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News Items for Session 2017 - 2018
Annual Dinner

17 May 2018

Members and Guests Dundee & District Philatelic Society held its Annual Dinner on Thursday 10th May at which a number of the members and their spouses attended. The dinner was held at the Invercarse Hotel in Dundee, and the evening soon warmed up with good food, drink and great company, and a good night was had by all.


James Chalmers Plaque

3 May 2018

Commemorative Plaque On 27th April 2018 a commemorative plaque was unveiled by Dundee City Council in Discovery Walk within Dundee's Slessor Gardens to honour the achievements of James Chalmers, the inventor of the first adhesive postage stamp in Great Britain.
Officers Dundee & District Philatelic Society were proud to be associated with this historic event at which President David Millar, Secretary Charles Lloyd and Publicity Officer Colin Campbell attended.

A photograph of the officers can be seen opposite along with Robert Murray (on the left), from the Robert Murray Stamp shop in Edinburgh.

Annual General Meeting

28th April 2018

The final meeting of the year was the AGM at which members voted in a new Committee for the next year. Details of the appointments can be found in the Officers page on the website. The changes to the committee were as follows:

Francis Podger FRPSL and Marjeorie Kennedy were appointed as committee members replacing David Dobson and Mark Lendon.

Following the AGM members tucked into drinks and cakes to celebrate the end of another highly successful philatelic year.


Philatelic Miscellany III - The Learning Zone

14th April 2018

David Millar Tonight's meeting saw two members of the society impart some of their knowledge to other members of the society. First up was president David Millar who gave a powerpoint display on early GB stamps and how to plate them, identifying flaws in specific plates. David covered the plates relating to Penny Black's, Penny Red's and 2d Blue. David covered the issues relating to imperforate and perforated stamps as well as the colour of paper used and when all four corners used letters as well as when the plate numbers were printed on the stamps.

Charles Lloyd Following this Secretary Charles Lloyd presented a display using powerpoint on how to create album pages including maps. Charles provided a practical presentation on the use of powerpoint itself to create a document and how to create a map using a google map which is then edited to highlight the areas of the map required to print and then add text, finally removing the actual map from the diagram leaving the overlaid drawing. Charles finished up by a practical use of a digital microscope to capture an image from a stamp.

Bill Shand (Postal History Society) - Straits Settlements

23rd March 2018

Sheila Den Bill Shand from the Postal History Society was last night's visitor and he provided a display on the Straits Settlements. Bill began by explaining that the history of Straits Settlements was influenced by the Dutch, Portuguese and eventually the British, and that it consists of Penang, Mallacca, Singapore and a few more islands.

The display consisted of a number of covers and a range of stamps which begins at SG1, one of which as Bill pointed out was a cover from 1832 to Newcastle. This was described as a "bit tatty round the edges" but actually had the equivalent of 10 pages of writing within it. Three covers with different types of Spiders Web Cancellations were shown as was a cover with the rarest Penang cancellation. Bill also displayed provisonal issues on Indian stamps as well as overprints and spiro forgeries. Overprints were both local and London overprints, this was due to the urgent need for stamps which were being despatched from London that local ones were created in the interim. Indeed because Singapore ran out of 2c stamps the 8c and 32c stamps were both overprinted with the 2c. The first half of the display mainly covered QV and EDVII. Various issues shown included a $500 stamp which was really only used for fiscal purposes.

The second half of the display covered GV and GVI stamps and covers. Included within the GV display was a definitive issue set of stamps up to $100, a part used booklet which is hard to find and different paper shades. Also shown was an Indenture document and postcard and letters sent during WWI which were both censored and uncensored, as well as British Empire cancellation covers. The GVI display consisted of WW2 field post office stamps and postage due stamps. Airmail covers from both Imperial airways and KLM were on show as well as a cover damaged by seawater following an aircrash. There were also local airway covers (Weymms Air) and a PANAM Clipper letter. Bill finished off the evening with Straits Settlements stamps on covers with British Military Administration overprints.

Sheila Den (Aberdeen P.S.) - 'Fernando Po & Friends

10th March 2018

Sheila Den Tonight's visitor was Sheila Den from Aberdeen Philatelic Society, who put on a display of Fernando Po and Friends. The friends as it turned out were other philatelists from across Scotland who have assisted Sheila in putting together such a wonderful display. Sheila's main interest lay in Cuba and the collection of Fernando Po started due to their initial use of cuban stamps.
Sheila began by outlining where the island of Fernando Po was and how it came about its name from the Portuguese navigator Fernao de Po in 1472, with Portugal then ceding the island to Spain in 1778. Included in the display was a cover, which was part of the Clark correspondence, and was a letter from John Clark to his brother sent in 1841. Also shown was an Anti-slavery letter sent in 1855 from HMS Penelope. Another cover, which was part of the Holt correspondence, sent by John Holt was regarding Palm Oil and Cocoa.
Stamps were also on display which included overprints, revenue fiscal stamps and the 1929 Seville and Barcelona exhibition stamps.
In the second half of the display Sheila described this half as being of the more modern covers and stamps. A number of covers on show including a registered cover, medical advert cover, censored covers and mainly religious mail mainly to one specific company in Chicago. Also on show were Guinea Espanol stamps and covers, whaling stamps, bird stamps and Fernando Po stamps, which incidentally show 'Fernando Poo'. Some covers on display had mixed franking i.e. Fernando Po and Spanish Guinea franks. To close Sheila explained the in 1968 the island became Equitorial Guinea and eventually became Bioko Free State.

Visit by Perth Philatelic Society

25th February 2018

Paul & Norman This evening saw the members enthralled by two visitors from Perth Philatelic Society. To start off the evening Norman Watson provided a display titled 'The Postal Development of the Penny Black'. Norman began by provided an erudite explanation of how Perkins Bacon developed the die for the Penny Black and the process of creating the plates for printing them as well as how the corner letters were imprinted on the plate. Norman started off with examples of covers sent prior to the Penny Black including the 4d post covers.

This was followed by a selection of covers all of which had Penny Blacks attached, including some covers sent in May 1840 which are very rare to find. The covers all displayed 'Maltese Cross' Cancellations, mainly in red. Included in the display was a cover with a cancellation in black which as Norman explained did not show up very well on a black stamp. With weight being an issue some covers also contained multiple penny blacks to account for this. A little known fact was that some people did not like licking the stamps so we also had one cover where the stamp was stuck on with wax.

To complete his section of the evening Norman also showed off a small collection of 18th Century covers related to Dundee, including one which could be the earliest known Dundee postmark, and another cover with a 'DUMDEE' postmark.

Paul Stevens followed this up with a display of 'British Occupation of Former Italian Colonies'. This was a collection of stamps and covers from various parts of the Middle East and Africa where the British Forces operated in World War II. Paul began with an explanation of the background to why they became British Colonies in 1940, and that the stamps were overprinted for use by the forces but this was later extended to include the general public. Stamps and covers on display covered the M.E.F. (Middle East Forces), E.A.F. (East Africa Forces) and B.M.A. (British Military Administration). Most of the covers on display contained Italian Style postmarks and included was an Italian prisoner of war mail. One cover on display contained 3 different post office cancellations which is extremely unusual. Most of the covers on display from Tripolitania had cancellations from different post offices.

Members Night - 'O' Night

12th February 2018

Members viewing displays Thursday nights' meeting provided members with an opportunity to display items from their collections all of which were to be related to the letter 'O'. Whilst not reaching the dizzying heights of the record number of sheets as displayed last year, 9 members put together a tremendous display of over 160 sheets again this year. Needless to say the majority of the items on display were Overprints. Incredibly with such a number of items being displayed from a number of different members there were very few items which were duplicated.

We had overprints from Bechuanaland Protectorate, Basutoland, Congo independence, Red Cross overprints from Portuguese East Africa, Uganda Flower Stamps, German East Africa, stamps from the German occupations of Poland, Rgineland which were overprinted Danzig, Saar, as well as British overprints. We also has stamps from the Orange Free State, covers from Great Britain whose post offices began with 'O', stamps depicting Owls from Poland and Bulgaria, Olympic Stamps and Ocean creature stamps from Tristan da Cunha.

In the second part of the evening we began with Overseas postal staationary into Singapore, an Orchard Road deed from part of a Revenues display. We also had stamps miniature sheets from the Azores, Madiera and Norway. These related to the Opening of an Airport, an Observatory and King Olav. We then had stamps from one of the Indian states, ORCHHA as well as from German states beginning with 'O'. The evening was rounded off with stamps and miniature sheets relating to Oil and covers relating to Operation Musketeer.

Sandy Forbes FRPSL - 'South Australia'

29th January 2018

Winners with their Shields At Thursday evenings' meeting, Sandy presented a much anticipated display of South Australia, one that has already been shown at many societies throughout the UK. He focussed on the production of these stamps and not their postal history. As a consequence we were treated to what can go wrong together with errors and varieties.
In the 19th century South Australia was a vast sparely settled land. This was a challenge for postal services. The first stamps were recess printed in London by Perkins Bacon after which plates were delivered to Adelaide and paper was supplied (to order) by Perkins Bacon. The production of plates is expensive and a cheaper solution was adopted if a new value was required – print an existing plate in a different colour then overprint this with the required denomination! After the first issues were supplied imperf, rouletting was used to make separation of stamps easier. It was of limited success and perforating soon replaced it. Some rouletted sheets were perforated subsequently which gives the specialist philatelist further varieties to seek out. Perforating is not without problems as Sandy showed – a sheet in which perforation size changes abruptly from 11½ to 12½, midline.
To reduce cost, from 1901, surface printing was adopted with plates and paper supplied by DLR, London. This process requires a different type of paper. However, keen to avoid waste the printers in Adelaide used up their stock of paper (the wrong paper) for these new stamps! Sandy has studied the 2d stamp is depth and displayed sheets that had been used as a competition entry. It was a stamp designed in a competition. Among the interesting stories he recounted was that of paper delivered so inferior in quality that printing on it was impossible and emergency supplies had to be bought from neighbouring Victoria. There were many varieties for us to study.
Little time was spent on the 1894 Tannenberg (designed) stamps which Sandy considered ugly when compared to others, a view many of us agreed with! Another design featured the GPO, Adelaide, issued in 1898. The design was taken from an etching but when the proofs were seen, the postal authorities requested that a (non-existing) prominent telegraph post be added in front of the building. The SA GPO was very proud of its extensive telegraph network which outstripped those of other states.
One of Sandy’s delights is the “Long Stamp” which appeared first in 1886 and continued in a variety of forms until the end of South Australia’s independent issuing of stamps. I will report just two of the many shown. Sandy has discovered it difficult to find used examples, but has a genuine item that is a gem; a postally used £2. Its postmark is Walleroo in the gold country and it is quite possible that it paid the postage for a parcel containing gold. In contrast, the second was forgery! The 8d denomination has two varieties, one very rare and the other reasonably common. The unfortunate forger mistakenly chose to print the common variety.
Sandy finished with his “work in progress”. For accounting purposes the supplier of paper numbered each sheet and in addition added the value of the long stamp for which it was to be used. However, as the introduction of Australia stamps approached the South Australian GPO was keen to use up all existing stocks of its paper and the assignment of paper to defined values was abandoned. For example a sheet intended for a 5/- stamp might have the 4d denomination printed on it.

Members Night - Annual Competitions

13th January 2018

Winners with their Shields At the first meeting of the new calendar year 13 hardy souls braved the cold weather to attend the society's Annual Competition night.

As usual 4 trophies were available to be won.
The Social Philately Shield was not awarded this year.

The other 3 shields were awarded to the following exhibitors.
Two entries competed for the Thematic Shield. The entries were "Bermuda Shipwreks" and "Stamp Exhibition sheets issued by Hong Kong". The shield was won by Norman Kelso with his entry of "Bermuda Shipwrecks".

Five entries were made for the National & General Shield and these were.
"GB King George VII"
"Britiah Antarctic Territory"
"Promoting Hong Kong"
"African Pan Am Clipper mail"
"Kenya & Uganda issues of east Africa"
The shield was won by Charles Lloyd with his entry of "African Pan Am Clipper Mail". Rosebowl Winner

The Postal History Shield was won by Harry Jackson with a display of "16 years of stamp issues from the Kingdom of Hanover".

At the end of the proceedings the winners were presented with their shields by President David Millar.

Norman Kelso was also presented with the Rosebowl which was won in the One-Sheet competition at the End of December.

Members Night - One-sheet Competition & Recent Acquisitions

15th December 2017

Colin receiving the bowl from VP David Millar At the last meeting of the calendar year 5 members entered the annual one-sheet competition.

The winning entry this year was 'A 1931 Saskatchewan Electrical Revenue document with a combination of stamps rarely seen' from Norman Kelso.

Other entries for the competition were:

"I don't belieeeeeeve it"
My English Grandfather
Good Hope Castle
Postcard from the land of Punt

In the second half of the evening members displayed their recent acquisitions. These included first flight covers, Belgian Congo Definitive specimen overprints, postage dues and an Air letter to Denmark from the Belgian Congo. These were followed by 18th Century illustrated envelopes, comic envelopes by Hume and Star Wars stamps. Also on display were stamps from Monaco, Somaliland, British and Australian Antarctic Territories, Hong Kong, Uganda, South Africa and Namibia. Cyprus Refugee stamps and Jersey Bird stamps as well as stamps showing endangered species and Australian Gold Medal Winners followed with covers from the Royal Signals and the Caledonian TPO as well as a flight cover from East Africa.

To round off the evening members tucked into the usual Christmas fare of cake and dumpling.

Visit by Arbroath Stamp & Postcard Club

24th November 2017

Ann, Brian and GeorgeMembers were entertained by three members of Arbroath Stamp & Postcard Club, namely Ann Findlay, Brian Cargill and George Parker.
Ann started off the evening with a display of stamps, covers and postcards all of which had a relevance to the Statue of Liberty in New York. Ann began by outlining how the Statue of Liberty was constructed and shipped from France to America. She also informed members that its green colour is due to oxidisation of the statue as it was made from copper. Ann also had on display a small collection of stamps of the presidents of the USA as well as centenary covers relating to the Statue of Liberty. Ann finished the first session by telling us that the USA recently printed millions of stamps picturing the statue of liberty but in fact they had used as the image the statue in Las Vegas by mistake.

The second part of the display was started by Brian Cargill who displayed a set of stamps and miniature sheets produced by New Zealand Post to commemorate "The Hobbit" which was filmed in New Zealand. This was followed by a selection of "Raphael Tuck" postcards by George Parker. All pictures on the cards were taken from copies of actual paintings.

A celebration: Dennis Collins - 70 years a member

20th November 2017

This meeting was an exceptional meeting, held to recognise the exceptional achievement of Dennis Collins, as 70 years a member of the Society. The Secretary explained the origin of this meeting. About 18 Months before, during a conversation with Dennis, he discovered that Dennis had intended to give a display to mark his 70th year. Charles responded, saying that it ought to be the Society that should be hosting the event! Dennis agreed to let us do this. CakeUnfortunately, he passed away before this came to be. However, both officers and family agreed we should continue with the planned event as a mark of our respect for Dennis’s service to philately and the many years of friendship with each, and every one of us. Toasting Dennis CollinsThe format of the meeting would be simple. Dennis had a love of philately. We would share aspects of philately held dear to each of us and which Dennis might have appreciated as well. Twelve members volunteered to contribute to the display, which limited contributions to one or two frames each.
Part 1

Harry Jackson “Postage stamps of Occupied Germany 1945- 1946”
Ron Goodfellow “Scots cancellations on cover”
Doug Howkins “Memories of Peru”
Sandy Sloss “Memories”
Robert Duguid “Madeira hotels”
Charles Lloyd “African memories”

My memories of Dennis

Ron Goodfellow, who had known Dennis for many years, both as a fellow member and as a personal friend was invited to say a few words. He recalled his memories with fondness: Amusing incidents, the modesty and standing of the man, the variety of interests and the kindness and help he showed to all.

Part 2

Alec Steele “Early Rhodesia”
David Easson “My four societies”
Colin Campbell “Hong Kong China”
Peter Dix “Self-addressed envelopes & cards from faraway places”
David Millar “Perfins & Victorian postal history”
Sandy Forbes “Trees and timber”

At the end of the meeting everyone toasted the memory of Dennis and enjoyed no fewer than three delicious cakes. All agreed that this had been a unique and memorable evening.

Visit by Lanarkshire Philatelic Society

29th October 2017

Andy Napier & Terry Woods Two members of Lanarkshire Philatelic Society entertained members with 4 different displays. Andy Napier started off the evening with a display related to the island of Fiji, specifically the Makogai leper colony. Andy displayed a number of covers which were sent in and out of the colony, and also provided members with some interesting facts such as, there was free postage for patients and staff, although air mail letters did incur a supplement. One highly interesting fact was that all mail sent from the colony had to be disinfected and this was achieved by placing the mail in a wire basket and placing this on bricks in a bread oven overnight. Andy finished off this section with 'Bomber fund labels' and postcards and covers showing post offices in Fiji.
Terry Woods then displayed some stamps and covers from the "Ken Mathieson Collection" entitled "Into the Unknown". This was a display concerning explorers which included William Bligh, Abel Tasman and Vasco da Gama to name but a few.
Part 2 of the evening was started with Terry Woods displaying the Pro Juventute Charity Stamps, booklets and postcards of Switzerland on behalf of Maureen Mathieson.
Terry then finished off the evening with a display of his own collection of covers related to the Lanarkshire Postal History surrounding the area of Clydesdale and specifically the town of Biggar. Terry showed a variety of postmarks from the 19th and 20th centuries and provided an interesting detail that in 1843 the datestamp was stolen and a new one sent for. This took about two weeks to arrive and Terry had on display a cover which used the old datestamp during this two week period, which he believes is the only one in existence. Terry finished off with a few postcards showing post offices which came under the control of Biggar.

Colin Fraser (USA) - 'British Central Africa 1891 - 1908'

15th October 2017

Colin with his display Colin Fraser who hails from Woodstock in the USA, but who originates from Dundee, came over to provide members with what can only be described as a jaw dropping display of British Central Africa 1891 - 1908. As one member put it afterwards, he was gobsmacked.
In the first part of the display Colin walked us through the period from when the British South Africa Company were responsible for the area through to it becoming British Central Africa. His display contained the 7 Bradbury Wilkinson preparatory essays, perfined specimen and manuscript specimen stamps and covers showing the postal rates applicable in the 1890's. Also shown for the next issue of stamps were die proofs produced by both Bradbury Wilkinson and De La Rue as well as essays of the finished design. The 1895 issue included proofs of the issue by De La Rue using Lithography as well as examples of the stamps and covers showing their usage.
Members viewing the display
Part 2 of his display took us from 1897 to 1908 beginning with essays of the 1897 issue using Typography by De La Rue, Die proofs and colour trials. Included in this were examples of watermarks both sideways and inverted as well as UPU specimen stamps. Again covers were on display showing the postal usage at the time and also perforate and imperforate stamps. Colin finished up his display with the issue of the 1899 10/- value followed by the colour changes to conform to the UPU and the King Edward VII issues when British Central Africa became Nyasaland in 1903 showing essays of the stamps, which were not known to have been produced.

President's Night - 'Around the World in 80 Pages'

1st October 2017

David with his display The first meeting of the new season was the President's display and this was on a topic of 'Around the World in 80 Pages'. The president displayed 2 stamps each from as many countries as possible based on the Scott catalogue within the confines of 80 pages. Initially David explained that tonight's display arose from a large box of world stamps he had collected. The thought behind the idea of the display was 'What can you do in Philately' and 'What can you collect'. David did contact the Guiness Book of Records regarding the display to see if anything like this could be included. Unfortunately the response was that as there was nothing to benchmark it against then it could not be included. Members viewing the display
Part 2 of his display centred on one specific country, namely Germany. The display then consisted of 1 page for each different part of German Stamps as defined by the Scott catalogue. This covered the different regions and areas of Germany and included Air Post, semi-postal, official, postal tax and railway stamps. Rounding off this part of the display were stamps related to the German occupation of other countries such as France, Slovenia, Sudetenland, Estonia and Italy to name but a few. The display finished with German Democratic Republic issues under Russian Occupation.
To round off the evening members enjoyed the usual refreshments of cake and tea/coffee.


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