1971 Postal Strike

Local Mail Stamps of the British Levant

Control Numbers on British  Stamps



December 29

Three members only were present for this Zoom meeting in which Tony Simmonds gave a display of Maidenhead Postal History items.

December 22

Eight members were present at this Zoom meeting. Rex Dixon showed Germany - Infringement of Postcard Regulations. Eddie Spicer showed The First Christmas Stamps of USA 1962-1970. Rex Dixon then showed Christmas in Germany and Tony Simmonds finished with Christmas Stamps and Labels From Around the World.

December 15

Four member attended this Zoom meeting with Eddie Spicer showing his final display of Catapult mail - 1935. Tony Stanford showed some scarce Morocco Agencies Covers and Postal Stationery and Tony Simmonds displayed some sheets of Hong Kong & Shanghai Bank perfins from Hong Kong, GB, Straits Settlements, China, India, Siam and Indo-China.

December 7

Only four members turned up for this meeting. Eddie Spicer showed USA commemoratives 1924-1929 and Tony Simmonds showed some more GB Slogan Postmarks. Still we all had a nice little chinwag with some refreshments.

November 24

Six members attended this Zoom meeting. Tony stanford presented The Queen Victoria Unappropriated Die Revenues of Cyprus. Rex Dixon showed Hultschin - part of Czechoslovakia that was German before 1918. Tony Simmonds showed the Nigerian definitives of GVI to the animal set of 1965.

November 16

Nine members attended this meeting at White Waltham Village Hall. Tony Stanford showed the various routes of Imperial Airways from Kuwait and Bahrain. Rex Dixon showed North German Confederation,German Empire and The Treaty of Versailles. Keith Hatch showed some German Feldpost and WWII in Tunisia. Mike Caulfield put up some covers dated 18th May, his birthday. Eddie Spicer showed USA 1934 National Parks. Rodney Gudger showed Post Office Training Stamps.Tony Simmonds finished with GB Slogan Postmarks 1967-72.

November 10

Tony Stanford started this Zoom meeting with The Development of Imperial Airways Airmail Services in the Arabian Gulf. Eddie Spicer then showed The 1934 Catapult Season. Rex Dixon finished with The German Occupation of Slovenia.

October 27

This Zoom meeting was started by Nigel Vicker with a display Of GB Queen Elizabeth covers. Rex Dixon then showed some postmarks of a small part of Austria taken by the Germans in WWII. Eddie Spicer displayed German Catapult Mail of 1933. Tony Simmonds concluded with Boy Scout meter marks from across the world.

October 19

Meeting at White Waltham Village Hall.

First to show was Rodney Gudger with The Children's Newspaper which included Railway Poster stamps with each issue During 1934 and 1935. Eddie Spicer then showed USA Philatelic Exhibition Stamps followed by Tony Lyford with Faroe Islands stamps from 1975 to 1986. Tony Stanford showed Covers from Kuwait and Bahrain during the development of Imperial Airways services in the Arabian Gulf. Tony Simmonds finished with all the basic overprinted stamps of British Levant plus some postal stationery of that area.

October 13

There were five members in attendance for this Zoom meeting with Tony Stanford starting off with Early Arabian Gulf Mail and concluding with Tony Simmonds and his display of Nigerian Inward Mail of the 1950's and 1960's from the rest of the world.

October 5

Our third physical meeting was commenced with Keith Hatch showing items from his Churchill collection. Rodney Gudger then showed us the evolution of the self-adhesive stamp. Tony Stanford displayed The Oil Rivers and Niger Company Territories. Rex Dixon showed covers from the eight German States. Tony Lyford gave us Iceland 1935-1968. Eddie Spicer was our penultimate displayer with United States Liberty Issues and to finish the evening Tony Simmonds showed some GB Slogan Postmarks.

September 29

Seven members zoomed in for this meeting and Eddie Spicer started with The 1933 Catapult Season, followed by Rex Dixon with his final display of The Dismemberment of Czechoslovakia. Then Tony Stanford showed some recently written-up covers of Morocco Agencies.

September 21

Our second physical meeting attended by only six members - all who had something to show starting with Tony Lyford with Denmark Postal Deliveries, then Keith Hatch with Stanley Spenser. Rodney Gudger showed Postal Strike Covers and showed us his new book on this subject, Eddie Spicer showed Columbia Jusqu'a Markings and Tony Stanford displayed The Dollard Overprints of Ireland in 1922. Tony Simmonds finished with Nigerian 1966 Internal Registered Mail.

September 15

Four members were in attendance for this Zoom meeting. Tony Stanford commenced with part 1 of a display of  The GB overprints of Ireland. Tony Simmonds then showed Postmarks, Flaws and Varieties on Nigerian Stamps of 1980-86 followed by GB Halfpenny Bantams, all issued plates on Covers.

September 7

This night was our first physical meeting since March 2020 and 12 members were in attendance. After some club business Rex Dixon started the displays with Germany Winter Relief 1937-8. Then Tony Stanford showed British Levant EVII issues. Following that Rodney Gudger showed some stamps engraved by Czeslaw Slania, with Robert Gathergood with a Madeira display. Don Else showed Red Cross covers and Eddie Spicer put up some pages of USA Washington/Franklin issues. Tony Simmonds finished with Mexico Renta Interior Revenues.

September 1

We had seven members present for this meeting where club finances were initially discussed and then Tony Stanford showed his display of Bechuanaland Protectorate with maps, covers and stamps within the period 1900-1933.

August 18

Seven members were present for this Zoom meeting. Tony Stanford showed Brian Fennemore's Bechuanaland to 1900 including Stellaland. Then Rex Dixon showed some German covers with various cancels where the stamps were not cancelled by the originating office.

August 4

There were six members present at this meeting. Tony Stanford was first with a Powerpoint display of Military Telegraphs followed by Eddie Spicer with a continuation of the 1932 Catapult Mail. Tony Simmonds finished up with GB George V Advertisement Booklet Panes.

July 21

Six members were present for this meeting and Tony Stanford showed his display The Use of The KGV Photogravure Issues in the Morocco Agencies followed by Eddie Spicer with The 1932 Catapult Season with Alan Beaven following up the rear with Don't Rely on the Postmark with some Postcard Anomalies.

July 7

Three members only were present for this meeting due to the England v Denmark match that was on TV that evening. Tony Simmonds showed some recently written up Nigerian WWII Censor Covers.

June 23

Eight members attended this meeting. Eddie Spicer was first with a continuation of his 1931 Catapult Season. Tony Stanford then showed some more of his Gulf display with Rex Dixon finishing with more of his Dismemberment of Czechoslovakia 1938-39.

June 9

Just four members were present for this meeting. Tony Stanford showed his second part of Zululand Key Types, Fiscal Use and Cancellations. Eddie Spicer then showed The 1931 Catapult Season and Rex Dixon showed some more sheets of The Dismemberment of Czechoslovakia 1938-39.

May 26

Eddie Spicer was first with Catapult Mail of 1930 followed by Rex Dixon with his display of The Dismemberment of Czechoslovakia 1938-39. Tony Simmonds then finished with Nigerian WWII Censor Covers.

May 12

Tony Stanford started the evening with Zululand, Eddie Spicer - Catapalt Mail and Tony Simmonds had some Early Nigerian Airmails. Andy Mydellton had joined us for this meeting because of his interest in Zululand.

April 28

Tony Stanford started the evening with some Gulf sheets including Revenues and Tony Simmonds showed British Levant and Robert Gathergood has a few pages of modern slogan postmarks.

April 14

This evening Tony Stanford showed some more Morocco Agencies and Tony Simmonds showed some more Mexican Postal Cards.

March 31

This, our third Zoom meeting was attended by 6 members starting at the usual time of 7.30pm and started with Tony Stanford who showed Morocco Agencies followed by Eddie Spicer with The SCADTA Airmail Service of Colombia and Tony Simmonds finished up with Nigeria Postal Rates 1961-1973.

March 17

Our second Zoom meeting was attended by 6 members commencing at 7.30pm.

Eddie Spicer showed 'SCADTA Colombian Airmails' followed by Tony Simmonds who displayed 'Mexico Postal Cards 1879-1883' and 'Civilian Use of GB in Smyrna 1919-1922'.

March 3

This was our very first Zoom meeting hosted by Tony Simmonds and attended by seven members which, after a few hitches went very well. There were presentations by Rex Dixon with 'German Post Buses' - Tony Stanford with 'Admiralty Official Mail' and Tony Simmonds with 'GB used in Constantinople' and 'Nigeria 1936 Un-adopted Designs'.



March 17

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.

March 3

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.

February 18

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.

February 4

'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.

January 21

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'.

January 7

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'.



December 3

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.

November 19

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.

November 5

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.

October 15

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.

October 1

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.

September 17

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.

September 3

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.

August 20

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.

August 6

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.


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.


New members are welcome and please feel free to come along to any meeting with no obligation to join. Membership is open to all types of collector from novices to the advanced and the society caters for a wide range of philatelic interests. Our members collect Great Britain, Commonwealth, Foreign, Postal History and Thematic subjects and a lot else.


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.


Subscriptions are a modest £10.00 per annum which enables members to attend all of the society meetings and to buy stamps at competitive prices from the circulating packet.


If you would like further information please see our Contact Us page.

          Members present on November 24                              Page from Rex Dixon's display Nov 24


Mike Williams with his display of Developement of the Motor Car on January 7

Tony Lyford with his display of Denmark Border movements on January 7

January 21 Open competition - 1st Alan Beaven with 'Johnson, Frank 1894-1918'.

January 21 Cinderella:- 1st, Eddie Spicer with 'American Philatelic Society Souvenir Exhibition Labels'.

February 4 Roger Bye with Fiscal and Revenue Stamps of the USA on Green night

Alan Beaven with GB stamps issued in the colour green.

Rex Dixon receiving a vote of thanks from the Hon. Sec. Keith Hatch

February 18 Rex Dixon with two displays - 'Maidenhead Post Offices' and 'Germany 1933-39

Tim Harrison who showed us his display of 'Estonia to 1945' on Ma rch 3 2020

Tim Harrison Receiving a vote of thanks from our Hon. Treasurer Eddie Spicer.


Attendees at the meeting on 31 March 2021


Eddie Spicer's display of SCADTA Airmail Service of Colombia.


Attendees at the meeting on 12 May 2021

Tony Stanfords display of Zululand on 12 May 2021

Tony Simmonds display of Early Nigerian Airmails on 12 May 2021

Eddie Spicer's display of Catapalt Airmails on 12 May 2021

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Rex Dixon's display of The Dismemberment of Czechoslovakia 1938-39 on May 26 2021.

Attendees at the meeting on 26 May 2021.

Attendees at the meeting on 9 June 2021.

Tony Stanford's display of Zululand Key Types 9 June 2021.

Rex Dixon showing more of his Dismemberment of Czechoslovakia 1938-39 (23 June 2021).

Attendees at the meeting on 23 June 2021.

Tony Simmonds with some Nigerian WWII Censor Covers on 7 July 2021.

Attendees at the meeting on 7 July 2021.

Tony Stanford showed his display The Use of The KGV Photogravure Issues in the Morocco Agencies on 21 July 2021.

Attendees at the meeting on 21 July 2021.

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Tony Stanford's display of Military Telegraphs on 4th August

Members present on 4th August

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Tony Stanford's display of Brian Fennemore's Bechuanaland on 18th August.

Rex Dixon's display of German cancels on 18th August

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Members present on September 1

Tony Stanford with his display of Bechuanaland Protectorate on September 1.

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Three pages from Tony Stanford's Zoom display on October 13

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Tony Stanford's display of Morocco Agencies covers on 15 December.

Tony Simmond's display of HSBC perfins on 15 December.