Angus’s first round was on Island definitives around the UK. Guernsey, Jersey, Isle of Man and Alderney, from 1940 to 1998. His second round was on New Zealand issues, commemorative and definitives from 2000 to present day.
Vote of thanks – Ronnie Bell
Harvey displayed all the issues from the New Hebrides from 1908 to 1990. As the New Hebrides was a condominium between GB and France, each set of stamps issued by one country was duplicated by the other except for the values on the stamps. They used the same pictures on their issues, with the exception of two issues, De Gaulle and the Coronation.
George displayed stamps from the African Homelands, now part of South Africa. He displayed issues from Transkei (1976-94), Bophuthatswana (1979-85), Venda (1979-86) and Ciskei (1981-88).
Vote of thanks – Jim Morrison
First up was Alex Shepherd with stamps depicting King Edward VIII, followed by stamps and postcards of the Norman Rockwell covers for the Saturday Evening Post, lastly a sheet of stamps representing the names of Edinburgh Pubs.. Jim Haggart combined the Postal History of Stanley (7 miles N of Perth) with the social philately of his family history, in which Stanley Mills, curling on the river and a last-day cover for Stanley Station figured – an interesting mix.
The second half opened with Jim Law displayed the stamps of West Berlin from the early overprints, through the Old Berlin issues, to the later Bundespost definitives and commemoratives with ‘Berlin’ added.. The final display was by Bill Robertson told the 1915/16 wartime story in PCs of the LZ85 Zeppelin and its use by the Germans to bomb Russia and Salonica.
Vote of thanks – Alan Watson
This display included a mix of stamps and social history, his collection stemming from years in France and Algeria in the early 70’s. The whole gamut was covered from cave painting of tropical animals, through Roman colonisation, Islamic culture, to French ‘temporary’ invasion in 1830 and long-term occupation. Without rivers to facilitate penetration into the interior, transport links were poor. The main part of the port of Algiers was built by the Brits on a 99-year lease and was a major coaling port for British shipping. The French built E-W railways from the 1860’s and gradually progressed southwards into the Sahara and the Foreign Legion outposts. Algiers was a popular tourist destination before and after the turn of the 20th Century and a winter residence for those with rheumatics and depression. The Scots built a church and published newspapers. Prior to 1924 French stamps were used (these collected on cover); post 1924 Algeria produced their own or used overprints. There is a history of military conflict with massacres during the 1890’s Islamic troubles. Regimental cachets were used on some mail and PCs were produced quickly from actual photos after skirmishes and battles. The French intruded into Morocco in the early 1900’s and mail was carried by camel – some 25-30,000 of which died during the French campaign. Churchill’s Operation Torch brought the British 8th Army from Egypt & Tunisia into Algeria in 1943 and various covers and aircraft were shown.
Vote of thanks – ?
Dennis opened with the stamps of Liberia from 1868 to 1966. These included the usual designs before pictorial designs were introduced. The remainder of the display covered the wide range of Austrian postal stationery, from the first envelope in 1863 through to the 1970s. The wide range of postcards with both German and a local language for use in various provinces from 1969 was also covered. Examples of the lettercards from the Vienna pneumatic express post and field post cards from 1914-18 closed the Austro-Hungarian Empire sections.
A selection of the pictorial postcards issued by the republic of Austria between 1927 and 1972 showed the changes in styles over the years. The display closed with postcards and lettercards used in the Austrian Post Offices in the Ottoman Empire between 1867 and 1914.
Vote of thanks – Bruce A Petrie
This display included pre-stamp items and entires cancelled in red or blue. The use of British stamps began in 1859 with the A26 Gibraltar cancellation. By 1880 Gibraltar was the only colony not to have its own stamps. In 1886 there were overprints on stamps of Bermuda and in the same year the first definitives. Denominations changed from sterling to pesetas and back again; bisects were used at times of shortages – both officially and non-officially -to make up postage rates. The first stationery were overprints on St Vincent and Natal PCs. A selection of issues was shown including the first pictorial definitives of 1931, postage dues and many Royal issues. Interestingly the 1970 Xmas issue is of windows from Our Lady of Perpetual Succour Church in Jordanhill, Glasgow after illustrations were seen by the stamp authorities in a Reader’s Digest article! Gibraltar had the first Scouts organisation outside of the UK and also the first Commonwealth police force. Intensely loyal to Britain, the 1967 referendum for joining Spain recorded 87 for and 17,800 against. War cancellations and slogans; polish army unit mail and cachets covers from visiting warships and cruise liners completed the display along with some of the more modern Commonwealth issues.
Vote of thanks – ?
This year’s quiz was world philatelic in content and appropriately, drew some quizzical expressions, and had some reaching for the inhaler even if it wasn’t theirs. It was a 5-round cracker intelligently penned by the Secretary to include Philate-lie True or False?; Tis-Was – Current & Former Country Names; Fly the Flag – Match the Country to the Flag; The Great Britain Collection; and Around The World in 20 Questions. With 100 quick-fire points on offer the runaway winner, again, was our former secretary Alan Watson.
This started with the first stamp issued in 1847 for use in Scinde and continued through the East India Company designs and the India stamps up to partition in 1947. A selection of postcards and postmarks relating to the Coronation Durbar of 1903 and 1911 was presented. Examples of airmail from 1911 was followed by crash covers salvaged from aircraft. The display closed with rocket mail.
Vote of thanks – Dennis Westfield
The first half was dedicated to the two films "Post Haste"; an updated look at the Post Offices TPO services and "Mail Rail"; a look at the underground mail system operating in London.
The second half, Ian Gray displayed Cycling Humour through postcards that He had collected from various countries including, Austria, Germany, Russia as well as the UK.
Vote of thanks – Angus Mackie
GB Overprints from British Levant, the majority on cover, displayed by an absent Norman Coutts; Jim Crawford showed a variety of ships’ cachets visiting Tristan da Cunha – some by lino cuts made on the island – pre and post the volcanic period of 1961-63. Supply, trading, cruise and fishing vessels and some yachts all figured.
Bob Whyte’s display covered Antarctic Expeditions by the Commonwealth countries of Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. starting with Scott’s Br. National Ant. Exp 1916/16; the two Scottish Nat. Ant. Expeditions of 1902/4 and 1910/13 to Coats Land and the Ross Sea areas; then the 1914/16 British Imperial Trans-Antarctic Exp. when Endurance got stuck in the ice; the 1934/7 Br. Graham’s Land Exp., and the 1955/58 Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Exp. Included were the garrisoning of whaling stations by Churchill’s 1943 Operation Tabarin. Lastly the 1984/5 Joint Services Exp. to Brabant Island included several covers on the opening of the post office. Mail is routed via the Falklands. Ken Murray brought up the rearguard with Jersey from the postal independence series of views in 1969 through numerous definitives and commemoratives issues, and noting the Britain’s first post-box was sin St Helier.
Vote of thanks – Stanley Gray
This debut display of Poster Stamps from around the world, produced for exhibitions and events, advertising, or political and propaganda purposes. They have no postal validity and nobody knows how many were produced. The first were French from 1827 with an increase through the 1850’s and 1860’s. Not many appeared after the Great War and very few nowadays. A few books exist, including "The Lost Art of Poster Stamps" by Thomas Steele and currently Stewart, along with Jean Osborne (British section) and 12 others around the world are compiling an illustrated catalogue to be published in parts.
The first round showed a fascinating selection up to 1912 from Germany, Holland, France, Italy, Ireland, Hungary, GB and the USA covering advertising, art & artists, Olympics and sport, Sinn Fein propaganda, stamp dealers, international and industrial exhibitions, fairs and congresses of all sorts. Round two was devoted to American poster stamps in a similarly wide variety and included many advertised companies and products. Fascinating for their artistry, it is easy to see the attraction of this collecting area.
Vote of thanks – Jean Osborne
The meeting started with a bourse and continued with members’ displays. These displays covered such diverse topics as Scottish postal history, Scots and
Vote of thanks – Angus Mackie