Nov 19th: SOCIETY VISIT – Largs & District Stamp Club

President Frank Soutar conducted the usual Society business, before welcoming five Visitors from Largs District Stamp Club, four of whom, Messrs Boyd, Ross, McSherry, and King, had come along, by invitation, to display parts of their individual collections.

First to display, Mr Boyd, showed stamps, Post Cards and Postal History documents, all relative to the WW2. Very interesting and well displayed. Mr Ross then set out a fine collection of Scottish Postal History which included items relating to Mileage Posts which were very important in bygone days. A great deal of research had gone into his display.

After a short break, Mr McSherry gave us an insight to the Postal Services within the Cocos (Keeling) group of 27 islands, 1800 miles North of Perth, Australia, which, from time to time was complicated, particularly with the collection and delivery of mail. Many well laid out sets of Commemorative issues in his display. Lastly, Mr King displayed a history of postage stamps from The Sudan. Nearly 100% of theses stamps showed the Camel Post, with a “postman” astride the camel, with postbags attached and the “postman” waving a rifle!! Presumably there was not too much industry or sport to commemorate in The Sudan, with, presumably, thieves and bandits in abundance. Never-the-less, the display was interesting and of its time.

The President called on Mike Turnbull to give the vote of thanks, and the Members showed their appreciation appropriately.

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