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                                                                                           Updated 17th February 2017   

The current issue of Stamp Lover -  February 2017                     

  • Philatelic English - Peter Read asks whether "Philatelic English" is the DNA and Lingua Franca for global communication or is "philatelic jargon" the real Foreign Language?

  • How to outwit the Forgers and Fakers - Advice on ways to ascertain whether you have fraudulently produced material is given by Paul Leonard.

  • "Como buen Mexicanos" - A World War II slogan on a Mexican cover prompts Dave Hill to reflect on Germany's attempt to form an alliance with Mexico in World War I.

  • American Art on Stamps - Chris Oliver considers examples of the USA's promotion of its art via the postage stamp.

  • Familiar philatelic faces appear on TV Documentary -  The editor welcomes the TV Documentary  Timeshift: Penny Blacks and Two Penny Blues  covering philately that appeared on our screens on 14th  November 2016, whilst a review of the programme itself by Michael Round  is featured within this issue's Book Reviews.

  • Meeting Reports - Detailed and informative reports on the displays given by Members at the Christmas Meeting on 3rd December 2016 and  the "Beyond the Back of The Book"  given by Chris Tennant on Saturday 14th January 2017.

  • New Issues -
      New Zealand Scenic Definitives 2016
       Pillar Boxes from Gibraltar
    A Bank and a Court commemorated by Pakistan
       The Royal New Zealand Navy
    Biodiversity from Tristan da Cunha

  • Book Reviews - Detailed and informative reviews are a regular feature of the magazine. In this issue we look at
    Antigua - The Stamps and Postal History  by Charles Freeland and John M. Jordan
    The 1866-71 Lithographed Stamp Duty Adhesives of Queensland
    by Dave Elsmore and the late Francis Kiddle
    Guide to the Postal Stationery of Iraq
    by Clayton Rubec and Akthem Al-Manaseer

  • .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 January, February and March 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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