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. From 2019 this will be held at The Hamworthy Club, Magna Road, Canford Magna, Wimborne, Dorset BH21 3AL.

Chairman - Bob Small
Vice Chairman - Terry Kirkman

For general queries contact Paul Barry, Club Secretary:- 01258 821261, or e-mail: paulrichardbarry@hotmail.co.uk

For details of Membership contact Patricia Stanley, Membership Secretary 01202 887028

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



47th Season

6 in 2 - Islands - Members; and Auction
"Russia's International Mails" - Charles Leonard
6 in 2 - 20th Century Postal History - Members; and Auction.


"Netherlands Pot-pourri" - Peter Hardie
SATURDAY - Milford-on-Sea - Annual Auction
Annual Competitions including One sheet competition - Members; and Auction
26th "Transatlantic Mail 1775-1875" - Julian Jones FRPSL
9 in 4 - Great Britain and Channel Islands - Members; and Auction
Petersfield & District P S visit us
A.G.M. and Trophy Presentations - Cheese & Wine; and Auction.
"1936 Berlin Olympic Games" - Tony Bosworth FRPSL
SATURDAY - RINGPEX Stamp Fair, Ringwood
6 in 2 - Thematic Evening - Members; and Auction
"A Closer look at Open Philately" - Christine Earle FRPSL and Patrick Reid FRPSL
6 in 2 - "A" is for.........." - Members; Auction
"Royalty" - Ian Shapiro
9 in 4 - Stamps only - Members; and Auction
8th SATURDAY - Poole & Bournemouth Society Stamp Fair, Upton
6 in 2 - Postcards Only - Members; and Auction
"Sudan, The Camel Postman" - Richard Stock FRPSL
8th 9 in 4 - Your Choice - Members; and Auction
"Burma, Christmas Island & Tolelau" - Rufus Barnes
6 in 2 - The Mail in Wartime - Members; and Auction
"Tristan da Cunha & 'Various'" - Chris Rainey 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 from 2012 to September 2017 please.... click here


Monday 13 August 2018, "9 in 4" - Stamps only - Members

Hugh Jefferies started the evening with a comprehensive display of the first few issues of Jamaica, starting with the British Used in Jamaica, then to their first issue in 1860, and subsequent issues up to Independence. Examples of the CC and CA were shown, as were the stamps bearing the allocated cancellations A01 and from A27 to A78 as used by the different post offices in the country. Don Seaby concentrated on the Malayan Federated States elephant and tiger stamp designs, mint and used examples; a range of postmarks, and then some revenues and postage dues. Third was David Parsons a most colourful range revenue stamps from Jersey, starting in 1901, including a triangular set. Spence Coaker put up some stamps from his collection of Canada War Issue to 1972 pictorials, all neatly written-up. Chris Wheeler displayed a set of covers received through his letter box during the last two weeks with a range of "stamps" on them, mainly pre-printed in a variety of formats, including a Retured to Sender Freepost cover that had not been collected by the addressee. John Garrett, displayed some rare issues from the various German New Guinea issuing Agencies. Bob Small continued with his superb presentation of King George V War Time issues showing the many shades of the 1½d brown Cyper, and the 2d orange Cypher, all from 1912 to 1924. Finally Bill Laird also displayed some George V stamps, but his were the Downey heads, which he interspersed with pictures of the Downey family. Various dies and perforations were included.

"A01" cancellation, Kingston Jamaica 1/- Triangular Revenue stamp from Jersey Court Revenue stamp from Jersey

Freepost Cover, Undelivered, Surcharged and Returned to Sender in a covering envelope, with fee unpaid King George V with Downey heads, and complementary 10/- note

(chris wheeler)


Monday 23 July - "Royalty" - Ian Shapiro

Frequently collecting interests have their origins in childhood and for Ian Shapiro this was certainly true. Having grown up in Cape Town and had experience of Royal Visits, he developed a growing interest in ‘Royal’ themed stamp issues and indeed, all matters ‘royal’. Members were absolutely riveted to this presentation. Ian had amassed over many years a superb collection and within this evening’s display the finest elements were to be seen. The story featured began in 1837, through to near the end of the 20th Century. Early signed correspondence from Queen Victoria and Prince Albert was displayed, as were mourning envelopes, rare royal cancellations, including postal items from Windsor, Balmoral and Osbourne House.  An interesting study was made of royal handwriting.  Into King Edward VII’s reign, the in-depth appraisal continued, with such rare (unique?) items such as a royal cover blessed with a ‘postage due’ stamp! and later royal telegrams sent around the time of ‘the Abdication’. Such was the volume of material and its sheer scarcity, together with the considerable knowledge displayed, both through write-up and exposition, that Members could hardly draw breath. For the writer, as for many no doubt, were the most amazing philatelic items relating to the very last days of the Russian Royal Family.  These included envelopes with their letters and a Christmas postcard sent by Anastasia, one of the princesses, just weeks prior to execution, together with photographs and documents!

Indeed… a ‘Night to Remember’

Letter from Queen Victoria, signed "The Queen" on the front, sent to Queen Adelaide in 1837 Letter signed "The Queen" on the front, with 2d blue, sent to Lady Caroline Barrington in Osborne, IOW, from Balmoral, 1852 Letter with stamp sideways, sent by Queen Victoria, also to Lady Caroline in Osborne, IOW, arriving the next day
Letter from "Osborne", 1897, showing front and back and contents, and cancellations Postcard from the Royal Yacht, with Cowes cancellation (Official Paid) when Victoria and Albert were aboard Postcard from Highcliffe Castle, with its own cancellation
Private "Frogmore" cancellation on piece Railway parcel label from Sandringham to the Savoy Hotel, attached to game shot on the estate The Railway Stamps used on the Parcel label

(Paul Barry)



Monday 9 July 2018 - Members - "A is for ......."

The evening started with an extraordinary display by John Davis using the letter "A" to represent both Aqua and the Letter Sheets from Venice known as the Venetian “AQ” letter sheet, best described by postal historian Bernard Quaritch Ltd: "In 1608 the Venetian authorities began issuing these prepaid printed letter sheets, which are considered to be the first postal stationary sold officially – predating the British Mulready letter sheets of 1840 by more than two centuries. The letters “AQ”, a contraction of acque, were printed at the top of each sheet – they were issued to generate revenue for the repair and upkeep of waterworks in the city by the Collegio alle Acque. The text printed on the sheets reproduced the statute of 1608 under which the system operated, with a surcharge of 4 soldi on the cost of posting a letter. Each sheet has an identification number printed at the top left and the system remained in operation until the end of 1797". This was followed by Spence Coaker with postal material linked to the towns in Hong Kong and the Treaty Ports beginning with the letter "A". John Duckworth displayed some very rare UK airmail covers, including an example of one from the first official flight in 1911, a small plane with an on-board sorting office; and a postcard of Graf Zeppelin, air post pioneer. John Garrett showed us Australian Air Force Mail from World War 2, with censor marks. Wendy Buckle displayed a highly colourful presentation of stamps depicting the origin and development of the Alphabet from its invention in the 11th century BC by the Phoenicians, when it comprised just consonants, with examples of the five principle Alphabets in use today.

Charles Leonard displayed six sheets of Airmails to and from Siera Leone, all using different air transport routings. Davis Parsons concentrated on Alderney with a mix of postcards showing many aspects of life on the island. Chris Wheeler chose Anti-Aircraft as his theme with examples on postcards, souvenir sheets and stamps. Don Seaby went back to his home town of Amersham with some nostalgic postcards of old Amersham, and later when the Metropolitan Railway had arrived, new Amersham. Hugh Jefferies surprised us all again with his choice of Kenya, Uganda and Tanganyika, showing many varieties, and explaining their causes, finally advising the letter A was for Adhesive!

An example of the A Q lettersheet that was used by those sending letters to Venetian Government Agencies, with a fee to help stop the city from sinking Graf Zeppelin on a postcard Teo stamps depicting the Phoenician alphabet, the first world alphabet
First UK Air letter, postmarked 1911 Military Camp in Alderney Amersham Village

(chris wheeler)


Monday 25 June 2018

"A Closer look at Open Philately"
Christine Earle FRPSL and Patrick Reid FRPSL

Christine provided a fascinating insight into the world of philatelic display and the exhibition class of ‘Open Philately’. Her many years as a collector, and latterly as a skilful and experienced judge, placed her in a most informed position. She explained how ‘Social Philately’ had given way to ‘Open Philately’ in which ‘anything is permitted’ – material not limited to postal-connected items alone. Judges, she said, are looking for ‘a story’ – so Members were urged to plan it. In any display or exhibition entry, the first page provides the title and introduction. The end page needs to conclude the story. It is essential that each page has clarity. Christine outlined a sound approach in which an A4 sheet is folded into 12 rectangles (12 sheet entry), enabling notes to be established - adjustments and progression made and balance and relevance created. Such a story-line shows where material has gaps to be filled. Good practice suggests the need to collect as much material as possible prior to setting out and writing-up, thus giving a rich and generous pool from which draw. Members were reminded that competition frames need to flow across the presentation boards – not up/down as in a display. To enhance her talk, Christine covered aspects on ‘Thematic Philately’, making superb use of Channel Island Occupation stamps and covers, letters, postcards and cancellations. To further promote these philatelic display skills, Christine provided an informative handout to explain more of the details and rules of ‘Open Philately’.

Club Chairman Bob Small warmly thanked her for her presentation – ‘really well explained and beautifully displayed…a subject relatively new in the philatelic world’.

Thematic philately - example of stamp collecting by each sport

Thematic philately - example of progression to sports categories

Title bar from the Churchill Competition Entry

Letter from the War in 1940, advising that the children had returned due to their evacuation home being destroyed by a bomb "Delayed by Enemy Action" cachet applied in special circumstances Rare cover bearing two cachets "Delayed Through Enemy Action"

Diary entry by housewife as on 30 November 1942

Christine with her certificate and gift


Monday 11th June, 2018
6 in 2 - Thematic Evening, Members

(Images to follow)

Our usual high quality members' displays of material, this time thematic, covered a wide range of material.

Wendy Buckle: Written Communication
Spence Coker: Steam Trains and Ships
John Duckworth: Philatelic Exhibitions
David Parsons: French Art
Terry Kirkman; Australia at War
John Diamond: The Spitfire
John Garrett: Post Office markings not used to cancel mail, and Advertising Rings
David Parsons: Guernsey Postcards; Channel Island Maps, and Guernsey Christmas Cards

(Bob Small)


Monday 28th May, 2018
"1936 Berlin Olympic Games" - Tony Bosworth FRPSL

Tony took us through all the stages leading up to the Winter Olympics in February 1936 including all the ups and downs - especially Hitler of course. There was lts of wonderful propaganda material, as you would expect, extolling the virtues of the Ayrian, and the German authorities turning a blind eye w3hen and where necessary. There was the usual German efficiency, very well organised by all the German authorities involved with the Games. In the second half Tony explained that there were a number if firsts for the Olympics - 3,010 runners were required, each to run 1km in passing the torch from Athens to Berlin.

The Graf Zeppelin flew over the Olympic stadium on the opening day, 1st August 1936 and dropped leaflets at precisely midday. There was also lots of other philatelic and ephemera associated with other sporting venues for the Olympics. The first and second events were won by a German female and German male athlete in the javelin event. The 3rd gold medal was won by a certain Jesse Owens of the USA. Contrary to popular belief Hitler did not turn his back on this black athlete, but shook his hand. There was a chess competition in 1936.

All in all a very enjoyable and entertaining evening for the 21 members who braved it to turn up on a Bank Holiday Monday. Tony spoke very siccinctly and knowledgeably about his wonderfuldisplay which contained many unique and fascinating items, which everybody enjoyed enormously.

German Team Badge, Berlin, 1934 Cover to New York via the Hindenberg, with Olympic handsamp cancellations, 1936
Block of four, Winter Olympiad "Delayed Action" cartoon Dresden 1936 Poster

(Bob Small)


Monday 23 April
Petersfield & District P S visit us

Two eloquent members of the Petersfield & District Philatelic Society entertained our large gathering of members this evening.  Using a wealth of unique photographic and postcard material, Robin Pizer started the evening on the unlikely subject of German Exchange Controls.  From 15 November 1918, as the War was over, the German Censor Offices were no longer required and so were closed and then immediately re-opened as Exchange Control Offices to protect the country form the influx or export by mail of items of value. He traced the establishment of the procedures and documents, including temporary and permanent labels for use by the Offices to regulate all mail going into or out of Germany, and the procedures to be followed for irregularities, bulk and express mail, mail transiting the country, the forms to be completed listing prohibited items found, and of course examples of errors and omissions in the process.  Letters returned to sender, with all sorts of markings, examples of licences for mail transit, and confiscated mail were all exhibited.  Where did he find all this material? One member being heard to comment “I have never seen so many ‘only one known example’ in any presentation before!”.
The second half was split into two sections, the first being about the photographer and postcard maker John William Righton from Yorkshire, born in 1857.  The story was told by Tom Moorgate, and centred on the Methodist Publishing House records.  After his teacher training, he left his young family and went to teach in a Methodist school in Gibraltar, but after the premature death of his wife in 1893, he returned to England, spent three months in Leeds training as a photographer, and then moved with his family to Newbury where he took over and developed a photographic business, concentrating on portraiture and the many country houses in the area. A collection of his photographs from the 1890s and 1900s was rescued by Lady Carnarvon of Highclere Castle from a sale in Crewkerne, which filled a gap in the history of the Castle and its inhabitants.  He gained notoriety from that and through advertising his work built a substantial business. In 1893 he was a pioneer in the production of postcards, invented the previous year.  Tom showed examples of much of this work, which Club members found fascinating.  Several Series of cards were produced, such as the National Childrens Homes around the country and the Methodist Conferences, which after his death in 1821, have produced commemorative cards and cachets featuring him. 
A second topic was then introduced, this being of Gospel Carts, introduced by the Wesleyans to take religion back to rural communities at the beginning of the last century, at a time when so many countryfolk were leaving for the cities.  He showed many examples of different carts used, some correspondence, and some of the ministers who were involved, as well as their training school, Cliff House in Calver, Yorkshire.  This was a topic never covered at Ferndown before.
Bob Small, Chairman gave the vote of thanks, as well as the certificates and awards to the two speakers who received a long round of appreciative applause.

Letter taken by hand for Inspection Letter with postal clerk's sealed inspection strip Letter taken to the public examination counter 23/4/1920 letter with misprinted seal of 1818 instead of 1918

Extral large cancellation, used during only one shiftin 1922

Example of letter sent for confiscation Example of Internal mail inspected in error Example of Transit mail inspected in error
The only photograph of a Weslyan chapel, dated 1812 A local scene with "Righton Newbury" printed on it Buckleberry School postcard by Righton Postcard showing the Library at Cliff House, Calver
Wesleyan Gospel Car no 14 "Emmanuel" near Birmingham about 1905 Reconstructed Gospel Car, made in Petersfield in 2012 Postally used postcard depicting a Gospel Cart

(chris wheeler)


Saturday 14 April

As expected, the Fair was not only a great success, but very busy during the early morning. Judging of the exhibits and display of the 274 auction lots started early, so that those attending could have the opportunity to see these displays as soon as possible.

View of some of the Competition Entries, and some of the Auction Lots
The Results of the Competition
Afternoon Activity in the Main Hall
Bernard Paull accepting the Shield on behalf of the winning Club - Bridport Mike Trickett accepting the Trophy on behalf of Wendy Buckle, overal winner of this year's competitiuon with "Latvia Postage Dues"

chris wheeler


Monday 9 April, 2018
9 in 4 - Great Britain and Channel Islands - Members

‘Home Grown’ presentations rarely disappoint and this evening’s entertainment was very well received.      

        John Duckworth presented a small, beautiful collection. This briefly covered ‘German Occupation of Guernsey’ and his presentation included several covers- one with bisected stamps (due to shortages of 2d. KGVI) and another was an interesting Red Cross envelope. He supported his contribution with a short description of wartime postage rates. For ‘railway buffs’, Charles Leonard provided a worthwhile display on ‘The Great Northern Railway’. He spoke on various railway companies and the extensive topic of ‘railway stamps’. Unusual for John Garrett, he produced no postcards but provided a ‘potpourri’ of early GB cards, including a 1894 birthday card, a ladies Dancing Card with pencil and notes of dances!!, love message cards and interesting letters. David Parsons shared C. I. Wartime Stamps which revealed differing papers. He explained the various postal rates used. There was next a fascinating display from Don Seaby considering mainly GB Victorian issues. These included 1d Reds and the later 1d lilacs, all on cover. A 5d Jubilee on registered envelope was also in the mix. The final display was supplied by Bob Small who provided a study of GB KGV 1d Reds –the letter rate in 1912. He produced 10 basic shades on the 1d and spoke of a further raft of shade variations. This just skimmed the surface of his considerable knowledge and collection!  In summing up, Bob thanked everyone for bringing along their exhibits, much enjoyed.
Souvenir Card of Guernsey Liberation The first day of use of the 2d bisect 1884 redirected cover to Bombay, from Bournemouth with the B60 cancellation
Great Northern Railway, first printing of letter post stamp, 1906 10 x 1d reds on newspaper wrapper to Sydney Prisoner of War Post, card from Bournemouth to Changi Camp

paul barry


Monday 26th March
"Transatlantic Mail 1775-1875" - Julian Jones FRPSL

The evening proved to be another highly successful event in the Club’s busy programme. Eminent Hampshire philatelist, Julian Jones, provided an in-depth study of Trans-Atlantic mail services covering much of the Georgian and Victorian periods. This presentation was underscored by superb philatelic and nautical material, much scarce or unique. Members experienced a penetrating historical lesson. Julian first outlined the operation of the Falmouth Packet which made the crossing monthly to New York…an expensive operation requiring military guard. He described how trade built up via trustworthy dealers who held funds. Here began the start of a banking system. The development of the Atlantic passage using steam assisted sailing ships saw a regular service by 1838 and a healthy increase in commerce. Cunard saw strong development by 1840. On display were ‘Freight Money Letters’ depicting no less than 5 rates. A section considered ‘Ship Marks’ and distinctive ‘Transit Marks’. During the 1840’s friction developed between the US and GB with increases in charges being much in evidence. These ‘retaliatory rates’ eventually paved the way for a treaty (1849) which put regulation in place and all parties had to accept standardised charges.  Numerous other treaties were established in an effort to achieve maximum commercial advantage. Julian produced much supporting material which assisted description of a complicated web of charges, fees, including ‘late’ and registration fees, postal and accountancy and ship letter marks.
          The first half of the presentation was virtually all concerned with pre-stamp material, with the remaining part of the evening detailing Trans-Atlantic philatelic interest relating to the latter part of the 19th Century. Scores of items underpinned the display, giving a real feel for the period described. Perhaps a particularly atmospheric item which provided true flavour and will have fixed in memories was a whaling-ship letter… greasy!! 

          This was a truly memorable event in the Club’s programme. Chairman Bob Small summed-up well by stating, ‘An absolutely fascinating display, expertly described –numerous rates, GB, US, Cunard, routes…covers and marks…all beautifully illustrated…thanks for sharing with us!’  
Ship letter to Baltimore via New York, from Liverpool, 1784 Wrapper from Poughkeepsie to Portsmouth via London, 1775 Triple rate entire 39½, London to Philadelphia, 1910
Consular letter from New York, via Boston and Liverpool to Leeds carried by Cunard, 1844 Charing Cross packet with six stamps, to Philadelphia, 1846 Postcard from Boston to Oxford, via New York and Queenstown, on the "Wyoming", at the letter rate, under the 1873-1875 Treaty
Double letter from Southampton to Norton MA, via Liverpool and Boston on Cunard's "America" Cover with markings on the front and rear from New Orleans to Worcester, 1813 Cover with Late Fee paid at the Floating Receipt House from Liverpool to Boston, on Cunard's "Asia", with 2/-Treaty Rate and 1/- Late Fee

(paul barry)


Monday 12th March - Competition Evening

There were twelve entries across the five Classes this evening, our two resident Judges being welcomed by the Competitions Secretary, Mike Trickett, who guided and processed the submission, judging and announcement of the result process most competently. Descriptions of the entries and details of the results will be in the report of the AGM later in the year.

  An Issue is Born David Parsons 74
Postal History      
  Mail from Ostmark Albert Jackson 80
  The Bear Genus Chris Wheeler 68
  What can the Matter Be? Geoff Hood 76
  Switzerland Don Symonds 87
  Colehill Mike Trickett 82
  Bournemouth Air Show John Garrett 88
  Christmas Comes but Once a Year John Garrett 84
  Paddling Across the Bay John Garrett 87
  The Artists of Cheyne Walk Chris Wheeler 72
  Venice - The Grand Canal John Davis 59
  1933 - 20th Congress, London Davis Parsons 79
  Leipaja - Latvia's Second City Wendy Buckle 89

As can be seen from the above, the Overal Winner this year was Wendy Buckle with her Open Class entry "Leipaja - Latvia's Second City".

In addition there was a One Page Competition, run by Albert Jackson, judged by members, with 18 entries. This resulted in a tie of three entrants, which was resolved by a show of hands, the winner also being Wendy Buckle with her entry "Every Picture Tells a Story".


(chris wheeler)



Monday 26 February, 2018
"Netherlands Pot-pourri" - Peter Hardie

Being a Member of the Netherlands Study Circle, Peter was well placed to share his knowledge of Dutch philately…and what a collection to inform and inspire! Having a Dutch mother and a father employed as a head teacher of a missionary school in Java, we can see where the origins of his study were rooted. Like the GB Victorian Post Office with its obsession with possible fraudulent postal use, the Dutch administration wasted no time in experimenting with cancelling machines, an early one making use of heated dye. Following overheating in flames, further work was undertaken to ensure a successful efficient machine, capable of keeping fraud to a minimum. Peter’s display contained early examples of cancels together with a determined analysis of perfins, highlighted by superb blocks of 4 mint stamps. Fakes were discussed and examples shown to enable comparison. Plates were also part of the study, as were interrupted perforations. Also featuring was an interesting selection of business cards and postage due envelopes, designed to protect the revenue by shielding the message, prior to a payment being made! The display extended up to the 2nd World War where occupation and PoW issues were emphasised. All in all a major study of this unfamiliar philatelic area, which drew rich comments of appreciation from Chairman Bob Small…’an absolutely fascinating and riveting display of early Netherlands’ philatelic material….thank you’.     

Brandstempel cancellation on postcard Postage due for non-paid postcard in "secret" envelope, 1911 1926 Postcard with Pokus cancellation
Poststemmpel cancellations, towns 243 to 255 with two missing Dutch Legion Charity stamps on postcard, WWII Diamond number cancellations on Queen Willhemina first issue stamps

(paul barry)


Monday 12 February, 2018
6 in 2 - 20th Century Postal History - Members

 A wide spread of topics were covered in the evening’s ‘in house’  entertainment. Hugh Jefferies’ covers putting Russian Estonia on the map were fascinating. Here were to be seen numerous Russian overprinted stamps. Ukraine was also represented by local provisionals, but Hugh could not verify their genuineness. Continuing the mid-European theme, Latvia was well represented. Here, Wendy Buckle explained the beginnings of the 1921 Airmail Service. 1928 saw the service extended to Russia.  Wendy’s superb range of covers represented various flight routes, and all had interesting flight marks. Spence Coker shared cover items from his collection including Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, New Territories, Outlying Islands and Treaty Ports. Some were very scarce covers within the 1910 – 1920 period. A special focus featured a study of branch office cancels. Also considering cancels was John Duckworth...well represented in his contribution of British Solomon Islands…delightful covers. Harry Tabeart provided… Modern Airmails, with John Garrett following on with his well written-up study of individual stamps, printed covers and postmarks from Papua New Guinea. Don Symonds shared his Swiss material, always a good collection, as was David Parsons’ ‘Postal History of the Channel Islands’ and Don Seaby’s UK postcards and covers. Concluding the evening was a superb display from Bob Small entitled- ‘Britain at War’. Members were able to celebrate here, three quality covers from the Boer War period, one being a PoW cover with a Red Cross label.  Further covers were enhanced by ‘Jubilee’ stamps, with destinations including Ladysmith, Belgium and Southsea.   

Bob showed much appreciation and enthusiasm for the evening’s displays by warmly thanking Members taking part.…’great variety again, indeed…a study of quality ….and superb cancels!!’

Cover from Straits Settlements, to Bournemouth in 1941, cancelled by Naval Base in Singapore 1940 Registered censored cover from Malta, with red wax seal intact Cover from The Gambia with incorrect 3d To Pay, later refunded
1943 FDI Pro Patria cancelled in a mobile post office First Overseas Commercial Flight cover from USAto London, 1945 Rear of the Cover with Hurn Airport receipt
Solomon Islands Cover with a temporary straight line cancellation Cover carried on the inaugral flight from Riga to Moscow, 10 August 1928 1898 cancelled stamp on piece from the Imperial Chinese Customs Office, Walled City, Kowloon, Hong Kong

paul barry


Monday 22 January 2018
"Russia's International Mails" - Charles Leonard

A cold winter’s night, yet the ‘home-grown’ speaker drew a good philatelic crowd; his subject somewhat elusive for many members it would seem. This was again a superb display, made up principally of early 19th century material and extremely notable for its quality of write-up. The rich mixture of maps, commentary both written and verbal, covers, printed stationary, frankings, rates, late fees and official notices to postmasters, were just a flavour of the themes examined. Amongst the areas considered was Charles’ highly detailed study of the early development of Prussian/Russian postal services, in particular - rates, registered mail and postage dues. Around 1854 the first Russian stamps on cover appear and Club Members were much entertained by the inclusion of a number of such early examples. A considerable focus was expended on the far reaching Prussian/Russian Treaty and its postal implications.  Following the first half where no less than 6 frames of 15 sheets were displayed, the evening moved to the equally expansive second half where ‘the mail between GB and Russia’ was studied in detail. Of particular interest was the fact that in the 1850s, mail took 8-10 days to travel GB/St Petersburg. By the 1870s the journey time had reduced to just 3 days and the rate was just 6d!!  
        Here again -a superb presentation organised by Hugh Jefferies whose mastery of the philatelic programme is hard to equal.

        Thanks went to Charles from Chairman Bob Small who remarked ‘a delightful collection of Russian mail…thank you so much; we will not see a better one in a long, long time’.    
Cover from Rotterdam to St Petersberg with red "3" credit from the Netherlands and blue "W1" credit from Prussia to Russia 1872 cover from Odessa to Genoa Charles Leonard being thanked by Chairman, Bob Small

(paul barry)


Monday 8 January 2018
6 in 2 - Islands - Members

Following the Chairman's New Year's Greetings, and a reminder to members what "6 in 2" and "9 in 4" meant, thirteen members put up displays on the theme of "Islands", covering an very wide interpretation of the subject, which drew long attention from the members at break time.

Chris Wheeler covered railway stamps from Union Island in the West Indies
Spence Coaker showed covers and a postcard from Hong Kong's many islands
John Duckworth started with the One Pnny stamp from Malta, then covered many other events from Malta
Trevor displayed six definitive series including some errors from Fiji
Next was a display of Falklands Islands postal history, with covers from the period of hostilities
Bill showed covers postmarked from the many islands of the British Isles
John Garrett concentrated on covers, stationery and aerogrammmes from Papua New Guinea
Albert Jackson put up six sheets demonstrating the unique concession labels used by the air mail service in the Aegean in 1943
Rod concentrated on the islands around Ireland and some of the 'non-islands' there
Don Seaby also covered Malta, using GB stamps with the A25 cancellations, and subsequent ones from QV and KGVII
Hugh Jefferies treated us to one island country's stamps used in another island country, such as Tristan da Cunha used in Gough Island
Alan King put up some very interesting Channel Island war time occupation issues, explaining some of their hidden symbols
The evening closed with David's cover to Jersey from the Siege of Paris, and letters out of Jersey during the Occupation

1963 cover from Mui To, Lantau Island to Taipei Postmaster General's deliberate error of "One Pnny", on cover Philatelic cover from Gough Island, which helped finance the students tour there
1870 letter to the Channel Islands Captured German gunboat off Guernsey, 1914 1d Jersey stamp on letter to Sir Thomas about Jersey War Stamp's hidden signs

(chris wheeler)


Monday 18 December, 2017
Christmas Events, wine, mince pies quizzes, raffle

This, the final meeting in the Club’s 2017 calendar, proved to be excellent in all respects. A cold night did not deter too many members and those who attended this evening of festive fellowship, were well rewarded. Carol ably assisted by Alan and Don again pulled out all the stops and provided wonderful Christmas cheer. Terry, sadly absent, was the author of much enjoyed topical philatelic quizzes, one of an amusing humorous nature, quite in the ‘Kirkman’ tradition!! The evening was well rounded off with a generous Club Raffle, which left a smile on the Treasurer’s face!! Ah well!!...another most enjoyable event in the Club calendar, and one which both Chairman Bob and the Membership present fully appreciated.      ‘Thanks’.                     

One of the Christmas Quizzes

(Paul Barry)


Monday 11 December, 2017
Three Sheets from Everybody

Usually the Club’s in-house entertainment is …’what it says on the tin’ and this meeting certainly kept up with tradition. 26 members took part, presenting interesting mini displays, covering a huge topic range. These included such themes as ‘Alice in Wonderland’, ‘Postcards of air and rail accidents’, Les Folies-Bergere ‘on stamps, ‘Portugese Postal Stationery Cards’, Western Australia’s ‘Black Swan ‘ mid-range issues, covering colour variations, Elephants on Stamps  with distribution stats and the GB Victorian Jubilee Issue, with the 1/- red/green on cover to Boston  USA, a scarce and fine philatelic item.  ‘Family Christmas Cards 1905-7’’ was a delightful addition. Completing the exhibits was the familiar seasonal contribution from the Club’s ‘Joker in Residence’ –Terry Kirkman, entitled ‘Christmas Crackers 2017’, whereby a carefully chosen selection of stamps were given humorous captions …a fitting finale!!
Terry Everett Grenada definitives
John Davis Family Christmas Cards from 1905 to 1907
Rod Greer Modern Underpaid Labels from Northern Ireland to Eire and Eire to Northern Ireland
Dave Sadler Military Postmarks on Egypt Covers, Ismailia Camp and Taxe Marks from 1945
Charles Leonard Three covers from West Moors to a Mr Allen in Las Palmas, and Sao Paulo
Wendy Buckle Alice in Wonderland on stamps
Geoff Bradford Prisoner of War cards from USA to Italy, with Red Cross assistance
John Duckworth Canada, including Nova Scotia, and advertising envelopes
Michael Mawdsley Definitive issues from British Honduras, before independence
Chris Wheeler Postcards of air and rail accidents
Brian Quist Postcards of the Scouting Movement, including Baden Powell going to War
Denis Brown Portugese Postal Stationery Cards
Carol Gregory Seychelles Christmas Cards and stamps
Don Symon Switzerland Pro Juvente stampson genuinely used covers
Graham Hibbs Manet's last major work: "The Folies-Bergère", on stamps and the Radio Times cover
Brian Quist Royal Army Service Corps, WWII Christmas Cards
Trevor Smyth Complete stamp sheets of the American Flag and Presidents issues
Don Seaby Postage Dues on mail to Tripoli
Hugh Jefferies Definitive sets of the themed issues from the Falkland Island Dependencies
Mike Trickett Early Finland definitve issues under different administrations and currencies
Harry Tabbeart Wide range of Cancellations on the Roussel Reservoir issue from Switzerland
John Garrett Christmas card from 1894, a Lady's Dance Card wioth original pencil, etc
Alan King The mid-range "black swan" issues from Western Australia, with their colour variations
Paul Lear Elephants on stamps and elephant distribution statistics
Paul Barry The GB Jubilee Issue including a rare cover to USA with the red and gree 1/- stamp
Terry Kirkman "Christmas Crackers 2017"
1906 Family Christmas Card Underpaid label on cover from Eire to Northern Ireland Cover from set of 3 from West Moors to Mr Allen
100 year old Lady's Dance List POW card from USA to Italy Six of the Swiss cancellations
"Christmas Crackers 2017" Rare 1/- red and green on cover to USA Four of the Black Swan display, two with Official holes

(chris wheeler)


Monday 27 November, 2017
"The Tin Can Mail of Niuafo'ou Island" - John Davis FRPSL

The Club was extremely honoured to welcome member John Davis FRPSL at the November meeting. Hotfoot from Autumn Stampex, John arrived with his superb exhibit- ‘The Tin Can Mail of Niuafo’ou Island’ a 128 A4/A3 sheet presentation where he had won a Large Gold Award. John provided background information, beginning with an understanding of Tonga/Fiji and Niuafo’ou in particular, with its international date-line status. This tiny island, one in a volcanic chain, with a previous population of 1,300 had a coconut only industry, but with no airstrip or harbour facilities, communications were difficult. Mail services in/out were achieved for some years in the early part of the last century by swimmers with sealed canisters, later via canoes, reaching out to occasional passing deep-water ships; Arthur Tindall being the inspiration of this unique postal service. Volcanic action has seen various population evacuations, the latest returning in 1958. The tin-can service continued until the construction of an airstrip and shipping facility in 1983. The evening’s display consisted of 142 sheets and made use of varied material…maps, stamps, postmarks, censor marks, covers, letters, postcards, photos and air-graphs, supported by an excellent section on the introduction of cruise ships, their covers and publicity. This indicated an on-going world-wide fascination with tin-can mail. A particular emphasis was placed on destination mail, both in/out of the island, with a number being unusual, unique or rare. This was a brilliantly researched study in its entirety, with a detailed plan, development and full bibliography, as seen in the hand-sheet provided, not to mention the high quality sheet construction and write-up.
          Bob Small, wearing both a philatelic and Chairman’s hat stated in his great appreciations, doubtless shared by all-
‘some wonderful material…not surprised with the Large Gold Award, brilliant!!’

Front cover of the book telling the story of how the first coconut tree began in Niuafo'ou Early 1911 postcard to Germany showing the very rugged coastline of the island Cover from the SS Los Angeles from the island to California, via Guam and the Philippines
Cover from Granville, Australia to Niuafo'ou showing an image of the island Very rare cover dated 11 August 1938 despatched by the cruise liner Maunganui Statistics showing the mail count during the Golden Age of Tin Can Mail
The last Tin Can Mail cover, following the Evacuation Order, December 1946 Cocver with handwritten message by the Postmaster explaining that the hand cancellation stamp had been destroyed by the volcano
Tonga's first Tin Can Mail stamps FDC of the resumption of the Tin Can (Canoe) Mail service in January 1962
Niuafo'ou's commemorative air mail service stamps 1940 cover sent to France via England, but returned as due to the War the England to France service was suspended

(paul barry)


Monday 13 November, 2017 - 6 in 2 Thematic, The Sea

This evening of ‘home entertainment’ was again a most enjoyable event in a packed programme. Committee members had anticipated a poor auction, having seen a considerable downturn in consigned material in past months. This was not to be. A very sizeable quantity of lots were received, many of really worthwhile content. This auction proved most successful with a fair number of happy bidders, later  grasping bags and boxes and staggering home in the damp and misty night!! Now to the earlier thematic input. A total of ten displays were shared, again with diverse themes. Gerald Scanlon produced a study of modern stamps on the subject of ‘The Royal Australian Navy’, which included a delightful mini-sheet depicting 10 different ships, issued in 2011. ‘Seaplanes’ followed the nautical theme. Here John Duckworth described a troubled long distance flight of a Dornier Do-x to South America in November, 1930, reaching Rio six months later. Chichester’s aviation exploits were also celebrated. 'Famous Liners’ was the topic pursued by Chris Wheeler. He considered famous ships via stamps and postcards, including ‘Titanic’, ‘Empress of Britain’ and ‘France’…to name a few. With his naval background, Spence Coaker was well placed to take on the theme ‘Over the Sea, On the Sea, Under the Sea’ making interesting use of stamps, postcards and covers.  Old postcards were well used to promote Mike Trickett’s contribution on ‘Naval Images’, including Le Harve, Calais. ‘Paddle Steamers’ was well documented by John Garrett who via numerous postcards managed to convey a real sense of Bournemouth naval nostalgia. A superb sepia postcard of 1887 drew the eye…depicting a steamer at a landing stage at Lulworth. Charles Lennard considered ‘The Good Ship Arcadia’ with interesting supporting items – maps, postcards and covers. David Parsons was in good company with other holiday themed inputs with his ‘Sea-side Postcards’. These included sections on ‘Bathing Beauties’ and ‘A few Splashes from Jersey’. Don Seaby reminded Members of his extensive naval experiences. Using an all-postcard approach he referred to service on ‘HMS Tyne’ and ships in Portsmouth harbour. The final contribution came from Harry Tabbeart whose naval experiences based on lengthy service enabled him to provide another fascinating display. Via covers and ‘paquebot’ cancels a worthy glimpse was achieved of modern shipping. However one cover stood out; this depicted an illustrated cover… ‘25th Anniversary First Deck Landing Pure Jet Aircraft…HMS Ocean, 3rd Dec, 1945.   ’ Now how early was that achievement?!   
This ‘6 in 2’ input concluded a great first part to the evening!

Japanese cover to Australia from a ship in Tokyo Bay at the formal Surrender Meeting, on 2 September 1945 Cover flown from GB to South America, then to USA on the first Dornier X Flight from 1930 to 1931 Crash Cover from Sir Francis Chichester's plane Gypsy Moth which crashed in the Philipinnes, 1939
Hong Kong miniature sheet showing the sea bridge to Stonecutters Island The Packet Ship at Falmouth A Paddle Steamer landing at Lulworth Cove in 1861
The Ariadne, a popular Finland Shipping Company vessel - advertising poster "Rough Seas", painted in 1497, showing Mount Orguile Castle, Jersey Local stamps printed to commemorate the release of the three British ships being released form the Canal at the end of the War in 1967

(Paul Barry)


Monday 23rd October 2017
"Napoleonic Prisoners of War Mail" - Richard Farman

A very rich feast awaited Members on this dark and cold October evening. Programme Secretary Hugh Jefferies had yet again secured the services of a first rate speaker, Richard Farman.  Here was presented a very extensive and superbly written up collection of naval social history. Many items were unique and provided insights into the life and times of the period. Members came to appreciate that such postal history informs historians’ stock of knowledge, and as a source, it is a much valued tool. The photographs depicted here provide just a glimpse of extent, quality and rarity of exhibits.    A number of Members are collectors of this philatelic area and were therefore highly impressed by material shown and content of discourse.  Chairman Bob Small is most certainly part of this august group and in his summing up and vote of thanks he did not attempt to mask his sheer delight in the evening’s presentation.

The New HMS Ville de Paris Letter written by seaman on board Bodicia, off Falmouth, with 1/8d postage, 4th January 1798 Sheerness Dockyard
Seaman's letter written to HMS Podargus at Sheerness, 15th March 1813, at concessionary rate A Free letter to Kent from HMS Warrior of Texel during the Napoleonic Wars, 1813 Waterloo Subscription, with Free postage dated 19 June 1816
Letter written during the American War of Independence, 1779 POW letter to Cornwall from Givet in France, taking 203 days to deliver One of Brian Hawkins' illustrated military covers, posted in Gatwick, 2002

(paul barry)


Monday 9th October 2017
Postal Stationery, Cinderellas and 'Back of the Book' - Members

When the chairman asked who had brought along material, he was somewhat disappointed to see that only 4 people had responded. Maybe this could have been put down to the description in the programme which may have put some members off. Perhaps we need to explain what Cinderella and Back of the Book means in future. However the 4 displays that followed certainly prompted intense interest.

First off the blocks was Geoff Hood with a most unusual display of postal stationery, but with a difference: the stamps on the stationery items had been cut out and mounted. Geoff insisted that he had not purposely vandalised these items! The embossed stamps were mainly produced for envelopes and consisted of 1d and 2p stamps.

In 1885 more values were introduced up to one shilling. Other examples came from the letterpress used for postcards where the rate for overseas was 1 ¼ d. Registered post provided more examples and finally newspapers wrappers produced the elongated stamps used to wrap round the paper.

John Duckworth followed with a broad look at the Jubilee Penny Post starting with an invitation to the Guildhall in London; stationery cards and special cancellations were all part of the celebrations, however there was always the fear of caricatures being produced and sure enough some of these were on display. At the end of the celebratory year even Christmas cards were introduced with all the proceeds going to the Rowland Hill Trust,

Don Seaby started off with some postal stationery of the Isle of Wight before concentrating on Cinderella material promoting the Boy Scout and Girl Guide movement. The display was not confined to stamps but also postcards issued by Bournemouth Stamp Auctions and Stanley Gibbons.

Bringing up the rear Hugh Jefferies produced 9 sheets of Indian Officials. The earliest ones were using East India Company stamps overprinted but subsequent issues were printed as Indian stamps. Unlike the British cancels on high values which were usually perfectly centred and clear, the high values on the Indian telegraphic officials left a lot to be desired.

An auction followed after the interval.

Terry Kirkman


Saturday 30th September - HAMPEX, Wickham

A very active scene presented itself to the visitor on arrival, the hall full of dealers and buyers, the kitchen busy and when the time came for the awards for the Competition Entries to be presented there was a reasonable attendance to witness and congratulate the successful participants, though sadly few were actually there to receive their trophies and medals.

Paul Barry accepting awards on behalf of absent winners


Hampshire Philatelic Federation - Hampex - Competitions 2017 - Awards

Jan Kaluksi Trophy (best 32 sheet exhibit at the Show) A Jackson, Ferndown & West Moors PS
Howard White Society Trophy Ferndown & West Moors Philatelic Society
Howard White Individual Trophy W Buckle, Ferndown & West Moors PS
Hampshire Sixteen Cup P Mills, Winchester DPS
Postal History Salver JH Jones, Southampton DPS
Presland Aerophilatelic Salver A Jackson, Ferndown & West Moors PS
Hiscock Thematic Trophy H Morgan, Chichester DPS
Open Philately Award B Hague, Southampton PS
Hampshire Hog President's Trophy n/a
Frank Pegley Thematic Trophy n/a

(chris wheeler)


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