Lanarkshire Philatelic Society


"King George VI Miscellany"


Robin Sherman displayed King George VI Miscellany to society members at our latest meeting.

Robin divided his display into three collecting areas; British Solomon Islands, Gilbert & Ellice Islands and Falkland Islands.

The British Solomon Islands is located north-east of Australia. During the Second World War, there were times they expected to be overrun by the Japanese. At that time Post Offices made alternative arrangements to cancel mail using empty film canisters to cancel mail and canoes to transfer the mail to passing ships. Robin had accrued a number of mail items along with some missionary stamp sheets which had been produced during this period.

The Gilbert & Ellice Islands stretch for some 2,500 miles along the Pacific Ocean equator. During the Second World War postmasters carefully devised manuscript cancellation marks for the mail. Eleven different censor marks are known and Robin displayed several examples of each.

The Falkland Islands display was mostly stamps. Robin showed many examples of shades and printing of the 1938 definitive series.. He also showed one of four known first flight covers showing special cancellation marks. He completed his display with a series of hand drawn postcards showing Falkland island scenes.

Brian Dow provided the Vote of Thanks.

Our next meeting, on Friday 5th April, is our auction night, and is open to LPS members only.

Our next open meeting, on Friday 23rd April, will see a display by David Mekie with "A P.O.S.H.Trip to the Orient" as the theme, to which all are very welcome.