Show preview: Five Canadian exhibits coming to Bandung 2017 this week

An international philatelic exhibition dubbed Bandung 2017 is slated to welcome 52 delegations and 60 merchants from 82 countries today in Bandung, Indonesia.

The five-day exhibition, which will be held from today until Aug. 7, includes Traditional Philately;

  • Postal History;
  • Aerophilately;
  • Postal Stationery;
  • Thematic Philately;
  • Youth Philately;
  • Philatelic Literature;
  • Single Frames; and
  • Modern Philately.


There are four Canadian exhibitors showing five exhibits at this week’s exhibition. They include:
  • David McLaughin’s eight-frame exhibit “The Maple Leaf Issue of Canada 1897-1898”;
  • David Hopper’s five frame exhibit “The Postmarks of the Queensland Travelling Post Office” as well as his single-frame exhibit “Northern Territory of Australia, the Squared Cancellations, 1881-1913”;
  • Patricia Prevey’s five-frame exhibit “Who Gives A Hoot? Man’s Interaction with Owls”; and
  • George Constantourakis’ five-frame exhibit “Greco-Roman Sculpture and Influence.”


The Indonesian Philatelists Association (PFI) has also printed 500 sets of special-edition stamps in celebration of the international exhibition.

“There will be 500 sets of special edition postage stamps, such as ‘anggrek’ [orchid]-themed postage stamps that was part of the Bogor Botanical Garden’s 200th anniversary celebration, press freedom-themed postage stamps and others,” Avi Wijaya, acting show chairman, told Antara news agency this June.

“Postage stamps could serve as evidence of Indonesia’s important artifacts, such as ‘angklung that was claimed by Malaysia while it undoubtedly belongs to Indonesia as we already had postage stamps of a child playing angklung as far back as 1952.”


The exhibition’s logo features the flower Patra Komala (Caesalpinia Pulcherrima), which is the iconic flora of Bandung. The upright shrubs grow to become two-to-four-metre trees. Aside from its beauty, the Patra Komala has also been used as home-made traditional medicine for fever and other ailments.

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