GBPS Programme 2018-2019

Saturday 15th September 2018

Autumn Stampex Meeting

Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington N1 0QH (map)

2:15pmBritish Expeditionary Forces in the Second World War (details

Janet says: The display starts with the build-up in 1938 and 1939 before the declaration of war, followed by the forces in France before the May invasion. Censorship gets a mention somewhere along the line but this is not my favourite aspect — so do not expect too much on this area of the story. There is a fair amount of field post office details as they travelled around with the ground forces. Dunkirk does get a mention!

Then it is on to members of the Forces getting back to the UK or not — with plenty of POW material. Janet has conducted research into most of the individuals — finding out where, when and how they were captured. This is the aspect that Janet enjoys the most — so I am sure you can expect a few interesting stories to accompany the material.

Janet Bygate FRPSL

Saturday 20th October 2018

Royal Philatelic Society, 41 Devonshire Place, London W1G 6JY (map)

11amPostal Rates and Services During the Reign of King George V (details

Allan says: Many new civilian postal services were introduced during the reign of King George V. Some were short-lived and existed to meet the needs of war, whilst others arose from industrial unrest. New services could on occasion be controversial! Some existing services were developed or scaled back. The carriage of mail by air came into being during the reign and was developed at a rapid pace.

All of these aspects will be covered in the display together with other lesser-known services (Jury Service summonses, Parliamentary notices and the requested temporary holding of mail at the delivery office). Finally, a few seldom-seen examples of service combinations will be shown.

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Allan Jones FRPSL
2:15pmMembers' Displays

Saturday 24th November 2018

Machin Day

Royal Philatelic Society, 41 Devonshire Place, London W1G 6JY (map) (Meeting Notes

This is an opportunity for you Machin collectors out there to bring along some gems from your collection to show to members, be they scarce varieties, errors, usages or whatever. Do you have a new theory to air with your peers? Do you have a problem with which you would like some help? The only restriction for the day is it must be “Machin” related material.

Machin collectors get writing up!


11amMachin Trials, Errors and More (details
Scott says: Content - lots of trials, many unique, lots of errors and something of the story of Machins!
Scott Kibby
12pmMembers' Displays
2:15pmMembers' Displays
Dealer: Paul Jones

Wednesday 12th December 2018

Stanley Gibbons Christmas Evening Reception

Stanley Gibbons, 399 Strand, London WC2R 0LX (map)

6pmEvening Reception and Standing Displays by GBPS members

Saturday 26th January 2019

Royal Philatelic Society, 41 Devonshire Place, London W1G 6JY (map)

11amGB High Values Used on Cover 1845-1971 (details

Edward says: The display shows the usage of Great Britain high value postage stamps from 1845 until 1971 and includes Queen Victoria, both the embossed (6d-1/-) and surfaced printed (2/6-£1) series, King Edward VII (2/6-£1) both the De La Rue and Somerset House issues, King George V seahorses (2/6-£1) the Waterlow, De La Rue and Bradbury Wilkinson printings, King George VI (2/6-£1) values the Arms and Festival issues, Queen Elizabeth II Castle high values (2/6-£1) printed by Waterlow , De La Rue and Bradbury Wilkinson & Queen Elizabeth II Machin lsd values (2/6-£1).

98% of the display is covers, parcel cards and telegraph forms illustrating the usage of the stamps.

Edward Klempka FRPSL
2:15pmSociety Competitions: Lee, Willcocks, Jones, and Macpherson awards (details

In the afternoon, we will be holding our Annual Competitions arranged by Robin Cassell. Whether or not you provide an entry (and we hope you will!), there will be a wide variety of material on view and this has been consistently one of our most popular and well-attended meetings of the year.

Followed by display of Competition entries and judges' critique (entry details)

Dealer: Andrew Lajer

Saturday 16th February 2019

Spring Stampex Meeting

Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington N1 0QH (map)

2:15pmMiles and More 1784-1840 (details

Theo says: Sending a letter in the UK before 10 January 1840 was a costly business. The distance a letter travelled from sender to receiver and the number of sheets sent were the base for the calculation of postage rates. When in 1784 the first Mileage Marks were introduced Postage Rates began to rise. The introduction of the first Mail Coaches in the same year led to the improvements of existing roads and the construction of new ones. Extra rates were introduced to pay for these construction measures e.g. the Additional Halfpenny Wheel Tax in Scotland and a similar tax in Wales which is not so widely known. But not everybody had to pay these high rates; soldiers for example were granted cheaper rates of postage.

Several pages of the display are dedicated to Mail to and from Ireland. The Irish post office was virtually independent at the time which led to very interesting effects.

The wars with France (1792-1814/15) sparked increases of rates and disrupted communication routes with the continent. When the wars ended routes were soon re-established but prices for sending a letter remained extremely high. This was true for inland letters as well as for letters sent abroad.

The collection shown will try to give a brief overview of rates and how letters were treated on their way from sender to receiver. The display will only consist of 60 pages as almost every page will show a different aspect of the postal system at the time. Inland Mail and Mail to Foreign Destinations will be shown. The special aspects of different routings will be explained. The display will also show the transition from extremely high postage rates to the Four Penny Post and further to the Penny Post with 10 January 1840 as the final date for the display.

Theo Brauers
3:15pmGB Controls - Used on Cover (details

James says: Why bother? You may well ask. Banished from the main S.G. catalogue after 1966, controls have been in the 2 specialized catalogues (QV & 4 Kings) since then. For our grandfathers (great grandfathers for most of you) they were a pleasant addition and probably had their heyday in the 1920's. Having only been available on ½d and 1d stamps since 1884 (1d Lilac, ½d Vermilion and Green from the Jubilee series, ½d and 1d Edward VII and Downeys) in the George V Royal Cypher series all values and all postage dues were now printed with one control per sheet showing the period it was printed. They were normally collected (as still today) in mint pairs or corner blocks and most are readily available still like that.

Used is a different matter altogether. Most people tore off margins before using stamps and still do. A quarter of all stamps in a sheet of 240 stamps will originally have a margin or 2 (corner stamps) so automatically less common than without. Only one of these had the control marking. Any used stamps with controls are therefore scarcer than without and used on cover can be difficult to find, some of them impossible. Having inherited a small envelope full of George V used controls over 50 years ago and hearing some family folklore about them, I have been trying to get a complete collection since. Probably 25 years ago I got my first covers and ditto. There are a good number of “philatelically inspired” ones on the market and in my collection and I thank some of the pioneers for that! Purely commercial usage are sought though, where available.

Basically, controls could and were used just like normal stamps, which they are, on all forms of correspondence. In the first laydown (1 frame) introductory aspects and in the second laydown an attempt to show all the over 200 basic stamps issued with controls, used on cover. Some are still missing!

James Heal

Saturday 23rd March 2019

Royal Philatelic Society, 41 Devonshire Place, London W1G 6JY (map)

11amGB Mail to Foreign Destinations in the Pre-UPU Period (details

Ben says: The display is a study of both letter and non-letter postal rates based on the books produced by Moubray & Moubray (2017) & Fryer (2018) whom have transcribed them into tabular form resulting in considerable ease for the collectors of the subject. Whilst these works are theoretical, the collection attempts not only to show them in practice but also give some proper basis to the rarity encountered with use of my extensive database of British mail sent overseas formed from material offered in the marketplace, private and institutionalised collections and from a range of books, journals and catalogues.

Viewers can expect to see mail to many far-reaching destinations, late fees and related handstamps, registered mail, rare routes, postal accountancy, instructional markings, redirected mail, underpaid and taxed mail and so much more. It is the first time ever the collection will be shown publicly in full ahead of a portion of it being shown in National Competition in Stockholm in May 2019.

2:15pmThe Story of the QV Jubilees (details

Phil & Dave say: The QV Jubilees have had a low profile in recent times. To redress that situation we are presenting a display which integrates our collections, each presenting separate parts of the two lay downs. The genesis of the Jubilee issue is rooted in the widespread dissatisfaction with the ‘Lilac and Green' issue, and the first part of the display indicates, with the use of colour trials of that issue and with die proofs, how the designs for the Jubilees evolved. A particular feature of the issue was the ‘marginal lines', which became a general feature of stamp production beyond Victoria's reign. Another first was the introduction of bicoloured stamps in Great Britain. All fourteen values of the issue will be shown, spread across the two lay downs, in which the marginal settings, displayed as marginal blocks, will feature prominently.

Other features will be shown, including varieties and shades as well as scarcities. The second lay down will look at a wide range of usages including covers and parcel labels, together with late fees and some fascinating stories. This issue was overprinted for the establishment of postal services in British Africa, and items related to this aspect will be shown towards the end. The death of Queen Victoria was not the end of the Jubilee story, as Jubilees continued to be used well into Edward VII's reign.

This is, we believe, one of the most extensive displays of this issue for a number of years, and we look forward to showing it.

Phil Waud and Dave Willmer
Dealer: Devlan Kruck

Saturday 27th April 2019

Royal Philatelic Society, 41 Devonshire Place, London W1G 6JY (map)

11amIreland: 1839 to the Easter Rising
Peter Wood FRPSL
2:15pm1666 And All That
Malcolm Allinson
3:15pmWhat The Victorians Did For Us
Malcolm Allinson

Saturday 18th May 2019

Royal Philatelic Society, 41 Devonshire Place, London W1G 6JY (map)

11amThe President's Display: The Future of Philately in Great Britain
John Davies FRPSL
2:15pmThe Work of Perkins Bacon - Great Britain and the British Colonies
Chris Harman RDP FRPSL
Dealer: Stanley Gibbons

Saturday 8th June 2019

SWINPEX Regional Meeting

St Joseph's RC College, Ocotal Way, Swindon, Wiltshire SN3 3LR (map)

2:15pmMembers' Displays? (details

Details to be confirmed


Saturday 22nd June 2019

Royal Philatelic Society, 41 Devonshire Place, London W1G 6JY (map)

11amThe President's Guest: The £5 Orange
John Horsey FRPSL
2:15pmAGM (followed by Members' displays)
Dealer: Candlish McCleery

Wednesday 7th August 2019

Stanley Gibbons Summer Philatelic Gathering

Stanley Gibbons, 399 Strand, London WC2R 0LX (map) (Meeting Notes

The format will be very similar to the Christmas event with refreshments laid on by Stanley Gibbons and members are invited to bring along a frame or two of material (any subject) to display (the frames being 12 sheets in 3 rows of 4).

Please bring something along, as it is a highlight of these evenings to see a mix of material from as many members as possible. If you are able to let me know, ahead of time, if you are bringing material that would help the evening run more smoothly but I will also be asking people on the night – so don’t worry about bringing material along at the last minute as the more the merrier.

You should receive an invitation card included as part of a GBPS mailing. Please RSVP (directly to Stanley Gibbons or Victoria Lajer rather than to me) in good time to ensure they cater for the right number of people. I would hate for the wine to run out before the end of the evening!

Andy Donaldson


6pmMembers' Displays