Lanarkshire Philatelic Society
"My Collections~~Old & New"
Mr. Jim Fulton
Members of the Lanarkshire Philatelic Society greatly enjoyed a ‘confused’ evening at their meeting last Friday! (10th March)
Fulton, of Coatbridge, presented his display of ‘My Collections Old and
began with a display of Hungary and with stamps and postcards illustrated the
beginning of the postal history of this country – beginning with the first
stamps issued after Hungary became independent from Austria. These were issued
on 1st May, 1871 and showed the face of Franz Joseph 1.
Stamps issued through the years were shown and these included War Charity
stamps; Airmails and, in 1926, the issue commemorating the 250th
Anniversary of recapture of Buda from the Turks.
(now Thessalonika) was next and postcards and stamps outlined the course of the
War between 1915-1917 when the Allied Force of British, French, Greek, Italian,
Serbian and Russian contingents fought in the Salonika Campaign against the
Bulgarian, German, Turkish and Austro-Hungarian Armies - to oppose Bulgarian
An interesting set of postcards showed the national dress of each of the
Allied Force (including a Scot in a kilt!)
proved to be in a very confused postal state during the Balkan Wars –
continuously being defeated and the victorious country would then overprint the
Greek stamps with new names and new currency.
Over the years stamps were overprinted by France; Bulgaria; Egypt;
Turkey; Hungary; Germany; Italy; Russian Levant – and also GB (British
Garrison in Crete).
There was a great display of all these stamps presented with much humour!
then continued with another display from Hungary – post WW1 - and illustrating
the difference between Hungary pre-WW1 and its much decimated state after the
Treaty of Trianon in 1920.
stamps issued by the Czechoslovak Army in Siberia for use on Military posts and
on the Siberian Railway were examined with interest, as
were the stamps of ‘The Chainbreaker’ symbolising the Liberation of the
country after WW1.
display ended with a ‘straightforward’ view of annual stamp issues from
Jim had decided to end this collection with the 1939 issues – and ended
his wonderful display at this point too.
Sheila Sinclair led members in thanking Jim for giving
such a ‘confusing’ and yet most humorous and immensely enjoyable
Our next meeting in the Caledonian Bowling Club, Motherwell Road, Hamilton, is on Friday, 31st March, 2017, at 7:30pm when members are asked to display ‘8 sheets or pay 50p’.
with an interest in stamps, postal history, postcards etc is very welcome to