RINGWOOD PHILATELIC SOCIETY
Affiliated to the
Association of British Philatelic Societies
Hampshire Philatelic Federation

(The programme for 2021 has during the first party of the year been comprised of a number of newsletters, called UNHINGED).

Following a very successful RINGPEX on 4 September, the new Programme starts on Tuesday 14 September at 7:30pm

14 September 7:30 Members' mini displays, plus Bring & Buy  
12 October 2:00 "Basingstoke along the A30" Martin Appleton
9 November 2:00 "The History of the Salvation Army", then "The Cause, Cure and History of the Plague Pandemics Chris Wheeler
14 December 7:30 "Venice", followed by Christmas get-together John Davis
2022      
11 January 2:00 "Orange Free State Postal Stationery" Mike Smith FRPSL
8 February 2:00 "Exploring Forgeries in your collection" Members to bring along items from their collection
8 March 7:30 Annual Competition - Traditional, Thematic, Postal History, Open Philately and First Timers, plus Bring & Buy  
12 April 7:30 "The Australian KGV 1d Red - The Early Story" Colin Mount
10 May 7:30 Members' "One Page Competition" plus Bring & Buy  
14 June 7:30 "Smithy and his Bus" Susan Burn
13 July 7:30 55th AGM plus Entertainment  

SATURDAY 4 JUNE "RINGPEX" - 10:00am to 4:00pm
our own Stamp and Postcard Fair at Greyfriars Community Centre

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UNHINGED

 The Newsletter of Ringwood Philatelic Society

  
Edition No 5
June, 2021


Stamp of the Month for June

On 23 March 2021 Royal Mail released business sheets of 50 stamps per sheet, on sale just from Royal Mail and Viking (Office Supplies).  As yet un-numbered by Stanley Gibbons, they are large format 2nd class stamps with an integral barcode on the right-hand side.  The stamps themselves have the normal security features of embedded date, eclipse perforation and oval cut-outs.  They are currently experimental, and the bar codes are reputed to have future uses as QR codes for tracking and fraud prevention, (as each one can be logged to prevent re-use).  Alternatively, the dot matrix code could be sold to companies for advertising and marketing purposes.


The 2nd Class bar-coded stamp SG U4500
(2nd) bright blue MB1L year code with backing paper with repeating ROYAL MAIL text,
and with alternate pairs of the lines inverted

The Full Specification

Stamp Specification

2nd class NVI with 2d barcode

Issue date

23 March 2021

Stamp format

Definitive Barcoded

Stamp size

39mm x 30mm

Printer

International Security Printers

Print Process

Gravure

Perforations

15 x 14.5

Phosphor

Bars as appropriate

Gum

Self-adhesive

(The June Stamp of the month was provided by Chris Wheeler,
Ringwood Philatelic Society’s Website Manager)

The Committee now publishes here, the fifth Edition of UNHINGED. This   newsletter continues to prove popular with Members, and interest has been shown well beyond the County boundary. The ongoing provision of copy from Members is much appreciated, but since more is sought, the Editor will be contacting Members individually to explain the ways in which they may assist. The more we provide, the more interesting the resulting publication...so please do send in philatelic articles, photos, questions, information on dealers, auction houses, website gems and accessories, collecting interests and information on stamps and postal history.
Above is selected the Stamp of the Month, where Members are invited to write a short piece or article providing background, to be published in our next UNHINGED.    Ed.

    Stamp of the Month for March

Thank you to Alan King,
Ferndown & West Moors Philatelic and Postcard Club.
This is a lovely addition to our publication.

  

COLLECTORS UNDER SCRUTINY...

Gordon writes...For each edition of ‘UNHINGED’ I will be approaching a Member of the Society, asking them to reveal a little of what brought them into and keeps them involved in our hobby, and to speculate on the
future of it.  In this the Fifth Edition, I have been delving again into the mystery that is Philately…..

 

This time Geoffrey Penrose comes under the spotlight!!!

           This month, for a change from the more established Member, your roving reporter is putting his ‘Mesmerising Magnifying Glass’ over one of our newest members...Geoffrey Penrose, just to see what makes his philatelic clock tick and to introduce him a little more.

Gordon: So Geoffrey, how did you start to collect stamps?

Geoffrey: When I was about 7 several of us collected stamps at school and, as some gave up, I bought their stamps to add to mine. I have been collecting therefore for over 70 years. I’ve always wanted to learn more of a country’s history behind the monarch’s head or the commemorative event on their stamps. I’m still keen to learn!

Gordon: What did you collect to start with?

Geoffrey: I was fascinated by Russian history and getting approval books enabled me to buy some of their stamps. However, I mainly collected British Commonwealth (Australia, NZ & SA) but I have carried on with the old Commonwealth/Empire countries even after they gained independence. So I have a lot of Australia but also Czechoslovakia and Serbia.

Gordon: What have been your other sources of material?

Geoffrey: E-bay, but not so much now that prices have gone up, and also Cambridge Stamp Shop, but they closed before we moved here.
My younger brother brought a lot of Jersey stamps when he went there so I have continued with a Channel Isles collection. I also collected Falklands, older Commonwealth (QV to GV1), and friends too gave me stamps from their travels or postage from other countries.

Gordon: What drew you to RPS?

Geoffrey: I did not know about the Club until we joined Greyfriars. I wanted to buy stamps and the Club advert at Greyfriars prompted me to enquire. I particularly liked the friendly atmosphere and what can be learnt from good speakers. My interest continues to grow and I have just joined the Approvals Book circulation. I like learning history through stamps.

Gordon: What about the future of collecting...for you and generally?

Geoffrey: I now have 6 collections ‘on the go’. Unfortunately younger people don’t collect like we did so the hobby is changing to be an older person’s activity for fewer people. I am enjoying the Club and look forward to face-to-face events again.   

Gordon RPS Reporter

 

The APPROVALS BOX
Terry reports…..

As we go to press, Box 253 has nearly completed its circuit and No 254 is in circulation.        
Terry
Do please contact Terry to arrange membership of this super facility.  
Terry’s Tel.….01425-653777    Ed.

 

 

RINGPEX 

Date for Diary...Saturday, 4th September, 2021   10.00 – 4.00pm 

Greyfriars Community Centre, Christchurch Road, Ringwood
12 Dealers already booked, providing an excellent philatelic day out at our annual Stamp Fair….
Plus refreshments and excellent Philatelic Raffle, including a Penny Black!!
This is most generously donated by our local and Honorary Life Member, Peter Mollett.

 

 

                                                                          


SOCIETY NEWS

With a resumption of RPS meetings commencing in Greyfriars from the July Meeting (13th),
 our Zoom meetings may become redundant...who knows!!?

Immediate past RPS Meeting…

 The May Zoom Meeting was a most enjoyable event - Sue Burn presented a superb display on ‘Flying Boats Across the Tasman Sea’.  Superb??   This was exceptional….in terms of historical and geographic scope, philatelic scarcity, quality of display and presentation. What appears to be a narrow subject title, is in fact a major and eloquent study on the huge subject of the development of early flying boat services from England and reaching down via India to Australia and New Zealand. It includes much photographic documentation of plans and resulting planes and their pilots. Numerous maps support the development of the narrative as do flight memorabilia such as timetables, advertising, flight and baggage tickets, covers and postmarks, postcards and handwritten letters, notes and press releases. To quote Sue, ‘This talk covers the introduction and use of the Short Bros flying boats, in particular focusing on the route to New Zealand and the crossing of the Tasman Sea.’ And to quote pilot/adventurer Kingsford Smith 1928....this is ‘the most difficult and dangerous crossing in the world’. The presentation is in five sections, 1928 The First Crossing of the Tasman, 1933-36 Setting the Scene - Mail Contracts, 1937 - 39 Empire Airmail Scheme, 1939 - 45 War Time Services and 1945 - Post War Services. Rather than read these impoverished notes, do contact the presenter Sue Burn via RPS for information regarding her next display of such magnificent material.   
                  You have missed an absolute gem!!!
 
Gordon will be e-mailing the Membership with further details on Meetings as appropriate.
Bookings have now been secured for our monthly meetings with Greyfriars, through to 2022.     
See STOP PRESS for latest publicity or our website www.philatelyinbournemouth.co.uk

 

PHILATELIC SALES, SWOPS and WANTED

          In addition to our regular Club Meetings’ slot where these opportunities exist,
do please consider contributing to this section of UNHINGED.            
 Here is your opportunity to advertise!!
 

  • Small, but very worthwhile collection of JAMAICA   f/u

….early up to mid-QEII in Stockbook…
Offers or Swop for early GB/Herefordshire: Please contact Paul Barry

and
Ferndown & West Moors Philatelic and Postcard Club offer further opportunities for purchasing stamps/accessories…
please contact Trevor Smyth at smyth88@talktalk.net

          

COMPETITIONS  -  RPS, Local and National

Gordon will contact Members to provide any plans which the Society makes, together with information on other possible competitions, such as :-
Ferndown & West Moors Philatelic and Postcard Club’s Annual Fair delayed  to April, 2022
and that of Hampshire Federation...the Wickham Fair. This Fair is going ahead, with social distancing...the date being  Saturday, 25th September,
BUT there is no Competition this year. Instead will be a Display of Competition grade material.
A new Committee Post is being created to enhance RPS Competitions…

that of
COMPETITIONS SECRETARY...any offers!!?

DEALERS         
A list of just a few of the first rate dealers/auction houses known to the Society.

* Peter Mollett (Hon RPS Member)   Specialist in fine GB stamps.
Apply for latest booklet, packed with hundreds of selected items.  
P.O. Box 1934 Ringwood.  BH24 2YZ    Tel.  01425-476666

* Empire Philately   Gordon reports...excellent website with clear photos.
A  very good range of QV & KG5   Contact:   www.empirephilatelists.com

* Grahame W. Mann GB Philatelist  PO Box 116, Ludlow, Salop, SY8 3WQ
Tel. 01584 891303

* Dauwalders, (Stamp Shop)    42 Fisherton Street, Salisbury. SP2 7RB   Tel. 01722-412100
Interesting LIGHTHOUSE Stamp Accessories Catalogue 2021 available now.
ebaystores.co.uk/dauwalders-stamp-store  

* Taunton Stamp Shop   66 Bridge Street, Taunton, Somerset     Tel 01823 283327  www.tauntonstampshop.co.uk

*   Nordfrim   Danish international dealers. New issues, Packets, Catalogues and Accessories
         www.nordfrim.com/2021

ASSOCIATIONS and SOCIETIES 

  * PTS   (Philatelic Traders Society)  for huge links to the philatelic world. 
PO BOX 919, East Grinstead   RH19 9PH     info@thepts.net

* Hampshire Philatelic Federation   www.hantsfederation.org.ukRPS is affiliated

*Association of British Philatelic Societies at www.abps.org.uk
ABPS NEWS is a quarterly delight!           RPS is affiliated to ABPS

* The Royal Philatelic Society London,   15 Abchurch Lane.  EC4N 7BWTel. 020-74861044          www.rpsl.org.uk       Regular high quality zoom presentations to be accessed

AUCTIONS
*  WARWICK & WARWICK Monthly auctions...Warwick  CV34 5DB
Tel. 01926 499031  Next Auction Sale No. 913 7th July, 2021  www.warwick&warwick.com

 

*    CAVENDISH Philatelic Auctions    153-157 London Road, Derby DE1 2SY
                       Tel. 01332 250970            stamps@cavendish-auctions.com

*   EMBASSY PHILATELICS  GB Specialists - Auctions & Retail -  PO Box 1553 Guildford GU1 9YT

 

*   QUEST PHILATELIC LTD   50 Worcester Road, Sutton. SM2 6QB Tel. 020 8642 2605
queststampsauctions.co.uk   Postal Bid Sale No.199 closes 30th June, 2021
                                                                                                                         
*   SPINK       69 Southampton Row, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 4ET
                                                             Tel. 020 7563 4000      www.spink.com

* The Grimsby & District Philatelic Society Auction  (POSTAL ONLY)
            Several times per year.      Tel 01652 - 654928.
Catalogue from:   Secretary  Dave McMann at mcmann@btopenworld

*  SOUTHAMPTON & DISTRICT PHILATELIC SOCIETY  Postal Auction of Philatelic Material
                                    Contact: Kevin Chard at  k.chard@ntlworld.com

 

PUBLICATIONS

* ‘Gibbons Stamp Monthly’   enquiries@magazineheaven.com

     *‘All About Stamps’   news@email.allaboutstamps.co.uk

* ‘Picture Postcard Annual’   2021 Edition  available now reflections@postcardcollecting.co.uk
 www.postcardcollecting.co.uk    

 

 BOOK CORNER

THANK YOU Wendy Buckle for your most interesting

Book Review...fascinating!!     Editor
 
Wendy writes… This is an ideal ‘lockdown’ book’.

Lost Countries: exotic tales from an old stamp album
Laycock, Stuart and West, Chris  2017, 256p.  The History Press, Stroud, Glos. 
ISBN 978 0 7509 7949 8
Also available in electronic format via Apple Books and Kindle

          ‘Many collectors start out with a world collection before realising that today that is an impossible task. But before we perhaps reluctantly cut down our areas of interest, we come across stamps from countries and states that no longer exist. If, like me, you have ever wondered where and what these places were, and why they disappeared, this book is for you. It features 76 places that once produced postage stamps, be they countries, areas, regions, states, companies or institutions. While some of them are reasonably well known, such as Amoy, Biafra, Danzig, Hyderabad, Saar and Tibet, there are others which might prove to be very difficult to locate and place on the atlas, such as Cundinamarca, Dedeagh, Fezzan, Kurland, Sopron, and Upper Yafa. Every section provides a fascinating story and insight into history and geography. Stamps are often the first thing produced by a newly created state, as a way of conferring legitimacy, and this book explains the ‘‘legitimising’’ of commercial and colonial expansion, and also how the origins of many conflicts and border disputes existed years before postage stamps were in existence. This is the ideal ‘lockdown book’. You can pick it up, read one or sections of a few pages per section, and then leave it for a few days without losing the thread of the narrative. It’s written in a light and engaging style that will keep your interest.And it’s brilliant for those who enjoy amassing quiz questions and answers’. WB

  

ACCESSORIES

 Colin Mount again contributes to this section. His very considerable experience and knowledge of accessories has been built over many years, and I am sure we do well to follow his observations. Editor

This month we look at

Ultraviolet Lamps

            Only a few years ago the ultraviolet or quartz lamp as it was often called, was considered out of reach of the average collector, being used to detect paper repairs, the removal of pen cancellations and different types of paper. This has changed over the years. With the use of graphite, phosphor bands and various types of ink and coated papers being used, the UV lamp has become essential equipment for any discerning collector.
If you are like me, you are probably intrigued by the technology available to collectors these days.
          The Short Wave Lampis probably the only one you will require if you collect Great Britain as it is ideal for detecting phosphor papers and inks. It is also useful if you collect Israel, USA, Finland and the early phosphor issues of Canada and Mexico.
          The Longwave Lamp is ideal for detecting fluorescent papers and inks such as Helecon on Australian stamps and of course for detecting paper variations and repairs.  This lamp is is also ideal for use on the issues of Norway, Hong Kong, France, People’s Republic of China, Russia and the later phosphors of both Canada and Mexico. On a technical note the Ultra Violet light is measured in nano-metres and for your information, Short Wave is around 254nm’s and the Long Wave is 366nm’s.
The cost of a lamp can be quite expensive so shop around, remembering that you will possibly only ever buy one. Do get the best you can afford...check out Prinz, Lighthouse and Gibbons.
Incidentally, a Dual Wave UV lamp has been introduced by SG and this is worth investigation. I hope these notes have helped you make that final choice. Using UV light opens up another aspect of this wonderful hobby of ours.    CM   

      
Ringwood Philatelic Society Committee
         Normally meets in October, January, April and June. However during the pandemic, meetings have been  much more frequent.

President & Hon Programme Secretary 
Colin Mount FRPSL  01425 474310

Chairman and Publicity Officer   Paul Barry 07932 581791
paulrichardbarry@hotmail.co.uk

Hon Treasurer & Approvals Secretary   Terry Carter  01425 653777

Further Committee Members
David Etchells  01425 402135
 Clarewyn Smit     (Sadly resigned in January)
 John Stevens  01425 483364
Secretary  Gordon Masson  Tel  01425-470710
anneandgordon@btinternet.com
Hon. Life Members
Rowan Brockhurst     Biddy Morson    Peter Mollett

Meetings are held at Greyfriars Community Centre, Christchurch Road, Ringwood
on the second Tuesday of the month, excluding August. 
Afternoon meetings are 2.00 – 5.00pm, with the Evening Meetings 7.30 -9.30pm
Sadly, during the current medical Corona virus requirements, the Society’s activities have been  limited to Zoom Meetings, this Newsletter and a presence on the web at philatelyinbournemouth.co.uk 

STOP PRESS

Now the Committee greatly looks forward to welcoming the Membership back to Greyfriars
on Tuesday 13th July at 2.00pm when we will be entertained by
Gavin Fryer  FRPSL who will present
‘Western Desert Campaign 1940 – 43’

PLEASE TELL GORDON IF YOU ARE ATTENDING
...he must know numbers on COVID-SAFE grounds.

This Meeting ...and another date to  RING FENCE

RINGPEX
Saturday 4th September
   10.00  -  4.00
Very Best Wishes from the
Committee, Ringwood Philatelic Society

DISCLAIMER… Any views expressed in this publication are those of individuals
and do not necessarily reflect those of the Ringwood Philatelic Society              Editor 

Final Copy 26/6/21  PB

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Edition No 4
March, 2021

 

France 1849 Cérès 1 Franc vermillion (SG16)


        Stamp of the Month...SG 1

The Committee now publishes the fourth Edition of UNHINGED. This newsletter continues to prove popular with both Members, and local philatelists and some well beyond the County boundary. The ongoing provision of copy from Members is much appreciated, but since more is sought, the Editor has been contacting Members individually to explain the ways in which they may assist. The more we provide, the more interesting  the resulting publication...so please do send in philatelic articles, photos, questions, information on dealers, auction houses, website gems and accessories, collecting interests and information on stamps and postal history.   It is particularly warming to receive copy from philatelists beyond our Membership...thanks. Above is selected the Stamp of the Month, where Members are invited to write a short piece or article providing background, to
be published in our next UNHINGED.   

 Stamp of the Month for March.

This Victoria stamp is
listed as SG 082

Some stamps have iconic status...take for example the Penny Black!     Every philatelist
is aware of this, but of far greater value and scarcity is the above ‘Jubilee’ issue stamp which
has, if you can find one, a price tag of around £4,500….few will be aware of this stamp. 
Yet it is not seen as iconic.
To provide background, this overprinted stamp, the 1s grey-green and carmine, was printed in 1902. Records state that 2,400 originally existed. Out of a print run of 33,000, 30,600 were officially destroyed on 14th May,1904 when it is understood the issue of the Officials ceased.
This 1s value was never officially issued.  A few were postally used by ‘officialdom’.
Of mint survivals, the Post Office Archives protect just 114 copies!!!
Who knows how many used copies survive?!!      Editor

 COLLECTORS UNDER SCRUTINY
           
For each edition of ‘UNHINGED’ I will be approaching a Member of the Society, asking them to reveal a little of what brought them into and keeps them involved in our hobby, and to speculate on the future of it.

In this the Fourth Edition, your Society Reporter Gordon has been delving again into the mystery that is Philately…..This time David Etchells has fallen under the thrall of our roving reporter in his search for the key to the success of our hobby.

Gordon: ‘David, how did you come to collect stamps?’

David:  ‘When I was very young – about 7 or 8 – I was given a World Album and some stamps to attach for Christmas, and it went on, almost continuously from there.’

Gordon: ‘What did you start with?’

David:  ‘I started with all countries, any that I could get’.

Gordon: ‘So how have your interests developed?’

David: ‘I developed a GB collection mainly and as a young teenager, the family would visit Manchester. At Easter as a treat, and we went to a stamp shop each time.
I remember you could get a Penny Black for 17 shillings and six pence and a Two Penny Blue for Thirty-five shillings - and when I was 13 or 14 I was able to get one of each, which I still have. By then I had a loose-leaf album and my mother typed up the pages describing each stamp for me. I had no interest in postal history then, just single stamps.’

Gordon: ‘What are your current collecting interests?’

David: ‘I have specialised in GB for a long time trying to keep up with new issues.
I then developed an interest   in medical thematics, particularly relating to Ophthalmology. About 25 years ago I developed a fascination with the 1841 Imperforate Penny Red and its various cancellations. There was a specialised dealer in Bristol and he had some very good prices! These are not easy to plate except by carefully measuring the exact positions of the letters in the lower corners. These interests are on going but a more recent focus has been on pre-stamp postal history from the 1600’s and also Free Franks. Free Franking on envelopes enabled politicians to have free postage up to a certain amount each day. The sender had to sign on the bottom left of the envelope, date at the  top, and put on the addressee, so this can lead to some fascinating prominent people on cover’.

Gordon: ‘What was it that drew you into RPS?

David: ‘I thought it was time for me to join a local Club to broaden my knowledge and show my stamps and get guidance on the hobby within a social meeting of like-minded people. One favourite acquisition has been a Penny Red cover (wrapper) containing a drawing and description of a stereoscope in the hand of Charles Wheatstone of ‘Wheatstone Bridge’ fame.

Gordon: ‘How do you see collecting stamps changing and your own interests too?’

David: One problem is that my own interests are too diverse – I need to narrow
them down a bit. The internet has meant much more information is available as
well as many more stamps. This great exposure for stamps and research makes
it more difficult not to ‘chase tangents’. That is the dilemma of expansion of knowledge at   the expense of other things, I think stamp collecting is in trouble
due to too many new issues being produced’.


          Gordon      RPS Reporter

 

Supplement to Collectors Under Scrutiny in Edition 3…
       
Paul Dumsday has added further details to his interview concerning Japanese stamps…’Having been to RINGPEX one year, I purchased a Japanese postcard depicting Nikko the Thunder God, with a Chrysanthemum stamp and postmark for 18 - 24th October 1908’. This commemorated the visit to Japan of the American Fleet, commanded by Matthew Perry...a visit which was hugely unwelcome by the Japanese people and civil strife resulted.   These seeds of discontent, combined with complex international politics, were to surface years later with the Pearl Harbour attack’.
For Paul, this cover brought a further degree of interest in Japanese stamps..a fine addition to his collection.

Meeting 9th March, by Zoom. Speaker Simon Richards FRPSL displayed a fascinating and remarkable collection of Dominica, via a series of Chapters.
Simon traced the history of the island through maps, early covers and a detailed focus on stamp issues. A great consideration was given to proofs, colours and trials, with much research evident on the printers and printings...De la Rue and later Waterlows.  Among the display material were some rare and sometimes unique archival items. A super display of high quality and RPS was indeed privileged.

 

THE APPROVALS BOX

Terry reports…..
         
So far this financial year six boxes have completed the circuit producing income of £82.34
Suppliers are continuing to provide quality items at good prices.
The next box is being compiled and should be ready for circulating before long.     
                                                              Terry
Do please contact Terry to arrange membership of this super facility.  
Terry’s Tel.….01425-653777             EDITOR

 

RINGPEX      

Saturday, 4th September, 2021   10.00 – 4.00pm   
(Please note REVISED DATE)
Greyfriars Community Centre, Christchurch Road,
Ringwood
12 Dealers are booked,
to provide an excellent philatelic day out.
 Our annual Stamp Fair is too good to miss!!

 Gordon will up-date Members in due course

 

SOCIETY NEWS

Until further notice, lease note that the RPS Committee intends to hold
Members' ZOOM Meetings o certain Tuesdays at 2:00pm
All Members are most welcome. This will provide a further layer of connection for all, especially relevant in these testing and excluding times.
Access to these Meetings is to be organised by our Zoom Master John Stevens.  He will be in touch re logging in.

The Committee hopes that Members enjoyed the recent Zoom Workshop which dealt with ‘Developing Competition Entries’.

  RPS Meeting 9th March
Due to current health difficulties, our Programme Secretary Colin arranged for
Speaker Simon Richards FRPSL to address our first (2.00pm) Zoom Meeting with speaker
...with his display ‘Dominica’.  
An excellent event...see the earlier brief write-up.

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*  Meeting by Zoom on 13th April at 2.00pm, we enjoyed our ‘Self Judged Competition’ which was ‘One Page’. (See brief write-up below)
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*  The Evening Zoom Meeting on 11th May, we welcome Sue Burn with her topic
         ‘Flying Boats Across the Tasman Sea’.         Changed speaker
*  Meeting 8th June   AGM    Evening Zoom Meeting at 7.30pm
Meeting 13th July 2.00pm Greyfriars  Gavin Fryer FRPSL   
                ‘Western Desert Campaign 1940-3’
   This is a highly regarded and large presentation.
                 Please let Gordon know if you are attending.
            Due to available space and Covid safety regulations it is vital that Organisers know numbers.

 

PHILATELIC SALES, SWOPS and WANTED

In addition to our regular Club Meetings’ slot where these opportunities exist, do please consider contributing to this section of UNHINGED.             
     Here is your opportunity to advertise!!

* Small, but very worthwhile collection of JAMAICA   f/u….early up to mid-QEII in Stockbook…
Offers for the above, or Swop for early GB/Herefordshire: Please contact Paul Barry.

* Ferndown & West Moors Philatelic and Postcard Club offer opportunities for purchasing quality stamps/accessories...please contact Trevor Smyth 
….Email    smyth88@talktalk.net

 

     

 

COMPETITIONS    RPS, Local and National

Gordon will contact Members to provide details of any plans which the Society makes, together with information on other possible competitions.

Here the Publicity Officer reports…

‘Ringwood Philatelic Society has held its April Zoom Meeting and the ONE PAGE COMPETITION has taken place. This was a most pleasing event where participants made great effort to display worthy material. It was sad indeed that no Members could attend, only Committee.  
This was particularly disappointing since Zoom Meetings are arranged for the Membership. The entries were judged by those attending and the winner was John Stevens with his attractive and well written up presentation.  
Runners-up:
David Etchells   (Fox Talbot), 
Paul Barry (1/- GB Jubilee Cover to USA)
and Gordon Masson (Postal Mystery)

 John’s scarcely seen overprinted stamps, here in mint, are most attractive, certainly attracting the eyes of those involved in judging.’      >>>

      


   

Other Competition news…

Normally the Ferndown & West Moors Philatelic and Postcard Club would hold an inter-club competition
at their April Annual Fair, but this spring it is not possible to achieve this.

 Hampshire Federation...the Wickham Fair, normally a September event also holds an inter-club event.
However this year’s Fair (25th) will go ahead, but with displays, not a competition.

 

DEALERS         
A list of just a few of the first rate dealers/auction houses known to the Society.
* Peter Mollett (Hon RPS Member)   Specialist in fine GB stamps.
Apply for latest booklet, packed with hundreds of selected items.  
P.O. Box 1934 Ringwood.  BH24 2YZ    Tel.  01425-476666

* Empire Philately   Gordon reports...excellent website with clear photos. Many items under £10.
A  very good range of QV & KG5   Contact:  www.empirephilatelists.com

* Taunton Stamp Shop   66 Bridge Street, Taunton, Somerset     Tel 01823 283327
  www.tauntonstampshop.co.uk 

*   Nordfrim   Danish international dealers. New issues, Packets, Catalogues and Accessories
        www.nordfrim.com/2021

*  Corbitts, Newcastle upon Tyne    On line shop for stamps, covers accessories, coins ,
frequent Auctions and online sales only
corbitts.com

 

ASSOCIATIONS and SOCIETIES 

  May we refer you to a most readable round-up of what has been happening in British Philately in the past months.
The ABPS NEWS presents ‘On the Club Circuit’, ‘Federations’ and ‘National & Specialist Societies’ in the Association’s quarterly press.
Do investigate...rich findings are to be uncovered at www.abps.org.uk

 

 ANSWERS to the March Crossword, Edition 3 UNHINGED

 

   ACROSS                                       DOWN
1. Collect                                     1. Coil
 3. Gum                                        2. Cancellation
 6. Penny Black                            4. Machin
 8. Leaf                                         5. GB 
 9. Plate                                        6. Postage Due
11. Hinge                                     7. Die
13. Watermark                           10. Lot
15. Used                                    12. Set
18. RPS                                     14. Airmail
20. Mount                                  16. Shade
21. Pane                                     17. CTO
22. Mint                                     19. Scott
23. Perforated

 
   
and the hidden 8-letter prize word was  -  
‘AUCTIONS’  
   
NO WINNER...  
as no one took part beyond the Committee!!!  
   
   
We give our warm thanks to John and Sue  
for designing and organising this Crossword  
   

AUCTIONS
* Southampton & District Philatelic Society Postal Auction of Philatelic Material
                                    Contact: Kevin Chard at  k.chard@ntlworld.com
* K & K Halls Postal Bid Sales…..  2 Salcey Rise, Piddington, Northampton. NN7 2DP kandkhalls1@outlook.com    Tel.  07548 – 125421

 PUBLICATIONS
* ‘Gibbons Stamp Monthly’   enquiries@magazineheaven.com
     *‘All About Stamps’   news@email.allaboutstamps.co.uk
* ‘Picture Postcard Annual’   2021 Edition  available now reflections@postcardcollecting.co.uk
 www.postcardcollecting.co.uk    

 

THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN YOU ARE PLANNING
TO WRITE UP YOUR COLLECTION

Colin Mount is again happy to contribute to UNHINGED.  His very considerable knowledge of numerous aspects of philately has been built over many years, and again I am sure we do well to follow his observations. Editor

          Firstly can I suggest that you use the very best pages, protectors and mounts that you can afford. Many accessories on the market today do not meet the stringent requirements needed to protect your material for years to come, so always ask if you are not sure. I will give you a general picture of what you should be looking for regarding your album pages. It is generally recognised that the pH of album pages should be between 6.00 and 8.5, the pH defines the extent to which material is acidic or alkaline. Philatelic material often suffers from being acidic so obviously the pages that you choose should be acid free and comply to ISO 9706 standard. Much has been written about the use of plastics in philately, particularly for exhibition protectors and mounts, so it is advisable to use only polyester products without any anti-static coatings. Philatelic libraries, museums and archivers never use PVC which can ooze plasticisers which forms acid as it decomposes.
          I have often been presented with ‘I cannot write up my stamps because I do not write neatly’. Well that excuse is fast becoming what it is, an excuse! Virtually every collector has access to a computer these days, and many excellent presentations have been achieved by simply using a Microsoft Word programme. I hope these few words might encourage the ‘Stock Book Collector’ to present his or her collection in a way that other collectors will be able to view and benefit from, after all it is a way of putting something back into this wonderful hobby of ours.
Colin

 

BOOK CORNER

        Please send in your essential reading titles to the Editor. 

Next Edition ...we take a look at Wendy Buckle’s Review of
‘Lost Countries: exotic tales from an old stamp album’  by S Laycock and  C West.

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Ringwood Philatelic Society Committee
         Normally meeting October, January, April and June, but currently more frequent

President & Hon Programme Secretary 
Colin Mount FRPSL  01425 470710

Chairman and Publicity Officer   Paul Barry 07932 581791
paulrichardbarry@hotmail.co.uk

Hon Treasurer & Approvals Secretary   Terry Carter  01425 653777

Further Committee Members
David Etchells  01425 402135
 Clarewyn Smit     (Sadly resigned this January)
 John Stevens  01425 483364
Secretary  Gordon Masson  Tel  01425-470710
anneandgordon@btinternet.com
Hon. Life Members
Rowan Brockhurst     Biddy Morson    Peter Mollett

 

Meetings
are normally held at Greyfriars Community Centre, Christchurch Road, Ringwood
on the second Tuesday of the month, excluding August. 
Afternoon meetings are 2.00 – 5.00pm, with the Evening Meetings 7.30 -9.30pm
Sadly, during the current medical Covid requirements, the Society’s activities are limited to Zoom Meetings, this Newsletter and a presence on the web at philatelyinbournemouth.co.uk 
and on the Hants Philatelic Federation website.

 

STOP PRESS...

Please note Meeting Dates in your diaries!
As set out in the Society News section

Very Best Wishes to the Membership from the
Committee, Ringwood Philatelic Society

DISCLAIMER… Any views expressed in this publication are those of individuals
and do not necessarily reflect those of the Ringwood Philatelic Society              PB Editor     Completed 21.4.21
 

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Edition No 3
March, 2021

 

Stamp of the Month...SG 082   

      The Committee now publishes the third Edition of UNHINGED. This newsletter continues to prove popular with Members, and interest has been shown well beyond the County boundary. The ongoing provision of copy from Members is much appreciated, but since more is sought, the Editor will be contacting Members individually to explain the ways in which they may assist. The more we provide, the more interesting the resulting publication...so please do send in philatelic articles, photos, questions, information on dealers, auction houses, website gems and accessories, collecting interests and information on stamps and postal history.
Above is selected the Stamp of the Month, where Members are invited to write a short piece or article providing background, to be published in our next UNHINGED.   

Stamp of the Month for January

This Edwardian stamp - SG 78 is the 5 shillings orange-brown, the top value in a set of 9 definitives. Printed by De La Rue, it was issued between 1902-1904 having perf. 14 on ‘Cabled Anchor’ watermarked paper. The Cape of Good Hope is a rugged headland facing the Atlantic, on the Cape Peninsula in South Africa. However the Cape Territory extends and covers the Cape Town area to the north. This territory was occupied by Britain in 1806 after the battle of Blaauwberg. In the Anglo-Dutch Treaty of 1814 the territory was ceded to Britain as a colony. Stamps were issued from 1st September 1853 up until the founding of the Union of South Africa on 1st June 1910.

   Thank you John Stevens for the information supplied here.    Ed.

 

COLLECTORS UNDER SCRUTINY

            Gordon writes…      For each edition of ‘UNHINGED’ I will be approaching a Member of the Society, asking them to reveal a little of what brought them into and keeps them involved in our hobby, and to speculate on the future of it.  In this the Third Edition, your Society Reporter Gordon has been delving again into the mystery that is Philately…..

 

This time Paul Dumsday comes under the microscope.


Paul Dunday

Gordon: “Paul, thank you for volunteering yourself for this RPS biographical series. You say in your notes that you started with Japanese stamps – some very old. Can you elaborate?’’

Paul: ‘'Yes, in the 1970’s my aunt gave me some Japanese stamps and I have kept up a Japanese collection to this day. I have a great many of the earliest, eg. their SG1 (1871, imperf), then the Dragon series (1872), the Cherry Blossom series (1872) and then the Korban series (1876) etc. I was fascinated by their designs and the ‘syllable’ variations between stamps in these early issues’’.

Gordon: ‘‘How has your collecting progressed more recently?’’

Paul: ‘‘Well the Japanese collection progressed but I collected GB and Channel Islands in the 1970’s, then Rhodesia, Hong Kong, Straits Settlements, Malaya, Borneo and Pakistan – some of which I sold before moving on to the next country of interest’’.

Gordon: ‘‘What are your main sources of philatelic material?’’

Paul: ‘‘I go to various Fairs and Dealers and use catalogues mainly from RPS. When I find something that catches my eye and which is a bargain, this can become my latest niche collection or new interest for a while’’.

Gordon: ‘‘How did you come to join RPS?’’

Paul: ‘‘My late wife Sandra and I looked around in 2007 for a club to join and we were recommended the Ringwood Club, where I have found sources for my changing interests’’.

Gordon: ‘‘What are your current interests?’’

Paul:‘‘I have some covers and postcards, I have both a global and historical perspective. At present I collect some German and Orange Free State, I enjoy the BSAP meetings at Ringwood  and I follow particular catalogues and postal auctions’’.

Gordon: ‘‘What has changed in philately for better and for worse?’’

Paul: ‘‘Bournemouth has fewer dealers and auctions, and shops closed in Bournemouth and Ringwood (SG). The internet is useful when I can use it. I very much look forward to RPS and BSAP Speakers at our meetings, as there is always something for me to take an interest in.
Incidently, I cannot find a Japanese Philatelic Society!’’

Gordon RPS Reporter

 

One possible society, although not local is The British Society for Japanese Philately.
 Based in Slough, Berkshire, with website at www.japanphilatelicsociety.co.uk

 

POET’S CORNER
Colin Mount provides a touch of mirth...with a topic many of us will identify with!! >>>>>>>>>

     A Moment’s Fortune

    ‘This stamp is worth Two Thousand Pounds!’
     I shouted out with glee
     Her needles made their clicking sound-
    she paid no heed to me

     She knows I’ve said this times before,
     but always been dismayed
     You’ve done the same, of that I’m sure
     with stamps you have displayed

     But this time - felt sure my find
     was now a dream come true
    ‘I’ll have it checked and get it signed’
     (I got in quite a stew)

    I read the catalogue, which said
    a number could be found
    each side of Queen Victoria’s head,
    within a circle round

    The circled number, called the ‘plate’
    revealed a little five
    behind the postmark’s name and date,
    the number tried to hide.

    I took my spy glass from the rack
    to scrutinise my stamp
    I laid it down upon its back
    and reached out for my lamp

     My glass, it made the number clear,
     at first it was not so
     And then I softly said - ‘Oh dear!’
      my spirits sank right low

    My number five -had just become
    a number six instead
    Two thousand pounds gone down the drain
                  … ‘I think I’ll go to bed!’           Anon

 

THE APPROVALS BOX
Terry reports…..
                                    I have been expecting a further despatch of books from our long standing main supplier, which promises to be excellent quality and interest.  An additional (ex) dealer is sending through samples. These inputs will enable more Boxes to circulate at the same time. 
STOP PRESS….. As a result of recent arrivals, I am able to say there are now two new boxes in circulation!                                            
Terry
Do please contact Terry to arrange membership of this super facility.  
Terry’s Tel.….01425-653777    EDITOR

 

RINGPEX 
Saturday, 5th June, 2021   10.00 – 4.00pm  Very sadly postponed.
Greyfriars Community Centre, Christchurch Road, Ringwood
12 Dealers were booked, to provide an excellent philatelic day out.  Our annual Stamp Fair is on hold. The RPS Committee has decided that because of issues of Covid health/safety and general  unpredictability, this Fair is to be postponed, with consideration now being given to possibly
Saturday 4th September.

 Gordon will up-date Members in due course

SOCIETY NEWS

Until further notice, please note that the RPS Committee intends to hold  further

Members’ ZOOM Meetings on certain Tuesdays at 2.00pm.   
All Members are most welcome. This will provide a further layer of connection for all, especially relevant in these testing and excluding times.
Access to these Meetings is to be organised by our Zoom Master John Stevens. 
He will be in touch re logging in.
The Committee hopes that Members enjoyed the recent Zoom Workshop which dealt with ‘Developing Competition Entries’.
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RPS Meeting 9th March
Due to current difficulties, our Programme Secretary Colin has arranged for
Speaker Simon Richards FRPSL to address our first (2.00pm) Zoom Meeting with speaker
...with his display ‘Dominica’.
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*  Meeting by Zoom on 13th April at 2.00pm, we have our ‘Self Judged Competitions’
(One Page)
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*  The Evening Zoom Meeting on 11th May, we welcome Sue Bern with her topic
         ‘Flying Boats Across the Tasman Sea’.             Changed speaker

* The Passing of Christine Earle FRPSL.   Colin writes:  ‘I am much saddened to report that Christine passed away in Hospital on 28th January, following a battle with Coronavirus. I had known Christine for many years and will miss her sense of humour and her wonderful knowledge of so many things philatelic. She was an international judge, ran workshops on many aspects of our hobby, in particular in recent years the ‘Open Class’ competition and had an exceptional philatelic display of the Australian ‘Sydney Harbour Bridge’ issue.  I am proud to say that Christine was a great friend and will be very sadly missed and my condolences go to her daughter Sam and friend Patrick.’  CM.         We remember her visits to RPS, a privilege indeed. Ed.

 

PHILATELIC SALES, SWAPS and WANTED

In addition to our regular Club Meetings’ slot where these opportunities exist, do please consider contributing to this section of UNHINGED.              Here is your opportunity to advertise!!>>>
Small, but very worthwhile collection of JAMAICA   f/u
….early up to mid-QEII in Stockbook…
Offers or Swop for early GB/Herefordshire: Please contact Paul Barry.
Ferndown & West Moors Philatelic and Postcard Club offer opportunities for purchasing stamps/accessories...please visit Trevor Smyth’s website link at      
https://tinyurl.com

 

                            COMPETITIONS   RPS, Local and National

Gordon will be contacting Members to provide any plans which the Society may make,
together with information on other possible competitions.
Normally the Ferndown & West Moors Philatelic and Postcard Club would hold an inter-club competition at their April Annual Fair, but this spring it is not possible to achieve this.
 Hampshire Federation...the Wickham Fair, normally a September event also holds an inter-club event. However this year’s Fair (25th) will go ahead, but with displays, not a competition.

DEALERS
A list of just a few of the first rate dealers/auction houses known to the Society.
* Peter Mollett (Hon RPS Member)   Specialist in fine GB stamps.
Apply for latest booklet, packed with hundreds of selected items.  
P.O. Box 1934 Ringwood.  BH24 2YZ    Tel.  01425-476666

* Empire Philately   Gordon reports...excellent website with clear photos. Many items under £10.
A  very good range of QV & KG5   Contact:  www.empirephilatelists.com

 

* Taunton Stamp Shop   66 Bridge Street, Taunton, Somerset     Tel 01823 283327  www.tauntonstampshop.co.uk             Very prompt service noted

*   Nordfrim   Danish international dealers. New issues, Packets, Catalogues and Accessories
        www.nordfrim.com/2021

*  Corbitts, Newcastle upon Tyne    On line shop for stamps , covers accessories , coins and auctions
Next Auction 24th March - online sale only
corbitts.com

 

ASSOCIATIONS and SOCIETIES 

  May we refer you to a most readable round-up of what has been happening in British Philately in the past months.
The ABPS NEWS presents ‘On the Club Circuit’, ‘Federations’ and ‘National & Specialist Societies’ in the Association’s quarterly press.
Do investigate...rich findings are to be uncovered at www.abps.org.uk

         
 

 

 

CROSSWORD thanks to John & Sue. Answers in Next Unhinged Edition

AUCTIONS
* The Grimsby & District Philatelic Society Auction  (POSTAL ONLY)
            Wednesday 17th March, 2021      Tel 01652 - 654928.
Catalogue from:   Secretary  Dave McMann at mcmann@btopenworld
* Southampton & District Philatelic Society Postal Auction of Philatelic Materia
                                    Contact: Kevin Chard at  k.chard@ntlworld.com
* K & K Halls Postal Bid Sale No 8  18th April  2 Salcey Rise, Piddington, Northampton. NN7 2DP kandkhalls1@outlook.com    Tel.  07548 – 125421


PUBLICATIONS
* ‘Gibbons Stamp Monthly’   enquiries@magazineheaven.com
     *‘All About Stamps’   news@email.allaboutstamps.co.uk
* ‘Picture Postcard Annual’   2021 Edition  available now reflections@postcardcollecting.co.uk
 www.postcardcollecting.co.uk    
BOOK CORNER        Please send in your essential reading titles to the Editor. 
For collectors of  GB Victorian postal history, how about:-
 ‘The Parcel Post Labels of the Midland Counties’
published by The Midland (GB) Postal History No 7  2018   (ISBN   978-0-9513311-9-4)  £30.00
This is an absolute gem of a read/reference for those philatelists specialising in this fascinating
area of collecting and study. 266 pages, with 12 page introduction. This publication covers the origins of the Parcel Post, classification of Labels, and a description of county tables where the Midlands are split into 13 sections. Each county table is further divided ...Office Name, Label type, Earliest Date, Latest Date and Notes. Of particular delight are the scores of colour images of the labels, with certificates of posting and sepia photos of parcel mail coaches also featuring.  Brilliant!!

ACCESSORIES

Colin Mount again contributes to this section. His very considerable experience and knowledge of accessories has been built over many years, and I am sure we do well to follow his observations. Editor

In this edition of UNHINGED he takes a look at

Watermark Detectors

Watermark detection for all collectors, whether experienced or not, does present particular difficulties. One type of device that works well on one type of paper, for example, that used for early GB stamps, is less useful in determining the watermark on a different type, such as modern Crown Agents papers. It is not possible to recommend one product that covers all needs so if you get the opportunity, you should try out a selection of those available. Quite an investment is called for, but should you discover just one good watermark variety in your collection which you were unaware of, the cost is soon forgotten. Several products come to mind...Prinz, Lighthouse and Stanley Gibbons all sell quality machines, but there is nothing like practice to perfect! Go to websites or send for catalogues for detail. Colin mentions a cheap alternative – lighter fuel!! (don’t use on chalky papers or in bed!) Colin often uses this method, where he may check through several hundred watermarks at a time. You need a black watermark tin tray (from most dealers/shops). You place the stamp being investigated face down in the tray and drop a little fluid onto it. The watermark will be immediately revealed. Mint stamps can also be examined in this fashion, but wait for evaporation before removing from the tray. With all stamps, do use tweezers!  
              Colin invites Members to contact him for more guidance. 

          It should be noted that the best detectors reveal far more than watermarks. Every detail will be revealed, such as paper irregularities, quality defects or repairs. Colour light filters and lamp brightness can all assist in the quest for philatelic knowledge!   Ed. 

ZOOM Meeting
19th January
 featuring
MEMBERS’ DISPLAYS

          This presentation of five displays was diverse in terms of knowledge, research, extent of development, quality of philatelic material and write-up. Its unifying theme was Members’ willingness to share their contributions, discuss aspects and where appropriate to accept advice and direction in the desire to promote display or competition excellence.
David Etchells gave an interesting presentation on Free Franks (1652 – 1840)’ This was a considered cancellation study on an unusual subject, and had within it rarity and unexpected postal gems. It concluded with covers addressed to the brother of Horatio Nelson and also to Rear Admiral Sir Thomas Hardy! (flag captain to Nelson).
Gordon Masson’s colourful displays investigated ‘Captain Cook’s Voyages’ and ‘The Inauguration of Australia’) (including Queen Victoria’s proclamation).This was informative and featured a number of lovely modern covers. They formed the basis for further enquiry and development.
Wendy Buckle provided a thematic presentation of the magical ‘Lindisfarne Gospels’.
Huge research was evident. This had been thoroughly worked on, and material and presentation was of the highest level, most suitable for national forums. A beautiful subject presented with equal quality.
John Stevens gave a presentation of stamps direct from his album.  Covering 1883 -1910 it was ‘A study of King Chulalongkorn, Rama V of Siam (formerly Thailand)’.
Here was a little known aspect of Far Eastern philately, brought to life and shared.
The concluding presentation ‘Herefordshire’ came from Paul Barry. This was part of an emerging collection behind the scenes and the 8 sheets under the spotlight, representative of a much larger resource, began to trace Paul’s home county roots.. A number of aspects were selected...Rural Britain at War, a Prisoner of War letter,
Air Raid equipment, Colwall Park Horse Racing, a 1902 receipted hotel bill, and a strip of 3x 1870 4d Vermillion stamps, with superb Hereford cds cancels. 
This was the first RPS Zoom presentation of its type and which benefited both Presenters and Members.
The Committee is indebted to all taking part and there is the intention to develop this aspect of the Society’s programme of activities, particularly enjoyable in Lockdown.
This rich resource was shared by only a small number of Members and the Committee urges all Members to take part in future meetings, either with displays or as observers.
Too good to miss!!!

 

Ringwood Philatelic Society Committee
         Meeting October, January, April and June

President & Hon Programme Secretary 
Colin Mount FRPSL  01425 470710

Chairman and Publicity Officer   Paul Barry 07932 581791
paulrichardbarry@hotmail.co.uk

Hon Treasurer & Approvals Secretary   Terry Carter  01425 653777

Further Committee Members
David Etchells  01425 402135
 Clarewyn Smit     (Sadly resigned this January)
 John Stevens  01425 483364
Secretary  Gordon Masson  Tel  01425-470710
anneandgordon@btinternet.com
Hon. Life Members
Rowan Brockhurst     Biddy Morson    Peter Mollett
Meetings
are normally held at Greyfriars Community Centre, Christchurch Road, Ringwood
on the second Tuesday of the month, excluding August. 
Afternoon meetings are 2.00 – 5.00pm, with the Evening Meetings 7.30 -9.30pm
Sadly, during the current medical Covid requirements, the Society’s activities are limited to Zoom Meetings, this Newsletter and a presence on the web at philatelyinbournemouth.co.uk  and on the Hants Philatelic Federation website

STOP PRESS

* The Committee reports that Member Clarewyn Smit has completed the first  part of her hospital treatment, and is now at home. The Committee sends Clarewyn very warm wishes for her remaining  treatment programme.

 

* The June Edition of Unhinged will feature an article by Colin Mount entitled

‘So Why Write Up Your Collection?’

 Very Best Wishes to the Membership from the
Committee, Ringwood Philatelic Society

DISCLAIMER… Any views expressed in this publication are those of individuals
and do not necessarily reflect those of the Ringwood Philatelic Society              PB Editor     Complete  5/3/21

 

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Edition No 2
January, 2021

 

 

 

  Stamp of the Month...SG 78

          Our First Edition of UNHINGED published just before Christmas proved popular with Members and also further afield. The RPS Committee sees this Newsletter as having real value, not least at this time of Lockdown, when communication channels are even more important. Reasonably plump quarterly editions are planned, while other monthly interval publications will be much slimmed down.  This is largely due not only to the sheer time/effort it takes to produce,  but the need for copy from Members is a factor. The more we provide, the more interesting the resulting publication...so please do send in philatelic articles, photos, questions, information on dealers, auction houses, website gems and accessories, collecting interests and of course stamps being given to good homes or for sale.
Here I have selected the Stamp of the Month inviting Members to write a short piece providing background, to be published in our next UNHINGED Edition.  Ed.

 

COLLECTORS UNDER SCRUTINY

               Gordon writes…      For each edition of ‘UNHINGED’ I will be approaching a Member of the Society, asking them to reveal a little of what brought them into and keeps them involved in our hobby, and to speculate on the future of it.  In this the Second Edition, your Society Reporter Gordon has been delving again into the mystery that is Philately…..
This time Keith Clements comes under the microscope.
Gordon. “Keith, what was it that started you off in Stamp Collecting?”
Keith. “When I was at Primary School, I had a friend from Czechoslovakia whose father gave me some stamps from his home land, and I have quite a collection now”.
Gordon. “What did you collect later on?”
Keith. “After Czech stamps and after getting married, we went on holiday to France and I became interested in French stamps. Also, due to my M.O.D. work, I had been around aircraft a lot and so was interested in Aviation in stamps.”
Gordon. “When did you become more specialised?”
Keith. “I joined Basingstoke P.S. and their Packet Secretary let me look at past Approval Books. I have been hooked on getting stamps from these books and I have made up many for other Societies, and use ours’ and others’ as sources for adding to my collections.”
Gordon. “What are the most interesting items in your collection?”
Keith. “I developed an interest in Germany and particularly in the period of their history from the Weimar Republic, through the 3rd Reich to the end of world war 2.  I also like the thematic and regional issues of France.”
Gordon. “You live in Bournemouth, why join the Ringwood P S”
Keith. “I joined another Club but wanted a more- friendly group with a smaller membership, and I also found the social side of philately was becoming more important.  I joined Ringwood where I found others at the stage of having large collections and wanting to fill the gaps. 
Gordon. “What keeps you interested in the hobby?”
Keith. “I still have a quest to get items I don’t yet have and I feel it is a triumph to get a needed item or fill a gap. My main source of interest is the Approval Books – both for purchase and for the privilege of seeing what others have collected. I also buy from a few particular Auctions but not too pricey. I do like to write up my collections in albums.
Gordon. “What changes have you seen since you started collecting. And what of the future?”
Keith. “Some countries use stamps as a source of revenue eg USA where every State had its own Bird Emblem on stamps ie long sets with high values! For myself, I want to continue with my current quests and not start new country collections. The home market seems to be taking many countries’ recent stamps which means less new used and less recent mint available.”
Gordon. “Thank you Keith, we look forward to meeting together again in the near future”   RPS

Gordon
RPS  Reporter

 

 

THE APPROVALS BOX
Terry reports...

  ...In this financial year, three boxes completed circulation. Box 249 has just completed its rounds, at which point, the combined income can be established.  It is hoped to have Box 250 ready and launched very soon.  Of our (now 24) Members, just 9 use this facility, meaning that our potential income is limited. Do please consider joining this circuit...well worth while by contacting Terry to arrange membership of this super facility
Terry’s Tel.….01425-653777            ( EDITOR)

                                                                              

RINGPEX 
Date for Diary...Saturday, 5th June, 2021   10.00 – 4.00pm
Greyfriars Community Centre, Christchurch Road, Ringwood
12 Dealers already booked, providing an excellent philatelic day out at our annual Stamp Fair….
Plus refreshments and excellent Philatelic Raffle, including a Penny Black!!
This is most generously donated by our local and Honorary Life Member, Peter Mollett.
Please contact Gordon or Colin for up to date info.

 

 

SOCIETY NEWS

Do please note that the RPS Committee intends to hold a special

ZOOM Members’ Display Meeting
on Tuesday, 19th January from 2.00-3.00pm

All Members are most welcome. This will provide a further layer of connection for all, especially relevant in these testing and excluding times.  Access to this Meeting is to be organised by our Zoom Master John Stevens. 
On 7th January John sent out e-mail instructions on how we log into this meeting. The email is reproduced below:

I refer to Gordon Masson’s email on Sunday 3rd January, regarding the Members’ Displays meeting on Zoom on Tuesday 19th January at 2.00pm

I would now like to confirm some details.  The subject for these members’ short displays, which are limited to from one to four pages maximum, can cover any philatelic material (as detailed in Gordon’s email).  Can you please arrange to scan your displays into PDF documents and send them to me as an attachment to an email.  If this is not possible you may photocopy your displays and post them to me (please email me for details) and I will get them scanned.

In order for me to get your displays ready to be shown at our Zoom meeting, I would be grateful if you would arrange to get your material to me a few days before our meeting, preferably by 12th January.

I will then arrange these displays so that I can screen each page to you all at the meeting.  You will be able to talk to your material (for up to 5 or 10 minutes depending on the number of displays) and afterwards take any questions or comments before the next display.

In another week or so I will send out to you all a Zoom invitation, and on that email you should click the link on “Join Zoom Meeting” at the time of the meeting and follow the instructions as at our previous Zoom meeting. 

Again, as we are using a free version of Zoom we are only officially allowed a meeting lasting 40 minutes.  If we do have to close our meeting after these 40 minutes, please leave Zoom completely and re-join the meeting again using the same procedure.

As Gordon said, we hope as many of you as possible will join the meeting, and we would like to see many of you sending short displays.

To contact John, please e-mail him at
jas578@hotmail.co.uk
 

 

PHILATELIC SALES, SWAPS and WANTED

In addition to our regular Club Meetings’ slot where these opportunities exist,
do please consider contributing to this section of UNHINGED.
Here is your opportunity to advertise!!

 
Small, but very worthwhile collection of JAMAICA   f/u….early up to mid-QEII in Stockbook…
Offers or Swop for early GB/Herefordshire: Please contact Paul Barry

and
from John Stevens...

GB Victorian and KEVII  used at 1/6 cat. or offers welcome,

Please contact John if interested    Tel. 01425-483364
jas578@hotmail.co.uk  (see December UNHINGED for photos)
                           

COMPETITIONS    RPS, Local and National

Gordon writes… ‘At our recent Committee Meeting we decided to prepare early for the Club Competition Meeting, now scheduled  for 23rd February 2021
This will be a ZOOM Meeting. Time 2:00pm to 3:00pm. 
PLEASE may Colin receive entries well before this date. (by 16th would be ideal)
For a reminder on Competitions, Gordon has kindly circulated to Members a detailed information e-mail dated 16/11/20    Really helpful and vital!

DEALERS         
Here are listed just a few of the first rate dealers/auction houses known to the Society.
* Peter Mollett (Hon RPS Member)   Specialist in fine GB stamps.
Apply for latest booklet, packed with hundreds of selected items.  
P.O. Box 1934 Ringwood.  BH24 2YZ    Tel.  01425-476666

Empire Philately   Gordon reports...excellent website with clear photos. Many items under £10.
A  very good range of QV & KG5   Contact:   www.empirephilatelists.com

* Stanley Gibbons 399 Strand, London WC2R 0LX
shop@stanleygibbons.com

* Dauwalders, (Stamp Shop)    42 Fisherton Street, Salisbury. SP2 7RB   Tel. 01722-412100
Interesting LIGHTHOUSE Stamp Accessories Catalogue 2021 available now.
ebaystores.co.uk/dauwalders-stamp-store  

 

ASSOCIATIONS and SOCIETIES 

  * PTS   (Philatelic Traders Society)  for huge links to the philatelic world. 
PO BOX 919, East Grinstead   RH19 9PH     info@thepts.net

* Hampshire Philatelic Federation   www.hantsfederation.org.uk
RPS is affiliated

*Association of British Philatelic Societies at www.abps.org.uk
ABPS NEWS is a quarterly delight!           RPS is affiliated to ABPS

* The Royal Philatelic Society London,   15 Abchurch Lane.  EC4N 7BW
Tel. 020-74861044          www.rpsl.org.uk  
Regular high quality zoom presentations to be accessed

 

AUCTIONS
Warwick & Warwick Monthly auctions...Warwick  CV34 5DB
Tel. 01926 499031    www.warwick&warwick.com

*    CAVENDISH Philatelic Auctions    153-157 London Road, Derby DE1 2SY
                       Tel. 01332 250970            stamps@cavendish-auctions.com  
                                                                                                                         
* SPINK       69 Southampton Row, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 4ET
                                                             Tel. 0207563 4000      www.spink.com

* The Grimsby & District Philatelic Society Auction  (POSTAL ONLY)
            Wednesday 17th March, 2021      Tel 01652 - 654928.
Catalogue from:   Secretary  Dave McMann at mcmann@btopenworld

* Southampton & District Philatelic Society Postal Auction of Philatelic Material
     Tuesday 16th February, 2021    Contact: Kevin Chard at  k.chard@ntlworld.com

 

PUBLICATIONS
* ‘Gibbons Stamp Monthly’   enquiries@magazineheaven.com
     *‘All About Stamps’   news@email.allaboutstamps.co.uk
* ‘Picture Postcard Annual’   2021 Edition  available now reflections@postcardcollecting.co.uk
 www.postcardcollecting.co.uk   

 

ACCESSORIES

We will be looking soon at Watermark Detectors.
Please send information on your experiences, so that these can be shared

  Many thanks     (EDITOR)

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 Ringwood Philatelic Society Committee
         Meeting October, January, April and June

President & Hon Programme Secretary 
Colin Mount FRPSL  01425 470710

Chairman and Publicity Officer   Paul Barry 07932 581791
paulrichardbarry@hotmail.co.uk

Hon Treasurer & Approvals Secretary   Terry Carter  01425 653777

Further Committee Members
David Etchells  01425 402135
 Clarewyn Smit     (Sadly resigned this January)
 John Stevens  01425 483364
Secretary  Gordon Masson  Tel  01425-470710
anneandgordon@btinternet.com
Hon. Life Members
Rowan Brockhurst     Biddy Morson    Peter Mollett
Meetings are held at Greyfriars Community Centre, Christchurch Road, Ringwood
on the second Tuesday of the month, excluding August. 
Afternoon meetings are 2.00 – 5.00pm, with the Evening Meetings 7.30 -9.30pm
Sadly, during the current medical Corona virus requirements, the Society’s activities are limited to Zoom Meetings, this Newsletter and a presence on the web at philatelyinbournemouth.co.uk 

STOP PRESS
The Committee really hopes that all Members will join the
Members’ Display ZOOM Meeting on Tuesday 19th January
from 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Please refer to John Stevens’  e-mail of 7th January for full access information.
Do contact John direct if you are unsure about working with Zoom.   jas578@hotmail.co.uk  

  • The Committee would like to thank Committee Member Clarewyn Smit for all her much valued contributions to the Society. Her recent resignation was met with sadness. Clarewyn’s ‘can do’ approach to tasks has been greatly appreciated, not least in the area of RINGPEX organisation. WE WISH HER WELL

                                WONDERFUL...Gordon reports that RPS has a new Member, Richard Smith who is greatly looking forward to attending and meeting fellow philatelists! Colin says his interest is GB Victorian, with current focus being GVI and QEII


Very Best Wishes for this New Year
to you all from the
Committee, Ringwood Philatelic Society

DISCLAIMER… Any views expressed in this publication are those of individuals
and do not necessarily reflect those of the Ringwood Philatelic Society              (Editor  14/1/2021)

 



2021 - Original Programme (for reference purposes only)

(all postponed)

Tuesday 12th January
AFTERNOON MEETING (2pm to 5pm)
Members' Displays; Plus a look at Competitions

Tuesday 9th February
AFTERNOON MEETING (2pm to 5pm)
Annual Competition Night - Traditional, Thematic, Postal History, Open Philately and First Timers;
Plus Bring & Buy

Tuesday 9th March
Simon Richards with "Dominica"

Saturday 10th April
Ferndown & West Moors Stamp & Postcard Fair, including the Inter-Society Competition
(at the Hamworthy Club, Magna Road, BH21 3AP 10am to 4pm)

Tuesday 13th April
Members One Page competition and Bring & Buy

Tuesday 11th May
Peter Pugh with "Not another Bloody Railway"

Saturday 5th June
"RINGPEX 2021"
  Our own Stamp & Postcard Fair
at Greyfriars Community Centre - open 10am to 4pm

Tuesday 8th June
Gavin Fryer RDP, FRPSL - "The Western Desert Campaign, 1940 to 1943"

Tuesday 13th July
53rd Annual General Meeting followed by
"The President Entertains"

 


For further information contact either Colin Mount on 01425 474310 or cv.mount@googlemail.com
or Gordon D Masson (Secretary) on 01425 470710

WHEN THEY RESUME, ALL MEETINGS WILL BE HELD
on the second Tuesday of each month (except August)
at the
Greyfriars Community Centre
Christchurch Road
Ringwood
Starting at either 2:00pm or at 7.30pm

 

 

 

Previous copies of UNHINGED,
 The Newsletter of Ringwood Philatelic Society,
are reproduced below
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Edition No 1 - December 2020

Message from our President Colin Mount FRPSL
            These past months have been a difficult time for us all, and like many similar organisations we’ve been hit very hard by the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Your Committee has discussed various ways of keeping in touch with you our Members, and this newsletter ‘UNHINGED’ is, we hope, one way of doing just that.
            Talking to several dealers over the past few months, they tell me that good material is very hard to come by, possibly because many past collectors have returned to the hobby during this pandemic. So if you see material that looks good it may be worth taking a chance by buying it, and putting it into our Society’s Packet.
            A CHRISTMAS SOCIAL ZOOM MEETING is planned for 8th December,
so I hope to see many of you then.
            Talking of ‘Zoom’ ...I have been invited to sit in on one of our neighbouring societies’ meetings as they are trying to present displays using this system, so who knows, we may be able to progress along these lines in the new year, if the health situation does not improve.
            Well...enjoy this first copy of ‘UNHINGED’ ...and REMEMBER, if you have anything to contribute, do please contact our Chairman Paul.
            Remember too...keep safe and
I wish you All a HAPPY CHRISTMAS and a Healthy New Year!     

Colin

 


POETS CORNER

Unhinged  by Sue Stevens

                                                 
Is it unhinged to hoard stamps?
a strange occupation?

Is stamp collecting an odd obsession?
Is philately a weird aberration?
I understand the fascination,
The history, geography, the rarity,
The urge to collect is a human trait,
Keeping something safe for posterity.
But when I analyse what it involves,
What does it really come down to?                         
Amassing a heap of old bits of paper,
And somewhere to stick them to view.
Hours spent poring over colour charts,
Is that scarlet or scarlet (bright)?
Of course, it could be scarlet vermilion,
It really depends on the light.
And don’t get me started on perfs,
Which can be a gnat’s whisker adrift,
Then there’s the matter of watermarks,
For the fastidious truly a gift. 
                                                        
But I do understand the satisfaction
In tracking down that elusive one,
I don’t think philatelists are at all unhinged

For them it’s about having fun.
 

 

COLLECTORS UNDER SCRUTINY

Gordon writes...

            For each edition of ‘UNHINGED’ I will be approaching a Member of the Society, asking them to reveal a little of what brought them into and keeps them involved in our hobby, and to speculate on the future of it.
For the first edition it seemed appropriate to talk to our Chairman Paul Barry…

 

 

 

Gordon: ‘How did you first come into the hobby of stamp collecting?’
Paul:       ‘Well my father was Postmaster Surveyor of Liverpool in the 1930’s. He developed an interest in philately in part through his connection with the posts, printers’ samples and all matters postal.  He developed a wonderful collection, many of GB issues, from Victoria onwards...these in old Stanley Gibbons albums were shown to me from an early age. Unlocking his desk drawer and spending time with me on these treasures made a most powerful impression...I grew up with stamps really! 

Gordon: ‘What did you start to collect?’
Paul:       ‘From age 6-7, I collected odd stamps, often given me by family and friends. (Everyone was a potential donor target, faced with my immediate juvenile mantra...‘do you collect stamps?) However, by the age of 12, I had many stamps, such that I would swop and deal from behind my desk lid at school!

Gordon:  ‘When did you start to specialise in GB?’                                                                   
Paul:        ‘From early teenage I was already collecting GB from Queen Victoria up to (eventually) the Churchill Commemoratives. My particular interest developed around ‘the Jubilee issue’ of 1887, with the designs for these extending into use in the reign of King Edward 7th.

Gordon:   ‘What is the most interesting item in your collection?’   >>>>>                      
Paul:        ‘Two items come to mind, the first quite pricey - a unique QV hand illustrated (colour painted) envelope postmarked 3rd October 1880, from Newport to Ledbury in Herefordshire. This depicts a couple of ladies in full Victorian attire, rowing a boat on the river and trying to land, but finding frisky cattle in their way – panic...quite intriguing!! The second item came my way when I was aged 10.  Mr Rouse, our Ledbury watchmaker, knew of my collecting interest. One day when in his shop, the subject of philately raised its ever present head. Returning with enthusiasm from his adjoining workshop, he tore a page out of an old rent book to give me, which held within it a receipt for payment signed over a penny lilac postal stamp, dated 16th March, 1880. This page was most significant, since it contained several cancelled revenue stamps, officially acknowledging rent payments, then followed by the penny lilac, again duly cancelled by ink signature. Here was before me the very moment when the transition from fiscal to postally valid stamps took place.
I keep it still to preserve this historical material but wished at the time that he had given me the whole intact book...as I am sure he would have thrown the remainder away.  (ugggh)

Gordon:   ‘How did you first get involved with RPS?’
Paul:         ‘I was aware of clubs when living in various parts of the UK, so when retiring to           St Leonards, I just arrived at a RPS meeting at Greyfriars ...in 1999.
Immediately upon entering I was met by Colin whose huge welcome brought me into the friendship and study which epitomises RPS’.

Gordon:    ‘What is it that keeps you in the hobby?’
Paul:          ‘Friendship, sharing with a small group -social time, ideas, study and research about stamps – a whole world of discovery!  Visits to other clubs and visitors to ours...indeed seeing such rare material!  Philatelic contacts in UK and around the world’.

Gordon:    ‘What changes do you foresee in Philately?’
Paul:          ‘It is certainly losing ground in this country, but I see growth in Scandinavia, China, Russia, 3rd World’.   (World membership of RPSL is testimony to this)

Gordon:     ‘...and what changes do you foresee in your own collection?.
Paul:           ‘Sometimes I can’t find or afford something which I would like to add to my GB collection. However, over the years I have acquired Herefordshire material, and during lockdown, I have accrued more such material – covers, cards, postcards, postmarks, documents, information on towns and villages, agriculture, commerce, race courses, Ledbury in wartime, poets (Robert Browning and his wife Elisabeth Barrett-Browning) and other material from my early years in that county’. This area of interest is becoming a growing specialism for me’.   

      
Gordon,     RPS Society Reporter

 

 

THE APPROVALS BOX    

Terry writes
          ... Just a brief report to keep you up to date. Two boxes have completed circulation this financial year with a net income of £27 and £7.98 respectively. 
Box 249 is currently on its rounds and I expect it will be completed by early December.
Box250 is being produced and hopefully will be ready by mid January.

Unfortunately only nine members out of a total of 23 use this facility,
so our potential income is limited’.
                                         Terry

 

PLEA from the Editor…
‘Please do join ‘the Box’...not only for the excellent value and occasional gems therein, but because it facilitates numerous opportunities
for meeting up with RPS colleagues outside of Meetings….part of the glue which keeps us together!!’ 
PB.

 


RINGPEX 

Date for Diary...Saturday, 5th June, 2021   10.00 – 4.00pm
Greyfriars Community Centre, Christchurch Road, Ringwood
12 Dealers already booked, providing an excellent philatelic day out at our annual Stamp Fair….
Plus refreshments and excellent Philatelic Raffle, including a Penny Black!!
This is most generously donated by our local and Honorary Life Member, Peter Mollett.

     Please contact Gordon or Colin for up to date info.

 

SOCIETY NEWS

 

Do please note that the RPS Committee intends to hold ……….

a special ZOOM OPEN COMMITTEE MEETING on Tuesday, 8th December at 2.00-3.00pm to which all Members are most welcome. This will provide a further layer of connection for all, especially relevant in these testing and excluding times.  Access to this Meeting is to be organised by our Zoom Master John Stevens.  John has now sent instructions on how we log into this meeting….please see his e-mail of 24th November.       

 

PHILATELIC SALES, SWOPS and WANTED

In addition to our regular Club Meetings’ slot where these opportunities exist, do please consider contributing to this section of UNHINGED.
Here is your opportunity to advertise!!

 

  • Small, but very worthwhile collection of JAMAICA   f/u

….early up to mid-QEII in Stockbook…

Offers or Swop for early GB/Herefordshire: Please contact Paul Barry
………………………………..

GB Victorian and KEVII  used at 1/6 cat. or offers welcome,
(see below)…. 

Please contact John Stevens if interested    Tel. 01425-483364
jas578@hotmail.co.uk
                           

    
COMPETITIONS
 RPS, Local and National

Gordon writes… ‘At our recent Committee Meeting we decided to prepare early for the Club Competition Meeting, now scheduled (virtually or in reality) for 9th February 2021 from
1.00 – 4.00pm. (Zoom time may be shorter)

For a reminder on Competitions,Gordon has kindly circulated to Members a detailed information e-mail dated 16/11/20    Really helpful and vital!

 

DEALERS

Contact Gordon, Colin or Paul if you need help/advice.
Here are listed just a few of the first rate dealers known to the Society.

* Peter Mollett (Hon RPS Member)   Specialist in fine GB stamps.
Apply for latest booklet, packed with hundreds of selected items.  
P.O. Box 1934 Ringwood.  BH24 2YZ    Tel.  01425-476666

 

* Andrew G Lajer, GB Specialist with huge range. Quarterly catalogues. The Old Post Office, Hurst, Nr. Reading, Berks. RG10 OTR    0118-9344151 sales@andrewglajer.co.uk

* Embassy Philatelists   PO Box 1553 Guildford.  GU1 9YT   Tel. 01483-811168
www.embassystamps.co.uk

* Stanley Gibbons 399 Strand, London WC2R 0LX
shop@stanleygibbons.com

* Dauwalders, (Stamp Shop)    42 Fisherton Street, Salisbury. SP2 7RB   Tel. 01722-412100
ebaystores.co.uk/dauwalders-stamp-store  

 

* Mark Bloxham Stamps   PO Box 155    Newcastle upon Tyne,  NE20 2BB
Tel. 01661-871953      www.philatelic.co.uk 

 

PHILATELIC MUSEUMS
In addition to the superb postal museum facilities at the Royal Philatelic Society in London, it may be of interest to readers to know of the existence of
The British Postal Museum & Archive in Bath at 27 North Street, BA1 1AJ   
Tel. 01225-460333      Visit ….postalheritage.org.uk.org

 

ASSOCIATIONS and SOCIETIES 

  
* PTS   (Philatelic Traders Society)  for huge links to the philatelic world. 
PO BOX 919, East Grinstead   RH19 9PH     info@thepts.net

* Hampshire Philatelic Federation   www.hantsfederation.org.uk
RPS is affiliated

*Association of British Philatelic Societies at www.abps.org.uk
ABPS NEWS is a quarterly delight!           RPS is affiliated to ABPS

* The Royal Philatelic Society London,   15 Abchurch Lane.  EC4N 7BW
Tel. 020-74861044          www.rpsl.org.uk  
Regular high quality zoom presentations to be accessed

 

 

AUCTION HOUSES

Warwick & Warwick Monthly auctions...Warwick  CV34 5DB
Tel. 01926 499031    www.warwick&warwick.com

Do you ever consider that difficult subject of what becomes of our much treasured specialised philatelic material - anno domini?       It can trouble us that there may be strong possibilities that our wonderful collections may not be disposed of with philatelic respect, understanding and securely for posterity, study or research. (grandchildren papering their rooms, or Cape Tringulars turned into beautiful collages!!...worse still the skip!!) Our clubs and societies may be well chosen to deal with this matter. In the case of Warwick & Warwick, this auction house offers through its Trustee Department a dovetailed response to meet individual instructions.
There may well be other providers.      Editor

*    CAVENDISH Philatelic Auctions    153-157 London Road, Derby DE1 2SY
                       Tel. 01332 250970            stamps@cavendish-auctions.com  
                                                                                                                        
* SPINK       69 Southampton Row, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 4ET
                                                             Tel. 0207563 4000      www.spink.com

 

 

PUBLICATIONS

* ‘Gibbons Stamp Monthly’   enquiries@magazineheaven.com
    
                                *‘All About Stamps’   news@email.allaboutstamps.co.uk

* ‘Picture Postcard Annual’   2021 Edition  available now reflections@postcardcollecting.co.uk
   www.postcardcollecting.co.uk


ACCESSORIES

A few ideas to consider…

  • Really excellent for very close philatelic examination...

The DISCOVERY’  ...a USB microscope with 200x magnification
Ref VMS-001 by Veho  (approx. £85.00) This plugs directly into your laptop and the microscope, being placed over the stamp, perf, shade consideration, etc, the image is produced with great clarity on your screen. Also has a video function. Many models available…
prices from £12 to £100+  
Just type in Veho Discovery Microscope’or Maplin
for a wealth of information.      (See Chairman Paul who has one!)

 

  • COLIN WRITES…

             ‘Philatelic aids are just that, they are designed to make your enjoyment of this incredible hobby, more enjoyable. But one can spend a fortune on some of the special items which have been designed to get you to buy them. So lets start at the beginning. Tweezers are possibly the most important item you will buy as they protect our little gems from moisture and dirt from even the most clean hands but good tweezers are not cheap, and with a choice of types, one can be very easily persuaded to buy spade ends or round ends or even pointed ends, but I strongly advise you to purchase the longer tweezers as they are more comfortable to use….the longer ones being 6 inches in length..
          When considering magnifiers, I use what is called a linen tester which has a magnification up to 6x….ideal for looking at dealers’ lots.
          Now for measuring perforation, collectors may think of the
Gibbons ‘Instanta’ Perforation Gauge. For a little more expense, around £18, I have invested in a ‘Phila-Combi-Box’ which is easy to use, being a small thin box with pins set at the various perforation sizes.
Should Members wish to see any of these items, I can bring them along to our next Meeting...whenever that may be!!….to be continued.’   C.

 


At this special season of peace and goodwill, a philatelist’s psalm

     to warmly cheer us on our locked up    journey…

Stamp collecting is my hobby, I shall not be bored.
It maketh me to do research in far places.
It causeth me to correspond with odd people (Unhinged?!)
It keepeth me alert.
It leadeth me into areas of understanding for curiosity’s sake.
Yea, though I live through many months of lockdown
I will fear no boredom, for my stamps are with me.
Their beauty and their history intrigue me.
They provide me with a means of escaping from domestic responsibilities.
They fill my house with books.
My cash runneth lower.
Surely interest and knowledge shall follow me all the days of my life,
And I shall rest in the company of Sir Rowland Hill for ever.

This psalm was found during a lockdown clear out by Tim Kestin of Stroud & District PS. 
 It is reproduced by Tim’s kind permission. Clearly an adaptation of Psalm 23.

        Ringwood Philatelic Society Committee
         Meeting October, January, April and June

President & Hon Programme Secretary 
Colin Mount FRPSL  01425 470710

Chairman and Publicity Officer   Paul Barry 07932 581791
paulrichardbarry@hotmail.co.uk

Hon Treasurer & Approvals Secretary   Terry Carter  01425 653777

Further Committee Members
David Etchells  01425 402135
 Clarewyn Smit  07765 27815
 John Stevens  01425 483364
Secretary  Gordon Masson  Tel  01425-470710
anneandgordon@btinternet.com
Hon. Life Members
Rowan Brockhurst     Biddy Morson    Peter Mollett

Meetings are held at Greyfriars Community Centre, Christchurch Road, Ringwood
on the second Tuesday of the month, excluding August. 
Afternoon meetings are 2.00 – 5.00pm, with the Evening Meetings 7.30 -9.30pm
Sadly, during the current medical Corona virus requirements, the Society’s activities are limited to Zoom Meetings, this Newsletter and a presence on the web at philatelyinbournemouth.co.uk 

 

STOP PRESS

The Committee wishes to thank all who have assisted in the compilation of this, the Society’s first Newsletter. Your time, thought and contribution are the essential ingredients which have combined to make this ‘Lockdown’ production a worthy addition to the enjoyment of south coast philately.
 Quite simply, the more we all contribute, the more we all gain!
Please consider sending ideas, contributions and copy month by month.
This will provide freshness and thereby ensure an avid readership.  

The Committee really hopes that all Members will share in the Club’s ZOOM Meeting on Tuesday 8th December at 2.00pm.
     Please refer to John Stevens’ recent e-mail (24/11/20) for full access information.

Do contact John direct if you are unsure about working with Zoom.

P
lease note also that Gordon has now circulated the Minutes/Agenda 

     A Very Happy Christmas and Safe New Year
to you all
from
the
Committee, Ringwood Philatelic Society

 

DISCLAIMER… Any views expressed in this publication are those of individuals
and do not necessarily reflect those of the Ringwood Philatelic Society              Editor  27/11/20

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Past Meeting Reports


To see reports and pictures of meetings from 2012 to 2019, please click here

 

Tuesday 11th February 2020
Bob Small - "Britain at War" and "The History of the Royal Air Force"

 

This well researched and eloquent presentation revealed the speaker’s passion for subject combined with a wealth of associated material, all of considerable interest to both war historians
and philatelists alike. Speaker Bob Small set out a broad sweeping tapestry of British political and military activity, from 1066 through to an insightful history of the RAF. This was a superb write-up
making excellent use of charts, maps, documents, letters and photos together with early postal items, eventually leading into modern postal administration and linked stamp issues.
  A particular emphasis was placed on Napoleonic history and the display contained numerous items of correspondence, including an original letter relating to ‘The Glorious 1st June’. Much consideration was given to this period and the material shown formed but a part of a highly researched and collected resource. Other studies followed with topics which included the Boer War,
WWI and WW2 and the Korean War. Prisoner of War correspondence formed a further major interest. This address to Ringwood Philatelic Society Members was another memorable moment in a
rich programme, covering dramatic moments in the country’s history with fascinating, rare and unique material.  President Colin Mount in thanking the Speaker, stated the Society’s
huge appreciation of an ‘amazing collection of material and great insight into this
slice of British history’.

Two of the Four stamp Guernsey 1987 set "Battle of Hastings - William the Conqueror" 1589 invoice for supplies "Rebuilding the British Navy afte the Spanish Armada Bob Small with part of his display

(paul barry)

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Tuesday 14th January 2020
AFTERNOON MEETING (2pm to 5pm)
Members' Displays; Plus Bring and Buy

An increasing number of clubs and societies, philatelic among them, are turning to day-time meetings. No doubt Anno Domini plays a part in this decision to change! Adverse wintry night driving
conditions too? This departure proved worthwhile both in attendance and in interest. No less than 7 RPS Members stepped forward with an interesting assortment of topics. The following indicates the
areas presented:

  • ‘A Miscellany of Loosely Philatelic’ ...Gordon Masson - An assortment of philatelically inclined items were presented, followed by:
    ‘Keep Taking the Tablets’...a delightful consideration of the introduction of 1800s ‘tablet design’. Ceylon was the first and these bi-colour stamps certainly would have been promotional
    for both printer and Postal Authority/Empire. A well written-up presentation.
    ‘Medical Postmarks’ and ‘Red Cross-New Acquisitions’...Clarewyn Smit. Mainly on cover, these displays featured various agencies dealing with medical issues, including heart research and
    blood donating. Swiss stamps promoting disablement issues and the promotion of nursing as a career via a 1948 cover were interesting.
    David Etchells’ displays focussed very much on his current interests. A study of a cover addressed to Prof. Wheatcroft (Physics 1802-75) with a Beckington postmark was much considered by
    David, who was researching into this. ‘Treaty Ports of China’ and the 1917 overprinted stamps of Hong Kong (1917-1930) were also studied, with an emphasis on hand-stamps of which some are
    seen to be exceptionally rare. Finally, David’s ‘Burley Collection’ completed his worthy presentation. Here was an in-depth study via correspondence, covers, stamps and postmarks, involving,
    among others, such 19th century families as that of Dent (banking) and Lawrence Hill (Scottish lawyer). Various sites for the Burley Post Office were examined.
  • John Stephens’ The Halfpenny’ provided further interest. Here the emphasis was on GB stamp issues, where halfpennies were involved, eg.  the Victorian Jubilee 4½d.     (An unusual subject)
  • The Third Reich’ was Keith Clements’ specialist area. Mainly used stamps, and displayed on album pages, Keith brought his subject alive via detailed sheets covering 1934 onwards. The 1938 Olympics featured and of equal interest was an input on German horse racing up to even 1944.
  • ‘Boats’ was a well chosen theme presented by Burt Burton. This was an historical study dealing with submarines, which was underpinned by stamps, covers, prints, newspaper cuttings and
    historical documents. The main focus was on submarine design and function.
  • The concluding presentation by President Colin Mount was ‘Ringwood Post’. Here were described the early postal routes. Early pre-stamp letters from 1830’s were displayed, including
    information on an Isle of Wight ferry service started in 1420 no less! Colin’s long time association with Ringwood had spawned a huge personal interest and considerable philatelic development.
    Taking centre stage within this display was surely a cover postmarked ‘Ringwood’ which enjoyed the presence of a fine penny black!!   Find another similar!!...they are around...just!!
    Thus concluded another highly enjoyable meeting of the RPS.
Penny Black - Ringwood Post "1861 Pioneer" submarine from miniature sheet
New Zealand Air Mail censored cover 1917 Hong Kong overprint on postcard
Red Cross, Tours, France, December 1960 Selection of Hong Kong Handstamps


(Paul Barry)

 

To see reports and pictures of meetings from 2012 to 2019, please click here



    The next live meeting will be held on Tuesday 14 September at 7:30pm

"Members' Mini Displays and Bring and Buy"


Visitors and new members most welcome.

Meetings will start at 2:00pm or 7:30pm (see programme) at the Greyfriars Centre, Ringwood (Room to be advised)

 

 

 

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