Wednesday 11th March
Members’ single frame evening and 9 sheet competition and members’ bourse
The Chairman opened the meeting welcoming 14 members, and our guest, Mabel Chigariro who came with Eric Daffern.
He reminded members of the following dates:
25th March, Day Meeting, that there are some places still available and members who wanted to attend should contact Tony H-G the convenor.
8th April Annual Auction.
15/16th May Salisbury Show at City Hall.
He then explained, until he was blue in the face, the procedure for voting in the 9 sheet competition. Your scribe must admit he did not hear anyone ask for a repeat of the instruction!! He then told members that he and the committee would monitor the advice from Government and Health England regarding the effect of Covid 19 and keep them informed. This could mean cancelling events/evenings if need be.
There were three entrants in the Postal History category and after all votes had been cast Julian Frost was declared the winner with his display of ‘Belgian Rocket Mail’
Winners of the other categories:
- GeneralTony Howgrave-GrahamPenny Blacks
- ThematicLindsay GreenBeatrix Potter
- AerophilatelyPaul Latham-WardeRotary Flight: The first 25 years
- CinderellaPaul Latham-WardeThe Jersey Boys
- Picture Post CardsTony Howgrave-GrahamThe Union (South Africa)
- NoviceJulian FrostBelgian Rocket Mail
- Best in ShowTony Howgrave-GrahamPenny Blacks
The following displays were put up by:
- Jeremy MartinLufthansa Air mails to South America
- Trevor BuckellImperial Airways – The Eastern Route
- Julian FrostAn 1856 Picture of the Square Salisbury
- Steve JarvisMadagascar
- Mike MoodyFirst Day Covers
- Paul Latham-Warde2018 French Definitive issue ‘Marianne’
Another very good evening.
Wednesday 26th February
Guest Speaker – Jeremy Martin – Trains, Planes & Things. Second half members’ display and members’ bourse.
The Chairman opened the meeting welcoming 15 members, our guest Isabella Rodriguez, who came with Eric Daffern and our guest speaker Jeremy Martin. He reminded members of the following:
11th March next meeting, Members’ single frame evening and 9 sheet competition and members’ bourse.
25th March Day Meeting and members should register their interests now before the convenor puts it out to the wider philatelic community.
15/16th May Salisbury Show at City Hall.
He then introduced Jeremy Martin.
Jeremy gave a very entertaining first half display with many hilarious anecdotes which had us all laughing. He covered a wide area of philately in the three areas of his display Starting with the some lovely examples of railway post labels of 1891, followed by a Post Office envelope explaining why the original letter was dirty and muddy which was because of the attempted robbery on a Waterloo to Exeter train in December 1985 when a mail bag was thrown from the mail coach. Also shown were TPO cachets, covers that were flown as a result of the railway strike of 1919 showing an extra charge of 2/- with mail on the London to Paris flight showing an extra charge of 2/6.
Jeremy showed covers from Iraq and from 1930 when the use of airmail was more frequent there were covers displayed with special cachets on flight across the Atlantic. We also saw mail carried by ships which had the Paquebot strike which had been posted as normal however, if posted privately they had the ship mark applied.
Amongst the ‘Things’ in the title, covers were shown with the cachet MB being struck on covers that had been posted in a ‘Mobile Box’ which were boxes placed in areas (especially near the port) that had no post office. Prior to a ship sailing the boxes were taken to the ship and the mail taken aboard. Post carried by the Clyde steamers had a cancel applied with the name of the ship.
On the final frame Jeremy showed some very good examples of mail carried by the Atlantic Ferry Service (1941–1947) that were cancelled in pen with crosses and lines.
In the second half the following was shown.
- Eric DaffernStampless covers from 1743 to 1868
- Mike Moody1937 Coronation, KEVIII abdication and KGV death
- Claire ScottBrunei, Coil Machine issues
- Steve JarvisMadagascar, 1908-1943
- Tony Howgrave-GrahamUnion of South Africa, Kings Head Definitives
- Paul Latham-WardeQEII Rhodesia
Wednesday 5th February
Guest Speakers from Petersfield & District Philatelic Society Hew Granlund: KGV1 High Values ‘Arms’ issues and Robin Pizer: German Exchange Controls
The Chairman opened the meeting by welcoming our two guest speakers Hew Granlund and Robin Pizer from the Petersfield & District Philatelic Society’. He said how pleased he was to see both Alex Armstrong and Trevor Buckell attending again. He reminded everyone that the Salisbury Collectors Fair was scheduled for 15/16 May 2020. Finally before introducing our two guest speakers he congratulated Claire Scott on her excellent presentation of Brunei at the Royal Philatelic Society London at their meeting on the 23rd January 2020.
For the first half Hew Granlund gave a very comprehensive display of the KGV1 High Value ‘Arms’ issues (1939-1948). Although there were only 6 stamps in the issue: 2s. 6d. Brown, 2s 6d Yellow-Green, 5s Red, 10s Dark Blue, 10s Ultramarine and the £1 Brown. Hew’s display showed the all the values as used and unused with most of the catalogued varieties and a number of varieties yet to be listed by Gibbons. We were treated to unused large blocks of all the values with the varieties easily assigned to their row position and showing the pane number. The final frame showed the start of a collection with the varieties on envelopes. A beautiful set of stamps which we all enjoyed.
Robin Pizer followed in the second half with a fascinating and unique display of German Exchange Control 1918 to 1925 which he has been collecting for over 50 years. It concentrated on mail that caused the Exchange Control Authorities problems leading to mail being returned to sender, sent to Customs to await an import or export license or just confiscated. The Exchange Control affected incoming and outgoing mail and even some transit mail that was incorrectly returned to sender or directed to a Customs Office. Robin pointed out and translated the German labels that were affixed to the envelopes that had fallen fowl of the Exchange Control instructions. The recurring cachet on most of the envelopes was ‘Zuruch’ (Return)ever.
An excellent presentation of a subject which the vast majority of the members had never seen or heard of before.
Wednesday 15th January
Guest Speaker – Tony Howgrave-Graham – GB Duplex Cancels
Second half members’ display and members’ bourse.
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