Lanarkshire Philatelic Society


"Members' Night"





Valentines!  This was the appropriate theme for the 14th February at the Lanarkshire Philatelic Society meeting!  Members responded to the theme in three different ways.


There were many Stamps with hearts, flowers, "Love", all expressing the nature of the Day &, also, many Greeting cards;

Mike Cleary began the displays by telling some of the legends of St Valentine and presented some cards of him - also a wonderful selection of vintage Valentine cards of 1920-1940s.

Raymond Baldock showed beautifully embroidered cards sent to girlfriends, wives, mothers during World War 1. 

Sheila Sinclair displayed colourful stamps issued for various Valentine’s Days in the USA – and also showed 2 lighthouses -  "Venus Point" (Venus - goddess of Love), South Carolina and "Point Amour", Labrador, Canada

Gary Cheyne  had a selection of postcards with songs and poetry published for soldiers to send from the WW1 to loved ones at home

Ken Liddell’s postcards were more modern  - "Be Mine", "Meet me at the Restaurant", "SWALK" etc – and others illustrating loving hearts.


Other members displayed postcards and covers published by "Valentine’s of Dundee";

Maureen Mathieson’s cards were of the 1938 Empire Exhibition held in Glasgow

Derek Wiltshire travelled round Britain – lovely views and he made sure Scotland, Wales and Ireland were included

Ken Norris’ covers showed the Opening of the Tay Road Bridge om 18th August 1966 – and also postcards showing the Tay Rail Bridge

Terry Woods’ postcards were of the centre of Hamilton – members. Memories were jogged as they remembered the views before change.


A few members chose to show cards relating to places they "loved";

Alan Rushworth loved his caravan – in which he travelled around the Cowal peninsula and postcards of many villages there were viewed.

Margaret Lyth loves Arran – and with the help of Valentines postcards gave members a flavour of the beauty of the island

John Aitken loves local history and, starting from a picture of a few buildings as they were in Milton Street, Motherwell, in 1835 he found how this street was important in the "Making of Motherwell".


Terry Woods thanks all who had displayed and presented such an interesting evening.


Our next meeting in the Caledonian Bowling Club, Motherwell Road, Hamilton, is on Friday, 28th February, 2020, at 7:30pm when Robert Clark, of Stirling Philatelic Society, will present his display entitled “Development of the airmail route between UK and Australasia 1921-1942.”

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