Karl Louis, born in 1961, has been a philatelist since the early 1970s as a collector and exhibitor, and since 1986 intermittently as a professional philatelist. He studied business administration as the University of Cologne from 1980 to 1986, his economics thesis being on the ‘stamp market’. From 1986 to 1991 Karl was a professional philatelist with Heinrich Koehler in Wiesbaden. From 1992 to 2006 Karl held various management positions in industry. Since 2006 he has been Managing Director of Corinphila Auktionen AG, Zurich, as well as Affiliated companies in Germany and the Netherlands. Since 2012 he has also been a fellow partner in the Köhler-Corinphila Group ‘Global Philatelic Network’.
His personal collecting area is Great Britain 1840-1901. Since 1988 Karl has built up a card index of all the major items in classical Great Britain philately, comprising both traditional and postal history material.
Bob was formerly a Consultant Surgeon at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading. He trained at Manchester University, University of Louisville, Kentucky and Hammersmith Hospital, London.
He is immediate Past President of the Great Britain Philatelic Society and current President of the Postal History Society.
His main philatelic interests are Undeliverable mail, Free and Official mail and Surface Printed Postage stamps.
He has written more than 60 philatelic articles and is co-author of two philatelic books; Great Britain Surface Printed Postage Stamps 1855-1883 (2009) and Great Britain; Failed Free Handstamps of the Franking System (2014).
Exhibiting awards include Large Gold Medals at both national and international exhibitions.