Heidi Trautmann

32 - New book: Cachets and Special Date Stamps 1972 – 2008 by Gülter Kuran

Gülter Kuran, former Director of Postal Services from 1998 – 2001 has brought out her second book, the research she had already started when still in service. Her first book covering the period 1970-1998 on Postage Stamps and First Day Covers came out in 1999. Now she has finalized her research work to collect the information and is now happy to present her work to the public. The book is both in English and Turkish.


In her introduction Gülter Kuran says with her own words:


“As the Director of Postal Services, I had always been astonished by the history, not only of the postal services, but of the Turkish Cypriots themselves, as depicted on many stamps and cachets used throughout the years. The more issues I saw, the more I was determined that this record of life and times in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus should not only exist on stamps and cancellations but must also be recorded for posterity. To this end I decided that the stamp issues, the covers and the cachets needed to be collected in book form so that a tangible record would remain.”


Gülter Kuran was born in Nicosia in 1958. She completed primary and secondary education  in Nicosia. She holds a degree in business administration from Hacetepe University in Ankara; returned to Cyprus in 1980 and started working for the Ministry of Tourism in the Tourism Planning Office. In 1981 she won a scholarship from the French Government to study at the School of Tourism and Hospitality in Tarbes, France. Rejoined the Tourism Planning Office in 1982 and served at the Ministry of Tourism until 1998 when she promoted to the position of Deputy Director of posts. Retired in 2001 as General Director of Posts.

Now working in the private sector with special interests in non-governmental organisations.


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