Lanarkshire Philatelic Society


"Society Visit"


Dumfries Philatelic Society



The Lanarkshire Philatelic Society was delighted to welcome John McGonigle and Keith Walker both members of the Dumfries Philatelic Society to the meeting on Friday evening, 7th October.

Keith Walker displayed "New Zealand Airmails" and gave a fascinating insight into the movement of mail by air from New Zealand to countries around the world. He showed many airmail covers starting from 1932 from New Zealand to Scotland. Many covers tracked the details of the journey taken by the mail to get to its destination. A cover showed mail to England which began with a QANTAS flight then transferred to BOAC. Many other covers mailed to other countries showed similar flight exchanges by different airlines. Also a little different was the cover showing that to deliver mail from New Zealand to the Pitcairn Islands necessitated a "Mail drop"!

A most interesting view of the delivery of mail by air in the early days of flight.

Keith also displayed beautiful stamps of Finland all designed by Signe Hammersten-Jansson. Definitives; Commemorations; Anniversaries and many stamps issued with an extra "Charity" charge for the Red Cross and also Anti-tuberculosis.

John McGonigle was "next door" - Sweden with his  display of Swedish first-day covers and corresponding most interesting booklets of stamps and also some stamps issued in coils. These showed a great variety of subjects including Famous People; FIFA World Cup 1958; Notable buildings; Ice Hockey Championships; the changeover from right hand to left hand driving; the Tercentenary on 20th February, 1936 - of the Swedish Post Office & also many sports.

It was amazing to view stamp booklets covering such a range of subjects. 

Other First Day Covers included many Swedish Events 50th Anniversary of Swedish Flag Day; 50 years since Dissolution from Norway 1905 to 1955.

Dr. Brian Dow, led members in giving warm thanks to the guests for giving such varied and enjoyable displays.

Our next meeting in the Caledonian Bowling Club, Motherwell Road, Hamilton, is on Friday, 4th November, 2016, at 7:30pm when members look forward to welcoming, Mrs. Lynn Robinson, with her display of "USA".

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