Affiliated to ABPS
and to the Hampshire Philatelic Society

Stamps - Postcards - Postal History - Thematics

Visiting Speakers - Members' Displays
Club Auctions - Annual Fair

Meetings at the Ferndown Day Centre, Library Road, off Victoria Road
Ferndown BH22 9JP
at 7:30pm for 7.45pm until 10:00pm
usually on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month
Free parking behind the Day Centre
Subscription £6.00 per annum

The Club meets twice a month, usually one
evening of Members' displays plus an auction,
and one evening with a visitor.
Visits are made to other Clubs.
An Exchange Packet is circulated to Members.
The Club organises an Annual Fair in April with Dealers and an Auction, and an interclub competition

Chairman - Bob Small
Vice Chairman - Terry Kirkman

For general queries contact Paul Barry, Club Secretary:- 01258 821261, or e-mail: paulrichardbarry@hotmail.co.uk

For details of Membership contact Patricia Stanley, Membership Secretary 01202 887028

For anything to do with the Annual Fair, contact Alan King, Stamp & Postcard Fair Secretary:-
01202 064298 or e-mail....alan.king2010@hotmail.co.uk



46th Season


7:30pm for 7:45pm at the Day Centre in the shopping precinct Ferndown, Dorset, BH22 9JP

Guests and Prospective New Members are welcome

6 in 2 - Your Choice - Members; and Auction
"Poland during World War II" - Albert Jackson
9 in 4 - The Americas - Members; and Auction.
"Channel Island Locals" - Kim Pitts
SATURDAY - New Forest Stamp Fair, New Milton
Annual Competitions and entries displayed - Members; and Auction
Southampton and District Philatelic Society visit us
6 in 2 - Stamps only (no covers or postcards) - Members; and Auction
"World War I Censorship" - Graham Mark
A.G.M. and Trophy Presentations - Cheese & Wine; and Auction.
"Perkins Bacon, the company and their work" - Chris Harman RDP, Hon FRPSL
SATURDAY - RINGPEX Stamp Fair, Ringwood
6 in 2 - Postcards only - Members; and Auction
"War and Peace" - Tony Hickey
6 in 2 - "U", "V" and "W" are for.........." - Members; Auction
"South West Africa" - Tony Howgrave-Graham FRPSL
9 in 4 Anything GB - Members; and Auction
THURSDAY - Poole Society's 50th Anniversary Celebrations, Upton
  9th SATURDAY - Poole Stamp Fair, Upton
6 in 2 - Your choice - The Sea, Members; and Auction
"Border Changes in the Balkans" - Rex Dixon FRPSL
9th Postal Stationery, Cinderellas and 'Back of the Book' - Members; and Auction
"Napoleonic Prisoners of War Mail" - Richard Farman
6 in 2 Thematic evening "The Sea" - Members; and Auction
"The Tin Can Mail of Niuafo'ou Island" - John Davis FRPSL
Three Sheets from everybody (no excuses!) - Members; and Auction
Christmas Events, wine, mince pies quizzes, raffle, etc- Members


6 in 2 - Islands - Members; and Auction
"Russia's International Mails" - Charles Leonard
6 in 2 - 20th Century Postal History - Members; and Auction.


"Netherlands Pot-pourri" - Peter Hardie
SATURDAY - Milford-on-Sea - Annual Auction
Annual Competitions including One sheet competition - Members; and Auction
26th "Transatlantic Mail 1775-1875" - Julian Jones FRPSL
9 in 4 - Great Britain and Channel Islands - Members; and Auction
Petersfield & District P S visit us
A.G.M. and Trophy Presentations - Cheese & Wine; and Auction.
"1936 Berlin Olympic Games" - Tony Bosworth FRPSL
SATURDAY - RINGPEX Stamp Fair, Ringwood
6 in 2 - Thematic Evening - Members; and Auction
"A Closer look at Open Philately" - Christine Earle FRPSL and Patrick Reid FRPSL
6 in 2 - "A" is for.........." - Members; Auction
"Royalty" - Ian Shapiro
9 in 4 - Stamps only - Members; and Auction
8th SATURDAY - Poole & Bournemouth Society Stamp Fair, Upton
6 in 2 - Postcards Only - Members; and Auction
"Sudan, The Camel Postman" - Richard Stock FRPSL
8th 9 in 4 - Your Choice - Members; and Auction
"Burma, Christmas Island & Tolelau" - Rufus Barnes
6 in 2 - The Mail in Wartime - Members; and Auction
"Tristan da Cunha & 'Various'" - Chris Rainey FRPSL
Three Sheets from everybody (no excuses!) - Members; and Auction
Christmas Events, wine, mince pies quizzes, raffle, etc- Members





Reports on Club Meetings

To see reports of meetings held in 2012 to 2016 please.... click here


Monday 8 January 2018
6 in 2 - Islands - Members

Following the Chairman's New Year's Greetings, and a reminder to members what "6 in 2" and "9 in 4" meant, thirteen members put up displays on the theme of "Islands", covering an very wide interpretation of the subject, which drew long attention from the members at break time.

Chris Wheeler covered railway stamps from Union Island in the West Indies
Spence Coaker showed covers and a postcard from Hong Kong's many islands
John Duckworth started with the One Pnny stamp from Malta, then covered many other events from Malta
Trevor displayed six definitive series including some errors from Fiji
Next was a display of Falklands Islands postal history, with covers from the period of hostilities
Bill showed covers postmarked from the many islands of the British Isles
John Garrett concentrated on covers, stationery and aerogrammmes from Papua New Guinea
Albert Jackson put up six sheets demonstrating the unique concession labels used by the air mail service in the Aegean in 1943
Rod concentrated on the islands around Ireland and some of the 'non-islands' there
Don Seaby also covered Malta, using GB stamps with the A25 cancellations, and subsequent ones from QV and KGVII
Hugh Jefferies treated us to one island country's stamps used in another island country, such as Tristan da Cunha used in Gough Island
Alan King put up some very interesting Channel Island war time occupation issues, explaining some of their hidden symbols
The evening closed with David's cover to Jersey from the Siege of Paris, and letters out of Jersey during the Occupation

1963 cover from Mui To, Lantau Island to Taipei Postmaster General's deliberate error of "One Pnny", on cover Philatelic cover from Gough Island, which helped finance the students tour there
1870 letter to the Channel Islands Captured German gunboat off Guernsey, 1914 1d Jersey stamp on letter to Sir Thomas about Jersey War Stamp's hidden signs

(chris wheeler)


Monday 18 December, 2017
Christmas Events, wine, mince pies quizzes, raffleF

This, the final meeting in the Club’s 2017 calendar, proved to be excellent in all respects. A cold night did not deter too many members and those who attended this evening of festive fellowship, were well rewarded. Carol ably assisted by Alan and Don again pulled out all the stops and provided wonderful Christmas cheer. Terry, sadly absent, was the author of much enjoyed topical philatelic quizzes, one of an amusing humorous nature, quite in the ‘Kirkman’ tradition!! The evening was well rounded off with a generous Club Raffle, which left a smile on the Treasurer’s face!! Ah well!!...another most enjoyable event in the Club calendar, and one which both Chairman Bob and the Membership present fully appreciated.      ‘Thanks’.                     

One of the Christmas Quizzes

(Paul Barry)


Monday 11 December, 2017
Three Sheets from Everybody

Usually the Club’s in-house entertainment is …’what it says on the tin’ and this meeting certainly kept up with tradition. 26 members took part, presenting interesting mini displays, covering a huge topic range. These included such themes as ‘Alice in Wonderland’, ‘Postcards of air and rail accidents’, Les Folies-Bergere ‘on stamps, ‘Portugese Postal Stationery Cards’, Western Australia’s ‘Black Swan ‘ mid-range issues, covering colour variations, Elephants on Stamps  with distribution stats and the GB Victorian Jubilee Issue, with the 1/- red/green on cover to Boston  USA, a scarce and fine philatelic item.  ‘Family Christmas Cards 1905-7’’ was a delightful addition. Completing the exhibits was the familiar seasonal contribution from the Club’s ‘Joker in Residence’ –Terry Kirkman, entitled ‘Christmas Crackers 2017’, whereby a carefully chosen selection of stamps were given humorous captions …a fitting finale!!
Terry Everett Grenada definitives
John Davis Family Christmas Cards from 1905 to 1907
Rod Greer Modern Underpaid Labels from Northern Ireland to Eire and Eire to Northern Ireland
Dave Sadler Military Postmarks on Egypt Covers, Ismailia Camp and Taxe Marks from 1945
Charles Leonard Three covers from West Moors to a Mr Allen in Las Palmas, and Sao Paulo
Wendy Buckle Alice in Wonderland on stamps
Geoff Bradford Prisoner of War cards from USA to Italy, with Red Cross assistance
John Duckworth Canada, including Nova Scotia, and advertising envelopes
Michael Mawdsley Definitive issues from British Honduras, before independence
Chris Wheeler Postcards of air and rail accidents
Brian Quist Postcards of the Scouting Movement, including Baden Powell going to War
Denis Brown Portugese Postal Stationery Cards
Carol Gregory Seychelles Christmas Cards and stamps
Don Symon Switzerland Pro Juvente stampson genuinely used covers
Graham Hibbs Manet's last major work: "The Folies-Bergère", on stamps and the Radio Times cover
Brian Quist Royal Army Service Corps, WWII Christmas Cards
Trevor Smyth Complete stamp sheets of the American Flag and Presidents issues
Don Seaby Postage Dues on mail to Tripoli
Hugh Jefferies Definitive sets of the themed issues from the Falkland Island Dependencies
Mike Trickett Early Finland definitve issues under different administrations and currencies
Harry Tabbeart Wide range of Cancellations on the Roussel Reservoir issue from Switzerland
John Garrett Christmas card from 1894, a Lady's Dance Card wioth original pencil, etc
Alan King The mid-range "black swan" issues from Western Australia, with their colour variations
Paul Lear Elephants on stamps and elephant distribution statistics
Paul Barry The GB Jubilee Issue including a rare cover to USA with the red and gree 1/- stamp
Terry Kirkman "Christmas Crackers 2017"
1906 Family Christmas Card Underpaid label on cover from Eire to Northern Ireland Cover from set of 3 from West Moors to Mr Allen
100 year old Lady's Dance List POW card from USA to Italy Six of the Swiss cancellations
"Christmas Crackers 2017" Rare 1/- red and green on cover to USA Four of the Black Swan display, two with Official holes

(chris wheeler)


Monday 27 November, 2017
"The Tin Can Mail of Niuafo'ou Island" - John Davis FRPSL

The Club was extremely honoured to welcome member John Davis FRPSL at the November meeting. Hotfoot from Autumn Stampex, John arrived with his superb exhibit- ‘The Tin Can Mail of Niuafo’ou Island’ a 128 A4/A3 sheet presentation where he had won a Large Gold Award. John provided background information, beginning with an understanding of Tonga/Fiji and Niuafo’ou in particular, with its international date-line status. This tiny island, one in a volcanic chain, with a previous population of 1,300 had a coconut only industry, but with no airstrip or harbour facilities, communications were difficult. Mail services in/out were achieved for some years in the early part of the last century by swimmers with sealed canisters, later via canoes, reaching out to occasional passing deep-water ships; Arthur Tindall being the inspiration of this unique postal service. Volcanic action has seen various population evacuations, the latest returning in 1958. The tin-can service continued until the construction of an airstrip and shipping facility in 1983. The evening’s display consisted of 142 sheets and made use of varied material…maps, stamps, postmarks, censor marks, covers, letters, postcards, photos and air-graphs, supported by an excellent section on the introduction of cruise ships, their covers and publicity. This indicated an on-going world-wide fascination with tin-can mail. A particular emphasis was placed on destination mail, both in/out of the island, with a number being unusual, unique or rare. This was a brilliantly researched study in its entirety, with a detailed plan, development and full bibliography, as seen in the hand-sheet provided, not to mention the high quality sheet construction and write-up.
          Bob Small, wearing both a philatelic and Chairman’s hat stated in his great appreciations, doubtless shared by all-
‘some wonderful material…not surprised with the Large Gold Award, brilliant!!’

Front cover of the book telling the story of how the first coconut tree began in Niuafo'ou Early 1911 postcard to Germany showing the very rugged coastline of the island Cover from the SS Los Angeles from the island to California, via Guam and the Philippines
Cover from Granville, Australia to Niuafo'ou showing an image of the island Very rare cover dated 11 August 1938 despatched by the cruise liner Maunganui Statistics showing the mail count during the Golden Age of Tin Can Mail
The last Tin Can Mail cover, following the Evacuation Order, December 1946 Cocver with handwritten message by the Postmaster explaining that the hand cancellation stamp had been destroyed by the volcano
Tonga's first Tin Can Mail stamps FDC of the resumption of the Tin Can (Canoe) Mail service in January 1962
Niuafo'ou's commemorative air mail service stamps 1940 cover sent to France via England, but returned as due to the War the England to France service was suspended

(paul barry)


Monday 13 November, 2017 - 6 in 2 Thematic, The Sea

This evening of ‘home entertainment’ was again a most enjoyable event in a packed programme. Committee members had anticipated a poor auction, having seen a considerable downturn in consigned material in past months. This was not to be. A very sizeable quantity of lots were received, many of really worthwhile content. This auction proved most successful with a fair number of happy bidders, later  grasping bags and boxes and staggering home in the damp and misty night!! Now to the earlier thematic input. A total of ten displays were shared, again with diverse themes. Gerald Scanlon produced a study of modern stamps on the subject of ‘The Royal Australian Navy’, which included a delightful mini-sheet depicting 10 different ships, issued in 2011. ‘Seaplanes’ followed the nautical theme. Here John Duckworth described a troubled long distance flight of a Dornier Do-x to South America in November, 1930, reaching Rio six months later. Chichester’s aviation exploits were also celebrated. 'Famous Liners’ was the topic pursued by Chris Wheeler. He considered famous ships via stamps and postcards, including ‘Titanic’, ‘Empress of Britain’ and ‘France’…to name a few. With his naval background, Spence Coaker was well placed to take on the theme ‘Over the Sea, On the Sea, Under the Sea’ making interesting use of stamps, postcards and covers.  Old postcards were well used to promote Mike Trickett’s contribution on ‘Naval Images’, including Le Harve, Calais. ‘Paddle Steamers’ was well documented by John Garrett who via numerous postcards managed to convey a real sense of Bournemouth naval nostalgia. A superb sepia postcard of 1887 drew the eye…depicting a steamer at a landing stage at Lulworth. Charles Lennard considered ‘The Good Ship Arcadia’ with interesting supporting items – maps, postcards and covers. David Parsons was in good company with other holiday themed inputs with his ‘Sea-side Postcards’. These included sections on ‘Bathing Beauties’ and ‘A few Splashes from Jersey’. Don Seaby reminded Members of his extensive naval experiences. Using an all-postcard approach he referred to service on ‘HMS Tyne’ and ships in Portsmouth harbour. The final contribution came from Harry Tabbeart whose naval experiences based on lengthy service enabled him to provide another fascinating display. Via covers and ‘paquebot’ cancels a worthy glimpse was achieved of modern shipping. However one cover stood out; this depicted an illustrated cover… ‘25th Anniversary First Deck Landing Pure Jet Aircraft…HMS Ocean, 3rd Dec, 1945.   ’ Now how early was that achievement?!   
This ‘6 in 2’ input concluded a great first part to the evening!

Japanese cover to Australia from a ship in Tokyo Bay at the formal Surrender Meeting, on 2 September 1945 Cover flown from GB to South America, then to USA on the first Dornier X Flight from 1930 to 1931 Crash Cover from Sir Francis Chichester's plane Gypsy Moth which crashed in the Philipinnes, 1939
Hong Kong miniature sheet showing the sea bridge to Stonecutters Island The Packet Ship at Falmouth A Paddle Steamer landing at Lulworth Cove in 1861
The Ariadne, a popular Finland Shipping Company vessel - advertising poster "Rough Seas", painted in 1497, showing Mount Orguile Castle, Jersey Local stamps printed to commemorate the release of the three British ships being released form the Canal at the end of the War in 1967

(Paul Barry)


Monday 23rd October 2017
"Napoleonic Prisoners of War Mail" - Richard Farman

A very rich feast awaited Members on this dark and cold October evening. Programme Secretary Hugh Jefferies had yet again secured the services of a first rate speaker, Richard Farman.  Here was presented a very extensive and superbly written up collection of naval social history. Many items were unique and provided insights into the life and times of the period. Members came to appreciate that such postal history informs historians’ stock of knowledge, and as a source, it is a much valued tool. The photographs depicted here provide just a glimpse of extent, quality and rarity of exhibits.    A number of Members are collectors of this philatelic area and were therefore highly impressed by material shown and content of discourse.  Chairman Bob Small is most certainly part of this august group and in his summing up and vote of thanks he did not attempt to mask his sheer delight in the evening’s presentation.

The New HMS Ville de Paris Letter written by seaman on board Bodicia, off Falmouth, with 1/8d postage, 4th January 1798 Sheerness Dockyard
Seaman's letter written to HMS Podargus at Sheerness, 15th March 1813, at concessionary rate A Free letter to Kent from HMS Warrior of Texel during the Napoleonic Wars, 1813 Waterloo Subscription, with Free postage dated 19 June 1816
Letter written during the American War of Independence, 1779 POW letter to Cornwall from Givet in France, taking 203 days to deliver One of Brian Hawkins' illustrated military covers, posted in Gatwick, 2002

(paul barry)


Monday 9th October 2017
Postal Stationery, Cinderellas and 'Back of the Book' - Members

When the chairman asked who had brought along material, he was somewhat disappointed to see that only 4 people had responded. Maybe this could have been put down to the description in the programme which may have put some members off. Perhaps we need to explain what Cinderella and Back of the Book means in future. However the 4 displays that followed certainly prompted intense interest.

First off the blocks was Geoff Hood with a most unusual display of postal stationery, but with a difference: the stamps on the stationery items had been cut out and mounted. Geoff insisted that he had not purposely vandalised these items! The embossed stamps were mainly produced for envelopes and consisted of 1d and 2p stamps.

In 1885 more values were introduced up to one shilling. Other examples came from the letterpress used for postcards where the rate for overseas was 1 ¼ d. Registered post provided more examples and finally newspapers wrappers produced the elongated stamps used to wrap round the paper.

John Duckworth followed with a broad look at the Jubilee Penny Post starting with an invitation to the Guildhall in London; stationery cards and special cancellations were all part of the celebrations, however there was always the fear of caricatures being produced and sure enough some of these were on display. At the end of the celebratory year even Christmas cards were introduced with all the proceeds going to the Rowland Hill Trust,

Don Seaby started off with some postal stationery of the Isle of Wight before concentrating on Cinderella material promoting the Boy Scout and Girl Guide movement. The display was not confined to stamps but also postcards issued by Bournemouth Stamp Auctions and Stanley Gibbons.

Bringing up the rear Hugh Jefferies produced 9 sheets of Indian Officials. The earliest ones were using East India Company stamps overprinted but subsequent issues were printed as Indian stamps. Unlike the British cancels on high values which were usually perfectly centred and clear, the high values on the Indian telegraphic officials left a lot to be desired.

An auction followed after the interval.

Terry Kirkman


Saturday 30th September - HAMPEX, Wickham

A very active scene presented itself to the visitor on arrival, the hall full of dealers and buyers, the kitchen busy and when the time came for the awards for the Competition Entries to be presented there was a reasonable attendance to witness and congratulate the successful participants, though sadly few were actually there to receive their trophies and medals.

Paul Barry accepting awards on behalf of absent winners


Hampshire Philatelic Federation - Hampex - Competitions 2017 - Awards

Jan Kaluksi Trophy (best 32 sheet exhibit at the Show) A Jackson, Ferndown & West Moors PS
Howard White Society Trophy Ferndown & West Moors Philatelic Society
Howard White Individual Trophy W Buckle, Ferndown & West Moors PS
Hampshire Sixteen Cup P Mills, Winchester DPS
Postal History Salver JH Jones, Southampton DPS
Presland Aerophilatelic Salver A Jackson, Ferndown & West Moors PS
Hiscock Thematic Trophy H Morgan, Chichester DPS
Open Philately Award B Hague, Southampton PS
Hampshire Hog President's Trophy n/a
Frank Pegley Thematic Trophy n/a

(chris wheeler)


25th September 2017 - "Border Changes in the Balkans" - Rex Dixon FRPSL

The subject of the Balkans may well be a grey area for most and certainly this lack of clarity and understanding is likely to persist among philatelists, despite the very best intentions of our eminent speaker for the evening.  Rex Dixon FRPSL. Or… is this difficulty just a problem for the writer here?!  Rex covered the historical/political 20th century period in this much troubled region with great ability and knowledge and underpinned his presentation by the sharing of superb scarce philatelic material. Particularly around the WW2 period, border changes were as numerous as confetti!! These were occasioned by Germany’s aggression and the many pacts and alliances established at that time, making our dear Mr Trump to look like a mere sideshow! Such evenings for the Club usually begin with a damn good map, and tonight was no exception!  The writer for one, he suspects, was soon lost in a mire of dates, military conquests, agreements, countries and ‘carving-ups’, but his attention was certainly kept alive by frequently exquisite displays of overprinted stamp issues – many in blocks of 4, correspondence, covers, postcards and photos. (Do study the photographic evidence). Rumania proved to be the central part of the story. Having gained much territory around 1918/20, huge land losses were experienced in 1940. Albania between the wars depended on Italy for infrastructure and economy, however with the Italian invasion, followed by German invasion of Greece, launched from Albania, the region’s borders and influences saw much subsequent adjustment.

The second half presentation included looking at personalities, particularly those of King Carol and his son Prince Michael and with his succession, the establishment of the Government of National Unity. With the fall of Mussolini, the Germans took control of much Italian territory. Despite all these upheavals there and throughout the Balkan region it is amazing that not only postal administrations operated, but that numerous commemorative issues were achieved, many suitably overprinted. The evening’s presentation was certainly an in-depth study of a most miserable slice of European history, greatly enhanced by superb delivery and philatelic quality. In thanking Rex on behalf of the Club, Committee Member Albert Jackson showed much admiration and appreciation and stated that it would have taken ages to gather such material together, adding: ‘no one could cover so well via philately this complex period of history’.
The Balkans Land Grab Two "Little Entente" overprinted Romanian stamps, 1936 Operation Marita - Germany occupies Greece, 1941
Bulgaria occupies Greece later in 1941 Occupation of Kosovo, 1943 Croatian Coast Liberation Stamp, 1943

(paul barry)


Stampex, September 2017

It is with great delight that we congratulate John Davis on winning a Large Gold for his Tin Can Mail Competition entry at Stampex, September 2017


Monday 11th September, 2017 - "6 in 2" - Your choice- Members

This fascinating evening provided members with no less than 13 displays, covering a wide spectrum of interest. ‘GB Victorian Jubilee’ was Paul Barry’s postal history contribution, making excellent use of a range of captivating covers. He briefly outlined reasons for collecting this area and provided insights into acquisition. Stars of display were a red & green 1/- on cover to Boston, USA… a scarce single franking and a beautifully colour printed gun cartridge advertising cover, sent to Stirling. Terry Everett ‘took on board’ a ship theme with lovely early scripted letters, a gem being a 1770 ship letter to Scotland. John Davis shared his newly adopted interest in all things ‘Venice’! Explaining that his collection was at the ‘very early stages’, he provided a glimpse of the city in cameos via stamps, covers, postcards and mini-sheets, together with a serviette, sugar wrappers and old/new receipts from no less an establishment than Café Florin in St Mark’s Square, estab. 1720!!  (Watch this space for the emergence of a huge and superbly well researched presentation). ‘Kowloon’, part of Hong Kong, was Spence Coaker’s study, using covers, some with blue registration labels. Following hotly on the tail of a recent ‘Fake or Fortune’ television episode, Chris Wheeler promoted the work of famous Australian impressionist artist ‘Tom Roberts’. He made effective use of stamps, covers and delightful postcards from the National Gallery, Sydney. Under the heading ‘Dorset Postcards & Postmarks’, John Duckworth displayed early postcards from 1900s. To the fore were those of the Weymouth/Portland railway, with a delightful now long lost depiction of Rodwell Station, and another of Spettisbury Station. West Lulworth and Tyneham were also featured. Bill Laird shared a small part of his fascinating early postcard collection. A Pears Soap ‘Bubbles’ card easily took the eye, together with those of 1914 Bournemouth Cherries, an early Ryde card and the 1927 Royal Tour of Australia. Perhaps the best was a Zepplin card depicting downing pilot Lieut William L Robinson. Continuing the ‘postcard theme’ was John Garrett with a sample of old Bournemouth ones, together with a few ‘saucy’ cards and two having movable eyes. Album pages are a commodity of which Hugh Jefferies has no shortage!! Tonight saw some of his ‘Victorian India’, beginning with the famous 4 anna bi-coloured stamp, of which he displayed several!!...these being the first bi-coloured printing. David Parsons shared a small section of his considerable ‘Channel Islands’ collection. Items included a ‘miss-sent’ Jersey to USA and a Guernsey cover of 1886 to Rio. There then followed a study of Sweden by Chas Lennard –all early, including Copenhagen – Malmo (one a TPO) and Latvian/Estonian covers. Don Seaby presented railway themed cards, including some linked to Scotland and IoW. The concluding input came from Bob Small with his ‘Battle of Taranto’ (11th Nov 1940 Italy) stamps and covers. He supported these with an eloquent naval history lesson, focussing on the ‘Fairey Swordfish’ in particular…the first ship to ship attack ever…stamps, covers and maps supporting the theme.
Summing up Chairman Bob stated…’Yet again we are not disappointed’.

1/- red and green GB Jubilee Issue on cover to Boston, USA 1901 advertising cover for a gun cartridge manufacturer, sent to Stirling with 1½d green
Multi-stamp franking on cover to Sweden Postcard from Venice to Russia, arriving 9 days before it was posted, due to the 13 day Russian calendar difference!
1777 ship cover to Lymington

(paul barry)


Monday 14 August, 2017
9 in 4 Anything GB - Members

            At first glance, one would be hard pressed to find a link or similarity between this well regarded philatelic organisation and the Victorians! An example…the great age of Members!!? Well no….well not quite yet! The connection has to be found in the Club’s never ending capacity to enjoy itself by creating its own amusements and entertainment. Tonight’s meeting was no exception. No less than 11 Members stepped forward to contribute to a fascinating evening on the subject of ‘Anything GB’. First out of the trap was Charles Lennard with a superbly written-up display of early postal history, which included considerations of ‘Mulreadies’, covers having wax seals and parcel post labels. David Parsons was hot on his heels with an offering of mainly early/mid 20th century material. An interesting 1921 cover to the USA, was eclipsed by a 1941 military letter…to a private based in India, where there was much evidence to show the postal authorities’ difficulty in finding him…a familiar story of that age. A further feature was the inclusion of a printed ‘Albert Hall’ postcard and cover. Don Seaby provided a wonderful feast for the eyes with his 1887 Jubilee series, where multiples of each value were presented. For those familiar with this issue, this was bound to be a most colourful collection, keeping in mind the frequent bi-coloured printings, Don drew attention to details such as colour runs, cancels, perfins and parcel post labels. ‘Cricket’ stamp cancels and ‘Westbrom’  covers added to the mix. (All stoking the envy of the writer!!)  ‘Early GB Line Engraved ‘was Hugh Jefferies’ chosen area, with a beautiful examination of coloured cancels. John Garrett provided a fascinating display on ‘Aviation’. His well written-up presentation focussed on early aviators, including T. S. Rolls, and photos and postcards on the subject of ‘The Bournemouth Centenary Air Show’. A fine display from Bill Laird took the subject ‘The Wembley  Exhibition’. 1924 and 1925 issues were well covered and slogan postmarks, of which many exist, were much to the fore. The collection was further enhanced by printed stationery, an official guide and of immense interest (and some value), a superb original coloured poster, seldom seen. Following a goodly break for coffee and viewing, John Duckworth provided a study on the WWI civilian camps set up on the Isle of Man and St Kilda. This took in covers, postcards and correspondence. Chris Wheeler took a much more local theme…that of ‘Salisbury Railway Station’. His photos and postcards were most informative and the terrible speed derailment at the station gained attention. David Sadler provided early covers and postcards from his considerable collection. If one wishes to gain insights into the secretive and elusive world of KGV dies/shades in the period 1914-24, Bob Small is the man to find! His all mint/marginals revealed a huge (‘astronomic’) range of varieties within the 1/2d value, all….. green!!  Paul Lear took members on a variety of cruises with his ‘Cunard’ presentation via colourful stamps, postcards and pictorial covers, complete with an enticing travel brochure. A major focus was on the considerable fleet of vessels, launched over the years.
In concluding the evening, Chairman Bob Small spoke of the range and content of material being ‘exceptional’. He said this was ‘yet another justification for including ‘9 in 4’ events in a tightly packed programme.'

Map of the Great Exhibition, 1914 British Empire Cancellation on Cover from Portsmouth, 1924 Cottages in Ringwood
Cover from Oundle to outer village with four strokes representing 4d Letter from pupil at Oundle School in 1904 about the Fathers and Sons Cricket Match Last? letter from St Kilda, 19 June 1930 before the island was evacuated
Postcard from an internee in the Internment Camp in the Isle of Man to Germany Facsimile of a postcard from an internee in the Internment Camp in the Isle of Man to Germany Christmas postcard from an internee in the Internment Camp in the Isle of Man to Germany

(paul barry)


Monday 24 July, 2017
"South West Africa" - Tony Howgrave-Graham FRPSL

Hugh Jefferies, our Man from… not UNCLE, but of SG fame, has a remarkable knack of securing not only excellent speakers for our programme, but for teasing-out little known or obscure topics!! From the outset, Members were assured of a quality evening –quality of material and quality of presentation, whereby the former was frequently scarce and the latter write-up being both neat, precise and informative.  Tony briefly sketched out a geographical backdrop and spoke a little of a recent holiday to this far flung corner of Africa. This clearly is a huge and fascinating area. The major thrust of the display and excellent level of knowledge was centred around the years of the First World War. Reflecting Germany’s hunger to be a colonial power, albeit late in the day, the inevitable conflict was to be experienced. Tony traced the progress, or otherwise, of the war in this vast SW location, relying heavily on mainly philatelic material to ‘tell the story’. There was a wealth of maps, covers, letters, registered, postage dues, postcards, official forms, printed stationary and illustrated envelopes, telegrams, newspaper cuttings, photos, and a very considerable focus on ‘Cancels’ , of which many were military, popping up in some cases for the briefest of use in tiny and remote locations. Any philatelist wanting to make this a serious study area would have a life-time’s occupation!! In the earlier conflict period, posts were greatly restricted both in and out, not helped by a rebellion of German generals!  Britain has a habit of nose-poking and so this here was yet another arena in which to bloody noses!  All the usual hallmarks of conflict abounded…field post-offices, (German) propaganda, censor marks and mail, etc. The occasional amusing aside crept in…for example when Tony spoke of the vast German aviation machine…eg three aircraft, of which only one flew in battle!! Of note was the fact that the pilot had no bombs to delight his enemy, only shells which were hand launched from the cockpit. Most shells seemed to refuse to explode on impact, the angle of strike being inappropriate. He then had the brainwave of dropping these by parachute. The slight problem then being the fact that intended victims saw them coming and had time to avert disaster!! (No wonder we won!!). Back to philatelic matters…Tony displayed a major section on the surrender, military camps, including those for civilians and the post war experience where Allied forces were in charge. Eventually the postal services were under civilian control and in this period, military cancels continued to be used, of which some are’ ‘exceedingly rare’. A further section dealt with most interesting ‘railway cancels’ and scarce German marks. The Red Cross was again employed and evidence of this was to be seen in terms of in/out mail. The final section considered the issued stamps, (mint) suitably overprinted, some hen’s teeth examples, where issue had barely lasted a month….one could go on…!!

Bob Small made numerous notes, such was his interest and desire to suitably appreciate the evening’s presentation. In thanking Tony, he particularly commented on ‘the PoW covers, lovely letters and great cancels…an excellent postal history on SW Africa’.

Map of South West Africa during WW1 Hand drawn postcard showing a German plane flying over the writer's military camp, 1915 6 May 1901 registered cover with railway cancel
20 September 1916 philatelic cover with all values to 1/- Overprinted stamps from 1923 Tony with his certificate

(Paul Barry)


Monday 10 July 2017 - Members - 6 in 2 - "U", "V" and "W" are for.........."

Spence Coker opened the evening with six sheet about the Treaty Ports of Hong Kong, notably those on the Shangtung Peninsular. Weihaiwei in the north-east of China, was a leased territory of the United Kingdom from 1898 until 1930. The capital was Port Edward. This was followed by a display from Chris Wheeler of the 21 banned Donald McGill postcards, obtained from the Museum featuring his life and work on the Isle of Wight which the Poole & Bournmouth Stamp & Postcard Club recently visited as part of their Club's 50th anniversary celebrations. Wendy Buckle followed this with six pages of covers demonstrating postal covers and cancellations from the the city of Valka on the Latvian border, whilst under different jurisdictions, and two TPOs. Mary Hood displayed a set of postcards showing the ship Victory, with what life was like onboard, its history from 1765, and also HMS Vernon and the Royal Yacht Victoria. Geoff Hood took the topic Undeliveralble Mail, showing various examples of inscriptions on covers explaining why various items could not be delivered.

John Duckworth gave a fascinating story of a soldier, lost in battle,with the various correspondence between the relatives, the War Office and eventually the soldier himself on his return from a prisoner of war camp. John Dimond covered many issues from the United Arab Emirates,closing with a set of stamps withdrawn on their day of issue due to the date in Arabic being printed the wrong way round. Various historic Views of Bournemouth was presented by Bill Laird. Then John Garrett displayed six well written-up sheets of covers passed by censor that had travelled on the clipper ships from Australasia to Europe during World War II. David Parsons then treated us all to an incredible display of Ugandan Missionary stamps, some produced on the only typewriter in Uganda,and then later typeset issues. As a bonus he showed us a FDC of stamps sent from Australia to King George V, with the question, "how did this cover escape from the Royal Collection?". Hugh Jefferies then demonstrated Used Abroad, again featuring the Hong Kong Treaty Ports which he had been collecting for several decades. Don Seaby also went to Australia showing postmarks, perfins and postage dues from Victoria. The evening closed with Mike Trickett's six sheet display of Unpaid mail and UNESCO stamps.

The Chairman closed, expressing his delight at the number and quality of entries.

Undelivered Mail with marking "Represented: Still dead", 15 November 1973 United Arab Emirates - withdrawn stamps due to the date in Arabic being the wrong way round
Very rare block of 4 Ugandan Missionary typewritten stamps from the 1890s Very rare block of mixed value Ugandan Missionary typewritten stamps from the 1890s
FDC from Canberra to King George V, with the Royal Seal on the reverse Detail of FDC from Canberra to King George V, with the Royal Seal on the reverse

(chris wheeler)


Monday 26 June 2017 - "War and Peace" - Tony Hickey

Beginning with the Treaty of Versailles, with all its imperfections, speaker Tony Hicks set the scene at the Club’s June meeting as he began a profoundly detailed presentation on ‘War & Peace’. Clearly, as Chairman Bob Small pointed out in his later vote of thanks, this Treaty ‘has much to answer for…’  Tony traced by frequent philatelic means, the main causes and events leading to the 2nd World War.  He outlined the expansion of Germany, the rise of Hitler and the various alliances and invasions were covered. He supported his talk with numerous stamps of the period, including ‘propaganda’ issues. The main episodes of the war were covered, including Japan’s involvement. A consideration of the main conferences were highlighted…Quebec, Teheran, Yalta, Potsdam and many more. The Japanese Surrender was particularly focussed on.
        The second half of the presentation considered the closing months of the war and the emerging peace. Allied occupation stamps were strongly represented in the display, so too were ‘Victory’ issues, being those of Brazil, and various European countries. Also featured were ‘celebrations’ and ‘liberation’ issues, together with a major section on ‘Heroes’, of which Russia, France, Israel and USA were particularly represented. Most stamps were mint and many over-printed, with postcards, covers, photos and maps supporting the wonderful presentation. Perhaps the ‘star’ exhibit was a peace leaflet from an air-drop campaign.

Bob Small thanked Tony for his ‘very well researched presentation and the sheer quality of displays….brilliant!’

Adolf Hitler, 1889-1945 German Stamp - Britain and France Declare War, 3 September 1939 Nicaragua 75 Centavos - From the Atlanticf Charter Series, 1941
Nicaragua 25c - Roosevelt and Churchill, 1941 Joseph Tito of Yugoslavia on miniature sheet Polish stamp froma set commemorating the capture of Monte Cassino in Italy by the Polish Forces on 8 May 1944
Polish stamp commemorating the liberation of Warsaw from the Germans in 1944 Postcard depicting Brandenburg Gate One of a set ot Turkey stamps featuring the Surrender of Japan, on board USS Missouri

paul barry


Monday 12 June - 6 in 2 - Postcards only

On 12 June eight members presented six frames of postcards on a variety of themes, starting with David Parsons who had obtained a collection of Jersey postcards which had laid unknown in a chemist’s shop for several decades.  These covered local scenes and postcard humour, all by the artist William Stocker Shaw of Shepherds Bush.  Don Seaby followed with a collection of twelve postcards from 100 years ago showing scenes and events from the West Midlands, including the coal mine disaster of 1908 and the then current railway and fire stations in West Bromwich.  Mike Trickett put up twelve cards depicting scenes from France, notably Dinard and the tidal flow electricity generating barrage, the Barrage de la Rance.  Terry Kirkman displayed cards relating to advertising of Edwardian Shows, Films and Concerts and the stars who performed in them. John Garrett covered the six Bournemouth stations that had existed over time with some quite rare views of them and the trains that ran in those days.  Chris Wheeler illustrated the Channel Tunnel, with its planning, construction, under water joining up and eventual massive terminals with their turning circles and storage lines on both sides of the Channel.  John Duckworth produced some amazing postcards of Dorset Villages, with the scenes on one side and the messages and cancellations on the other.  Finally, Bob Small displayed a collection he had “borrowed” from his wife showing scenes from Hamworthy and Old Poole.


The original Hamworthy Bridge NALGO Holiday Camp, Croyde St Giles Post Office - Picture
Gaiety Girl Christchurch Station St Giles Post Office - Cancellation

(chris wheeler)


Monday 23 May - "Perkins Bacon, the company and their work"

Chris Harman RDP, Hon FRPSL

Following a fire at his home in the 1970s, with his insurance pay-out, Chris began a new collection. His interest in early postal history was keen and ‘private posts’, printer’s samples of Perkins Bacon and the unusual, including stamps in blocks, were all to the fore. He found that there were ‘masses of stamps’ but few in ‘nice condition’. His main principle has been to ‘select for quality –rather than rarity’. Chris outlined in some detail the story of Perkins Bacon, which he stated is really ‘the story of the Penny Black’. Club members learnt much …the company was in fact American. Jacob Bacon was essentially an inventor who came to England with a small group, including an engraver and an engineer. The date…1819 saw the company pitching for a Bank of England banknote contract. The company began here with a bank contract, not a philatelic brief. There was no doubt that their engraving work was superb, of the highest order. The presentation, much enjoyed by members, contained wonderful sample designs in line engraving. A report such as this can only just hint at the quality and breadth of the collection. A feast pummelled the eyes!! Following a section of coloured printing, 1d blacks and 2d blues were hugely represented…’ivory heads’!!! with 1841 1d reds and 2d blues featuring, leading on to an impressive section on perforated stamps. Early handstamps on covers were studied, followed by a selection of the first colonial printings…Trinidad and Mauritius. As has been indicated PB were great engineers, but not great business people…and this Achilles’ Heel was to be their downfall, soon losing the Crown Agents’ contract. To give a taste…New Brunswick in impressive blocks were displayed first, followed by Chile (1853), then Cape of Good Hope triangulars, early issues of Australian States and Tasmania, including considerations of London v. local printings… yes… and so much more!! Die proofs, locally sourced papers and watermarks took their place also. A study was made of the differing philatelic requirements of individual Colonies. All in all much very scarce material was shared. Perkins Bacon really only thought in terms of imperforated work. Perforating was required, yet this proved to be a major problem for the company. Their printing plates were not built around such a consideration. Hand perforating was therefore required. Eventually PB acquired a line perforating machine and the display contained a fascinating study of the success in perforating and otherwise. Eventually the company’s contract was given to De la Rue, who initially struggled with perforating, but saw more success by 1863. The presentation concluded with a fascinating section - ‘odds & sods’ in which revenue stamps were presented, including locally produced revenues….scarce!! 

Acting Club Chairman -Terry Kirkman awarded the task of ‘vote of thanks’ to none other than Hugh Jefferies, who could barely get to his feet, such was the effect of viewing so much overwhelming material. Hugh said it had always been a hope, in his capacity of Programme Secretary, to book Chris at some point, but for years he had failed the test. However finding himself in a bar in Chris’ company he managed to bag his catch, exclaiming that –‘I’ve got to see some of this collection’! Hugh stated that it was well worth the wait…’the great rarity and quality is amazing!‘ His favourite was Australian Convict Mail….now one wonders why?!!!                             

The John Richardson Printings New Zealand Two Pence Blue Queensland One Penny
Sample Bank Note Geometric Lathe Engraving, with Code, from the Proof Book of Alfred Deacon, engraver
Half a Crown Revenue Stamp as Fee for Hiring a Guildhall Consulting Room, Southampton Chris Harman RDP, Hon FRPSL receiving his Appreciation Award from Hugh Jefffries

(paul barry)


Monday 8 May - A.G.M. and Trophy Presentations

The evening began with the AGM, competently run by the Chairman, with the various officers of the Club providing their reports and answering questions from the floor. This was followed by presentation of the many awards won at the 13 March Club Competitions, with the Best in Show being awarded to Geoff Hood for his entry "The ½d Post". A social and auction completed the evening.

The Chairman giving his report Wendy receiving her award Geoff receiving "The Best in Show" trophy

(chris wheeler)


Monday 24 April - "World War I Censorship" - Graham Mark

In summing up the Club’s appreciation of this remarkable presentation, Chairman Bob Small stated…’Well Graham: what can I say?? What an absolutely fascinating display of World War I censorship material!’ Certainly it would be hard to picture a more extensive collection and so very professionally promoted both in terms of display and description. In Graham’s book published in 2000, entitled ‘British Censorship of Civil Mails during World War I, 1914-1919', we are immediately made aware that this is a huge and deep philatelic study. Members were entertained by a section of his most specialised collection built up over many years.  It was clear from the outbreak of hostilities that there was a chronic need for censorship, yet the Post Office was not ready to implement any sort of controls. Labels were quickly introduced and these took a number of forms both in size, colour and length of use, these included those marked ‘Censor’ and ‘Opened by Censor’. These labels were used on both UK mail and on inbound ‘Enemy’ mail. Internment mail was also covered. Numerous examples of all these were displayed, together with an interesting section on ‘French Censored Mail’. Graham described how French censors came to London to read/approve/adjust their national mail, employing their own handstamps. Some covers displayed depicted two censor marks –French and UK!  A study of ‘postal rates’ featured, together with ‘1914 Postage Due Stamps’, ‘CoD’ introduction and ‘Temporary Post Offices, April, 1914’.  In mounting this well written-up display, Graham included a wide range of material, including Postmaster General’s notices, covers, letters, postcards, printed stationery, registered mail, labels, wax seals, a study in associated postmarks and original articles from the ‘Illustrated London News’. A fine presentation indeed which promoted much interest and discussion.      Absent Members missed a treat!!

Graham explaining slogan postmarks and their withdrawal The GPO 'Secret Censorship Letter Office', from the ILN, 1844 Example of a Late Fee cover
Photograph of the setting up of the first meter machine in 1922 Cover with continuous impression slogan for War Bonds, 1918 Meter cover with GWR slogan, added in a second process, 1926

(paul barry)


Monday 10 April - "6 in 2", Stamps Only

                   Vice Chairman Terry Kirkman welcomed the membership and invited by show of hands the number of displays to feature. Hugh Jefferies led the team onto the pitch with his fascinating contribution ‘Chalon Heads’.  Hugh has a particular interest in the world of varieties- shades, papers, watermarks and perforations and his study of Chalon Heads certainly enabled this focus. Attractive used Victorian stamps from Natal, New Zealand and Queensland were particularly well represented….all 6 pages having been freshly removed from their album home. Don Seaby never fails to contribute and his ‘China’ study of Mao modern issues was interesting. Now of some considerable value, he explained that at the time of production, their confetti style receipt by dealers received little enthusiasm….fortune tellers slipped up there big time!!  John Case demonstrated his love of colourful issues and this was certainly noted with his ‘Solomon Islands’ display. He shared his enthusiasm for the topics covered… ‘Titanic’, ‘Whales’, ‘Island Flora & Fauna’, ‘Butterflies’, Airbus’, ‘Lighthouses’ and ‘Koalas’….all stamps being presented within mint and mini-sheet contexts. John Garrett equally appreciates philatelic colour and beauty and this was well demonstrated in his ‘Papua New Guinea’ display of modern issues, where his ‘butterflies and moths’ content was easily observed. Don Symonds’ ‘Helvetia’ also promoted bright, colourful mint stamps, from the period 1935-49, His ‘costumes’ theme was especially noteworthy. ‘Sweden’ was Bill Laird’s consideration, in the period 1920-95. Here were presented booklets, coil-stamps, perforations and mini-sheets. Spence Coaker has a great knowledge of early ‘Hong Kong ‘stamps and his superb showcase was finely written-up in pleasing flowing script. He covered 1862 onwards and included interesting o/printed and perfinned items. The display was underscored by a consideration of commerce and this theme was promoted by his displayed book ‘Traders of Hong Kong: Some Foreign Merchant Houses, 1841-99’. Chris Wheeler completed this engaging evening with his display entitled ‘Australian Artists on Stamps’. Fresh from his riveting visit to the National Gallery, Chris was inspired to display beautiful related stamps…singles/mini-sheets…Aboriginal art and impressionistic work being particularly featured. His presentation was further enhanced by his regular use of black sheets…creating a visual feast. The meeting concluded with a small but well attended sale, having more than double the number of punters seen at the Club’s Annual Fair auction two days previously!!  

Chalon Head on Queensland 9d green Artist at work on the Mao Poem set Lake of Lugano, pro juvente, 1929
Solomon Islamn m/s Endangered Species Hong Kong Trader perfin Australia Impressionist (Streeton) Specimen

(paul barry)


Results of the Interclub Competition, held at Ferndown on Saturday 8 April 2017

Bridport General G1 Falkland Isles Discovery & Settlement 69 14.8 1ST
Postal History PH1 Warsaw City Post - Local Handstamps 1916-1918 79

Ferndown &
West Moors

Open Social O1 Cheyne Walk Artists 65 13.8 3RD
General G2 The Halfpenny Post - Postage Rate of British Mail 1870-1940 73
Poole Postal History PH3 Latvia at War - 1919-1920 75 14.5 2ND
Thematic T1 A Day Out at Kew Gardens 70

Bridport won the Interclub Trophy
Bernard Paull won the Peter Owden Trophy for the best individual exhibit


Monday 27th March - Southampton and District Philatelic Society visit us

A certain mystery always surrounds an evening when the club is to be entertained by philatelists from afar!!  Keeping up this ‘exchange’ tradition always proves most worthwhile, as demonstrated by the response to this particular meeting. Three fascinating displays featured, the first being ‘Bishop’s Waltham’  by Mike Batty (his own village!!) who produced a highly detailed historical and social journey through the interplay of philatelic material. Included were pre-post documents dating from 1773 onwards… cancels - some first day, red and blue wax seals, covers, letters…much to/from solicitors, printed postal stationery, bills, maps, rates, transatlantic mail and so much more. This 90 sheet display was a gem and profoundly well presented via excellent write-up and exposition. Brian Hague followed after the customary break, with his superb ‘Jutlandia’ study. Launched in 1934, this Danish cargo ship clearly had an eventful history. After considerable cargo work, the ship was provided by the government to act as a hospital ship in the Korean War, manned by volunteers. Again a wonderful write-up, the display took in photos, covers, airmails, postcards, details of cargoes and routes. A menu card was of interest too, as were the letters to/from crew members. The final presentation came from John Berridge…’Hindenburg Air Ship’. …mainly in the 1936/7 period. This visual feast included construction details, air-stamps, mini-sheets, covers, letters, photos, tickets, technical information and routes. The airship achieved 140 Atlantic crossings, 130k passengers, one million miles...a real business competitor. Its first trans-Atlantic flight in 1936 to South America was well documented, as were later navigations and of course the final disaster…the fire/crash in the USA, in May 1937. Some 300 covers exist from this very flight!! Here were displayed numerous philatelic gems, some being unique items.

Bob Small warmly thanked the three speakers and showed much enthusiasm for the material shared, much of which would have been a considerable challenge to collect. Again, as Chairman, he was able to show much appreciation and the Club greatly endorsed the presentation of engraved whisky tumblers…only sorry they were not suitably filled since Bob had not travelled to his Scottish distillery in a while!!

The four visitors from Southampton

Postcard sent to Denmark from Marseille in 1939, with image of the Jutlandia The Jutlandia as a hospital ship The Royal Yacht Jutlandia
1820 wrapper from Bishops Waltham to Margate Detail of the Redirection Mark (in red) 1848 Cover from Odiam to Bishops Waltham, whilst it was a Receiving House
President Hindenburg on a stamped postcard Philatelic cover from the Netherlands to Southern Rhodesia, with Hindenburg cachet Cover carried on the final flight of the Hindenburg in 1937

(paul barry)


Monday 13th March - Competition Evening

There were 13 entries across all classes this evening, our Judges being welcomed to the Club for a mammoth evening!! They summed up their work with the advice that generally there was too much written material, some of it also difficult to read as it was too small. The General Class entry lost valuable marks as it had no introduction. Overall very good marks were scored with some impressive entries based on their themes, subject matter and presentation. The entries and judging results are shown in the table below. The "Best in Show" was "The ½d Post" in the Postal History Class, won by Geoff Hood.

  WWII Censorship of Mails John Garrett 77
Postal History      
  The ½d Post Geoff Hood 94
  The Free Frank System John Garrett 93
  Prisoner of War Mail, Army Service Corps Brian Quist 75
  Kew Gardens Chris Wheeler 89
  John Dickinson Wendy Buckle 95
  Cheyne Walk - Artists Chris Wheeler 94
  Christmas Comes but Once a Year John Garrett 84
  I Kiss Your Hands Albert Jackson 82
  German New Guinea John Garrett 67
  D.M. Cards John Garrett 95
  Uniforms Worn by the Royal Corps of Transport Brian Quist 89
  Postcrossing Chris Wheeler 78

(chris wheeler)


Monday 27th February
"Channel Island Locals" - Kim Pitts

The speaker, Kim Pitts outlined the history of Herm and provided a most detailed consideration of the island’s stamp issues. What, at first sight might have seemed an uncomplicated subject, soon revealed itself to have many complexities, the number of printings being one. Kim began his collection in modest fashion, but he soon developed a passion for these issues. First the emphasis had been to obtain one example of each stamp; this was followed by the search for both mint and used …then covers …then blocks, part sheets, etc. Kim display numerous early stamps, in local currency, a scarce FDC of the first printing and examples of the ‘pigeon post’, soon replaced by the establishment of a good telephone service with Guernsey. An examination of postal rates was made, followed by the BEA air letter service from 1953. There was an interesting consideration of triangular stamps, which included 12 complete mint sheets! The May 1957 colour trials were displayed. Then a section followed on HRH Princess Margaret’s Royal Visit which was enriched by the addition of corner blocks and full sheets. Fairly scarce early stamp booklets were also admired, along with varieties, overprints, mailbag seals and essays. 1st October 1969 saw the opening of the Post Office and this was celebrated by an FDC. Later postal items were included, culminating with a further short historical look at this enchanting island. Kim was pleased to state that Ferndown Club Members were the first to experience all of the display…180 sheets in total. Bob Small, Club Chairman, was clearly much moved by the extent and beauty of the material.  In summing up he stated ‘What a lovely display, I have not seen many of these issues, especially the early ones; this presentation was brief, informative and very entertaining’. He warmly thanked Kim for sharing this with the Club.

FDC of the BEA Air Mail Service marked "Delayed by Storm" Pigeon Service stamp on a "flimsy" to St Peter Port - CTO 17 July 1949 One of the Lifeboat series of definitives from 1959
Princess Margaret overprints on the Lifeboat definitives set The 18th and final printing of the Local definitives on postcard Triangular stamp strip with missing perforationas the selvege end
Liberation Issue - Churchill bromide essay The last day of use of the local stamps, on card, 30 September 1969 The first day of use of the Guernsey stamps on card, 1 October 1969

(paul barry)


Monday 13th February 2017 - "9 in 4 -The Americas" - Members

The meeting was well attended and a good response from membership in display contributions was celebrated.  The opening theme on ‘Panama’ provided a strong introduction with quality coloured postcards enhanced by black card backing. Various aspects of the canal’s construction were presented, together with its immediate environments. This display covering a favourite collecting area for Chris Wheeler, was again much appreciated. Spence Coaker’s ‘Canada’ was well written-up and supported an interesting coverage of postal stationery, covers and aviation stamps.  Items from Quebec and Prince Edward Island, together with postal links between Canada and France were covered. Not a million miles away…’Nova Scotia’...and here John Duckworth’s presentation of early covers was enjoyed, together with one internal Newfoundland flight. These were mainly George V, with some items being black/white illustrated. ‘Different Ways By Which Mail is Delivered’   was John Davis’s area, seen here in much reduced form from his major collection. This well written-up, informative display was typical of John’s usual standard and through a combination of covers, photos, and maps, members were introduced to a fascinating and under-represented field of study. Of note, a ‘Supersonic Concorde’ signed cover by Capt. Thomas Vojtek –US Naval Defences, whilst on land a brilliant cover was included…’Alaska Dog Team Post’. Albert Jackson’s superb contribution  -‘Poles in Exile ’ contained stamps, gummed publicity vignettes issued in conjunction with issues, superb colour or b/w illustrated FDC’s and of particular comment, a ‘Liberation of Poland’  stamp sheet. Brian Weeks, on a vastly different topic, examined the ‘Millennium Celebration’ through various mint stamps depicting celebrities of the 20th Century. Using his printed USA mini-sheets, Brian traced the decades up to the 1980s. ‘Transatlantic Mail’ by Brian Cropp formed but a small fraction of an important personal resource. Here early covers, all ‘pre-stamp’ were in evidence, including an 1842 Boston to Liverpool item arriving 16th November; another, New Orleans via England to Paris, 20th January, 1846, reaching destination 12th July and a fine cover New York via England to Cognac, 7th May 1851, arriving 17th May. The concluding display came from Hugh Jefferies with his ‘West Indian Islands’, featuring mainly fine used.  His 6 album pages focussed on unique village postmarks of which he had made a modest but informed study. A secondary element covered ‘Grenada’ …again a postmark study, encompassing Victoria through to KG VI.
Bird's Eye View of the Panama Canal Construction of the Gatum Spillway Railway Advertising Postcard
Futuristic Mail Transport FDC - Liberation of Poland USA Millenium 1900s sheet
Sea Mail on "Britannia" from Boston to Paris via Liverpool, 1842 Sea Mail on "Asia"from New York to Cognac via Liverpool, 1849 Canadian cover with 1c War Stamp

(paul barry)


Monday 23rd January 2017 - "Poland during World War II" - Albert Jackson

This superb presentation by Committee Member Albert Jackson was memorable on a number of counts –the haunting history of one of Europe’s darkest episodes, the quality and scarcity of material, the meticulous write-up and eloquence of exposition. To cover such a topic in a week might seem reasonable; to do so in 1½ hours was nothing short of miraculous!  Albert ably described in chronological progression, the main components of this study, historical, geographic, racial, political and pictorial, not to mention the most detailed commentary on Polish/German postal services, stamps issued, cancellations, taxed overprints, official stationery, covers, correspondence and postcards and of course –censorship and censor marks.
          Given the pre-war enmity of Nazi Germany towards the Polish nation and her territory, it was clear that the war would have its origins in that sphere. The build-up of invasion forces, the speed of the campaign, the destruction of vast areas and major loss of life were aspects clearly depicted. Of particular note were fine coloured postcards having such captions as ‘The Great March into Poland’, ‘On the Road to Victory’, ‘Heinkel He 111 Warplanes over Warsaw’ and ‘Workers’ Regiment defending Warsaw’. Forced labour, re-settlement programmes and internment camps added to the mix. Yet out of this carnage and unspeakable misery a range of postal services emerged- German, Polish and Jewish, rising phoenix-like from the ashes. Albert’s fabulous material on display gave a brilliant insight into this historical period, but perhaps the absolute gems in the display were three hugely rare postcards from Russian camps associated with the Katyn massacre. These were among the very few items posted out before the inmates were executed and the camps closed down.  However the account of Poland in wartime was not limited here to the early occupation, for after the interval which provided members with opportunities for close scrutiny of displayed material, there was a fascinating consideration of the turning tide. Russia’s eventual massive and sustained assault on Hitler’s Eastern front had huge implications on Poland and her marshalled Polish military forces. Albert provided insights also into the Polish worldwide diaspora and resettlement programmes.  
Secretary Paul Barry was called upon to give the vote of thanks. On behalf of Club, he paid high tribute to many exquisite aspects of the presentation here described and made mention of the fact that although Albert had happily chosen to live in retirement near a thriving philatelic environment, it was more the greater privilege for Club members to have him in their midst!

German Invasion of Poland, 1939, a privately produced fieldpost card German Invasion of Poland - the intensive bombing of Warsaw, 1939 Resettlement Programme - Portrait of Anton Steckbover Farmery
Deutsche Post Osten, the overprinted German definitives of 1939 "German Post of the East", in Polish curency Postcard from the General Government to the small Spanish Internment Camp Letter - Polish Forces in USSR - the Polish Peoples's Army

(paul barry)


Monday 9th January 2017- "6 in 2" - Your Choice, Members

The first meeting of the year and new season only saw 30 members attend, even though there was an auction. Having said
that the few that remained at the auction bought £131 worth - not bad.
The 6 in 2 provided the evening with its usual quality and variety of exhibits. They were:

John Duckworth - Czechoslovakia bi-coloured stamps
Spence Coaker - French aviation air mail stamps
John Garrett - Bournemouth/Poole/Christchurch postal history
Hugh Jefferies - Grenada stamps
Bill Laird - Cachets from GB Government Departments
John Case - Pitcairn and Solomon Island stamps
Don Seaby - South Africa

(Bob Small)


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