Lanarkshire Philatelic Society
Dr. Brian Dow
Brian started his display with some pre-stamp covers. The first postmarks were introduced in 1845 and stamps themselves in 1855. He then showed examples of Norwegian definitives, including the "Posthorn", now the oldest stamp design in regular use having first appeared in 1872. Norway's Post Office issued stamp sets, showing a comprehensive review of Norwegian history, for the 300th and 350th anniversaries of their Post Office (1947 & 1997). He also showed Arctic Circle town postmarks and Millennium Issues (16 stamps compared to Britain's 100).
Norwegian towns had local posts in the late 19th century and Brian showed various examples of their stamps and printed stationery, although few examples of used material seem to have survived. He then showed a number of "Censored" covers from both World Wars, followed by a selection of airmail and first flight covers. Other items in the display included a sheet on the composer Edvard Grieg, and a postcard featuring "The Scream" by Munch.
Ken Norris provided the Vote of Thanks.
Our next meeting, on Friday 29th October, has renowned stamp artist Jennifer Toombs FRSA showing "Pitcairn Islands and other topics".