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Our Archivist holds about 700 handouts provided by displayers at meetings since 1918. These range from single sheets of paper listing the items on display to extensive publications including complex images that can be regarded as significant contributions to the literature. Explanatory notes were at first provided only occasionally but have become normal practice since the 1980s. Many contain material of value to researchers and their production quality has steadily improved. These have been scanned and converted to searchable PDF documents.

5pm meetings that have been videoed may be viewed on YouTube, accessible through links on the members’ home page.

Forthcoming Meetings at No. 41

Thursday 23 March 2017 at 1 pm. Bill Pipe: GB Railway Cancellations from 1840
The introduction and uses of postal markings as issued to Railway Stations from the earliest recorded undated mark in the world: the MISSENT TO/DERBY R.O of Boxing Day 1840 and the worlds earliest dated railway station cancel of Gloucester station of the 18th March 1842 right up to 2015. In the display which will cover the 175 years to 2015, there will be examples of all convention postal markings from undated and dated double arc cancels, numerals, duplexes, squared circles, including the unique NORMANTON STATION, single and double ring cancels, travellers and skeletons, rubbers, straight-line marks, postage due marks, instructional marks, missent marks, parcel post labels and cancels, registered mail, railway letter stamps and much more. Every sheet will have “something added” and the condition of the exhibits is of “exhibition quality” with many unique and less common markings and usages.

Thursday 6 April 2017 at 5 pm. Pat Grimwood-Taylor: South Australia Postal History 1834-1900
South Australia, unlike the other Australian colonies, was established for free settlers only and was far less populated than NSW or Victoria. Surviving mail is far less, however, this display includes the earliest known letters, rare overseas and Contract mail, much of which was included in the International Large Gold medal exhibit.

Thursday 27 April 2017 at 1 pm. London & Surrey Region
Fellows and members resident in the London & Surrey region will each contribute displays consisting of one, two or three frames of pages largely of their own choice. A wide range of material from around the world will be shown. Stamps, Postal History & Thematic subjects included.

Thursday 11 May 2017 at 5 pm. Scott Treacey: GB Line-Engraved Plate Repairs 1840-1855
A presentation of the early GB 1d and 2d issues from plates and positions that were subject to re-entering, thus existing in two or more identifiable states. The main emphasis will be on repaired plates from the 1853 to 1855 period – an area that is not generally covered in any depth in the literature and where, even today, new repairs continue to be discovered regularly.

Thursday 18 May 2017 at 1 pm. Alan Huggins: The Society’s Philatelic Collections
This meeting will be a unique opportunity for Members to view a range of material from 18 different collections which form the major part of those held by the Society. Although selections from many of these will have been seen previously over the years at Annual General Meeting and other displays, as far as possible the items chosen will be from sections which have not been seen recently. Besides the 52 frames in the meeting room there will also be material on view in the display cases.


Season 2016-2017

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All 5pm meetings will be broadcast live on YouTube (and available subsequently); a link will be placed on the members’ home page shortly before the event.

Members click here to access notes for displayers at 1pm and 5pm meetings, and Standing Displays.