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Traditional Philately

Traditional Philately Commission


Klerman Wanderley Lopes

What is Traditional Philately


Traditional Philately deals with the stamp, including all aspects of Expository Philately that do not fall under the other categories accepted as such by the International Federation of Philately (FIP).


Traditional Philately refers to the study of technical aspects related to the production and identification of stamps, such as:

  • the process of creating the seal.

  • the type of paper used, including watermarks.

  • the method of printing (engraving, typography, lithography, etc.) and its accidents and imperfections.

  • the type of gumming.

  • The method of separation (perforation, perce, etc.).

  • the overloads applied to the seals.

  • security marks, profiles, etc.

  • the study of philatelic frauds and forgeries, always in comparison to the original stamps.


How a Traditional Philately collection is constituted

A collection of Traditional Philately must cover all aspects related to the study of the stamp, such as drawings, essays, proofs, etc., being in


some cases allowed the inclusion of some pre-philatelic pieces to illustrate the theme, when the material under study is very scarce.

The exhibitor must always look for a perfect balance of the material to be shown. Materials of any other class of exhibition are welcome, when necessary to illustrate what one wants to exhibit, such as letters with their franchises and routes, special postal marks and others, always having the study of the stamp as the main focus.



     10 réis “big head”                 50 réis “small head”              100 réis “black beard”

RHM #51                                 RHM #48                                  RHM #27

How are Traditional Philately collections judged

In judging Traditional Philately collections, the maximum scores assigned to each item are as follows:

  • 20 points for treatment, where the exhibitor must demonstrate a balance of the exposed material, in exact accordance with the plan established in the introduction sheet.

  • 10 points for philatelic importance, where the presence of significant pieces on the subject under study is considered, in addition to their importance on a national and international scale. The subject must be studied as completely as possible.

  • 35 points for personal knowledge, studies and research. Here, the exhibitor must show, in a concise manner, using their material, what is known about the topic, emphasizing its most significant aspects, avoiding placing too much emphasis on less important aspects. It will be evaluated how the exhibitor makes use of the exhibited pieces. Where applicable, postage, routes and postmarks must be explained. In the case of exhaustively studied material, the lack of personal research is not taken into account.


  • 10 points for material status. The exhibitor must place pieces in the best possible condition in relation to their rarity. The quality of the most common pieces must be impeccable. The use of inferior quality items is only justifiable when dealing with unique or extremely rare pieces.

  • 20 points for rarity, where the scarcity of exhibited pieces will be evaluated in relation to the country or area in question. The use of expressions such as “unique” should be used sparingly and only when proven and relevant in the context of the collection.

  • 5 points for presentation. This item influences the first impression of the judges and, if this is unfavorable, it may detract from the entire judgment. The care in the preparation of the texts, in the placement of the images and in the distribution of the pieces must be carefully considered.

The considerations presented here represent a summary of what should be considered by the exhibitor in the Traditional Philately class

More detailed explanations can be found on the website of the International Philatelic Federation, under the item SREV (Traditional Philately), at the electronic address:

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