Lanarkshire Philatelic Society
"Our Members from East Kilbride & Strathaven"
LPS members, living in East Kilbride & Strathaven, gave us eight interesting, and diverse, displays at this meeting.
Organiser George Graham introduced Bill Jardine with the first display. Bill gave us a display of the Solomon Islands showing definitives topical commemoratives along with a brief outline of the geography of the islands. following Bill came a display from East Kilbride's Chris Moffat (sadly unable to be with us due to illness, we wish him a speedy recovery) presented by Frank Jardine. Chris's display consisted of his study of the Queen Victoria surface printed stamps, their plate & colour variations, from 1865 to 1980. Frank then gave his own display of "Coins & Banknotes" on covers with examples including HMRY Britannia, Queen Mary 2, Alfred Nobel, Rudyard Kipling, the "Three Kings" (1936), Nigel Mansell and the Liberation of Kuwait. Harry Silver completed the first round with "Classic Composers" showing covers and related material depicting Handel, Chopin Schubert, Verdi & Liszt. He also showed the humorous side of music with "The Broons Family Band" as shown in the "Sunday Post!
George started the second round by introducing Bill Wilkie's display of USA Christmas Seals. These date from 1907 and are sold, each year, in aid of various charities principally the American Red Cross and Health charities. Following Bill, the inimitable Ken Mathieson gave us a delightful display of "Circumnavigators of the World & their ships", which included material relating to Columbus, Tasman, James Cook, Francis Drake and Nelson. Ken's wife, Maureen, followed with a display of early Switzerland which included issues from 1854 to 1932 including the "William Tell" issues, the 1919 Peace stamps, the 50th Anniversary stamps of the UPU (1924) & of the Gotthard Railway (1932). Last, but by no means least, George gave a display of Greenland. George showed the definitive issues through the years from 1935 and commemoratives from 1975 (the first year Greenland issued them) which depicted local issues including whales, wildlife, fish and helping the disabled.
An excellent evening's entertainment was accorded a eloquent vote of thanks by Dr. Brian Dow.