Lanarkshire Philatelic Society
Mr. Ian Anderson
was every philatelist’s Dream at the meeting of the Lanarkshire Philatelic
Society on Friday evening, 16th September!
Mr. Ian Anderson of the Scottish Philatelic Society, gave his display of
"Gold Coast" – and, after reminding members that this had originally
been a British Colony (on the west coast of Africa – now known as Ghana) and
used British currency – he began with pre-stamp letters – generally sent by
missionaries to families at home - and the postage fee was paid at point of
On 1st July 1875 the first postage stamp was printed bearing
Queen Victoria’s head profile. Many examples of these through her reign were
display of "bi-sected" stamps was given – this arose because the
stamps were provided by the Crown Agents in Britain and were dependent on ships
carrying the order from Gold Coast and later ships bringing the supply.
If supplies ran out, then existing stamps were cut in half and used!
surprising display of stamps of higher values of 5/-, 10/- and 20/- were
explained as being generally used by Officialdom and not on letters.
examples of the stamps and the control blocks were displayed – and also many
forgeries, flaws and duty plate variations.
Definitive stamps issued during King Edward VII’s reign were viewed as
were the many stamps issued for King George V.
Through the years of his reign, his head profile was often changed.
1928, a new design – incorporating the Christiansborg Castle – was issued
and these remained in use through many years – with commemorative stamps
issued for King George V’s Silver Jubilee in 1935 – and in 1937 for the
Coronation of King George VI.
1946 saw the issue for Victory after the war – and in 1952 the
Accession of Queen Elizabeth.
In 1957, Gold Coast became independent and was renamed Ghana.
was a wonderful display of stamps issued during the Ashanti Wars of 1897 –
1900 – and this was followed by a most interesting display of Victorian
postmarks from all over the country.
Gordon Shepherd, remarked that this display had been immaculate and
entertaining, and led members in giving warm thanks to Ian Anderson for giving
such a great display.
Our next meeting in the Caledonian Bowling Club, Motherwell Road, Hamilton, is on Friday, 30th September, 2016, at 7:30pm when members will give displays on the theme "L.P.S.50" (Lanarkshire Philatelic Society is 50 years old this year!)
with an interest in stamps, postal history, postcards etc is very welcome to