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Forthcoming Events

RPSL Receptions in Conjunction with WESTPEX, Burlingame, California in April 2018

Stephen D. Schumann, RDP FRPSL and Sandeep Jaiswal, FRPSL will be hosting receptions for Royal members and their spouses and partners in conjunction with the WESTPEX stamp show at the Marriott Waterfront hotel in Burlingame, California which will be held from 27 to 29 April 2018. The first reception will be from 8 pm to 10 pm on Thursday 26 April and the second will be from 8 pm to 10 pm on Friday 27 April. The suite number will be posted at the hotel.

RPSL Buffet Dinner on 29 May at the World Stamp Championship ISRAEL 2018

There will be a RPSL buffet dinner at the World Stamp Championship ISRAEL 2018. It will be held on 29 May at 7.30 pm at Restaurant Terasa, S.A. Nachon 6, Jerusalem. The participation fee will be £60 per person. If you wish to participate please send an e-mail to

Past Meetings

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 22 February 2018 at 5 pm. Harald Lang: The Austro-Hungarian Issue of 1867 - 150 years of Austro-Hungarian Compromise
No other stamp issue is so closely linked with the history of Austria and Hungary as the 1867 issue.

Following the wars of 1859 and 1866, the Austrian Empire was weakened in its foreign policy and domestic politics. As a result, in 1867 the monarchy was divided between Austria and Hungary. Hungary became a separate state with independent legislation and administration, including its postal administration. Therefore, on 9 April 1867 an order was placed with the Austrian State Printing House to design a new stamp series. It was to comprise a neutral stamp design and a uniform value designation, to be accepted in both halves of the Empire. The result was the ‘1867 issue’ with the head of the joint monarch Franz-Josef, who ruled in Austria as Emperor and in Hungary as King. The denomination ‘kr’ stood for both the currency units ‘kreuzer’ and ‘krajczar’.

The ‘1867 issue’ was only valid in Hungary for about four years until 31 July 1871, but in Austria for over seventeen years until 31 October 1884. This collection documents the use of the ‘1867 issue’ (essays, proofs, inland mail, foreign mail, postal stationery, printed matter, money orders, etc.) in the two areas, Austria and Hungary.

Thursday 22 March 2018 at 1 pm. Vittorio Morani: The Postal History of Tuscany 1851-1862
This display illustrates the Postal History of Tuscany from the Ducal issue of 1 April 1851 to 31 December 1862. On 1 January 1863 new rates were introduced and a new postal law was extended to all the Italian provinces, ending the postal history of Tuscany.

Tuscan postal history will be shown in three main sections: domestic Tuscan rates, mail exchanged with the old Italian States, as well as incoming mail, and mail exchanged in both directions with foreign countries beyond Italy. In each section, the following periods will be presented: the Ducal period, the period of the Provisional Government of Tuscany, and the Italian period up to 31 December 1862. On 1 January 1863 any differences between the Tuscan and the Italian postal rules ceased.

The postal history of Tuscany will be described with many great rarities of Tuscan philately. Many rare items of the country will be shown, and incoming mail of foreign origin will also be presented. This is probably the first time that a postal history of Tuscany has been presented complete with the relevant incoming mail. The section on the foreign destinations presents almost all recorded destinations to and from Tuscany.

Thursday 5 April 2018 at 5 pm. Bryan Kearsley: Discovering Seahorses
George V high values, better known as Seahorses, remain one of the few iconic British stamps. The display covers the 26-year period these stamps were in circulation, including the many shades and varieties they generated. It also explains how to identify the work of the four printers involved and shows many of the uses to which these stamps were put.



Season 2017-2018

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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.

Click here to see guidance notes for giving 1 pm displays at Devonshire Place.
Click here to see guidance notes for giving displays and presenting papers at 5 pm meetings at Devonshire Place.
Click here to download a form to be completed and returned to the Administration Manager in advance of your paper or display.