Reprint no. 61
A few days ago, we received from our printers reprint no. 61 in the
Philatelic Library series of the Hellenic Philotelic Society. It is
titled “The postal history of Athens 1882-1912” and was authored by
the late Theodore Papaeliou.
The booklet is a laborious study, of approximately 150
densely-written pages, which the deceased had started back in 1996,
when the first three parts were published in Philotelia. For various
reasons the project was temporarily abandoned, and its publication
in Philotelia resumed in 2011. It was completed two years later, and
at the end of the year, the readers’ vote rewarded it with the 2013
Stephanos Macrymichalos Award.
The author dealt with a productive period in the history of the
Hellenic Post and went a few steps beyond, in presenting the local
political history with the eyes of the daily newspapers.
Papaeliou was among the first who dug into the newspapers and pulled
out details that shed light on events and personalities that had
marked the country’s postal and philatelic history. He became the
best example for every new researcher who would like to deal with
any period recorded in the daily press.
Hellenic Philotelic Society 2001