Philatelic International

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Philatelic International
(Filintern)
Emblem of the organisation on the cover of its organ, magazine Radio de Filintern (in the combined issue with Soviet Philatelist and Soviet Collector)
Emblem of the organisation on the cover of its organ, magazine Radio de Filintern (in the combined issue with
Soviet Philatelist and Soviet Collector)
AbbreviationFilintern
Formation22 June 1924; 95 years ago (1924-06-22)
Founded atMoscow, USSR
Extinction1940s
TypeNGO
Legal statusinternational association
Purposephilately, scripophily[a]
Location
  • Moscow, USSR
Coordinates55°45′N 37°37′E / 55.750°N 37.617°E / 55.750; 37.617
Region
world
Membership (1924)
102 members
Official language
Esperanto, English, French, German
Editor
Leongard Eichfuss
PublicationRadio de Filintern
Remarksprivate persons

Philatelic International (Filintern)[b] was an international philatelic society of collector-workers in the 1920s to 1940s.[1]

History[change | change source]

The creation of the Filintern was set up at a conference in Moscow in 22 to 30 June 1924. Its formation was greeted by all branches of the All-Russian Society of Philatelists and at the same time by the Soviet Esperantists. At the conference opening, Feodor Chuchin, Commissioner for Philately and Scripophily, declared:

Within the Filintern and through it we will not only adhere to all the rules of international philatelic ethics but also watch to make sure others uphold them.

—from Sovetskii Filatelist,[c] June 1924, No. 7 (23).[1]

A program for the Filintern's central organ was developed that included:

  • "propaganda of the international union of philatelist-workers of all nations for the struggle against organised philatelist-dealers",
  • "wide popularisation of ideological philately",
  • "introducing Esperanto into philately and thus the establishment of lively communication between philatelists around the world."[1]

Filintern facilitates the goals of philatelists, scripophilists[d] and Esperantists. Within Filintern, they could:

  • collect stamps and paper money,
  • publish philatelic bulletins, journals and catalogues,
  • most importantly, conduct foreign exchange.[1]

Using philately, scripophily and Esperanto, the Soviet authorities also hoped for promoting communist propaganda among the foreign proletariat.

The Philatelic International's organ was the journal Esperanto: Radio de Filintern. Its Editor was a prominent Russian philatelist L. K. Eichfuss. The first issue of the journal appeared in January 1925.[1]

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Notes[change | change source]

  1. Collecting stock and bond certificates.
  2. Russian: Филателистический интернационал (Filatelisticheskii international), brief name being Russian: Филинтерн (Filintern). This was similar to Comintern (Communist International) and Profintern (Red International of Labor Unions).
  3. Central organ of the Organisation of the Commissioner for Philately and Scripophily and the All-Russian Society of Philatelists (Soviet Philatelist).
  4. Collectors of paper money, and stock and bond certificates.

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Polchaninov, R. (1986). Translated by G. Shalimoff and D. Skipton. "From the history of philately in the USSR". Rossica: Journal of the Rossica Society of Russian Philately 108–109: 46–52. ISSN 0035-8363. http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00020235/00045/49j. Retrieved 2015-05-15. "[Reprinted from 'Novoye Russkoye Slovo', New York, 27 July 1986, in the column 'Collector's Corner']".  Archived from the original on 2015-05-15.

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