Poole & District Philatelic & Postcard Club (Founded 1967)

Reports of Meetings since 1 November 2012

Programme for the Club Year 2012-2013

2012  
September 6th Autumn Auction
September 8th ANNUAL STAMP FAIR (Saturday)
September 20th Members Displays - first half silent
October 4th Guest Frank Henson shows Memories of Old Poole, part 2, in slides
October 18th Members GB displays
November 1st Members displays - postal history
November 15th Wendy Buckle hosts a workshop on entering competitions, and Chris Wheeler gives a talk on
Wikipedia and Philately - Please note changed date
December 6th Winter Auction - Please note changed date
December 20th Christmas Social & Anything but stamps
2013  
January 3rd D, E & F are for.....
January 17th Members postcard displays
February 7th Members Displays - first half silent
February 21st Barry Proctor & Brian Cribb talk & display local, then members local material
March 7th Spring Auction
March 21st Competition Evening - Green Cup, Novice, Barry Proctor (Postcard) & Bill Way
April 4th Guest James Hooper: Prague & Vienna Pneumatic Mail
April 13th Ferndown Society's Annual Stamp Fair (Saturday)
April 18th Committee entertains
May 2nd Guest Peter Hardie: Postal History and Postmarks of Holland
May 16th Annual General meeting followed by social
June 6th Guest Evan Williams shows New Zealand
June 7th We visit Bridport & District PS & PC (Friday evening)
June 20th Summer Auction
July 4th Members air mail & aircraft displays - Note changed date
July 18th Guest Rodney Frost shows Ceylon to 1872 - Note changed date
August 1st Members Cinderella & Fiscal material
August 15th Visit by Bridport & District PS & PC

 

 

Chairman's Reports

1st November 2012

Members's Displays on Postal History

The meeting on "Postal History" started with great enthusiasm by Brian, with a comprehensive display of covers from England to the States by Cunard, with the various postal rates for late posting etc: This included a postcard from Glasgow to New York “Via Asia” dated 3rd May 1856.

Tony showed a book on the postal history of Denmark. This contained other very interesting items about Denmark and their Royal Family.

The subject chosen by Chris was Jersey and its postal history. With the display of sets of stamps with old post-boxes, vehicles from the past and miniature sheets.

Don's display consisted of old postcards, one of the famous “Cheltenham Flyer”. Others consisting of old mail boxes and the early horse drawn mail coach.

Airmail was the subject that Peter put on display. The early flight of Curtis M9, a Daily Mail cover from 16th June 1919 flown by Alcock and Brown; a mention of “Catapult Mail”, “Airships” and many more items of fascinating interest.

David concluded the evening with a display of envelopes with a Government Office origin. One was posted to St. Helena, “Via Ascension” to their “Information Office”. The display including Postmarks from “The House of Lords” and many other government offices, brought interest from many of the members.

My own contribution to the evening was a very simple six sheet display of one day pictorial handstamps.
Buckingham Palace
50th Anniversary Battle of Britain Flypast
300th Anniversary of Kensington Palace, March 1989
Bicentenary of Australia 1988
Britains oldest post office at Sanquhar, Dumphrieshire, 1763, posted 6th March 1990.

 
Peter with his display
 
David with his display

John Hilton
2/11/12
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15th November 2012
Wendy Buckle hosts a workshop on entering competitions, and
Chris Wheeler gives a talk on Wikipedia and Philately

The concern over the power failure on arrival for the meeting was unfounded, as if by magic, the power returned at the last minute, as we stood around in the cold contemplating having to cancel the meeting. Due to the elections we were grateful to Maureen and to Mike for arranging the use of the Scout Hut for our meeting.

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There was an excellent attendance of members and a very welcome guest from the Ringwood Philatelic Society, Gordon Masson.

Wendy inspired us all with the knowledge required to enter the various club competitions, which are held in March. Explaining in detail the various marks attainable for the different aspects of the entry, such as, for the General and Postal History competitions, the best marks are given for study, research and related philatelic knowledge, with presentation, condition and treatment of the display earning the next highest points, while the value and rarity of the contents displayed giving the lowest number of points. The emphasis being that one does not have to have stamps costing a fortune, in order to enter and win a competition at club level.

Examples of competitions were on display and Wendy pointed out some of the many ‘does and don'ts' involved, covering the classes of General, Postal History and the Thematic entries. All in the hope of encouraging members to have a go themselves.

The second half of the evening we were enthralled by Chris and his talk outlining ‘Wikipedia' and how it can assist our hobby of philately. How one can become a member and register with ‘Wikipedia' forwarding one's knowledge on a subject, or even correcting points that one may find incorrect and wish to change.

Chris very kindly brought along some of the preparation for his talk, to put on display and explain in detail some examples. He has also loaded these five sheets from his display onto the webpage for all to see and help us make a start. To see these slides, click this link Wikipedia-Slides

Chris showed links from ‘Wikipedia' connecting subject matter from recent club displays to articles that are to be found on ‘Wikipedia'. We were all truly amazed at the knowledge that this site holds on so many varied subjects. Well worth delving into to find that bit of information that may have eluded us for so long.

The evening ended with a rather rushed thank you to Wendy and Chris for their superb efforts in making it a great meeting.

John Hilton
17/11/2012

3rd January 2013 - D, E & F are for.....

The final meeting of 2012 was the Christmas Social, with a table full of ‘finger food' to get through, plus the added attraction of table displays brought along by the members. These were of a non-philatelic variety and we were all surprised at the diverse interests that these displays covered. After admiring the displays we all tucked into the splendid array of food on the table. This was one of the best Christmas events that we have held, thanks to the contributions of the members and many of their wives for their support.

 

2013 got away to an enthusiastic start with displays covering the letters D. E. & F.

First of all Barry put on a 12 sheet display of very fine used stamps from Dominica. This was greatly appreciated by all for its fine philatelic quality.

A display from the Falkland Isles was the choice of Don with many F.D.C. on show, along with photostat copies from a book on the Falkland Isles.

Amazing us all by a further display of ‘Lighthouses'. Mike had put together another selection of postcards, this time French postcards on French lighthouses. Enthusing us all with his fantastic knowledge on the subject and his superb French pronunciation.

Chris covered the letter ‘D' - D for David Gentleman, stamp designer of many G.B. stamps such as the 1989 Christmas set for the 800th Anniversary of Ely Cathedral, 1976 set of ‘Social Reform' stamps and the 1974 SG.949 Horse Chestnut Tree. In 1977 he also designed a set of stamps for Nauru which Chris brought along for the display.

Bob used the letter ‘E' to cover his display of ephemera – non-postal items of history during the Napolionic era. Some 30 sheets in total. Malitia forms, discharge forms and written drill procedure and a letter from a repatriated French surgeon.

The letter ‘E' was used also by Peter. E for Egypt, with a postcard of the Mosque of Sulayman Pasha al-Khadim at the Citadel in Cairo, F.D.C. of the Alexandria – Cairo railway. P & O ships in the Suez Canal. A mention of Lawrence of Arabia and 1933-35 Imperial Airways along with photographs of himself taken in this area of Egypt as a young boy.

David returned the theme to ‘F' once again for the Falkland Isles, showing an issue of Charity Stamps, miniature sheets and stamps from the Falkland Isle Dependencies.

A very enjoyable evening, with ten frames being displayed and refreshments at half time. Well done to those members who enlightened us with their choice of subject matter, opening our eyes to the members' many different interests.

Below are some photographs from the evening

John Hilton
5/1/13

17th January 2013 - Members' Postcard Displays

The pending weather conditions were unable to keep the members away from this popular meeting. We also had the added pleasure of welcoming two invited guests Graham & Teresa, plus one new member Ken Leonard, who had been along to previous meetings, making the decision to join our happy band of collectors.

The meeting continued with the 11 frames of very interesting postcards.

 

Opening the displays was Mike Houchen with his postcards of lighthouses. This time from America, relating his time as Chief Officer with Tate & Lyle Shipping, his ship was one of the first ships to pass through the newly opened St. Lawrence Seaway in 1959. Digressing from lighthouses, Mike also displayed some interesting old postcards of the local area, St. Aldhelm's Church, Lytchett Heath and some of Upton from times long ago. Certainly enjoyable talking points for our guests of the evening.

 

Chris Wheeler then embarked on a display of the history of local railways and stations. Many of his postcards showing railway engines of the period and various station locations, Bournemouth station which was located near Holdehurst Road before it's new location opened in 1885. Picture postcards of the Bournemouth Belle of 1938. Poole Station, old and new, along with a card showing the famous footbridge in Poole High Street, built by Ransome & Napier in 1872.

 

Our lady guest, Teresa, had brought along an old birthday postcard which had been sent to her father around 1938:“Birthday wishes to my Nephew” addressed to Beacon Hill X Roads, Lytchett.

 

Bryn Cribb related his younger days in the Porlock and Watchett area along with postcards depicting Porlock Hill, Dunster Castle, the Ship Inn at Porlock, the paddle steamer Waverley at Watchett. Also related history of the Lynton & Lynmouth disaster of August 1952.

Barry Proctor gave us all a lighthearted display of his old seaside postcards, many by the artist Donald McGill. All seen as quite innocent nowadays, but many were banned and confiscated by police more than fifty years ago.


David Lockwood brought along the last display of the evening. Three frames of Exhibition postcards from some of the great early Exhibitions. The Ideal Homes Exhibition of 1912 being one of them. An advert for Virol Tonic, the old time children's favourite (if we were lucky). The British Empire Exhibition of 1922 was also the subject of many of his postcards, along with the Festival of Britain, The Queen's Dolls House, and many other very interesting and difficult to find postcards.

John Hilton
19/1/2013

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7th February 2013 - Members' Displays

This was a very popular evening, giving scope to the members' many different interests. An opportunity for them to bring along items not covered in the general category of meetings. This was made evident by the number who came along to the participate and enjoy.

Starting the evening off, Don showed postcards from Scotland collected on many holiday visits. Mostly ships that sailed the lochs and islands around Scotland.

Family history was remembered when Chris related a little of the history of the area, where he was born, Little Bookham and Great Bookham, in the Mole Valley area of Surrey. The display featured stamps relating to 12 personalities who were connected to the villages, including Jane Austen, who wrote several of her novels while spending time in Bookham.

Relating his times on Brownsea Island as a patrol leader, David brought to his display, scouting covers and postmarks from Brownsea, along with, what may well be the only Upton postmark on a cover.

Bob brought along historic items relating to the “Corsini Correspondence” 1581-1598. He displayed a letter from Lord Derby from 1666, disbanding the army; a letter from the Peninsular War to the Royal Hospital and two letters from the Boer War, along with other fascinating items including a letter to the Duke of Wellington from a soldier, regarding the soldiers' pension.

The 3 masted, iron-hulled barque “Polly Woodside” 1885-1904, was one of the subjects in Mike's display. This ship is the central feature of the Melbourne Maritime Museum; including the 1999 Maritime Heritage stamp from Eire, depicting the ship. Also pictures etc; related to the family connection to Edward John Dent, the name behind the manufacturer of the great clock – popularly known as “Big Ben”.

Stamps from Greenland, now in Danish possession, was the subject of Ray's display of very attractive early stamps. Including a cover from the Island of Thule, where the post is only collected once a year. This cover was posted on the 31st Aug arriving in Denmark on the 7th November. A delivery time of three months.

The subject of printing and writing was Wendy's Thematic display. Postage stamps and covers connected with the history of writing and printing from early history, with a special mention of items preserved by The British Library.

Peter related a little of the history of KLM, the only Airline Company to retain the original name since it was founded in 1919. An early KLM cover from Java to Palestine. Two Kingsford Smith covers flown on the “Southern Cross” – the name of the Fokker monoplane.

David L displayed a frame of G.B. stamp booklets, along with packs of discounted stamps with stars printed on the back. 1984 was the first issue of discount booklets. He showed a Christmas folder from 1986 with 36-second class stamps, discounted by 1p available from the 2nd - 24th December of that year.

 

John Hilton
10/2/13

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21st February 2013 - Barry Proctor & Bryan Cribb
display local items of postal interest
with contributions from member's own collections.

 

Bryan Cribb opened the evening with a long and detailed history of our local area. Included in the talk was the arrival of the Saxons, the Norman Raiders, the Romans, the war with France, the Royalists and local trading including smuggling. The talk finished with a voice recording of a Mr. Blackmore and his personal history of life as a postman, which included him rowing around Poole Harbour islands delivering post and as a local magistrate.

Barry Proctor showed his collection of early postcards from circa 1906. The cards included an early air display in which Charles Rolls was killed at Bournemouth in 1910, while flying a biplane, similar to the ones flown by Orville and Wilbur Wright. A postcard on which two men were pictured outside Portland prison, and numerous interesting postcards of more familiar scenic views of the area were shown.

David Morris showed a comprehensive frame of local postmarks and some of the many variations that have been in use, making an interesting and topical display.

Chris Wheeler continued his topic from the last meeting on ‘Famous People', but this time, living in our area. These included people on stamps such as, Thomas Andrew, who lived in Southampton, and was on the 55c Eire 2012 stamp. Lord Baden Powell, 2006-7 St. Helena 3p Centenary of Scouting. Thomas Hardy, his novels depicted Wessex. Churchill, Kitchener, Holtz, Florence Nightingale and Captain Scott, were among other names mentioned in his well researched display.

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21st March 2013
Society Competitions Evening

During the past months the subject of competitions has been mentioned at our meetings, along with examples of what a display should, or should not, contain. The results have proved to have been most worthwhile, with an astounding number of entries this year.

From a Society with a membership of 30, we were able to boast 17 entries for the various competitions.

We are grateful for the expertise of Mr Geoff Hood who kindly judged the competitions.

The winners were:-

Ray Brown, “Green Cup” (General)
Bob Small, “Harry Parsons Shield” (Postal History)
Peter Grey “Thematic Cup”

The two with the highest points, were Bob Small and Ray Brown, their entries will go forward to the Ferndown & West Moors Philatelic & Postcard Club, for their “Interclub Competition” which will be held on the 13th April 2013, the day of their Annual Stamp & Postcard Fair at the Barrington Centre, Ferndown.

Other entries which were judged by the members, were
The “Barry Proctor Cup” (Postcards) was won by Peter Grey “Reach for the Sky”
The “Bill Way Shield” was won by Bill Pipe for his entry “Dorset Ships & Indian Letter Cancels”
The “Novice Shield” was won by Maxine Humphries' display on the topic of “Tristan de Cunha”.

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4th April 2013

Guest James Hooper: Prague & Vienna Pneumatic Mail,
and Balloon Post

The meeting was opened by the Chairman presenting the various prize certificates to the winners of the previous meetings competitions, followed with the usual announcements of forthcoming events.

The members, and a large number of visitors, were then delightfully entertained by the guest speaker, James Hooper, from the Somerset & Dorset Philatelic Federation, with his very comprehensive display of the Vienna Pneumatic Mail. The system was set up in 1875 with an arrangement of underground pipes connected to, initially, ten offices (stations). Mail was inserted into capsules (48mm dia. x 200mm.). A number of these filled capsules were then loaded into the pipe, sealed and dispatched by compressed air (up to 30atm.) around the closed circuit to the next station, where the local mail was removed, to be hand delivered by ‘messengers'. The capsules were then topped up with office received items and sent on their way to the next station on the circuit. The setup was so efficient that a letter could be sent and a reply received, to and from a domestic or commercial address within three hours. The first circuit of ten stations were linked about half a mile apart. When the system finished in 1956 there were 62 stations connected in various numbers (three to ten) in interconnected circuits. Alas the business failed due to maintenance expense and competition by ‘surface mail'.

James Hooper's collection contained examples of the three main types of stationery.

Initially ‘postcards' were used and were folded four times to fit up to ten in a capsule. Later, letters in small sized envelopes were accepted. The postcards were double sided with the reverse provided for replies. All the original material was coloured pink and had to bear the pneumatic mail stamp of 15cr. In 1920 ordinary mail was allowed provided, of course, it could fit in the capsule. The display showed items from all the stations covering all the different types of mail permitted. One circuit was linked to Vienna's airport and both incoming and outgoing foreign mail was handled, (examples were shown). The display covered eight frames of fifteen sheets.

The evening was concluded with a four-frame display of the ‘Kinderdorf Balloonpost'. This was a charity set up after WW2 in 1947 to raise funds to house the large number of children orphaned by the war. Supporters paid for mail to be carried by balloon from a set place to land anywhere by chance! The balloons also carried passengers. The mail covers were adorned with the launch and landing places with times and also the names of any paying passengers carried, plus the necessary stamps to forward the item to their collector. The collection showed items from all 117 flights, including some that went badly wrong and were cancelled. Some of the recent items were initiated by James who admitted they were fascinating but purely philatelic!


The Chairman presenting James Hooper with a vote of thanks, certificate and gift.

 

Mike Houchen
5 April 2013

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18th April 2013

“The Committee Entertains”

 

Barry started the evening with a wonderful display of early Victorian stamps from the Bahamas. As with all the stamps that Barry brings to the displays they were all very fine used. Enlightening the members with his knowledge of the “Queen's Staircase” in Nassau. 65 steps carved out of solid limestone by the slaves in the late 18th century.

On his favourite subject. “Lighthouses”. Mike took us on a tour of the German coast, the 2 islands of Heligoland and the Baltic, with scenic views and many matching stamps. Along with detailed information on the subject. Notably the island in the River Rhine named Pfalz Castle, which is used at the moment on commercial television for advertising River Rhine Cruises.

In order that we all took notice of Don's display, he invented a competition for everyone to take part in, while at the same time giving a display of “Stamps upon Stamps”, a very interesting subject. This was backed up with a display of “Maps on Stamps”, with questions relating to our attention to the finer details on the stamps! The club members showed great enthusiasm for this, and full marks to Don for bringing new inspiration to a display.

The early history of stamps from Egypt was Peter's subject, from the first postage stamp of 1866. The first Pyramid stamps issued in 1867 to the 1879 printing by De La Rue of the Pyramid with Pharaoh in the foreground. The start of the airmail service in Egypt in 1933, and mentioning the E.E.F. overprints.

David brought along unique and fascinating material for the display. An early G.B. ship letter from Cadiz to London. A Post Office Circular dated Monday 15th November 1875. A letter from Hitchin, Hertfordshire, written 2nd February 1842, to The Royal Observatory at the Cape, South Africa. Postcard and details of the first “Catapult Mail”. Along with many other items of historic and postal interest.

A most enjoyable evening meeting, with credit going to those members of the committee that took so much time in the preparation of their displays to the enjoyment and fascination of the members.

 

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2nd May 2013

Mr Peter Hardie: Postal History and Postmarks of Holland

Starting his display, Peter mentioned the abdication of Queen Beatrix at the age of 75; her son, the Prince of Orange, William-Alexander, became King on 30th April 2013.

With the assistance of his wife Carole, he then displayed an extra large Philatelic Exhibition flag from the Netherlands, which he had acquired after the exhibition had ended. (Approx: 14 feet x 4 feet).

Stamps from the 1891 issue of Princess Wilhelmina as a young girl, with postmarks as early as 1894, started the display of postal history. Concentrating on postmarks or poststempel, to give them the Dutch name.

Peter went on to describe how from August to September 1901, a trial of a heated die postmark strike was made, using a foot-operated machine with a heated die to cancel the stamps. After many failures and many burnt letters due to the cancelling die being heated too much, these trials were abandoned.

A more simple system using pre-franked newspaper wrapper with stamps and cancel markings to include the date was introduced. These were then cancelled with the use of an inked roller.

A complicated system using perfs of 12 at the start turned more complicated later in the issue of machine rolls, when pins were removed from the perf machine to increase the strength and continuity of issue from the machine. Among items displayed were numerous samples with varied perforations on all sides, made by this system.
The “Poko” perforating machine was made by a German company, this machine was capable of taking large rolls of stamps, and was designed to perforate and affix stamps at the same time. This was the only type of electric machine capable of producing perfinned stamps as part of the process of affixing them to the cover.

Many fine samples of perfs with the names of the companies using the letters, making up the display.

We were pleased to have over twenty members attend, and the evening concluded with the Vice-Chairman, David Lockwood, giving a well deserved vote of thanks to Peter for the enjoyable evening.

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16th May, 2013
Annual General Meeting, and Social

This year's AGM was of particular notice, as we were delighted to welcome two new members to serve on the committee, Mary Parsons and Chris Wheeler.

Mary has been a member for some time, always eager to become involved whenever possible and I am convinced that Mary will bring along plenty of ideas for us all to consider at future meetings. Having two lady members on the committee will, no doubt, keep the rest of us in place!

The club has been grateful to Chris for quite a few years. His technical skills in promoting the club through his Website has given the club a “shop window” to promote it's future meetings, along with news of past events, photographs and any last minute changes to the programme that may have to be mentioned.

In fulfilling the position of Webmaster, I am sure that Chris will have some suggestions for future events. Being an avid philatelist, is only one of the many other interests that Chris has, these promote interest in his displays at meetings, along with the infinite detail he provides on any of the subjects displayed.

The members being happy that the rest of the Committee was to stand again for another year, we moved on the Social part of the evening with the food and drink.

Being displayed at the same time were the competition entries for the members to peruse whilst enjoying the snack.


Some of Poole Club' Members

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6th June 2013

Evan Williams shows New Zealand

With an attendance of around 24 members, New Zealand turned out to be a favourite country for many of our members, emerging, that many had been there, or had relatives who once lived there at some time and were familiar with the geography of the two islands.

Starting with displays of New Zealand “Health Stamps” A light hearted description followed, on the different issues, from the first issue in 1929, of the one penny red, showing the nurses head, with a one penny surcharge for raising funds to assist those with tuberculosis. To the first “Sunshine Camps” for children, formed in 1932.

The collection was a, “work in progress” Evan informed us. Some of the many issues shown were of mint, used and first day covers. Similar to most collections, the odd scarce item had yet to be found. Familiar printings of the Peter Pan issue of 1945, showing the statue in Kensington Gardens on the one penny with halfpenny surcharge issue. The scout and guide issue of 1953. One and a halfpenny blue, with halfpenny surcharge and two penny green with one penny surcharge. Both stamps having the Morse code in the edging. To the more modern issues portraying members of the Royal family.

 

The second half of the evening consisted of postcards and photographs of well-known landmarks of New Zealand. Auckland, the “City of Sails” depicted in some wonderful shots of yachts on the seas nearby. This sparked general conversation with the speaker, who had been to the islands on previous occasions, and was planning another visit in the near future. Apart from being a collector of stamps from New Zealand, Evan had a marvellous knowledge of the wildlife of that part of the world, enthralling us with his personal accounts of bird watching and fishing.

New Zealand, a subject close to the speaker's heart and a collection of what he liked to save, as different to a collection of every item according to the book.

His companion Lesley Arberry joined Evan on his visit to Poole, and we wish them well with plans for their next visit to the other side of the world.

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Friday 7th June

Visit to Bridport & District Stamp & Postcard Club

A party of eight club members made the journey to the Bridport Club, in support of three of our club members who gave their time to take a quantity of interesting material along for a display to entertain the Bridport Club.

David Lockwood started the evening with a 72-sheet display of “Exhibition Postcards” from many overseas countries as well as Great Britain.

Displaying another 72 sheets came Mike Houchen, with a display of “Lighthouses” depicted on postcards with relevant stamps and technical details.

Following on with the same number of sheets came Bob Small with one of his “Ephemera” displays. This time, “Britain at War” showing letters, newspaper articles etc; from the days of Napoleon Bonaparte. Horatio Nelson's 1798 stunning victory over the French at the “Battle of the Nile”. Continuing with several more original letters on this intriguing subject, every display sheet being a history lesson.

We were grateful to their Hon Secretary, Margot Blackah, for the invitation. To the Chairman, Brian Sidwell for making us all most welcome, the splendid hospitality, refreshments, and for the vote of thanks at the end of the evening from Frank Blackah.

We are looking forward to the return visit of the Bridport Club on 15th August 2013.

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19th June 2013
Summer Auction

With an attendance of over thirty people, the auction was a great success to both vendors and buyers. We greatly appreciated the support of the Swanage Stamp Society and the Ferndown & West Moors Philatelic & Postcard Club, making the evening an enjoyable event for all. The four seasonal auctions are one of the most popular events in our annual programme. None of the success could possibly have been achieved without the hard work and diligence of our self appointed auctioneer, Barry, and the financial wizardry of Wendy and Peter. Not forgetting, the hard work involved by the rest of the committee and members – the refreshments and washing up never does itself !!


Checking out the Lots


The auction in progress

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4th July - Members air mail & aircraft displays.

The meeting on “Air mail & Aircraft Displays” brought out some wonderful far-thinking displays.

David M, started the evening with special items
of sentimental value from his collection, among which was an item mentioning the death of Charles Rolls at the Bournemouth Air Show in 1910. A cover showing the first flight service, Bournemouth, Bristol, Liverpool cancellations for 4th February 1980 was also shown.
A display from Chris followed, with the title of “anti-aircraft”. Postal history, ephemera and postage stamps all depicting ways of destroying aircraft. A very different slant on the evening displays, one that must have taken a great deal of time to research, with many countries mentioned. In all, two frames of informative and nicely displayed stamps on the subject.
Peter pleased the members with some of his vast collection on “First Flight Covers”. In total, 4 frames of fantastic covers were on display, naming Kingsford Smith and many of the early flights of Imperial Airways. Aircraft used by the U.S.A; surplus after the war, being used to carry mail.
David L, showed a selection of covers depicting Rocket Flights, Internal Flights before the First World War. A special item from December 1950, with the delivery of Christmas mail to the “Weather Ship Recorder” delivered by Lancaster Bomber.

Peter added yet more early flight covers to the evening's display. This time with a mention of the “Contract Airmail Services” and the 1914 Curtis JM4 aircraft. Covers of the early American aviator Charles Lindbergh, with cachet.

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Meeting Report
18th July 2013- Rodney Frost Shows Ceylon to 1872

Rodney took us on a journey to Ceylon, known as the “Pearl of the East” because of its resemblance on the map, to a “Pearl Drop” at the end of India.

Enlightening the members on some of the early history of Ceylon, Rodney went on to mention that the Portuguese were the first residents to send mail from the Island in the early 1700s. On display were several covers depicting the first postmarks used to cancel the mail. By 1776 the Dutch had taken over and by 1796 the British were in command, starting a postal system up within two years. Most of the mail being sent to England, very little being sent to the rest of world.

The display consisted of covers and postmark examples from this period. An item of ephemera was found most amusing. A printed order of a “General Court Martial” held at Trincomalie in 1817. Ensign John Moffett of the 19 th Regiment of Foot. Charged firstly with unofficerlike, insubordinate and mutinous conduct towards his commanding officers. Secondly for committing the same offence upon breaking his arrest, to which he had been firstly charged. Subsequently he was cashiered for the repeated offences.

Early mail was taking 6-7 weeks to get to England by ship, until the1830s when it became possible to send it overland, and by 1840 the destinations increased to France, Jamaica and other parts of the world.

In 1857 imperforate postage stamps started being printed by Perkins, Bacon & Co Ltd; eleven stamps were printed with various designs of the Queen Victoria head. The stamps were printed in sheets of 240 stamps, 20 rows of twelve. The letter rate to England was six-pence at this time, printed on blue paper with a star watermark. Examples being shown, some outlining the poor quality of the paper as well as printing, along with several shade differences, it was explained that to find genuine examples with four margins was extremely difficult. By 1872 De La Rue had taken over the printing and line engraved examples were displayed.

The portrayal of early stamps from Ceylon was an insight into the very beginnings of philately, as we know it in this part of the world. A truly delightful display showing the members a fine selection of the very best stamps from Ceylon, along with was must be the other extreme – forgeries. Many of which, commanding a lot of money to the inexperienced collector. A selection of fine maps of early Ceylon was also put on display for us all to view.

Thanking Rodney for a most enjoyable evening, the Vice-Chairman, David Lockwood, concluded his vote of thanks by handing over a club certificate and a small appreciation of his fine display and informative talk.

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Meeting Report
1st August 2013 - Cinderella and Fiscal Stamps, Members' Displays

Barry Proctor started the evening off with two frames of Cinderella stamps from the Channel Islands. The Commodore Shipping Company issued many stamps for Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney and Sark. The display contained overprinted and plain issues. A fine selection of overprinted “Europa” stamps from 1964 and 1965 Guernsey & Alderney, overprinted and plain. President Kennedy Sheetlets from 1966 and 1967. Postal strike stamps from 1971. And a 1966 issue for the 900th Anniversary of the Norman Conquest.

Chris Wheeler delved deeply into the history of Post Office training, with a well-researched display of overprinted training stamps and other samples, from the issuing of car road fund licences to telephone stamps and postal orders for training. Bringing to light “Bletchley Park” and its use as a training establishment for the Post Office. Not only postal services, but the training of telegraph engineers also took place there, which was in the past, part of the Post Office. One of the many photographs was of a field at Bletchley, with telegraph poles and engineers with their relevant safety gear, being put through their paces at the top, making the required connections etc:

David Morris returned us to the Channel Islands with more Commodore Shipping Co; issues of 1963 Europa. Cinderellas of Alderney and Jethou. First day covers for the First Day of Issue of 5 parcel stamps in 1995, with a value of £5.16. Also stamps from Germany, with examples of Training Stamps from the DDR on first day covers.

Fiscal stamps were brought along by Fred Hoare, of the Festival of Britain, British Empire Exhibition. Along with some very fine examples of Fiscal surface printed Queen Victoria, in various shades.

Any evening display of Cinderella and Fiscal stamps would not be complete without a display by Don Thompson. Don made a very valiant effort to make the evening meeting with his fine selection of materiel for us. Chancery Court issues, Justice & Mayors Court issues, Bankruptcy issues, Embossed issues – for starters! Then came the issues from other countries – Hong Kong, Ceylon, Tasmania, Mauritius, Australian issues from Victoria, Western Australia, Queensland. Most dating back to the early Queen Victoria days. An excellent display of quality Fiscal and overprinted stamps, a collection which must have taken many years to acquire.

Don at the start of his display

Bringing the total number of frames to twelve. David Lockwood ended the selection with a cover from the Philatelic Congress of Australia, 1933 Philatelic Congress in London with 3 sets of 12 stamps in a block, on different shades of paper. The 1946 Congress in Brighton, 1947 in Birmingham, “The City of a Thousand Trades” as the slogan. 1948 Bournemouth, 1951 Felixstowe, along with many others which included Souvenir labels.

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Meeting Report

16th August 2013 - VISIT BY BRIDPORT & DISTRICT STAMP & POSTCARD CLUB

The evening got off to a fantastic start with a display of New Zealand stamps by Brian Hunt. Brian embarked on a serious display, covering early stamp production in N.Z. With explicit detail of shades, printers, perforations and early papers used (one cotton). Issues printed by Del La Rue, Waterlow and Perkins Bacon..

During his six frame display, Brian showed examples of the “Mount Cook” stamp and the “Lady” stamp with the four o'clock error. Material from the Boer War and the N.Z. Forces, Dominion post and official mail with overprints on Pacific Island Dependency issues were displayed. A professional layout with the relevant details, even down to the makers of the different plates, from which the stamps were then printed.


Part of the New Zealand Display

What started as a Thematic display by Bernard Paull, on bridges depicted on stamps, was just a prelude to his next part of the display. As a bridge engineer in earlier years, Bernard took us on a trip down the River Stour, with a stopover at each of bridges on the way, shown in his postcard display. From Stourhead to Hengistbury Head at Christchuch. The 60 mile journey of the Stour follows the now disused route of the Somerset & Dorset Railway, through the Blackmore Vale, Gillingham, Sturminster Newton, Blandford Forum, all having river bridges of outstanding design and beauty. Relating fondly to the construction and design of each in turn.


The River Stour Bridges Postcard Display

Bernard then went on to conclude his part of the evening with a short Thematic display on Alfa Romeo, from it's early racing days in competing in such races as the Targa Florio (Sicily) and the Mille Miglia in Italy, to such races as the famous Monte Carlo G.P.. Mentioned were famous drivers such as Luigi Villoresi and Alberto Ascari who won in Monaco in 1948 with the Alfa Romeo 158. Alfa Romeo ended their involvement with motor racing in 1952.


The Alpha Romeo Display

We were then treated to an outstanding account on Naval History from WWI.

The sinking of 3 Cressy Class Armoured Cruisers, HMS Cressy, HMS Aboukir and HMS Hogue, by the German U-boat U-9, Captained by Kapitän Otto Weddigen of the Kaiserliche Marine 1 Flotila, which took place in the “Broad Fourteens” on the 22nd September 1914.

The speaker related the story of this tragic event, which cost the lives of nearly 1500 men, many young seamen amongst them. Putting on display a fine selection of postcards relating to the Senior Naval Commanders at the time, to the 3 Cruisers, German postcards of the U-9 and it's crew after receiving the Iron Cross from Kaiser Wilhelm II who not only awarded the crew with the Iron Cross, but also the U-9. The U-9 and the SMS Emden were the only two ships to receive this award.

Later, the account related the death of Otto Weddigen as Captain of U-29 on the 18th March the following year. Being run down by HMS Dreadnought in the Pentland Firth, while attempting a torpedo run at the Grand Fleet, who were exercising there at the time. The U-29 was lost with all 32 hands, including Weddigen at the age of 33.

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Club Programme for 2013-2014 Year
 
2013  
September 5th Autumn Auction
September 14th ANNUAL STAMP FAIR, Upton 10:00am to 4:00pm (Saturday)
September 19th Guest Dr Tony Howgrave-Graham shows South Africa
October 3rd Visit by Swanage Stamp Society
October 17th Guest Trevor Buckell: France 1849-1949
November 7th Members Commonwealth displays
November 12th Visit to Swanage Stamp Society (Tuesday)
November 21st Winter Auction
December 5th Members Displays - first half silent
December 19th Christmas Social & Anything but stamps
2014  
January 2nd G, H, & I are for.....
January 16th Members postcard displays
February 6th Members Displays: Post-1939 material
February 20th Members Displays: Americas & West Indies
March 6th Spring Auction
March 20th Competition Evening - Green Cup, Novice, Barry Proctor (Postcard) & Bill Way Competitions
April 3rd Guest Spence Coaker shows Hong Kong & the Treaty Ports
April 12th Ferndown Society's Annual Stamp Fair (Saturday)
April 17th Members displays of stamps and stationery
May 1st Members Displays - first half silent
May 15th Annual General meeting, followed by social
June 5th Guest Anne Stammers - Thematic Evening:- "From Rocks to Riches" and "A Child's Guide to Nature"
June 19th Summer Auction
July 3rd Guest Barry Hobbs: Through swamp and mountain - TPOs of Latin America
July 17th Guest Mel Doyle shows KGV Canada
August 7th Guest Brian Weeks shows Modern Greece, then members displays of Europe
August 21st Members Displays - People and Places

 

On Saturday 13th September 2014 the Club's Annual Stamp Fair will be held, but this year in conjunction with the Somerset & Dorset Philatelic Federation. Full details of the categories, rules, and instructions to competitors are available - Click....... here

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Meeting Reports

5th September - Autumn Auction

The Autumn Auction of stamps and postcards was a most successful evening all round, thanks to members of Ferndown and Swanage societies taking an active part in the buying and selling of many of the lots. We are now busy preparing the lots for the Winter Auction on the 21st November.

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14th September - Annual Stamp and Postcard Fair

14th September was once again the Annual Stamp & Postcard Fair. This event takes a great deal of organising, but thanks to Peter, the fair organiser, this was a splendid day all round and a pleasure to see many of the enthusiast who come along to the event each year, also the many new faces who came to see us for the first time, thanks to the advertising of the event well in advance. A most successful day, and one which we intend to repeat next year to coincide with the Somerset & Dorset Philatelic Federation Competitions on the same day.


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Big Welcome Smile! ------------------------- Fair Under Way

Happy Chairman and Committee Members

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Meeting Report

19th September
Guest Dr Tony Howgrave-Graham shows South Africa

Our guest speaker on the 19th September, Dr. Tony Howgrave-Graham gave us a very comprehensive talk on the history of South Africa from the Union, (Transvaal, Orange Free State, Cape and Natal) until the formation of a Republic in 1960. Tony showed us the flaws on the first stamps issued using terms such as. ‘ladder', ‘twisted horn', ‘aeroplane', ‘cobweb' etc. then talked about printing methods, booklets, Voortrecker and Coronation issues. To finish the evening Tony showed a selection of postal history covers dealing with the German Surrender in 1915 and the types of cancels on covers between South Africa and South West Africa thereafter.

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Meeting Report

3rd October - Visit by Swanage Stamp Society

Roger Wilcox started the evening's Presentations with a comprehensive display of GB Victoria, beginning with the three shades of penny black. The twopenny blue, penny reds, imperforate and perforate, on white and blue paper, from the various plates used at that time were all shown, in the sets that they were issued in. Examples from fourteen of the fifteen plates of 1870 bantams were on show, with the delightful 10d and 1/- embossed stamps containing the silk threads.

On further pages were examples of the stamps from the later issues, various watermarks and interesting postmark cancellations. Examples of the high value stamps from different plates, mint and used were explained, ending with examples from the Jubilee set, including the ½d blue changeling.

Keith Dando presented a wide range of 1904-1910 pictorial postcards that had been left in an album by his grandfather. The first set were of 1904 Entente Cordiale and Patriotic cards followed by 1908 Franco postcards. Several cards of the buildings and extravagant interiors of the 1908 Franco-British Exposition at White City were displayed.

These were followed by Military cards, the Ironclads (navy ships of the period, including an early submarine), cards of the London and North Western Railway (ferries, trains and track); the delightful Lipton Tea postard set of eight from 1908; and some early Christmas greeting cards. Very interesting was the map of the "postcard square mile" in London where at that time 60 postcard companies had their businesses, all of them listed.

After the break, John Connor presented his collection of Wartime Guernsey, explaining that in 1940 the British Government decided the Channel Islands could not be defended due to insufficient defences and the islands not being of strategic importance. The military and all but 23,000 of the inhabitants moved to the mainland. Occupation started in June 1940, and from then all communication to outside the island was banned. Internal mail, uncensored, was permitted, and this lasted for five years.

GB stamps continued to be used, but due to shortage, bisects came into use for two months from 27 December 1940, several examples of these being shown. The Guernsey Press were commissioned to print the Guernsey Arms stamps,starting with the penny red on 18 February 1941. The ½d green soon followed and the 2½d blue in April 1944. Various examples of these issues were shown including the later ones on French Banknote paper.

Some examples of German forces letters back to their homeland were on display, with Red Cross letters from Great Britain to Guernsey. Following liberation in 1945, the 1946 GB issue came into use and examples were shown. Finally some original newspapers proclaiming the end of the War were put up for members to see.

The final presentation was by Phil Wolston on British West Africa, showing stamps he started to collect as a schoolchild. Each country had pages showing various issues from George V to Independence. Countries covered were Nigeria, Gold Coast, Kenya/Uganda/Tanganyka and finally Gambia.

Chairman John Hilton gave the vote of thanks, and certificates, on behalf of the club members who had enjoyed the varied displays.

Chris Wheeler 4 October 2013

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Meeting Report

17th October - Guest Speaker Trevor Buckell - “France 1849 – 1949”

With a display of 180 sheets on the subject, Trevor warned us all in advance, that he was not going to mention each sheet individually, but only certain ones, leaving the members to view their own particular interest during the interval, explaining, that he was sure that not all the members would be interested in the intricate details of each individual stamp on display. This was not to be so, after his talk the members poured over the display, seeking out every minor detail with avid interest.

The early sheets displayed stamps which were imperf. Firstly, the Ceres head of 1849, followed by Louis Napoleon as President in 1852, on to Napoleon III, Emperor in 1862.

Continuing the display with a selection of the “Sower” stamps from 1902, including the Red Cross Fund, Surcharged with red cross, to the Paris International Philatelic Exhibition in 1925, and the lightly used 5f red issue.

With each of the sheets which were set out on display, care had been taken not to overcrowd the number of stamps per page. Many sheets included additional pictures of the view depicted in the stamp printing, such as the 1929 3f blue, issue of “Reims Cathedral”. “The Bay of Algiers” stamp of 1930, 50c red and blue, and 1930 issue of “Le Sourire de Reims” (“The Smiling Angel of Reims”). The added picture being a larger version of the same picture on the stamp, of “Le Sourire de Reims”. This was a Charity Issue for the Sinking Fund 1f.50+3f.50 colour purple.

The Vice-Chairman, David Lockwood, gave a very eloquent vote of thanks for the evening's display, which was greatly appreciated by all the members.


David Lockwood giving the vote of thanks to Trevor Buckell

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Meeting Report

7th November 2013- Members Commonwealth Displays

With 21 members in attendance, the evening started with Mike's display “Lighthouses in the Caribbean” featuring the Bahamas and Bermuda. He showed the location of the Bahamas lighthouses on a blown-up version of their tourist map stamps. Definitives issued in 1935 and 1938 showing Hog Island, (renamed Paradise Island in 1963) were shown. The renaming was due to the influx of lots of cruise ships. Other stamps and covers were displayed. His Bermuda display included a first day cover of the Piloting set of 2011, some wooden postcards and a newspaper article showing the hogfish being refitted to the top of the Hogfish Lighthouse.

Ray demonstrated St Helena with a beautifully written up display showing the history of the island from its discovery by a Portugese sailor in 1602, its rediscovery by Captain Cavendish of England some 80 years later on the birthday of Helena of Constantinople. Examples of its first stamps of 1856, produced from the same die, with values overwritten, were shown, together with many later issues.

Robin showed some Hong Kong stamps from his father's collection (untouched since 1956), telling the story of the colony at the mouth of the Canton River from inception, through Japanese occupation to its return to China in 1997. Various issues from the first no-watermark issue of 1862 up to the 1935 Silver Jubilee issue were displayed.

New member Geoff explained how he had recently made a start in stamp collecting, with the Pitcairn Islands as his starting point. He showed many early issues, stamps cancelled by New Zealand, a cover that had fallen overboard in a sack en-route to New Zealand, with various water stains, the 1940 KG edition, postcards of the School House featured on some of the stamps together with two stamps, one an error saying “schoolteacher's house” the other the correct version saying “Pitcairn School”. He explained that with a population of just 54 it was not easy to obtain cancelled examples. He then showed several frames of Solomon Islands stamps with some errors and varieties, and finally some stamps from Gilbert and Ellice.


Geoff displaying Pitcairn Islands

John displayed an extensive array of GB penny lilacs, first issued in 1881. Mint and used stamps from Die I and Die II, as well as a wide range of used stamps with the “squared circle” and “duplex” cancellations, and overprints were displayed. Examples cancelled by the special German cancelling machine for the 1897 60th anniversary of Queen Victoria were displayed. Also three pieces on cover, some corner blocks and ten stamps with holes depicting the initials of various companies (perfs). Finally a photostat copy of a memoranda booklet from May 1991 with a penny lilac having a perf “SDS” was shown.

After the break, Maxine put up many FDCs of East African countries, notably Tanzania, covering a wide range of topics: animals, marine life, flowers, insects, hairstyles, pottery, tanzanite, and the new railway across Tanzania from Zambia to Malawi built to relieve the terrible road.


Maxine with Tanzania FDCs

Chris put up a display of every mint stamp issued by Bophuthatsana during its independent years from 1977 to 1994 (305 stamps and 3 miniature sheets).

David concluded the evening with an impressive display of Australian pre-stamped envelopes from their inception in the mid 1970s to their demise in 1990. These were numbered and all mint, matching the thematic, commemoratives and definitives issues.

Chris Wheeler - 9 November 2013

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21st November 2013 - Winter Auction

The large number of people attending the evening's Winter Auction was matched by the high number of lots, which was the second highest ever at 328. The Club thanks all those who took part and especially the members of Ferndown and Bournemouth Clubs for their submissions, purchases and attendance. The five raffle prize winners went home with happy faces!!

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5th December 2013- Members' Displays (first half silent)

Ten members put up displays on a wide variety of subjects, making for a very interesting meeting. Ray started with a very comprehensive 24 sheet display of GB Training stamps, collected over many years.


Ray putting up his display

Bryan displayed 41 well written-up sheets of aircraft postcards and photographs of aircraft from 1917 to 1980, supported by a collection of matching die cast models. Don Thomson added to this display with a collection of model aircraft that had been at Bournemouth airport or in Poole harbour, giving an overview of their routes and service history.


Bryan concluding his presentation

Don Trowsdale concluded the first half of the evening with a display of stamps on stamps, something old on something new and maps on stamps, with examples from countries all over the world.

Barry continued the evening with a 30 sheet display of Hong Kong from 1863 to 1981, including shade variations of the King George VI $1.00.

Tony was next with a display of humourous postcards from 1909 onwards, some tracing a "story" of couples meeting to a child being born; some risque ones were amongst the others.


Tony's display

Michael displayed Ascension, with 6 sheets from 1922, its first issue in 1924, KGV pictorials, through KGVI and the early years of Queen Elizabeth II .

Chris put up a three sheet display of the Russel Wallace covers with the special cancellations from Broadstone on 7 November, and then a five sheet display of several mint issues from the new postal administration of Caribbean Netherlands.

Wendy put up 15 sheets of very colourful stamps depicting Illuminated Manuscripts. These were from the beginning a newly written-up display. She described how these were done in the monastries in three stages: the miniature itself, the letter and the border. Because they were normally quite small in size, the relative ease of depicting them with all their detail on stamps could be appreciated.

Finally David displayed 15 sheets from his maritime collection showing the routes used for mail from Mauritius to Europe and India both before and after the Suez Canal was opened, and images of the ships used to transport the mail. A copy of the 1837 Act of Parliament defining the amended rates for East Indian postage, ships letters, salvaged postal stationery, and a 1928 Christmas greetings card from HMS Effingham were included in his presentation.

 

Chris Wheeler, 6 December, 2013

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Meeting Report – 19th December 2013

Christmas Social and “Anything but Stamps”

Several non-philatelic exhibits were brought along by members for everyone else to enjoy. Each of course had a story behind it, which when delved into made them even more interesting. These included:

An amazing display of fabulous shells from Sanibel Island, Florida, with explanatory leaflets
Beer mats and playing cards featuring lighthouses
A display case of turn-of-the-century American milk bottle tops
An ‘OO' gauge South African Beyer Garret locomotive
A collection of diecast airplanes in full colour
A framed Australian military canvas, a century old, with accompanying leaflets
The full set of mint Great Britain £5 coins from 1990 to 2013
A book on railway art and one on ocean liners, and newspapers from 1938 and 1939

Also on display were books of the illustrated reports, taken from the website, of the meetings held by the Poole, Ferndown and Ringwood Clubs from mid-2012 to December 2013.

Chairman, John Hilton, welcomed members to the Christmas meal, passed on absentees' apologies, and thanked everyone for their participation in the meetings during the year and for bringing the sumptuous fare for the celebration.


some of the assembled members


Lighthouse beer mats and playing cards


diecast aircraft


Sanibel Island shells

Chris Wheeler, 20 December 2013

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Meeting Report – 2nd January 2014

G, H and I are for..................

The first meeting of the New Year began with members displaying stamps, postcards and ephemera on a wide range of interesting topics.

Barry started the evening with a display of stamps from Ireland, commencing with the first issue in 1922 of overprints on the King George V definitive series. He noted that there were lots of varieties, some of which were shown. Stamps from issues up to 1967 were included.

Chris displayed 54 sheets covering three aspects of the Australian Light Horse Brigades' actions in the Middle East conflicts during the First World War. Starting with George Lambert , who had been appointed Australian War Artist, an Australian stamp featuring one of his paintings, and some postcards of other work were shown. This was followed by many sheets depicting people, places and events commemorated on stamps of the places where the Australian Light Horse had been in action, such as Anzac Cove, Alexandria, Aleppo, Damascus, Gallipoli and Jerusalem. Finally mint stamps, and a whole range of postal items from the 2013 joint issue from Australia and Israel commemorating the Battle of Beersheba were displayed.

Don then put up a display of the Gliders used during the Second World War. This included stamps from Japan, The Gambia, Isle of Man and Dominica, as well as many illustrated copies of book, newspaper and journal articles. He explained how various classes of military gliders, such as the Hotspurs, Hadrians and Hannibals had been able to carry 25 troops, tanks, etc. They had been used in various assaults in Crete and Sicily, and the Normandy Invasion. Large numbers had been built, with local bases at Tarrant Rushton, Holmesley and Compton Abbas.


Don with some of his display in the background

After the break, Mike displayed lighthouses on stamps in Germany from 1974 to 2013, and in Greece from 1913 to 2009. These included gummed, self-adhesive individual stamps, miniature sheets, maxicards, booklets, strips, perforated and imperforated versions, and varieties, re-issues and pagemark shaped postcard issues.

Bob displayed stamps and ephemera relating to various Invasions of and by Britain, well researched and presented. His talk covered the 1066 Battle of Stamford Bridge; 1066 Battle of Hastings; 1588 Spanish Armada;, the counter-Armada against Spain in 1589; the Second Jacobite Rebellion in 1745-46;, and finally the 1798 Napoleonic sorties to England, Ireland and Wales.


Bob putting up his display

Barry put up 21 sheets covering issues from Guernsey from 1969 to 1978; and David also displayed Guernsey, with single and multi-coloured booklets from 1980 to 1989.

All presenters were complimented by the Chairman.

Wendy reminded members that the March 12-sheet competitions were approaching and members should start preparing now.

Chris Wheeler, 3 January 2014

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Meeting Report – 16th January 2014

Members Postcards Displays

Tony opened the evening with a display of postcards posted from 1904 onwards, illustrating views and scenes from the local area. Broadstone, Hamworthy, Wimborne, Sandbanks and Poole were well represented, bringing back memories for those members who have known these areas well from younger years.

Barry proceeded with a two-part display of family cards. His maternal grandparents sent and collected postcards, and many examples were displayed, the message on some being read out. These covered holiday, birthday, Christmas and wedding cards, as well as a number of humorous ones. Some of these were silk postcards. Social history was demonstrated in the family postcards of the 1914-1918 War years, with examples showing troops on the march, family groups, groups assembled for photographs, soldiers in uniform etc.

Chris displayed postcards of the Channel Tunnel, covering the planning and excavation, the famous breakthrough when the two sides met with only a three inch misalignment, then the trains, terminals and museum. Several humorous cards were shown, as well as stamps of the tunnel on postcards, and four Benham covers on postcards.

After the break, Bob put up a display of 27 sepia cards from the turn of the last century showing many scenes of the streets, buildings, churches, and bridge of Hamworthy. Many of these views are now distant memories.

Finally Chris displayed fifty postcards of the London Underground, starting with an underground tramway, and progressing through the first trains of 1862 to those of today, with a 3-D view of the new Crossrail development at Tottenham Court Road. Power rooms, train washing plant and early maps on postcards were included. Several postcards showing the Underground being used as air raid shelters were included. Some humorous cards, and stamps on cards finished the first part of this topic. Ninety postcards were then shown covering the various advertising and promotion campaigns used by the London Underground from the 1920s up to today. Although the majority of these had not been postally used they were bright and informative, with some very imaginitive designs, giving a good perspective on the development of the Underground over its 150 years.

Chris Wheeler 16 January 2014

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Meeting Report – 6th February 2014
Members Displays: Post-1939 material

Fred began the evening with a display of the stamps issued by the Allied countries during the First World War, concentrating on those issues relating to the war itself. He noted that Great Britain did not produce any such stamps, but displayed a set of their 1939 definitives. However several later Great Britain issues relating to both Great Wars, such as the D-Day Landing set were displayed. He told of his memories of seeing the landing craft at Fleetsbridge and hearing the aircraft and tanks as they assembled in Poole; as well as the special trains which took workers to and from the cordite factories at Holton Heath, where some 5,000 people were employed. He showed selected stamp issues from Australia, Canada and USA which featured a wide range of activities involved with the War Effort.


Fred with his "Post-1939" Display

Chris put up a display of all 230 stamps 4 miniature sheets issued by Ciskei, the second of the South Africa Homelands he has displayed. He commented on the excellent designs and range of topics covered during their administration from 1981 to 1994, even an issue on Fish Bait!

After the break David displayed some rare items from his collection Far East Maritime. Many items were pre-1939 but provided a comprehensive overview of many aspects of maritime postal history from places such as Singapore, Hong Kong and New Hebrides. A set of five photographs showing the recovery of a pilotless aircraft that had run out of fuel in the Atlantic in 1960 during the Cold War exercises was particularly dramatic. A Christmas greeting card from HMS Bulwark whilst off Borneo in 1960 during the Far East campaign, and other military mail was displayed. 1915 shipping lists from Hong Kong, and New Zealand shipping brochures and advertisements from the 1890s and 1903 were included. A postcard from Australia produced for the American navy during the visit of The Great White Fleet whilst on Pacific exercises in 1908 was shown. David noted that the fleet had departed before the card was available so genuine used examples are not to be trusted!


David with his display "Far East Maritime"

Chris Wheeler 7 February 2014

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Meeting Report – 20th February 2014
Members Displays: Americas & West Indies

Barry started the evening with a display of Princess Diana: The American Issues. This was followed by several displays by David on the following topics: Falkland Islands; International Stamp Exhibition Souvenir sheets produced by the United States Post Office; an Exhibition of postcards and postmarks of the Americas. After the break, David continued with: United States Pacific Area postmarks; and Maritime items of the Americas.

David Lockwood, 6 March 2014

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Meeting Report – 6th March 2014
Spring Auction

Some thirty members and visitors attended the Spring Auction with a wide range of material being put up for sale.


Barry Proctor, Auctioneer, hard at work!

Chris Wheeler, 8 March 2014

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Saturday 15th March 2014 - Dorset Family History
in conjunction with The Western Front Association

We were delighted to have been given the opportunity of promoting the name of the Poole & District Philatelic & Postcard
Club, at this very busy event. Connecting family history and family photographs, to the collecting of old postcards and postage
stamps of that period.  Many old family archives contain the odd silk postcard from the Great War, along with a few picture postcards of places on the Western Front prior to the start of hostilities.
With the help of Barry and Mary we were able to answer most questions put to us, and I would like to think that as a result
we may well see one or more of the visitors come along to a club evening in response to their enquiries. Praise must go to the DFHS for their extremely well organised day, we were pleased to have been a small part of their successful event.

John Hilton

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Meeting Report - 20th March 2014

Competition Evening:
Green Cup, Novice, Barry Proctor (Postcard) & Bill Way Shield

This was a very busy competition evening, with a total of 22 entries from club members for the various
competitions. We extend our thanks to Mr James Hooper for kindly judging the entries.

The winners were:-

Green Cup - John Hilton - *Queen Victoria Penny Lilac
Harry Parsons - Bob Small - Napoleonic War Mail
Thematic Cup - Chris Wheeler - 150 Years of London Underground

The following were judged by Club Members:-

Barry Procter Cup - David Lockwood - Varying fates of Merchant Ships
Bill Way Shield - Bob Small - *Napoleonic POWs

* These two entries, which scored the highest points, will go forward to the Ferndown & West Moors Philatelic & Postcard
Club for their “Interclub Competition” at their Annual Fair at the Barrington Centre, Ferndown on 12th April 2014.

 



Four of the competition entries

During the interval, Wendy Buckle exhibited a thematic display on the history of writing.

Our thanks go to Wendy, who very efficiently organised the competition evening, and to James, as Competition Secretary
of the Somerset & Dorset Philatelic Federation.

We hope to carry forward this enthusiasm for competitions to September, when we are hosting the S&DPF competitions
at our Annual Stamp & Postcard Fair.

Michael Mawdsley 23 March 2014

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Meeting Report – 3rd April 2014
Guest Spence Coaker shows Hong Kong & the Treaty Ports

A summary of the events in China up to the Opium Wars which started in 1841, covering the 13 factories in Canton, the
activities of the East India Company, their trade in silver, tea, silk and pottery for opium was given as an introduction. Spence
then explained how the siege of Canton, Shanghai and Nanking led to Britain obtaining its first portion of Hong Kong in the
Treaty of Nanking, and later following China losing the Second Opium War, Britain secured more trading ports on the China coast, the Treaty Ports, as well as Kowloon and the New Territories.

Hong Kong and the Treaty Ports

The first examples shown were the first issue of stamps in 1862; the second issue which included the 96c olive bistre, a mint
block of which are probably the most expensive Hong Kong stamps (not shown!!), and the 1891 commemorative issue
marking the 50 th anniversary of the Colony.

Various entires, letters, overprints, as well as the only commemorative issue during Queen Victoria's reign were displayed.
The Treaty Ports used Hong Kong stamps, but also stamps from other postal administrations such as Germany and France
that had been established there. Examples of these, including some adopted and used for military purposes, some scarce,
were shown.

After the break a range of Air Mail material starting with the experimental flights of 1929, the Air Orient in 1932, the 1934
first trans-Pacific, and an amazing round the world cover from 1937 were displayed.

Then the first and second definitive KGVI issues, the Victory issue, with examples of Japanese Occupation covers and cancellations were displayed. A 1945 Liberation cover, Exhibition cancellations, Forces Post Office mail, early meter mail
and Frama labels were put up.

Finally full mint sets of the seven QEII definitives issues up to the 1997 Handover, and a Chris Patten signed handover cover
date 30 June 1997 brought the exhibit to a close.

Spence starting the talk on his display
David presenting Spence with his certificate

Chris Wheeler, 11 April 2014

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Meeting on Thursday 17th April, 2014
Review of Competition Results,
Awarding of Certificates, Cups and Shields, and
Members Displays of Stamps and Stationery

Some of the entries from the recent Competition were displayed, and the competitors were asked to give a short resume of their entry and answer questions from the floor:
Lighthouses of Japan - Mike Houchen
Lighthouses of Spain – Mike Houchen
150 Years on the London Underground – Chris Wheeler
Napoleonic POWs 1797-1813 – Bob Small
The World of Overprints and Surcharges – David Lockwood
More than Just a Penny Lilac – John Hilton
The Varying Fates of Merchant Ships - David Lockwood
The 1924-1925 British Empire Exhibition – David Lockwood
King George VI Commonwealth Postal Stationery - David Lockwood
Latvia 1919-1922 – Wendy Buckle

Using her competition entry as an example, Wendy gave practical advice to members on how to do well in Competitions.  Some of the key points made were that Competitions are not Displays, Competitions have rules that must be strictly followed, Judges work to those rules rigourously.  Judges are looking for philatelic material not so much the writing up.  Ensure the first page includes the title, a plan, a few lines of introduction and something philatelic.  Tell a story, fill the pages.  Look at the balance of items on the pages, and the aesthetics of them as a whole.


After the break the awards were given out to the successful members

Bob receiving the Shield David receiving his Trophy Chris receiving his Cup

This was followed by the displays of Stamps and Stationery.
Downstream Access, using C9 mail (12 pages) – Chris Wheeler
Worldwide Registration Labels (2 pages) – Don Trowsdale
Impressed and Embossed Heads (1 page) – Don Trowsdale
Worldwide Airmail Forms featuring Lighthouses (6 pages) – Mike Houchen
Early Forces Mail 1589-1811 (12 pages) – Bob Small

This was a particularly interesting and inspiring meeting, a credit to the inspiration, motivation and encouragement provided in particular by John and Wendy.

 

Chris Wheeler 18 April 2014

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15th May - Annual General Meeting followed by Social

Approximately half the membership attended this year's AGM, in which the previous year's Minutes were reviewed and approved. Reports were given by the Chairman, acting Secretary, Treasurer and Programme Secretary. Mike Mawdsley was elected as the new Club Secretary; all other Committee Members being re-elected.

Under "AOB" there was discussion regarding the number of frames to be used for competitions, and the paper size. Both items were referred for discussion at the next Committee Meeting. The acquisition of a loud speaker system was discussed, as was the inclusion of a members stamp-swap evening, and the appointment of an assistant secretary.

At the close of the meeting a raffle was held, and a social occasion followed.


Senior Committee Members about to Report to Members

Chris Wheeler 16 May 2014

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5th June - Guest Anne Stammers - Thematic Evening:- "From Rocks to Riches" and "A Child's Guide to Nature"

Anne began by explaining that her 90 page display was about how minerals in the earth's crust were formed, located and mined, and eventually crafted into beautiful objects by cutting, smelting or fabrication by artists and designers having a thorough understanding of the minerals and elements they worked on. The first three pages provided an introduction and plan of the well written-up display and a map of the world showing where minerals were found.

Stamps were used to show how the earth's surface was formed and the action of volcanoes in sourcing various minerals. Swiss Pro Patria mineral stamps were displayed, with stamps and covers showing the various types of mining and dredging used to obtain the raw materials. Seven pages of Australian stamps on gold mining followed including the stamp book featuring the Eureka Stockade in Balarat.

Samples from Tasmania's series of air letters featuring their many mines, and colourful exmples from South Africa, Canada, USA and South America were shown. Stamps showing the history of gold, the Legend of Eldorado, a South African meter mark "Gold is Money You Can Trust", a ship's letter of 1827 from a ship named "Gold", and sets of stamps showing gems, gemcuts and hallmarks demonstrated the breadth of the theme. A 1907 postcard from Little Rock to Hot Springs was displayed, further illustrating the scope of subject matter that is relevant.


Anne explaining her Display


Members examining the Display

After the break Anne and Wendy put up displays illustrating how to get started in thematic displays and competitions. This specified examples of what should be included, how to collate material that may or may not be included, and use of material in more than one event. Anne used "A Child's Guide to Nature" and Wendy used a 45 page display "Paper Making" to illustrate the techniques, options and range of material that can be used for the various competition classes as well as displays.

A very constructive question and answer session followed with excellent questions from Philip Mudd and David Lockwood. The key replies were to "tell a story", "use a variety of appropriate material", "exclude what is not pertinent", and perhaps the most difficult "write up the plan first".


Wendy giving Anne her certificate and thank you gift

 

Chris Wheeler, 6 June 2014

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19th June - Summer Auction

27 members and visitors atttended the club's Summer Auction, this in spite of it being the warmest evening of the year and the night England was to play Uruguay in the 2014 World Cup. A wide range of material was up for bidding, starting with several lots of cigarette cards. There were some rare and unusual items amongst the varied material, much of which was sold.


Barry, the auctioneer, getting started!

Chris Wheeler, 6 June 2014

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3rd July - Guest Barry Hobbs
Through Swamp and Mountain - TPOs of Latin America

This was to be the penultimate display of this amazingly comprehensive talk.  Barry has amassed a unique collection of postal material, including some never-seen-elsewhere items that made this presentation such a discovery for members attending.
During the first half, Barry outlined the geographical and industrial background to Bolivia, and its need for a railway to carry its wealth of raw materials from the mines in this landlocked country to the Chilean coast.  Started in the 1880s and completed some ten years later the railway also came to be used for passenger and mail traffic, it taking two and a half days to complete the 600 miles, much of it across the Atacama desert, where bandits were a major problem.  During the early decades all sorts of handstamps and cancellations were used, and examples of these were shown, with examples of mail being routed to Panama or back across the Andes to Buenos Aires.  Examples of Bolivian stamps with Chilean cancels, and Chilean stamps with Bolivian cancels were shown, together with some contemporary postcards of local landmarks. Cancellations used on the steamers on Lake Titicaca were included.
The typical situation of countries in Central America, was that their capital cities were in the central highlands, and they needed railways to connect to the Atlantic and Pacific coasts.  Costa Rica was the first example of this to be shown, where the railway building started in the 1870s.  The interoceanic line was fed by a host of branch lines owned and managed by the huge banana plantations.  Private and public TPOs operated on these lines and Barry showed some extremely rare examples of these.


After the break, similar railway operations from other Central American countries were demonstrated, each with their individual problems and successes.  Panama for example started to build its railway in 1855, but due to disease killing over half the workforce it was decades before it was completed.  TPOs started running in the 1900s, but as part of the Panama Canal Company.  The building of the Honduras railway was the subject of a massive fraud, so much of the money being stolen that it took until 1953 for the country to recover.  Only 66 miles of the railway was ever built, but many interesting TPO were shown with a host of different handstamps.
Nicaragua tried to incorporate its two huge lakes into its interoceanic railway, several different handstamps being used on the various segments of the line, but even to this day the railway is not complete.  Guatemala suffered at the hands of the American banana plantation owners, the first line being completed in the 1920s from Guatemala City to the Mexican border, the second down to Columbia in 1929.  However they were very poorly built, could not be maintained, and were subject to a lot of staff fraud.  Examples of covers with inspectors’ marks on them were displayed.  El Salvador suffered much the same problem, but TPO covers had been obtained and were shown.
This was a fascinating talk, especially for those members who had travelled to this part of the world.


Barry receiving his certificate from Chairman John Hilton

Chris Wheeler, 4 July 2014

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17th July - Guest Mel Doyle shows KGV Canada

Mel began his presentation by explaining that there were five distinct definitive issues during King George V's reign (1911 to 1935). The first of these, the Admiral issue, are the most difficult to classify and thus of greater interest to collectors.


Complete "genuine" set of the Admiral issue

He showed examples of War Tax Admirals, explaining that these and other Revenue stamps were much more avidly collected in USA and Canada than in Great Britain. Examples of coils, surcharges, booklets and booklet panes were displayed. Some wonderful examples of the Confederation stamps of 1917, and the story behind them was told. Examples of each of the other definitive issues were shown and key facts about them discussed, together with examples of some of the commemorative issues from the period, which included some photographs of the submitted designs for the silver jubilee stamps which ended up being based on a photograph by Adams, an Englishman!


Mel explaining an example

The talk finished with a frame of "useful material you can enjoy at a price you can afford", with examples of War Tax stamps, elecricity and gas stamps, individually numbered weights and measures stamps, pre-cancels, law stamps, and the two shades of blue Great War stamps. It was noted that though all these were issued during King George V's reign, some were still being used up to the 1960s.


David presenting Mel with a certificate and gift on behalf of the Club

Chris Wheeler, 18 July 2014

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7th August - Guest Brian Weeks shows Modern Greece,
then members displays of Europe

The evening was of two parts, the first half being a very well described overview of the "Development of Modern Greece” as seen through its stamps, and those of its various administrations.  The period was from 1830 to 1967, and included some postcards and press cuttings.  Brian explained that a collection of Hermes and Olympics with all their variations was too technical, and this collection taking some six years was much more satisfying.  The appreciation shown by the audience indicated that they shared that view as well.


Brian’s claim that “the Greeks love fighting, especially with Turkey” came through clearly as he described the background to the many, mainly commemorative issues in his display.  Stamps used in the independent territories such as Crete and the Aegian Islands, and then common issues from 1911 were shown.  Next he showed some examples from the issues during the Balkan Wars, which resulted in the nation doubling in size and population and a wide range of overprints came into use - several colours on four papers from seventeen printings, not to mention all the forgeries.  Postcards from Salonica in World War I and the devastating fire of 18 August 1917 which destroyed over half of the city were displayed.  The various sets issued between the World Wars, the inflation issues, the Victory issue and Dodecanese issues with various administrations, sets from the Communist Civil War were all described.  He concluded with the Junta Regime releases from 1967.


Brian receiving his certificate and gift of appreciation from Chairman John Hilton

After the break several members put up one or two frame displays of material relating to Europe.  Barry started with Alderney, all issues from 1983 to 2000. Mike Houchen displayed a colourful frame of the Lighthouses of Greece.  Invited speaker Brian Weeks displayed the stamps of Epirus, the southern region of Albania, with a range of its official and unofficial issues from 1912 to 1913.  Chris Wheeler, using mainly postcards, portrayed the history of Eastbourne Pier from its conception in 1860 to today, ending with the fire of 30 July 2014.  Finally David Lockwood showed 15 pages of written up material on European Maritime Philately, with examples from Belgium, Germany, Portugal and Italy.


Mike with "Lighthouses of Greece"


David with "European Maritime Philately"

Chris Wheeler, 8 August 2014

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21st August - People and Places - Members

Barry Proctor opened the evening with his 13 page display of Jersey stamps featuring Royalty, starting with the 1978 50th Coronation issue and ending with the 2012 issue featuring the 30th Birthday of the Duke of Cambridge. One stamp of note was the £10.00 hologram stamp of the Queen, the image of which can only be seen at certain angles.
Barry with Jersey Royalty on Stamps

Philip Mudd then exhibited a very colourful written-up display of 14 matching signed covers of notable people and the places associated with them.   The first two were Sir Arthur C Clark and Sir Patrick Moore, with outer space being their associated place. Sir George Everest and the mountain were next, followed by Elizabeth Deane, the youngest Titanic passenger, at 67 days of age, and the last to survive, dying in 2009.  Sir Ebenezer Howard, father of the Garden Cities, and Letchworth were next, and these were followed by Alfred Russel Wallace, the naturalist who is buried in Broadstone and finally Colonel John Jestyn Llewellin, the first and only Baron of Upton who had a naval career and then went into Conservative politics.

Philip with part of his display Some of Philip's covers

Wendy Buckle also put up 14 sheets, these being of postcards, photos and postal stationery showing the 4000 year history of the city of Riga in Latvia, through its buildings and the people associated with them.  Of particular interest was the postcard showing the “then and now” skyline of the city and the pictures of its three cathedrals; the National Opera, Riga’s oldest surviving building; and the Castle, now the War Museum.  The 35 metre tall Freedom Monument built in 1935 and the charity stamps issued to help fund its construction were shown, and finally some amazing art nouveau buildings from the 1920s.

John putting up David Livingstone Wendy's display on Riga

John Hilton started with David Livingstone, born in Blantyre in 1813, with a postcard of his birthplace.  After gaining his medical degree at Glasgow University in 1840 he went to South Africa and was in Africa as a missionary and explorer for 33 years, discovering Victoria Falls in 1855.  Stamps from Southern Rhodesia and Rhodesia and Nyassaland featuring the Falls were displayed. Postcards and photos illustrating the plaque over the door in North London where he retired to, and of his tombstone in Westminster Abbey where he was buried in 1874 were shown.  John then exhibited some Newfoundland stamps featuring Sir Humphrey Gilbert of Compton, Devon and the 450th anniversary of John Cabot’s discovery of Newfoundland, with his association with Poole.

After the break David Lockwood displayed two frames of Australia postal stationery, selecting from his collection those that illustrated people and places.  He started with the State’s views of South Australia, then the National issues of Royalty, the 175th anniversary of Hobart, the Arms of the States, the four se-tenant pictures of Sydney Harbour, Parks, Ships Officers, Ships, Aircraft, Darwin, Literary Figures and the Gold Rush.  He then showed a set of ten colourful pre-stamped envelopes “The Pitcairners of Norfolk Island”.

David with The Pitcairners of Norfolk Island Chris with part of Kew Gardens

Finally Chris Wheeler put up 30 sheets of stamps and postcards featuring The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, and some of the people associated with the Gardens, including Queen Victoria, King George III, Capability Brown and the Royal Horticultural Society.  The many unique Houses at the Gardens were shown, as well as the Flagstaff, ruined by woodpeckers, the Pagoda, the Sackler Crossing, the Royal Palace and the original Tea Rooms burnt to the ground by two suffragettes in 1913. Postcards showing the many gates into the Gardens, and the River Thames pier were shown.  A number of items of postal stationery were included, with strike mail, meter marked mail and several first day covers.  Finally, the seedbank at  Wakehurst Place was illustrated by stamps, this is where the future lies with increasing emphasis on preservation and conservation.

Chris Wheeler, 22 August 2014

Club Programme for 2014-2015 Year
2014  
September 4th Members GB displays
September 13th ANNUAL STAMP FAIR, Upton 10:00am to 4:00pm (Saturday)
September 18th Autumn Auction
October 2nd Guest Trevor Buckell: "Imperial Airways in Africa"
October 14th Visit to Ringwood Philatelic Society (Tuesday, 7:30pm)
October 16th Guest John Davis: "Delivery of the Mail"
November 6th Member Bob Small: "Royal Navy" (thematic)
November 20th Winter Auction
December 4th Members Displays - first half silent
December 18th Christmas Social & Anything but stamps
2015  
January 1st No meeting
January 15th Members postcard displays
February 5th J, K,& L are for.....
February 19th Members Displays: from 1900 to 1950
March 5th Spring Auction
March 19th Competition Evening - Green Cup, Novice, Barry Proctor (Postcard) & Bill Way Competitions
April 2nd Visit by Ringwood Philatelic Society
April 11th Ferndown Society's Annual Stamp Fair and Interclub Competition (Saturday)
April 16th Competition entries displayed
May 7th Members Displays - first half silent
May 21st Annual General meeting, followed by social
June 4th Guest Claire Scott: "The Wounded Soldier"
June 18th Summer Auction
July 2nd Guest JM McGrath: "Belgium"
July 16th Members Displays - Transport
August 7th Guest Roy Hollis: "GB Airmails to 1914"
August 20th Members Displays of local material
September 12th ANNUAL STAMP FAIR, Upton 10:00am to 4:00pm (Saturday)

4 September - Members GB Displays

John opened the evening with his comprehensive two-frame display of GB “150th Anniversary of the Penny Black”.  He started with some double headed stamps from the 1948 Silver Wedding, his first pre-collecting stamps, and then the main theme split into two parts with every variety possible of the mint stamps and then with them on Covers and with Special Handstamps.  All sorts of booklet examples were shown including the very colourful Prestige Booklet of the Stamp Show, 2000.
Mary then described her display of “GB Post & Go” stamps, all the early ones being on SG pages.  The early issues were delightful with their pictorial subjects, but she felt that the later ones for Philakorea were dull and less interesting.  Don then put up five sheets of his “Favourite GB Commemorative Stamps”, with mint and used examples from the 1966 Battle of Hastings set to the 2008 Air Shows set.  Mike displayed two frames of “Early GB” including the full set of penny reds (except the Plate 77!); the halfpenny bantams, including No 9 with a Glasgow postmark; Edward VII with shade differences and George VI First Day Covers.  Finally Philip displayed “Regional Stamps”, with some pages of pre-decimal mint and used examples from the Channel Islands and then individual and miniature sheet decimal issues from England.

Mary with "Post & Go" Mike with "Early GB"

After the break Barry showed some “Early GB Definitives”, collected some 60 years ago, again without the Plate 77 penny red (now valued at some £250,000), imperforate examples and some interesting cancellations.  Chris put up two frames of white and gold “Horizon Labels”, from inception in 2003 to today, with samples of all the eight paper types used so far.  He showed a wide range of Royal Mail UK (53) and Post Brehinol (34) indicators. He showed several examples of labels that had not been treated correctly by Royal Mail.  The last display was from David who also put up two frames of exhibits this time the “GB Booklets and Booklet Panes, 1904 to 1939”.  Many of the examples shown had been used to advertise promotional products and services, which made them most interesting.  He displayed correspondence between the Post Office and the Inland Revenue seeking a decision on the tax implications of using adverts in the booklets, and examples of the issued booklets with their stamps cancelled or having punched holes in them which were sent to the advertising companies to prove they were in circulation.

Barry with "Early GB Definitives" Philip with "Regionals"

Chris Wheeler, 5 September 2014

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Saturday 13th September
The 2014 Stamp and Postcard Fair

As a result of the dedication by Club members this Fair was particularly successful.  It was a delight to host the Somerset & Dorset Philatelic Federation Competitions this year and to know that the many S&DPF committee members and the Judges were delighted with all aspects of their day. The dealers were mostly very pleased, and several noted that there were more people through the door this year than for some years previously. Of the 16 dealers 12 have already confirmed their attendance next year.  It is pleasing to note that many of the Awards, and the overall Winner Trophy went to Poole Club members, who submitted seven of the fifty entries.  A table of the results will follow in due course.  There were also many happy raffle prize winners!

Setting up for the Fair Buyers at work!
First Raffle Winner Peter with his "Philatelic Portraits" Raffle Prize

Chris Wheeler, 15 September 2014

To see the accompanying report on the Somerset and Dorset Philatelic Competition, click here

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18th September - Autumn Auction

Although many members were on holiday, the Autumn Auction was a success.
A big bonus for the Club was the joining up of two new members.

Chris Wheeler, 24 September 2014

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Thursday 2nd October
Guest Trevor Buckell: "Imperial Airways in Africa"

Trevor's talk covered the period from inauguration in 1924 to the outbreak of War in 1939, starting with the amalgamation of various airways to form Imperial Airways in 1924, the primary role being to carry mail, not passengers. He outlined the early routing and how it was extended from north to east Africa in 1931, to southern Africa in 1932, and later to all parts of the world. These early routings included a mix of air and rail transport, and were not without their problems, some of which Trevor explained in detail, adding to the breadth of his talk. Many examples were shown of mail originating from all over the developing network and how it was taken to its final destination. This enabled a myriad of countries's stamps and postal rates being used.

All these stages were illustrated by well written-up sheets containing covers, maps, photographs and text which were a delight to study at the interval and at the end of the talk. He showed a copy of a May 1937 letter from Imperial Airways to a host of philatelic outfits advising that it would no longer give advance notice of the inaugral dates of new services as the list had grown so large it was costing the Company too much to maintain - philatelists abounded in those days too!!

Hand-drawn cover to "Journey's End" South Africa Loading the mail at Croydon
Mail plane at rest with a seized engine The seized engine being taken for repair

The penultimate frame showed examples of air mail to and from west Africa, and the last frame showed examples of covers in 1939 when due to the War the rate soared from 1½d to 1/3d; the planes that then carried the mail and the ports of Southampton and Poole.


Trevor summarising at the end of his excellent talk

 

Chris Wheeler, 3 October 2014

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Thursday 16th October
Guest John Davis -

"Delivery of The Mail"

John started his talk with stamps illustrating the transmission of messages before the days of “Pen and Paper”, with stamps showing Hermes, Mercury and the Angels.  He also gave illustrations of other early, and some still current, methods of communication: sounds, symbols, bells, smoke and semaphore. 

Following this introduction John explained that his display was a description of some 100 ways of delivering the mail, in alphabetical order, starting with Airmail, Archer Mail and Autogiro Mail, and eventually ending with Wells Fargo, Wheelbarrow Mail and Zeppelin Mail. There were photographs, postcards, letters, stamps and covers to illustrate all these methods, and stories behind them to make the talk so interesting.  One of his favourites was Stilt Mail, where in a region of Southern France where the ground was very wet heathland, the postman delivered the mail wearing a pair of stilts.

 John closed the evening by describing his 80 sheet Competition Entry to Autumn Stampex on the subject of Tin Can Mail (for which he won a Large Vermeil), and how for next year he hopes to expand it to 128 pages.  This delivery method arose because the island of Niuafo’ou had no beaches or harbours for passing ships to dock, so mail was sealed in cans and thrown overboard for native swimmers to retrieve and bring ashore.

(A comprehensive write-up of the talk can be found on pages 41 and 42 of Stamp Lover, April 2014.)

The talk was very well attended with the added bonus of two attendees joing the Club as Members.

Delivery by Bicycle in the early days Delivery by Dog, with his very own stamp
Experimental delivery by "Blox", Ferndown Delivery by Trimobile, Bristol
John explaining a detail John receiving his certificate from the Chairman

Chris Wheeler, 17 October 2014

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Thursday 6th November

Member Bob Small - "History of The Royal Navy"

Bob began his talk by saying that he had started preparing the display five years ago and it had taken three years to complete. This was its first “outing”.  He further explained that none of the pages had cost more than £5.00, which was very encouraging for many Members.

The story started with Alfred the Great, who set up the first Navy with a fleet of longboats with 30 oarsmen and archers to defend against the Vikings.  He is the “Father of The Navy”.  (The Navy only became The Royal Navy in 1660 on the return of Charles II from exile). The fascinating history of the Navy’s technical development as illustrated through stamps, postcards and pictures was illustrated by well written-up pages.  Many of the great sea battles were described in detail, with illustrations of the famous people, ships and exploits of those concerned.

Explanations of how the new inventions such as gunpowder, cannons, canvas sails, steam power, paddle steamers, the screw, recoilless guns, and later, steel hulls, submarines, ships that planes could land on, which led to the aircraft carriers of today (which are the capital ships of the navy replacing that role held by battleships for so long).  Then came radar, missiles, and the amazing Daring Class ships and soon the new Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers, which Djibouti has already issued a miniature sheet featuring. The last frame concentrated on stamps showing the Auxillary Naval Services, supply, hospital, survey, etc. without which the fighting ships would be unable to achieve.


Bob explaining his display

The Title Page Alfred and his Longboats on stamps
Harrison's Chronometer for Determining Longitude The First Royal Navy Airship

Chris Wheeler, 7 November 2014

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Thursday 6th November

Presentation of the Awards
from the Somerset & Dorset Federation Inter-Club Competion held on

13 September 2014

Bob, Winner of the Postal History Class Wendy, Winner of the Thematic Class Bob, Overall Winner of the 2014 Competition

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Thursday 20th November

Winter Auction

There was a big turnout for the Auction which saw a large number of lots come under the hammer. Although there were several unsold lots, there were many happy buyers and sellers!!

Chris Wheeler, 21 November 2014

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4th December

Members Displays - first half silent

Sixteen very varied displays were enjoyed by members this evening:

Ray Saunders with a selection of Horizon Labels (21 pages)
Bob Small with “Newspapers of the Time of the War of Spanish Succession, 1701-1714” (25 pages)
Tony Arnold with a selection of Humourous Postcards (9 pages)
Don Thompson with a selection of mint “British Postage Stamps from 1967-1974” (22 pages)
Brian Cropp with “Transatlantic Mail”, showing the variable rates
Bryan Cribb with “Porlock and Watchet - A lovely time of my life” (19 pages)
Phil Woolston with Stamps from Nigeria, 1937-1960
Michael Mawdsley with Stamps of Sudan 1898-1954 (8 pages)
Mike Houchen with stamps of several countries featuring the “Columbus Memorial Lighthouse” in Santo Domingo City
Chris Wheeler with his Somerset & Dorset Federation competition entry on “Kew Gardens” (8 pages),
and then “Paddington Bear” on postcards, stamps, credit and telephone cards (1 frame)
Barry Proctor with his selection of Saucy Postcards (1 frame)
Mike Houchen with his collection of stamp sheets of lighthouses issued by Jugoslavia, and now Croatia, which was an expansion of his Somerset & Dorset Federation “The Annual Lighthouse Series of Croatia” (1½ frames)
Wendy Buckle with “Elements from Illustrated Manuscripts with Christmas Themes” (1 frame)
Dave Lockwood with “Souvenir Sheets from Stamp Exhibitions” from the 1920s onwards,
and then his postcard competition entry “The Varying Fates of Merchant Ships” (16 pages)

Tony removing his display Phil with his display One of the rarer Horizon Labels
Cover from Liverpool to New York, 1856 The Columbus Monument Don putting up his display
Bryan showing his favourite card Chris' Paddington Bear display The first frame of David's display

Chris Wheeler, 5 December 2014

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Christmas Social & Anything but stamps

Several members brought along non-philatelic items for the static display.  These included a range of early railway plans and titles; miniature works of Shakespeare; coins of the world featuring lighthouses; a set of model battleships and a gutter block of Isle of Man stamps signed by the designer, with a cartoon on the reverse (which had arrived in the post that morning).

As can be seen from the picture, there was a good turnout, and Chairman, John Hilton, took the opportunity to briefly review another successful year and thank all members for their contributions to the meetings and to the Christmas Celebration.


Members listening to the Chairman before tucking in!!

The Chairman's Special Apple Pie The Winning Raffle Ticket, with the red star

Chris Wheeler, 19th December 2014

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Thursday 15th January 2015

Members Postcard Displays

Barry Proctor started the evening with a three frame display of postcards from the World War One era.  All these cards were from his family collection, having been sent to or received by family members.  Themes covered humour, greetings, Christmas and so on, including many silks.  He closed with three of the famous Bamforth “Song Cards”.  Chris Wheeler then put up a frame of postcards featuring Salisbury Stations from around the world, including several of the 1906 accident in Wiltshire.  Bryan Cribb closed the first half of the evening with an entertaining reminiscence of his cinema-going younger years at the Regent and Regal in Poole! “Oh for those days” he commented.  Many postcards, some leaflets and cuttings were displayed showing the famous actors and film stars of yesteryear, (including his favourite – Ingrid Bergman), the earliest card being posted in 1902.
Don Trowsdale showed postcards depicting the history of Royal Mail Transport, early road and rail vehicles, aircraft, post buses and the underground. Then a broad overview of Poole was displayed by Tony Arnold, two frames of mainly 1950-1970s depicting views of Poole and the surrounding area, all very colourful and covering many locations.  The oldest card was of Scaplens Court from the 1920s in sepia.  Ending the evening David Lockwood put up two frames of postcards featuring the ships of the Cunard Steamship Line, including the Aquitania in several guises – passenger liner, hospital ship, troop carrier and some fake images on cards.  The famous Queens were shown, including one with Queen Mary back in Cunard colours alongside the Queen Mary still in its wartime brown.  He closed with a few pages of merchant ships from the same period.

A World War I "Song Card" Scene from the Salisbury Station crash Ingrid Bergman
Mail Transport by road, 1920s Tony concluding his display Scaplens Court, 1920s

Chris Wheeler, 16th January 2015

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Thursday 5th February 2015

Members: J, K, andMembers Displays: from 1900 to 1950 L are for........

Eight members gave displays which entertained the seventeen who had braved the chilly evening to attend. Fred Hoare started with a well written up presentation of 20 sheets depicting various aspects of "Particpation in World Wars I and II" on stamps, postcards and some pictures, these included members of his own family. Remembrance was emphasised with a sheet of poppy stamps including Jersey's 2014 release which had poppy seeds embedded in the flower hearts which recipients could plant. Don Trowsdale was next with a miscellany of pages covering very early definive stamps from Japan, commemorative stamps from Kiribati and two pages of miniature sheets of "King" Elvis Presley.

"Participation in War", frame one "Safety at Sea"Lifebaots and Lifeboatmen" "The Parishes of Jersey"

Mike Houchen then put up a display "Of Lifeboatmen and Lifeboats", a comprehensive 12 sheet display showing how this topic has been covered on stamps and covers by administrations all over the world, interspersed with his own experiences as a lifeboatmen. Starting with Lionel Lukin's invention of the unsinkable boat in 1785 he demonstrated the advance of Sea Rescue technology and practice up to the present day. The first half was concluded with an imaginitive stamp display by Barry Proctor on the "Parishes of Jersey". Ten of the twelve Jersey Parishes were featured with a postcard or stampcard of each parish followed by stamps showing landmarks from it.

After the break, Brian Cropp displayed thirty pages of Jersey stamps, some cancelled, including postage dues, from inauguration in 1969 up to 1976. Chris Wheeler then put up two frames of postcards on the topic of "Leap Year", reading a poem from 'a girl in need' to the audience that was on the first card. Phil Woolston displayed nine sheets of KUT, followed by David Lockwood's display of Jersey stampbooks and booklet panes, which included various formats, varieties and some very colourful pages from one of the Prestige Books.


"Leap Year" postcard display

Chris Wheeler, 6 February 2015

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Thursday 5th February 2015

Members: J, K, andMembers Displays: from 1900 to 1950 L are for........

Eight members gave displays which entertained the seventeen who had braved the chilly evening to attend. Fred Hoare started with a well written up presentation of 20 sheets depicting various aspects of "Particpation in World Wars I and II" on stamps, postcards and some pictures, these included members of his own family. Remembrance was emphasised with a sheet of poppy stamps including Jersey's 2014 release which had poppy seeds embedded in the flower hearts which recipients could plant. Don Trowsdale was next with a miscellany of pages covering very early definive stamps from Japan, commemorative stamps from Kiribati and two pages of miniature sheets of "King" Elvis Presley.

"Participation in War", frame one "Safety at Sea"Lifebaots and Lifeboatmen" "The Parishes of Jersey"

Mike Houchen then put up a display "Of Lifeboatmen and Lifeboats", a comprehensive 12 sheet display showing how this topic has been covered on stamps and covers by administrations all over the world, interspersed with his own experiences as a lifeboatmen. Starting with Lionel Lukin's invention of the unsinkable boat in 1785 he demonstrated the advance of Sea Rescue technology and practice up to the present day. The first half was concluded with an imaginitive stamp display by Barry Proctor on the "Parishes of Jersey". Ten of the twelve Jersey Parishes were featured with a postcard or stampcard of each parish followed by stamps showing landmarks from it.

After the break, Brian Cropp displayed thirty pages of Jersey stamps, some cancelled, including postage dues, from inauguration in 1969 up to 1976. Chris Wheeler then put up two frames of postcards on the topic of "Leap Year", reading a poem from 'a girl in need' to the audience that was on the first card. Phil Woolston displayed nine sheets of KUT, followed by David Lockwood's display of Jersey stampbooks and booklet panes, which included various formats, varieties and some very colourful pages from one of the Prestige Books.


"Leap Year" postcard display

Chris Wheeler, 6 February 2015

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Thursday 19th February 2015

Members Displays: from 1900 to 1950

Tony Arnold started the displays with two frames of illustrated postcards from 1900 to 1930, all with the words “Birthday Greetings” on them.  Some were also inscribed “To My Sweetheart”, some to “My Daughter on her 21st Birthday”, and so on. Bryan Cribb put up a frame of postcards and pictures of early motor cars and his beloved Royal Blue coaches. Chris Wheeler displayed a frame of early postcards featuring Boscombe Pier and Beaches. Robin Humphries displayed a frame of definitive and commemorative GB stamps from the reigns of King George V, Edward VIII and King George VI.


Tony completing his display

Four of Tony's Birthday Cards Robin with definitive GBs Bryan's 1922 Baby Austin

After the break, Barry Proctor then put up two frames of postcards, with a similar theme to Tony Arnold, including a plastic greeting card.  He had photocopied the stamp and cancellation of many of these cards, and pasted them next to the respective card so we could see where they had been posted, and their dates. Wendy Buckle had not been able to put up her display at the last meeting which was “J, K or L stand for......”, so took the opportunity to show a frame of postal history from the major seaport of Libuau on the Baltic Sea coast of Latvia. Finally David Lockwood displayed a frame of Far East Maritime postal stationary, with examples of contracts, waybills, Christmas cards, brochures and recovered bank notes, all with details of the relevant ships.

Wendy's Postal stationery and the Port of Libau in Latvia An item from David's Maritime Mail display

Chris Wheeler, 23 February 2015

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Thursday 5th March 2015

Spring Auction

There was a large attendance, and an equally large number of lots for the Society's Spring Auction. The evening, however started on a sombre note as a Minute's Silence was observed in memory of the Society's Chairman, John Hilton, who very sadly passed away on 25 February.


Examining the Lots


Barry the Auctioneer, gavel to-hand

Chris Wheeler, 6 March 2015

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Thursday 19th March 2015

Competition Evening

We are grateful for the expertise of Mr James Hooper of the Somerset and Dorset Philatelic Federation who kindly judged the competitions. In his remarks he complimented all the competitors on the high standard across the board, and said how much standards had improved since he first started judging Poole Society competitions some years ago. He especially praised the Thematic entries, some of which he considered above the general standard for the Somerset & Dorset Philatelic Federation thematic competition.
The winners were:-
David Lockwood, “Green Cup” (General) for King George VI Commemorative Postal Stationery
Bob Small, “Harry Parsons Shield” (Postal History) for Early Forces Mail
Chris Wheeler “Thematic Cup” for The Salvation Army
The two with the highest points in two different categorie, were Bob Small and Chris Wheeler, whose entries will go forward to the Ferndown & West Moors Philatelic & Postcard Club, at their “Interclub Competition” which will be held on the 11th April 2015, the day of their Annual Stamp & Postcard Fair at the Barrington Centre, Ferndown.
Whilst the judging was going on members viewed entries for the “Barry Proctor Cup”, an award for a postcard display decided by the popular vote of members. This was awarded to David Lockwood for The Royal Navy.
At the end of the evening all entries for the General, Postal History and Thematic classes were viewed by members, and another popular vote taken for members’ personal favourite. This award, the “Bill Way Shield”, was won by Chris Wheeler for The Salvation Army.

Thematic Class Marks

Remembrance 75
Royal National Lifeboat Institution 79
The Salvation Army 83
Lifeboat and Maritime Rescue Services 75
The Story of the Panama Canal 82

Bill Way Cup Ranking

1st The Salvation Army Chris Wheeler
2nd Royal National Lifeboat Institution Mike Houchen
3rd Pre-stamp Mail from Riga Wendy Buckle
4th Lifeboat and Maritime Rescue Services Mike Houchen
5th The Story of the Panama Canal Chris Wheeler
6th King George VI Commemorative Postal Stationery David Lockwood
7th Early Forces Mail Bob Small
8th Worls Overprints and Surcharges David Lockwood
9th Remembrance Fred Hoare

Bob accepting the Shield from James Hooper David receiving the Cup from James Hooper

Wendy Buckle 20th March 2015

 

Thursday 2nd April 2015
Visit by Ringwood Philatelic Society

Three senior members of the Ringwood Philatelic Society entertained the Poole Club with quality displays during the evening. The first was given by Paul Barry with "Great Britain Pot Pourri", a display of two halves beginning with a unique collection of parcel post labels. Finding these is very difficult as Dealers seldom have them and they go very quickly when they do appear. Several sheets were displayed of labels from differnt towns, with stamps of matching values. He then showed some of his latest aquisitions, some unusually seen international covers from the Victoria era, with RPS certificates.

Three parcel post labels with different valuesmand originating towns One of only 24 known examples of green and carmine one shilling, here on a cover to USA

"Ringwood Postal History" was Colin Mount's first story, an amazing display of postal items with Ringwoodmarkings dating right back to the 1700s. Stage Coach mail and later Ringood Post Office and later its sub-offices and the local Army camps were all covered. Mileage Marks from 1801, 1806 nd 1809 wer shown; as well as use of the Bridgend duplex, number 120, used by Ringwood from 1849 to 1874! Colin then put up 25 sheets of QEII issues demonstating a mix of errors and flaws, including whole sheets and booklets.

1865 letter from Ringwood with 8d charge 1d black on cover dated 23rd January 1941, with the Ringwood Penny Post Mark

After the break, Alan Whitaker entertained with 90 sheets tracing the history of the "Australian Air Mail Services from 1918 to 1939", a fascinating and meticulous display incorporating covers from a myriad of different airlines which were authorised to carry mail during that period. Many did not last long due to crashes and takeovers, finally with Ansett Airways absorbing all of them. The background of flights from england to Australia was discussed, and then the first internal mail flight from Perth to Geraldtown in 1921. He concluded with an overview of the mail flown by the Flying Doctor Service, which started in 1928.


Alan Whittaker's display

The first Ansett Airways cover, 17th February 1936 Kingsford-Smith commemorative stamps on a registered first day cover, flown by Kinsford-Smith, and signed by him

David Lockwood gave a vote of thanks, and certificates, to the three presenters, complementing them on an exciting and memorable group of displays.

Chris Wheeler, 3 April 2015

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Thursday 16th April 2015
Competition Entries displayed

Following the annual competitions, detailed in the 19th March report, all the competitors displayed their entries and spoke for a few moments about them.

Bob Small, winner of the postal history class, showed 12 sheets of Early Forces Mail, each one featuring a different dispute, starting with a 1589 naval letter following the Spanish Armada, then items from the Thirty Years War, English Civil War, disbanding of the Cromwellian Army, Monmouth Rebellion, War of the Spanish Succession, First Jacobite Rebellion, War of the Austrian Succession, Second Jacobite Rebellion, Seven Years War, American War of Independence and a 1799 letter from the Napoleonic War.  Wendy Buckle followed with Pre Mail stamp from Riga, showing covers both internal to the Russian Empire and examples going to Belgium, Germany and France. Ranging in date from 1785 to 1857 they would have been carried originally on horseback, later by mail coach and eventually by train. Next were the postcard entries. Barry Proctor showed early cards from Bournemouth, including views of the sea and the pier, the gardens and pines, and Mont Dore Hotel (now the Town Hall) as it was when it served as a hospital in the First World War. David Lockwood, winner of this category, followed with The Royal Navy, featuring a wide range of ships including Dreadnoughts, aircraft carriers, support ships, light cruisers and submarines. It included cards showing the 1937 Coronation Review. The first half finished with the general class, both entries submitted by David Lockwood. In his King George VI Commemorative Postal Stationery David explained that the Crown Agents instructed their main printers De La Rue, Waterlow’s and Bradbury Wilkinson to submit to the Universal Postal Union examples of their postal stationery overprinted ‘Specimen’. This overprint was carefully placed so that it never defaced the stamps. All major types of specimen were shown.
David then showed the World of Overprints and Surcharges, an overprint being ‘an additional inscription or device printed on the face of the stamp of postal stationery; and a surcharge being ‘an overprint that changes the face value of a stamp or postal stationery item’. Overprints could be for a range of reasons, including status changes, occupations, Official use, commemorative events etc.


The second half featured the thematic entries, starting with Chris Wheeler’s winning entry The Salvation Army. Chris not being there, on his behalf Wendy explained that the entry was inspired by a talk he gave to the Salvation Army in Winton. Starting with its foundation by General Booth in 1865, the display featured its religious beliefs, its international community service, its uniforms and music, and mail in war time. Chris’s second entry was The Panama Canal an entry inspired by a stamp issue howler from Egypt which featured a picture of the Panama Canal on a stamp commemorating the Suez Canal! The entry traced the history of the canal from initial prospecting in 1855, through the dreadful failed attempts when 22,000 works died from disease, through to final success by the USA. Mike Houchen put up his two entries. Founded by Sir William Hillary, The Royal National Lifeboat Institution looked at particular countries: GB, Ireland, Isle of Man, Guernsey and Alderney. Mike also entered Lifeboat and Maritime Rescue Services. While omitting the RNLI the display showed boats from all over the world which provide this vital service. Fred Hoare showed Participation as an aspect of World War One. Starting with the diplomatic crisis leading up to the War, it featured the unofficial Christmas truce in 1914, VC winners, family involvement, and rather poignantly the role horses played.

Page from the Riga entry Page from the Surcharges entry Page from the Salvation Army entry
Page from the Panama Canal entry Page from the RNLI entry Page from the Participation entry


Bob Small receiving the Shield from David Lockwood

 

Wendy Buckle

 

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Thursday 7th May 2015
Members Displays

Six members exhibited displays on a wide range of topics. Barry Proctor started the evening with Cinderella material from the Channel Islands of Aircraft and Commercial Shipping. Bob Small displayed Sir John Moore, the Retreat to Corunna in 1809; the Siege of Badajos in 1812 and finished with an old newspaper showing a letter from Fletcher Christian (Bounty) 1796. Mike Houchen showed material relating to his 21 years experience with the RNLI - Lionel Lukin, the inventor of the lifeboat, plus lifeboat related covers from GB, Lundy, Isle of Man, Alderney, Jersey, Guernsey, etc.

Don Trowsdale then displayed material relating to the Falkland Islands. This was followed by Wendy Buckle with the printing, publishing and book industry, including security printers. Finally David Lockwood put up a range of material including GB Postal Stationery, with both printed and embossed examples.

David Lockwood displaying A Falklands Islands Air letter
A colourful newspaper cutting The Winter Retreat to Corunna in 1809

Michael Mawdsley

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Thursday 21st May 2015
Annual General Meeting

Eighteen members attended this year's AGM, which started with Chris Wheeler being presented with the Thematic Cup and the Bill Way Shield for his winning entry "The Salvation Army", and Best Overall Entry respectively in the Club's April competition. He was also presented with the Second Place with Gold Certificate for his entry "The Panama Canal". David Lockwood encouraged members, reminding them that these awards are achievable by inexperienced entrants.


Chris receiving the Thematic Cup from David Lockwood

Many new committee positions were confirmed, notably the election of david Lockwood as the Club's new Chairman. Following acceptance of the various reports it was agreed that the Club would alter its name to "Poole, Bournemouth & Districts Stamp & Postcard Club". The proposal to include a new Competion Class from next year "Modern (post 1952) Commemorative Covers" was adopted. this will be won by popular vote, and a new trophy prepared for the occasion. It was also agreed that planning for an appropriate event in 2017 marking the Club's 50th Anniversary should get under way with ideas from all members being welcome. Regular report-backs to the members was requested.

Enjoying the social after the AGM

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Thursday 4th June 2015
"Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth" - Members Displays

Barry Proctor started the evening’s displays with one frame of stamps depicting various portraits and events in the life of Queen Elizabeth II and the Royal Family.  Many colourful pictorial stamps were included.
Michael Mawdsley followed with his display “Compare and Contrast” in which he put up a range of stamps showing Queen Victoria and then a range showing Queen Elizabeth II.  It was noted that many of these showed the head facing left, with a diadem and value.  Various Wilding and Machin examples were shown, with commemoratives in which Queen Elizabeth is depicted in various poses.  He ended with three Prestige Booklets containing a wide range of portraits including the Wilding re-issues with decimal values.
Chris Wheeler had collected several miniature and souvenir sheets from Chile, Palau, Russia, Isle of Man and Great Britain celebrating the 150th and 175th anniversary of the Penny Black on which the two Queens were featured.  Also displayed was the five value Great Britain double heads set of 1990.  He closed with examples of a mint tete beche pair and a self-addressed envelope with the Europhilex 2015 cancellation, of the new Horizon label not due to come into the Post Offices until December this year.
During the interval a number of commemorative books, brought in by Fred Hoare, were available for members to enjoy.  This was followed by David Lockwood’s three frame display showing a wide range of material exhibiting various portrayals of Queen Elizabeth II.  This include part of the omnibus issue of the Coronation, some colonial stamps, a Sarawak stamp with the Isigionis portrait, and then a selection of postal stationery, stamp books and covers, including the British Honduras quartet that featured in the 1965-66 Daily Mail Schoolboys Exhibition.  He closed with some cream and blue letter cards bearing octagonal embossed stamps.
The Chairman congratulated the presenters for assembling their highly interesting displays with only three weeks notice.  The two Queens would have been proud of them!!

The Life of Queen Victoria set Books on the Two Queens
British Honduras One Shilling quartet Envelope with three values of embossed stamps
New Horizon Label on cover from Europhilex 2015 Variety of stamps portraying the Royal Family

Chris Wheeler

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Thursday 18th June 2015
Summer Auction

There was a good turnout, on a very warm evening, with a healthy number of lots for sale, and sold during the evening. David Lockwood conducted the auction.


Examining the Lots for sale


David conducting the Sale

 

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Thursday 2nd July 2015
Guest JM McGrath: "Belgium"

Belgium is a relatively new country, only becoming independent and recognised in 1830.  Prior to that it had been known as the Low Countries and had been administered or incorporated into a wide range of other countries.  It was this which had initially drawn the speaker to collecting Belgium, and what an amazing selection of his material he showed to the Club.  He displayed numerous postal items from different administrations from as far back as 1611, all in perfect condition.  These were followed by the first definitive issue of 1 July 1849, where colour varieties of the 10c and 20c cent stamps of the “Eppaullete” design were displayed.  This issue continued for sixteen years.
A whole range of the country’s early stamps was exhibited, all well written up, including whole panes, overprints, the 1911 Exhibition issue with and without overprints, express stamps from 1921, stamps with labels and the familiar tete-beche issues.
After the break, a vast range of charity stamps was put up, covering  the annual TB issues, the Orval Abbey restoration stamps, Queen Astrid mourning stamps, Building Fund, the 1941 Winter Relief Fund and 1942 Soldiers Family Relief Fund.  Included were some of the country’s multitude of miniature sheets starting with Belgium’s first one issued on 9 August 1930 commemorating the International Philatelic Exhibition held in Antwerp, the stamps featuring Antwerp’s City Arms. 
The speaker noted that many of Belgium’s stamps were designed by ladies, thought the engraving was done by men.  It was also apparent that although overrun during the War, the quality of Belgian stamps did not suffer in any way, somehow the paper, inks and design quality being maintained to such a high standard.  The presentation ended with a frame of beautiful labels from the 1898 Ghent exhibition in a wide range of colours.

An entire letter from Antwerp to London, 1576, when Belgium was under Spanish control under Philipe II (1555-1598) Entire to Italy whilst Belgium was an Independent Kingdom (1598-1621)
Varieties of the first self-adhesive 10c and 20c stamps issued on 1 July 1849, when Belgium had Independence under King Leopold I (1831-1865) Belgium's first miniature sheet, issued on 9 August 1930, showing the Antwerp City Arms, marking the International Philatelic Exhibition in Antwerp


David thanking Miller for his excellent display

Chris Wheeler, 3 July 2015

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Thursday 16th July
Members Displays - Transport

This proved to be a very popular topic with eight Club Members displaying their varied and interesting material.  Barry Proctor opened with Transport of Jersey, a selection of stamps and miniature sheets depicting transport by Car, Bus, Train and Aeroplane.  A second frame comprised a wide range of mint Commodore Shipping Line stamps from 1965 to 1975 from Alderney with a couple of covers and postcards to enrich the display.  Next was Bryan Cribb whose title Steam at its Best covered 3 ½ frames, comprising a wide range of postcards of all ages depicting steam engines  used for carrying passengers, ending with a picture of his father driving a road roller in Poole.
Don Trowsdale put up half a frame of stamps and postcards of Postal Delivery Systems, starting with the Pony Express Riders (who were all orphans so no claim could be made if they were murdered on duty!!).  This was followed by another half frame depicting methods of transport, which included such as elephants, ships, Russian and Polish fire engines, aircraft, tractors and submarines.  Tony Arnold followed with an array of postcards, showing old and new Modes of Transport all over the world, starting with Indian haymaking.  His wide range of topics included many of the well-known, but also many lesser examples such as llamas pulling a cart, camels, maglev railway, gypsy caravanning in Germany, the Far eastern Floating markets, a London Bus successfully jumping an opening London Bridge, and a tongue in cheek sign on a Dorset Bridge threatening Transportation to Australia for anyone damaging the bridge.  Chris Wheeler displayed covers and postcards on the Underground Railways of Great Britain outside London, these being Glasgow, Tyne & Wear and Liverpool.
Wendy displayed a magnificent frame of mainly covers depicting Air Mail Transport in Latvia up to 1930.  This was followed by Mike Houchen’s complete (apart from two) set of Official Covers from the RNLI covering the period they were issued from 1974 to 1996.  With 259 in total, 185 were sketches, the remainder photographs – a really colourful display.  Finally David Lockwood displayed a frame of postcards featuring the famous Cunard Ships in their various guises, notably during the War Years, and closed the evening with a frame of early aircraft, including the 1934 Robinson Air Race to Australia, the first airmail from Ireland to the Isle of Man, army airships over St Pauls, and finally two pictures of the first travelling Post Office of 1937.

Alderney Transport stamps on cover Alderney Postcard with Stamp and Bus Stamp Child Evacuees at Paddington, 1940
Rudimentary Transport in India Racing the train at Box Tunnel The First Mobile Post Office, 1936
Glasgow Underground Anniversary cover The First RNLI Sketch cover The First RNLI Photo cover

Chris Wheeler

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Thursday 6th August
Guest Claire Scott: "The Wounded Soldier"

Claire’s display of photo cards, postcards, covers, letters and related documents was presented so as to tell the story of how the wounded soldiers in France from the First World War were treated.  Of the 65 million soldiers mobilised some 21 million were wounded.  This was thought to have been a short War, so as it extended so did the number of casualties and the massive effort required to assist them.  Initially dogs with medical packs were sent into the war zones to find the wounded and help direct the medical teams to those in need.  Initially the wounded were taken back from the front lines to treatment centres out of danger.  Many of the stretcher bearers were conscientious objectors, but they too were not immune to being injured.  As the numbers of wounded grew so did the number of centres, all sorts of buildings being commandeered for the purpose.
Once treated, the more seriously injured were then taken from these centres further from the battle areas to towns and villages, where again, all sorts of buildings were adopted, and hastily built annexes to hospital constructed.  The exhibits showed these centres, and the methods used to transport the soldiers using hastily converted vehicles of all types into ambulances, the specially built  23 coach hospital trains and the converted trains of cattle trucks for the less seriously injured.  Once back at the coast, examples of the hospital ships for the return to Southampton and Portsmouth, and then a range of centres where rehabilitation took place, and the special treatment centres for those with lung damage from gas, and limb damage from munitions, and so on were displayed.  Examples of documents for the massive fund raising efforts for the supply of vehicles and medical equipment were shown.
Claire also told the story of how the soldiers were supplied with pencil, paper and envelopes whilst on the trains so they could write messages to their families, and since, being wounded they were no longer entitled to free “On Active Duty” postage, the trains would slow down at main stations, such as Winchester and their letters would be thrown out of the window for local people to collect and mail for them, in the hope that understanding postmen would deliver them without asking for payment!
This was a very unusual display, very topical, and one that all present were able to enjoy and empathise with.  The audience was treated to an amazing array of exhibits – where did they all come from, who took the pictures, made the postcards, and saved the correspondence?

Rescue Dog on the Front Line Barges where the Wounded were treated The Ward Car on the Hospital Train
One of the Recuperation Centres Church being used for R&R David thanking Claire, with background

 

Chris Wheeler

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Thursday 20th August
Members Evening - "Local Material"

Nine members displayed during the evening.  Some concentrated on “Local Material”, others on “Material about the Locality”, lending to a very interesting and wide-ranging perspective of the Club’s location.  David Morris started with a display of all known postmarks from Brownsea Island, then cachets and cancellations, many under the National Trust’s ownership of the Island.  He included local postmarks, parcel delivery office labels, some stamps from Ghuh Island in the Isles of  Scilly, closing with a 1993 cover, designed by him and addressed to Upton House.

Brownsea Island Cover Stamps from Gugh Island The Upton House Cover

  Tony Arnold concentrated on an array of postcards featuring all aspects of Corfe Castle, including a reconstruction image. Barry Proctor followed with a frame of postcards of various ages, featuring landmarks in the locality, including the country’s oldest in-use postbox at Holwell, near Sherborne. Michael Mawdsley also displayed a range of postcards, all with some particular meaning to him, from the local area, notably a card showing the Defence of Corfe Castle by Lady Bankes in 1643, which had even been franked with his birth date!

Corfe Castle Reconstruction Postcard The Holywell Post Box The Defence of Corfe Castle, 1643

Phil Woolston put up a selection of Swanage post marks from 1903, followed by Swanage Lifeboat covers, and cancelled covers relating to the Swanage Railway.  This was followed by a five frame display from Bryan Cribb of postcards from his Poole collection.  Each one had a story – so entertaining.  The second display session ended with Mike Houchen’s “Then and Now” presentation of local views on postcards compared to photographs he took of the same views in 2011.
Chris Wheeler displayed 45 sheets “Along the Swanage Railway”, starting with postcards of Wareham, and ending with postcards of Swanage.  Some postal material was included.  David Lockwood closed the evening with his assortment of local material, mainly postcards and meter marks from the University and local businesses.  Various covers were also included.

Early Swanage Postmarks Blandford Camp Band postcard Blandford Camp, 1911 postcard

 

(Chris Wheeler)

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Club Programme for 2015-2016 Year
2015  
September 3rd Members displays: "My Favourite Country"
September 12th ANNUAL STAMP FAIR, Upton 10:00am to 4:00pm (Saturday)
September 17th Autumn Auction
October 1st Guest Dr Tony Howgrave-Graham shows "South West Africa, 1914-22"
October 15th M, N and O are for ..............
November 5th Members Postal History displays
November 7th Somerset & Dorset Federation Annual Competitions, Taunton (Saturday)
November 19th Winter Auction
December 3rd Members Displays - first half silent
December 17th Christmas Social & anything but stamps
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January 7th Members: Picture postcard evening
January 21st Members displays: "Campaigns and Wars"
February 4th Members Philip Mudd: "The complexities of cover collecting", and Bob Small; "Royal Air Force"
February 18th Guest Charles Leonard shows "Russian Overseas Mail"
March 3rd Spring Auction
March 17th Competition Evening - Green Cup, Novice, Barry Proctor, John Hilton & Bill Way Competitions
April 7th Members Displays
April 9th Ferndown Society's Annual Stamp Fair and Interclub Competition (Saturday)
April 21st Competition entries displayed
May 5th Guest Mike Breward: "Helimail"
May 19th Annual General Meeting, followed by social
June 2nd Members Displays - first half silent
June 4th RINGPEX, Ringwood Philatelic Society Fair, Greyfriars, Ringwood 10:00am to 4:00pm (Saturday)
June 16th Summer Auction
July 7th Guest Philip Cant shows "Titanic" (Thematic)
July 21st Guest Roger Marsh: "GB Line Engraved"
August 4th Guest Carol Turner: "North Borneo, 1909-1939"
August 18th Members: Cinderella, Revenue and Fiscal displays
September 10th ANNUAL STAMP FAIR, Upton 10:00am to 4:00pm (Saturday)

 

Thursday 3rd September
Members Evening - "My Favourite Country"

Mike Houchen began the evening with a splendid display of the Lighthouses of Estonia from 2015 to 2014, a country endearing itself to him because of its extensive stamps, maxicards, covers, and their well illustrated reverses on his favourite theme.  This was followed by an overview of the stamps of Singapore, a country that Chris Wheeler chose due to its amazingly motivated population.  Reaching its 50th Anniversary, mint examples of its celebration stamps, and all other mint issues for 2015 to-date were displayed. Michael Mawdsley put up 8 pages of stamps from 2000 from his Great Britain collection.  He chose this country because it was the one he had spent most time and money assembling.  Wendy Buckle followed with a frame of Latvian stamps and covers from 1937 to 1939, all properly used as intended.
After the break Bryan Cribb displayed three frames of pictorial material reflecting the time he spent whilst holidaying in California, USA, accompanied by his enthusiastic description of his time there, including the 1989 earthquake.  He finished his display with a further frame covering Singapore.  David Lockwood closed the evening with a two frame presentation of the Official cachets used by a wide range of Government departments and services in the Falkland Islands.

Selection of Estonian Lighthouse stamps Singapore 50th Anniversary m/s GB 2000 Royal Family m/s
Cancelled Latvian stamp on postcard Lake Tahoe postcard Falkland Islands, Sheep Association

(Chris Wheeler)

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Saturday 12th September 2015
Annual Stamp Fair

As in previous years, there was a good turnout to the 2015 Annual Fair. The new dealers were welcomed, and hopefully found their attendance worthwhile.

Ready to go First Rush Steady Flow

The star prize in the raffle was a philatelic doormat donated by Mike Houchen.

(Philip Mudd and Wendy Buckle)

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Thursday 17th September 2015
Autumn Auction

This evening's auction was one of the quietest for a long time due to holidays and the weather. However there was a good range of lots for sale, and strangely, the number offered and actually sold was higher that at the Society's Spring Auction.

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Thursday 1st October 2015
Guest Dr Tony Howgrave-Graham shows "South West Africa, 1914-22"

The progress of the war in SWA was illustrated with covers and postcards. Early in the war the German forces had air superiority (three aircraft). When aircraft arrived from the UK for the Union forces they proved unsuitable for the conditions. Covers from the ships involved, such as the troop ship Armadale Castle and the hospital ship Ebani, were shown.Towards the end of the war most of the post offices were under military control. The numbers of casualties on both sides was miniscule compared with those on the Western Front, but the outbreak of Spanish flu at the end of the war was much more exacting.

After the war many rubber cancels were introduced but they perished rather fast in the conditions. Wooden cancellations that had been used during the Boxer Revolution were also pressed into use. Oval railway postmarks were illustrated. Stocks of unused German (SWA) registration labels were used up with the word "deutsche" crossed out. It was thought that SWA would become a British protectorate and a suitable cancel was produced, however within six months it became a mandated territory.

David Lockwood

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Thursday 15th October 2015
Members Displays "M, N or O"

Eight members put up displays during the evening starting with Mike Houchen with Lighthouses on stamps and postcards from
Malta, Macao, with its latest issue in July this year, Montenegro, Namibia and the Netherlands which included the many personalised issues listed by the thematic dealer Rob van Lingen.  Included was a postcard of the Tershelling Bandaris lighthouse in the Netherlands also showing the hotel next door where he stayed on one occasion.  Bob Small followed with Napoleonic and Newspapers, with Nelson mentioned several times.  Two frames of broadsheets, folded to A3 and with annotated write-ups were put on display.  Most of these newspapers reported on Napoleon’s amazing exploits of 200 years ago, which Bob disclosed.  His reply to a member’s question as to how he acquired such unusual material was in the main from eBay!  Chris Wheeler followed with 2½ frames on Model Railways, including stamps, covers, miniature sheets and postcards from all over the world.
After the break, Phil Woolston put up a frame of Nigeria stamps from George VI to Independence during Queen Elizabeth’s reign.  Brian Cropp followed with Maritime Provinces of Canada, including some most interesting covers and letters from the 1840s.  Cancellations from sub post offices in New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Nova Scotia were featured.  Don Thompson then displayed covers and postcards of many of the ships he had worked on during his career, including his first ship, the Queen Mary, and then Queen Elizabeth, Mauritania, Olympic, and in the 1960s the Carmania, Canberra and QEII.  He also displayed some material on the History of P&O.  Bryan Cribb put up postcards of Ocean liners, including the Olympic, Oronsay,
Normandie, Majestic and Montrose, telling some interesting stories about these ships, what happened to them and the (in)famous people they carried.  Finally David Lockwood displayed Maritime postcards, stamps and covers with ship’s cachets, discussing their routes, and illustrating letters and cards carried on them.

Lighthouse in Terschelling, Netherlands The Newcastle Chronicle Dominica miniature sheet showing Japan receiving its first model railway locomotive in 1854 Northern Rhodesian definitives released in 1900
Prepaid 1848 Cover from Nova Scotia to Edinburgh 7½d on Cover from Nova Scotia to London Isle of Man Post Office Card with matching stamp MS Columbia's cachet on cover from Jamaica to London, 1934

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Thursday 5th November 2015
Members Postal History Displays

Chris Wheeler started the evening. Not being a postal history collector, he put up a frame of envelopes which "had come through his door" in the last three weeks. What sounded to be a boring topic turned out to be quite interesting, especially the cover with a C9 10001 access mail print and an imprint of a 2nd class stamp in the colour of the Longest Reigning Monarch 1st class stamp. Research shows that this is an example of a current two month trial by Royal Mail. Bob Small then put up five frames of superb material on the major battles leading up to and including the Peninsular War. This was followed by Tony Arnold's two frame display on some aspects of the history of the Post Office. This was made particularly interesting as it included a postcard of the first women postal recruits during the experiment in Poole to replace the men who had enlisted for the WWI. On the postcard was his grandmother who was one of the pioneers!

Brian Cropp displayed two frames of Transatlanic mail which included examples which had travelled from USA to the UK, Ireland, Russia and Europe, with example of one cover from Cuba via New York to the UK, and one from Canada to Koblenz in Russia. Finally Barry Hobbs showed some of his collection of TPOs from Peru and told some of the stories associated with them. A most interesting and varied range of topics enjoyed by everyone.

George Beattie's Cover from Lisbon to Scotland, 1812 Experimental C9 cover with 2nd class stamp in the Longest Reigning Monarch colour Mollendo Station in Peru, on the Puno and Cuzco Mail Route, 1900
The first women postal workers, in Poole, 1914 New York via England to Cognac, France in January 1844

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Thursday 19th November 2015
Autumn Auction

This evening's auction was again a quiet one, however it was distinguished by having the highest lot sale rate for many years.

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Thursday 3rd December 2015
Members Displays - first half silent

A high proportion of members put up displays this evening on a wide range of subjects, material and number of pages. It was an evening of something from and for everyone. Starting in the first session was a fine three frame display of huourous postcards by Tony Arnold, some quite old from the theme's early years. Mike Houchen put up the complete range of postal products on the lighthouses of Australia from their 2002, 2006 and 2015 issues which included the stamps, maxicards, booklets, and printing variations.

The second session saw Bob Small's one frame display of postards showing Hamworthy, Upton and Lytchett Minster as they were many decades ago. He then displayed a frame on Operation Overlord, the invasion of Normandy on 6 June 1944, with a wide range of philatelic material illustrating its various components: the five beach landings, the subsidiary Operations, and some of the people involved, all excellently written up and explained. Chris Wheeler's display was a collection of stamps from the ANZAC countries about the Gallipoli Peninsular War of 1915, with the 100th anniversary this week of the withdrawal. He followed this up with a three page colourful display of all the Christmas issue stamps from Christmas Island from 2010 to 2015. A range of stamps from Falkland Islands and its Dependencies was Don Trowsdales' one frame exhibit. This was followed by a one frame of Old Transatlantic Covers from 1843 to 1865, shown by Brian Cropp. Different routes and currency values were included. The definitive and a few commemorative stamps from Barbados from the reigns of Queen Victoria up to the present day was Michael Mawdsley's topic

The Second World War in France as depicted on Postcards and Stamps was Mike Trickett's subject, with items featuring its war stamp issues, patriotic postcards, covers and a newspaper article. Tony Arnold then displayed some more of his collection of humourous postcards, bringing many a smile to the viewer's faces! Characters on stamps from mainly children's books was Wendy Buckle's theme, with the emphasis being on Christmas related personalities. This was another very popular exhibit. Finally to close the third session, David Lockwood displayed two frames of British stamp booklets from 1978 to 1985. Many of these booklets had stamps of the same value but examples of booklets containing mixed value and discounted stamps, a well as advertisemnets were to be seen in this very attractive presentation.

Macquarie Lighthouse on Cover 1st Night in the Country Postcard I Told You we'd been here Three Times
France - War Orphan overprints Transatlantic Cover 2015 Christmas Island miniature sheet
Aerogramme from the Falkland Islands A Christmas Carol cancellation Blandford Road, Hamworthy postcard
Barbados Issue, 1897 Charles Dickens Booklet

Chris Wheeler

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Thursday 17th December 2015
Christmas Social & anything but stamps

The Christmas Social evening was enjoyed by many members and their partners, with an excellent spread of attractive edibles! It proved to be an interesting end to the 2015 season, with anticipation open for what 2016 will bring. A number of members brought along items not related to stamps, some of which are shown below.

Model planes and a coach A 1960s calculator Jensen spoons

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Thursday 7th January, 2016
Members Postcard Evening

The New Year's programme began with members displaying postcards from their collections. Tony Arnold started with two displays, one featuring all aspects of Swanage, many of which were cards on the same subject but from different publishing companies. The second were a range of humorous cards which he had not shown before. Mike Houchen put up postcards featuring the ships he served on during his maritime career, with descriptions of life aboard and life abroad. Many questions ensued. Bryan Cribb then displayed some magnificent postcards covering some of the 1,500 villages of Dorset, the favourites being those designed by Harold Shield.

Chris Wheeler displayed three frames of colourful postcards by a wide range of artists, and series, featuring posters used by London Underground over the years to promote their services. Finally, David Lockwood also put up three frames of postcards these featuring non-philatelic international exhibitions from the early decades of the 20th century. They showed some of the venues and some of the stands inside them.

One of Tony's Humorous Postcards Eight different postcards of the Globe in Swanage
"Glenroy", Mike's first ship "Agepanar", Mike's second ship GPO Building in Johannesburg, 1904
Springtime in Morden Worth Matravers Piddle Trenthide
Harvest Time at Norden London Underground Poster - Boat Race London Underground Poster - Wembley

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Thursday 21st January, 2016
Members - Campaigns and Wars

Not only did Tony Arnold put up three frames of mainly first day covers and postcards on military themes, but also a side display of non-philatelic material of posters from Australia, a military song sheet sets of genuine and reproduction cigarette cards and pages from a military calendar. This display also include four postcards of fighting units in action given to him by his father. Bob Small followed with a range of military letters spanning the years from 1697, all beautifully researched and written up. Letters to and from the Duke of Wellington were included, as were letters from participants in the Boer and Koren Wars. A second frame of more modern items concentrated on Victory ending World War II.

After the break, Wendy Buckle displayed a frame of philatelic material emanating from Latvia during the extremely complex Latvian War of Independence, 1918 to 1920, terminating with the Liberation issue in 1920. Chris Wheeler displayed a frame of philatelic items relating to the ANZACs, mainly stamps, miniature sheets, postcards and covers from the countries forming the ANZACs, including stamps from Great Britain and Ireland. Finally, David Lockwood put up a range of material from his extensive maritime collection, covering various philatelic media and countries of issue. He closed with a Christmas Card from HMS Bulwark, after it had been converted into a helicopter and commando carrier in 1960.

The evening included the presenttion of Trophies to Bob Small and Wendy Buckle for winning their Classes at the Somerset & Dorset Federation Competitions last year. (Photos on the S&D webpage)

The three philatelic frames by Tony Arnold RAF Escaping Society Cover Remembering Gallipoli FDC
1697 letter from the War of the Grand Alliance 1716 letter from the First Jacobite Rebellion Chelsea Pensioner, Alick Keefe, asking for his pension to be transferred, 1824
Stamp set commemorating the Liberation of Riga, 1919 "Scots Guards 1642-1992" Royal Mail aerogramme USS Maine Patriotic envelope from the USA, 1898

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Thursday 4th February, 2016
Member Philip Mudd: "The complexities of cover collecting",
and Member Bob Small: "Royal Air Force"

Philip started his one hour illustrated talk by giving some background to his collecting interest which was one based on the story behind the item. He found early on that covers not only tell the story of the stamp but have many other items of interest on the them about the purpose and use of the stamp, and in the case of many special covers the insert adds to this as well. His first item was an Abbey cover illustrating the ten components of a good example. Some pre-1840 examples were displayed, and then early pre-KGV examples, some containing letters which in themselves tell a story. During the KGV reign 12 commemorative sets as well as postage dues were introduced, increasing the scope and volume of covers. A wide range of anomalous covers were shown whith much discussion as to what were good and poor examples.

Bob Small then gave an explanation of his well written up display of the history of the RAF using stamps, postcards and covers to illustrate his talk. He explained how before the RAF was formed in April 1918 the two services the RFC and the RNAS had developed independently during WWI to service the army and navy respectively. Initially the planes were used for reconnaisance then into artillery spotting, only later getting involved in fighting and bombing. The development from bi-plane to single-wing then to jet aircraft was discussed, as well as some of the main people involved in flying and designing the aircraft. "War spurs invention" was a phrase used to explain the rapidity of development.

Chairman Dave Lockwood gave the thanks and appreciation on behalf of all members for a highly educational and inspiring evening. Both talks were well presented with the displays giving excellent examples illustrating the topic.

Gerald Ford signed cover, with the ten criteria Three pre-1840 covers to Wilson's, Glasgow

Abbey's first-ever First Day Cover with the set of Cathedrals stamps, 1969 RNAS - British Armoured Seaplane with Union Jack rather than the Roundel HMS Furious, a modified Courageous-class battlecruiser built for the Royal Navy during the First World War.
RAF Fighter Aces on GB stamps Philip receiving his "thank-you" Bob receiving his certificate

(chris wheeler)

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Thursday 18th February, 2016
Guest Charles Leonard shows "Russian Overseas Mail"

An extraordinary range of unusual covers formed the basis of Charles’ display.  It was a real eye opener to have explained with the examples on show, the huge variations in the way overseas mail to and from Russia was processed and paid for, with allocations of postal rates to the various countries en-route.  Several rate and procedural changes took place during the period with new Treaties every few years – a philatelist delight or perhaps nightmare.  The political composition of Russia as opposed to the Russian States was discussed with mail to and from them demonstrated. 
The expansive subject of Late Fees and how they were handled with strange roundings up of the payments due to non-availability of ½d stamps, and the methods of their payments, in cash or with stamps, prepaid or paid on receipt was expertly illustrated.
Following the new rating system in 1866 and the new Treaty of 1872, further simplification of the rates happened and more countries included in the postal arrangements.  A lot of Russia's treatment of overseas post was incorporated in the initial structure of the GPU directives of 1875.  Charles closed with a frame of Registered Mail bearing various marks and handling methods, and finally with a couple of postcards following the final postal rate change introduced with the GPU requirements bearing half the new 2½d letter rate of 1¼d.  We started with an 11½d rate in 1852, and closed with a 2½d letter rate in 1875!

September 1852 cover, Elberfeld to Warsaw with pair of Prussian 3 sgr stamps 1860 cover to Colchester from Zolotonosha, showing the allocation of postal charges - domestic 10 kop, foreign 23 kop (split four ways), receipt 2 kop and total 36 kop 1865 cover from St Petersberg to Berlin, with stamps following the Czar's agreement for stamps to be used on overseas mail
1870 unpaid item from Odessa to Genoa, via Austria - 1 lire charge on arrival 1861 London to St Petersberg with late fee paid with stamp 1¼d stamp on postcard following the GPU's directive for half letter rate for postcards

(chris wheeler)

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Thursday 3rd March 2016
Club Spring Auction

Another successful and lively auction took place with the first lot achieving more than three times the reserve price. Our new auctioneer, Tony Arnold, was like a professional with a clear voice and touches of humour when called for. Well Done to him!!!


Tony well under way!

(chris wheeler)

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Thursday 17th March 2016
Competition Evening - Green Cup, Novice, Barry Proctor, John Hilton & Bill Way Competitions

Guest Colin Mount was invited to judge our annual competitions. The results were:

Entries from these classes went forward to a popular vote competition by members for the Bill Way Shield. The results were:

Green Cup General/Traditional      
No entries        
Harry Parsons Shield Postal History      
1st Bob Small Napoleonic Prisoner of War Censorship 87 GOLD
2nd Wendy Buckle German Feldpost in Latvia during World War I 84 GOLD
The Thematic Cup        
1st Mike Houchen Man Alight!  67 SILVER
2nd Don Trowsdale Tristan Da Cunha and Beyond to the Atlantic 59 BRONZE
3rd Chris Wheeler Model Railways Promoted by Stamps 52 BRONZE
Bob Small Napoleonic Prisoner of War Censorship 1st
Chris Wheeler Model Railways Promoted by Stamps  joint 2nd
Wendy Buckle German Feldpost in Latvia during World War I joint 2nd
Don Trowsdale Tristan Da Cunha and Beyond to the Atlantic 4th
Mike Houchen Man Alight! 5th

While Colin was working, two other popular vote competitions took place:

  Postcards (Barry Proctor Cup)  
Wendy Buckle Animal Vegetable or Mineral  1st
David Lockwood From Dreadnought to Vanguard  2nd
Tony Arnold Dorset   3rd
David Lockwood Franco-British Exhibition 4th
Tony Arnold Bournemouth 5th
  Modern Covers (John Hilton Trophy)  
Chris Wheeler Salvation Army           1st
Mike Houchen  RNLI Official Covers    2nd
Tony Arnold German Airships  3rd
Tony Arnold Modern Covers    

Some of the entries and winners - Well Done to all!!

(Wendy Buckle and Mike Mawdsley)

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Thursday 7th April 2016
Members Displays, any subject

Tony Arnold opened the evening with a mixed display of covers marking a range of anniversaries and events. Aptly his first example "A Celebration of Anniversaries", was a FDC from 11 April 1989. Topics covered were Victor Hugo, Inigo Jones, British Explorers and Sir Isaac Newton. Events included the 350th Mayflower, several relating to broadcasting and the Suffragettes and the Cycle industry. Overseas covers were also included. Fred Hoare put up two 12 page competition entries on the subject "The Longest Reigning Monarch" each having its own treatment. The first mainly used covers with colourful recent issues, and the second traced Queen Elizabeth's family back over four generations, with stamps being the main medium. Chris Wheeler then put up two frames of covers illustrating how philatelic societies from round the world have celebrated their anniversaries and events.

After the break, Brian Cribb displayed three frames of "Postcards from Yesteryear", an amazing variety from his collection of Victorian postcards, covering a wide range of topics and styles. Michael Mawdsley displayed early Gibraltar definitive issues, starting with the 1886 issue being Bermuda stamps overprinted with sterling values. The 1889 series with Spanish currency were next, and then in 1898 the reversiong to sterling. Later commemorative issues were included. Finally, David Lockwood displayed a range of philatelic material relating to the Olympic Games from 1948 until London 2012. This included promotional cards "Leaping for London", a trial sheet for the first Salisbury Fair and various printings of the G.B. Olympic Winners.

Washington USA and Washington UK handshake Votes for Women, 50th Anniversary Royal Wedding miniature sheet, 1947
Poole Society Anniversary Cover, 1992 Tuvalu Society's Formation cover, 1978 Gibraltar definitive issues of 1889 and 1898
Embroidered postcard "To my dear Wife" Embroidered postcard "To my Sister" One shilling stamp on face of Wembley Olympic Pool postcard

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Thursday 21st April 2016
Competition Entries Displayed

A rewarding evening with many trophies and certificates being presented to club members for their achievements in the 2016 Club and Interclub competitions, fourteen entries in all.

Bob Small being presented with the Peter Owden Shield, best overall at the Ferndown Interclub Competition, 2016 Bob Small being presented with the Harry parsons Shield by David Lockwood Mike Houchen being presented with the Thematic Cup for his entry "Man Alight!" Chris Wheeler receiveing the John Hilton Trophy for his winning Salvation Army Covers entry

"Transport Office Prisoners of War" cachet on cover from Wincanton to St Malo, France 1812 cover "Wm Martine, Agent Not Paid" on cover from UK to France via Falmouth Cover dated 29 December 1798 from a Captivity Hulk in Portsmouth Harbour, with red cachet "Portchester Castle Examined", to London 6d
1917 Dumb Cancel, with originating location scratched out for security reasons 1917 Dumb Cancel, with originating location scratched out for security reasons, with Feldpost Label 40th Anniversary cover of the Hindenburg Disaster, New Jersey, 6 May 1937

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Thursday 2nd June 2016
Members Displays

Eight members displayed a wide variety of material during this evening’s meeting.  Tony Arnold started with two frames of Saucy Postcards which drew much attention.  This was followed by Don Trowsdale with a frame of covers and stamps mainly featuring the Falkland Islands, notably two covers illustrating “Endurance”, which this week left Portsmouth to be broken up in Turkey.  Three frames of very ornate Edwardian postcards from the early 1900s was Brian Cribb’s theme, many telling a very personal story in themselves.
After the break Mary Parsons put up the Stanley Gibbons Machin definitive album pages for 2015, together with their description.  Then with great aplomb analysed each one to show the secret codes being utilised in current printings, for example the alteration in one of the squirly lines from MAIL to MA15, and in the recent Jubilee issue how the word REIGN is altered to REIGM for stamps in the miniature sheet, to REIGS for those in the sheetlets, and to REIGC for those in the Custom books.
Mike Trickett took the theme Anniversaries for his display using mainly early stamps from Germany and France, and some art deco and art nouveau postcards to illustrate the theme.  Michael Mawdsley showed a range of stamps from Southern Rhodesia, during the period 1924 to 1965, illustrating how they used their own designs for many of the omnibus issues.  Chris Wheeler put up a frame of Great Britain covers from 1954 to 1989, demonstrating a range of Charity, Event and Post Office Promotional Slogans.  He then put up a frame of Velopost End to End private post stamps, as now used in Bath, Bristol and Edinburgh.  He closed with a challenge with three Machin definitives, one of which was a forgery that had gone through the mail and a beady eyed dealer had spotted.  Finally, Mike Houchen displayed a range of stamps, postcards, covers and diagrams of Polish lighthouses, all well written up with maps.  His display concluded with Poland’s lighthouse in Antartica.

An Edinburgh Velopost Large Letter label Which is the forgery???

(Chris Wheeler)

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Thursday 16th June 2016
Summer Auction

The Club's Summer Auction proved to be a bumper one in both the number of lots and in the prices realised for some of them. It was well attended, with several members from two other local clubs joining the event.


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Thursday 7th July 2016
Guest Philip Cant shows "Titanic"

Members enjoyed the relaxed manner of presentation and the logical and comprehensive treatment of this Ship’s amazing story.  Fully illustrated with miniature sheets, stamps, postcards and a few highly relevant ephemeral items, including the Titanic’s teddy bear “Titanic Ted”, the supporting material was from all over the world.  Much of it was produced when the film “Titanic” was released and at the time of the centenary of its sinking in the North Atlantic in the early hours of 15 April 1912.
The full title of the display was “Diary of Disaster – Titanic – From Cradle to Grave and Beyond.....” and this is exactly how the display was treated, starting with the commission for the ship, design plans, press announcements, the keel laying and Benin’s sheet showing the launch on 31 May 1911, and Mustique’s sheet also showing the ship being fitted out in 1912.  Sea trials took one day on 2 April. The ship then sailed to Southampton arriving on 5 April, where the new crew, provisions and coal were loaded.  The ship was inspected on 9 April and on the morning of 10 April the passengers started to come aboard.  After collecting further passengers from Cherbourg and Queenstown, Titanic started across the Atlantic with Captain Smith attempting to arrive in New York before dawn a few days later.
Illustrations of the events which followed,the rescue, the personalities involved, the musicians, the artifacts on board, memorials, funeral services, and eventually the location and filming of the ship on the seabed in 1985 were all displayed.  The talk concluded with two frames of material on the books and films relating to Titanic, the Titanic Road Shows, Titanic Museums, stationery, covers, miniature sheets, and of course “Titanic Ted”.

Benin miniature sheet, 2012
Poster showing L&SWR Boat Train arriving at Southampton, 10 April 1916 Gold stamp featuring the Titanic, from St Vincent & The Grenadines
Titanic sinking from Yugoslavia The rescue ship Carpathia Three stamps from Madagascar's miniature sheet showing scenes from the rescue
Maldives stamps showing recovered artifacts St Thomas & Prince sheetlet "Titanic Ted"

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Thursday 21st July 2016
Guest Roger Marsh: "GB Line Engraved"

Roger started his extraordinary display with a few words about Rowland Hill, the Postal Reforms and the Treasury Competition of 1839. As no designs were accepted, he set about doing one himself. The skill and artistry of his achievement with limited technological help and the enduring appeal of his design is an amazing testament to the result. Newspaper advertisements of the time announcing the new postal system were on display. Then Roger put up examples of all the plates used for the production of the 1d black, 2d blue and the 1d red, explaining the features of each, with printed examples. Starting with Plate 1 which when manufactured was not hardened enough, and so was re-hardend resulting in Plates 1a and 1b, the story of the anti-forgery measures with the use of different cancellation inks, introduction of check letters in the 1850s, the overlap of some plates being used for both the 1d black and 1d red, all these were illustrated with examples for members to look at during the interval. Examples with two and four check letters, the white line in the 2d blue, and then embossed envelopes were there to see. Plate 4 was discussed in detail because of so many interesting features, with its inks, paper, perforations and all sorts of blemishes and printing errors with their consequent touching-up, repairs and the extra wear on rows A and T, all leading to varieties. Then there was the introduction of cancellations, replacing the Maltese Cross. Examples from various printing, water mark and rouletting trials used by Perkins Bacon, Napier and others were also shown. Finally examples from the introduction of the Plate numbers in the stamp design from Plate 7 onwards were displayed.

Not satisfied with this amazing array, Roger displayed examples of designs for the Mulready envelope, the adopted design, and many caricature examples. Propaganda envelopes and then Advertising envelopes, including a local one from Poole Slate Merchant, John Blanchard to a supplier in North Wales were displayed.

Rowland Hill's Signature "Faithfully Yours Rowland Hill" Plate 4 2d blue (pale blue) with perforation (mis-aligned) Plate 4 2d blue "spectacles flaw" blemish from stamp positioned BH on the plate
1840 Caricature Mulready Envelope - Southgate No 1 "Pickpocket" 2d Mulready Envelope, backstamped "Portsmouth December 1840" Propaganda Envelope from 1867 "Suppression of Liquor Traffic"
Advertisement Envelope, unused, "Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese", 145 Fleet Street Slate Merchant's Advertisement Envelope from Poole to North Wales, February 1925 Roger Marsh receiving his certificate and gift from Vice Chairman, Mike Houchen

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Thursday 4th August 2016
Guest Carol Turner: "North Borneo, 1909-1939"

Carol began her talk explaining how she started in the hobby, and her time in the Minehead and District Stamp Club. The message she was first given there was to "collect anything you like as long as it is cheap, and then something will grab you". Clearly the stamps of North Borneo inspired her. She gave a little of the history, geography and administration of the country, and then an overview of the stamps issued from 1883 up to 1909. The second pictorial issue of 1909, printed by Waterlow & Son were shown, with the 18c which was only used for one month, being displayed. The stamp itself was used for many years, but with overprints, starting with 20c.

Specimens, line perforations, mis-perforations, errors, many proofs and specimens, and the "double door" flaw on the 39c stamp were all explained and shown. The story of the sinking of S.S. Persia in 1916 with the loss of new stamps for the country was related with the consequent temporary and provisional issues, with attendant errors. Examples of the Red Cross issue, with postmarks were shown. However Carol explained that most of these cancellations were forgeries, it being very hard to find genuine used examples of this issue. Examples of inward mail and censorted mauil were shown, then postage dues and various trials. After the break, much of the talk related to airmail. Different routes, carriers, rates, and even a crash cover were displayed.

The 18c value only used for one month The 18c value with 20c overprint The three 1916 provisionals on cover to London, 16 August 1917
Inward airmail cover flown by Imperial with 7/- stamps Cover salvaged from Scipio air accident in 1936 marked "Damaged by Seawater" Carol's certificate

chris wheeler

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Thursday 18th August 2016
Members - Cinderella, Revenue and Fiscal displays

Four members put up displays, starting with Don Trowsdale with "Various Offshore Islands". Mike Houchen followed with a range of topics including TV licence stamps, Cornish stamps, Drake's Island (off Plymouth), Lundy with an outline of its stamps and associated Atlantic Coast Air Service. This was followed by Mike Trickett with a miscellany of French fiscals including a catalogue, Eiffel Tower vignettes, and mixed world fiscals. Finally Wendy Buckle presented a range of Latvian revenues from the Russian Occupation and German overprints in WW2.

Rowland Hill Centenary Cover from Drake's Island Lundy Island Cover French Marianne Images
France Cover to Denmark with add-ons Latvian Passport with Revenue Stamps Latvian Passport with |Revenue Stamps

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Thursday 1st September 2016
Members displays: "The Arts"

Tony Arnold began the evening's displays with a frame of postcards depicting pub signs from hostelries in southern England. A wide range of colourful and diverse signage made the display very interesting. Their unique artwork is always much admired by travellers. "The Arts" was interpreted by Don Trowsdale as being something cunning or fishy as he displayed fish flies from Mauritius, then on to a selection of art-related topics including the Bee Gees and carvings on stamps from USA. Alan King then displayed two frames of fabulous stamps from France depicting famous painters and sculptors, all printed in the method that best showed off their special features. A sheet of more traditional stamps from Hungary was also put up as a contrast to those from France. Michael Mawdsley displayed GB commemorative stamps featuring Poetry, Literature, Painting and Music including two covers featuring the work by Stubbs and Reynolds and concluding with the 1976 Heraldry set on cover. Chris Wheeler ended the first half by looking at Wikipedia's definition of "The Arts", and displayed two frames of stamps featuring the 15 classifications that it specified.

After the break, Mike Trickett displayed early French stamps selected for the artistic design that they portrayed, their designers getting the credit rather than their subjects. The 1925 Paris Exhibition, the Sinking Fund stamps from 1927 to 1931 and the AIR stamps from the late 1930s were shown. Later issues covering embroidery, jewelry and glovemaking, and the designs used in the reliefs of some of the Red Cross stamps were also shown. Wendy Buckle then displayed a frame on the subject of literature, with a range of booklets, postmarks and aerogrammes featuring famous British writers and children's book authors. Separately she put up a frame of very colourful stamps from around the world illustrating medieval illustrated manuscripts, discussing thos representign the miniatures, the initials, the borders and the bindings. Finally Bryan Cribb showed members some books on art and the renowned sculptor Anthony Caro, who had designed the "Sea Music" sculpture on Poole Quay.

Postcard of "The Millwey", Axminster Canada miniature sheet "fishing flies" Alan's favourite - France 2000 dual currency by Raymond Peynet
The 50F AIR stamp from 1936 An artistic GB aerogramme GB stamp books with matching Antigua stamps

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Thursday 10th September 2016
Annual Fair

Unloading for the Annual Fair was in the rain, but once the tables had been set up, trading was brisk, and there were many happy dealers, buyers and raffle winners!

Bob with the sack truck Setting up On the door
Trading under way Drawing the raffle The lucky winners!

(chris wheeler)

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Thursday 15th September 2016
Open Evening

An Open Evening for members and guests was held shortly after our Annual Fair, with the aim of promoting our Club and  getting   new   members.  Guests were invited to bring their own material to talk about, or just see the sort of things we have on offer.  In the event, very   pleasingly,  two new people signed up for membership on the night. The room was set up around static displays by members, giving them and guests a chance to look at a wide variety of subjects. Kicking off the display was an entertaining stamp-themed quiz set by Don Trowsdale, followed by:
South Georgia - Don Trowsdale
Lighthouses of Poland - Mike Houchen
Modern Covers - Philip Mudd
France - Mike Trickett
Local Postcards - Tony Arnold
Early Great Britain - Mary Parsons
The Arts - Chris Wheeler
Christmas First Day Covers - Tony Arnold
Entertaining Postcards - Tony Arnold

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Part of the Quiz The Christmas cover display

(Wendy Buckle)

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Thursday 6th October, Autumn Auction

A sucessful auction was held this evening, with many quality lots realising good prices

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Thursday 20th October - P, Q and R are for ..............

Four displays were put up during the first half of the evening. Usung the letter "P", Tony Arnold displayed a wide range of covers and postcards with that letter as the subject matter. These include such as Pantomime, Philippines, Police, Parliament, Paxton and Painters, all well received. Don Trowsdale followed with the subject of Post Boxes, displaying a wide range of them, ones dug up and restored, the favourite from Brownsea Island, and examples from Antarctica. Chris Wheeler chose the relatively new sunject of Postcrossing illustated with mint and used stamps form various issuing countries, and with many examples of postcards that had been sent from one anonymous person to another with messages about the sender, his home town or his interests. This is a popular craze at present which many postal authorities are taking advantage of. Lastly in the first session was Mike Trickett with a range of stamps, covers and postcards relating to various historical aspects of the development of Paris.

Postcard showing Police Uniforms through the ages Selection of unearthed pillar boxes Fort Lochroy Base A Post Office, Antarctica, 1945
Postcrossing envelope to Australia with "E" stamp from Czechoslovakia Selection of Postage Due stamps from France (the first country to introduce them) Three stages in the building of the Eiffel Tower in Paris on a postcard

During the second half of the evening, Bryan Cribb portrayed an excellent recollection of his younger years, demonsrtrated with many examples of his memories. A miniature model of a 1950 BSA Motorbike with sidecar as used by his uncle at Porlock as an AA man featured the letter "P". "Q" covered a range of postcards of the Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth. "R" featured various cars that travelled the Atlantic including a Renault insured for $1,000; 18 cars in the huge hold of the Normandie, and some Renaults on an aeroplane. He closed with the very difficult score of the musical "Robins Return" which his mother played as a party piece, one recognised as demonstrarting her high piano competence.

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Thursday 3rd November - Postal History

Tony Arnold started the evening with three frames of material covering a wide range of topics related to Postal History.. His first item was a postcard featuring Sir John Coke and Sir Francis Windebank who were installed as "joint masters of the post" on 1 July 1637 by King Charles I. Other key post officials such as Rowland Hill were featured, and then a range of uniforms, equipment, transport, post boxes (of various colours with their meanings), also including some unadopted ones made of wood for use in airports. He concluded with stamps showing methods of postal services used around the world, and finally the 40th anniversary of the Postcode on 8 April 2014. Chris Wheeler followed with a Postal History of Ringwood, showing poastcard views, a letter with the three ½d green Kings franked in Ringwood on 10 May 1837; a number of letters of various types sent to Rudolf Randow Esq at Newstead, Ringwood; a large 1870 Ringwood franked piece with four penny reds from plate 110; and a number of Ringwood cancelled letters from the 1830s. The last few sheets were of stationery in and out of Ringwood Ontario, Ringwood Oklahoma, Ringwood NewYork, Ringwood Victoria; some army censored mail from APO143, USA.

After the break, Mike Trickett showed a variety of covers with particular cachets and postal markings. These included pre-stamp, postage due and airmail covers from France; one of particular interest was carried on the SS Bremen then by air to New York. There were also covers from Egypt, Channel Islands during World War II, Greece, Lebanon and French Post Offices in Syria. Barry Hobbs showed two different areas. He started with what he described as his ‘serious’ collection: travelling post offices of Peru. Little is known about this subject and Barry has done a huge amount of research to uncover the items and their postal markings. Specific lines were shown, including the “English Line” from Callao (the chief seaport) to the capital, Lima. This postal service was so precisely run that you could stipulate on your envelope which train you wanted it carried on!

Barry’s second display he described as his ‘fun’ collection: illustrated envelopes from North America telling the story of medicines. The early doctors and pharmacists practiced on the Eastern Seaboard, and spread westward via waggon trains. With only limited knowledge, and limited raw materials, they manufactured various pills and potions which promised amazing cures; promises which had no scientific base at all, often sold by totally unqualified quacks. At best, some were mildly beneficial; at worst they were positively dangerous. One of the worst contained ethylene bromide which can damage liver, kidney and lungs. Salesmen did not hold back on the claims made for their products: one foot powder was claimed to cure frostbite and trench foot! covered 1785 up to 1858, before the introduction of postage stamps. Most of the covers shown went abroad, and she explained how mail was transported between countries before the foundation of the Universal Postal Union. Each country had its own agreements with its neighbour, and each country charged for the transit of mail. She showed as an example a cover of 1828 from Riga to London which required payment for the Russian part of the journey, was then charged by the Prussian authorities, and then further charged when it reached the UK. The UK charge on its own was 6 shillings and 8 pence. Sending letters wasn’t cheap! The second frame showed stamped covers from 1859 to 1898, highlighting the changes in design of postmarks during this period.

Sir John Coke and Sir Francis Windebank who were installed as the first "joint masters of the post" on 1 July 1637 by King Charles I Hand-written letter franked in Ringwood on 11 March 1837 Dorset and Weymouth Clubs anniverdary cover, showing their two cancellations

Early postman with his locked satchel A blue Air Mail letter box 40th Commemoration of the Postal Code inauguratiopn Two Army Examined "APO 143 Ringwood" covers

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Thursday 17th November - Member Displays - any topic, first half silent

Several members displayed a range of philatelic matrial duruing the evening commencing with a frame of very colourful humourous
postcards on a wide range of risques subject, all in full colour Tony Arnold had collected these, printed by various companies. A fascinating display of postcards, drawings and stamps was next. These were displayed by Mike Houchen on the thematic basis of "How Lighthouses Grew". Over the years, due to vegetation growth, the change to fog accumulations, new buildings and coastal erosion, many lighthouses from all over the world have been added to, shortend or relocated. With the illustrations this made an excellent story. Very nicely presented sheets of the definitive issues of Tristan de Cunha from 1952 till 2015 was Ray's offering, with a new set issued every three to four years. Don then followed with ten sheets of Commomwealth issues covering a mass of topics from Abolition of Slavery, Naval Craft, John Lennon and the Royal Families of the world. The first half ended with a splendid display of the huge Paris floods of 1910, illustrated by a set of matching sepia postcards and maps illustrated by Mike Trickett.

A magnificent display of non-religious manuscripts on stamps from the thirteenth century onwards was the next display. Illustrations for books of poems, stories, the history of the time, sagas, romance and natural history were the highlights. Examples from the remains of the Hungarian library and the recent Magna Carta centenary concluded the display. Bryan Cribb then put up three frames of postcards which had been sent to him over many years by his daughter as she travelled with her husband round the world working in the electrical generatrion industry, closing with postcards featuring military ship he had worked on durning his life, notably the Brittanic and Phoebe, (which had been based in Poole). The evening closed with a frame of mixed material accumulated during 2016 by Chris Wheeler, some with incongruous postmarks, ratings and postal interest.

Some of the humourous postcards Height Change of Estonian Lighthouse, with stamp Tristan de Cunha 2015 Definitive Set Bryan with model on Brittanic
Lithuanian FDC Secular works on Stamps Straights Settlements Postcard HMS Phoebe

(chris wheeler)

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Thursday 1st December - Winter Auction

Another sucessful auction was held this evening, with a number of quality lots realising good prices

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Thursday 15th December 2016 - Christmas Social & anything but stamps

Sixteen members attended an active Christmas Social evening, which was opened by the Chairman commenting on a successful year in the Club, thanking those who had contributed so much to its programme of diverse topics and growth. For the first time a Chairman's Award had been designed and this was awarded to Tony Arnold for his significant personal advancement and contribution to the Club during 2016, in particular acknowledging the increase in quality and number of his displays at members' evenings, becoming a successful autioneer and generally being there to set the room up and asssist wherever possible. Following a hearty repast, various exhibits that some members had brought along were examined, and a stamp quiz was held.

Tony receiving the Chairman's Award from Chris Wheeler Club Members enjoying the Christmas Fayre, with some of the displays in the background

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Thursday 5th January 2017 - Postcards

Tony Arnold kicked the evening off with two frames of beautiful Edwardian postcards featuring flowers, mostly birthday greetings plus a few Easter and Christmas. He followed this with one frame of Dorset views.
Brian Cribb completed the first half with cards illustrating the history of Bournemouth, helpfully including a three page write-up for those unfamiliar with the town. Starting with the founder Captain Tregonwell he took us through to the present, pointing that there are still a few old Victorian villas left in the town. Brian followed this with a brief look at Cinema in Dorset, including Brownsea Island; and his reminiscences of being a singer at the Winter Gardens as a young man.
In the second half Tony Arnold continued his views of Dorset. He was followed by Ken Parrott showing some postcard views of Malta, plus some postal history on postcards, including cancels indicating the postman’s route numbers. This was an unusual topics, but not as unusual as his 1908 cancel on a Victorian stamp – no explanation known for this!
Finally, in his absence Chris Wheeler had arranged for a frame of Mauritius postcards to be shown. These included local produce and markets, the Natural History Museum, sugar plantations and the sugar industry, and some pictures of the beaches and hotels of Mauritius, now its second major source of income: tourism.


The Legendary Bombay Cover of 1 January 1850, and the engraved copper plate used to print the famous "Post Office" 1d and 2d issues


(By coincidence, the two above items were sold in Geneva at the David Feldman auction on 1 December 2016, reaching the prices of £2,045,000 and £1,125,000 respectively!

(wendy buckle)

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Thursday 19th January 2017- Sport

Tony Arnold started the evening with a display of postcards on motor cycle racing, particularly the Isle of Man TT Races. Pictures of a few accidents were shown, though Tony did point out that more visitors are statistically likely to have an accident travelling to the event than riders are likely to crash! He then showed Sammy Miller, who won major events at both road racing and trials, and who today runs the Sammy Miller Motorcycle Museum at New Milton (see http://sammymiller.co.uk/). Tony followed these with some first day covers including cricket, tennis and football.
Mike Houchen, known for his collection on Lighthouses, rose to the occasion and showed some of his covers which also feature sports, including (very topically as it was Inauguration Day the next day) Donald Trump’s golf course at Turnberry.
Alan King made several members quite nostalgic when he showed sporting sets issued by Hungary in the 1950s and 1960s. Many of us remembered owning those stamps in our early collecting days. Eight pages of Hungary were shown, from 1952 to 1965, including the Olympics at Melbourne, Rome and Tokyo. Alan contrasted this coverage with France, who between 1924 and 1926 only issued sport stamps enough to fill three pages. However, the 1998 Football World Cup – hosted by France – produced a flurry of new issues!
Michael Mawdsley showed stamps and first day covers from his GB collection including the 1948 London Olympic games, the 1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games (we still had an Empire in those days!), and covers featuring sailing, rugby, cricket and football amongst others.
Brian Cribb brought a different emphasis to the evening with some memorabilia of his and his son’s sporting careers. His son Mark was a very successful county athletics sprinter and Brian himself used to play for Bournemouth Gasworks Athletic Football Club, who reached the final of the FA Amateur Cup in 1930. Photos, postcards, press clippings and badges were shown.
Finally, in his absence a display by Chris Wheeler on Formula One was shown. Loved or hated, it is a sport which taxes not just the driver but more and more the latest technology.

Five of the seven stamps from Hungary's 1960 Winter Olympic Games set
Cyclists Club Centenary Cover 200th Anniversary of the Derby FDC
America's Cup - miniature sheet Sammy Miller postcard

(wendy buckle)

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Thursday 2nd February 2017
Education Evening - Stamp Design and Printing

Wendy Buckle started the evening with a brief introduction of the pre-1840 postal system, when amongst other things, rates were based on distance travelled by the postal item and payment on receipt.  With Rowland Hill’s revolutionary new system, pre-payment was the norm, and a fixed price per weight was introduced.  This led to the invent of stamps, the need for designers, and rules for their design and usage.  She explained how the first stamps, the 1d black and 2d blue came into being, and how they evolved over the years, with such concepts as security features and from 1858, perforations, and then later on plate numbers.  She spoke of the different methods of stamp design, starting with engraving, which included the greatest stamp engraver of all time, Czeslaw Slania, and his background.  It was he who produced Great Britain’s mail coaching stamp set of 1984.



The methodology and examples of embossed stamps, with their 3D effect, letterpress, flat-bed printing, offset lithography and photogravure were all illustrated.  Finally she gave examples of the most famous stamp printers, starting with Perkins Bacon, who had printed the first British stamps, and then a dozen other well-known printers, closing with a description of the De La Rue Key Plate system.  Tony Arnold followed, describing his display of a wide variety of printed postal stationery, and in particular the Pitney Bowes stamp label producing machine that his family had used some decades ago, together with a bottle of the ink used in the machine.
After the break, Chris Wheeler spoke about the purpose of stamps, the main categories they fall into and some of those that have unique design features; and how the design process is used to enable successful stamps to be designed.  He used David Gentleman’s designs as an example of how the Stamp Committee influences the designers and vice versa, with examples of accepted and rejected designs. In conclusion he spoke of his visit to the ISP printers in Walsall, and explained the stamp printing process they used in the production of the Machin 1st class purple “Long to Reign Over Us” issued in September 2015.  The final display was by Mary Parsons who had expertly analysed the hidden date codes and source codes of recent Machin issues, and displayed examples of some of them, with enlargements, and a supply of magnifying glasses for members to use to find the hidden codes. A lot of work and analysis lay behind her talk, the results of which surprised many of those in attendance!

Stamp sheet printed using the Line Engraved method Stamp sheet printed using the Letterpress method Perkins Bacon printing the 1d black and 2d blue, and their machine Stamps printed by the South African Printing Works
Pitney Bowes' red Postal Franking Ink from 1970s Mary and Mike explaining the security features of current Machins, with the Gentleman display in the foreground Wendy examining one of the Machin examples Four examples of the security codes in use on current Machins

(chris wheeler)

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Thursday 2nd March 2017

Spring Auction

A successful evening was held, with a good proportion of the varied submitted lots being sold; then followed by a raffle.

(chris wheeler)

 

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