments of
checks from our bank account or PayPal were recorded
as of their clearing date.
3. PayPal is only a money clearing house. However,
expenses incurred from PayPal were posted directly to
our General Ledger since they never passed into our
bank account.
4. Upon learning that Rossica had to file Form 990 with the
IRS for year 2006, Gary Combs and I retraced and
recreated all the financial records within our new
accounting systems to meet the IRS rules and
requirements based on recent federal laws for non-profit
organizations. On October 1st, we filed a Form 990 and
Form 990 Schedule A. We are awaiting notification
from the IRS to learn if we have filed the forms as they
have requested.
5. The bank account balance as of 9/1/2006 is $12,452.01.
Our biggest income in the first half of the year is sales
of our publications. The biggest expense is the printing
and mailing of the Rossica Journal. This is normal and
expected. During the second half of the year, member
dues is expect to be the biggest source of income and
the Journal will continue to be the biggest expense. A
complete accounting will be provided at the end of the
fiscal year to the Board of Executives and officers and
to the members upon request.
6. I recommended a new fee structure for PayPal fee and
shipping fees. This schedule can be found on the
Rossica website at www.rossica.org. It has been
approved by the officers and is effective November 1,
2007. The purpose of the fee schedule is to balance the
shipping fees between the United States mailing and the
overseas mailing since the rate increase in April.
Additionally, we discovered that we were incurring a
greater percentage amount of the PayPal fees at the
lower end prices than originally calculated. Therefore
we adjusted this calculation. This affected only those
who pay by PayPal.
7. A recommended trial budget will be distributed separate
from this report. Input from the officer's is requested.

Full Membership Activity Report
1. As of 9/30/2007, we have 263 members. We had 47
members dropped since 1/1/2007. Some of the members
were dropped for not paying their dues, some decided to
drop their membership, some moved and we could not
find their forwarding address and sadly, we lost several

to those kind spirits in whatever form one's belief takes
them from us.
2. We have 19 new members and 3 returning members.
3. The prospective member application is initially reviewed
and recorded for processing by the treasurer. If a check
is received with the application, the prospective member
is notified that the check has been received. The
acceptance process is started by checking the APS
membership if one is given. The process continues with
the application review by the Executives. Once this
review is complete is the prospective member becomes
a tentative member and is sent a welcome letter and an
information package by the secretary. The tentative
member's name is published in the Bulletin and after 90
days, if the individual does not receive any negative
comments, the tentative member becomes a regular
member. A letter is sent informing the member that s/he
is a regular member with full voting rights.

Bulletin Editor Activity Report
1. Only one Bulletin was published in the first half of our
fiscal year. We are to attempting to use the Bulletin
more for member business while keeping the Journal for
research articles, news articles and information
concerning Rossica and the world of philately.
2. The Bulletin was expanded to include show medal
winners, an article about a member (whenever we can),
a mentor's column and an article of interest to some of
our readers. The Bulletin is published for our members
only and therefore the vehicle we use to announce
Rossica business to our members. It is sent to members
only and the last two Bulletins were printed in color. To
keep expenses down, the more who will accept the
Bulletin email, the cheaper it is to produce. The current
cost runs around $60 to print and mail the Bulletin.

Exhibiting Russian and Russian-Related
Submitted by George V. Shalimoff

The philately of Russian and Russian-related material offers
more opportunities to exhibit than perhaps the material of any
country of the world. Russian history has provided a mass of
postal material that boggles the imagination of most philatelists.
As collectors of Russian-related material, we all have
accumulated examples of the diverse areas. Most likely, we have
concentrated on a certain segment, and learned all that there is to
know about that phase. It is time to exhibit that material and our

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There is a built-in difficulty in exhibiting Russian and related
material simply because most stamp show judges are not familiar
with this area of philately. Of my many years with a national
stamp show, I have only come across three APS judges with
some inkling of appreciation for this kind of material.
Consequently to exhibit Russian material, one essentially has to
educate the judges.

There are steps to be taken before laying out a page. Gather the
material you desire to show and prepare for yourself an outline of
how you want to tell your story in so many pages. This lays the
foundation for your title page and, most importantly, for your
synopsis (a detailed text outline) which you will submit with
your entry form. These two items are passed on to the jury panel
prior to the show for them to study and what they can expect to
see in your exhibit.

It is imperative that you supply whatever references you can
about your subject in the synopsis. Conscientious judges will go
to a philatelic library for the information about your material or
request it from the library so that they may educate themselves
about your theme. If you know that some readily available
reference is incorrect, be sure to point this out in your synopsis.
Otherwise if a judge sees that particular reference, he will be
misinformed and may knock you down because he doesn't know
the whole or correct story.

Your references for material must be in English. Much excellent
material is currently available from native Russian collectors and
published in Russian language periodicals, but referencing them
is rather useless. Find the articles in English language journals
that are readily available at philatelic libraries. And if the article
is about your own research in the matter, that is even better.

The Synopsis

Your synopsis should be one-two pages, no more than three. The
heart of the synopsis tells what you plan to exhibit, the depth of
your study, the difficulty of obtaining material if that is a
problem, important items, any unique items, the items of rarity,
and even an explanation why you may be missing something.
Reasons for not having something may be no archival material is
available, few if any items desirable appear in auction or for sale,
or things are simply too expensive. Judges will not take the time
to read every page of your exhibit at a show, but they will read
your few pages of synopsis to get the general feeling about your
exhibit. So you are allowed to go into a bit more detail here than
you may be able to fit on an exhibit page. Your list of references
mentioned above for the judges to study concludes your
synopsis. Reference to catalog numbers is usually pointless, but
if you feel it is necessary, they may be mentioned in the synopsis
but not in the exhibit itself.

There are several categories of exhibits in a show. These include
traditional, postal history, aerophilately, thematic, postal
stationery, display and others.

For detailed descriptions of all the classes, see the APS Manual
of Philatelic Judging. This book, available from the APS web

site, details how judges rate an exhibit according to criteria
which include treatment and philatelic significance, philatelic
and related knowledge, personal research, condition and
difficulty of acquisition and finally presentation. A point system
is used but this is not revealed to the exhibitor, except in the case
of one-frame exhibits.

Briefly, traditional means a study of a stamp or issue which
includes proofs and essays, production, printing, varieties,
production markings, multiples if important, colors, subsequent
changes. Postal history is basically covers, showing routes, rates,
usage, unusual usage, unusual destinations or events.

Aerophilately is about airmail stamps, flights, rates and routes,
unusual destinations. Postal stationery deals with postcards and
envelopes with imprinted postage stamps, their production,
printing varieties and use.

The Title Page

Let's begin with a title page, oftentimes the stumbling block
about getting started in exhibiting. Your title must be specific.
For instance "Stamps of the USSR" is a no-no. It means
everything the USSR ever issued. Whereas the "First Issue of
Post Imperial Russia" can mean only one thing, the sword
breaking the chain issues. Also a no-no is "Inflation Issues of
Russia" which could mean the post revolution era or the post
Soviet era. It is better to say, the "The 1919-1925 Inflation
Issues of the RSFSR" or "Inflationary Mail of the RSFSR, 1919-

It is also important to distinguish between Imperial Russia, the
Provisional Russian Government, the Russian Soviet Federated
Socialist Republic, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, and
the current Confederation of Russian States. Although most
stamp catalogs list everything as Russia, judges may wonder if
you know the difference.

Once you have a specific title, a brief paragraph or two
introduction explaining your theme is followed with an outline of
your subsequent pages of what you intend to show. The outline
may be tabular or text form. A small illustration, a map or a
specific philatelic item to attract one's attention may be included
on the title page. Be sure you exhibit everything you indicate on
this title page. Padding the wording without having the material
will knock you down some levels. You may also indicate here if
special items are highlighted somehow, with markers, double
mounts, etc.

The Exhibit

If you are showing a stamp issue, begin with proofs and essays if
available. If they are not available, show the issue, any varieties
of printings, production, and multiples, if this is important, and
use of the issue on various types of mail, both domestic and
foreign. Never mention catalog names or numbers in your
exhibit. If you feel it necessary to include non-philatelic items

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on an exhibit page, your exhibit may be reclassified as a display
exhibit, and therefore judged differently.

If you are showing covers, point out the various rates for various
uses and destinations, local, domestic, foreign, registered, COD,
unusual use and exotic destinations. Do not write anything that a
viewer can see for himself, such as a date on a cancel. With
Russian material written in Cyrillic, it is helpful to give a
translation or transliteration if possible. Not everyone would
know that ZAKAZHOE means registered mail or that MOCKBA
is Moscow.

Postal stationery exhibits tend to be rather static from a visual
point of view. Nevertheless, postal stationery is an important
adjunct of a country's post and philately. Oftentimes the printing
of stamped material provides numerous printing varieties, papers
and colors, all of which lend them to an exhibit.

The Lay Out

In major exhibitions today, a frame holding 16 pages of 8 /2 x
Slinch pages is the norm. Slightly larger pages can be
accommodated with some overlap of margins, which is
acceptable. Some smaller local club shows may use 12 page
frames. Information about the frame and page size is always
given on the entry forms.

One-frame exhibits are limited to 16 pages only. Your story
must be specific for the 16 pages and not something cut down
from a multi-frame exhibit. Judges easily can see if the subject is
much too large for a single frame exhibit and will tell you so and
mark you down. Multi-frame exhibits usually start at three
frames, with ten frames the usual maximum in national shows.

Use the heaviest grade acid free stock paper for your exhibit,
preferably white. Soft tinted colored papers such as beige are
seen but not often. The entire exhibit page should be enclosed in
a sheet protector, open at the top or side, but definitely sealed at
the bottom to catch any item that may come loose. If you use
standard weight acid free stationery paper, add a second sheet of
card stock when inserted in a sheet protector to stiffen the page
and protector for easier mounting. Most sheet protectors today
are acid and vinyl free and will not harm your material and are
available at office supply stores, usually punched for three ring
binders. Use clear material only. Premium grade protectors are
made of mylar and are more costly.

Stamps may be mounted with hinges or stamp-mounts, generally
clear rather than black. Stamps may be mounted atop colored
backings to give contrast and show off the perforations. Covers
should be mounted with comer mounts on at least 3 corners.
Some exhibitors use double backgrounds or different colored
backgrounds to emphasize special or scarce material. Whereas
this may alert a judge to the scarcity or importance of that item,
others may say why look at the unimportant material. It's an
individual's choice.

Your exhibit pages should be numbered on the back with the
frame number and page number. If you or a show mounting
person should drop your exhibit and get the pages all mixed up,
the numbers on the back will allow the pages to be properly
placed in the frames. Your name should be on the back as well.

You may possess material that required an expert's opinion about
its genuineness. Judges may be aware of the unusual nature of
some issues and question the genuineness of your example. If
you have an expert's certificate for a displayed item, it should be
included on the back of the page in the protector for the judge's
examination, if necessary. It is a rare occurrence in most shows
to have the judges open a frame to examine an item, but it
oftentimes is resorted to in international shows.

The text on most exhibits today is printed on a computer. If an
error is made and detected, it is easy to simply correct the error
and reprint the page. There are programs for laying out exhibit
pages, make boxes around material, import enlarged detail of
markings or stamp varieties. Do not let these things overwhelm
your philatelic material.

When using a typewriter for the exhibit's text, a correction may
require the entire page to be key stroked again. A similar
problem exists with hand lettered pages which are extremely rare
these days, but nevertheless acceptable, especially at smaller

Try to use a 12 point font for most text. Anything smaller is
difficult to read. Do not use too many different font styles. Plain
fonts, italics, bolds, underlines are OK, but changing font styles
can become tiresome. Many judges prefer serif type, but sans
serif looks good to many, too. The text should be short and to
the point. Remember you are showing philatelic material, not
writing a book. Judges will not read every page of an exhibit.
They will read the synopsis and title and then go and look to see
if you have what you claim. They will read enough to see that
you have clearly and succinctly described or explained your
theme and its items, but they will not read everything on every

Although presentation counts least in scoring an exhibit, it does
influence the viewer to look more carefully at the material. Items
should be neatly mounted and centered along with the text. Fill
your page and avoid large unused spaces unless you are showing
a unique or extremely rare item for which you want the viewer's
attention. Try to have such important items in the middle of the
frame at eye level. Avoid putting your special material in the
bottom two rows, if possible.

Two European size covers just barely fit on a page. It is OK to
overlap as long as you do not conceal the philatelic interest of the
cover. If the back of a cover has important information, it is
acceptable to make a reduced photocopy (color or black and
white) and place it below the cover on the page. If necessary, text
on a backing may be placed on the open space of a cover if there
is no room on the page itself. The large business size envelopes
are placed diagonally on a page. There really isn't any other way
to display them.

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In some cases, such as displaying very large items larger than an
ordinary page, it is acceptable to mount the material on double
size pages, remembering that most frames have four rows for
four ordinary size pages each. Special instructions for mounting
should be included with the exhibit if someone other than the
owner will mount the exhibit, to position it in its correct place in
the frame.

How to Enter an Exhibit

There are two types of shows held nationally. Local club shows
are held throughout the country, usually on a weekend with a
small dealer bourse and a small number of exhibit frames.
Judges may be from the local area and may or may not be
accredited APS judges. Local shows are a great place to start
exhibiting because rules are less rigid. Comments from judges
and fellow collectors are always welcome.

World Series of Philately shows, of which there are about 35, are
usually much larger with a required minimum number of exhibit
pages. Grand award winners of these WSP shows compete for
the Champion of Champions at the annual American Philatelic
Society Stamp Show in August each year. At WSP shows,
accredited APS judges and their apprentices judge exhibits.

Dates and places of show and exhibitions are given in the Show
Calendars of The American Philatelist, the official publication of
the APS, Linn's Stamp News, Mekeel's and Stamps Magazine.
Press releases and advertisements in these sources also give show
information. These announcements contain contact information
where one may request an entry form. All Rossica members
should be members of the APS and subscribe to some philatelic
literature to support the hobby.

All WSP shows require an entry fee, according to the number of
frames requested for your exhibit. Rates may range up to $15
per frame. Local shows charge less, oftentimes nothing at all.
Why the charge? Shows cost money to put on for the philatelist,
rent of space, cost of awards, ribbons and medals, advertising.
True, dealer booth space rentals provide most of a show's
income, but exhibitors are asked to help as well.

Once an entry form is submitted with synopsis and title pages,
and fees, of course, the show's exhibit chairman will respond
with an acceptance or rejection of the exhibit. Rejection may be
due to over subscription of entries, late entry, poorly prepared
synopsis and title, unavailability of a jury to properly judge the
exhibit, or other reasons.

With acceptance, the exhibitor is instructed where and when to
appear with the exhibit for mounting or where and when to send
the exhibit by mail to the show or usually to the exhibit
chairman. The exhibitor pays for postage to and from the show.
Insurance is always the responsibility of the exhibitor.
Homeowner's insurance does not apply to stamp collections.

After the judges have viewed the material and decided on the
award levels for every exhibit, there usually is a judge's critique.
At small shows this may take place at the frames. At large WSP
shows, this is a special meeting where exhibitors may ask about
their exhibit. Good critiques will tell the exhibitor his strong
points and his weak points that need improving to raise the level
of award. For the most part, judges try to give constructive
suggestions, which the exhibitor should take special notice.
Although judges in subsequent shows may say just the opposite,
the exhibitor usually gleans enough to know where
improvements may be made.

If your first exhibit is to be shown at a WSP show, the rules in
the Manual of Judging must be followed. Although one may feel
these rules are too rigid and may stifle your originality, they are
really designed to make the judge's job easier to be able to judge
all types of exhibits on an equal plain. There is more leeway
with exhibits in small local shows, but eventually as one
progresses in exhibiting and by studying other exhibits in stamp
shows, you will learn how to successfully display your material
and tell your story.

The exhibitor must remember the award is just an opinion of that
particular panel of judges. One must take pride in showing off
their material regardless of the award, and that the exhibitor is
spreading the faith of Russian and Russian-related philately and
that the exhibitor is having fun, enjoying the hobby. Attend the
awards ceremony, accept your award proudly because you have
contributed to and supported the show and the people who put
the show on.

Help Offered

Although I do not claim to be an expert or a grand master at
exhibiting, I have had much fun and satisfaction in showing off
various aspects of Russian philately with material from my
collection in local and WSP shows. I can offer encouragement
and some advice for whatever it's worth to anyone who asks.
You can send me your outline, title, synopsis, extent of your
material or some photocopies for appraisal of your idea to
exhibit. I promise to be kind and mellow. I can be reached
through Rossica. My awards range from Bronze to Gold, but
most importantly I enjoyed participating in a show, regardless of
the award.

Suggested Reading

APS Manual of Philatelic Judging
Show Calendars in American Philatelist, Linn's Stamp News,
Mekeel's and Stamps
The Philatelic Exhibitor, the Journal of the American Association
of Philatelic Exhibitors

Fake/Forgery Detection
Submitted by Dr. Ray Ceresa

I NUMBER 42 Bulletin continued SummerFall 2007

Forgery activity in the digital field has not raised its ugly head on
eBay since Sheinberg's double printings of Zemstvos. (Genuine
perforated and imperforated stamps were scanned and displaced
printed on the genuine stamp.) These were detected by the buyers
by differences in the inks used on the two printings, the original
and digital copy which I confirmed by usingl50x magnification.

A number of members have contacted me with scans and actual
stamps for an opinion by direct email rather than through
Samovar. It's quicker that way as I don't always have time to
regularly check the Samovar although I do so at least once a
month as a general rule. Time goes so quickly when you get near
80. I do need help from Board members, as well as members in
general, to point me towards suspect material offered on eBay
and or by dealers.

In addition to the above items, I recommend that the society also
give out a certificate documenting the award above and also give
a certificate to each exhibit stating the name of the exhibit, the
medal level and the show.

Article Award

Recommend a new award be created for the best Journal
article of the previous year.
Article is to be selected by ballot that would be included in
the first journal of the following year. Ballots would be mailed
to the award manager (yes I'm volunteering!). It would be open
balloting so yes the box could be stuff -so what.

Rossica Awards
Submitted by Raymond Pietmszka

Exhibit Awards

This award is for the best Russian area exhibit
by a Rossica Member at the show which hosts
the Rossica Annual meeting. It is only given
out once a year.

The award consists of a Russian made object of
value ($50-75).

This award is given to the best Russian area
exhibit at any show I which three (3) or more
Rossica members exhibit. This award is limited to
Rossica members

This award consists of a Plaque of the old warrior
and is titled "Rossica Society of Russian
Philately/President's Award".

This award is given to the best Russian area exhibit.
This award is not limited to a Rossica member but
at least one Rossica member must be exhibiting at
the show. If the PRESIDENT'S AWARD is
presented, then this award is given to the second
best exhibit.

This award consist of a smaller version of the
PRESIDENT"S AWARD Plaque and is titles
"Rossica Society of Russian Philately" or it could
just be a Ribbon.

I NUMBER 42 Bulletin continued SummerFall 2007

New Fee Schedules
Submitted by Michael Gutter

Member's Fees

Journal & Bulletin/members per year
for download or email

Journal & Bulletin/members per year
for journal on CD ROM and bulletin
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for journal and bulletin in paper copy.
We can provide as bound (normal
method), unbound, or 3-hole punch.
Let us know in advance if you want
something other than bound journals.
If you also want a copy on CD ROM n
addition to a paper copy, let us know
and pay the associated costs,

Cost download Cost
(518 if before
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Collecting Interests

Name Rossica Number e-mail address
(please print-last name first)

Please check all the areas of collecting interest:

Stamps Covers Postcards Cancels Aerophilately_ Censorship_ Offices Abroad

Inflation Period Zemstvos Arctic/Anartic Military Labels/Cinderellas Revenues


Please circle the periods of your interest.

1. Imperial Period 2. Civil War Period 3. Inflationary Period 4. Soviet Period 5. Post Soviet 6. All Periods

For the areas checked or circled are your interests? general specialized advanced expert

Please check:

Are you interested in: Postal History? Yes No Thematics: Yes No Exhibiting: Yes No

Have you ever exhibited in a philatelic show? Yes No Local National International

Are you a qualified philatelic judge? Local National (APS)_ Interational(FIP)

Have you ever published a philatelic article or book? Yes No Titles

Are you an expert in any field of your interest? Yes

Do you speak, write or read other languages? Yes

No Explain

No Languages

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If yes, would you be willing to translate if asked by Rossica? Yes No

Rossica would like to release your collecting interests information to other Rossica members in an abbreviated membership profile. By signing h(
I agree to release this information to all Rossica members



Rossica Librarian Report 2007.

Greg Mirsky, Rossica Librarian,
September 2007

I am happy to report that after transition period time Rossica Library opened for
operations and all materials available to members.

1. Library Move Completed.

In February 2007 Rossica Library moved to Palo Alto, California and currently
used by Rossica members.

2. Electronic Library Catalog

Electronic Library Catalog in the process of updating. It goes in parallel with
library inventory and it takes time. I am updating existing electronic file as well as adding
information in native language (German, French, Russian, etc.). It will allow later titles
search in original language of publication in addition to English or transliteration.

3. Library Rules

Library Rules document was updated to reflect current state of affairs, inflation, and state
of technology. It was published in Journal #148 and available to members.

4. Electronic Library Material Delivery.

In order to fulfill library requests via scans (rather then sending hardcopies,
especially to members abroad) we established Library Download Directory on Rossica
Web site where Librarian can put scans or PDF files for requestor and person can
download scans of the pages. Small size images/scans can be also emailed. It proved to
be very efficient.

5. Library survey.

Electronic form was distributed by email in April 2007 and as a hardcopy in Rossica
Journal #148. Response and result was overwhelming. See detailed Library survey
summary below. Please treat it is an integral part of Librarian Report.

Rossica Library Survey 2007 Report.

Library Survey was sent to all members in good standing. We received response
rate -46%. See table below.

Members in good
standing (2007): 253
Surveys received: 116
%% 45.85%

1. In response to 1st question "Please identify your collecting interests related to
Russian Philately", we received extremely interesting information: Please see
graph (Figure 1) with distribution of main areas of interests among members
responded to Survey. In addition, members highlighted many additional
interesting areas of Russian philately. See Figure 2 below.
The results clearly show that Imperial Russia remains the most popular
area with RSFSR and Soviet Union before 1940 following.

61 2'"

40 5",

42 2.

39 7':.-

24 1'*,

o 011

Pre-stamp Imperial Russian Civil War RSFSR
Russia Offices

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USSR: USSR:1941- USSR:after Zemstvos Ukraine Revenues Baltic States
before 1940 1991 1991

I Stamps(%) I Postal History (%) O Stationery (%)

Figure 1. Distribution of main collection interests across most popular categories.

USSR 1941-1950
Mute cancels
Dot Cancels
Transcaucasia States
Locals 1918-22
Czech Legion in Siberia
Red Cross
Far Eastern Republic
Secession states 1918-22
German, Finnish, Polish & Romanian Occupation
Intervention forces
Bogus Issues
TPOs, Railway post offices
St. Petersburg Covers
Russian interventions in Persia
Official Mail
Paper Seals
Aviation, Airmail, Space
Russian Arctic
POW WWI Correspondence

Figure 2. Additional areas of interest indicated by members.

2. In response to 2nd question "Please identify languages of
publications you are interested in", we learned that English is#l,
language. It closely followed by Russian (#2) with German and French lagging
behind. Please see graph (Figure 3) with distribution of Languages members
interested and can read. In order to correlate these data with countries our
members live in we created graph of distribution of countries Rossica members
live in. See Figure 4 below. It clearly shows correlation of English being #1 with
the fact the majority of the members lives in the US, but it also highlights strong
interests to publications in Russian across the board.

100% -IA%
60% 50.0%
10%- 6.9% 6i9%

<<'<'P '>+i *'< 's<" ' d CPfo<

Figure 2. Languages of publications members interested in.

Rossica Demographics









Vme rica, 73.91 %

Europe, 19.76%

Asia, 3.56% Australia, 2.77% A 0.
Africa, 0.00%

0.00% ._ 1
America Europe

Asia Australia

SSeries1 73.91% 19.76% 3.56% 2.77% 0.00%

Figure 4. Rossica Demographics.

3. In response to 3m question "If the material you requested is available only as a
copy, what format do you prefer?" we learned that -46% prefer mailing hardcopy
and 43% prefer email/file download. See Figure 5 for detailed results.


Preferred Delivery Method

46 55"..

- 6"..

Imagel PDF: Hardcopy Mailed
EmaillDow nload

CD Mailed Fax

Figure 5. Delivery of Library Materials (member's preferences)

5. Response to 4th question "Is it important for you that the library carries recent
philatelic publications (last 2-3 years)? we learned that vast majority of the
members requests to have recent Catalogs and Journals in the library in the
Library and Auction Catalogs represent less interest. See Figure 6 for detailed

Do you want recent Catalogs in the Library?

80.00% 60 i2? -.
40.00% 25 36%

Do you want recent Journals in the Library?



Do you want recent Auction Catalogs in the Library?








43 10",,

3 45

Figure 6. Importance to have recent philatelic publications in the Library.
6. Response to 5th question "Is it important for you that the library carries complete
sets of oldRussian Philatelic Journals?" clearly shoed that overwhelming majority
of responders (77%) what to have Russian Philatelic Journals in the library. See
Figure 7 for detailed results.

Do you want Russian Philatelic Journals in the Library?





Figure 7. Member's opinion regarding Russian Philatelic Journals in the Library.

6. Response to 6th question "Is it important for you that the library carries old/rare
philatelic publications, (books, journals, auction catalogs, maps), even if they only be
available as copies?" we also learned that overwhelming majority of responders
(78%) want to have copies of old/rare publications in the Library. See Figure 8 for
detailed results.

Do you want copies of old/rare publications in the Library?


13 79..


Figure 7. Member's opinion regarding copies of old/rare publications in the


Based on responses above that clearly indicate interests of active part of memberships I
recommend the following:

1. Repeat similar Survey every 3 years to reflect dynamic nature of member's

77 59 '.-.

2. Based on expressed areas of interests continue focus on acquiring publication
related to Imperial Russia, RSFSR, Soviet Union before 1940, without loosing
focus on acquiring the most important publications covering later years (Russia
after 1991, etc.)
3. Based on the fact that English and Russian became #land #2 languages for
members consider English and Russian as two primary languages of interest
for the membership and adjust library material acquisition policy based on this
4. Since majority of the members considered delivery of the hardcopy and
email/download of the scans and preferred method, focus on these two methods of
delivery of library materials. It requires one time Rossica investment in FAST
scanner and copy machine (-$600-700 TBD) since Rossica dos not have
scanner at all and old copy machine was broken during Library transition
and can not be repaired.
5. Since majority of the members would like to have recent Catalogs in the library
invest in acquisition of recent important specialized catalogs (Michel,
Zagorsky (Standard Collection), Liapin, Soloviev and continue acquiring
new publications as they become available.
6. Since majority of the members would like to have recent Journals in the library,
continue policy of acquiring/receiving copies of journals of sister societies.
Consider maintaining subscription to Filatelia (former Filatelia SSSR) and
backfill missing issues (-$80 per year investment)
7. Based on member's feedback regarding Auction Catalogs maintain copies only
important Russian Sales and Auction Houses specializing on Russian
material (Cherrystone, Raritan, Kay Hellman, Rurik, etc.). Approach these
businesses with proposal/request to start sending one copy of the auction
catalog to Rossica Library.
8. Based on members feedback regarding old journals and rare books, continue
current Rossica policy to acquire old/rare philatelic publications as an
original or copy. Publish in Journal (every issue) continuous request for
donations to the Library.
9. Since several recommendation require ongoing yearly investment, increase
investment into library from current $300 a year to $700-$800 a year ($300
limit was established many years ago and does not have inflation adjustment
built in). Request Treasurer to include this expense in Rossica budget.


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