- Alaouites, Latakia and Alexandretta - In his long running series of
articles on "Forgotten Countries", Bernard Towler tells us this month
about these stamps issued many years ago.
- Royal Mail's "Imps" - Dave Hill tells of the Integrated
Mail Processors now used by Royal Mail as evidenced by the ink jet
cancellations and bar codes that now appear on many of our letters.
- First Airmails - K. Austin describes some of the stamps specially
issued to prepay rates of airmail postage.
- A Letter to Mary Phillips. An American correspondent, Michael
Soper, who served in the US Navy, tells us of the research he undertook to
trace Mrs Maiy Phillips, the senior member of a poor family, living in the USA
early in the twentieth century. He discovered her plight and the efforts of her
relations to make her life easier, following the acquisition of a letter in an
old American cover posted in 1901. This item was purchased from a dealer s junk
box at a philatelic exhibition. Subsequently he found two other covers
addressed to this lady in 1905, by members of her family when she was still
living at the same address in New York. These were sent to her by Registered
Post as they contained money and enabled him to complete the story of her
- Spring STAMPEX - A special report on this year's exhibition.
- The work of the ABPS (Association of British Philatelic Societies)
is given in detail and some of the many benefits of membership are explained.
- British Philatelic Press. The checklist of articles, which have
appeared in the British Philatelic Press for the 6 months July to December