Affiliated to ABPS
and to the Hampshire Philatelic Society

Stamps - Postcards - Postal History - Thematics

Visiting Speakers - Members' Displays
Club Auctions - Annual Fair

Meetings at the Ferndown Day Centre, Library Road, off Victoria Road
Ferndown BH22 9JP
at 7:30pm for 7.45pm until 10:00pm
usually on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month
Free parking behind the Day Centre
Subscription £6.00 per annum

The Club meets twice a month, usually one
evening of Members' displays plus an auction,
and one evening with a visitor.
Visits are made to other Clubs.
An Exchange Packet is circulated to Members.
The Club organises an Annual Fair in April with Dealers and an Auction, and an interclub competition

Chairman - Bob Small
Vice Chairman - Terry Kirkman

For general queries contact Paul Barry, Club Secretary:- 07932 581791, or e-mail: paulrichardbarry@hotmail.co.uk

For details of Membership contact Michael Baldry, Membership Secretary:- 01202 253933

For anything to do with the Annual Fair, contact Alan King, Stamp & Postcard Fair Secretary:-
01202 064298 or e-mail....alan.king2010@hotmail.co.uk



46th Season


7:30pm for 7:45pm at the Day Centre in the shopping precinct Ferndown, Dorset, BH22 9JP

Guests and Prospective New Members are welcome

6 in 2 - Your Choice - Members; and Auction
"Poland during World War II" - Albert Jackson
9 in 4 - The Americas - Members; and Auction.
"Channel Island Locals" - Kim Pitts
SATURDAY - New Forest Stamp Fair, New Milton
Annual Competitions and entries displayed - Members; and Auction
Southampton and District Philatelic Society visit us
6 in 2 - Stamps only (no covers or postcards) - Members; and Auction
"World War I Censorship" - Graham Mark
A.G.M. and Trophy Presentations - Cheese & Wine; and Auction.
"Perkins Bacon, the company and their work" - Chris Harman RDP, Hon FRPSL
SATURDAY - RINGPEX Stamp Fair, Ringwood
6 in 2 - Postcards only - Members; and Auction
"War and Peace" - Tony Hickey
6 in 2 - "U", "V" and "W" are for.........." - Members; Auction
"South West Africa" - Tony Howgrave-Graham FRPSL
9 in 4 Anything GB - Members; and Auction
THURSDAY - Poole Society's 50th Anniversary Celebrations, Upton
  9th SATURDAY - Poole Stamp Fair, Upton
6 in 2 - Your choice- Members; and Auction
"Border Changes in the Balkans" - Rex Dixon FRPSL
9th Postal Stationery, Cinderellas and 'Back of the Book' - Members; and Auction
"Napoleonic Prisoners of War Mail" - Richard Farman
6 in 2 Thematic evening "The Sea" - Members; and Auction
"The Tin Can Mail of Niuafo'ou Island" - John Davis FRPSL
Three Sheets from everybody (no excuses!) - Members; and Auction
Christmas Events, wine, mince pies quizzes, raffle, etc- Members




Reports on Club Meetings

To see reports of meetings held in 2012 to mid 2016 please.... click here


Monday 23 May - "Perkins Bacon, the company and their work"

Chris Harman RDP, Hon FRPSL

(Report and Images to follow)

The John Richardson Printings New Zealand Two Pence Blue Queensland One Penny
Sample Bank Note Geometric Lathe Engraving, with Code, from the Proof Book of Alfred Deacon, engraver
Half a Crown Revenue Stamp as Fee for Hiring a Guildhall Consulting Room, Southampton Chris Harman RDP, Hon FRPSL receiving his Appreciation Award from Hugh Jefffries




Monday 8 May - A.G.M. and Trophy Presentations

The evening began with the AGM, competently run by the Chairman, with the various officers of the Club providing their reports and answering questions from the floor. This was followed by presentation of the many awards won at the 13 March Club Competitions, with the Best in Show being awarded to Geoff Hood for his entry "The ½d Post". A social and auction completed the evening.

The Chairman giving his report Wendy receiving her award Geoff receiving "The Best in Show" trophy

(chris wheeler)


Monday 24 April - "World War I Censorship" - Graham Mark

In summing up the Club’s appreciation of this remarkable presentation, Chairman Bob Small stated…’Well Graham: what can I say?? What an absolutely fascinating display of World War I censorship material!’ Certainly it would be hard to picture a more extensive collection and so very professionally promoted both in terms of display and description. In Graham’s book published in 2000, entitled ‘British Censorship of Civil Mails during World War I, 1914-1919', we are immediately made aware that this is a huge and deep philatelic study. Members were entertained by a section of his most specialised collection built up over many years.  It was clear from the outbreak of hostilities that there was a chronic need for censorship, yet the Post Office was not ready to implement any sort of controls. Labels were quickly introduced and these took a number of forms both in size, colour and length of use, these included those marked ‘Censor’ and ‘Opened by Censor’. These labels were used on both UK mail and on inbound ‘Enemy’ mail. Internment mail was also covered. Numerous examples of all these were displayed, together with an interesting section on ‘French Censored Mail’. Graham described how French censors came to London to read/approve/adjust their national mail, employing their own handstamps. Some covers displayed depicted two censor marks –French and UK!  A study of ‘postal rates’ featured, together with ‘1914 Postage Due Stamps’, ‘CoD’ introduction and ‘Temporary Post Offices, April, 1914’.  In mounting this well written-up display, Graham included a wide range of material, including Postmaster General’s notices, covers, letters, postcards, printed stationery, registered mail, labels, wax seals, a study in associated postmarks and original articles from the ‘Illustrated London News’. A fine presentation indeed which promoted much interest and discussion.      Absent Members missed a treat!!

Graham explaining slogan postmarks and their withdrawal The GPO 'Secret Censorship Letter Office', from the ILN, 1844 Example of a Late Fee cover
Photograph of the setting up of the first meter machine in 1922 Cover with continuous impression slogan for War Bonds, 1918 Meter cover with GWR slogan, added in a second process, 1926

(paul barry)


Monday 10 April - "6 in 2", Stamps Only

                   Vice Chairman Terry Kirkman welcomed the membership and invited by show of hands the number of displays to feature. Hugh Jefferies led the team onto the pitch with his fascinating contribution ‘Chalon Heads’.  Hugh has a particular interest in the world of varieties- shades, papers, watermarks and perforations and his study of Chalon Heads certainly enabled this focus. Attractive used Victorian stamps from Natal, New Zealand and Queensland were particularly well represented….all 6 pages having been freshly removed from their album home. Don Seaby never fails to contribute and his ‘China’ study of Mao modern issues was interesting. Now of some considerable value, he explained that at the time of production, their confetti style receipt by dealers received little enthusiasm….fortune tellers slipped up there big time!!  John Case demonstrated his love of colourful issues and this was certainly noted with his ‘Solomon Islands’ display. He shared his enthusiasm for the topics covered… ‘Titanic’, ‘Whales’, ‘Island Flora & Fauna’, ‘Butterflies’, Airbus’, ‘Lighthouses’ and ‘Koalas’….all stamps being presented within mint and mini-sheet contexts. John Garrett equally appreciates philatelic colour and beauty and this was well demonstrated in his ‘Papua New Guinea’ display of modern issues, where his ‘butterflies and moths’ content was easily observed. Don Symonds’ ‘Helvetia’ also promoted bright, colourful mint stamps, from the period 1935-49, His ‘costumes’ theme was especially noteworthy. ‘Sweden’ was Bill Laird’s consideration, in the period 1920-95. Here were presented booklets, coil-stamps, perforations and mini-sheets. Spence Coaker has a great knowledge of early ‘Hong Kong ‘stamps and his superb showcase was finely written-up in pleasing flowing script. He covered 1862 onwards and included interesting o/printed and perfinned items. The display was underscored by a consideration of commerce and this theme was promoted by his displayed book ‘Traders of Hong Kong: Some Foreign Merchant Houses, 1841-99’. Chris Wheeler completed this engaging evening with his display entitled ‘Australian Artists on Stamps’. Fresh from his riveting visit to the National Gallery, Chris was inspired to display beautiful related stamps…singles/mini-sheets…Aboriginal art and impressionistic work being particularly featured. His presentation was further enhanced by his regular use of black sheets…creating a visual feast. The meeting concluded with a small but well attended sale, having more than double the number of punters seen at the Club’s Annual Fair auction two days previously!!  

Chalon Head on Queensland 9d green Artist at work on the Mao Poem set Lake of Lugano, pro juvente, 1929
Solomon Islamn m/s Endangered Species Hong Kong Trader perfin Australia Impressionist (Streeton) Specimen

(paul barry)


Results of the Interclub Competition, held at Ferndown on Saturday 8 April 2017

Bridport General G1 Falkland Isles Discovery & Settlement 69 14.8 1ST
Postal History PH1 Warsaw City Post - Local Handstamps 1916-1918 79

Ferndown &
West Moors

Open Social O1 Cheyne Walk Artists 65 13.8 3RD
General G2 The Halfpenny Post - Postage Rate of British Mail 1870-1940 73
Poole Postal History PH3 Latvia at War - 1919-1920 75 14.5 2ND
Thematic T1 A Day Out at Kew Gardens 70

Bridport won the Interclub Trophy
Bernard Paull won the Peter Owden Trophy for the best individual exhibit


Monday 27th March - Southampton and District Philatelic Society visit us

A certain mystery always surrounds an evening when the club is to be entertained by philatelists from afar!!  Keeping up this ‘exchange’ tradition always proves most worthwhile, as demonstrated by the response to this particular meeting. Three fascinating displays featured, the first being ‘Bishop’s Waltham’  by Mike Batty (his own village!!) who produced a highly detailed historical and social journey through the interplay of philatelic material. Included were pre-post documents dating from 1773 onwards… cancels- some first day, red and blue wax seals, covers, letters…much to/from solicitors, printed postal stationery, bills, maps, rates, transatlantic mail and so much more. This 90 sheet display was a gem and profoundly well presented via excellent write-up and exposition. Brian Hague followed after the customary break, with his superb ‘Jutlandia’ study. Launched in 1934, this Danish cargo ship clearly had an eventful history. After considerable cargo work, the ship was provided by the government to act as a hospital ship in the Korean War, manned by volunteers. Again a wonderful write-up, the display took in photos, covers, airmails, postcards, details of cargoes and routes. A menu card was of interest too, as were the letters to/from crew members. The final presentation came from John Berridge…’Hindenburg Air Ship’. …mainly in the 1936/7 period. This visual feast included construction details, air-stamps, mini-sheets, covers, letters, photos, tickets, technical information and routes. The airship achieved 140 Atlantic crossings, 130k passengers, one million miles...a real business competitor. Its first trans-Atlantic flight in 1936 to South America was well documented, as were later navigations and of course the final disaster…the fire/crash in the USA, in May 1937. Some 300 covers exist from this very flight!! Here were displayed numerous philatelic gems, some being unique items.

Bob Small warmly thanked the three speakers and showed much enthusiasm for the material shared, much of which would have been a considerable challenge to collect. Again, as Chairman, he was able to show much appreciation and the Club greatly endorsed the presentation of engraved whisky tumblers…only sorry they were not suitably filled since Bob had not travelled to his Scottish distillery in a while!!

The four visitors from Southampton

Postcard sent to Denmark from Marseille in 1939, with image of the Jutlandia The Jutlandia as a hospital ship The Royal Yacht Jutlandia
1820 wrapper from Bishops Waltham to Margate Detail of the Redirection Mark (in red) 1848 Cover from Odiam to Bishops Waltham, whilst it was a Receiving House
President Hindenburg on a stamped postcard Philatelic cover from the Netherlands to Southern Rhodesia, with Hindenburg cachet Cover carried on the final flight of the Hindenburg in 1937

(paul barry)


Monday 13th March - Competition Evening

There were 13 entries across all classes this evening, our Judges being welcomed to the Club for a mammoth evening!! They summed up their work with the advice that generally there was too much written material, some of it also difficult to read as it was too small. The General Class entry lost valuable marks as it had no introduction. Overall very good marks were scored with some impressive entries based on their themes, subject matter and presentation. The entries and judging results are shown in the table below. The "Best in Show" was "The ½d Post" in the Postal History Class, won by Geoff Hood.

  WWII Censorship of Mails John Garrett 77
Postal History      
  The ½d Post Geoff Hood 94
  The Free Frank System John Garrett 93
  Prisoner of War Mail, Army Service Corps Brian Quist 75
  Kew Gardens Chris Wheeler 89
  John Dickinson Wendy Buckle 95
  Cheyne Walk - Artists Chris Wheeler 94
  Christmas Comes but Once a Year John Garrett 84
  I Kiss Your Hands Albert Jackson 82
  German New Guinea John Garrett 67
  D.M. Cards John Garrett 95
  Uniforms Worn by the Royal Corps of Transport Brian Quist 89
  Postcrossing Chris Wheeler 78

(chris wheeler)


Monday 27th February
"Channel Island Locals" - Kim Pitts

The speaker, Kim Pitts outlined the history of Herm and provided a most detailed consideration of the island’s stamp issues. What, at first sight might have seemed an uncomplicated subject, soon revealed itself to have many complexities, the number of printings being one. Kim began his collection in modest fashion, but he soon developed a passion for these issues. First the emphasis had been to obtain one example of each stamp; this was followed by the search for both mint and used …then covers …then blocks, part sheets, etc. Kim display numerous early stamps, in local currency, a scarce FDC of the first printing and examples of the ‘pigeon post’, soon replaced by the establishment of a good telephone service with Guernsey. An examination of postal rates was made, followed by the BEA air letter service from 1953. There was an interesting consideration of triangular stamps, which included 12 complete mint sheets! The May 1957 colour trials were displayed. Then a section followed on HRH Princess Margaret’s Royal Visit which was enriched by the addition of corner blocks and full sheets. Fairly scarce early stamp booklets were also admired, along with varieties, overprints, mailbag seals and essays. 1st October 1969 saw the opening of the Post Office and this was celebrated by an FDC. Later postal items were included, culminating with a further short historical look at this enchanting island. Kim was pleased to state that Ferndown Club Members were the first to experience all of the display…180 sheets in total. Bob Small, Club Chairman, was clearly much moved by the extent and beauty of the material.  In summing up he stated ‘What a lovely display, I have not seen many of these issues, especially the early ones; this presentation was brief, informative and very entertaining’. He warmly thanked Kim for sharing this with the Club.

FDC of the BEA Air Mail Service marked "Delayed by Storm" Pigeon Service stamp on a "flimsy" to St Peter Port - CTO 17 July 1949 One of the Lifeboat series of definitives from 1959
Princess Margaret overprints on the Lifeboat definitives set The 18th and final printing of the Local definitives on postcard Triangular stamp strip with missing perforationas the selvege end
Liberation Issue - Churchill bromide essay The last day of use of the local stamps, on card, 30 September 1969 The first day of use of the Guernsey stamps on card, 1 October 1969

(paul barry)


Monday 13th February 2017 - "9 in 4 -The Americas" - Members

The meeting was well attended and a good response from membership in display contributions was celebrated.  The opening theme on ‘Panama’ provided a strong introduction with quality coloured postcards enhanced by black card backing. Various aspects of the canal’s construction were presented, together with its immediate environments. This display covering a favourite collecting area for Chris Wheeler, was again much appreciated. Spence Coaker’s ‘Canada’ was well written-up and supported an interesting coverage of postal stationery, covers and aviation stamps.  Items from Quebec and Prince Edward Island, together with postal links between Canada and France were covered. Not a million miles away…’Nova Scotia’...and here John Duckworth’s presentation of early covers was enjoyed, together with one internal Newfoundland flight. These were mainly George V, with some items being black/white illustrated. ‘Different Ways By Which Mail is Delivered’   was John Davis’s area, seen here in much reduced form from his major collection. This well written-up, informative display was typical of John’s usual standard and through a combination of covers, photos, and maps, members were introduced to a fascinating and under-represented field of study. Of note, a ‘Supersonic Concorde’ signed cover by Capt. Thomas Vojtek –US Naval Defences, whilst on land a brilliant cover was included…’Alaska Dog Team Post’. Albert Jackson’s superb contribution  -‘Poles in Exile ’ contained stamps, gummed publicity vignettes issued in conjunction with issues, superb colour or b/w illustrated FDC’s and of particular comment, a ‘Liberation of Poland’  stamp sheet. Brian Weeks, on a vastly different topic, examined the ‘Millennium Celebration’ through various mint stamps depicting celebrities of the 20th Century. Using his printed USA mini-sheets, Brian traced the decades up to the 1980s. ‘Transatlantic Mail’ by Brian Cropp formed but a small fraction of an important personal resource. Here early covers, all ‘pre-stamp’ were in evidence, including an 1842 Boston to Liverpool item arriving 16th November; another, New Orleans via England to Paris, 20th January, 1846, reaching destination 12th July and a fine cover New York via England to Cognac, 7th May 1851, arriving 17th May. The concluding display came from Hugh Jefferies with his ‘West Indian Islands’, featuring mainly fine used.  His 6 album pages focussed on unique village postmarks of which he had made a modest but informed study. A secondary element covered ‘Grenada’ …again a postmark study, encompassing Victoria through to KG VI.
Bird's Eye View of the Panama Canal Construction of the Gatum Spillway Railway Advertising Postcard
Futuristic Mail Transport FDC - Liberation of Poland USA Millenium 1900s sheet
Sea Mail on "Britannia" from Boston to Paris via Liverpool, 1842 Sea Mail on "Asia"from New York to Cognac via Liverpool, 1849 Canadian cover with 1c War Stamp

(paul barry)


Monday 23rd January 2017 - "Poland during World War II" - Albert Jackson

This superb presentation by Committee Member Albert Jackson was memorable on a number of counts –the haunting history of one of Europe’s darkest episodes, the quality and scarcity of material, the meticulous write-up and eloquence of exposition. To cover such a topic in a week might seem reasonable; to do so in 1½ hours was nothing short of miraculous!  Albert ably described in chronological progression, the main components of this study, historical, geographic, racial, political and pictorial, not to mention the most detailed commentary on Polish/German postal services, stamps issued, cancellations, taxed overprints, official stationery, covers, correspondence and postcards and of course –censorship and censor marks.
          Given the pre-war enmity of Nazi Germany towards the Polish nation and her territory, it was clear that the war would have its origins in that sphere. The build-up of invasion forces, the speed of the campaign, the destruction of vast areas and major loss of life were aspects clearly depicted. Of particular note were fine coloured postcards having such captions as ‘The Great March into Poland’, ‘On the Road to Victory’, ‘Heinkel He 111 Warplanes over Warsaw’ and ‘Workers’ Regiment defending Warsaw’. Forced labour, re-settlement programmes and internment camps added to the mix. Yet out of this carnage and unspeakable misery a range of postal services emerged- German, Polish and Jewish, rising phoenix-like from the ashes. Albert’s fabulous material on display gave a brilliant insight into this historical period, but perhaps the absolute gems in the display were three hugely rare postcards from Russian camps associated with the Katyn massacre. These were among the very few items posted out before the inmates were executed and the camps closed down.  However the account of Poland in wartime was not limited here to the early occupation, for after the interval which provided members with opportunities for close scrutiny of displayed material, there was a fascinating consideration of the turning tide. Russia’s eventual massive and sustained assault on Hitler’s Eastern front had huge implications on Poland and her marshalled Polish military forces. Albert provided insights also into the Polish worldwide diaspora and resettlement programmes.  
Secretary Paul Barry was called upon to give the vote of thanks. On behalf of Club, he paid high tribute to many exquisite aspects of the presentation here described and made mention of the fact that although Albert had happily chosen to live in retirement near a thriving philatelic environment, it was more the greater privilege for Club members to have him in their midst!

German Invasion of Poland, 1939, a privately produced fieldpost card German Invasion of Poland - the intensive bombing of Warsaw, 1939 Resettlement Programme - Portrait of Anton Steckbover Farmery
Deutsche Post Osten, the overprinted German definitives of 1939 "German Post of the East", in Polish curency Postcard from the General Government to the small Spanish Internment Camp Letter - Polish Forces in USSR - the Polish Peoples's Army

(paul barry)


Monday 9th January 2017- "6 in 2" - Your Choice, Members

The first meeting of the year and new season only saw 30 members attend, even though there was an auction. Having said
that the few that remained at the auction bought £131 worth - not bad.
The 6 in 2 provided the evening with its usual quality and variety of exhibits. They were:

John Duckworth - Czechoslovakia bi-coloured stamps
Spence Coaker - French aviation air mail stamps
John Garrett - Bournemouth/Poole/Christchurch postal history
Hugh Jefferies - Grenada stamps
Bill Laird - Cachets from GB Government Departments
John Case - Pitcairn and Solomon Island stamps
Don Seaby - South Africa

(Bob Small)


Monday 19th December, 2016 - Christmas Events - Members

There was a full house for this evening's Christmas Special Event. Bob Small, Chairman welcomed everyone, especially the spouses who had come along. The events started with two quizzes, one relating to stamps and thir origin, and the other a general quiz on Towns and Cities. Both were actively attacked by those present and though the top score was not remarkable for the stamp quiz, 24 out of 27 was the winning score for second. Following a break for excellent refreshments there was a rafflle with nearly 500 tickets sold, and some twenty lucky winners.

In conclusion the Chairman thanked everyone for their contributions during the year and felicitations for the Festive Season!

Chairman Bob Small explaining the evening's plan Members collecting the quiz forms The stamp quiz under way

(chris wheeler)



Monday 12th December, 2016 - Three Sheets from everybody (no excuses!) - Members

Last year's record of 33 participants was exceeded this year with 37 members each displaying three sheets of philatelic material
on a very wide range of topics

Mary Hood Japanese collection of covers, miniature sheets and ephemera
Geoff Hood Old Xmas pictorial airletters, with their prices, from the 1970s

Derek Baker

Terry Everett Cyprus, three complete sheets
John Davis

Family heirloom Xmas postcards, 1905-1945

Terry Tuck Pictures of the first Post Offices in Bournemouth
David Sadler Matchbox Labels
Geoff Bradford Instructional Marking letter sheets to POWs in Germany
John Duckworth New Zealand covers, Gilbert Islands, of Father Christmas descending on a parachute
Mike Baldry Trams around London
Wendy Buckle Belgian Postal Stationery
Spence Coaker Three sets of early Hong Kong Commemoratives
Brian Cropp To and from Prince Edward Island (including one from Poole)
Albert Jackson Xmas Postcards from Germany, Austria and the Occupation of Poland in 1939
Trevor Smythe Postmarks, 1917-1918, War bonds; Promoting the telephone in1931
Harry Tabeart Cancellations - the Good the Bad and the Ugly
Brian Wilson Covers and entires from USA
Denis Brown Year of the Scout
Geoffrey Flynne First independent issue
Carol Gregory Seychelles Christmas Cards
Michael Mawdsley The Malta transition definitive stamp issue sets
Ian Arnold-Jenkins Old London Buses postcards; Oxford and Cambridge Cricket teams
Philip Proudly Queen Victoria Postal Stationery
John Diamond Bird stamps from Bahrain
Bill Laird Scandinavia, overprints and V for Victory overprints from Sweden and Norway
John Garrett Albert N Davis, designer - Valentine, Birthday and Funeral cards
Julian White Large size pictures of Bournemouth Square 1861,1880s and 1890s
Graham Hibbs Stamps not in the Gibbons catalogues
Mike Trickett

Wedding postcards, England and France

Terry Kirkman 2016 Xmas Crakers - humourous interpretations of recent stamps
Don Seaby Postcards of his life in Portsmouth, and recent acquistions from Dorchester
Hugh Jefferies Stamps from Fanning Island and the Christmas Island that is part of the Gilbert Island group
Chris Wheeler Memories from a visit to the Mauritius Postal Museum, 2016
Brian Quist Entires from various branches of the Army Service Corps
Paul Lear Thematics from USA and Spain, and their anomalies
Paul Barry New acquisitions - GB Victorian, with some rare examples
Bob Small A Hotchpotch of very old postal stationery
First Peoples' Xmas Card in the Ostmark, 1938 Rare 1939 Xmas card bearing the name Poland First Belgium Stamp Issues A Wartime Heirloom Christmas card
Only the definitive stamps cancelled Christmas Island Registered Letter with impressed fees, 1958 Japanese postcard from 1915 bearing stamps featuring Emperor Yoshihito
Plantation Colony stamps from the Christmas Island in the Gilbert Islands An Albert N Davis valentine card War of the Grand Alliance - letter dated 4 May 1697

(chris wheeler)


Monday 28th November, 2016 - John Duckworth
"A Bit of This & A Bit of That"

Members were richly entertained by John Duckworth’s unique presentation which revealed very well collected material, described in excellent write-up and amusing, informative delivery and covered late Victorian through to mid 20thCentury covers, postcards and related philatelic items. This was an extensive display indeed, beginning with a study of Lundy. John’s earliest postcard of 1903 was a highlight. He made mention of the island’s developing postal service, its early stamp issues, air and naval connections and a dramatic battleship wrecking –the ‘Montague’ in 1911. Turning to another interest, John provided insights into the ‘Penny Post’ and ‘Penny Postage’ with numerous covers and cancellations. Star of the show was a superb penny black cover/letter, having been sent by Mrs Tregonwell, wife of Louis Tregonwell, ‘founder’ of Bournemouth!   This was sent on 11th December 1840 from the town’s post office, with a Poole cancel and addressed to a land surveyor in Bruton, Somerset. John’s other interests included a worthy section on ‘Receiving Marks’ and ‘Officials’. Moving on, Members were able to study a fascinating episode in Bournemouth’s social history…the 1910 ‘Bournemouth Centenary’ which celebrated the founding of the resort. He examined the carnival held in Meyrick Park and the riveting aviation meeting at Hengistbury Head. Numerous postcards supported both venues. The aircraft competitions were fascinating, not least because first powered flights were only recorded from 1908!  John pointed out that ‘referendums’ are not a new feature of the political landscape, since he was able to display postcard material relating to the petition to establish a Bournemouth Sunday tram service. This succeeded and 1912 saw this in place. On a very different theme was John’s study of the 1853 pneumatic tube invention (‘Pneumatic Post’) which enabled a physical mail link between the Stock Exchange and the Telegraph Office. This led him to focus also on similar services in Paris, Marseille and Italy. Among the many fine covers and cards on display, one certainly needs to be described…of a later period… a fine 1926 advertising envelope promoting Peugeot.     Following an absorbing interval, Members continued to enjoy fine exhibits covering ‘Crete’ with overprinted 1912 Greek stamps and 1940’s German occupation. A memorable photo of the only WW1 British female combatant was also displayed… local woman, a Miss Flora Sandes, who served on the Serbian front line.    Perhaps the evening’s highlight was a highly detailed and beautifully (amusingly) described section on the development of early airmail services, including the London – Bagdad route and further pioneering services to India and China. Early attempts to route-find were achieved for these early aviators on the Cairo-Bagdad service by following ploughed desert tracks!! Ah well!!  And so here ends but just a glimpse of a truly fascinating philatelic journey.

In thanking John, Vice Chairman Terry Kirkman paid tribute to the wonderful presentation and the many humorous and colourful stories woven therein.
Postcard from Lundy Island, 27 August 1903 Letter from Mrs Tregonwell, 11 December 1840 Mr Grahame White in the Bournemouth Aviation Museum, July 1910
1887 Service issue postcard with Empress of India stamp A furrow across the desert for aviators to use for navigation John Duckworth with his after-display gift received from Terry Kirkman


Monday 14th November, 2016 - Six Sheet Competition and 9 in 4 (your choice)

Quality, not quantity’!!  Only six members presented displays, but the quality was clearly observed. ‘The Flood of Paris, January 1910’ was Mike Trickett’s chosen theme. A map of flood areas in Paris featured in the first part of the study. Mike outlined the build-up to the floods, describing huge rain downpours and rising groundwater which crept up to a point where the Metro, the Louvre, bank vaults and much of the city were seriously flooded. A system of walkways and boats was quickly established. The emergency lasted 35 days, when it rapidly subsided, costing the government ‘a billion’ in repairs/claims. The display made excellent use of old black & white postcards, which enhanced Mike’s eloquent delivery. The theme of ‘’Railways’ is ever popular and therefore Don Seaby’s contribution provided a real treat. His ‘Isle of Wight’ railway study was well described by a series of delightful, mainly black and white postcards. Rye to Shanklin is now the only line left in operation, but Don’s early cards celebrated original tracks, stations/buildings at various towns, locos and rolling-stock. A fascinating card depicted old London underground trains still running to Shanklin. Continuing in the south of England, Bill Laird presented ‘Bournemouth Postcards’ of the early 20th century. These included ‘Royal Blue Coaches’ and ‘Empress Coaches’ which celebrated delightful horse-drawn carriages. Hotels received a good promotion too, namely ‘The Imperial’, ‘The Clifton’, ‘Newlyn’s Royal’ and ‘The Grand’. Moving back to GB in ‘The Thirties’, Members enjoyed John Duckworth’s ‘Airships and Balloons’ display. This provided a unique study of early flight covers, including Gambia to Brazil by seaplane using German ships as staging bases and the Polar flight of Zeppelin LZ127 (25thJuly, 1931), flown Friedrichshafen – Berlin – Leningrad – Franz Joseph Land and beyond. Covers, postcards and photos all contributed to the presentation. Spence Coaker’s ‘Hong Kong’ drew much interest. This was a focus on the colony in the early years of last century, supported by various covers and generous write-up. The concluding display was also well documented and hinted at a very detailed collection.  This ‘Return to Sender’ study was Albert Jackson’s and made reference to the 1941 German invasion of Russia. Supplying troops with mail (and by air) in such circumstances was a nightmare and returned items were common. Albert explained there were numerous causes…improper use of concession labels, ‘Too Heavy’, ‘Change of Address’, (probably due to unit’s movements), ‘Cannot be Forwarded’, ‘Addressee is missing’, ‘Return to PO Box 110’ and ‘New Address Required’. A very fine range of covers featured, giving a real sense of dramatic history.  Thus ended another enjoyable event in the Club’s calendar, followed by a lengthy auction.      
Return to Sender Cover Hong Kong Cover Paris in the Floods, 1910 Map of Flooded Paris, 1910

Paul Barry


Monday 24th October, 2016 - "Banknotes" - David Muscott

avid Muscott, the well-known specialist stamp dealer from Lyme Regis has celebrated over 58 years in the business…a good number being spent with Robson Lowe in Bournemouth. What a training, what a background in collectables and what a treat then for Club Members to be entertained by David at their October meeting…the subject being ‘Banknotes’….plus a few other gems!!  He began by tracing banknote history. As far back as 1000AD China had introduced paper money. In David’s display was a Ming dynasty bank note photocopy in the period 1368-95 (pity not the original!!) 1664 saw the foundation of the Bank of England, with its first banknotes being produced in 1665. Gold and silver were in short supply in Europe and bartering was common, and so small banks began to produce notes. Much of his presentation related to the GB Victorian period however, and local at that! Banks included were the ‘Ringwood and Hants Bank’, the ‘Ringwood and Poole Bank’, ‘Dorchester’, ‘Dartmouth, ‘Cullompton and Devonshire’ and ‘the West Riding Union Bank’ to name but a few. In some instances originals were displayed.

Within the collection were original copper and steel printing plates, bankers’ licences, and of great interest, a reward notice poster requesting support in apprehending three ‘footpads’, who had relieved a certain Mr Haydon of a very considerable sum (including £30 notes!!) in Guildford Bank notes ‘on Tuesday Evening Last, December 20, 1796 on Wimbledon Common’: Signed, G. Ellison, Secretary to the Association of County Bankers. Also in the presentation were printed letters, Notices of Dividends, and various publications, including a ‘Guide to English Provincial Banknotes’ and ‘The Standard Catalogue of the Provincial Banknotes of England and Wales’…both major sources of background information. Following the half-way break in which Members avidly inspected the display, treats were not all expended. David shared various philatelic items, including covers, and of major surprize …a letter in Horatio Nelson’s hand writing from ‘The Agamemnon’ on May 5th, 1795, which could be held in the hand for inspection!!  Chairman Bob Small, himself a keen collector of this period of naval history was ecstatic and gave rousing praise for David’s wonderful presentation.  He paid tribute to the superb display, its write-up and for the eloquent and amusing stories shared along the way.

David Muscott An early Ringwood & Hampshire ONE POUND Note One of the letters referred toin the display
Note of 1821 from single person owning the bank Note of 1821, stating bankruptcy in 1823 Note of1821, but noting being takenover by Loyds Bank


              Paul Barry



Monday 10th October, 2016

6 in 2 - Anything on a Theme - Members; and Auction

As usual a fair number of hands were raised at the beginning of the evening in response to the usual Chairman’s question, ‘how many members will be exhibiting please?’  and there was an excellent response with displays being much enjoyed.          

 ‘Lundy’ was Mike Trickett’s topic …where ’most stamps feature a puffin!!’  Mike provided background and explained that there had been a post office on the island since Victorian times. Numerous island stamps have been produced of which not a few varieties. Covering quite a different theme was Graham Judd with his ‘Love’ contribution, ‘quite a lad, was he’…Robbie Burns took centre stage and an interesting collection of postcards was shared.     Don Seaby came out to bat …ever the bowler with a spin…covering ‘Treaty Ports’ with eloquent explanation. Mention was made of Amoy, Canton and Hankou, with stamps, covers and postcards on display. (‘very difficult to find except for Shanghai’) .Hugh Jefferies loves to delve into the recesses of his albums and drag out fascinating, if dusty, pages!…this time a celebration of ‘Maps’ on Stamps’…mostly mint. Explaining that used are hard to find, with used on cover being ‘the holy grail!!’ he was able to sport just one!!... along with listed varieties. He added that many stamps having maps depicted on them were produced for propaganda purposes. John Garrett’s subject was well covered, this time being ‘Transport’. All postcards had the ‘Bournemouth’ theme and superbly highlighted railways, balloon travel, motorcycles, trams, lifeboats, paddle-steamers, aeroplanes, charabancs, cars and modern coaches. ‘Switzerland at the time of the Mail Coach’ was provided by Don Symonds via attractive postcards and was well written-up. Bill Laird presented GB picture postcards from 1934, together with tourist cachets. John Dimond displayed an unusual theme, that of ‘British Airlines which no longer exist’. Cards and stamps covered such airlines as British Caledonian, Dan Air, Air UK and KLM.  As part of an extensive collection, Albert Jackson was able to share an informed write-up of his testing subject…’Displaced Persons Camps’….covering WW2 and just after. The plight of Polish prisoners and refugees were studied via insightful dialogue and covers. He explained that miniature sheets were produced to appeal to collectors, raising cash for displaced persons. On a hugely differing subject, John Duckworth stepped forward to share his somewhat amusing theme, ‘Rocket Post’. This celebrated pioneer rocketry by which mail was carried (very!!) short distances. There was philatelic profit intent at play! One particularly interesting cover shone out. Well written-up, the display left one wanting more!! Finally, Harry Tabbeart shared his delightful mint stamps in the theme ‘Birds in the Falklands’…a considerable study.  Concluding the evening, Members enjoyed a lengthy interval prior to an ever popular Auction

Selection of Lundy Issues Lundy Island, The Puffin and Postal Examples
Manor Farm Hotel on Lundy HMS Montagu on the Rocks at Lundy

(Paul Barry)


Monday 26th September, 2016

"The £5 Orange" - John Horsey FRPSL

    Members were treated to a highly technical presentation which detailed the classic GB Victorian highest value stamp – ‘the £5 Orange’. John Horsey used his power-point presentation to very great effect. This specialised study was immense in scope. It analysed and recorded over 5500 images selected from some £25 million worth of such stamps –gained from various sources –the Royal Philatelic Collection, Harmers Auctioneers and numerous collections. The research began with the first Telegraph stamps in the period 1851-1870. Numerous telegraph companies existed, but in 1870 the Government took over responsibilities in this area. He explained that soon a set of lower values were established. It became apparent that due to the need for economy and lack of telegraph form space, a high value was essential. Hence ‘the £5 Orange’ was established. The study considered various ‘essays’ and die proofs were examined too. (The two final proofs are in the Queen’s Collection). Under close inspection were corner letter arrangements and colour trials which toyed with the idea of the inevitable ‘gold’ – appropriate for this high value, but too expensive for production. Blue was considered next, but was found to be too close in appearance to the existing ‘Probate’ stamp. Vermillion was eventually selected. So was born the £5 Telegraph stamp. Only 8 mint copies are known to exist, valued at £25000!!

       The second half of John’s presentation turned to the detailed study of the £5 Postage stamp, identical in design. A main focus was placed on ‘blue paper’, printing plates, numerous cancel types and fraud– sometimes confounding the expert eye. Forgeries of ‘specimen overprints were also looked at.  Postage, including bulk mail, dockets, accounting and officials were just part of the range of uses to which these high values were put.  Certain major cities such as London, Glasgow and Belfast were the centres of issue and use. John’s recently published book, ‘The £5 Orange’ is the product of this immense study, a mere glimpse being revealed at this meeting. It is highly informative with scores of illustrations and colour plates. Nothing to beat it… except the fantastic originals in the National Postal Museum and let’s face it… the Queen’s Collection!!

Telegraph stamp of 1876 The "AH" Variety
National Postal Museum's commemorative cards from 1962 and 1986 Chairman Bob Small thanking John Horsley for his unique presentation

(Paul Barry)


Monday 12th September 2016
6 in 2 - Postcards only - Members

A strong attendance saw the start of the Autumn Term and equally pleasing was the number of Members presenting displays, 15 in total. Terry Kirkman reminded the meeting that 2016 is the anniversary of the Battle of the Somme with a display containing photos from the Daily Mail together with comic coloured postcards depicting dogs complete with clever captions. Peter Leevers always shares interesting and often obscure philatelic material and here was no exception with his ‘Pakistan Postcards’. Registered postcards were present relating to railways and the County Court together with interesting correspondence from the early 20th
 century. Chris Wheeler’s contribution dealt with the period 1788-1868 and Australian penal settlement. Chris had researched the subject well and provided a range of related powerful and grim postcards including the ship ‘Success’, Port Arthur HQ and Tasmania. Spence Coaker again contributed ‘Hong Kong’ with a particular emphasis on the interned German colony around the start of the First World War. Several ‘maximum’ cards showed various buildings, including ‘Club Germania’ and the ‘Royal Naval Canteen’.  ‘Irish Charge Marks-Internal Mail 22/6/1897- 31/10/15’ was Rod Greer’s subject, with a particular focus on the ‘written side’! These were postcards with/without stamps. Consideration was given to deficiency and surcharge, postage dues and labels. Albert Jackson dealt with the interwar period and the port of Danzig. The League of Nations’ postcard series highlighting the ‘Polish Corridor’ was featured. These highlighted the ‘tug of war’ over this part of Germany. A powerful postcard message was noted in observing the Polish attitude which reminded Germany of their previous ownership. Here was a highly detailed write-up supported by coloured maps.

Another noteworthy contribution included John Duckworth’s Bournemouth themed ‘Tram Disaster’ (Central Gardens) in the period 1900-1914 when 7 were fatalities and 27 injured. His postcards gave a real flavour of the times.Mary Hood’s Portsmouth beginnings prompted a worthy collection of naval postcards, both black/white and colour. Here were celebrated Victoria’s Royal Yacht, Nelson’s Victory via a 1905 postcard anniversary of Trafalgar and a card of HMS Hood. ‘Postcards of France’ was Mike Tricket’s interest, covering postcards of 100 years hence.  Of particular interest were ‘Patriotic French’ cards of 1915.  ‘Papua New Guinea’ was John Garret’s well studied subject involving 12 well presented postcards giving an insight to tribal history. The period 1902-1904 was examined in Bill Laird’s ‘Peacock’ card collection…all Bournemouth/Boscombe. The subject of Don Symond’s ‘Bears on Cards’ was fascinating. Here were a complete set of 7 sepia photo-cards of bears in captivity at the century’s turn together with 15 postcards of rural scenes, depicted by Swiss artists. John Case continued with another contribution on his interest in shipping. This was well presented with good detail. Each sheet covered a topic…for example, 'The Centaur Hospital Ship’, ‘M.S. Monowai’, the ‘RMS Athenic’, the ‘SS Orontes’ and ‘RMS Morea’. Completing the evening’s worthy entertainment was Don Seaby with his ‘New Milton to Bournemouth-Train Journey’, which delightfully featured the stations along the route via b/w and coloured postcards.   

Terry counting those who will be displaying during the evening Mary explaining her display Bournemouth tram crash postcard, which happened on 1 May 1908 Postcard showing the proposed "corridors" in GB and to the Baltics
The Club Germania in Hong Kong HMS Vernon New Milton Station Boscombe Station

Paul Barry

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