Stamps aren’t just pieces of paper that we stick onto and envelope and send on their merry way, it’s more than that. They’re a small gesture that helps people all around the world stay in touch. Communication has evolved with the introduction of e-mails and texts, but there are stories that can arise from handwritten letters. Stamps are the stepping stones to greater things, sharing information with people around the world, and one exhibition has them all.

The London 2015 Europhilex exhibition was a soaring success, a congregation of people from different walks of life. A mixture of dealers and seminars kept everyone happy with stamps commemorating the Penny Black and V day. History is painted delicately on small pieces of paper and displayed for thousands to see.

The exhibitions did not just display historical stamps, but the change that comes with human evolution. The Europhilex exhibition was not just a collection of people with similar interests meeting up, but also making history.

Europhilex has become one of the biggest stamp exhibitions in London, with people globally visiting and meeting others that share their passion. Those who were not collectors still rushed into the regal hall and were mesmerised by the pages upon pages of history that was before them, everyone in the halls left dazzled by what they learnt.

To some stamps are just pieces of paper, but it is more than that. Each stamp was used at some point to tell a story or report news; it spreads knowledge to places you didn’t know existed. Stamps are snapshots of the time they were created, freezing an entire experience of a society into one small picture. A small picture carries the weight of a thousand words, and this year it was even more special as the exhibition celebrated the Penny Black, the first ever adhesive stamp. A simple portrait of Queen Victoria showed the legacy of a monarchy that helped change a country.

By showing remarkable pieces of history like the Penny Black, it showed that Europhilex wasn’t just an exhibition, it was an experience.


By Maryam Elahi ,