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  • Wednesday 15th January 2020

    Guest Speaker – Tony Howgrave-Graham – GB Duplex Cancels

    Second half members’ display and members’ bourse.

    imageDavid Winnie giving the Vote of Thanks to Tony Howgrave-Graham for his display of GB Duplex Cancels (“I thought they would be South African”)

    The Chairman opened the first meeting of the year by welcoming 17 members, our guest Irena Bajan, who came with Eric Daffern and our guest speaker Tony Howgrave-Graham.

    He gave a warm welcome back to Trevor Buckell and thanked Craig Patterson for the excellent quiz that he produced for our Christmas social and asked if he would continue the good work and produce another quiz at our social evening this year (strike whilst the iron is hot!)

    Craig reported that he had spoken (phone) to Ray Harris who is in a nursing home in Landford that Ray would welcome a phone call from those who know him. Contact Craig for details.

    Tony then gave an excellent and most comprehensive display of GB Duplex Cancels.

    They started with the 1858 Salisbury "683" trial (which isn't a duplex cancel) - invented by Salisbury Postmaster - trialed in London end of 1858, early 1859 but rejected as being too cumbersome and with pins that could damage the contents of the letter -it's rare - example from London 1859 on 2x1/-, 2d blue & 1d red on cover to Chile - Salisbury postmaster obviously couldn't accept the verdict and used it in Salisbury 12 years later with & without the 4 pins - 1871-4 (cover & loose stamps shown).

    London 1st duplex cancels shown then the "spoon" experiment (so called because the cancels resemble spoons in shape) - Hull was the first but a large number of towns used them, though Wrexham was the only Welsh one.

    There was also the Rugby "boot" and Reading "biscuit" which fall into the same trial - Ireland had a similar trial but in Dublin they were diamond shaped - there were 8 basic numbers each with PAID in the diamond (scarce) or without. A number are coloured (either various shades of green or blue), The provincial Irish spoons were similar to the English but later the town numeral became a diamond shape.- Moving to Scotland the experimental duplexes have some very strange shapes - the early ones are scarce to rare with Leith having 2 types of "concertina" and then a "monocycle" - the rarest is the Edinburgh monocycle with only 2 or 3 covers known - the most famous is the "Madeleine Smith" because of its loose connection to a murder trial - Scotland also produced other interesting duplexes with attractive "Brunswick stars" and “dotted circles” which in Edinburgh were used on mail from letter boxes, Dundee where they were used on post from outlying areas and Greenock where they were used on the Clyde Island steamers - Columba had its own duplex - to finish there were oddments with "posted late" duplexes, errors such as Oxford which was given a "613" cancel for a bit instead of "603" and finally some machine types with a Pearson Hill and 2 Rideouts.

    The second half was members’ displays:

    • Mike MoodyHong Kong
    • John ScottLace ephemera
    • Claire ScottBrunei
    • Duncan PierceWarminster Nunnery
    • David WinnieJersey
    • Steve JarvisJamaica
    • Trevor BuckellTanganyika
    • Jeremy MartinGold Coast
    • Paul Latham-WardeInvalid stamps covered by cellotape

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