Lanarkshire Philatelic Society
Edinburgh Stamp Group
Visitors from the Edinburgh Stamp Group were given a warm welcome at the meeting on Friday (20th) of the Lanarkshire Philatelic Society.
After an introduction from their Chairman, Bill Black, Society members were treated to excellent displays by the guests.
Bob Catto celebrated the 75th Anniversary of the RAF - which happened in this year, 2013 - with a great display of Miniature sheets from many countries - starting from Ascension & Barbuda and continuing through to St Vincent - each with 4 stamps depicting different aircraft. By the end of the display, many different types of aircraft - with a detailed description of each - were viewed. Bob finished with some interesting stamps and covers of Concorde.
Mike Faulds took members off to Tristan da Cunha. He had collected stamps of "Tristan" from age 8 - with the help of the friendly postmistress on the island. Some years later he was asked for his ideas of designs for stamps to be issued for the 50th Anniversary of the Volcanic Eruption. He complied with this and there was much interest in viewing the development from the suggested designs to the finished stamps. The beautiful stamps, miniature sheets and covers actually issued were displayed.
After the break, Mike Humphries surprised members with his display of stamps issued through the years by the United Nations. The UN was founded in 1945 but the first stamp was not issued until United Nations Day, 24th October, 1951. The stamps and covers issued since then - only valid for postage if mailed at the UN HQ - were displayed. Also shown were stamps issued by UNESCO. The UN stamps depicted several styles and designs while the UNESCO issues - which support World Heritage sites - showed many different aspects of Nubian Monuments.
Bill Black displayed stamps of New Zealand issued for ANZAC Day - (Australia and New Zealand Army Corps) - a reminder of the landing of Australian and NZ troops in Gallipoli on 25th April, 1915. Since the 50th Anniversary in 1965, stamps have been issued annually for ANZAC day - and many of these were displayed. In 2008, to mark the end of the First World War, a series of stamps and covers entitled "Stories of Nationhood" were issued - and in similar fashion in 2010, "Stories of Remembrance". This display ended with stamps and covers issued showing Victoria Cross holders.
Terry Woods led Members in giving thanks for a wonderfully varied and most informative display.
Our next meeting in the Caledonian Bowling Club, Motherwell Road, Hamilton, is on Friday, 4th October at 7:30pm when members look forward to welcoming Mrs. Jean Osborne with her display "Philatelic Exhibitions".
Anyone with an interest in stamps, postal history, postcards etc is very welcome to attend.