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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 26 October at 1 pm. Belgian Congo Study Circle: Group Display
The Belgian Congo Study Circle BCSC is proud to be displaying a rather nice selection of collections from their members with a focus on the first issues with proofs and important covers. The Belgian Congo air mail section will be particularly well represented starting with the very early flights of the 1920s and further with the air mail link with the British African line. Postal history of both WW1 and WW2 will also be well represented. Last, but not least, a display introducing the relationship between Belgian Congo and the British Colonies in Africa.

Thursday 9 November at 5 pm. Guillermo Gallegos: The Pre-Stamp Period of El Salvador
The period covered in the display mainly focuses on the postal history of El Salvador from the 1780s, when the first postal markings were introduced, to 1867, year of issue of its first postage stamps. El Salvador was, at first, part of the Kingdom of Guatemala, a Spanish Colonial entity, and then of the Central American Federation before becoming an independent Republic. Relevant Pre-stamp material and related documents like Postal Ordinances and Mail Notifications have been included to show the postal evolution of the Salvadorian territory from Spanish Colony to Independent Republic. As El Salvador is seldom covered in philatelic publications, proofs from the first issues of El Salvador will be included as an appendix to give a broader view of the country's philately.

Thursday 23 November at 1 pm. Alan Huggins: The Embossed Stamps of Great Britain 1841-1973
This display will present a survey of the embossed adhesive stamps and postal stationery produced during the period 1841–1973. The objective is to put into context the ongoing influence of the embossed essays produced in 1840 to meet the requirement for stamps to be struck on paper supplied by the public, on the subsequent designs used for postal stationery from 1841 to 1973 and adhesive stamps from 1847 to 1854. The emphasis will be primarily on demonstrating the progressive chronological development of the stamp designs and the range of purposes for which these stamps were used rather than on detailed study of any particular issue. The display will utilise the showcases in the foyer and the large library in addition to the usual frame layout in the meeting room.



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.