Sept 6th: PRESIDENT’S NIGHT – Bill Izett

Last Thursday the President Bill Izett gave two entirely different displays.

The first was the social history of Clackmannan which began with some of the history of the town and included places of interest as well as activities such as the Boys Brigade and Scouts. Looking back there were postcards and covers from the days of coal mining, the textile industry and shipping.

His second display was based on the Ark as in the Bible. It began with the construction of the Ark through to the story of the dove which was released and returned bearing a twig in its beak. The stamps showed the animals which were on board in twos with many humorous comments about them. Finally there were a few items about the WWF and National Trust and their work for animal welfare.

The vote of thanks was proposed by the Vice President Walter Bruce.

Oct 4th: SOCIETY VISIT – Perth P.S.

After the usual business was discussed, President Bill Izett introduced Mrs Danuta Stephen and Mr George Stephen, visitors from Perth Stamp Club, who kindly agreed to display some of their varied collections. Firstly, Danuta set out beautifully presented Polish stamps which were printed and made available in London, by the Polish Government, exiled in London from 1941 – 1944, due to the 2nd World War, after which they were returned to Poland. Altogether, a very well presented display.

Husband George followed with a miscellany of “combo” sheets of well chosen stamps showing cartoons, such as “Dad’s Army/Oor Wullie/The Broons and many more of that type, followed by picturesque booklets depicting Post & Go/Xmas/Olympics/The Goon Show etc. A huge colourful and very comprehensive. Our President called on Jim Young to give the, vote of thanks, which he did, and the Members reciprocated willingly.

Prior to closing the meeting, Members were advised that the next meeting of our Club will be held in the Brown Street Church Hall, behind the Sheriff Court.

Nov 1st: IRAQ – Garry Cheyne

Guest speaker Gary Cheyne began by saying that when he looked at countries he could collect he selected Iraq as it seemed to be the cheapest. His collection is now enormous starting with the Turkish stamps overprinted “Iraq in British Occupation”. His display then covered the issues of several monarchs with examples of flaws and inverted overprints. There were also many postcards and an air letter form from 1933. The second round covered issues from 1980 to date and were mainly propaganda issues with the majority showing President Hussain.

The vote of thanks for a fine display was proposed by the President Bill Izett.

Nov 29th: COLOUR PRECEPTION & OTHERS – Robert Murray

The speaker at the latest Club night was Robert Murray from Edinburgh, whose subject Colour Perception and Others, immediately caught the attention of his audience. Mr. Murray suggested that if stamps were black and white they would have no appeal to collectors.

On the other hand, due to colour and a variety of shades the hobby became much more exciting. Testing us with many experiments on how we perceive colour and how our eyes can be deceived by surrounding the same colour with bright and dark colours. He also high-lighted the problems of trying to evaluate particular items in our collections.

In His vote of thanks, Jim Hay thanked Mr Murray for “opening our eyes” to better appreciate the theme of stamp shades, and described the programme as “fantastic”.

Dec 13th: QUIZ NIGHT

Report to follow.

Jan 10th: COMPETITION NIGHT – Members

The Falkirk Stamp and Post Card Club welcomed the New Year by hosting the Annual Competition, which was run under three sections, namely material from G. Britain, General theme and Thematic entries.

Sadly, partly due to illness this year, entries were down, which suggests that the club still welcomes new members.

The entries for the G.B section were (a) “Greetings” depicting first day covers on films portraying ”The Kiss”;- (b) a 12 page entry on Airmail Letters, generally depicting items of Scottish interest, and (c ) the Post Office afloat showing the vast styles and purposes of shipping on British stamps. The chosen winner being Mike Turnbull’s item (c).

The General Section was easier to define a winner, in that Jim Young’s neat entry on Austrian stamps had no opposition.

The Thematic section attracted three entries, namely; – Something “fishy” from Tuvalu;- The Impressionist Painters;- and Catapult Mail from ship to plane, the eventual winner submitted by Mike Turnbull.

Mike completed a hat trick of wins by securing the President’s choice of best liked.


Report to follow.

Feb 21st: AUCTION

Report to follow.