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Breaking world records at the Joburg 2010 International Stamp Show

October 14, 2010

The skyline of Pretoria is set to feature in the Guinness Book of Records in the form of the world’s largest stamp mosaic, which will be unveiled at the Joburg 2010 International Stamp Show taking place at the Sandton Convention centre from Wednesday, 27 October until Sunday, 31 October.

The stamp mosaic, which is currently being assembled through the collaboration between The South Africa Post Office and Hatfield Tuition College (HTC), will be carefully crafted and designed using 201 000 cancelled postage stamps donated by the Post Office.  The magnificent mosaic is set to tower at 27 meters wide by six metres high.  The proudly South African world record holder will feature a breathtaking scenic image of the capital city’s skyline.

“We usually refer to stamps as a small ambassador of a country and with this mosaic, we are making the small ambassador our proudest representative in the Guinness Book of Records.”, says Johan van Wyk, Senior Manager for Philately at the South African Post Office.   “Stamps communicate our heritage, our culture, our infrastructure and our achievements, and this mosaic will put a stamp on our greatness as a country.”

This remarkable achievement will be recognised by the Guinness Book of Records and beats the previous record-holder, Leipzig International School in Germany that in 2007 created a mosaic using 115 000 stamps.

“The Joburg 2010 International Stamp Show is the perfect platform to reveal this mosaic wonder, with an array of stamp enthusiasts and new collectors present to appreciate the event.” notes the Co Chairperson of Joburg 2010 International Stamp Show Mr Howard Green.

“With free entry, the general public is able to view this momentous achievement and soak up the varied opportunities to learn and discover the wonders of philately.”

The Stamp Show will feature the 26th Asian International Stamp Exhibition – a first for the continent, promising over 300 quality exhibits from  stamp enthusiasts, all eager to impart fascinating facts about philately and its part in tracking and marking significant events across the world.

Members of the international philatelic community, drawn from some 45 countries, will join South African philatelists and stamp enthusiasts over four days of philatelic activities. The entire Ground Floor of the Sandton International Convention Centre has been secured for the exhibition which will span some 5,800m2 (nearly 60,000square feet).

Highlights include an exceptional Court of Honour featuring a selection of the Queen Elizabeth II collection, for which Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has given personal approval. The Royal Selection will be accompanied by the Keeper of the Royal Collection Mr. Michael Sefi.

The South African Post Office will have a full trading Post Office in the exhibition hall and will officially launch the Republic of South Africa’s 8th definitive stamp issue – “The Beads”.

In addition to the competitive exhibits, there will also be a host of international auction houses and dealers who will be available for valuations and the selling of stock.

For more information about The Joburg 2010 International Stamp Show, visit or e-mail

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