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  • Wednesday 4th December 2019

    Single Sheet Competition & Social Evening with Partners

    The Chairman welcomed fifteen members and four guests to a very festive evening. Ivan Holliday is now at home and hopefully a member will visit him next week. Trevor Buckell continues to make good progress.

    The Single Sheet Competition attracted nine entries (the most in living memory!!) all of which deserved to win. However, after everyone had voted the winner was Tony Howgrave-Graham with a charming Victorian Christmas Card. The Jeremy Martin Cup was then presented by Jeremy.

    imageTony Howgrave-Graham receiving the Jeremy Martin Cup from Jeremy as winner of the Single Sheet Competition

    The Chairman then asked Craig Patterson to start the quiz for the 3 eager teams. An excellent quiz and Craig is to be congratulated for all the hard work he put in to keep us all amused/frustrated and eventually delighted (well that is for the winning team).

    Oh yes, the winning team – The No Hopers – Duncan Pierce, Joan Latham-Warde, Colin French, Sue Winnie, David Winnie, Mike Moody and Jeremy Martin were presented with Christmas themed mugs by Craig our very generous quiz master.

    At the end of an excellent evening the Chairman raised a toast for a happy Christmas.

    imageHappy evening with partners

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  • Wednesday 20th November 2019

    Guest Speaker – David Winnie – The Small Channel Islands

    imageDavid Winnie receiving the Society Mug and Certificate from Mike Moody after his display of ‘The Small Channel Islands’

    imageDavid Winnie pointing out an Alderney postmark

    The Chairman opened the meeting by welcoming a new member to the Society – Steve Jarvis, also to our guest speaker David Winnie and Emily Patterson who attended as a guest. He reported that Ivan Holliday was now out of hospital and the Secretary would try to contact him this week. Craig Patterson reported that Trevor Buckell continues to improve and is looking forward to the time he can attend a meeting. Members were reminded to add to the list for the Social evening on 4th December. Mike Carey the auctioneer asked for more lots and although he would not be at the next meeting he is prepared to collect any items for the auction.

    David’s excellent display provided the story of the development of the Post Offices in the picturesque Islands of Alderney, Herm and Sark, each Island a part of the Bailiwick of Guernsey. The isolation and the social needs of the inhabitants of these small islands, particularly in the 18th and 19th centuries, meant that the Post Offices were social centres at which people gathered when the mails and newspapers arrived. During the 18th century especially, it was never certain when the boat carrying the mails would land thus every opportunity was taken on such occasions to gather to gossip and exchange views.

    The first part of the display covered the Island of Alderney from the opening of the Post Office in 1848 through to the year 2000. Whilst Alderney is the biggest of the smaller Islands with a population now of around 2000 residents, early mail from the Island is difficult to find. All the postmarks issued to the Island were shown from the scarce Undated Double Arc handstamp, early dated double arcs, single circles and double circles through to the up to date self-inking datestamps. In addition, David charted the history of the Post Office, identifying the various Postmasters and Postmistresses, showed photographs of the offices and examples of the use of the various Post Office forms carrying the office cancellation such as Parcel Post labels.

    The second half covered the Islands of Sark and Herm and followed a similar format to the first session. The Sark Post Office was first opened in 1857 and, with a current population of only 500 residents, early mail is extremely scarce. Only four examples of the Undated Double Arc are known and David showed two of them, the earliest and the latest recorded. Early registered covers including one from British Guiana and the scarce Code B and unique Code C inserted in the first single circle datestamp were also depicted. Another item of special note was “The first Human Parcel 1905”, the details of which were humorously described. Of the three smaller Islands, only Sark remained open for business during the Occupation and a selection of covers including bisects were shown including items sent by Dame Sybil Hathaway, the Seigneur of the Island at the time.

    Herm is the smallest of the Islands and has a rather chequered history. Amongst its tenants has been Prince Blucher and Sir Compton Mackenzie. The Post Office first opened in 1925 and then closed in 1938 before re-opening again in 1969 when Guernsey became postally independent. It currently has only 69 residents but there is a vibrant tourist industry during the summer months. All the various postmarks from the Island were shown together with a scarce item addressed to Sir Compton Mackenzie.

    Overall, some 200 sheets of postal history from these three Islands were shown representing the most comprehensive collection of material from the Islands.

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  • Wednesday 6th November 2019

    Members’ displays ‘EAST’ & Members’ bourse

    imageThe stalwarts on parade

    The Chairman opened the meeting welcoming eleven members (there were also eleven apologies). He had no reports of Ivan Holliday and assumed he was still in the S&DH.

    Craig Patterson had spoken to Trevor Buckell earlier in the day and reported his ongoing improvement. Members were asked to list what they would bring to the Social evening on 4th December.

    Yet again the members provided a varied and interesting interpretation of EAST with the following displays:

    • Jeremy MartinMail from GB to countries east of Greenwich - covers to 22 countries from Äland Islands to Hungary
    • Claire ScottFar East Aerophilately from 1930. Imperial Airways, KLM & RAF
    • John Scott - in absentia (which we understand is not painful)PPC of Eastbourne, East Dulwich, Egypt & East Africa
    • Colin FrenchEast Africa – a personal reflection
    • Paul Latham-WardeEastcote, Boscombe East, EC3, Salvaged mail from 1953 Comet crash, & a telegram from Calcutta to Pakistan

    A very good meeting with lots of laughter.

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  • Wednesday 30 October 2019

    Guest Speaker – Kim Stuckley – Falklands Islands War

    imagePaul Latham-Warde presenting Kim Stuckley with the society's certificate and mug after his display 'The Falkland Islands War'

    Kim's excellent display and presentation covered the Postal History connected with the origins, the passage and the aftermath of the Falklands War.

    During the period of the Conflict, different postal services were illustrated; firstly the Argentine Military Post Office, secondly the Falkland Islanders using the Argentine Post Office and thirdly the British Task Force through the voyage south and arrival on the Islands until Argentine surrender on 14th June 1982. This includes the use of Ascension Island as the staging post for troops and equipment going south.

    After the Falklands War the development of the post War British military and Falkland Islands postal service was shown through to the end of 1982, leading to the opening of Mount Pleasant airport in 1985. The display finished with the 2013 referendum where over 99% of the Islanders voted to remain a British Overseas Territory.

    Although the Falklands War is by nature a 'modern' subject, there were scarce items from Islanders, Argentine military and British Forces mail reflecting either the postal stationery used, origin of the mail or the routes for mail employed. This included registered mail from QE2, mail cancelled in San Carlos Water on HMS Fearless, Argentine troop mail from West Falkland and Hercules mail "snatched" by grappling hook when Port Stanley airfield was closed in August 1982.

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  • Wednesday 16 October 2019

    Day Meeting

    imageS&DPS Day Meeting at the Grasmere Hotel

    Another very good Day Meeting held at the Grasmere Hotel with a very encouraging attendance of 23 philatelists.

    The material was again excellent with such a diversity of topics that catered for everyone.

    Very pleasing to see Jeremy Martin, recently out of hospital after a major operation, back with a sense of humour and a very good display of 'Modern Estonia'.

    The Convenor - Tony Howgarth-Graham - who again did a brilliant job, welcomed the 13 Members and 10 guests. The 5 minute bell was only (gently) used once.

    The following 13 people and their displays are shown below:

    • James PodgerBurrus catalogues
    • Colin TabeartPatriotic labels
    • Chris WheelerBubonic Plague by postcard
    • Wendy BuckleAnimal, Vegetable and Mineral
    • Tony Howgrave-GrahamFrance & Abroad
    • Bob SmallBattle of Waterloo
    • Claire ScottBrunei
    • John ScottDevelopment of Postcards
    • Charles LeonardBore Shipping Company
    • Kim StuckleyFalklands in the 80’s
    • John CampbellMail from North and South Shields to overseas destinations
    • Wilf VeversExploration and Research in the Antarctic
    • Jeremy MartinModern Estonia

    The Chairman, Paul Latham-Warde, in closing thanked everyone for attending and also thanked Tony H-G for organising another excellent day.

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  • Wednesday 2nd October 2019

    Members’ displays ‘items under £5.00’ – and members’ bourse.

    image ‘Members enjoying the evening whilst John hides under his HMS Queen Elizabeth baseball cap!

    The Chairman started the meeting by welcoming our latest two members, Jerry and Alexandra Wraith who joined on the night. He then covered the following:

    Jeremy Martin was congratulated on attending the meeting, having recently undergone surgery, and looking so well. Trevor Buckell is due an operation on 28 October and we all wish him the very best and look forward to seeing him back at future meetings.

    There are still a couple of places left for anyone who would like to attend the Day Meeting at the Grasmere Hotel on Wednesday 16th October 2019. (please contact Tony H-G).

    A reminder that The Salisbury Stamp Fair will be held at the Five Rivers Complex on Friday and Saturday 18th/19th October. Warminster Philatelic Society are holding their Day Meeting on 22nd October with details to follow.

    The following showed displays:

    • Craig PattersonA Sling Camp postcard and a postcard linking despatching/receiving locations.
    • Jeremy MartinBaggage Labels
    • Mike Moody1937 Coronation
    • Eric DaffernPostage Dues
    • Duncan PierceTwo old family stamp albums
    • Colin FrenchTwo postcards.
    • Paul Latham-WardePhotos of his recent holiday in Austria and Italy, some of which were philatelically linked. TNT handled mail.
    • Tony Howgrave-GrahamSouth Africa
    • John ScottMaterial and memorabilia from Patrick Maselis (past President of The RPSL)

    Another good meeting with some excellent material and a lot of humour.

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  • Wednesday 18 September 2019

    Carol Turner - Malaria

    imageTony Howgrave-Graham presenting Carol Turner with the Society mug and Certificate after her display of 'Malaria'

    Carol Turner:

    On starting work I had more time and on my 1st visit to the local stamp club I was made most welcome and saw an impressive display of New Zealand, most of which went over my head, but opened my eyes to the possibilities of this hobby. I attended a few more meetings before joining and then wondered what to collect. On advice I collected whatever appealed or intrigued providing it was cheep until something fired my enthusiasm. North Borneo became my first ‘adult collection’. After 10 years came a point where to improve the quality and depth of the collection I had to spend a bit more money than say £10 tops for any one item. Whilst making up my mind what to do I tried collecting a number of other countries but nothing gelled. Going back to the initial advice, I collected randomly for a while and noted that I was drawn to stamps relating to Natural History. Plants, birds, fish and Lepidoptera seemed too numerous so I thought of insects. I soon realised there was a massive world wide anti-malaria issue in 1962 showing mosquitoes. This set me thinking and reading about this ancient debilitating disease and its effect. I was hooked.

    Initially I collected stamps & FDC’s only and then joined the appropriate specialists’ society which was then Malaria Philatelists International (now internet only free) which gave me loads more information. The most difficult decision was on how to tell the story. After many false starts I eventually made a plan based very roughly chronologically. This has since been adapted several times. Malaria has featured in myths and legends so I begin with the association of marshy ground and malaria, then onto various theories as to the cause and attempts to alleviate the symptoms using plants. Another section or chapter was needed for the discovery of an effective cure, Cinchona bark. I proceed with the development of the quinine industry through production to dispensing. A new chapter was needed to show the discovery of the parasite and its link between the mosquito and the disease. I then researched the methods used for controlling the disease through time. This was and still is mostly concentrating on eliminating the mosquito vector although there are modern attempts at vaccine production & genetic engineering of the mosquitoes. Then looking at the history of how this disease has affected the military, & onto other aspects which I have neglected in the past.

    It has required a great deal of lateral thinking to find the philatelic material to tell this story. I have shamelessly pinched ideas from other displays on how I like to show certain items and have often found new links and information by carefully studying other exhibits in any exhibitions I attend. Yes, entering an occasional competition and complying with the rules is at times a pain, but I need the discipline to ensure I get those gems out of that pending pile and into my collection. Has it been worth the effort? For me, yes, I’ve gained more information made new contacts and been very surprised how well my material looked up despite some layouts that did not work as well as I had hoped.

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  • Wednesday 4 September 2019

    imageEager members waiting to start the first meeting of the season

    The Chairman welcomed everyone to the opening session. He made special mention and congratulated Claire Scott on being elected to the very prestigious Club Monaco Philatelic Society, becoming only the third lady member elected. Well done.

    Sixteen members made it a very good first meeting of the season with a wide variety of Recent Acquisitions including:

    • David WinnieChannel Islands
    • Mike MoodyChannel Islands
    • Julian FrostBelgium
    • Craig PattersonA long awaited delivery
    • Claire ScottBrunei Postcards
    • John ScottWafer Seals
    • Ed CoombesTelegrams
    • Colin FrenchQV Line engraved
    • Paul Latham-WardPostcards

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  • Wednesday 22 May 2019

    AGM, 16 Sheet Competition and Society Cup, Members' displays W X Y

    imageSome serious discussions after the AGM

    A very good turnout of 19 members for a full evening starting with the AGM, the minutes of which will be published separately.

    The 16 Sheet Competition attracted 3 contestants:

    • Claire ScottBrunei
    • Colin FrenchCourriers Convoyeurs Cancellations
    • John ScottSamples by Post

    Congratulations to John Scott who won the most votes of the Members for his excellent entry.

    The Chairman was again delighted to see such outstanding material in the W, X, & Y. displays.

    Members and their displays

    • Julian FrostWiltshire Philatelic Federation Convention held in Warminster 4 May 1968
    • Jeremy MartinLocal post of Wilton, Woodfalls, Wylie, Wishford, & Winterslow Hut
    • Tony Howgrave-GrahamWindhoek, Wanderstempel, Windhuk Rail & Witvle.
    • Lindsay GreenWinterslow, Xmas & Ypres
    • Eric DaffernWW1 & WW2
    • Claire ScottWars – Indian, German, Wellington, Balaclava, Kitchener, & WW1 submarines
    • John ScottWriting paper & Wafer seals

    Alan Wood has been moved to Durrington Ward although he will shortly be discharged from hospital into a nursing home – possible The Laverstock Care Centre.

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  • Wednesday 8 May 2019

    Members’ evening – Shipping and members' bourse

    imageDuncan Pierce presenting Genealogy

    The Chairman welcomed 16 members and was pleased to see many had brought along displays. Although it was down as Shipping the Chairman had encouraged members to expand that to include any material with even the most tenuous link to shipping or in fact expanding that to include transport.

    The quality of the displays shown this evening was outstanding with such a diverse range of topics within the brief of 'Shipping' plus others outside of it!

    The following members and their displays:

    • Lindsay GreenTitanic
    • Julian FrostOstend – Dover ferry service
    • Jeremy MartinWest Africa, post carried by various shipping lines, mobile boxes for post on board
    • Trevor Buckell1934 Royal visit to South Africa and linking of Air services with shipping
    • Tony Howgrave-GrahamShipping Lines of South Africa
    • Duncan PierceGenealogy
    • Mike MoodyNaval postal cancellations
    • Craig PattersonA branch from his newly acquired wood???
    • Colin French1902 Paddle steamer on Lake Victoria, Kenya, World railway engines & cover from France to Yokohama, Japan
    • Paul Latham-WardeSt Ives Postcards, Stamp Designer Andrew Reftall Ships & Calcutta ship letters

    Alan Wood is back in hospital in The Pembroke Ward – he would be pleased to see anyone who could visit.

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  • Wednesday 24 April 2019

    Guest Speaker: Pat Campbell – Something British

    imageColin French presenting Pat Campbell with the Society's Mug and Certificate after his display of Postage Dues

    The Chairman had great pleasure in welcoming back Pat Campbell, an ex-member of the society who now lives in Southport, as our guest speaker with his display of "Something British". The Chairman also welcomed Pete Kersley who had signed up as our latest member.

    Pat's display was of British Postage Dues with the first half covering Postage Due values from 1/2d to 1/-. The increments were in units of ha'penny.

    The Postage Due (which are labels and not stamps) was generally made up by doubling the difference of the underpaid fee that should have been paid when the item was posted. Although the postal authorities also charged for non-payment, re-direction, currency fluctuations, invalid stamps and Customs & Excise – VAT and Purchase Tax.

    The majority of items shown were from all over the world so although titled "Something British" there were inevitably a lot of foreign stamps in the display. When Pat started collecting Postage Due it was inevitable that the majority of them would be as a result of foreign incoming mail so he sought out material from as many different countries as possible.

    The covers had some excellent strikes on them, particularly of note were two covers with large black ink hand struck 5d. In some cases there were insufficient Postage Due labels so hand stamps were used (particularly for penalties involving a half pence) as well as definitive stamps some of which were bisected.

    A cover sent from Rabat to Marseille was redirected to London (attracting a penalty) was then redirected within London (another penalty and finally returned to the sender in Rabat. As it was not delivered the net gain to the postal authorities was NIL.

    The second half covered the high values - £1, £2, £5, £10 and £20. Pat had published an article on Postage Dues and was contacted by a collector offering his collection that he had amassed when running the main office of a large British electrical company which received mail from all over the world and in particular Japan. When the large envelope containing the collection arrived Pat was amazed to find many high value Postage Due labels ranging from a few pounds up to a staggering £286 made up of £50, £20, £10 and £5 labels – a gold mine.

    As he had benefitted from the generosity of a complete stranger, Pat wanted to share his good fortune with the S&DPS members and gave everyone a piece with used Postage Dues – who knows how many PD collectors this may start off? Final tip was that should you find a cover with a tax in RED you should buy it immediately!!

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  • Wednesday 10 April 2019

    Annual Auction.

    17 members and 6 guests turned out for our Annual Auction at which Tony Howgrave-Graham was again the Auctioneer.

    There were a total of 333 lots with something for everyone's interests. The first 92 lots were mainly of aviation literature and despite many valuable items they were offered unreserved. The buyers' took advantage and picked up some excellent bargains.

    The remainder were general lots.

    Not all lots were sold, however initial figures show that £1,170.29 (up on last year) was raised, an excellent result.

    In closing the Chairman thanked everyone for attending, those who assisted in the running of the auction and especially Tony H-G for the considerable effort he put in to his last Auction as auctioneer to make it such a success.

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  • Wednesday 27 March 2019

    Day Meeting

    imageS&DPS Day Meeting philatelists

    This year's Day Meeting was again held at the Grasmere Hotel with a very encouraging attendance of 26 philatelists.

    An excellent day with very high quality material shown with something for everyone.

    The presentations were lively and interesting with a good atmosphere throughout the day with plenty of laughter. A boot in someone's porridge comes to mind!!! The Convenor - Tony Howgarth-Graham - again did a brilliant job. The 5 minute bell was only used once – no names no pack drill!

    The following 13 people and their displays are shown below:

    • Colin FrenchBrunswick Star Cancels
    • Mike Moody1947 Royal Visit to South Africa
    • Tony Howgrave-Graham1913-24 South Africa
    • Claire Scott'BOY'
    • Jeremy MartinAscension (Highways & Byways)
    • Tony StanfordBritish Levant
    • Colin TabeartRoyal Navy, Aid to Russia (WW1)
    • Jean AlexanderCozens of Weymouth
    • Crawford AlexanderGB
    • Malcom BartonFalkland Islands (Spitfires)
    • Tony Howgrave-Graham50 Years of Pro-Juventute
    • Chris WheelerLover to Loved
    • John CampbellDanzig Hyperinflation
    • Kim StuckleyFalkland Islands, International Geophysical Year Expedition
    • Claire Scott'BOY' continued

    In closing Tony H-G thanked everyone for attending and Tony was thanked by everyone in return for organising another excellent day.

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  • Wednesday 13 March 2019

    Members' single frame evening, 9 sheet competition and members' bourse

    imageThe Chairman presenting the Postal History salver to Tony Howgrave-Graham (shared on equal marks with Colin French)

    The Chairman started the evening with the sad announcement that David Ashby a recent ex-member of the society died on Wednesday 6 March 2019. The society has sent a message of condolence to his relatives.

    The Chairman welcomed a guest Pete Kersley, who we hope will become a member.

    The 9 sheet competition with categories shown below only attracted 3 participants:

    • Tony Howgrave-GrahamGeneral Philately - Winner
    • Colin French/Tony Howgrave-GrahamPostal History - Winners (shared on equal points)
    • Tony Howgrave-GrahamAero Philately - Winner
    • David ArundaleCinderella - Winner
    • Colin FrenchBest in Show - Winner
    • No entriesThematic
    • No entriesSocial Philately
    • No entriesPicture Postcard

    The material displayed was very good, however, it was disappointing that more members didn't compete and this issue will be discussed at the next committee meeting.

    The remainder of the evening was taken up with members' displays that were all very interesting:

    • Tony Howgrave-GrahamBelgium
    • Colin FrenchAmerican Flag cancellations
    • Jeremy MartinNigerian Postage Dues
    • Tony Howgrave-GrahamPostal Stationary
    • Paul Latham-Warde9 sheet Competitions

    Next meeting:

    Wednesday 27 March 2019 - Day Meeting to be held at the Grasemere Hotel (confirmed attendees only)

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  • Wednesday 20 February 2019

    Guest speaker: Jeremy Martin – Military Mail from 1786

    Second half: members' displays & members' bourse

    imageChairman Paul Latham-Warde thanking Jeremy Martin for his display of 'Military Mail from 1786'

    A very good turn out of 17 members with 2 guests. A warm welcome to Julian Frost our latest member.

    The Chairman, Paul Latham-Warde was congratulated on winning the Victor Hutchinson Memorial Trophy at the Wiltshire & District Federation with his entry of "The Poor". Now the is back in full time employment there is every expectation that his next entry will be "The Rich"

    The first half of the evening we were treated to an excellent display by Jeremy of Military mail covering over 200 years from 1786. Starting with a cover from Worley Camp that was set up in 1786 in case the French invaded! Jeremy continued with material of French POW's in Dartmoor, The Light Brigade, The Siege of Paris with post being flown out in manned balloons and campaigns in Egypt and India.

    He then went on to cover WW1 and WW11 with propaganda cards which showed people's expectations and the reality, beautiful silk cards, invasion of Iraq (KUT) British POW in Turkey, the Arab revolt against British Rule. A friend of Jeremy's flew 3 missions in WW11 dropping leaflets, one of which he displayed.

    A comprehensive section on Mesopotamia. WW11 Finland's Winter War Malta with the important part that morale had to play throughout the war – troops were given Green X labels that they put in their envelopes to home that the recipient would affix to their reply envelope to indicate priority. Falklands War, the part the QE2 played, Libya censored marks and finally Iraq.

    The second half was members' displays:

    • Mike MoodyChannel Islands – Red Cross
    • Mike CareyInteresting Victorian envelopes
    • David Winnie Channel Islands – forwarded mail
    • Julian FrostBelgium
    • Trevor BuckellHaiti, Cape of Good Hope postal stationery, Barbados and Sabena Airways
    • Colin FrenchBrunswick Star cancellations
    • Duncan PierceWhat are they?

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  • 6th February 2019

    Guest speaker - John Shaw - SA!?

    imageTony Howgrave-Graham presenting John Shaw with the society's mug and certificate

    A good turnout of 14 members and 4 guests (with 8 apologies) met for the display given by our guest speaker John Shaw on SA!? The Chairman, Paul Latham-Warde, welcomed the speaker and then covered the following points before John started his presentation:

    Salisbury Collectors Fair in Salisbury 17th & 18th May.
    Next meeting Jeremy Martin – Military Mail from 1786 – 2nd half members' displays and members' bourse.
    The next meeting on 20th February is the final chance for anyone wishing to put items into the Auction to hand them in to the Auctioneer, Tony H-G.
    David Winnie (Chairman of the Channel Islands Specialists' Society) extended an invite to all members to the CISS meeting which will be held at the Grasemere Hotel, Salisbury 26 – 28 April 2019.
    Jeremy Martin gave an update on Alan Wood's health saying that he had been discharged from hospital last week and was now back home.

    John Shaw's SA!? was not South Africa as many thought it would be but South America (Paraguay) and Haiti.

    In the first half John covered most compressively the stamps and forgeries of Paraguay. It would appear that all issued stamps of the country were at some time forged. In some cases the forgeries made their way into continental catalogues. The forgeries still have success at auctions as John has found out over the years to his cost!.

    The first stamps had a Lion (the national emblem) as the centre, Strange that a country that has no lions should use it as its national emblem? Some of the forgeries had some sad faced lions, one also had a fine moustache whilst another had disjointed knees. The Lion theme continued off and on although latterly the Presidents' head was used for the centre.

    We were treated to proof essays, die proofs, plate proofs and colour trials. The country's finances were not the soundest and when they ran out of stamps (regularly) and had no money to order more they used telegraph stamps surcharged, with John showing every known example. Amongst the postal history John showed a unique cover addressed to Uruguay. Should you think of collecting Paraguay you would be advised to seek the guidance of a specialist – such as John or our own Trevor Buckell – to avoid the inevitable forgeries you will come across!

    The viewing took some time as members discussed the marvellous display with John.

    After a short break we were treated to another exceptional display, this time the stamps and postal history of Haiti. The first stamps issued in 1881 were of 6 values imperf in a set plate of 50 of which John had a sheet. Again with this country most of the issued stamps were ripe for the forgers of which many were shown. Of the perforated issues there were a variety of errors – including imperf between.

    The subject of some issues were ‘strange' anniversaries and the ‘strange' name of the Presidents. In a few cases the stamps were designed and produced but at the last moment the President was deposed so that issue was destroyed. In one case we were shown what is believed to be the only surviving stamp from such a case. The 1939 3 stamp issue was the first to have a charity surcharge which was not popular or bought! John showed an anti-malaria issue which had the wrong species of mosquito shown and named; this was because it was produced by an American company who depicted the species found in America which was not the Haiti species.

    Overall a brilliant evening with many humorous anecdotes and an encyclopaedic amount of information which John delivered so well.

    Next Meeting:

    Wednesday 20th February 2019 First half Jeremy Martin - Military mail from 1786 – second half members' displays & members' bourse.

  • 16th January 2019

    Tony Howgrave-Graham - French Colonies and second half of Members displays.

    imageTony Howgrave-Graham looking pleased with a bottle of red.

    We started our first evening of the New Year welcoming two potential new Members. Both John and Julian seemed to enjoy their first evening with us. As Alan Wood is still in hospital, we were very fortunate that Tony Howgrave-Graham stepped in at short notice to give us an outstanding display of French Colonies. A display worthy of Gold medal status.

    As the format for the first meeting of our New Year is half guest speaker and half Members, we offered Tony either half a certificate or half a mug or a full bottle of red wine. No prizes for guessing what he went for!

    Two Members displayed with Jeremy Martin showing pre-stamp material from Belgium. Paul Latham-Warde followed with Alsace-Lorraine Parcel Cards.

    Next Meeting:

    Wednesday 6th February 2019 with John Shaw displaying SA(!).