Database Project "Daily Postmarks of the Independent Republic of Lithuania from 1990 onwards"
The daily postmarks of the independent Republic of Lithuania since 1990 is the subject of a database application by Martin Bechstedt and Bernhard 'Tony' Fels that contains several thousand postmark entries and is freely accessible to everyone on the Internet.
First Digital Regulars' Table of the ArGe Baltikum
On May 1, 2021, the ArGe Baltikum met for its first Digital Regulars' Table. The meetings will be held as Zoom meetings at monthly intervals .
Web of the ArGe now bilingual German–English
The web of the Arge with a wide range of information about the Baltic States, the philatelic treasures of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania and about the ArGe itself is now also available worldwide in English.
Das Web der Arge mit vielfältigen Informationen über das Baltikum, die philatelistischen Schätze Estlands, Lettlands und Litauens und über die ArGe selbst ist ab sofort weltweit auch auf Englisch verfügbar.
Auxiliary guide No.3: Former cancels of the Baltics in use from 1944/45 onwards
A compilation was published by ArGe Baltikum as auxiliary guide No.3 Cancels continued to use from 1944/45 in the Baltics compiled by Martin Bechstedt, Thomas Löbbering and Ruud van Wijnen with a total of 372 cancels from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
In 2020, the year of the corona pandemic, the Baltic Working Group took part in the first International Competition Exhibition ESTONIA 2020 in Tartu / Estonia and achieved excellent results in the literature class:
BALTIKUM: Vermeil (83 points)
arge-baltikum.de: Large Vermeil (87 points)
See also the Palmares of the organizing association REFS Estonia.
C.G. Award 2019
Our Arbeitsgemeinschaft Baltikum e.V. im BDPh e.V. faced the competition for the 7th Christoph Gärtner International Philatelic Promotion Award in the three categories print, digital and youth and achieved the following ranking in the top third of all participants worldwide:
Print: 13th place out of 39 participants (78.667 out of 100 points)
Digital: 9th place out of 44 participants (25.333 of 30 points)
Youth: 27th place out of 44 participants (12.667 out of 20 points)
Cooperation with the ArGe Deutsche Ostgebiete (German Eastern territories)
The ArGe Baltikum is expanding its cooperation with other philatelic associations. Now there is also a digital exchange of circulars with the Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Deutschen Ostgebiete e.V., a study group of the "Postmark Guild" in the BDPh e.V.
Auxiliary guide No.2: List of postal, telegraph, telephone and radio equipment in Estonia (1926 and 1929)
A reprint of the Verzeichnis der Post-, Telegraphen-, Telefon- und Funkeinrichtungen Estlands (List of Postal, Telegraph, Telephone and Radio Equipment of Estonia) of 1926 and 1929 with an introduction to the contents and the translation into German of all Estonian terms used was published as auxiliary guide No. 2 of the ArGe Baltikum.
At the general meeting on 2019, the regular elections for the executive board of the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Baltikum took place.
Michael Haslau was elected as the new treasurer (Tobias Huylmans resigned from the board). Friedhelm Doell (webmaster), Michael Wieneke (managing secretary) and Thomas Löbbering (chairman and editor) were re-elected.
Auxiliary guide No.1: The Administrative Reform in Estonia 2017
An elaboration on the topic The Administrative Reform in Estonia 2017 by the author Friedhelm Doell appears as auxiliary guide No.1 of the ArGe Baltikum.
Large Vermeil at 2nd ArGe Literature exhibition (Sindelfingen)
At the 2nd (1st grade = national) ArGe Literature Exhibition Sindelfingen 2018, we faced the national competition within the Bund Deutscher Philatelisten e.V. as a working group with the website www.arge-baltikum.de and the BALTIKUM magazine
Among 34 working groups with 87 exhibits, both our website with 80 out of 100 points and our magazine with 83 out of 100 points achieved Large Vermeil.
Stamp Manual Postal Area Oberbefehlshaber Ost (Commander-in-Chief East)
ArGe member Gerhard Dreher publishes the postmark handbook Postgebiet Oberbefehlshaber Ost as volume 8 of the publication series of the Bund Philatelistischer Prüfer e.V.
Cooperation between ArGe Baltikum, HBG and Rossica
The ArGe Baltikum agrees on a cooperation with the Dutch Filatelistengroep 'Het Baltische Gebied' and the US-American collectors' association 'Rossica': with immediate effect the latest editions of the HBG and ROSSICA will be offered to the members of the ArGe Baltikum free of charge as PDF files; in return the members of the two other associations will receive the latest editions of the BALTIKUM as PDF files.
5th Place C.G. Award 2017 (Monaco)
The Arbeitsgemeinschaft Baltikum e.V. took an excellent 5th place in the international competition for the Christoph Gärtner Award 2017.
In four categories - Print Media, Digital Media, Youth, Promotion of Young People and Public Relations and Innovative Ideas - the ArGe scored a total of 83.67 points and thus also won prize money of €600 for the association's treasury at the awards ceremony at the Monacophil 2017.
Entry in the register of associations Siegburg local court
On September 12, 2017, the Siegburg District Court entered the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Baltikum as a registered association (e.V.) in the local register of associations. Thus the legal merger process of the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Estland e.V. with the Forschungsgemeinschaft Litauen e.V. and the Forschungsgemeinschaft Lettland im BDPh e.V. was successfully completed.
Repeat merger, resolution on the articles of association (Hennef)
The decision of the Higher Regional Court of Celle of January 15, 2017, according to which the merger of registered associations must be accompanied by a notary public at the general meeting and not in the office, resulted in the working group signing the merger documents of October 31, 2015 with the same content again at the general meeting on May 20, 2017 by a local notary public.
At the same time the statutes of the ArGe were finally adopted.
Postal traffic Kurland (Courland) (1944–1945)
ArGe Baltic member Wilhelm van Loo, former BPP examiner for Kurland, publishes his decades of knowledge in 2016 in the handbook Postverkehr Kurland (1944–1945).
On May 10, 2016, the website of the ArGe Baltikum was opened to the public.
Only a few days later, on May 15, Baltikum No. 1/2016 went to press.
It was even reported in a Japanese stamp newspaper in early September.
1st General Meeting ArGe Baltikum (Hennef)
The first general meeting of the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Baltikum e.V. after the merger of the former Associations ArGe Estonia e.V. and ForGe Lithuania e.V.
As members of the board were elected: Thomas Löbbering (Chairman), Michael Wieneke (Managing Director, also Secretary and Editor), Tobias Huylmans (Treasurer) and Friedhelm Doell (Webmaster).
Memel area Manual of the stamps 19201925
ArGe Baltic member Tobias Huylmans, BPP examiner for Lithuania and Memel, publishes a new stamp manual of the Memel area 19201925 in 2015, which he has provided with additional information on the localities and with ratings.
Lithuania Handbook of Philately and Postal History, Part 4: Postmarks in Lithuania 19181940/41 (German, English,Lithuanian)
The ArGe Baltikum members Martin Bechstedt and Vytautas Fugalevicius (Witold Fugalewitsch) complete the series of the Lithuania Stamp Manuals by a volume 4 with the standard stamps and provisional cancellations 19181940/41.
Notarial certification of the merger of the ArGe Estland with the ForGe Litauen to the ArGe Baltikum by the board members authorised to represent the company.
Clockwise: Thomas Löbbering (Chairman of ArGe Estonia), Martin Bechstedt (Chairman ForGe Lithuania), Bernhard 'Tony' Fels (Managing Director ForGe Lithuania),
Lothar Blank (Treasurer of the Estonian Working Group), Michael Wieneke (Managing Director of the Estonian Working Group).
Editors' conference (Barsinghausen III)
Meeting of the print and online editors from the 4 predecessor companies. Joint agreements on the following topics:
Corporate Design for Print and Web
Contents of the Internet presence
Media data of the 'Baltikum'
Responsibilities and procedures
Board meeting (Barsinghausen II)
Meeting of the boards of the 4 predecessor companies (including 'Het baltische Gebied'). Agreement of the Merger Contract, Articles of Association and Rules of Procedure for the Baltic Working Community.
Board meeting (Barsinghausen I)
Meeting of the Boards of the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Estland e.V., the Forschungsgemeinschaft Lettland and the Forschungsgemeinschaft Litauen e.V., agreement of the Merger to form the 'Arbeitsgemeinschaft Baltikum', the time schedule until the beginning of 2016 and basic regulations on general meetings, publication etc.
Future Workshop Balticum (Groschlattengrün)
Meeting of the Boards of the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Estland e.V., the Forschungsgemeinschaft Lettland and the Forschungsgemeinschaft Litauen e.V. Basic considerations on a future cooperation of the philatelic societies of the Baltic States.
Arbeitsgemeinschaft Baltikum e.V. (Working Group Baltic States) in the BDPh e.V.(Association of German Philatelists)
Philately of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania
Association register entry VR 3542 at Siegburg local court
Arbeitsgemeinschaft Baltikum e.V.
Thomas Löbbering, Chairman
+49 (0)6439 6501
+49 (0)6439 929723
Rudolf-Dietz-Straße 9, D-56379 Holzappel