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Visit by Arbroath Stamp & Postcard Club

24th November 2017

Ann, Brian and GeorgeMembers were entertained by three members of Arbroath Stamp & Postcard Club, namely Ann Findlay, Brian Cargill and George Parker.
Ann started off the evening with a display of stamps, covers and postcards all of which had a relevance to the Statue of Liberty in New York. Ann began by outlining how the Statue of Liberty was constructed and shipped from France to America. She also informed members that its green colour is due to oxidisation of the statue as it was made from copper. Ann also had on display a small collection of stamps of the presidents of the USA as well as centenary covers relating to the Statue of Liberty. Ann finished the first session by telling us that the USA recently printed millions of stamps picturing the statue of liberty but in fact they had used as the image the statue in Las Vegas by mistake.

The second part of the display was started by Brian Cargill who displayed a set of stamps and miniature sheets produced by New Zealand Post to commemorate "The Hobbit" which was filmed in New Zealand. This was followed by a selection of "Raphael Tuck" postcards by George Parker. All pictures on the cards were taken from copies of actual paintings.

A celebration: Dennis Collins - 70 years a member

20th November 2017

This meeting was an exceptional meeting, held to recognise the exceptional achievement of Dennis Collins, as 70 years a member of the Society. The Secretary explained the origin of this meeting. About 18 Months before, during a conversation with Dennis, he discovered that Dennis had intended to give a display to mark his 70th year. Charles responded, saying that it ought to be the Society that should be hosting the event! Dennis agreed to let us do this. CakeUnfortunately, he passed away before this came to be. However, both officers and family agreed we should continue with the planned event as a mark of our respect for Dennis’s service to philately and the many years of friendship with each, and every one of us. Toasting Dennis CollinsThe format of the meeting would be simple. Dennis had a love of philately. We would share aspects of philately held dear to each of us and which Dennis might have appreciated as well. Twelve members volunteered to contribute to the display, which limited contributions to one or two frames each.
Part 1

Harry Jackson “Postage stamps of Occupied Germany 1945- 1946”
Ron Goodfellow “Scots cancellations on cover”
Doug Howkins “Memories of Peru”
Sandy Sloss “Memories”
Robert Duguid “Madeira hotels”
Charles Lloyd “African memories”

My memories of Dennis

Ron Goodfellow, who had known Dennis for many years, both as a fellow member and as a personal friend was invited to say a few words. He recalled his memories with fondness: Amusing incidents, the modesty and standing of the man, the variety of interests and the kindness and help he showed to all.

Part 2

Alec Steele “Early Rhodesia”
David Easson “My four societies”
Colin Campbell “Hong Kong China”
Peter Dix “Self-addressed envelopes & cards from faraway places”
David Millar “Perfins & Victorian postal history”
Sandy Forbes “Trees and timber”

At the end of the meeting everyone toasted the memory of Dennis and enjoyed no fewer than three delicious cakes. All agreed that this had been a unique and memorable evening.

Visit by Lanarkshire Philatelic Society

29th October 2017

Andy Napier & Terry Woods Two members of Lanarkshire Philatelic Society entertained members with 4 different displays. Andy Napier started off the evening with a display related to the island of Fiji, specifically the Makogai leper colony. Andy displayed a number of covers which were sent in and out of the colony, and also provided members with some interesting facts such as, there was free postage for patients and staff, although air mail letters did incur a supplement. One highly interesting fact was that all mail sent from the colony had to be disinfected and this was achieved by placing the mail in a wire basket and placing this on bricks in a bread oven overnight. Andy finished off this section with 'Bomber fund labels' and postcards and covers showing post offices in Fiji.
Terry Woods then displayed some stamps and covers from the "Ken Mathieson Collection" entitled "Into the Unknown". This was a display concerning explorers which included William Bligh, Abel Tasman and Vasco da Gama to name but a few.
Part 2 of the evening was started with Terry Woods displaying the Pro Juventute Charity Stamps, booklets and postcards of Switzerland on behalf of Maureen Mathieson.
Terry then finished off the evening with a display of his own collection of covers related to the Lanarkshire Postal History surrounding the area of Clydesdale and specifically the town of Biggar. Terry showed a variety of postmarks from the 19th and 20th centuries and provided an interesting detail that in 1843 the datestamp was stolen and a new one sent for. This took about two weeks to arrive and Terry had on display a cover which used the old datestamp during this two week period, which he believes is the only one in existence. Terry finished off with a few postcards showing post offices which came under the control of Biggar.

Colin Fraser (USA) - 'British Central Africa 1891 - 1908'

15th October 2017

Colin with his display Colin Fraser who hails from Woodstock in the USA, but who originates from Dundee, came over to provide members with what can only be described as a jaw dropping display of British Central Africa 1891 - 1908. As one member put it afterwards, he was gobsmacked.
In the first part of the display Colin walked us through the period from when the British South Africa Company were responsible for the area through to it becoming British Central Africa. His display contained the 7 Bradbury Wilkinson preparatory essays, perfined specimen and manuscript specimen stamps and covers showing the postal rates applicable in the 1890's. Also shown for the next issue of stamps were die proofs produced by both Bradbury Wilkinson and De La Rue as well as essays of the finished design. The 1895 issue included proofs of the issue by De La Rue using Lithography as well as examples of the stamps and covers showing their usage.
Members viewing the display
Part 2 of his display took us from 1897 to 1908 beginning with essays of the 1897 issue using Typography by De La Rue, Die proofs and colour trials. Included in this were examples of watermarks both sideways and inverted as well as UPU specimen stamps. Again covers were on display showing the postal usage at the time and also perforate and imperforate stamps. Colin finished up his display with the issue of the 1899 10/- value followed by the colour changes to conform to the UPU and the King Edward VII issues when British Central Africa became Nyasaland in 1903 showing essays of the stamps, which were not known to have been produced.

President's Night - 'Around the World in 80 Pages'

1st October 2017

David with his display The first meeting of the new season was the President's display and this was on a topic of 'Around the World in 80 Pages'. The president displayed 2 stamps each from as many countries as possible based on the Scott catalogue within the confines of 80 pages. Initially David explained that tonight's display arose from a large box of world stamps he had collected. The thought behind the idea of the display was 'What can you do in Philately' and 'What can you collect'. David did contact the Guiness Book of Records regarding the display to see if anything like this could be included. Unfortunately the response was that as there was nothing to benchmark it against then it could not be included. Members viewing the display
Part 2 of his display centred on one specific country, namely Germany. The display then consisted of 1 page for each different part of German Stamps as defined by the Scott catalogue. This covered the different regions and areas of Germany and included Air Post, semi-postal, official, postal tax and railway stamps. Rounding off this part of the display were stamps related to the German occupation of other countries such as France, Slovenia, Sudetenland, Estonia and Italy to name but a few. The display finished with German Democratic Republic issues under Russian Occupation.
To round off the evening members enjoyed the usual refreshments of cake and tea/coffee.


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