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June 2011

  • Medicine and the medical profession in the British Virgin Islands, as shown through its stamps - Dr Georgio Migliavacca
    describes the development of medical care in the islands and stamp issues that illustrate these developments.

  • Both sides in a little known War - In this article Keith Tranmer draws attention to two covers dating from 1921-22 during the period of the Greek seizure of Smyrna and the Turkish Nationalist counter-attack that led to the destruction of the city and the expulsion of its Greek inhabitants. 

  • Stamps & Covers from that other Iraq War - Mosul in Northern Iraq remained disputed territory after the rest of Mesopotamia (Iraq0 was placed under British control during World War I. As a result an issue of Turkish revenue stamps was issued for use in Mosul in 1919 which is here described by Keith Tranmer.

  • Peace, Palestine, strikes and digs - David Alford's series on the correspondence between Arthur Hubert Stanley Megaw CBE ("Peter") and his wife, Electra continues with the war over and Peter doing archeological work in Palestine and Egypt and a further range of covers telling the tale.

  • Checklist of articles in the British Philatelic Press - our twice yearly listing covers the period July - December 2010.

  • New Issues

    • A look at some of the stamps marking the Royal Wedding of 29 April 2011 and in particular those from Australia, Canada, the Falkland islands, New Zealand and Niue.T

    • Spot the stamp - a very realistic newspaper reproduction conatins the stamp issued by Hungary to mark the fiftieth anniversary of manned space flight.

    • Promoting Philately - For 84 years Hungary has held a Stamp Day to promote philately - a look at this year's stamps.

    • New Kiwi stamps - New Zealand has released its second series of No Value stamps which once again have a light hearted leisure theme.

  • Recent Displays & Seminars- Illustrated Reports on the displays given at recent meetings - Death by Post by Claire Scott, FRPSL on 12 March 2011 and The Financial World Tonight by John Baron on 9 April 2011, together with the Country Meeting held at Thatcham and the Philatelic Seminar "An Appreciation of Social Philately and Thematic Collecting" given by Christine Earle FRPSL on 3 March. 

  • Book Reviews - This popular feature this month embraces Hungary, the Italian States Czechoslovakia and some new Catalogues. 

     PLUS -  Other Regular Features - 

    • The President's Piece, National PS News

    • Letters to the Editor, 

    • Stamp Fairs Listing - June, July and August 2011 

    and news of how the National Philatelic Society is taking the lead in promoting philately at the Ideal Home exhibition to be held in London in November 2011. 

August 2011

  • Maritime Theme for Congress in Southsea  - Chris Oliver reports in the 93rd British Philatelic Congress held on 16-19 June 2011.

  • Hot News from Greenland and Jersey - Why two new Queen Margarethe II definitive stamps from Greenland were withdrawn from sale two weeks after being issued in May 201 and how Jersey has marked the 50th Anniversary of its modern financial services industry.

  • The Wonderful World of Maximum Cards - Giorgio Migliavacca explains the fascination of collecting maximum cards which has its origins - quite by chance - in Egypt in 1893.

  • "Why I love the "Lovely Ladies" - The name applied to the US Newspaper stamps soon after their issue in 1875. Michael Goodman, with help from Stuart Henderson, looks at these stamps both the originals and the facsimiles produced by  the Senf brothers of Leipzig.

  • Peace at the End of the Day - David Alford's series moves on to the 1950's with Peter Megaw and his wife Electra remaining in Cyprus during the EOKA troubles and beyond independence in 1960. Interestingly David explains how both Peter and Electra  . , were involved with stamp design, including the 500m and 1 QEII Definitive stamps of 1955 from which Peter was responsible.

  • New Issues

    • A railway stamp with a difference - the Vias Verdes stamp issued by Spain on 16 June 2011.

    • A look at the interesting range of stamps released by Italy during the first half of 2011 to mark the 150th anniversary of Italian Unification .

    • Gibraltar Stamps - It is 125 years since Gibraltar issued its first stamps. Five attractive stamps released on 15 April 2011  each show a close up of a stamp from five reigns. 

    • Stacks and Bluffs III  - The Falkland Islands have just released a new series of stamps showing more of their dramatic islands and bluffs. These are described along with details of the two previous issues in this series.

  • Recent Displays & Seminars- Reports on the displays given at recent meetings - Modern South Africa as shown by Chris Oliver on President's Afternoon on 14 May 2011 and "An Afternoon of British Rubbish" given by Ian Crane FRPSL on 11 June which was anything but being a  most impressive display of the 1 stamps of Great Britain.

  • Book Reviews - This popular feature this month embraces the GB Concise Catalogue 2011, Collect British Stamps 2011, Royalty on Stamps, West Africa and Plebiscite Postmarks. 

     PLUS -  Other Regular Features - 

    • The President's Piece, National PS News

    • Letters to the Editor, 

    • Stamp Fairs Listing - August, September and October 2011 

    and news of the 2011 Annual General Meeting of the National Philatelic Society held on 9 July. 

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