Poole and Bournemouth Stamp & Postcard Club (Founded 1967)

Affiliated to the Association of British Philatelic Societies


The Hampshire Philatelic Federation

Meetings are held at 7:30pm on the first and third Thursday of each month at the Upton Community Centre,
Poole Road, Upton, Poole BH16 5JA (see map at bottom of page)


Car park at Upton Community Centre
and St Dunstan's Church, Upton, Poole

To see reports of meetings from 1 November 2012 to 15 June 2023, please click here


Club Committee

Chairman David Wilkins
Vice-Chairman Mike Houchen
Secretary Michael Goodman
Treasurer Wendy Buckle
Programme Secretary Brian Snape
Publicity Rick Wilmot
Fair Organiser David Morris
Other Committee Members Tony Arnold (Auctioneer); Ken Parrott
Webmaster Chris Wheeler
Honorary Examiner Simon Adams

Club Programme for 2023

January 5th Members' displays "1923"
January 19th "Guest" - Brian Snape Janos Kass
February 2nd Members' displays Overprints, watermarks and postmarks
February 16th Members' displays Kings and Queens
March 2nd Competition Evening Green Cup, Harry Parsons Shield, Thematic Cup, Barry Proctor Cup, John Hilton Trophy and Novice Trophy
March 16th Spring Auction Formal auction
April 6th Competition evening two and awards Bill Way Shield
April 8th Ferndown Fair and Inter-Club Competitions At Hamworthy Club
April 20th "Guest" Barry Hobbs Mind your Ps and Qs - Pills, Potions and Quackery of North America
May 18th AGM Single sheet from all
June 1st Guest Chris Wheeler People of Dorset, Hampshire and Wiltshire on Stamps
June 3rd Ringpex 2023 At Greyfriars Community Centre
June 15th Guests Nick & Janet Nelson An Evening in Brazil
July 6th Summer Auction Formal auction
July 20th "Guest" Ted Kemp Turkey
August 3rd Members' displays Holidays
August 17th "Guest" Mike Goodman United States of America 1851 - 2011
Members' displays
Club Fair (Saturday 10-4)

Agriculture and Horticulture
At Upton Community Centre, BH16 5JA

September 21st Autumn Auction Informal auction
September 23rd Hampex 2023 At Wickham Community Centre
October 5th Members' displays Postal services
October 19th Guest Julian Jones Transatlantic Mail between USA and GB
November 2nd Members' displays Crests, flags and banners
November 16th Winter Auction Formal auction
December 7th Members' displays Christmas
December 21st Christmas Social Members' displays of anything non-philatelic


Provisional Club Programme for 2024

January 4th Members' displays Emergency Services
  18th "Guest" Barry Hobbs Private Mail Carriers of South America
February 1st Members' displays Valentines
  25th Spring Auction  
March 7th First competition evening Green, Novice,Barry proctor and John Hilton Cups
  21st Guest speaker TBA
April 4th Second competition evening and awards Bill Way Shield
  13th Ferndown Fair and Inter-Club Competitions (Saturday) At the Hamworthy Club
  18th Guest John Moody Zeppelin, the man, the machine and the stamps
May 2nd "Guest" Rick Wilmot Germany: the occupation zones and the DDR
  16th AGM Club members' auction
June 1st RINGPEX 2024 (Saturday) Greyfriars Community Centre
  6th Guest Chris Wheeler Post Office labels and stamps
  20th Summer Auction  
July 4th Members' displays Sem-postal, charity and health stamps
  18th "Guest" Ted Kemp Birds
August 1st Members' displays Airmail
  15th Guest speaker TBA
September 5th Members' displays Stamp fairs and exhibitions
  7th Club Fair (Saturday 10-4) At Upton Community Centre, BH16 5JA
  19th Autumn Auction  
  21st HAMPEX 2024 (Saturday) Wickham Community Centre
October 3rd Members' displays Sheets, blocks, triptychs, se-tenants and tête-bêche
  17th "Guests" Wendy Buckle/Brian Snape John Dickinson and his silk thread paper/The Hungarian holocaust
November 7th Members' displays Members' choice
  21st Winter auction  
December 5th Members' displays 'Most beautiful stamp ever' - display and vote
  19th Christmas social Members displays of anything non-philatelic

For advance information and to make a provisional booking for the 2024 Club Fair, please
contact the Fair Organiser, J Morris - by email davidlytch@gmail.com or 01202 631868 (evenings and weekends)


Meeting Reports

Thursday 16th November 2023
Winter Auction

Poole Club had the Winter auction on 16th November. 25 buyers, sellers and watchers turned up. Nice to see some members from the Ferndown Club. The format, this time, was better items listed and sent to the secretary to be distributed. Members could also bring items on the night. This will be the system until further notice. Out of the 216 lots, 133 were sold. The next auction will be February 2024.

(Rick Wilmot)


Thursday 2nd November 2023
Crest, Flags and Banners - Members

The six boards were full for both halves of the meeting. Taking part were, Ken Parrott, Mike Houchen, Michael Mawdsley, Tony Arnold, Brian Snape, Alan King, Mike Goodman.

Ken began with a display of topical material from around the world esp. Malta. Mike H. had brought some actual flags which was a great idea for the evening’s topic. He also showed stamps from Europe, Scandinavia, USA and UN. Mike M. Stamps of Australia, Canada, S. Africa, European Union and included Scouts and Guides with their flags and banners. Brian showed material from Hungary. He spoke about the cover of a Hungarian Rhapsody magazine from the RPS. The flag of the 1956 uprising, wartime posters and Communist flag waving on stamps were all in the display.

Tony had covered three boards with material including UN flags, crests of universities and colleges, other topical material from around the world. Alan showed a page of Western Australia black swan stamps, being an emblem of that part of the country. This was followed by the Canada Maple Leaf set of 1981. Also, stamps of the Arms of French towns, German occupation zones and the French Arms of Paris. Tony was back with another showing with more interesting material including postcards of maps of SE England with town crests. Finally, Mike G. showed Canada maple Leaves on stamps and lots of USA flag definitives winding up with the US flag on the moon in 1969.

All very fine displays!

Mike's Flags Hungarian Rhapsody: 400 years of posttal history
Fresh fish from Great Yarmouth Stamps and symbol of Hungarian workers
Part Dutch flag with Anne Frank Canada Day, 1979
Kent coast with coat of arms Old Glory

(Rick Wilmot)

Thursday 19th October 2023
Guest Julian Jones with "Transatlantic Mail between USA and GB"

The guest speaker tonight was Mr. Julian Jones. His expertise on transatlantic mail was evident from the first page. The display began with Ship Mail between Europe and the USA, late 1800s / early 1900s, most of which went via Queenstown in Ireland. Cunard and White Star Line ships carried the mail and included mail written and postmarked on the ships. Julian explained the ‘Paquebot’ system and how it originated including the UPU rules of 1893. Uncancelled mail was handled in the TPO with the PAQUEBOT mark.
Following the ship mail came the Catapult mail, Zeppelin posts and Pan American Airmail with some excellent examples of covers.

During the late 1920s, the need for greater speed across Atlantic was recognized in the carriage of mail between Europe and the Americas. Among the ideas developed by commercial enterprises from the military advances was something that came to be called catapult mail. It is an interesting story of man bringing together the knowledge learned from sailing the sea and flying in the air for the benefit of man's needs, as mail could be carried in the last leg by an airplane launched from a ship while still at sea. The idea was to cut a day or two off the ship’s mail delivery time by launching a mail-filled aircraft off the deck part way into the sea journey.” {Wiki}

After a break, Julian showed material from 1939-1999. Airmail with various combinations, postal rate changes until the acceleration of rates after 1980, and the introduction of Alphabetical letters on stamps replacing currency.

Paquebot cancel made on board Dublin & Cork TPO US Special Delivery to the ship Cunard "Umbria", 1895
Sowing postage due precancel labels US Mail Steamer "St Louis"
Private postcard carried on Cunard "Campania" Philatelic usage from Miami to Sutton Coldfield via Belgiuan Congo
Graf Zeppelin Flight, 1933 End of Display

(Rick Wilmot)


Thursday 5th October 2023
"Postal Services - Members' Displays

The topic tonight was Postal Services. This covers almost everything in the philatelic world and the display boards were full for both periods of the meeting.
Ken P began with a display of R. letters, embossed covers, Malta FDCs and air letters.
Alan K. showed several stamps of Tasmania with various postmarks and told the story of the trains collecting mail bags whilst moving.
Michael G. had some fascinating U.S. material from ‘Dead Letter Offices’. He explained the system relating to unclaimed mail and said that there are approx. 20 million items still undeliverable as well as underpaid mail held for additional postage.
Tony A. showed many post cards of postal history in Portugal. Also methods of posting, transport, uniforms etc. This was followed with postcards of historical letter boxes.
After a break, Ken put up more Malta material.
Wendy B. spoke about the pre-payment for letters, beginning of stamps and Rowland Hill then the first Victorian stamps. She also showed some pages of Ray Brown’s story, ‘The Secret Lives of Stamps’. With some fascinating engravings on Canadian bank notes and stamps by Charles Heath. 
Michael M. showed a series of stamps from India depicting transport of post, TPO Dublin and the Bristol automatic sorting machine.
Tony A. rounded off the evening with some newspaper cuttings about philately and a page of Austrian and German postmarks.
All in all, an interesting evening.

USA, Return to sender

19th Century Portugese Mailcoach

Charles Heath, Engraver  
British Fleet Mail Tasmania Landscape Canada Bank Note Co

(Rick Wilmot)

Thursday 19th September 2023
Autumn Auction

The 21st September was the only auction this year without a list. Members brought an array of material amounting to 270 lots, 50% of which sold. Tony Arnold, our auctioneer, certainly had his work cut out and handled it all very well.

The next auction, with listed lots, will be held on 16th November
(Rick Wilmot)


Saturday 9th September 2023
A message from our Chairman Mr. David Wilkins

“A big thank you to everyone who came along to the Fair to support the Club & help with the many jobs that such an event demands.  We were pleased at the steady flow of visitors all morning, despite the heat & all the dealers we were expecting supported us, bar only one, who had a problem. 

Given the covid-driven break in the Fair's usual annual routine & the disruption to clubs’ activities throughout the country, this was a good outcome with dealers generally reporting satisfactory sales.  Wendy & Cheryl were stalwarts in the kitchen and tea & cake sales & the raffle will help the overall financial position for your Club; thank you to all those who donated raffle prizes.

As young Mr Grace would have said:  "Well done, everybody; you've all done very well!"

Paula and Philip Cant of Paula Cant Stamps won first prize in the "dealer raffle": each dealer was allocated one raffle prize (at no cost to the dealer) for a special dealer-only raffle.

(Fair Organiser, David Morris with Raffle First Prize Dealers Paula and Philip Cant)

(Rick Wilmot)


Thursday 7th September 2023
Members' Displays:- "Agriculture and Horticulture"

Ken P. began with a display of mainly flowers from G.B., Malta and Tuvalu showing orchids and commemorative stamps of Kew Gardens.
Mike H. followed with Austria, Australia, Channel Islands flowers through the years. Mike mentioned Lily Langtry aka Jersey Lily named after the symbol of Jersey, one of the Channel Islands.
Tony A. took over four of the boards with a fine display of almost everything to do with the topic from countries around the world.
Brian S. showed several postcards on Agriculture in 19th century Hungary. Fascinating pictures of farming, shepherds, harvests, windmills, and watermills.
Alan K. also showed agriculture in Hungary with the original Harvest series followed by many stamps of France depicting the Sower and the different designs of the stamp and the many overprints of this issue.
Rick W. showed a mixture of material from around the world including Russian and DDR agriculture cards. Also, DDR stamps showing medicinal plants.
Last, but not least we had a welcome guest, Ms. Morva White, who did a display on the development of religion on the Falkland Islands from the time the French arrived in 1764, through the Spanish period and the British occupation from 1833 until the present time. A fascinating journey with much information backed up with pictures and stamps. Many thanks, Morva.

Postcard of Hungarian Agricultural Workers 1916 Agricultural definitive from Hungary

The Sower from the Philatelic Exhibition in Strasburg 1927

Potato Planting in Jersey Fertilize fields with peat and increase harvests. 1930s USSR card
Medicinal plants from the DDR  

(Rick Wilmot)


Thursday 17th August 2023
"Guest", Mike Goodman - "United States of America 1851 - 2011"

Mike Goodman, our new Hon Secretary, entertained us with a far ranging display from his United States collection.

He began almost at the beginning with studies of the 1851 One Cent and Three Cent imperforates, but he also showed some reproductions of the 1845 New York locals whichsaw some usage on overseas mail and also of the 1847 Franklin and Washington issue. When he showed the 1898 Omaha Exhibition set, he pointed out the resemblance between the “Western Cattle in a storm” on the $1 black to “Caledonia Stern and Wild” a painting in the Russell-Coates Museum in Bournemouth. The first half was completed by some modern USA flag issues and some computer mail labels.

The second half was mainly “back of the book” with official stamps, early revenues notably the $200 red and green of 1864 , postal stationery, and “facsimile”, fake, and some genuine, Newspaper stamps, featuring the “lovely ladies”, allegorical female statues.

An interesting evening which could encourage others to collect USA.

The One Cent Blue 1876 Centenary

Columbia Expo, 1893 US Revenues - "Civil War" issue The modern peace symbol

A "Duck" stamp

(Mike Goodman)


Thursday 3rd August 2023
Members' Displays - "Holidays"

The meeting opened with Mike Houchen in the Chair.

The topic for the evening was ‘Holidays’.

Ken P. began with stamps showing Deck Chairs, Donkey Rides, Cruises, Flights etc.
Mike H. had a display including holidays in Lighthouses, postcards from the Scilly Isles and railways.
Alan K. showed many stamps of France including Chateaux, Gastronomic, Holiday sports, surfing etc. and pictures of Mermaids.
Brian S. spoke about Hungary being a land-locked country therefore not much in the way of holidays. Hungary was the destination of many people from the GDR who took holidays in Hungary. Nevertheless Brian showed some interesting material including a special postmark for the 100th anniversary of the birth of Ronald Reagan.
Tony A. showed stamps and postcards of Trams from around the UK.
Michael M. had a display of postcards from places he had visited including Jo’burg, Germany, Madiera, Luxemburg and various other holiday destinations.
Finally, Wendy B. showed material collected from her visit to the World Stamp Exhibition in New York, 2016. Lots of interesting items.

(Rick Wilmot)


Thursday 20th July 2023
Guest Ted Kemp - "Turkey"

Ted Kemp is 96 years old. He explained that the display was put together 20 years ago and had been shown at philatelic meetings where he had previously lived. 18 members and guests attended the meeting.

This display provided a panoramic view of Turkish history and its philatelic developments, from the time that the Ottoman Empire government established its own postal services in 1840 until the early 1960s.   It began with examples of the early mail that used seals to indicate the payment of postage, and of the first postage stamps that were issued in 1863.   These were followed by the ‘Duloz’ stamps (named after its French engraver), and by the Constantinople City Post surcharge stamps (1865 – 1867), the similar overprint surcharges (1873 – 1882) and the Kachak (contraband) overprint surcharges (1869 – 1888).   All the subsequent stamp issues were displayed, including some bisected stamps that were allowed in Constantinople (1886 – 1888) and Baghdad (1890 – 1892) and the octagonal stamps produced for the use of Turkish forces during the Greco-Turkish war in 1897.

The effects of the first World War (when Turkey sided with the Central Powers, Germany and Austria-Hungary) were mentioned, and the way in which the Ottoman authorities made up their stamp deficits by overprinting earlier unused stamps was illustrated.   At the end of WW1, attempts by the victorious Allied countries to carve up the Turkish mainland as well as its Empire (which provoked a four-year war of independence (1919-1923) and caused a rival Nationalist Turkish government to the Sultanate regime in Constantinople to be created in Angora (modern-day Ankara)) ended when Greek and Armenian forces (armed by Britain and France) were totally defeated.   A new peace treaty between the Allies and Turkey was negotiated in Lausanne, and the present Turkish Republic with Mustafa Kemal (later to become Kemal Ataturk) as its first President came into being.   Shortages of postage stamps during this turbulent period had become so acute that the rival governments had both resorted to using overprinted revenue stamps as postage stamps.

A section of the display was devoted to Kemal Ataturk; one of the 20th Century’s most enlightened leaders who, unusually, excelled both as a military commander and as a politician/statesman.   During his 15 years as President until his death in November 1938, he succeeded in converting Turkey from a backward, semi-feudal country into a modern westernised state; an amazing achievement bearing in mind the strength of reactionary elements within the country.   A tribute was also made to Ismet Inonu (Ataturk’s successor as President), who kept Turkey neutral during most of WW2 and, in May 1941, turned down Nazi requests to allow German forces free passage through Turkey. Red Crescent and Child Welfare charity stamps (both of which were discontinued in 1958) were also demonstrated, as well as miscellaneous post-WW2 material.   All in all, it was an excellent display.

Inonu Cemeteries Remembrance Day Cover

Child Protection stamps Kemal Ataturk
Turkish Air Association WW1 Mail
 Sultan Resad 1917 Mr. Albert E. (Ted) Kemp

(Rick Wilmot/Ted Kemp)


Thursday 6th July 2023
Summer Auction (Formal)

Smaller auction than usual but with the commission, raffle and items sold for club funds, £88.60 was raised for the club. The next auction on 21st September will be an informal auction. Bring your items for sale along and label them e.g. RW1, RW2 RW3 etc.

(Rick Wilmot)



To see reports from meetings from 1 November 2012 to 15 June 2023, please click here




The next meeting will be held on Thursday 7th December 2023
Members' displays - Christmas

The Club meets at the Upton Community Centre (next to St Dunstan's Church) in the evenings of the first and third Thursdays of the month at 7.15pm for 7.30pm.
Annual membership subscription is £6. For further details please contact:

Secretary:- Michael Goodman, email: mgoo831975@aol.com

or Mike Houchen:- 01202 622873 (Local, Upton)



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