Lanarkshire Philatelic Society
Mr D. Robertson
"A Victorian Evening"
Robinson gave members a most interesting display of “Victoriana” at our
started with a brief resume of Queen Victoria’s accession to the throne,
followed by a Penny Black stamped cover to the Royal Household which had
contained an invoice for £137 19 shillings (£137.95), a considerable sum in
1840! He showed us free franked mail for 11 Prime Ministers of the period, all
signed, and a photo, from the “Illustrated London News” showing the state
funeral of the Duke of Wellington. Electoral reform, during the 1830’s, came
next with documents showing the voting records of Scots MPs, an 1832 voters roll
and even “Notices of Objection” (to someone being included on the roll). An
1860’s document explaining how a secret ballot was conducted also featured.
The reform of postal services featured with material related to Robert Wallace,
Greenock MP, a vociferous postal reformer of the time followed by the
introduction of the “Uniform Penny Post” with “Mulready” envelopes and a
first use of the postcard (1/10/1870). The formation of the U.P.U. standardised
foreign postal rates (from 1/7/1875) and David completed his first round with
covers to Spain; Russia; Denmark; Italy; Finland & Australia.
second round consisted of an item representing each year of Queen
These items included:-
genuine “Mourning” cover from Beith to
“Illustrated London News” item on the introduction of pillar boxes
“Illustrated London News” photo showing the start of building work on the
“Junk Mail” from
1860’s letter, from
1864 letter querying a tax declaration regarding dogs;
1870 letter from
1878 photo showing the opening of the
1890’s postcard from an
an 1890 card, with stamps, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the
postage stamp, which also continued a debate as to who, actually, had invented
the adhesive postage stamp.
Woods proposed a warm vote of thanks to David for an excellent display.