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)
To contact the Publicity Officer e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Car park at Upton Community Centre
and St Dunstan's Church, Upton, Poole
Club Programme for 2019-2020 Year
Thursday 7 November, 2019
Different collectors take different approaches to their subject. Some love the detail of design or printing method of their stamps, some love the postal history of routes, rates and cachets, and some, like Albert, just love telling a good story, backed up by a wealth of philatelic knowledge. And the Anschluss, or Union, is a spectacular, if sobering, story. Certainly some of us in the audience had thought that Germany’s annexation of Austria in 1938 was just a part of German expansionism, but we now know better. The story is much more complicated and nuanced than that.
Thursday 17 October 2019
This title allowed a broad range of interpretations to the theme, which was readily adopted by many of the members in their displays.
Started by Mike Trickett, with a picture of the painting by Louis-Oscar Roy (1846-1911) entitled 'La Sameuse' and based on his model Charlotte Magot, this wonderful painting was the basis of many France issues of 'The Sowers', examples of which he used to introduce his display. He continued by showing members one of the earliest postcards of the Eiffel Tower and reminded members the quotation "Art is a revolt against fate". Michael Mawdsley followed with a range of GB stamps on a wide range of art-related topics. Ken Parrott showed examples of the eminent Maltese stamp designer Emvin Cremona, Flemish tapestries and works of Matisse. Mike Houchen drew stamps form his collection of some 2000 art images; then he showed examples of highly artistic lighthouse designs, especially from USA and Japan. Rick Wilmott drew examples from his extensive collection of Austiran artists, most unknown to members, but including Klimt and Schiele, all excellently written-up. David Wilkins concentrated on the heritage of Greek art on stamps, the ealiest being 1942, but so many subsequently, both by Greece and other postal authorities. After the break, Wendy Buckle put up a one frame display of stamps portraying covers of famous books, starting with the founding work of Western literature written by Don Quixote in 1616. She then explained the operation of World Book Day, celebrated everywhere in the worls except GB on 23 April. Alan King showed his favourite stamp 'The Great Wave of Kangawa', amongst several other famous artists such as Renoir, Monet and Manet. He then referred to a separate side-display of mainly French and Hungarian stamps all featuring the works of other famious artists. He closed with part of his new collection of the English and French schools of artists' works on the stamps of Canada. Chris Wheeler followed with a frame of stamps depicting characters from children's stories. Mark Mates also covered Belgium but looking at a range of diverse and largely unknown artists and their works, explaining their particular skills, finally Shirley Kemp displayed her presentation of well written-up 'PaintingsThrough the Ages' starting with the cave paintings, and ending with a frame of the work of Czeckoslovakian atists depicted on stamp from the1660s.
Thursday 3 October 2019
Due to a clash with other activities, attendance was lower than usual this evening, however some excellent displays were put up for those present to enjoy. Among these was a display of stamps and miniature sheets by Rick Wilmott illustrating some of the commemorative sheets issued on the occasion of stamp festivals, both in GB and in Russia.
Thursday 19th September 2019 - Guest Graham Mark: "Egypt and Palestine"
Graham Mark’s display started with a frame of letters and photos of the first Commissioners of the Middle East who had taken over from Kitchener, starting with Sir Henry McMahon. He displayed some of the early cachets from the various units, and collecting these discovered that there were so many that he stopped after assembling about 100 of them. Until 1915 when the Turkish army joined the War, all mail had been chargeable, and consequently was of different interest to that of the freepost which followed. The routings and methods of carriage changed and some TPO material which had travelled along the coast of Egypt was shown, much of it emanating from Gallipoli. He gave examples of the many different troops and divisions deployed to the region, demonstrating excellent military historical knowledge as well as its associated philatelic examples. Some postcards were included to show for example the commandeered L&NWR's SS Hibernia, the armoured cruiser Jeanne d'Arc with its six funnels and the Lancashire Fusiliers Cycle Division. Many on-cover cancellation varieties were included, some of them very short-lived.
Saturday 7th September 2019 - Annual Fair
The 2019 Annual Fair was generally very successful from everyone's point of view, with some major transactions taking place alongside the many smaller ones. Many Club members were on hand very early to set up and then to assist the dealers bring in and take out their many heavy boxes of sale items. The emergency arrangements for catering were most successful, as indeed were the takings for the Raffle. The Draw took place at 3:00pm with eight lucky winners.
Thursday 5th September 2019 - Autumn Auction
Two days before our Annual Fair, the Club held another successful Auction, with many lots for sale and sold.
Thursday 15 August 2019 - Members Displays - V and W
Brian Slade, with his first display to the Club, firstly thanked the Cub members for making him so welcome and for hosting such interesting meetings. He then described his very well written-up display, which was an extract from a wider collection of Eastern European "Great and Good" personalities. It was very well received, with stamps above descriptions of those portrayed, from the arts, politics, creative industries and social fields. Ken Parrott followed with items from Valetta in Malta and Queen Victoria, including one of only 400 or so de la Rue Specimens. He included ships starting with the letter W, WW2 aircraft and sets of stamps from countries beginning with V. Mike Houchen displayed lighthouses from countries beginning with V and W; then Rick Wilmott tackled what he described as the "philatelist's nightmare country", Vietnam. He put up a sheet showing all the Administrations that had issued stamps, starting with the French Colonial Administration in 1862. Bob Small chose W for war, and exhibited some very old newspapers and letters relating to Battles since 1746. He showed a vignette on a French letterhead depicting Villneuve's invasion force's intentions to land on the Pevensey beaches, and up the Thames. Tony Arnold closed the first half with three frames of postcards relating to many aspects of WW1 and WW2, some very serious, others comic or with slogans.
Thursday 1 August 2019 - Members Displays - Flora and Fauna
Tony Arnold began the evening with two frames of mainly GB FDCs on the wide subject of Flora and Fauna, including some stamp club badges featuring "stamp bugs". Mike Houchen followed with stamps from all over the world, closing with some miniature sheets and covers. Ken Parrott also used FDCs as a base for displaying his range of Flora and Fauna from round the world, but included some gutter pairs and stamps from Tuvalu and Kiribati. Rick Wilmot concentrated on the beautiful and wide ranging stamps from Malawi, as well as some from South Africa. Ted Kemp followed with a display taken from a past competition entry showing three sheets of birds from countries within each of the five continents.
After the break Michael Mawdsley displayed a range of stamps depicting birds from the many Commonwealth countries, and included some fish as well. MikeTrickett put up an unusual display of postcards, christmas cards and greeting cards, many with a humourous theme covering birds, flowers and black cats. David Wilkins concentrated on the Spanish Colonies and Overseas Territories, with again examples of the beautiful wildlife living in those regions. Shirley Kemp focused on Czechoslovakia's many stamp issues from the 1950s and 1960s with designs in various formats and evolving styles, including some of the less well-known creatures such as beetles and doormice. Finally, Chris Wheeler focused on the Chinese Almanac displaying stamps and miniature sheets from many countries covering all twelve animals, noting the amazing artwork behind many of the designs.
Thursday 18 July - Guest Claire Scott: "Death by Post"
As an introduction Claire explained that the evening’s display was just a part of her International Gold Medal Entry and that it was based on what she wanted and liked not on any pre-determined structural or catalogue guidelines, hence was personal and unique. The display was a collection of a wide range of material relating to the complete funeral process, starting with its history, steeped in Catholic tradition and symbolism, at every level form Royalty to peasant. A vast range of topics was covered, all with examples to illustrate the process from death to burial. Many international items were included.
Thursday 4 July:- Members Displays - Land, Sea and Sky
Eleven members put up displays this evening, one for the first time, which was most encouraging. Tony started the displays with a frame of well-mounted FDCs and some inserts showing famous airships and how they were destroyed. Alan King followed with several themes drawn from the countries he collects Transport, Airmail stamps, many from his Landscapes of France collection, some of the "mirror" series and the Roman Gods stamps from France, and the Channel Tunnel. These were followed by the full sheet of GB A to Z of the British Isles, Birds of Britain on the Post & Go issues and finally his daughter's collection of worldwide underwater creatures. Rick Wilmot dispayed a broad collection of aerophilately, from the specialist John Field from Sutton Coldfield, including an Edward VIII FDI envelope. Michael Mawdsley drew from his extensive GB collection using examples of stamps featuring all three themes such as the Seahorse, and series like the Victory, RNLI, Battle of Britain and Inventions. David Wilkins used stamp sets from Greece and South Africa to exemplify air, sea and sky, including the delightful set of Greek watercolours. Finally, with his first display and covering sea only, James Mates used Belgium covers and pictorial postcards of ships to illustrate the transport of mail on the Ostend to Dover route by the Belgian Shipping Company, which had the added interest in that he had travelled this route many times and his father had been an officer on one of the ships.
The Puffin which symbolises land, sea and sky
Following the break, Mike Trickett put up an extensive collection on Lundy, an island featuring land sea and sky very well with its Puffins. Included in his display was a cover with a 1911 cancellation by the Royal Mail post office which was based on the island at the time. Ken Parrot used the Ellis and Gilbert Islands as the basis for his presentation, emphasing the use by these islands of land, sea and sky, for all sorts of activities, such as fishing and flower cultivation. Chris Wheeler followed with a frame of miniature sheets with the theme Holidays, showing land sea and sky for starting the holiday, enjoying the holiday and activiteies on holiday. Mike Houchen then displayed his comprehensive collection of Marine and Air/Sea Rescue stamps, covers and miniature sheets. Finally Wendy Buckle's display concentrated on the air aspect with a rare set of air mail covers from Latvia from 1921 to 1940, showing many routes and their development.
Thursday 20 June 2019 - Summer Auction
A good and varied range of items were auctioned during the evening, with many happy bidders returning home with their acquisitions.
6th June 2019 - Guest James Hooper: "Pneumatic Post in Vienna"
Pneumatic mail was a way of transporting post using long tubes which transported cylinders by the use of compressed air. Mail had to be folded twice to fit into the cylinders, so used pneumatic mail will always have creases. The system was introduced in Vienna in 1875, initially operating from ten offices.
Thursday 16 May, 2019 - Annual General Meeting
This year's AGM incorporated a number of significant decisions:
1. The Club would move from the Somerset & Dorset Federation to the Hampshire Federation
Several varied and most interesting one sheet displays were put up and explained after the meeting and before the "social".
Thursday, May 9, 2019
David opened his display with what he called an amateur collection of banknotes that he had assembled in 1992. He explained that banks originally issued their own banknotes an had to have suficient gold to support the number and value of the notes they issued. Many of these banknotes were extremely finely printed, especially those produced by Perkins Bacon.
He then went on to demonstrate banknotes from all over the United Kingdom, using them as examples of style, paper, designs, forgeries, amalgamations, anti-theft, cancellations, trimmed ones to meet postal weight tariff categories, the first use of the zip code; and then an array of banknotes issued by local banks over the years, including one issed in 1825 by a Ringwood Bank which due to the bank's failure is now part of TSB. David closed by telling a story of theft from a Guildford Bank, which he discovered and reported, ending up being the prime expert witness!
A most interesting and alternative evening.
Thursday, April 18 2019
The evening concentrated on the submissions for the competitions held on 21 March, the awards to the winners and the members concerned putting up their entries and discussing them. It turned out to be a very interesting and entertaining meeting, with a great variety of topics and approaches to the entries. The awards were presented, and at the end three additional displays were put up, one on the recent error by Royal Mail raising the 2nd class rate to 61p before 1 April. Chris Wheeler displayed several examples of mail with this incorrect rate, and also an early example of a meter mark from our new BCP Council. Michael Mawdsley showed Australia, Canada and South Africa in their early days demonstrating with stamps of the time, how disparate states in those countries merged to what we have today. Finally, following his visit to Avila in Spain, Mike Trickett showed an embryonic collection of philatelic items forming the start of one of his new collecting areas.
To see reports from meetings since 1 November 2012, please click here
Thursday 21 November 2019
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.
Secretary:- Michael Mawdsley, email: email@example.com
or Mike Houchen:- 01202 622873 (Local, Upton)
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