John entertained the members with a display of stamps from Iceland followed by a shortened display of Greenland. The initial stamps from Iceland (1905) depicted the reigning King’s heads, with double heads, following the death of a very populat King. However, in 1918, Iceland became a Republic and the stamps became less formal but certainly more attractive. The themes were many and varied and this showed the world the beauties of the flora and fauna of Iceland.
In his shortened display of Greenland, John presented stamps from 1938, which was the starting date for Icelandic stamps. He described the great difficulty in acquiring truly postmarked stamps – as opposed to stamps cancelled to order – since not many letters are posted from Greenland. Again, the very colourful and interesting themes of the stamps evoked much admiration.
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