Q&A with Eric Contesse

– Hello, Eric, and thank you for accepting to give me an interview for the readers of the ’Blog de timbrofil’. I know you’re an expert in philately, but how did you take the first steps in the fascinating world of stamp collecting?

– I don’t consider myself a philatelic expert in the sense that I’m not a specialist in postal history and old postage stamps. I’m interested in all of this, I cannot remain apathetic, and I’m passionate about geo-politics, so the postage stamp and its history are just a line of logical union between them!

I began to become interested in philately taking over my mother’s collection when I was 10-12 years old, then I stopped because of becoming a student. Then I resumed the passion when I started to work and earn my living.

– What’s the most interesting story in your philatelic life?

– Interested in postage stamps, it was not enough for me to collect them in albums, and I felt the need to ‘share them with the world’ some 20 years ago. I then decided to send letters to several postal administrations around the world.

The Post from Moldova had the good idea to display my letter, and a Moldavian collector (Sergiu) kindly responded. Thus, by chance, this strong relationship of friendship, passion, exchange with this country has begun.

Without philately, I would never have known to locate Moldova on a map 😉

– I have even noticed that one of your favorite countries, which you promote on a philatelic level, is Moldova.

– Sergiu, and then other people from Moldova, kindly sent me FDCs, and through these postage stamps I learned a lot about the history or culture of this country, which I had the opportunity to visit in May 2016.

– I know you were one of the 2015 jury members of the ‘Best EUROPA Stamp’ competition, organized by PostEurop. What is the most beautiful memory ever since?

– Again, a surprise that only philately has the secret! Having access to the articles on my blog (in particular on EUROPA postal stamps), PostEurop has the pleasure of proposing to be part of this jury.

I participated in this jury once for the time being (in 2015), but it was especially interesting to compare my ideas with other philatelic personalities!

– Do you often attend philatelic shows? And if so, do you expose?

– In France, I try to go as often as possible to recurring philatelic shows (Fête du Timbre, Salon Philatélique de Printemps, Salon Philatélique d’Automne). I take advantage of these occasions to meet my collector friends. Philately involves a world in which you share and exchange!

No, I don’t expose at the moment, due to lack of time (my blog already involves a lot of work), but why not, maybe I’ll do it in the medium term.

– An important activity of a stamp collector is the exchange, and you do that with the envelopes circulated. How do you manage and take care of your collection?

– As I said earlier, philately is not just about collecting stamps in albums, it also involves exchange, and that’s what I’m doing through these ten-year shifts.

I don’t even have a way of storing the letters received from around the world, but I’ll have to think about it. I stored them for a moment in a cabinet, protected from dust.

– Your blog, timbredujura.blogspot.ro, is the place where you present to the world the beauty of philately. What was the biggest challenge of working on it?

– This blog became a necessity for me when I started these exchanges of correspondence with foreign correspondents. I wanted to make known the postage stamps, the ambassadors of the issuing countries, to tell them the history, the context of their issuance.

The blog seemed to me the best way to disseminate this information (and later social networks).

– Where do you think there will be stamp collecting in 50 years?

– Very good question! I don’t make any illusions, the postage stamp as we know it today as a means of dispatch, will not be no more in 50 years! As for the few letters left to be written on paper, the shipment will be made online, without having to travel to the post office…

However, the collecting postage stamp will still exist in its current form? I don’t know the answer!

– Thank you very much for this interview! Please address few words to ‘Blog de timbrofil’ readers.

– The philately isn’t only the collecting of postage stamps, but it allows for the opening of a world, the realization of magnificent meetings, the cultivation! Contrary to what many people think, it’s not a hobby, it’s just the opposite!

I regret that some aspects of the school are not discussed in terms of the postage stamp, students would only gain and that would give them new vocations!

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