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                                                                                           Updated 7th June 2017   

The current issue of Stamp Lover -  June 2017                     

  • The Moens-Torres Fantasy Stamps and Forgeries - Part 2 - Gerhard Lang-Valchs continues his look at some of the bogus stamps that appeared in philatelic journals in the nineteenth century, taking in Prince Edward Island, "Westervelt" the Irish Fenian essays, Amoy and the Confederate States.

  • 1977 German Commemorative Cover - The liner Bremen , U-Boats and an "Insured Letter Carrier" stamp all come together on this 1977 cover that caught the eye of Dave Hill.

  • Checklist of Articles in the British Philatelic Press - our twice yearly listing covers the period July - December 2016

  • Meeting Reports - Detailed and informative reports on the Country Meeting at Thatcham on Saturday 25 March 2017 and the displays entitled "An excellent Afternoon's Entertainment" given on Saturday 8 April 2017 by Christine Earle, FRPSL  who showed "Sydney Harbour Bridge" and Patrick Reid who presented "Tasmania".   

  • New Issues -
      Modern Art stamps from Australia.
    he World War I series from New Zealand continues with "1917 Darkest Hour"
    and Hungary mark the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation
       Colourful eels from Ascension
    depicts a sweater on its SEPAC stamp for 2017

  • Book Reviews - Detailed and informative reviews are a regular feature of the magazine. In this issue we look at
    Stanley Gibbons Commonwealth Stamp Catalogue - New Zealand & Dependencies 6th ed 2016
    Stanley Gibbons Commonwealth Stamp Catalogue - Western Pacific 4th ed 2017

    Baghdad in British Occupation - The Story of the 1917 Provisional Stamps by Freddy Khalastchy, FRPSL
    Stanley Gibbons Catalogue - Netherlands & Colonies 1st ed 2017
    Rhodesia &  Nyasaland Postage Rates - Surface and Airmail by J B Horne, FRPSL
    Catalogue CZPO of USSR Postage Stamps 1961-1974 - forwarded by Oleg Dukhovnitsky
    Brusden-White Australian Commonwealth Specialists' Catalogue - Kangaroos and the Early Period 1901-1912 

  • .PLUS -  Other Regular Features - 

    • The President's Piece, National PS News, Message from the Editor

    • Letters to the Editor

    • Other Philatelic News   

    • Stamp Fairs Listing -  late May, June & July 2017.


Annual Competitions, November 2016 

The National's Annual Competitions took place at the November Meeting and this year the judges were Richard West and Brian Asquith.  

Michael Goodman won the  Traditional Class with his entry "US Civil War Revenues" and was also the winer in the Postal History Class with "More to Pay from the USA" showing underpaid mail from the United States from 1879 to 1914.

First place in the Social/Open Class went to Rodney Knight with "Life in Spanish Guinea" and the runner up was Maria Roberts with her Read all about it" and the runner-up was David Hunter with \"Music"..

The Thematic Class winner was Howard Morgan with "Vienna and its composers" whilst "Horse Drawn Vehicles" gave second place to Maria Roberts. This year there were no entries in the Aerophilatelic Class.

Johnson Award for philatelic writing in Stamp Lover                    

The winner of the Johnson Award for philatelic writing in Stamp Lover during 2015 was announced at the October 2016, the winner being Nick Kerridge for his article Wei Hei Wei publish in the April and August 2015 issues, when the award was duly presented..

This earlier date follows a decision to close the gap between the end of the year under consideration and the voting and to this end voting forms for the 2016 articles in Stamp Lover will be issued in February 2017.

New President for the National

At the Annual General Meeting of the National Philatelic Society held on  9 June 2012, Christopher Oliver stood down after completing his term as President of the Society and was succeeded by Michael R Thompson, who is also the Society's Hon. Auctioneer.

Chris Oliver remains on Council as a Past president and the Vice-Presidents are now Simon Richards and Nick Kerridge. 

Taking a Stand for Philately - National PS at the 2011 Christmas Ideal Home Show

For 5 days in November, as a leading British stamp club, the National Philatelic took a stand at the Ideal Home at Christmas, where an estimated 85,000 people passed through the doors of the famous Earls Court Exhibition Centre. The aim was to promote stamps and stamp collecting. Click here to read more.



STAMP LOVER” Celebrates 100 years of enthusiasm

“The keynote of the STAMP LOVER will be enthusiasm” wrote Fred Melville founder of the Junior Philatelic Society in the very first edition of the journal in June 1908.  A century later, the Junior’s successor, the National Philatelic Society, celebrates the centenary of the Stamp Lover with a bumper edition. 

The special 100-page issue features a re-design, with full colour illustrations and articles which reflect the diversity of philatelic interests and which also review the development of philately during the past century.

The issue is prefaced with an extract from the very first issue, including the editorial where Fred Melville expresses his views about enthusiasm for stamps, stamp collecting and the Junior Philatelic Society. That enthusiasm has been reflected ever since in the pages of subsequent issues of the Stamp Lover. 

Articles by expert contributors not only mark the Centenary but also inform and educate on philatelic issues today. As will be seen below, subjects include research, social philately, aerophilately, Machins, thematics, postal stationery and computers in philately. There is also a look back to 1908 and the issues current then, as well as a philatelic history of the 1908 Franco-British Exhibition.   

Click here For full details of the contents of this special issue.

Accordingly, the British Philatelic Trust, has provided financial support for which we are grateful, to enable local philatelic societies in the UK to receive copies. This will allow their members to benefit from the research provided by our contributors.   

Copies of the Centenary issue may also be obtained from the Hon Secretary at National PS, 10 Gilpin Green, Harpenden AL5 5NR, for £4 each - UK only) including postage. Cheques should be payable to National Philatelic Society.


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