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                                                                                           Updated 28th September 2017   

The current issue of Stamp Lover -  October 2017                     

  • Butterflies as Emblems, Trademarks and Logos - some ideas for a thematic collection - A new angle on a thematic butterfly collection is given by Vladimir Kachan in this and comprehensive article. 

  • The Postal Museum - An Exclusive PreviewChris Oliver attended a press preview of the new Postal Museum ahead of its public opening on 28 July 2017. Here he describes his visit and explains what each of the museum's five zones has to offer. 

  • A London/Bermuda Mystery Card - Michael Round recently bought a postcard that reached it's destination  without surcharge despite being posted in London bearing two Bermuda farthing stamps. The moiral is - always read postcard messages.

  • The World's Worst Commemorative Issue? - Dave Hill speculates...    

  • Meeting Report - A detailed and informative reports on the display of South Georgia given by Wilf Vevers on Saturday 12 August 2017. 

  • New Issues -
    A joint issue from Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary and Ukraine for the 300th   Anniversary  of the Birth of the Empress Maria Theresa.
    The Falklands Journal 
      Canada 150 -
    some strung maple leaf stamps.
    New small bird definitives  from the Falkland Islands.

  • Book Reviews - Detailed and informative reviews are a regular feature of the magazine. In this issue we look at
    Stanley Gibbons Great Britain Concise - 32nd edition
    SG Commonwealth Catalogue -Leeward Islands 3rd ed

    Stanley Gibbons Cartalogue - Czech Republic & Slovakia 1st ed.
    A View of the Postal History of Malayan Emergency - Occupation to Independence
    by Susan McEwen

    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 September, October & November 2017.


Johnson Award for philatelic writing in Stamp Lover                    

The winner of the Johnson Award for philatelic writing in Stamp Lover during 2016 has been announced. The winner is Dave Hill for his three-part feature "Collecting World War I on all Fronts" that appeared in the April, June and October 2016 issues of Stamp Lover..

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.

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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