Lanarkshire Philatelic Society
Dundee Philatelic Society
Members were treated to two diverse stamp displays at the Lanarkshire Philatelic Society on Friday evening (5th October) from the two visitors from Dundee Philatelic Society.
Harry Jackson displayed three different eras of German history. He began with the German States as they existed before World War 1 stamps showing the Coats of Arms of Bavaria, Saxony, Prussia, Schleswig Holstein, Baden, Brunswick and Hanover. Also displayed were stamps issued by the North German Confederation and from 1871 by the German Empire.
This was followed by stamps issued during 1906 and 1923 when the postal rates rose at speed! In 1906 stamps cost 10pf the rate rose by hundreds until in 1923 the rate was 10 rentenpfennig. There were covers shown with many stamps affixed in order to make up to the continuously rising rates.
Harrys final display was of the stamps issued after World War 2 during the occupation of Germany in 1945-1946. Stamps issued by the British American Zones; the French Zone and the Soviet Zone were displayed.
Charles Lloyd followed with his display of Zimbabwe from the time it gained Independence. He began with covers issued for the last day of Rhodesia 31st May,1980 - showing a picture of Cecil John Rhodes. Another cover showing the hoisting of the new flag for Zimbabwe/Rhodesia and another for the opening of the first Parliament 26th June, 1980 were viewed.
There followed a series of beautiful stamps issued through the years by Zimbabwe from 1980 onwards. Lovely stamps showing many different aspects of the country including Disabled people; trees; birds; gemstones; spiders- of Zimbabwe. Also buildings; youth organisations; motoring; gemstones; sports; paintings and the Victoria Falls.
In 2009, Zimbabwe currency which also had become hyper-inflated; there were many stamps displayed reflecting this - was suspended and US dollars were now used. Many stamps displayed showing the use of the US dollar.
Finally Charles ended his display by bringing all up to date with stamps issued in 2018 showing the new President Emmerson Mnamgagwa.
Dr Brian Dow led members in giving warm thanks to both Harry Jackson and Charles Lloyd for presenting such diverse and very informative and interesting displays.
Our next meeting in the Caledonian Bowling Club, Motherwell Road, Hamilton, is on Friday, 12th October, 2018, at 7:30pm when Walter Tytherleigh will give his display of "The Weimar Republic".
Anyone with an interest in stamps, postal history, postcards etc is very welcome to attend.