Otto Hornung

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Otto Hornung (1920[1] in Ostrava[2] – 8 January 2013[3]) was a distinguished philatelist and philatelic journalist who won Gold medals at several philatelic exhibitions and was a Fellow of The Royal Philatelic Society London. He signed the Roll of Distinguished Philatelists in 1993 and lived in Wembley, London.

Early life[edit]

Whilst in Ostrava, Hornung witnessed the German invasion of Czechoslovakia in March 1939 but managed to escape to Bogumin, then in unoccupied Poland, dressed as a postman in the mail wagon of a goods train.[2] After that he joined the Czechoslovak Legion. Hornung spoke Polish and Czech fluently as both were used freely in Ostrava.

Philatelic career[edit]

Hornung was a former Secretary of the Philatelic Traders Society and organiser of the Stampex show.[1] He was also a founder member of the Association Internationale des Journalistes Philateliques (AIJP) in 1952 and its former President.[1] As a philatelist, Hornung specialised in the stamps and postal history of Turkey and won Large Gold medals at India 1989, New Zealand 1990, London 1990, Philatokyo 1991 and Granada 1992.[1]

Philatelic memberships[edit]

Hornung was a member of the following societies (amongst others):

Philatelic publications[edit]

  • The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Stamp Collecting, Hamlyn, London, 1970. ISBN 0-600-01797-4
  • Wie Sammle Ich Richtig Briefmarken, Verlag Werner Dausien, 1972. ISBN 3-7684-4233-0 (German language)
  • The Czecho-Slovak Legion in Poland and Russia 1939-1945 and Czechoslovaks in the Middle East, 1940 - 1943, Czechoslovak Philatelic Society of Great Britain, 2003. (With Dr. Vratislav Palkoska)
  • The Early Postal History of Carpatho-Ukraine with Particular Reference to The Usage Of The First Postage Stamps of Austria, 2007. ISBN 978-0-9536555-9-5


  1. ^ a b c d FIP Literature Commission profile retrieved 30 September 2009.
  2. ^ a b "The Slania I Knew" by Otto Hornung in Gibbons Stamp Monthly, June 2005, p.90.
  3. ^ "Farewell Otto Hornung". Retrieved 2013-02-01. 

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