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  • I was born in 1944 when my father was in Vorarlberg for nearly 2 years forced electrical work for Illwerke (without any permission to assist in person my mother)! His was a passionate silver coins collector.
  • I learned electrical engineering and am specialized in nuclear power plants safety.
  • My main hobby is the collection of classic (< 1940) stamps, especially the British Empire Victoria stamps, the "Deutsches Reich" with some of the Old States, and the Austria-Hungary monarchy (empire before 1867 only!!), with emphasis on history of cancellations. Most of my documentation comes from a German vendor.
  • I have developped databases, in part because the identification of (partial) cancellations locations is then made possible. They include all historical post offices listed in Mueller, Klein (Austrian Monarchy) and several sources for the "Deutsches Reich" area (Feuser, Grobe etc). In other words, nearly all central Europe is listed (> 11000 data entries).
  • I have created a multi-lingual (en-fr-nl) Thesaurus for my job area, so I understand clearly why the Categories in Wikimedia Commons are so often mis-used!
  • The regions with a multi-cultural influence attract me. I want to create interest (and respect) for the past.
frCet utilisateur a pour langue maternelle le français.
en-4This user can contribute with a near-native level of English.
nl-2Deze gebruiker heeft een middelmatige kennis van het Nederlands.
de-2Dieser Benutzer hat fortgeschrittene Deutschkenntnisse.
Quality, not quantity. This user believes that a user's edit count does not necessarily reflect on the value of their contributions to Wikipedia.

Galleries of stamps[edit]

Below a gallery of stamps (none of these fake, in my opinion) I have scanned. I hope they may raise interest in the study of postmarks (rather than this obsession about the gum virginity...)!

Stamps and Postmarks of the Austrian empire[edit]

Issue I (1850)[edit]

Issues II Type I (1858) and Type II (1859)[edit]

Issue III (1860)[edit]

Issues IV (1863) and V (1864)[edit]

Stamps with Queen Victoria[edit]

Beautiful stamps[edit]

Articles created - Substantial contributions[edit]

  • Cotation des oblitérations des timbres d'Autriche de la période 1850-1867 (fr)
  • Valuation of cancellations of the Austrian Empire (translation)
  • Histoire philatélique et postale de l'Autriche (substantial contributions) (fr)
  • Edwin Mueller (fr) (adapted from English)
  • Austrian post in Montenegro (en)
  • List of historical German and Czech names for places in the Czech Republic (renamed, large contributions and verifications)
  • Histoire philatélique et postale de Bade (fr)

Philatelic Galleries created[edit]

Open my User page in Wikimedia.

Coins used in Belgium[edit]

My beloved pictures[edit]

Selected pictures by region[edit]

Moved to my Wikimedia user page in September 2015.