1971 Postal Strike
Local Mail Stamps of the British Levant
Control Numbers on British Stamps
At a very small turnout of three members it was decided to cancel all meetings for the foreseeable future due to the advice given for the Coronavirus outbreak. Notification will be given when it is deemed clear to resume.
Our guest speaker for this evening was Tim Harrison who showed us his display of 'Estonia to 1945' starting with a cover from 1803. Towns and villages usually ended up with 3 versions of their name depending on whether it was in Estonian, German or Russian - both of the latter having influence in the country at various times. The country was devastated by various wars at different times notwithstanding the first and second world wars. Many postal items were shown including formula cards and official postcards. An altogether very interesting display.
Rex Dixon was our speaker this night with 2 displays. First was a display of Maidenhead Post Offices and he showed the closure of many Post Offices from 2003 in the local area of SL postcodes.
After the usual break he then displayed his second subject of Germany 1933-39 including items to 1944 with the rise of Hitler, his anniversaries and birthdays and the annual Nuremburg Rallies etc.
'The Colour is Green' night. Fiscal and Revenue Stamps of the USA, Consular Service and GVI Control and Cylinder numbers, Famous Americans, Halfpenny Stamps, German Pictorial Postcards, EVII British Levant, Racing Cars And British Racing Green, Green Polish Stamps, Cyprus - The Green Line, Mexico UPU Postal Cards.
Open and Cinderella Competitions.
Open:- 1st,Alan Beaven with 'Johnson, Frank 1894-1918'.
2nd, Robert Gathergood with 'Stamps Celebrating American Independence'.
3rd, TonyLyford with 'Denmark, King Christian IV's Copenhagen'.
Cinderella:- 1st, Eddie Spicer with 'American Philatelic Society Souvenir Exhibition Labels'.
2nd, Roger Bye - 'USA Tax Stamps'
3rd, Tony Stanford with 'Constantinople Local Posts'.
This was a member's evening of 'Your Choice'. Subjects displayed were very varied with 'Children's Stories', 'Denmark Border Movements', 'Brazil 1850-1995', 'Greece 1822-1958', 'GB 1999-2000 FDC's & Presentation Packs', 'Bessarabia', 'Poland Philatelic Exhibitions', 'GB 2012 Olympics', 'Developement of the Motor Car 1895- 1937', 'Great Americans', 'Winston Churchill Cigar Bands', 'Nigerian Censor Marks'.
The Committee entertains.
First to display was Tony Stanford with Mafeking Besieged, then Michael Caulfield showed Poland post WWII covers and letters followed by Keith Hatch with his display of Churchill and Eddie Spicer with a selection of Colombian Mancomun covers. After the break, which included a raffle, Eddie Spicer put up some Colombian Transoceanic covers. Tony Simmonds finished with Printed to Private Order pieces and covers and Nigerian Formular Airletters.
This was Competition Night for the Traditional and Postal History classes.
Traditional = 8 entries of which the winners were:-
1st- Robert Gathergood with Yugoslavia. 2nd- Tony Stanford with Tangier 1957 Centenary.
3rd- Tony Simmonds with Mexico Postal Stationery with Coat of Arms 1882-1897.
Postal History = 6 entries of which the winners were:-
Equal 1st- Eddie Spicer with German Catapult Mail of the North Atlantic.
Equal 1st- Tony Simmonds with Civilian Use of GB Stamps in Smyrna 1919-1922.
3rd- Tony Stanford with Tangier 1957 High Values Issue.
Planes and Airmail was this evening's subject and members produced stamps and covers from various countries such as French Empire, Monaco, Spain, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, Mauritania, San Marino, UA Emirates, Poland, India, Canada, with BFPO Wildenrath, Concorde, UPU, Airships, Helicopters, post WWI to Morocco, Balloon flights, Battle of Britain, The RAF Story and Churchill related flight items etc.
This evening our guest was James Podger with his display of 'A World Miscellany' Commencing with a display of 'India Ship Letters followed by examples of letters and postcards from the Massey collection - a man writing home from far and wide in the British Empire. Next was Jersey ship letters via Granville, St Malo and St Pair followed by Canada Gas Tax Stamps finishing the first half with 3 postcards of hand-painted coastal scenes.
The second half was commenced with Welsh Railways and other postal history with General West Indies following. Antigua Revenues was next with Virgin Islands progressive proofs of the early issues to finish with.
We produced postcards this night with Cars, Morocco, Copenhagen, Catapult Mail postcards, Sardinia, Corsica - Napoleon's Birthplace, Maps on postcards, Early GB Postmarks on cards, The River Thames, Constantinople, Nigeria and more Cars.
The letters RST were this evenings subject starting with Redirected Mail, Special Delivery Etc. and even an actual Robin's Nest. USA coil stamps showing different types of Transport. Southern Ireland revenues and Tax stamps. QEII definitive sets from Rhodesia and Nyasaland, Sarawak and Tanzania etc. Star Wars and The Royal Family. HMS Royal Oak and Suffragettes. Cars of Russia, Sweden and Turkey etc. Russian Levant, Smyrna and Triangular Cancels.
North of the Equator was this evenings theme with 12 members showing a great variety of subjects including Perfins, The Philippines, Hawaii, The Vatican, Iceland, Aldernay, German 2005 definitives, USA History of Motoring, Bechuanaland (whoops), Horses, Poland, Churchill and the Post-War Civilian use of the British Army Post Office in Constantinople.
Malcolm Ray-Smith was our guest this night and showed us a display of Ship Letters of GB. There were 200 sea ports around Britain and he had managed to accumulatete examples from 160 of them, including, of course, Falmouth, which has the deepest natural harbour in Western Europe and also became a quarantine station so that any ships from foreign ports with any diseases could be isolated until free from contamination.
This evening was a KGVI evening and 15 members brought along something relevant to GVI including commonwealth countries old and new, fiscals, coronation Vignettes, Festival of Britain, GB controls and cylinder numbers, overprints and letters between parents in WWII.
European stamps was the subject of the member's evening this night and we saw 14 members showing GB, Gibraltar, Malta, Cyprus, European royalty, Poland, Greenland, West Germany, Germany Winter Relief, Belgium, Monaco, Austria, Italy, Latvia, Europa, Turkey, Spain and European post offices abroad.
Aylesbury Philatelic Society were our guests this evening with Cyril Parsons starting with his display of British Postmarks (He is a co-author of 'Slogan Postmarks of the United Kingdom'). He showed Krag machine cancels, ALF and Triangular dies incorporating telegraphic codes etc. After a break Michael Pitt-Payne Showed a Mixture starting with the 1813 halfpenny surcharge levied on vehicles with more than two wheels, Early mail between the UK and USA, mail to India, Mail to Australasia and The man who posted himself - Reginald Bray. A most interesting evening.
This was a thematic evening starting with Tony Lyford showing Danish Bridges, then Alan Beaven with Fish - Piscatorial Philately. Nigel Vicker Displayed GB FDC's and presentation packs of 1997 and Alan Oxlade produced FPO and RAF covers. Eddie Spicer showed US Exhibitions and Mike Caulfield put up Pope John Paul's nine visits to Poland. Tony Simmonds put up Mexican postal stationery and Nigel Vicker concluded by showing the reverse sides of his earlier display.
Lorraine Maguire was our visiting speaker this evening with 'The Steam Railways of New Zealand', reporting that her father rose to the higher echelons of NZR allowing his family cheap travel in New Zealand and Australia. She explained that the the first railway was opened in 1863 in Christchurch. Due to New Zealand being on an earthquake fault line there were several incidents and dramatic tales of woe as the railway lines were tunnelled through mountains and out onto viaducts in places. Altogether a most interesting talk and display.
This was our AGM which was conducted quite quickly with all officers being voted back in en bloc. Also voted back in was the accounts examiner. As the rent of the hall had increased this year it was decided to raise the entrance fee from £1 to £2 which should cover this expense and retain the membership fee at £10 for the benefit of packet-only members.
After the AGM a small auction was held with most lots being sold at very reasonable prices and also donating 10% to club funds with, also, a few items donated for that cause.
This was Red Stamps:- Danish 4R & 4Sk stamps, GB 1d red plates, USA Revenues, War Tax stamps, red slogan postmarks, red stamps of Poland, red racing cars on stamps, red USA stamps, 1d reds used in Constantinople, Southern Nigeria EVII 1d reds with postmarks Etc.
Henley Philatelic Society were our guests this evening. Malcolm Gascoyne showed Ecuador postal history explaining that early mail was usually carried by one man and a donkey with most of it being official. He stated that the first stamps were printed Lithography using a sheet of tin. After a tea break Alan Druce showed correspondence of Sir Francis Freeling with letters to and from MP's including one from someone who was present in the lobby of the House of Commons when Spencer Perceval was assassinated in May 1812.
A GB evening consisting of Imperf 1d reds, EVII, Cylinder number blocks, Slogan Postmarks, Definitive HV's, Machin self adhesives, Country stamps & covers, Booklets, Centenary of WW1, GVI sets, Postage dues, War occupation of the Channel Islands, Celebrity signed covers, Advert booklet pairs and panes, NPB cancels and CMS perfins Etc.
Westbex 19 at Thatcham was a Stamp Fair and also a display of TVPF 9-sheet competition displays
Richard Berry was our guest speaker with 'Rhodesian and Zimbabwean Security Forces' with several amalgamated collections one of which was from an accumulation of over 1,000 covers gathered by Brigadier Keith Radford of The Rhodesian Army which had its beginning in the military force that was raised to accompany the pioneer column to Mashonaland in 1890. This included many covers, photographs and ephemera that was put together to tell a very interesting story of the 1960's-70's in Rhodesia before becoming Zimbabwe.
The letters OPQ - members.
Roger Bye - Overprints from various countries. Robert Gathergood - German and Austrian Overprints. Nigel Vicker - Owls, Pakistan & Poland. Ivan Wilkinson - Fraction Overprints. Rex Dixon - Poppies. Michael Williams - Cars thus Peugeot, Opel, Packard etc.Tony Stanford - Overprints of British Bechuanaland. Alan Beavan - Order of the Garter, Peter Rabbit & QEII. Mike Caulfield - Poland Olympics & Paintings. Tony Lyford - Denmark Postal Deliveries etc. Keith Hatch - Victory Omnibus & River Plate. Tony Simmonds - Oil Rivers, OAT, QV, Photographic Proofs, KGV Pictorials.
This evening we were entertained by Reading & District Philatelic Society with first Rodney Oliver who showed Albania which, after being ruled by the Ottomans, was declared independaent on 28 November 1912. It became a kingdom in 1928 with the accession of King Zog. Occupied by the Italians in 1939, then the Germans in 1942.
Roger Sammons then showed us Guyana which was one of the first stamp issuing countries as British Guiana. Independence in 1966 brought the issue of 1954 QEII definitive overprints and from 1981 they started overprinting previous issues that were in stock sometimes two and even three times, due to lack of funds and inflation.
Open and Cinderella 9-sheet competitions:- Open:-
1st Alan Beaven with 'Fish Predators'.
2nd Tony Stanford with 'Netley Hospital'.
3rd Eddie Spicer with 'USA International Philatelic Exhibitions1913-56'.
1st Tony Stanford with '1922 Revenues of the Provisional Government of Ireland and the Irish Free State'.
2nd Roger Bye with USA Documentary Stamps.
Joint 3rd were Alan Beaven with 'Fish Cinderellas' and Tony Lyford with 'Rare Stamps on Cigarette Cards'.
Last Year's Aquisitions.
Mike caulfield showed items from a newly aquired Polish collection. Mike Williams produced some new GVI and QEII sets. Tony Stanford had new Morocco Ags covers and postcards etc. Rex dixon had started a new interest in Gold coast. Nigel Vicker showed GB 2018 items. Robert Gathergood put up worldwide anti - smoking. Roger Bye had US precancels etc. Tony Lyford - Denmark new issues. Tony Simmonds - Constantinople 1919-23 covers.
The Maidenhead & District Philatelic Society meets at 7.45 for 8.00 pm twice on the first and third Tuesday of each month at White Waltham Parish Hall, Waltham Road, SL6 3SG, just outside Maidenhead. Meetings usually finish at about 10.00 pm if not before and rarely after.
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Some meetings normally take the form of a short introduction followed by a talk by a guest speaker or member on a particular area of collecting and others feature short displays by members on a specific theme or topic, in either case with a half-time break for coffee and a chat. Please see our programme for the wide range of subjects covered.
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Michael Williams receiving his certificate and cup for winning the Traditional competition.
James Podger receiving a vote of thanks from Keith Hatch.
Nigel Vicker with his GB FDC's on March 6th
Alan Beavan with his display on March 6th
Rodney Gudger receiving the Cinderella Cup on February 20th from Keith Hatch.
Eddie Spicer receiving the Thematic Cup on February 20th from Keith Hatch.
Robert Gathergood putting up his display of Animals and Birds on May 1st.
Eric Holmes recieving a vote of thanks and card from Eddie Spicer on 17th April.
Tony Stanford on 3rd April with his display of British Levant.
Richard Berry giving his display of the 1937 Coronation on March 20th.
Keith Hatch with his display on July 3rd
Trevor Cornford with his display on July 17th
Trevor Cornford receiving a vote of thanks from Alan Beavan on July 17th.
Rex Dixon on August 7th
Alan Beavan on August 7th
Mike Caulfield on August 7th
Nigel Vicker putting up his display on August 21st.
Roger Bye with his display on September 4th talking to Mike Caulfield.
Rex Dixon receiving his certificate from Keith Hatch for winning the Postal History Competition
Robin Davis receiving a vote of thanks from Tony Simmonds for his display of Cyprus on October 16.
Michael Caulfield displaying QEII on October 2.
Malcolm Gascoyne with his display of Sarawak and also receiving a card and vote of thanks from Keith Hatch.
James Podger with his display of 'Cayman Islands Part II' on December 4.
Roger Sammons and Rodney Oliver of Reading & District Philatelic Society after their displays on February 19.
Richard Berry giving his display of 'Rhodesian and Zimbabwean Security Forces' on March 19.
Mike Williams, Rodney Gudger and Tony Stanford at Westbex on March 30.
Tony Simmonds and Tony Stanford both receiving their certificates for their competition entries from Dr. Pat Reid, Chairman of The Thames Valley Philatelic Federation, at Westbex on March 30.
Alan Druce and Malcolm Gascoyne of Henley and District Philatelic Society receiving their notes of appreciation from Keith Hatch, Hon Secretary on April 16.
June 4. Lorraine Maguire giving her display on'The Steam Railways of New Zealand' and receiving a vote of thanks from Keith Hatch, Hon. Sec.
October 1. Tony Lyford showing postcards from Copenhagen.
September 3. Barbara Young with her display of North of the Equator.
August 20. Malcolm Ray-Smith showed us a display of Ship Letters of GB.
August 6. Roger Bye with his KGVI selection.
July 16. Hugh Abbott showing his choice of European stamps.
July 2. Cyril Parsons & Michael Pitt-Payne receiving a vote of thanks from Keith Hatch.
July 2. Michael Pitt-Payne of Aylesbury Philatelic Society showing his mixed display.
June 18. Alan Oxlade with his FPO and RAF covers.
December 18 - This evening was a social evening and Grand Auction for club funds.
James Podger with his display of 'A World Miscellany' and receiving a vote of thanks from Hon. Sec. Keith Hatch.
Eddie Spicer, Hon. Treasurer, with his display of Colombian postal history.
Eddie Spicer Receiving his certificate from Mike Caulfield for winning joint first prize in the Postal History competition
Robert Gathergood receiving his certificate and cup from Eddie Spicer for winning first prize in the Traditional competition.
Tony Simmonds Receiving his certificate from Mike Caulfield for winning joint first prize in the Postal History competition