Events and Meetings

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 25 April 2019 at 1pm: Bryant Korn: Postal Stamps and Postal History of Liberia from 1820 to 1920
Liberia was settled beginning in 1820, and this display discusses the first 100 years of Liberian Philately. The display is organized into four main sections: 1) The Stampless Years, 2) The Todhunter Issues of 1860-1892, 3) The Waterlow and Sons Issues of 1892-1906, and 4) The Perkins Bacon Issues of 1897-1919. A significant amount of Waterlow and Perkins Bacon archival material and post-production sample stamps are shown, and this material gives insight into the printer’s methods and processes. Liberia’s first nineteen Provisional Surcharge Issues are discussed. Important postal history highlights include First Issue and Numerical Issue usages, Registered and Official mail, and Registration stationery and Provisional Surcharge usage.

Thursday 9 May at 5pm: Georg Størmer - Norway 1855-1868; the First Three Issues.
The display is devoted to the first issues of Norway. The imperforate “Norway Number One” was issued on 1 January 1855. After two years it was followed by the Oscar Issue, possibly the best quality classic issue of Scandinavia. It was printed by typography and with the use of découpages, the same technique used for the first French issue of 1849. Again, in 1863, a lower quality issue with the coat of arms was printed using lithography. The display shows these first Norwegian issues and attempts to illustrate and explain how they were used, with particular emphasis on letters sent abroad.

Thursday 23 May at 5pm: Freddy Khalastchy– The Baghdad Overprints and Events leading to their Issue.
The Baghdad stamps were issued on 1 September 1917 and were available for 17 days only when stocks were no longer available at the post office. This presentation gives a brief history from the start of the Mesopotamia Campaign until the capture of Baghdad two and a half years later. The Political Officer, Sir Percy Cox, regarded overprinting enemy stamps as both a measure annoying to the enemy and useful from a political standpoint as it demonstrated a change of administration. Postage stamps, by reason of their widespread distribution offer one of the most effective means of propaganda. All 25 issued stamps, including the majority of known errors, are shown. All of them are also shown on local and international covers. The 11 stamps that were printed but not issued due to the small number known of each are included. A presentation set given to King George V by General Maude and the five types of postal stationery envelopes are also included.


Season 2018-2019

Click here to download the 2018-2019 Programme


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.