GBPS Programme 2014-2015

Saturday 20th September 2014
Autumn Stampex Meeting
Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington N1 0QH (map)
2:15pmRailway Mail from 1837
Fred Taylor
Saturday 11th October 2014
Royal Philatelic Society, 41 Devonshire Place, London W1G 6JY (map)
11amBritish Empire Exhibition Wembley 90th Anniversary & Wembley to 2014
Don Knight
2:15pmThe 4˝d Jubilee
Iain Stevenson FRPSL
Saturday 29th November 2014
Royal Philatelic Society, 41 Devonshire Place, London W1G 6JY (map)
11amQEII Wildings
John Pearce FRPSL
2:15pmNaval Mail
Tony Walker FRPSL
Wednesday 3rd December 2014
Stanley Gibbons Evening Reception
Stanley Gibbons, 399 Strand, London WC2R 0LX (map)
6pmEvening Reception and Standing Displays by GBPS members
Saturday 31st January 2015
Royal Philatelic Society, 41 Devonshire Place, London W1G 6JY (map)
11amPostage Dues (details)
Patrick Frost FRPSL
The morning session will consist of a display from Patrick Frost FRPSL entitled Postage Dues. It will show postage due mail sent within, to or from GB from the Uniform 4d Post period of 1839–40, when the first additional charges were introduced on unpaid or underpaid mail, to the present day. It will show the reasons why items were charged, the various handstamps used to explain the reason for charging a cover or the actual amount due, and the methods used to collect charges.

Included are unusual reasons for charging, less usual types of mail such as printed matter and newspapers, parcel post, registered, recorded delivery and express mail, parliamentary proceedings, jury summons, notices of objection, diplomatic and official mail, redirection, TPOs and railway letters; also the use of postage due stamps, errors in charging, maritime and forces mail
2:15pmSheffield Postal History (details)
Frank Walton FRPSL
The afternoon session will be a display from Frank Walton FRPSL entitled Sheffield Postal History. This display includes mail from the 17th century up to 1971.

Before the invention of steel, Sheffield was a relatively small and unimportant town postally, so early mail is not plentiful. The story being told reflects the aspects of the whole UK: early straight-line handstamps, mileage marks, high postal rates, postal reform, instructional marks, etc.

The Yorkshire city of Sheffield is second only to London in terms of the overall geographical size in the United Kingdom. Its sub-offices reach into the wilds of north Derbyshire, and there are numerous village cancellations and UDCs. Just about the only aspect of GB postal history not on display is Ship Letter markings!
Tuesday 17th February 2015 to Saturday 21st February 2015
GBPS Diamond Jubilee Festival
Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington N1 0QH (map)
Details to be announced
Saturday 14th March 2015
Penny Reds Explained
Royal Philatelic Society, 41 Devonshire Place, London W1G 6JY (map)
11am1839-1860 1d Reds With A Sprinkling Of Rarities
Bill Barrell
2:15pmOld Stamps, New Ideas - The GB Perforated Stars
Mike Williams
Saturday 25th April 2015
Royal Philatelic Society, 41 Devonshire Place, London W1G 6JY (map)
11amThe President's Display: Undeliverable Mail from 1764 to the Present Day
Bob Galland FRPSL
2:15pmBritish Hospital Ships, A Postal History
Peter High
Saturday 30th May 2015
Royal Philatelic Society, 41 Devonshire Place, London W1G 6JY (map)
11amThe President's Guest: Classic British Private Posts - College Stamps (details)
Chris Harman RDP FRPSL
The British Post Office has had a monopoly on the delivery of letters from its foundation in 1635. However, there were certain exceptions to this monopoly. These are the subject of this display.

1. Deliveries of parcels and goods were carried by a network of private carriers, several of which issued stamps. No Post Office parcels service existed until 1883.

2. The Circular Delivery Companies challenged the Post Office in 1865 with a cheap, local delivery of “junk” mail that was challenged by the Post Office, who forced the companies to cease operation.

3. The University Cities of Oxford and Cambridge had, since their foundation in the thirteenth century, enjoyed an exemption from the Post Office monopoly. This local post operated over the centuries but only for the period from 1871 to 1886 were adhesive stamps and stationery issued.

The display will show a comprehensive coverage of these important alternatives to the Post Office carriage of letters.
2:15pmAspects of Postal Mechanisation (details)
Ray Downing
1857 was an important year in the history of the post: Pearson Hill demonstrated the first machine for cancelling the stamps on letters and London was divided into postal districts. The alphabetic postal district abbreviations being the first postcodes. Since then the postal system has become increasingly mechanised and electronicised.

The display will show aspects of the early development of cancelling machines, mechanical sorting both direct and indirect and the development of integrated mail processors. It will include items from laboratory trials and live mail tests as well as related ephemera and material selected to give some idea of the range of material available.
Saturday 27th June 2015
AGM Meeting
Grosvenor Philatelic Auctions, 399-401 Strand, London WC2R 0LT (map)
11am"Philatelic Mail" (details)
Maurice Buxton
The genesis of this display goes back to when I started collecting postal history. I acquired some intriguing items from Edwardian stamp dealers in a mixed lot, and wondered vaguely whether that might be an interesting theme to collect. Many years later, further inspired by Richard Stroud's "Diplomatic and Consular Mail" display, I decided to have a go at "Philatelic Mail" -- which for the sake of offering plenty of scope (possibly too much!) I'm defining broadly as "mail that exists in the form it does because people collect stamps".

Mail sent with at least one eye on collectors is something we often regard as a bit of a Cinderella in postal history circles -- just not quite the same as "commercial mail". When you look at it as a subject in its own right though, it branches out into and crosses over with many different areas, with plenty of interesting little quirks -- from early letters between collectors to special arrangements by post offices, via a range of often odd prepared covers and mail generated in connection with the hobby itself. So this collection attempts to survey the wide range of philatelic mail items and bring them up from below stairs in order to attend the ball!

Since philately is a global hobby, the scope of the collection is world-wide. However, there will be a strong GB representation on show, partly because of the material I tend to encounter, and partly because this is, after all, a display to the GBPS! In particular, in the "Restricted Access" section looking at rules and regulations that have affected sending stamps by post, I've taken the opportunity to include a comprehensive look at the "Passed by BPA" covers recently discussed in the newsletter, together with other wartime considerations.
2:15pmAGM (followed by Members' displays)
Saturday 4th July 2015
MIDPEX Regional Meeting
Warwickshire Exhibition Centre, The Fosse, Fosse Way, nr. Leamington Spa, Warwickshire CV31 1XN (map) (Meeting Notes)
MIDPEX, sponsored by Cavendish Philatelic Auctions, is to be held at the Warwickshire Exhibition Centre, The Fosse, Fosse Way, nr. Leamington Spa, Warwickshire CV31 1XN from 10am to 5pm. This event is bigger than ever with over 70 dealers and 40 Specialist Societies in attendance.

The GBPS will have a stand at the show where many of our publications will be available for purchase.

Aside from the GBPS, regional meetings are being held by The Revenue Society, Oriental PS of London, British Postmark Society, TPO and SeaPost Society, The Railway Philatelic Group, The Cinderella Stamp club and The Pacific Island Study Circle during the one day event.

Stamp Active, the voluntary group that promotes stamp collecting to children, will also have an area to hand out free goodie bags to youngsters with activities for them to complete to win prizes. They will take in any donations from visitors who wish to support their programmes.

There is free parking on-site, free admission and a free brochure. There is also a free shuttle bus to and from Leamington Station (Chiltern Line) throughout the day.
3pmGB Line Engraved (details)
Chris Grimshaw
On the introduction of Penny Postage on the 6th. May 1840 the Post Office issued a number of pre-paid stationery items (envelopes and letter sheets) to the values of 1d and 2d. At the same time, it made available the first G.B. adhesive postage stamps, the penny black and the two-penny blue, to be affixed to outgoing mail. Postage rates at this time were 1d for up to 1/2 ounce in weight and 2d up to 1 ounce. Over time, there were changes in stamp colour (from black to red), stamps started to be perforated and letters in all 4 corners were introduced. On the 1st. October 1870 the final two values of the line-engraved period was issued: the half-penny 'bantam' and the three half-penny.

To the casual observer, a cursory glance might indicate that a collection of line-engraved stamps could be encapsulated into just 4 stamps: one each of the half- penny, the penny, the three-halfpence and the two-pence. They may concede the difference between the penny black and the penny red, but the search for, and the research of, the countless variations and combinations of colour shades, watermarks, perforations, plate numbers, corner letters and re-entries which go to make a good basic collection of many hundreds or even thousands of stamps may be difficult to appreciate; it is hoped that this brief glimpse creates a little more understanding.