Lanarkshire Philatelic Society


"Society Visit"


Caledonian Philatelic Society



The Lanarkshire Philatelic Society was pleased to welcome four members of the Caledonian Philatelic Society to their meeting last Friday (6th November). They presented a wonderfully varied series of displays.

Stan Hunter presented stamps issued during the reign of Queen Victoria. He began from 1840 with the issue of the "Penny Black" and the "Tuppenny Blue". Then on to the "Penny Red" and this was shown in various shades of printing.  Embossed issues, Halfpenny and Pennyhalfpenny and other later values were also displayed as were many postmarks, especially that of the "Maltese Cross". Further issues overprinted with the words; Army Official; IR Official (Inland Revenue); RH Official (Royal Household); Board of Education Admiralty Official & Government Parcels Revenue were shown.

Lyn Robinson’s display had stamps, covers and postcards illustrating the course of the American Civil War. She began from President James Monroe (1758-1831) through to President Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) and also displayed various personalities involved with the War. The subject of the slaves and their treatment by their masters, and their bid for freedom, was also shown. Some Battles of the War were detailed and the display ended with stamps illustrating the Final Surrender, by Cherokee Brigadier Stand Watie, at Fort Towson on June 23rd, 1865.

David Cumming expressed his interest in unusual instances in history. After the First World War, Hungary sought to express themselves as an independent country, and through their stamp issues were able to show the world something of their Culture; History and Social values. Through the years they issued stamps depicting Literary figures; Scientists; Heroes; Ladies; Churches &Airmails as well as stamps to mark the 900th Anniversary of the Death of St Stephen – the patron saint of Hungary.

John Gavin gave a display of the stamps issued through the years -1960-1984 - by the Scandinavian countries for CEPT (Conférence européenne des administrations des postes et des télécommunications). The theme is given for each year and a design created to illustrate this. The stamps carry the words CEPT and EUROPA and are issued by Iceland, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and the Faroes – although not all take part each year. The themes were illustrated including "Golden Key", "Flaming Sun", "Communications", "Sculptures" among others.

Mike Cleary led members in giving thanks to the guests for giving such a wonderfully interesting variety of displays. 

Our next meeting in the Caledonian Bowling Club, Motherwell Road, Hamilton, is on Friday, 20th November, 2015, at 7:30pm when members look forward to welcoming Mike Farrant FRPSL who will display "German East Africa". 

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