KINGSTON AND DISTRICT PHILATELIC SOCIETY
IN OUR NEW, VERY COMFORTABLE, HOME IN CLAYGATE!
OUR NEXT MEETING IN THE MEETING ROOMS OF THE CLAYGATE DAY CENTRE, ELM ROAD, CLAYGATE. KT10 0EH - WILL BE ON THURSDAY 4 NOVEMBER AT 8PM. ALL WELCOME.
MEETING TIME 8 PM
"STAY SAFE AND WELL, AND CONTINUE TO ENJOY COLLECTING!"
We are a "Philatelic Society" or "Stamp Club" for collectors of postage stamps, postal history, thematic philately, aerophilately, postcards and ephemera: in Kingston-upon-Thames, Claygate, East & West Molesey, Esher, Ham, Hersham, Surbiton, and Thames Ditton.
During our last season (ending in June) we managed to hold a series of Zoom meetings during the Covid restriction . Brief summaries of these meetings are
Our face to face meetings recommenced in September and are now ongoing.
We also held a joint auction with Epsom and Ewell P.S. in October and are planning our own auction for next March.
Meanwhile the number of packets is increasing as Members employ the time available to review their collections and look to trim or vary their collecting interests.
If you are interested in joining our circuits then please contact Ian Amy (email@example.com or 01372 466337)
WHO WE ARE AND OUR WEB-SITE
From September we plan to revert our traditional schedule of two meetings a month in the New Hall at Surbiton Library: on the first Thursday and the third Friday of each month commencing at 8 pm.
In addition we are planning to continue with less frequent but regular on-line meetings using "Zoom".
We hope to announce details of the programme within the next two weeks.
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"I conceive of a stamp being a fragment of history, a word in the annals of human experience, a picture of an ideal fresh from the human heart. The design impressed upon it signifies what the nation may be at the moment."
(Harold LeClair Ickes; United States Secretary of the Interior, 1937-1946)
A regular journal
WE MEET TWICE A MONTH IN CLAYGATE DAY CENTRE (KT10 0EH)
From 8 pm until 10 pm on the first Thursday and the third Friday of each month.
Our next auction will be held jointly with the Epsom and Ewell P.S. on Saturday 9 October 2021 at Christchurch Ewell, Cheam Road, Ewell, Epsom, Surrey KT17 1AD
Viewing from 10:30 hrs, auction commencing 13:00 hrs.
Between Local Members.
Material from our own Members and from Members of other societies.
We have now restarted the circulation of packets, with Members takin appropriate measures to transfer these safely.
16 packets are currently in circulation.
If you wish to join one of the circulation lists please contact our secretary : e mail firstname.lastname@example.org
SOME NEWS - SOTHEBY' NEW YORK AUCTION.
WINNING BID CAME FROM STANLEY GIBBONS!
The unique British Guiana 1c Magenta was purchased by Stanley Gibbons for a total sum of $8.3m (including buyer’s premium.
Stanley Gibbons intend to make it available for viewing at store at 399 Strand, and then to make it available for many people to enjoy owning a piece of this unique and storied item through the increasingly popular concepts of fractional ownership and the creation of digital collections.
For more details about the stamp and to register your interest in learning more about the possibility of purchasing a piece of history, please visit www.1c-magenta.com
Whilst the sale of the British Guiana 1ct attracted most of the headlines another very rare item - a "1d Mauritius Post Office invitation cover" was also sold at Auction in June by Christoph Gartner: for a reported hammer price of Euro 8.1m.
One of only three known covers of this rare stamp the sale price is interesting. Tony Bard, in his editorial for the London Philatelist July-August issue, makes the point that whilst the 1c British Guiana sold for less than its auction price of four years ago, the 1d Mauritius Post Office cover sold for significantly higher than previously.
Although such items are out of the financial reach of most stamp collectors the press headlines that stamp values were now falling - based upon the British Guiana outcome - are misleading. There is still a very active market in which rarities continue to attract attention.
An observation supported by prices being realized by more 'normal' philatelic material in the auctions that are have now blossomed as Covid Restrictions are eased.
In our comfortable new home in Claygate
THE LETTERS "U", "V" OR "W"
BRIAN SOLE, FRESH FROM HIS SUCCESSFUL DISPLAYS AT STAMPEX FASCINATED US WITH HIS STAMPS AND CANCELLATIONS FROM THE WASHINGTON EXHIBITION OF 1996
OTHER MATERIAL SHOWN INCLUDED BY SUSAN OLIVER (FAROE ISLANDS AT WAR); STAN CHALLIS (WARTIME POST TO IRELAND); CHRIS OLIVER AND ROGER NIVEN.
OUR MEETINGS IN SEPTEMBER THE FIRST OF THE OCTOBER MEETINGS
At the moment we are unable to show any pictures of these meetings (technical hitch!)
On the 7th October we commenced meeting in our new home in Claygate.
Bob Holmes displayed some well-produced facsimile stamps from Gibraltar and, as a divergence, some ancient whisky bottle labels.
Susan Oliver’s display was a potpourri of French stamps showing flowers, red cross booklet panes and some early definitive issues.
Brian Sole displayed Welsh stamps of both pre-decimal and decimal issues including progressive proofs of the latter.
Ian Amy produced an elegant display of the stamps of Monaco with 1919 charity stamps and commemorative and charity issues during and after World War Two. These included panes, produced in 1969, both perforated & imperforate for the original issue and subsequent overprinted stamps.
Chris Oliver then displayed some stamps of wartime Croatia when Ante Pavlic, the head of fascist Ustase movement, was president from 1941 -1945.
At the meeting on 17th September 2021 - our last meeting in Surbiton the topic was the “Olympics and Paralympics”.
Chris Oliver showed mainly U.S.A. stamps in his display. The Games held in America during 1932 saw the first of many U.S.A. stamp issues for Paralympic, Winter & main Olympic ordeals. Stamp issues were made for all of those Games held in America and that in Barcelona in 1992. Chris included slogan postmarks, advertising selvedge and postcards produced for the Games.
Brian Sole’s display included U.S.A. cancellations of 1984 and those of Australia & France in 2000. There was a distinct bias toward cycling in this display. An Australian cyclist of 2006; Sarah Storey’s large medal count in 2012 & 2020; a Chris Boardman commemorative cover of 2011, with a coin included. Brian showed a most interesting dummy sheet produced for the G.B. Olympic Games in 2012 together with the actual gold medal winners stamps now having the name, date and discipline added.
The 2nd September saw the first meeting of K.D.P.S. since March 2020 at our old venue in Surbiton Library Annexe
Theme for the evening was “Acquisitions or material written up during Covid_19”
Brian Livingstone gave the first display on the designs undertaken on behalf of the Crown Agents for stamps of Edward Vlll. The G.B. stamp was of a simple design, and it was hoped that the Colonies would adopt a similarly simple one. Many of the Colonies relied on postal revenue to aid their balance of payments.
Susan Oliver displayed recent acquisitions of the Faeroe Islands stamps and postal history.
Chris Oliver showed two censored covers of WWl South Africa. One had been cancelled with a mechanical “Passed by Censor” cachet of Cape Town. This was only used for one day before being abandoned.
Alan Tyler had been sorting out some stamps and ephemera relating to the Singapore Stamp Club. He brought along several maps of Malaya and Singapore of 1970’s and letters, publications and year-books of stamps which had been produced by and for this cosmopolitan Club which embraced all sections of the community in its membership.
Brian Sole had used lockdown to write up some postcards on cycling. He displayed nine sheets from this collection showing early cycles produced by Lawson of London & by MacMillan. We saw the Parisienne tricycle and various penny-farthings used by postmen and by ladies.
THE PRESIDENT'S EVENING
June 29: Our last meeting of the season.
Our President, Susan Oliver, entertained us with a fascinating display of letters, covers and postcards related to the historic village of Ham: on the banks of the Thames below Richmond Hill.
These few illustrations give a taste of what was a very detailed and interesting display. A full account of the meeting will be given in the next edition of our Newsletter soon after the start of our next season in September 2021 - the Newsletter is distributed free to Members.
After the display we discussed our experience of on-line meetings and how people viewed continuing with these should we encounter further Covid Restrictions at the end of the year), or as an occasional addition to our 'face to face meetings in Surbiton once we are able to restart these.
A variety of views were expressed highlighting the advantages and disadvantages of Zoom gatherings; and the hope for many that we would be able to resume physical meetings in order to chat more freely, and inspect philatelic material more closely.
We will take these views into account as we plan for our next season: and monitor the still changing Government advice on meeting safely indoors.
FROM HAM TO ABERDEEN: 1848, SHOWING THE HAM 1D PAID STAMP APPLICABLE UNDER THE UNIVERSAL POSTAGE REGULATIONS.
THE HIGH STREET - VERY LITTLE CHANGED TODAY
AN EARLY USE OF THE 1D BLACK AND WITH A VERY RARE HAM HANDSTAMP
TO THE POST OFFICE THEN BASED WITHIN THE "STAR AND GARTER" HOME: SHOWING THE SCARCE "STAR AND GARTER" CDS (1903)
15 June 2021: "The Letter 'U' or 'V'?
A subject that initially had our members scratching their heads as few collected stamps from countries whose initial letter was U or V, and then produced a very entertaining and varied evening of material that we rarely see.
AIR MAIL STAMPS FROM THE USSR
Roger Holden, who presented Andy's material as he was on holiday, illustrated the developments in air mail stamps from simple overprints to sophisticated designs
PERFINS FROM VYSE AND COMPANY
Melvyn Green gave us an engaging display of perfins (an area of collecting that we do not often see) focusing on the issues of Vyse and Co, a celebrated manufacturer and supplier of straw hats and boaters. In addition to examples of the stamps we were shown covers and postal history relating to the business.
Michael Pitt-Payne offered us two displays from his Queen Victoria albums. The overprints of the Morocco Agency showed how these had to change as the currencies changed.
In a second display by Michael Pitt-Payne he delighted us with some mint stamps from Queen Victoria's reign - which he started collecting years ago because they were then cheaper than used copies!
Chris Oliver showed us a whole series of letters and cards where the correct postage rate had been underpaid - resulting in postage dues, and a variety of handstamps and postal marks. as one Member commented it seemed that the people on the Isle of Purbeck had problems in working out postal rates.
Chris Oliver surprised us with the Elephant stamps of Vietnam telling the story of the Trund Sistersn and their role in the foundation of the country ADn 39-43.
Roger Niven outlined the development of three French Royal Palaces; Vincennes, Vaux-le-Vicomte and Versailles. using stamps and postcards he described some of the features and the integration of structure, decoration, and landscaped grounds from the 16th Century on.
"MAIL BETWEEN THE UK AND THE USA DURING THE 19TH CENTURY" BY MICHAEL PITT-PAYNE FRPSL
25 MAY 2021
With other Member's presentations on "International Mail".
Our Members and guests were treated to a magnificent display by Michael Pitt-Payne; and afterwards we saw some interesting covers from: Detroit as it changed from Canadian to USA ownership (Graham Searle): early international air mail (Andy Cox): redirected international mail (Russell Hill): mail to and from Ireland (Stan Challis) and some routings through France (Roger NIven).
THE CHANGING RATES THROUGH THE CENTURY
Michael gave a superb explanation of the complex rates for mail through the century with variations by weight, routing, carriage by ships, currency and direction of travel.
FULL SUMMARY IN OUR NEXT JOURNAL
Michael has very kindly agreed to prepare a succinct summary of this very complicated story for the next edition of our Journal - issued to Members - which should be published in early June.
LETTERS WITH AND WITHOUT ADHESIVES
Michael showed us a wide variety of letters and covers with UK and US adhesives and postmarks; and explained the routes and difficulties involved with sometimes perilous sea crossings, lack of overland infrastructure and the US civil war,
Throughout the presentation Michael was able to identify many of the vessels that carried the mail, and to show us illustrations of these ships: ranging from full sail, side-paddle, hybrid steam and sail, to full steam.
KEITH JOHNSON: 11 MAY
"PACIFIC ISLANDS AND FATHER EMMANUEL ROUGIER
Keith gave us two wonderful displays of material from islands about which most of us had no knowledge and based upon meticulous research. A number of Members and guests then contributed some short presentations on a variety of themes - which gave rise to a very varied and entertaining afternoon.
Keith gave a fascinating presentation about Fanning Island - in the middle of the Pacific Ocean - which few of us would have been able to place on a map. It is now part of Kiribati. The island was leased out by the British Government in the 19th Century and various lessors of decidedly dubious backgrounds took on the lease with varying degrees of success.
Keith showed a series of postcards and covers, mainly from the early 20th Century which showed the island paradise of duck shoots and the farming of coconut oil and copra; although heavily dependent upon labour from other islands such as Fiji. The island used stamps from New Zealand and Australia together with some local issues. The covers and postage details highlighted the very remote nature of the islands.
THE WORLD OF INSURANCE, MUDLARKS AND BUTLIN'S
Brian Sole gave a well-researched presentation of philatelic material and other documents about the history and development of the world of insurance - and its roots in the City of London. Melvyn Green entertained us with material from Brentford and Kew based upon Thomas Layton and the mudlarks. Russell Hill showed us some very engaging material from the early days of Butlins and the role of the camps in WWII.
ITALY, BERMUDA AND THE TRAVELS OF PATRICK MASELIS
Kevin Newsome showed us some interesting early Italian covers with a variety of stamps, cancellations and decorations; Roger Holden teased us with whether stamps of the dry dock in Bermuda actually showed a wet-dock, and amazed us with the story of the transportation of a dock from London to the island. Michael Pitt-Payne showed us some wonderful postcards from the seemingly never ending travels of Patrick Maselis - the extraordinarily energetic recent President of the RPSL.
GRAHAM SEARLE: APRIL 27
A superb display of the stamps and mail of the Colony of Canada which fully utilised the technology of an on-line presentation to highlight details of the stamps and complicated postal rates within an engaging narrative.
THE FIRST POSTAGE STAMPS TO BE USED
A map of the Colony of Canada emphasised how little of Canada as we now know it comprised the Colony - essentially just Ontario- and prior to 1851 the first postage stamps to be used in the Colony were American as US stamps could be affixed to mail in prepayment for mail to the USA and some of the main post offices in Canada were supplied with US stamps for this purpose.
THE FIRST CANADIAN STAMPS
Three stamp values were issued during 1851 as imperforate with the values being Colonial pence - slightly lower in value than the UK pence.
The 3 pence paid the domestic letter rate for up to 1/2 ounce sent anywhere within the Colony. Showing a beaver it also lays claim to being the first stamp in the world with a thematic design.
LETTER RATES TO THE UK
Graham explained how the Colony did not have a stamp value to cover the costs of postage to the UK; nor a combination of stamp values that would pay the 1 shilling and 4 pence required. This resulted in some covers with combinations of stamps - and still a requirement for an additional fee on arrivals.
"THE TEN POUND BRITANNIA"
TUESDAY 6 APRIL: GREAT BRITAIN
Henry Coward gave us a fascinating display on the £10 Britannia stamp. He explained the history of the design and the innovations in security such as the coloured fibres in the gum and perforations. He also explained that this was the first British stamp to have a section in Braille.
The symbolism of the stamp was of interest - linking to that used in the famous "seahorses" issues of George V, and to British coinage.
A very detailed and fascinating presentation including rarely seen items such as training stamps and security packaging.
Melvyn Green displayed an interesting cover to the gardener at Syon House about seeds to be sent ot Calcutta - possibly from the Duke of Northumberland.
Keith Burton showed us a picture postcard of the 1919 Peace march in Haslington - where he grew up.
Roger Niven presented some covers and picture postcards relating to the grace and favour residents of Hampton Court Palace.
Recorded delivery. Roger Holding showed us a first day cover of the new service (not shown here as it contains personal details). The illustration shown is from The Great Britain Philatelic Society Web-site.
Michael Pitt-Payne first showed us examples of the 1d Blackand 1d Red wit Maltese Cross cancellations. He then h displayed a fascinating ticket and some photographs relating to Henry Fawcett. The ticket was for entry to the gallery of the House of Commons but the back story was that the ticket was authorised by Henry Fawcett; Postmaster General. Amazingly Henry Fawcett was blinded when a young man but went on to high office, and with his wife (Millicent Garrett) was a key figure in the movement for female suffrage.
"Great things are done by a series of small things brought together"
Vincent van Gogh
TUESDAY 23 MARCH 2021
Nineteen Members and Guests attended online as we continued to explore the use of Zoom as a means of staying in touch with each other, and sharing our philatelic interests.
The theme was "NEW ACQUISITIONS OR FAVOURITE ITEMS".
We saw eight short presentations on a wide variety of topics including - line engraved GB (with some unfortunate stamps made into cuff links!); The Jute industry and perfins; Victorian Manchester hand cancellations; unusual markings on a Victorian cover; Irish 'fresh salmon' labels and the family history of rifleman Callow; mail from the Island of Purbeck; Danish bisects of the provisional Faroe Islands issue; and some strangely contemporary early 19th Century French disinfected mail.
There was a general view that we are becoming more comfortable with this medium and we look forward to future meetings. We especially enjoyed having so many guests join us for the evening.
TUESDAY 9 MARCH
“A Visit to County Down 1714 -1999” – Stan Challis
Stan entertained us with a wonderful presentation of material relating to County Down assimilated from a shoe box of material that had accompanied him on his Covid imposed exile from the rest of his collection in London.
The display also used some of the photographs taken by Tony Graham over a number of years from 1990 - 1998. He covered around 1000 post offices in Northern Ireland and did a potted history for each of them.
The photographs included shops, railway stations, and even farms where mail was collected and received.
Note R.F.Land the abbreviated name in use until 1798
Dublin circular date stamp DE 10 98
MCADAMS CROSSROADS 1996
Still in use.
Opened Oct - Dec 1880 according to first entry in quarterly P.O. Guide 1 Jan 1881 and appears in all subsequent PO lists as sub office to Dromore.
21 Apr 1904 : PO upgraded to Minor Money Order Office with ‘Climax’ type rubber datestamp issued for use on postal orders & mail. One of the last batches of small sub PO’s thus upgraded prior to 1905, by which year all PO’s were to have this facility.
1 Sep 1905 : P.O. Circular advised all R.S.O.’s (Railway Sub Offices) [Dromore] to be ‘redesignated’ S.O. (Sub Office) status.
(these notes are from Tony Graham's very detailed work).
To Alpha, Navada County, USA. registered and pre-paid with an additional 5c charge to Calfornia applied in the USA.
The routing was via the "central Overland Route" from Saint Joseph, Missouri via Salt Lake City.
NEW ZEALAND AIRMAILS
Graeme gave us a very informative display on the origins and development of air mail to and from New Zealand and the stamps. Although only two sets were ever issued the choice of designs, varieties and the influence of the early pilots provided for a very ful and entertaining account of a subject that few of us had been familiar with before.
THE LAST AIRMAIL ISSUE
Designed by R.G.J. Berry showing an AvroX about to land at Mt Egmont. Issued 4 May 1935
THE FIRST OFFICIAL AIR MAIL ISSUE
Pilot C.T.P Ulm was allowed to print a special stamp for the carriage of official air mail from New Zealand to Australia. Issued 17th January 1934
FIRST DAY COVER
Flown at the official opening of the Te Kuiti Aerodrome on 27 October 1936. Signed by the pilot D. McClean; and stated to be on of 15 covers carried on this flight.
TUESDAY 23 FEBRUARY
We had a good ‘attendance’ at our first experiment with an on-line meeting. It was nice to see so many familiar faces, and a bonus was the ability to welcome some Members who because of distance or other challenges find attending our regular meetings difficult.
We were treated to an outstanding presentation by Brian Livingstone titled “Edward VIII, Straits Settlements, from the Bradbury and Wilkinson Essays”.
Brian showed us rare material from the Bradbury and Wilkinson archives and other sources of that period - including from the Royal Philatelic Society.
PICTURES COURTESY OF GEORGE VI SOCIETY
Brian shared with us material from the printers’ archives. The pictures shown are from the 'scrapbooks' kept by the printers - hence the low resolution. He explained the discussions that surrounded the desire of the uncrowned King Edward VIII to have a degree of uniformity in the stamp issues for the British Colonies; with single colours and simple designs featuring the monarch.
Several of the colonial administrations, however, would have preferred to issue their own designs, in colour, and showcasing their territories – and may also have hoped that such issues would generate additional revenue.
He then explained the philatelic complications consequent upon the abdication and accession of King George VI, not least the speed required to replace the portrait of Edward VIII in the proofs, and the sleight of hand used in some in terms of the uniform apparently worn by the king.
Chris Oliver then gave a short presentation on the South African antelope stamps, with examples of the rejected designs and explanation of the final selection of new designs by the artist Denis Murphy. (Pictures not shown here).
Finally, we had a discussion chaired by our President on Member’s reactions to this on-line format of meeting. There was general agreement that we should continue with the experiment, with the next meeting planned for Tuesday 9th March.
"LA PLANÈTE EST SENS DESSUS DESSOUS"
"the world is upside down"
Writes Sophie Bastide-Bernardin in the editorial of the September issue of 'L'Echo de Timbrologie'.
A sentiment echoed by Tony Bard FRPSL in the September editorial of "The London Philatelist"; when he reminds us that six months ago "we could be as sociable as we liked, visit local stamp shows, society meetings, and occasional international shows".
However, despite current warnings of renewed 'Covid Spikes' there are signs that the Harry Potter's of the stamp world are looking to try and return us to a 'new normal'.
For now we will meet twice a month on-line. We may not have Hermione Grainger's 'Time Turner' but we hope to be able to meet together again, and welcome our new members in person, perhaps in the Autumn, 2021? Please keep looking at this web-site for further updates.
OUR 2020 ANNUAL COMPETITION AND ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
A Number of Very High Quality Displays
PRESIDENT PETER WOOD PRESENTS THE AWARDS AFTER THE JUDGING BY BARBARA PRIDDY (FROM THE WIMBLEDON P.S.)
Chris Oliver was awarded the Harmer Bowl for traditional philately; and Russell Hill the Kay Horowitz Shield for picture postcard philately.
Eddie Weeks was awarded The Thames Trophy for the Open Class Philately; and Roger Niven the Millenium Trophy for Postal History. In addition to the four winners four other entries were Highly Commended
THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
A highlight of the meeting was the award of Honorary Life Membership to Alan Tyler for his services to the Society. Christopher Oliver will become President from September, with Susan Oliver as Vice-President.
MEETINGS POSTPONED BY THE PANDEMIC
- Fri, 17 AprLocation is TBD
- Fri, 20 MarSurbiton Library
WHILST WE AWAIT NEXT SEASONS MEETINGS
We will post occasional philatelic snippets that may interest people
POSTPONEMENT OF TOKYO OLYMPIAD
Baron de Coubertin revived the Olympic Games in 1896 and with them the spirit of friendship between nations based upon sport. With the exception of the Two World Wars the games have been held every four years since 1906: until Covid 19 caused the postponement of the Tokyo Olympiad.
THE 1924 OLYMPIAD IN PARIS
It was in this second 'olympic games' in Paris that the games started to resemble the format with which we are now familiar. Including the issue of special commemorative stamps. Olympic Games commemorative stamps are now issued by many countries and are not restricted to the host nation.
THE 1900 'GAMES'
The 1900 games in Paris were rather overshadowed by the World Exhibition for which they were something of a side-show. These games saw the experimentation with sports that have never been staged again in the Olympics. These included cricket, fire-fighting and kite flying. None of these have continued as Olympic sports, and nor have ballooning, and a swimming obstacle race.
THE CRICKET MATCH
Only a single match was played between a British team largely drawn from local clubs in Devon and Somerset. The 'French' team depended very heavily on expatriate workers engaged on the construction of the Eiffel Tower! The match was rather a one-sided affair but the hospitality afterwards was apparently of Olympian proportions!
NOTES ON OUR MEETINGS DURING 2019/2020 THE SEASON
(until they came to an abrupt end in March 2020!)
Friday 21st February - The Faroe Islands - A display by Susan Oliver
Susan treated us to a fascinating display of philatelic material from these isolated islands in the North Atlantic. Not an easy place to visit as her tales of storms, fog, shortage of landing places and circuitous steamer routes illustrated. Also not a straightforward country to collect: requiring a knowledge of geography and postmarks to identify usage when the only stamps were those issued by Denmark.
Spotting cancellations, addresses, and ship names
An 1852 cover from Robenhaven to Lerwick via Hamburg, Ostend, and Aberdeen
SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH OF MR ANDERSON
The assistant postmaster in Robenhaven who created the 1919 provisional issues
BRITISH FORCES STATIONED ON THE ISLANDS DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR
Personnel from all pars of the Commonwealth found themselves in a very different topography and climate.
PETER WOOD: THE PRESIDENT'S DISPLAY
Peter treated us to an astonishing display of philatelic material and ephemera charting the "Road to Irish Independence". He showed us material from 1656 through to the present day and took us through the often complicated strands of pro-union and pro-independence groupings.
Thursday 6 February
THE ACT OF ATTAINDER
PETER IN FULL FLOW
SINN FEIN LABELS
FRIDAY 17 JANUARY
Some Philatelic aspects of France: Roger Niven
MAPS, CHANGING BORDERS, HISTORIC CONFLICTS, AND RIVER BASINS.
FROM COURIERS AND MAIL COACHES, TO PNEUMATIC MAIL AND SELF-ADHESIVES.
THE POSTAL SERVICE IS A FUNDAMENTAL ELEMENT IN FRENCH LIFE, BUSINESS, AND CULTURE
THURSDAY 2 JANUARY
King George VI.
We saw several fascinating displays. In addition to those briefly described below we read some fascinating correspondence from a British Army Captain as he travelled from East Africa to Ceylon and then Burma in WWII, and some of Bob Holmes favourite definitives from Ascension, Barbados, Ceylon and the Sudan.
A CZECH ENGRAVER
Brian Livingstone set us a puzzle! Could we find Bohumil Heinz's signature "H" in the hair of Kinge George VI?
POSTCARDS AND MACHINE CANCELLATIONS
Russel Hill took us on a trip to the Sussex Coast, exploring postcard cancellations.
Chris Oliver helped us to celebrate the Coronation and the start of "all-up" air services
THE 1948 OLYMPICS AND THE FESTIVAL OF BRITAIN
Brian Sole confessed to steaming stamps from a first day cover and showed us poster stamps.
20 December 2019
A very good meeting with several Members entertaining us with some superb displays:
Stan Challis displayed examples of the short-lived Swift Air Royal Mail service: Chris Oliver showed Postal History of Swanage, beginning with the earliest markings from the 1800s: Russell Hill provided us with examples of all the shades of GB mint definitive stamps from the Silver Jubilee of King George V to modern QE II stamps: Eddie Weeks produced a display of 2d blues all chosen with the letters “AA” from the top left hand corner of Queen Victoria sheets of stamps. Brian Sole showed items for Stamp Exhibitions in GB, commencing with a label for an Exhibition at the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours, Piccadilly, 1897: and Peter Wood began with a Royal Mail newspaper announcement that imitations of GB stamps would not be allowed through the post and then showed examples of illustrations of GB stamps, including the 1d lilac, 1d black and £5 orange in magazines and elsewhere!
THURSDAY DECEMBER 5 - OUR "CHRISTMAS SOCIAL"
WINNER OF THE SINGLE SHEET COMPETITION
Russell Hill with Brian Sole: a sheet showing some modern GB varieties
CERTIFICATES AND REVIEW OF LAST YEAR
Our President, Peter Wood, addressing the large gathering.
A QUIZ, RAFFLE, DELICIOUS FOOD, AND CONVERSATION
The Quiz was light-hearted, and there were displays of Cinderella's and local postcards.
FRIDAY 15 NOVEMBER: THE LETTER "T".
members presented a variety of displays with some examples shown below.
TRAIN "POSTER" STAMPS
And associated postmarks and ephemera
STAMPS FROM TURKEY ("THEN KNOWN AS THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE")
A bewildering display of minor variations and colours
THE PENNY BLACK
The plates of this iconic stamp - and the story of the toy van that went through the post!
The Thanksgiving Cavalcade and Fair: and postage of the Western Defence Force
THURSDAY 7 NOVEMBER - BOOKLETS AND MINI-SHEETS
This meeting attracted a large attendance, despite some notable absentees due to seasonal colds and coughs. Three of the displays are illustrated below. In addition we saw booklets and mini-sheets from Guernsey, The Crown Agents, and Great Britain.
LUNAR ECLIPSE IN THE FAROE ISLANDS
STAMP BOOKLETS OF THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA
GB BOOKLETS CELEBRATING THE 1953 CORONATION.
SURREY FEDERATION EXHIBITION AND STAMP FAIR: SATURDAY 26 OCTOBER
Our Society hosted the 2019 event in the Claygate Village Hall on 26 October.
The Fair was graciously opened the mayor of Elmbridge, and, despite competition from the rugby world cup and some travel obstacles presented by road works and railway engineering, attracted a steady flow of visitors throughout the day.
The exhibition displayed individual and society entries on a range of topics, with the Mason Cup being awarded for the entry by the Woking and District Philatelic Society whose three displays comprised : GB KGV 4d issue of 1913-1923; London Late Fee Mail; and Recovered Mail, from USA air disasters 1921-1938. An outstanding entry.
Kingston and District achieved a creditable second place for thweir entry of British Levant PO's in the Turkish Empire 1857-1914; A Glimpse at the World of Insurance: and French Cross-border mail during the Second Empire.
Eight other prizes were awarded; the raffle was drawn, and, despite the increasing rain outside, Claygate Village Hall provided a warm and welcoming atmosphere for this successful event.
OUR MOST RECENT MEETING
Brian Warwick: Cinderellas and the Postal History of Wimbledon and Raynes Park
Brian provided us with two magnificent displays. The first an all encompassing introduction to the incredibly varied world of 'Cinderellas'. The second a treat of mixed postal history, photographs and ephemera relating to postal services in Wimbledon and Raynes Park.
MECCA STEALING A MARCH ON ADVERTISING
MICHAEL WARWICK WITH THE FIRST PART OF HIS STUNNING 180 SHEET DISPLAY
EPSOM MAINTAINS POSTAGE DURING THE POSTAL STRIKE!
OCTOBER 3: ALAN TYLER
Reflections and Material from a lifetime of collecting.
Alan Tyler was born in 1924 and his initial interest in stamps was further developed when he inherited his father-in-laws collection - from which he displayed numerous examples of George V British and Commonwealth stamps - including the Beautiful 1929 UPU £1, and the similarly attractive issues from Cyprus.
His naval career took him to the Far East and the Mediterranean where he collected fascinating examples of stamps from Hong Kong, Singapore, Burma and Malayan States - including overprints from wartime occupations and military administrations.
With his son and grandson in attendance he reminded us that stamp collecting is a lifetime hobby.
SEPTEMBER 22: A POT-POURRI OF VARIOUS ITEMS SOURCED FROM DEALERS, FELLOW COLLECTORS, STAMPEX, AND FRIENDS.
20 September 2019. A pot-pourri of various items sourced from dealers, fellow collectors, Stampex, and friends. Here is a sample of the richness and variety of the acquisitions and finds; not shown are some old French postcards; Butlin's Holiday Camps ephemera; covers showing the language of stamps' and Irish soldiers under the UN in Somalia; and Channel Islands stamp designs. A meeting that had to be attended to appreciate the material.
THE BOTSHABELO MUSEUM IN MIDDLEBURG
A mission station founded by Alexander Merensky of the Berlin Missionary Society in 1865: with the cover showing the original station and Fort Merensky.
USA SPECIAL DELIVERY STAMPS
Often with fascinating postmarks such as this cover with a "steamboat" cancellation