In Tokyo, a philatelic exhibition to commemorate the centenary of the Japanese mail system opened on Tuesday (20 April).
GV EXT Exhibition hall
GTV PAN INT Exhibits and people
SV People look at exhibits
CU Sign "Prince Rainier III"
SV Display of early Monaco stamps
CU Penny Blacks
GV PAN People looking around exhibition
CU Collection of Meiji and Taisho period stamps
SV Sign Smithsonian Institution" tilt down to stamps displayed
CU Smithsonian stamps
Initials BB/1557 TA/BOB/BB/1650
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Background: In Tokyo, a philatelic exhibition to commemorate the centenary of the Japanese mail system opened on Tuesday (20 April).
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and Monaco's Prince Rainier joined with world philatelists in allowing the display of their valuable stamp collections at the exhibition.
Nearly 150 philatelists from 23 countries are taking part in "Philatokyo '71", the first exhibition of its kind to be held in Asia under the sponsorship of the federation Internationale De Philatelie of Paris.
SYNOPSIS: In Tokyo, an international philatelic exhibition to commemorate the centenary of the Japanese mail system opened on Tuesday. A spokesman has said that fifteen professional guards and thirty museum officials will be keeping a round-the-clock watch on the stamps.
Prince Rainier of Monaco exhibited part of his valuable collection, including stamps of early Monaco and France.
Stamps from Britain's Royal collection, including these 'Penny Blacks', the first stamps ever issued. The Queen's priceless collection, which has rarely left Buckingham Palace, was brought to Tokyo by a Palace official.
Other philatelists, on their own initiative, presented these Japanese stamps--including hand-engraved Dragon stamps, the first Japanese stamps issued in 1871.
The Smithsonian Institute of the United States National Museum in Philadelphia sent a selection to the exhibition. It was valued at nearly ten thousand dollars and brought to Tokyo in a diplomatic pouch. Nearly 150 collectors from 23 countries are taking part in the exhibition which has been officially named "Philatokyo '71."