Lanarkshire Philatelic Society
Bearsden Philatelic Society
Friday evening (8th) the Lanarkshire Philatelic Society heard about
the Asian Green Peacock; the Thunder Dragon; Felix, the Film Cat; and a steam
Locomotive named Sir William A. Smith.
The Society welcomed members of the Bearsden Philatelic Society to the
meeting and these were some of the subjects displayed.
Mitchell, the President, gave a fascinating glimpse of the stamps and postal
stationery issued by wartime Burma.
began with a propaganda postcard issued by the Japanese who invaded in 1941.
As they could not print stamps in Burma, the Japanese had to make use of
a stock of British stamps (Printed in India with the Annas currency) showing
the Asian Green Peacock
- and overprinted them for use.
In 1942 Japanese stamps were used with an overprint of Japanese currency
Postal stationery with imprinted British stamps were cancelled with a
In 1943, Burma gained independence and began printing its own stamps.
Burrow displayed a wonderful selection of postcards, stamps and covers depicting
the history and activities of the Boys Brigade.
Farming, Parades, Bands, Camping Activities through the years were all
A cover issued for the unveiling of a steam locomotive named after the
Founder of the Boys' Brigade
Sir William A. Smith by Sir Alex Ferguson (who signed the cover) was
Many covers were issued for the 75th Anniversary (1958)
and many more issued for the Centenary in 1983 (one signed by Allan Wells).
Many countries issued stamps for the Centenary
- including Eire, Solomon Islands, St Kitts, New Zealand amongst many
Postcards showed the International Camp held in the grounds of Eton
College in 1954 and also in the grounds of Scone Palace in 1983.
Beattie took members to the country of Bhutan, South Asia "Land of the
Thunder Dragon" and the flag on display showed the dragon.
Stamps were not issued until 1962 prior to this "mail
runners" delivered the mail.
In 1962 definitive stamps were printed and in 1973, stamps showing
the work of the the Bhutanese Mail Service were issued.
This was followed through the years by more "special" issues
in 1966 Gold Coin stamps in the shape of the coins and very colourful
in 1973 "talking" stamps miniature records giving the
Royal Anthem, Folk Songs, History of Bhutan - were issued.
Also on display were stamps showing Bhutanese Dancers (1964); The
Abominable Snowman [Yeti] (1966); Girl Scouts (1967); Masks (1976); Munich
Olympic Games (1972) & Monasteries (1981)
Crawford gave members a laugh with his postcards of Bonzo the Dog, a cartoon
character created in 1922 by George Studdy and the cards became highly
popular and collectable.
Also, Felix the Film Cat created in the Silent Film era in 1919
very popular films and the postcards became highly sought after.
Then some modern postcards from South Africa
were displayed under the title of "How African Animals See Us"
lions, giraffes etc poking fun at the activities of human tourists!
Some postcards from Nova Scotia featuring Moose and also the tragic lives
of Lobsters were highly amusing.
Our next meeting in the Caledonian Bowling Club, Motherwell Road, Hamilton, is on Friday, 22nd April, 2016, at 7:30pm when Club members will display 8 Sheets - or - pay 50p!
with an interest in stamps, postal history, postcards etc is very welcome to