Lanarkshire Philatelic Society


"Bits & Pieces"


Mr Michael Thomson


On Friday, 17th October the Lanarkshire Philatelic Society was delighted to welcome Michael Thomson from Gravesend, Kent to its meeting. (He was in Scotland to attend SCOTEX in Perth and paid a visit to both Glasgow Caledonian and Lanarkshire Philatelic Societies)  

His title for his display was ‘Bits and Pieces’ – which left members guessing about what was to come!

The display lived up to its name!  As was later said in the Vote of Thanks – ‘Every board (8) was different!’ 

Michael began with stamps of the Crown Colony of Ceylon 1857-1870 and the Cape of Good Hope 1864.

Next stamps and covers of the Philatelic Congress of GB - in Margate, 1912; Folkestone,1937. 

On to - The Airmails of Chile from 1934

GB Revenues – TV Licence stamps

Postal History of Rolvenden, Kent beginning from the handstamp of 1815 and including the 1d black of 1840

Thematic display of ‘The Frog’ – including the frog in children’s Literature.


After tea the second round was equally interesting!

Concorde – French stamps – from the first flight in 1969 to the last in 2003. Also the Miniature sheets of the reconstruction of the plane for the Museum.

Lundy Island – postal history of stamps and postmarks

The Australian Antarctic Expedition of 1954 as shown on stamps and postmarks

Thematic display of ‘The Story of Archery’ as told in stamps and postmarks

Labels of "Round Australia Reliability Trial"

The Waverley – Postcards, labels, postmarks of posting on board

Labels from Scottish Islands;  St Kilda, Summer Isles, and Shuna.


In giving the vote of thanks, Alex Magowan said there was only one word to describe the display – ‘Fantastic’!  Such a wonderful variety of material which aroused so much interest amongst members – fantastic!

Our next meeting in St Andrews Parish Church Hall, Avon Street, Hamilton, is on Friday, 31st October 2008, at 7:30pm - when we look forward to a display from Mr Ian Dyce, FRPSL with a display of ‘Malaya’.   

Anyone with an interest in stamps, postal history, postcards etc will be very welcome to attend.