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Updated 30th March 2021                             

The current issue of Stamp Lover - April 2021
  • Amazing adventures of the Air Marshal’s butterfly, Vladimir Kachan highlights the Purple Emperor Butterfly on stamps and how it was a favourite of a British Air Marshal.  

  • Wafer seals . Stewart Gardiner FRPSL examines the way  envelopes were sealed in the early 19th century.

  • The “Spud Papers “ queried, Gerhard Lang-Valchs questions whether this 19th century study of forgeries attributed mainly to  the notorious Spiro brothers also included forgeries by Torres and others as well as Spiro.  

  • Butter sculptures - Dave Hill examines some postcards of “butter sculptures“. It is not an April Fool item!

  • NPS members in a national one-sheet competition and the editor's "Chamber of Horrors".

  • Newsmix (formerly Other News )  Postal Museum and Royal Philatelic Society headquarters to re -open

  • NPS News - Obituaries for Col E.X “Ted" Halliday, MBE and Christine Earle FRPSL. Ballot form for Johnson Literary Award poll.

  • New Issues - The Legend of King Arthur and HM The Queen’s 95th birthday “Omnibus issue“.

  • Book Reviews - Detailed and informative reviews are a regular feature of the magazine. In this issue we look at
        -
    SG GB Concise 2020 
        - Pan-American AirwaysWartime Transatlantic Air Mail Censorship and the LAT1 Substitute
    by John Wilson and Frank Walton RDP, FRPSL
        - Stanley Gibbons Commonwealth & British Empire Stamps 1840-1970 ("Part 1") 123ed. 2021

  • Plus OTHER REGULAR FEATURES

      • The President's Piece, Message from the Editor
      • Letters to the Editor
      • NPS News
      • Other Philatelic News     
      • Stamp Fairs Listing -  April & May 2021

    MEMBERS OF THE NATIONAL PHILATELIC SOCIETY RECEIVE SIX ISSUES OF "STAMP LOVER" A YEAR  


April 2021 Stamp Lover - Late extra!

A message from our editor. TheUK's first barcoded stamp issued on March 23rd. Details were kept under wraps until after the April Stamp Lover went to press, They are available in business sheets.








Col. E. X. Halliday


The Society has been very saddened to learn that Ted Halliday died on 12 February 2021. For some twenty year the names Ted Halliday and the NPS Library were synonymous and before that Ted had been the National Philatelic Society's Hon General Secretary from 1980 to 1996. Greatly respected, he worked tirelessly for the Society for some forty years. A full obituary will be published in the Society's journal, Stamp Lover.


Coronavirus bonus for Johnson Literary Award

Ballot papers for the annual Johnson Literary Award will be distributed with the February 2021 Stamp Lover as in previous years. Readers will be invited to select their favourite feature article or series of feature articles published in Stamp Lover during 2020.

There will be more entries than usual because the National PS has not been able to hold meetings since March due to the Coronavirus crisis and, due to lack of meeting reports,  there has been more space in Stamp Lover devoted to features. The editor expects this to continue until spring 2021. In a way it has been a bonus as it has enabled more writers to contribute features. Although many features are contributed by writers who are not NPS members, the editor hopes more NPS  members will  step forward and offer articles on their favourite  philatelic topics and hios message is "So get writing during lockdown ! "
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
December 2020


Can any military experts help?

We have received an enquiry from a military enthusiast seeking to know more about the kit of the infantry men illustrated on this GB PHQ card of the D day issue and wonders if anyone can help.

1. The infantryman in the foreground is carrying a coiled-up rope on his back. Was he a Commando and was the rope for climbing cliffs?

2. What is the white tube in the pack of the soldier on the lower right?

1. The infantryman in the foreground is carrying a coiled-up rope on his back pack. Was he a Commando and was the rope for climbing cliffs?

2. What is the white tube in the pack of the soldier on the lower right?

3. What is the large load on the back of the man on the extreme left . He is bent down and his boot heel is visible above the 25 of 25p.

If you know any of the answers, please let our editor know at stamplover@ukphilately.org.uk
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
 November 2020

National PS Members' Auctions - Vendors Forms

Members who want to sell material in our forthcoming auctions need to list them on our vendor forms. These can be downloaded from this website by clicking here.  Only NPS members can enter material in the auctions. The minimum lot reserve is £2 and as the auctions are currently postal only, please do not send bulky lots.



2020 Annual General Meeting

Under the Society’s Constitution, the Annual General Meeting is held in June or July each year. However, this has not been possible this year due to the current Coronavirus restrictions and it will now be held within three months of meetings of the Society resuming after the emergency has ended. An amendment to the Constitution to that effect was passed by a virtual Extra-ordinary General Meeting of the Society held on 4 July 2020.


 

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