Lanarkshire Philatelic Society


"Philatelic Vexillology"


Mr. Robert Murray



"Fly the Flag!" a most colourful display was viewed at the Lanarkshire Philatelic Society on a very dismal evening last Friday (1st February) on the subject of "Philatelic Vexillology". The speaker was Mr Robert Murray of the Edinburgh Stamp Shop and his display of flags was fascinating.


He began by stating that a flag was basically a piece of cloth in different colours, shapes, emblems and uses. There are flags for Cities/Towns; Signals; Protest; Claiming Territory; Change of National Status; Special Events; Mourning etc.


The flag itself consists of a Staff; Hoist; Flag; Field and Charge (any emblem added) and there is always a correct way to hoist e.g. the Union Flag must be the correct way up (NOT upside down!)  When representing Mourning the flag must go to the top of staff and be lowered never raised halfway up from the base.


There followed a wonderful display of stamps and covers showing the flags of Africa; Scandinavia; Eastern European; USA; Asia; Middle East; Europe; Australasia; Latin America. It was pointed out that the flag of Brazil is the most complicated flag of the world. Nepal has a most interesting shape of flag double pennon (State flag and Civil flag of a sovereign nation)!


Flags of National Organisations NATO; SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation); AOPU (Asian Oceanic Postal Union); Salvation Army; United Nations; Girl Guides; Arab League etc.


Special Events included the conquest of Everest and the placing of the flag likewise at the South/North Pole. Claiming Territory the Falkland Islands.


Many colourful stamps!


Alex Magowan led members in giving warm thanks to Robert Murray for giving a fascinating talk and truly wonderful display complete with most informative write ups all enjoyed by all present.


Our next meeting in the Caledonian Bowling Club, Motherwell Road, Hamilton, is on Friday, 15th February, 2019, at 7:30pm when members will display material from "Dead Countries".


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