The talk included a radio conversation with another operator in Lauriston. The display operand with Marconi, Popov and other pioneers of radio and continued with stamps and postmarks honouring radio hams throughout the world. The second round included QSL cards, Scout jamboree radio stations and amateur radio satellites.
Vote of thanks – Ian Burns
The display of postcards and ephemera covered the life of Harry Lauder, depicting scenes from childhood through to the end of his career. Houses, theatres and scenes from tours were covered. The display closed with postcards of the words of various songs.
Vote of thanks – Bruce A Petrie
The first round consisted of examples of silver ingots of British stamps and continued with PHQ postcards and the matching stamps. The second round had several themes. First was Minerals and mining on stamps , followed by British stamp booklets with covers showing people. This round concluded with the Isle of man stamp issue of 2008 on the History of Powered Flight.
Vote of thanks – Terry Rodger
This started with the pence issues from 1857 and continued with the cents issues of the postcards, envelopes and lettercards from 1880 to 1896, including some used as late as 1917!. The second round covered the 1877 decimal issue, with an in-depth look at the 64c value. A selection of village postmarks was followed by the definitive issues of King George V, King Edward VIII and King George VI.
Vote of thanks – Frank Soutar
Geoffrey Barbour provided the first display on aspects of Channel Islands and Isle of Man philately, followed by John Young with the P&O shipping line. The second round opened with Margaret Ritchie ’s display of nurses through the ages on stamps, presented by Ronnie MacMillan, whose own display on Christmas mail closed the evening.
Vote of thanks – Terry Rodgers
Display cancelled due to bad weather.
Jan 6: MEMBERS NIGHT – SIERRA LEONE – Joe Love, INDIA – Stanley Gray, COMEDY GOLF – Ian Burns, BEARS OF THE WORLD – Mike Turnbull
The first display was by Joe Love on Sierra Leone. This included early reply paid postcards, some with specimen overprints, and a selection of the free form self adhesive issues. This was followed by Ian Burns with a selection of his Comedy Golf postcards, mainly the pre-First World War variety.
The second round opened with Stanley Gray and India – The Road to Independence. This included both contemporary material and later Indian commemorative stamps covering various rebellions, the Indian Mutiny and personalities and events relating to the Indian National Congress.
The final display was Bears by Mike Turnbull, being a selection of stamps showing the various species of bears such as brown, black and polar bears and the giant panda.
Vote of thanks – Alastair Moore
The first round covered the period to 1934 with examples of mail to, from or within New Zealand which had been flown at some point in the journey. These included the four flights to New Zealand in this period and mail which was carried by ship to USA then flown internally, with additional American stamps to cover the airmail rate. The effects of the extending Imperial Airways route and the Perth to Adelaide route in Australia were shown. The first official airmail within New Zealand in 1930 and various airline services were also shown.
The second round opened with the regular internal airmail between Hokitiku and Haast in 1934 – this actually replaced a pack horse route. The development of the official internal airmail routes was shown. Following the opening of the Pan-American Airways operated Trans-Pacific route, airmail by various routes was displayed. The display closed with the regular New Zealand – Australia and San Francisco – Auckland routes, both closing in 1941 following the entry of Japan into the Second World War.
Vote of thanks – Stanley Gray
The displays opened with Jim Morrow and Austrian postal stationery card of the 1870 to 1899 period. This showed the development of the design of the cards, including the various languages involved in the country, and the variety of towns from which the cards had been sent. Alun Southwaite presented the stamps of USA issued between 1851 and 1944, being definitive, commemorative, postage due, special delivery and airmail issues.
The second round opened with Railway Postal Stationery presented by Ian Hamilton. This comprised a variety of postcards, wrappers, lettercards and envelopes, all with a railway connection, either in the text or a picture. The closing display was by the Bearsden president, Jimmy Crawford, who presented a selection postmarks and/or postcards from Glasgow, all including “hill” in the name.
Vote of thanks – Alastair Moore
This started with Russian Empire postal history to and from the area which later became Latvia and included contemporary postcards. The German Occupation during the First World War was covered with postal history and postcards. The display continued with the aftermath of the Great War and independence for Latvia. This included stamps printed on the backs of German military maps and on unfinished banknotes. Mail users included the German Freikorp fighting for Latvia and Bolshevik and White Russian forces. Latvian stamps issued between 1920 and 1940 were presented. The second round opened with mail from German forces and administration during the 1941-45 occupation, including philatelic material which never went anywhere near Latvia. A selection of Soviet Union stamps and pictorial postal stationery envelopes depicting Latvian scenes, etc followed. The stamps and postal stationery issued by the current Latvia between 1990 and 2000 was presented. The display closed with a selection of 1930s advertising labels from Latvia and labels from various exile organisations.
Vote of thanks – Ronnie Bell