WHO WE ARE AND OUR WEB-SITE
We meet twice a month in Surbiton during the "philatelic season" from September to June.
At each meeting either an invited visitor, or members who so wish, display some stamps, covers, or other philatelic material, and provide brief details about (and insights into) their material.
We embrace a wide variety of interests amongst our members. These include classical philately; postal history; thematic collecting; postcards: and, as our hobby adapts to changing times, collectors who are interested in stamps illustrating social history and the collecting of other paper and digital based ephemera.
THIS DEVELOPING WEB-SITE CURRENTLY HAS 15 PAGES.
From the top Menu
* This page: an outline of the Society and what we offer Members, Guests and Visitors
Our intention to resume meetings once restrictions imposed by the Coiv-19 Pandemic permit these to be safe
Our initial plan to reinstate meetings postponed from last season
Some philatelic 'tit-bits' in the meantime
* Our future programme (currently under review)
* Useful links
* Our Annual Competitions
* About Stamp Collecting (a miscellany)
* Other Philatelic Events (that may be of interest)
From the button at the right of the menu:
* Selected Articles on philately (over the last hundred years and up to the present )
* Further details on membership of our society
* A brief history of our Society
* Extracts from modern novels which feature stamp collectors, and stamp collecting.
* Some historical tit-bits about stamps from around the world
* Philatelic Journals
* Notes on our meetings in the 2018/19 Season
* Some famous people who collect (or collected) stamps.
* Kid's Stuff; for the smaller and bigger kids who collect stamps
"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'.
'Zoom' meetings will continue but the Royal Philatelic Society plans to resume carefully safeguarded meetings in London October. We at the Kingston and District Philatelic Society hope to follow this lead and announce our new Season's programme by the end of the month.
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, in October. 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.
Exploration, Research, Discussion, Enjoyment, Companionship.
"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
AS OF THE START OF SEPTEMBER WE ARE IN ACTIVE DISCUSSIONS TO BE ABLE TO START MEETINGS AGAIN IN OCTOBER - WATCH THIS SPACE!
Joint auctions with other societies
Information on local and national auctions and events
The planned Auction at Kingston
on Friday 20 March, 2020 was cancelled.
We are now awaiting clearance for the use of a local hall (and what Covid -19 precautions we need to implement) before we re-arrange this auction.
We certainly have plenty of lots already prepared for the next auction!
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.
18 packets are currently in circulation.
If you wish to join one of the circulation lists please contact our secretary : e mail
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
the 1948 London Olympic Games Issue, printed by Harrison's.
AUTUMN STAMPEX 2019
Several of the Kingston and District Society Members exhibited at the Autumn Stampex.
Brian Livingstone displayed a study of the George VI 'heads' designs.
Chris Oliver showed his collection of mobile post offices in South Africa - which served the rapidly expanding townships until permanent offices could be established.
Brian Sole displayed a collection of ephemera about Mrs Dibben - a legendary stamp dealer whose shop was in Kingston upon Thames. He also showed a one frame study of the Welsh regional issues from 1958 - 1970.
Peter Wood entered in the open class with a display about the Irish Sweepstake and the postal and other material that supported this operation - which was legal in some countries, and illegal in others.
5 SEPTEMBER 2019: MICHAEL PITT-PAYNE "ASPECTS OF POSTAL HISTORY"
MICHAEL GAVE US A SIMPLY STUNNING DISPLAY OF POSTAL HISTORY.
"Aspects" included postage due: pre-stamp, stamp, and machine label examples: the surcharging of early postcards when they failed to conform to regulations: and research into social history associated with specific letters.
A LOCAL CONNECTION
Michael showed us his first letter applying to join the Kingston & District Philatelic Society (in 1963) as this was 'returned to sender' because of an incorrect address. He also reminded us that some early meetings were held in the Surbiton Assembly Rooms.
Early mail to Australia was difficult. In 1850 one ship took 112 days, and the service was frequently disrupted as shipping lines went bankrupt, or their ships were commandeered by the Government in times of war. A more recent war is with the Royal Mail in their 'cancellation' of stamps with pen or labels - and in one case 22 stamps being hand-stamped with 44 cancellations!
For notes on our meetings in our 2018/2019 Season see "Previous Meetings" under "More" in main menu.
Visitors and New Members Welcome
Our Members share an interest in philately in all its aspects.
New members constantly add new perspectives and areas of interest, and our guest speakers show insight and depth of knowledge on topics we are often unfamiliar with.
Current Members are interested in stamps, postal history, postcards, and social history across a wide range of countries. For example, Great Britain and Commonwealth, Ireland, France, Germany, Island States, Palestine, Romania, South Africa and the USA. Also across a range of thematic topics from cycling to social and local history.
New Members will be warmly welcomed whether they be experienced philatelists, collectors returning to an earlier hobby, or novices entering the field for the first time.
PLEASE CONTACT US:
Please get in touch with us to learn more about our activities, and to arrange a visit. Either use the form on the right or send us an E mail with your name and contact details. Adding a "Subject" or a "Message" are optional.
F. Brian Sole. FRPSL
49 Westcar Lane, Hersham.
Walton-on-Thames. KT12 SER