News history of the U.B.P.

  • Establishing of the SBFD (UBPh) – June 16th 1938.Establishing of the SBFD (UBPh) – June 16th 1938.
  • First World Philatelic Exhibition in Bulgaria – 1969.First World Philatelic Exhibition in Bulgaria – 1969.
  • A memorable picture: some of the founders of SBFD (UBPh).A memorable picture: some of the founders of SBFD (UBPh).
  • Jermen Konstantinova – the winner of the first World competition “Miss Philately 1974”   – during the World Youth Philatelic Exhibition “MLADOST’74” in Sofia.Jermen Konstantinova – the winner of the first World competition “Miss Philately 1974” – during the World Youth Philatelic Exhibition “MLADOST’74” in Sofia.
  • Bulgaria – second time hosting a World Philatelic Exhibition in 1979.Bulgaria – second time hosting a World Philatelic Exhibition in 1979.
  • Bulgaria – second time hosting a World Philatelic Exhibition in 1979.Bulgaria – second time hosting a World Philatelic Exhibition in 1979.
  • The World Youth Philatelic Exhibition “MLADOST’84” was held with great success in Pleven.The World Youth Philatelic Exhibition “MLADOST’84” was held with great success in Pleven.
  • The World Youth Philatelic Exhibition “MLADOST’84” was held with great success in Pleven.The World Youth Philatelic Exhibition “MLADOST’84” was held with great success in Pleven.
  • A moment of opening of the World Philatelic Exhibition “BULGARIA”89” in Sofia.A moment of opening of the World Philatelic Exhibition “BULGARIA”89” in Sofia.
  • The First European Philatelic Exhibition  “BULGARIA”99”, held in Sofia, October 1999.The First European Philatelic Exhibition “BULGARIA”99”, held in Sofia, October 1999.
  • The First European Philatelic Exhibition  “BULGARIA”99”, held in Sofia, October 1999.The First European Philatelic Exhibition “BULGARIA”99”, held in Sofia, October 1999.
  • An opening ceremony for the European Philatelic Exhibition “BULGARIA”99”.An opening ceremony for the European Philatelic Exhibition “BULGARIA”99”.
  • An opening ceremony for the European Philatelic Exhibition “BULGARIA”99”.An opening ceremony for the European Philatelic Exhibition “BULGARIA”99”.
  • Three presidents : Georgi Parvanov (Republic of Bulgaria), Jos Wolff (FIP) and Spas Panchev (UBPh), during “BULGARIA 2009”.Three presidents : Georgi Parvanov (Republic of Bulgaria), Jos Wolff (FIP) and Spas Panchev (UBPh), during “BULGARIA 2009”.
  • A moment of the opening ceremony for the European Philatelic Exhibition “BULGARIA 2009”.A moment of the opening ceremony for the European Philatelic Exhibition “BULGARIA 2009”.
  • European Philatelic Exhibition “BULGARIA 2009”.European Philatelic Exhibition “BULGARIA 2009”.
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  • 31 March 1893 – On this date 100 years ago few enthusiasts establish in Plovdiv the first philatelic society in Bulgaria. This is the beginning.
  • 15 October 1893 – The society which already consists of 50 members publishes its own printed organ “The voice of the Bulgarian timbrophil society”. This is the second in Bulgaria philatelic magazine after the monthly newspaper called "Timbrophil" published in 1891 in Panagyurishte by the educated and patriotic Bulgarian Atanas Kirilov.
  • Again in Plovdiv in these years Hristo G. Danov publishes the first Bulgarian “Album for the stamps all over the world”.
  • In 1893 at the world exhibition in Chicago the Bulgarian merchant Samuel Blaustein exhibits at his stand Bulgarian and foreign timbers. We know about this from Aleko Konstantinov`s travel notes “To Chicago and back”.
  • Other philatelic societies have not been established up to 1921 but in different towns in the country there are collectioners` groups that corresponded with each other and exchanged stamps. In return there appeared many philatelic periodicals: in 1909 – “International Review” magazine with publisher and editor Vasil Apostolov from Sofia; 1911 – “La Bulgarie” magazine edited by Simo P. Simov from Pleven; 1920 – “Complete guidance book about collecting, preserving, evaluating and keeping used stamps and a catalogue of the Bulgarian stamps until 1921”.
  • After the World War I the interest in philately grows. In 1921 is reestablished the philatelic society in Plovdiv and until 1927 38 philatelic periodicals in different towns and with different duration are being published: 14 in Sofia, 4 in Pleven, 3 in Burgas, 3 in Plovdiv, 3 in Svishtov, 3 in Targovishte, 2 in Varna, 2 in Gorna Oryahovitza, 1 in Lom, 1 in Panagyurishte, 1 in Russe, 1 in Tarnovo.
  • In 1924 the first post-philatelic book “History of the post form the most ancient times to nowadays” in Bulgaria is published. The author is Kiro Petrov.
  • In 1926 is published the first issue of the “Stamp” magazine. First as “Bulgarian stamp collector`s organ ” with editor Dimitar Iv. Goshev, and then as an organ of the “First Bulgarian Philatelic society in Sofia”, and finally in 1938 it becomes an organ of the Union of Bulgarian stamp collectors` societies with editor in chief Stefan Simov.
  • On 27 November 1925 a Philatelic society in Sofia is established with a chairman Boris Hadjikalchov. Since June 1926 the society organizes meetings weekly for exchange of stamps.
  • The first Bulgarian philatelic library is established in 1927 when Boris Hadjikalchov presents to the society about 200 volumes Bulgarian and foreign philatelic literature.
  • In 1928 is established the first youth section to the Sofia`s Philatelic society.
  • The first exhibition in Bulgaria organized in 1930 has taken place at the ground floor of Hristo G. Danov`s publishing house in Sofia.
  • From 1937 to 1947 the magazine “Bulgarian stamp” is published. Its editor and publisher is the philatelic figure and stamps` tradesman Simeon Charakchiev (1914-1993). He also created the catalogue of the Bulgarian stamps “Sima” which is published until 1958.
  • On 10 November 1937 in Sofia is established a new society “Balkan club” and on 25 November 1937 a group of scientists and public figures establishes the Scientific Philatelic Club – Sofia with chairman prof. Rafail Popov, director of the National archaeological museum.
  • In 1937 philatelic societies in Gorna Djumaya, Stara Zagora, Vidin, Pazardjik, Kazanlak and Veliko Tarnovo are established. The same year the eminent Sofia`s philatelist Dimitar Goshev publishes the catalogue “DIGE”.
  • On 16-17 June 1938 the Constituent Congress of the Union of the Bulgarian stamp collectors` societies is held. At the Congress delegates from the three Sofia`s societies, as well as the societies in Veliko Tarnovo, Nova Zagora, Pazardjik, Russe, Stara Zagora take place.
  • At the same time societies in Gabrovo, Varna, Kazanlak, Dupnitza have been existed but they have not sent delegates.
  • Vazlav Stari, member of the Sofia`s Philatelic society takes part for a first time at an International exhibition “Bratislava 38” and wins the second award and a silver medal.
  • On 7 February 1943 is established the cooperative association “Stamp”. Eight months later, on 31 October 1943, the cooperation conducts its first auction in the hall of the community centre “Slavyanska beseda” in Sofia.
  • In 1946 for a first time is celebrated the Day of the Bulgarian stamps with the active participation of the members of the Union.
  • From 26 October-1 November 1947 in Sofia is organized the First international philatelic exhibition in our country. A post card is issued and a special seal is used.
  • In 1948 the cooperation “Stamp” issues the first official cards-maximum with stamps from the series “Honoured poets and writers”. The same year the first maximaphilic exhibition in Sofia is organized. This is the second exhibition in the world after this in Dijon, France.
  • On the initiative of Simeon Charakchiev a Scientific Institute on philately is established in 1949. Elin Pelin is elected for its chairman. In 1968 this institute is restored and since 1981 is renamed as Scientific-informational center for philately. Since 2006 it becomes a Philatelic academy to the Union of the Bulgarian Philatelists.
  • The first youth philatelic circle in our country is established in the Palace of the pioneers in Sofia. The studies are held in the school year 1957-1958 and its leader is the Sofia`s philatelist Miroslav Tokludjanov. At the same time Ivan Daskalov teaches a study hall for philately with students from Pleven, and writes the first textbook in Bulgaria which is published in 1965. 
  • From 1 January 1959 is restored the publishing of “Philatelic Review” magazine which becomes an organ of the Ministry of transport and communications and the Union of the Bulgarian Philatelists.
  • For a first time Bulgarian philatelists take part in a world exhibition in Poland in 1960. They are represented with two exhibits: Petko Karaivanov`s “Bulgaria-classic” and architect Grigor Mihaylov` s “USA-classic”. Both exhibits are awarded with bronze medals.
  • From 3 to 18 October 1964 the first National philatelic exhibition “SOFIA 64” takes place. 68 exhibits located at 260 exhibit boards take place.
  • On 18 May 1965 “State gazette” publishes instructions № 100 of the Council of ministers of the People`s Republic of Bulgaria about the development of the philately in Bulgaria.
  • On the initiative of the Ministry of transport and communications and the Union of the Bulgarian Philatelists in Varna from 7 to 15 August is held the first all-Balkan philatelic exhibition BALKANPHILA – VARNA 1965. There at about 800 boards 292 exhibits are shown. Dr Teodor Popov from Russe is awarded with the big national award and a gold medal.
  • Two more exhibitions are held in Bulgaria- BALKANPHILA in 1975 in Sofia and in 1985 in Vratza.
  • The first National youth exhibition is held from 15 to 22 October 1967 in Plovdiv. The most participants were from Sofia – 29, from Plovdiv – 9, from Veliko Tarnovo - 4, from Gorna Oryahoviza-3, from Yambol-2, eight towns are represented with one exhibit each.


I. WORLD PHILATELIC EXHIBITION “SOFIA 1969”

Period: 31 May-8 June 1969

Place: Sofia City Gallery, the lobby of the Sofia University “Kliment Ohridski” and “Festivalna” hall.

Participants: 62 post administrations and philatelists from 50 countries – altogether 930 exhibitors showing exhibits on 4 700 exhibit boards.

Accompanying events: 38-th Congress of the World Philatelic Federation (FIP), Congress of the International association of Journalists and Phiatelists, exposition of the British National museum – section “Philately”, balloon post, celebration of the 90-th anniversary of the Bulgarian posts, symposium of the Bulgarian stamps and etc.

 

  • The first youth international philatelic exhibition is held in the days of the 9-th World festival of the youth and students in Sofia in 1968. On 133 boards 50 exhibits of the philatelists from 19 countries are shown.
  • From January 1971 starts publishing of “Young philatelist” magazine which has been more than 10 years an issue of the Commission for work with youth at the Union of the Bulgarian Philatelists. Editor in chief is Hristo Nikolchev.
  • In May 1974 in Sofia is held the World Youth Exhibition “MLADOST 74” with participation of 189 exhibits of philatelists from 52 countries.
  • With an order of the Ministry of the public education from the school year 1977/1978 the youth philatelic circles are included as an out- of-school activity at the Movement for technical and scientific work of the youth. The first program of the youth philatelic circles is approved by the Ministry of the education in 1964, and later – in 1975 a new actualized program with 64 classes is approved.
  • On 29 September 1978 the Union of the Bulgarian Philatelists is awarded from the State Council of the People`s Republic of Bulgaria with an order “Kiril i Metodii” – 1-st class for its exclusive activity of public utility.
  • On the initiative of the Philatelic society in Gorna Oryahoviza the First national exhibition on maximaphilie is held from 11 to 20 March 1978 where 37 exhibits located on 150 boards take place.


II. World Philatelic Exhibition “PHILASERDIKA `79”

Period: 18-27 May 1979

Place: Sofia, “Universiada” hall, “Festivalna” hall and “Akademik” hall

Participants: Nearly 900 exhibits from 102 countries with about 1000 exhibits shown on 5000 exhibit surfaces.

Accompanying events: 48- th Congress of the World Philatelic Federation (FIP), official celebrating of the 100-th anniversary of the post communications in Bulgaria, the first festival of philatelic films, exhibition for the 100-th anniversary of Sofia – capital of Bulgaria, meeting the crew of the space ship “Soyuz - 33”, etc.

 

  • On 19 and 20 July 1980 in Berkoviza is held the first course for training of members of a jury for youth exhibitions.
  • On 12 November 1983 is held the First session of the Scientific-Information center on philately to the Union of the Bulgarian Philatelists. Then a book № 1 of the annual collection “Philately 83” is printed.
  • From 5 to 11 October 1984 Pleven is the host of the World youth exhibition “MLADOST 84”. Exhibitors from 35 countries with about 400 exhibits take part. The best Bulgarian representative there is Lyudimila Yordanova form Sofia.

 

III. WORLD PHILATELIC EXHIBITION “BULGARIA` 89”

Period: 22-31 May 1989

Place: Sofia, National Palace of Culture

Participants: 1021 exhibits of 136 post administrations, 12 museums, and philatelists from 58 countries, exhibits shown on 4000 exhibit surfaces.

Accompanying events: 12 thematic exhibitions of UN, UNESCO, UNICEF, Association “Communications”, Bulgarian Olympic Committee, etc. 40 advertising and trade stalls of 47 companies are opened, a congress of FIP, children philatelic workshop, competitions, etc.

 

  • After Lausanne, Rome and Seoul the city of Varna becomes a host of a world exhibition for olympic and sport philately “OLIMPHILEX` 90”. 270 exhibits of 89 post administrations and museums, and exhibits of philatelists from 26 countries are shown.
  • After Greece and Romania Bulgaria is the third country that is the host of an international exhibition for maximaphilie “BALKANMAX` 93”. 28 Bulgarian and 20 foreign exhibits are shown in Dimitrovgrad`s exhibition hall.
  • The first fair of the stamp is organized in May 1993 in Gabrovo.

 

IV. EUROPEAN PHILATELIC EXHIBITION “BULGARIA` 99”

Period: 5-10 October 1999

Place: Sofia, National Palace of Culture

Participants: approximately 250 exhibits shown on about 1100 exhibit surfaces.

Accompanying events: 9 thematic exhibitions for the 120-th anniversary of the Bulgarian communications, of the modern communications, “Sofia-before and after”, of artists- authors of stamps, “Coin money in Bulgaria”, etc.; an attraction with showing the most rare stamps in the world, program for children and students, workshops, competitions for postmen, session of the International association of the journalists-philatelists, etc.

 

  • In 2001 in Sevlievo is held the International youth exhibition “Bulgaria-Germany-France”; in 2002 in Pleven is organized the Balkan Championship on philately “BALKANMAX` 2009”; in 2003 and 2008 in Plovdiv are held the traditional National philatelic exhibitions.
  • Varna is the host of the International philatelic exhibition “EUROMINIMAX` 2004” and in Vraza and Sevlievo are held the National youth philatelic exhibitions – in 2006 and 2007, respectively.

 

V. EUROPEAN PHILATELIC EXHIBITION “BULGARIA` 2009”

Period: 27-31 May 2009

Place: Sofia, National Palace of Culture

Participants: 284 exhibits from 42 countries shown on about 1200 exhibit surfaces.

Accompanying events: Celebrating the 20-th anniversary of the European Philatelic Federation (FEPA), exhibition of “13 centuries Bulgaria” fund, exhibitions “Hobby” and “Children` paintings-projects of stamps”, session of the Union of the Bulgarian Philatelists` Philatelic Academy, workshops for maximaphilie and astrophilately, meeting of the Balkan countries` chairmen of the philatelic federations, etc.


 

HONOURED CHAIRMEN
OF THE UNION OF THE BULGARIAN PHILATELISTS

  • Mr. Simeon SAKSKOBURGGOTSKI
  • Mr. Ivan SLAVKOV


PRESIDENTS
OF THE UNION OF THE BULGARIAN PHILATELISTS

  • Georgi GESHOV – 1938-1940
  • Georgi NOKOV – 1940-1946
  • Vasil TZANKOV – 1946-1947
  • Konstantin TRENDAFILOV – 1947-1949
  • prof. Boyan BALABANOV - 1949-1950
  • Lazar DOBRICH – 1950-1952
  • acad. Boris STEFANOV – 1959-1962
  • Isac KATALAN -1062-1966
  • Ivan HRISTOV – 1966-1972
  • Prof. Stoichko HRISTOV – 1972-1976
  • Ivan SLAVKOV – 1976-1990
  • Christo NIKOLCHEV – 1990-2003
  • Spas PANCHEV – 2003 -

 

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