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Recent and Forthcoming Meetings

Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting will be held at 15 Abchurch Lane on Wednesday 16 September 2020 at 3 p.m. We will ensure that a quorum of seven members will attend in person and facilities will be available for members to observe the meeting via Zoom. Members attending in person will need to book a place in advance. Further details will be published with the AGM notice in the July/August issue of The London Philatelist.

The Programme for the Session 2020-2021

We are planning to re-open our premises for meetings from 15th October. Click here to see the programme for the session 2020-2021.

The presentation by Cheryl D. Ganz PhD RDP FRPSL examined the postal operations aboard Germany’s Zeppelin Hindenburg in 1936-1937, and included onboard postmarks, telegram delivery, and salvaged crash mail.

This event was held live via Zoom. The recorded event has been made available on the RPSL website (Meeting Videos, above), for RPSL Members Only.

This presentation by Stephen Parkin FRPSL included examples of the rate structure prior to Uniform Postage Rates, followed by the implementation of Uniform Fourpenny Postage and Uniform Penny Postage in Edinburgh.

The talk included the handstamps prepared for use at Edinburgh, and those that were actually used. Stephen's presentation also showed examples of mail where there have been issues, including Redirected Mail, Overweight & Underpaid Mail, and Late Mail.

This event was held live via Zoom. The video recording of the event is available from this website page (Meeting Videos above) for RPSL Members Only.

The discovery of the rich Mount Bischoff tin deposit in 1871 changed the mining landscape, and Western Tasmania became the focus of explorers, prospectors and track cutters.

This led to significant finds of gold along the Pieman River and its tributaries and on to Mt Heemskirk (tin) in 1877 and Zeehan (silver/lead) in 1882. Zeehan grew to become the third largest town in Tasmania. In 1883 gold was found at the Iron Blow, and copper at Mount Lyell in 1886 began a mining precinct that continues today. Since 1920, Rosebery has been one of Tasmania's largest mines, producing zinc, lead, copper, silver and gold.

By 1923 the region had generated £35 million ($2.7 billion in today's money) from silver, lead, tin, gold, osmiridium, zinc, wolfram, bismuth, and iron.

The postal service grew to service the influx of prospectors, hoteliers, timber cutters and their families. From 1874, 62 post offices opened in total, many for short periods, with a peak of 29 from 1902 to 1911. In 1911 the population on the West Coast represented 13% of the island. A decline began in the 1920s, and there are now only 6 post offices remaining, servicing just 1% of the Tasmanian population.

Malcolm Groom's presentation talks us through this fascinating and quite complex history of the post office in one of the world's major mining regions.

This event was held live via Zoom. The video recording of the event is available from this website page (Meeting Videos above) for RPSL Members Only.

In this presentation, Phil Waud provided a glimpse of the GB Queen Victoria Jubilee issue. This was the last Queen Victoria stamp series for Great Britain and first issued in 1887, Her Majesty's Golden Jubilee year.

The presentation commenced with something of their development, with a mention of the "1884 Stamp Committee" and then progressed to show all of the fourteen values of this stamp series. The printers De La Rue continued throughout this period to enhance their international reputation, and a number of their innovations were applied to this issue. Thus, the stamps of the Jubilee issue feature important developments in the design and printing of late Victorian postage stamps. The presentation included essays, proofs, colour trials, issued stamps and usages of this fascinating series.

The end of Her Majesty's reign marked the end of this talk, but not of the Jubilees.

This event was held live via Zoom. The video recording of the event is available from this website page (Meeting Videos above) for RPSL Members Only.

The presentation featured early mail carried privately, the Egyptian territorial post offices and postal arrangements during military operations on the Nile and Eastern Sudan from 1884 to 1898. Historical letters from James Grant, Gen. Gordon, Carl Giegler, Earl Haig, Viscount Kitchener and Sir Francis Wingate were included. Items from the Indian, Canadian and Australian contingents also featured.

The presentation continued with the early development of rail and river travelling post offices, mail from border areas and concluded with pioneer airmails featuring items flown by Marc Pourpe, Sir Alan Cobham, Capt. Tony Gladstone, and Lores Bonney.

This event was held live via Zoom. The video recording of the event is available from this website page (Meeting Videos above) for RPSL Members Only.

In this talk on the subject of mail from Central Africa before 1880, our Immediate Past President Patrick Maselis RDP FRPSL MPE presented a case study of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

This is a difficult and fascinating area for study, featuring rare and elusive mail sent and received by officials, traders, explorers, missionaries and the military in the Congo and associated territories.

This event was held live via Zoom. The video recording of the event is available from this website page (Meeting Videos above) for RPSL Members Only.

Blades, East and Blades, founded in 1821 as printers of ledgers and fiscal documents, printed postage stamps and postal stationery for The North Borneo (Chartered) Company from 1883 until 1894. They were better known as printers of bank notes from early days, cheques and fiscal instruments in special fugitive inks, for which they held important patents.

The company started in St Dunstan’s Hill, a few hundred yards from No. 11 and later 17 and 23 Abchurch Lane, as ancient neighbours of No. 15, now the headquarters of the Royal Philatelic Society London.

Blades was amalgamated in 1927 with McCorquodale, the Liverpool printer of air letters and postal cards in the 1940s and 1950s, and continued to print cheques under its own name until the 1960s.

William Blades (1824-1890) is well known amongst Librarians. He published a number of seminal works on The Life and Typography of William Caxton, The Enemies of Books, and Books in Chains, and amassed a library of early printed books which is held in a specially built room at the St Brides Foundation, just off Fleet Street.

Peter’s presentation explains, to some degree, what an exciting site the Royal found somewhat serendipitously, and will interest not only members of the Royal but bank note, cheque and book collectors too.

This event was held live via Zoom. The video recording of the event is available from this website page (Meeting Videos above) for RPSL Members Only.

For a short period, in the absence of the regular East India Company coat of arms watermark paper, the printers decided to use the fiscal paper of the ONE ANA for the typographed Two Annas yellowish grey-green stamp of 1854.

The late C.D. Desai FRPSL discovered this in 1935 and reported an approximate design of only the central part of the watermark, based on the examples he had in his collection. A majority of philatelists accepted it, and believed that it was the final design, given the limited study and confusing information that was available.

A new study was blessed with a complete sheet of the watermarked paper which Mr. Desai had been hunting for. Markand Dave has been able to reveal the entire watermark, and has studied it in detail. This presentation told the whole interesting story.

Markand Dave FRPSL is one of the RPSL's Regional Representatives for India. He is also President of the Gujarat Philatelists Association, and is a member of the Editorial Board of Signet Magazine produced by the Philatelic Congress of India.

This event was held live via Zoom. The video recording of the event is available from this website page (Meeting Videos above) for RPSL Members Only.

RPSL Vice President Mike Roberts presented the story of the Pacific Steam Navigation Company, in the third of our online events.

This covered the origins of the Company in 1840 and its first operations on the west coast of South America. It was the founders' ambition to control the post, issue stamps and limit competition. Although this failed, a successful period of domination as a contract mail carrier followed. The company expanded and became the largest steamship company in the world by 1870.

The presentation showed the transition from a destination-led service to cruising and cargo carrying, before its eventual demise in 1965.

This event was held live via Zoom. The recorded event has been made available on the RPSL website (Meeting Videos, above), for RPSL Members Only.

The presentation given by the Society's President, Richard Stock FRPSL on the development and production of Sudanese postage stamps featured proofs, essays, colour trials and related material from the De La Rue archives including the iconic Camel Postman stamps, airmails, later definitive issues, postage due and telegraph stamps.

Richard is a Past President of the Sudan Study Group, and the Editor of their journal The Camel Post for nearly 20 years.

This event was held live via Zoom. The recorded event has been made available on the RPSL website (Meeting Videos, above), for RPSL Members Only.