A Selection of Recent Meetings
20 February 2017 British Mails via Trans-Siberian Rail - Peter Pugh showed us over 200 covers bearing mail from the Chinese Treaty ports to Britain, or via Britain to further destinations in Europe. This important route linking Chinese cities with the Tran-Siberian Railway which ran from Vladivostok via Moskow, with links to many European cities, almost halved the journey time of seaborne mail from the region and was a vital link in the early part of the 20th century with Hong Kong which, even today, has no direct rail link of its own. All such overland mail had to be super-scribed, via Siberia.
6 February 2017 Guernsey - Brian Sole’s display of stamps and mail from the occupation period including imprint blocks of the numerous wartime printings was an exciting opener for the many of us who have much more simplified collections of this period. He went on show us a mouth-watering collection of original artwork and proofs from the later years, many items of which were the only examples in existence.
16 January 2017 Specks and Spots – African Varieties David Bird’s first display to a society was a revelation. He showed us just the African part of his collection of constant and transient varieties that occur on Commonwealth stamps from the reign of King George VI. Each original stamp was accompanied by an enlargement of the flaw showing its extent and position. Many were well known and catalogued varieties, but quite a few were as yet un-acknowledged and uncatalogued.
19 December 2016 Christmas Social Evening with One Sheet & Postcard Competitions Members enjoyed celebrating the winners (Bev Nicholls with one sheet of Rhodesia, and Dr Joachim Frank with Canadian Forces postcards from WW2) with a glass of wine and some excellent cheeses.
5 December 2016 50th Anniversary of World Cup Win. In a very well attended meeting Club President, Don Knight, displayed more items from his ever-increasing collection of this fascinating subject. We were treated to no less than 3 sessions of frames packed with lots of new items not seen by members before, they ranged mainly from 1966 and from the more recent football related issues, including some scarce and even some unique covers, many of which were endorsed with the signatures of the 1966 English team heroes.
21 November 2016 Autumn Auction. The catalogue was circulated to members and to all the societies that form the Middlesex Federation. Of the 380 lots on offer almost exactly 50% were sold raising a total of £108 for the club, including donated items. There were plenty of bargains to be had. The most expensive lot was lot 16, which sold for £42 – a Kedah 1950 mounted mint range of stamps – against a reserve of £17. Maybe more surprising was that a lot of clear Showgard strips with a reserve of £2 achieved £32. It goes to show that if we happen to sell what people want, they are prepared to pay.
7 November 2016 Berlin Olympics. Guest speaker, Tony Bosworth, gave a scintillating display from his collection acquired over many years and containing many items not usually seen as well as some thought to be the only ones in existence. As a historian he had studied this period of European history in great detail, and skilfully conveyed the political nuances of the time, and how they influenced the stamps and covers that were produced.
5th October 2015 Lindy Bosworth presented some items from her beautifully displayed and extensive collection of Czechoslovakia, including the world’s first 3-colored cancellations and scarce commercial commemorative covers, as well as lovely fresh multiples of the various recess printings of the air-mail issues of the 1930’s.
21st September 2015 Members were invited to fill a display board with 9 sheets from their collection. No less than 17 boards were filled in the evening with a wide variety of items including postcards, postal history, national savings stamps, covers, postage stamps and some very early revenue stamps.
7th September 2015 The new season began with a superb display by Dr Joachim Franks of Maritime Mail from South Africa. Dr Franks lived much of his early life in South Africa where he accumulated some historic covers. His continued interest in the region, and his talent for describing and displaying these precious items has enabled him to win many prizes at club and national level.