Belgische Filatelie Vereniging Cosmos
BFV Cosmos has an engagement to its members to procure all informations and tips needed to build up a nice and good astrophilatelic exhibit, according the Special Regulations and Guidelines for Astrophilately, as presented by F.I.P. (Fédération Internationale de Philatélie).
Board members of BFV Cosmos are active in the Royal Federation of Philatelic Circles in Belgium, the Provincial Philatelic Circles and in F.I.S.A. (Fédération Internationale des Sociétés Aérophilatéliques).
BFV Cosmos provides jury members on astrophilately for local, national and international (F.E.P.A.) exhibitions.
Our quarterly magazine Cosmos Express is published in two languages, Dutch and English.
If you want to join us, please have a look a our contact page.
We have more than 45 years of experience in astrophilately !
History of BFV Cosmos
BFV Cosmos was founded in December 1971 in Gent on December 19th 1971 after some spaceflight enthousiasts got together and exchanged ideas on collecting space stamps and covers.
This new stamp club would unite space philatelists in Belgium and abroad and should provide services to the members and look for their interests.
The first President of BFV Cosmos was Willy Vannooten, who died suddenly in 1981.
Georges Lauwers becomes the second President of BFV Cosmos until his death on May 15th 2000.
Vice-President Stefan Bruylants becomes the third President of BFV Cosmos.
Help promoting philately and especially promote space philately, without interference or moral coercion to the members.
- Publishing the magazine Cosmos Express
- Organizing congresses, exhibitions and lectures
- Tombola between members during monthly meetings
- Auctions between members
- Exchange and abo service
The new society would also publish a magazine to keep contact between the board and the members. This publication should be a source of information on scientific and spaceflight activities, give advice on philatelic and astrophilatelic items and communicate on activities in the club.
Cosmos Express was published originally on the larger folio format, changed in the eighties to the more accepted A4 format.
The # 152 of February 2001 was the first published in the handy A5 booklet format and as of # 180 in February 2008 color was used on the front page.
- BFV Cosmos organized Stamp Show in Edegem /Antwerp in 1974, 1976 and 1977 and had meetings in Gent and Antwerp.
- In September 1981, BFV Cosmos organized the first Cosmosphil '81 exhibition in Edegem /Antwerp and due to the great success the Cosmosphil '84 exhibition was organized in Gent in October 1984.
- The third one, Cosmosphil '87, took place at the E.G.W. Hall in Gent in November 1987.
- A fourth and last Cosmosphil '91 exhibition was held in the Sint-Pietersabdij Exposition Hall in Gent.
Board members of BFV Cosmos worked together with international astrophilatelists as members of S.A.F.A. in preparing the new Regulations and Guidelines for Astrophilately, finally accepted at the F.I.P. Congress in 1985.
In 1987, BFV Cosmos published a complete magazine on these new Regulations and Guidelines for Astrophilately.
More on this on our Astrophilately page.
- In November 1996 BFV Cosmos celebrated its 25th Anniversary with its members and the F.I.S.A. Board in Gent.
- In 2001, during the International Exhibition Belgica 2001 in Brussels, BFV Cosmos organized a Symposium on Astrophilately with the first reveal of Chinese astrophilatelic covers.
- In 2003 members of BFV Cosmos had a meeting with the first Belgian astronaut Dirk Frimout at the Observatory in Grimbergen, near Brussels.
- On June 18th 2010 members of BFV Cosmos attended the honoring ceremony for the second Belgian astronaut Frank De Winne, after his second flight, in Destelbergen /Gent.
- BFV Cosmos celebrated its 40th anniversary on April 17th 2011 in Gent.
Stefan Bruylants and Dirk Frimout in 2003
Members of BFV Cosmos at the Honouring Ceremony for Frank De Winne in 2010