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EFIRO 2008
       For this report can be seen as exhibits of stamps have passed surpassed expectations and a great majority are going to G and LG. I think we must be proud that this class is beginning to show exceptional quality and its participants, and that no one exhibit has not dropped below the score is a strength of these competitive classes.
      I am glad that our participation was well received by the philatelists present as well as by the public, enchanted to view new things, new domains and new modalities of presenting. In my opinion fiscal philately offers new possibilities for the knowledge of the stamp and its usage. I earnestly await the new exhibits of fiscal philately at the great world expositions, with new and varied themes. It is my belief that studies of fiscal history, much more special and more detailed than traditional ones can be observed. The typical approach of traditional philately is difficult, hard to understand for the public and is addressed to a small circle of connoisseurs. Even if we present ourselves in a competition and we pay the dues, I believe that our main goal is to present to the public the beautiful world of fiscal stamps and attract new collectors. If we continue to present exhibits that are difficult to understand and extremely hard to comprehend, we only close the gate to future enthusiasts and become an exclusivist club. I hope that this does not become our aim for the future.
Our exhibits must encourage others to explore this world, otherwise we risk remaining alone and facing diminishing numbers. I don't know how many of you examined all the competitive classes. I am a philatelist, and a lover of postal history and traditional philately, but I sincerely tell you that these classes have grown old and tired, reaching a level where it is difficult to add anything new, the subjects treated being the same ones year after year with little, if any change.
This does not mean that they are not of great value but it means that space is taken up and it is difficult for others in the revenue class to enter. I wish to remind all that studies can be made with less valuable pieces, and that it is time to try new subjects and approaches. It is clear to everybody that if we present a world class exhibit, success is guaranteed, and the exhibit will be highly awarded.But can everybody afford this? Can every participant have the luckor the financial possibilities to present a complete or almost complete study? The history of the country, the demographic conditions, its governments or other factors allow complex studies. These are some of the arguments which enclose the circle of exhibits to a few privileged ones.
I believe that our world cannot end here. Each country has hundreds and hundreds of used fiscal stamps for a diverse number of documents (from the fixed tax on palm leaves to sanitary stamps applied on pharmacy bottles), which wait to be collected, researched and presented in future exhibitions. Have the courage to try these themes, waiting to be discovered, researched and exhibited. Collect them and make up a beautiful story. The public and the jury shall appreciate it.
I'm absolutely convinced that revenues can be exhibited and a gold medal can be obtained even with help stamps, employment, communal, tobacco, or bear besides a traditional exhibit, with rare stamps. The public will be more enthusiastic about these than one which it does not understand.It is nice that you can present a study with the position on a sheet, varieties, watermark, essay or strike before issue, but to whom is the study addressed? Of course only to initiated people, specialists and connoisseurs. Is it enough? The exhibits are offered for the public; otherwise we can make closed doors competitions,because we know what is exposed or what we fight for among us.
Exhibits can be made with limited money; we don't have to be billionaires. We only have to find the way, study it, complete the literature through articles and studies, so as to be understood, and then to take part in the competitions.Also, I am convinced that a better collaboration between us, collectors of fiscal stamps is the main way of knowing and collaborating in the exchange of information and materials. The internet is our asset, and we must take advantage of this opportunity, which others did not have. I am convinced that the result will not disappoint you. I wish you lots of luck!
Francisc Ambrus, July 08, 2008

Revenue Exhibits & Results at EFIRO 2008
B.3 class
Country Name The Exibit Name Frames Score
AUSTRALIA POCOCK DEREK The Fee Stamps of the Western Australian Government Railways 5 V-81
CHINA LIU GUANGMING Tobacco and Wine Tax Stamps in Republic of China (1912-1949) 5 LV-88
CHINA ZHOU ZHEN Judicial Revenue Stamps of Republic of China 5 V-82
FINLANDA MÄKINEN JUKKA Finland, The Earliest Revenue Stamp Issues of 1865-1891 8 G-93
FRANCE BARBERO HENRI Les timbres fiscaux francais, d'effets de Commerce 18 Janvier 1860 - 30 Juin 1874 5 G-90
GREAT BRITAIN HARMAN CHRISTOPHER G. Great Britain - Revenue Duties from 1694 to the Great Reform of 1853 8 LG-97
GREAT BRITAIN ANYON ALAN Colombia: Revenue Documents and Stamps 8 G-92
GREAT BRITAIN DAHL JOHN Revenues of Macau from 1879 5 LV-85
GREAT BRITAIN WOO ARTHUR K.M Guatemala Revenue Stamps 5 G-90
INDIA SURI ANIL Fiscal of Cochin 8 G-93
NETHERLANDS BLANK MARTIENES The Telegraph of Great Britain 5 V-83
PARAGUAY EDUARDO KINDERNECHT Tributes and Fiscal Stamps of Peru 5 LV-85
PERU PONCE LOZADA JULIO CESAR El Papel Sellado Peruano 1640 - 1821 5 LV-85
ROMANIA AMBRUS FRANCISC The use of Romanian fixed Revenues Stamps from His Appearance 1856 to Ending 1952 5 LV-87
SERBIA MRDJA MIODRAG Revenue Stamps of Serbia 1881 - 1918 8 G-92
SPAIN AMADO MOYA JOAQUIN Spain's Revenue Stamps - Historical Development 5 V-82
B.12.2 class One frame-revenues
COSTA RICA PINTO RAFAEL Costa Rica - The Municipal Revenues of San Jose 1 S-78
GREECE KERAMIDOGLOU FOTIS The Revenues of Thrace 1920 - 1922 1 V-86
GREECE AGORASTOS CHRISTOS Revenues Stamps of Eastern Rumelia 1 V-87
ROMANIA COJOCAR MIHAI 126 Erorrs of Social Security stamps 1947-1949 1 S-78
ROMANIA DRAGOTEANU GEORGIANA-SIMONA Nasaud County and Municipal Revenues Used in February, April 1945, During Soviet Army Administration in Northern Transilvania 1 V-88
SINGAPORE ONG VINCENT Revenue of China 1 V-85
SOUTH AFRICA VAN DER MOLEN PETER Swaziland revenue Stamps to 1968 1 G-90
USA RAMKISSOON REUBEN A The Trinidad World War I Red Cross Label That Became a Postage Stamp for a Day 1 G-90

FIP REVENUE COMMISSION, Conference June 27, 2008, Bucharest 08.30-10.15
      1. Commission Chairman Ron Lesher welcomes the Delegates, Observers and Guests. He asks Kurt Kimmel to do the Roll call and to keep the minutes.
2. The Roll Call result is that the following 15 countries are duly represented: Argentina, Australia, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Finland, Great Britain, New Zealand, Philippines, Portugal, Romania, South Africa, Switzerland, Taiwan, USA.
3. The minutes of the Commission Conference in Malaga 2006 and the Report of the Bureau activities have been proposed, seconded and approved.
4. The reports from the Federations show that in most countries there are only few Revenue collectors of whom only 3-6 are exhibitors, except Australia, Canada, the UK and USA with over 100-900 Revenue collectors and many exhibitors.
5. There are no proposals from Federations.
6. Election result: Francis Kiddle RDP, Great Britain, as Chairman; Dingle Smith, Australia, as Secretary; Francisc Ambrus, Romania, as FEPA-Bureau member; Eugenio Berisso, Argentina, as FIAF-Bureau member; Cedric Roche, South Africa, as FIAP-Bureau member. The new Chairman appoints Jukka Makinen, Finland, as additional Bureau member subject to approval of the FIP Congress that the Chairman can appoint two additional Bureau members.
7. The Presentation of "The First Revenue Issue of Romania 1856" by Francisc Ambrus was very lifely and explained well why Revenue documents are scarce in Romania. A presentation booklet from Francisc Ambrus and the new catalogue about Romanian Revenues and Cinderellas 1856-2006 by Ing. Mihai Cojocar were distributed to the participants and appreciated.
8. Chairman Ron Lesher thanked the outgoing Secretary Kurt Kimmel for holding the Bureau together during difficult periods e.g. when the Secretary who was elected 2004 failed to produce the required papers. He thanked Dingle Smith for producing two newsletters.
9. Next Commission meeting: Lisbon/Portugal probably 10.10.2010
After closing the meeting the new Chairman Francis Kiddle thanked the outgoing Chairman Ron Lesher for his work, informed the audience about the new website of our Commission and talked about Cinderella material in the Revenue Class with a discussion to follow.
The Chairman: Ronald E. Lesher - and - The Keeper of the Minutes: Kurt E. Kimmel-Lampart, July 08, 2008

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