Category: Thematics

Exhibiting Classes

Exhibiting Classes


This is by no means an extensive explanation on the different classes of collecting and exhibiting, but is a help to those starting.


Traditional philately is mostly about the study of postage stamps. Traditional Philately has the broadest scope of all the exhibiting categories, allowing all aspects of philately to be included in one form or another. However, the focus remains the postage stamps, and all other aspects should support the basic story of the postage stamps in some way.

Check the following link:

FIP Traditional Philately

Postal History

Postal History is mostly about the routes, rates and marcophily associated with delivery of mail. Marcophily is the specialized study and collection of postmarks, cancellations and postal markings applied by hand or machine on mail that passes through a postal system. 

Check the following link:

FIP Postal History

Postal Stationery

Postal stationery is a postal item such as a stamped envelope, letter sheet, post card lettercard, aerogramme or wrapper with an imprinted stamp on it indicating prepayment of postage. In other words, they are large stamps.

Check the following link:

FIP Postal Stationery


This is the class that encourages youth in philately. There are three classes for youth, and these are dependent on age:

  • Age Class “A” – 10 – 15 years (1 to 3 frames)
  • Age Class “B” – 16 -18 years (2 to 4 frames)
  • Age Class “C” – 19 – 21 years (3 to 5 frames)

New Zealand has a Youth Council and the following link to the website is full of interesting material. There are Youth Groups in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

Youth Council of New Zealand

FIP Youth Philately


Airmail as a collecting area is about aviation history and the impact on communication that aeroplanes and other aerial machines have on the delivery of mail.

Check the following link:

FIP Aerophilately


Thematic Philately is collecting stamps and other philatelic items that illustrate a theme. Thematic Philately is dynamic in that it allows for continuous improvement.

Check the following link:

FIP Thematic Philately

Open Class

Open Class is a relatively new class. It broadens the range of philately in that it allows philatelists to include objects from other collecting fields in support of the philatelic material shown. Philatelic material must be at least 50%.

Check the following link:

FIP Open Philately

Picture Postcards

Picture Postcards is the class that is growing in popularity for a number of reasons. They provide a social historical aspect which is of great interest to the general public, and they are relatively inexpensive.

The following two links provide more details.

FIP Picture Postcards

Postcard Society New Zealand


The Frugal Philately class is not an FIP class. The value of the exhibit at the time of exhibition should not be more than NZ$250.00 per frame.

Frugal NZPF

One Frame

A One frame exhibit is about a subject that is restricted in scope that it can best be exhibited in one frame only. It is often the way that a beginner to exhibiting can put something together with a minimum of cost compared to multi-frame exhibits.

Check the following link.

FIP One Frame

The Language of Philately

The Language of Philately


This was my first exhibit, and this is how it ended before it was dismantled. It started from the fact that I had “a bit of everything, and nothing in particular!”


I have received the following awards for this exhibit:

  • Tarapex 2008: Large Silver
  • Timpex 2009: Vermeil
  • Canberra Stampshow 2010; 73 points, Large Silver
  • Christchurch Centennial Stamp & Postcard Exhibition 2012: Large Vermeil
  • Blenpex 2012; 81 points, Large Vermeil

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