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 Bygate FRPSL

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.

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) (handout)
Allan Jones FRPSL

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.

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 Kibby
Scott says: Content - lots of trials, many unique, lots of errors and something of the story of Machins!
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 Klempka FRPSL

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.

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)

Saturday 16th February 2019
Spring Stampex Meeting
Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington N1 0QH (map)
2:15pmGB Controls - Used on Cover (details) (handout)
James Heal

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!

3:15pmMiles and More 1784-1840 (details)
Theo Brauers

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.

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) (handout)
Phil Waud and Dave Willmer

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.

Saturday 27th April 2019
Royal Philatelic Society, 41 Devonshire Place, London W1G 6JY (map)
11amIreland: 1839 to the Easter Rising (details)
Peter Wood FRPSL
Peter says "Despite the implication of the title it will not be a chronological display but rather consist of various subject or theme based sections with a bias toward items of visual appeal or showing what was being sent through the post particularly if it illustrates the social history of the time.

Some likely subjects are: Mulready parodies with an Irish flavour, pictorial and advertising envelopes, private cachets, exhibitions, railways including TPOs, parcel and Letter stamps, maritime with H&K packet, forwarding agents and wreck mail, Military Camps and WWI."
2:15pm1666 And All That (details)
Malcolm Allinson
Malcolm says: "The first display is 1666 and All That, a heading totally and unashamedly taken from the 1930 Sellar and Yeatman book of a (slightly) similar title! The display follows the first Postmark, known as a Bishop Mark after the then Postmaster General Col. Henry Bishop. Its simple format had a life of about 130 years before being replaced by a more up to date cancel. The display will also feature other contemporary material to add a little more background to the story."
3:15pmWhat The Victorians Did For Us (details)
Malcolm Allinson
Malcolm says: "The second display again steals its title, this time from the recent Adam Hart Davies television programme What Did the Victorians do for Us? This display focuses on the early Line Engraved stamps of Great Britain; the Penny Black, Twopenny Blue and Penny Red. I have had a fascination with this, the most beautifully designed stamp in the world, for over 50 years. It is a great pleasure to be invited to display to such a knowledgeable audience and I hope that it will give as much joy and satisfaction as I have gained from collecting it all over many years."
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 (details)
John Davies FRPSL
John says he will be taking a look at the promotion of philately over the years and give a display of some of the philatelic and other items we have seen in Great Britain. He will give an oversight of some of today's assessment of the hobby and share his personal views on where we are now. He will invite discussion amongst members on what we might do to secure the future of our hobby and our own Society.
2:15pmThe Work of Perkins Bacon - Great Britain and the British Colonies (details)
Chris Harman RDP FRPSL

Chris says "Although the line engraved stamps printed by Perkins, Bacon are familiar to collectors of Great Britain, some of the other work done by Perkins, Bacon may not be so familiar. From their arrival in the United Kingdom in June 1819, the company established itself as one of the major printers of bank notes and other security documents for numbers of British, British Empire and Foreign banks.

After having won the contract for printing postage stamps in 1840, Perkins, Bacon also printed several revenue stamps for the British Inland Revenue as well as the first stamps of many British Colonies. There are many parallels with the stamps of Great Britain among the company's overseas contracts. For instance, the blueing of the paper was not confined to the stamps of Great Britain and many of the inks used were the same and so thus are the shades. The subject of perforation becomes more complex for British Colonial work as compared with the stamps of Great Britain. Sheet sizes and layouts more often than not precluded the overseas stamps from being perforated on the Napier comb perforators of Somerset House. Perkins, Bacon had to make their own arrangements for perforation, as did De La Rue when they were presented with the PB plates in January 1862, and this caused difficulties for both printers.

The display will cover the work of the company from its printings of bank notes, including the abortive bid for the contract to print bank notes for the Bank of England, through its work for Great Britain and the British Colonies. Both postage and revenue stamps will be included and the display will show material such as proofs and essays that are not generally available to the collectors of the postage stamps of Great Britain but which survive for a number of revenue stamps and for the stamps of most Colonies.

Saturday 8th June 2019
SWINPEX Joint Meeting with the Postal Stationery Society
St Joseph's RC College, Ocotal Way, Swindon, Wiltshire SN3 3LR (map)
2:15pmMembers' Displays (details)

SWINPEX is taking place at St Joseph's Catholic College, Octal Way, Swindon, SN3 3LR from 10:00am-4:00pm. The GBPS will be joining the Postal Stationery Society for a joint meeting showing members’ displays from 2pm to 4pm.

Swinpex will be open from 10.00 am to 4.30 pm with ample free parking. This is one of the South's biggest stamp fairs with over 40 dealers, so there will be ample opportunity to add to your collection, and there is an excellent catering facility within the fair.

Members are invited to display up to 32 sheets from their collection and to give a short explanation of about 10 minutes maximum. The meeting will start at 2pm and close at 4.00pm. Please bring along any items of interest (does not have to be Postal Stationery).

Saturday 22nd June 2019
AGM Meeting
Dorchester Hotel, 53 Park Lane, Mayfair, London W1K 1QA (map) (Meeting Notes)
The Royal Philatelic Society London (RPSL) is moving premises next year, and work is going full steam ahead to get the new building ready for occupation during the middle part of 2019. Indeed, if all goes to plan, the RPSL should be mid-move to their new premises (and our new meeting venue) at 15 Abchurch Lane at the time of our Saturday 22 June meeting (featuring the President's Guest Display from John Horsey and the society AGM).

Because of this unavoidable upheaval we have been advised by RPSL that it is likely we will be unable to use either the existing or new premises for this meeting. However, RPSL are honouring all existing bookings and providing an alternative venue (cost neutral to the GBPS).

We have been advised that our meeting venue will now be:

The Crystal Suite
The Dorchester Hotel
53 Park Lane
W1K 1QA.

If travelling to/from the venue by tube then Green Park is probably the best option as it is on the Jubilee, Piccadilly & Victoria lines and less than a 10 minute walk from the hotel. There are also several buses that service the "Dorchester Hotel" bus stop on Park Lane. Please see the web site for more details and to help plan your journey.
11amThe President's Guest: The £5 Orange (details)
John Horsey FRPSL

The morning session will consist of The President's Guest Display from John Horsey FRPSL entitled £5 Orange. John Horsey is known as the leading collector of the £5 Orange and has published an outstanding book on this subject in recent years. He will give a PowerPoint presentation of his study of this iconic stamp. He is thought to have the best collection of the £5 Orange in the world and won a "Large Gold" medal at Autumn Stampex 2013. The £5 Orange of 1882 is the pride and joy of many a Great Britain collection and a sadly unfilled gap in countless more.

2:15pmAGM (followed by Members' displays)
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

6pmEvening Reception and Standing Displays by GBPS members