Lanarkshire Philatelic Society


"Society Visit"


"The Scottish Philatelic Society"



Our "Friends from the East"

L to R;      Richard Cuthbertson      John Law           Mike Humphries          Eric Mason

The Lanarkshire Philatelic Society gave a warm welcome on Friday evening (29th Sept) to "Friends from the East" – members of the Scottish Philatelic Society (Edinburgh) who presented some surprising displays.

Richard Cuthbertson displayed stamps of Macau (SE China) issued after the Revolution in 1910 - when Portugal became a Republic. This created a turbulent situation when stamps had to be overprinted – and many of these were displayed; when supplies of stamps ran short, available stamps were bisected and an amazing variety of these were viewed. Many Postage Due stamps were also shown.

John Law took members to South Africa and gave a wonderful display of Definitives issued during the years 1926 – 1954. The different variety of colours and changing illustrations were shown. During these years many stamps issued ‘se-tenant’ with the English SOUTH AFRICA on one and either the Afrikaans SUIDAFRIKA or SUID-AFRIKA  on the other - it is not known why the hyphen was variously used.

Eric Mason travelled north east to Ceylon – and gave much amusement to members with a great display of Errors; misprints; forgeries and misplaced colours, values and illustrations on stamps issued by this country.

Mike Humphries displayed stamps and covers issued during the Allied Occupation of Germany – with interesting issues from different Zones – French; Russian; and American British. This was followed by a colourful display of stamps of East Germany (DDR) issued during the year 1989.


Alan Wishart led members in thanking the guests "from the East" for giving such an interesting and surprising set of displays – and giving fascinating information of the history of the countries presented.


Our next meeting in the Caledonian Bowling Club, Motherwell Road, Hamilton, is on Friday, 6th October, 2017, at 7:30pm when LPS member, Ken Norris, will present his display of ‘British Writers’.

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