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Triple for Davis - Annual Competitions December 2004 

December traditionally means competitions and seasonal refreshments for the monthly Saturday Meeting of the National Philatelic Society and December 11, 2004 was no exception.  

In the Competitions, War Tax issues expert John Davis not only won the Traditional Philately class for the second year running, but also beat off other entrants to take runner up place as well. His winning entry was “ Turks and Caicos Islands – First Two Settings of the War tax Overprint” and his runner up entry was   “Ceylon, the War Stamps and their uses “  

The Thematic Class was won by Maurice Shorten with “Victoria Falls – a World Heritage” while the runner up was Peter Wood with “Aspects of Ireland”. 

The Aerophilately award was won by John Grant with “Japan Airmails, 1919-35” and the runner up was Rodney Knight with “Spanish Guinea – Early airmails”. 

The Johnson Award for philatelic writing was presented to Allan Boyce for his article “Postage Stamps from Crete” which appeared in the National’s magazine “The Stamp Lover “ in October 2003. The award is presented annually to the author the most popular original article in the publication. 

The presentations were preceded by a well-attended auction and seasonal refreshment.

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Allan Boyce is presented with the Johnson Award by Michael Furnell, Editor of Stamp Lover

Extra Meetings for the National PS – NOW ON THURSDAYS as well as on SATURDAYS

The National Philatelic Society is holding nine additional evening meetings during the 2004-05 Season, following the success of the experiment earlier in 2004. 

The meetings will take place on a Thursday in the latter part of most months and on these days the Library will be open from 11 am until 6.30 pm, with philatelic literature and material from circulated club books will be for sale from 5 pm. The displays start about 6.30 pm, finishing around 7.45 pm.

It is hoped these extra meetings will particularly appeal to stamp enthusiasts working or living in Central London and full details of the Dates and Displays can be found by
clicking here.

August 2004

105th Annual General Meeting of the National Philatelic Society 10th July 2004 


Gathering in the new meeting room at the British Philatelic Centre, those attending this year’s Annual General Meeting heard of the challenges facing the Society in terms of its new lease commitments and the effects of the refurbishment and re-organisation of the British Philatelic Centre earlier in 2004. The latter had led to the closure of the Library in February and March 2004 and its re-location to the first and second floors of the Centre, where it can be reached by lift.

At the same time, however, our President, Richard Pratt, was pleased to point to an expansion of the National’s activities – the successful experiment with Evening  Meetings in April and May 2004, as a result of which Thursday Evening Meetings will become a permanent feature of the New Season - the introduction of a Saturday meeting (with the usual Auction and Display) in August - arrangements to expand the packet with a Postal History section. All this is to be accompanied by a membership drive in the coming months.

Regrettably, Ian Nutley has decided to stand down as Vice-President and Programme & Competitions Secretary due to other commitments and Christine Earle has also retired from Council. Michael R Thompson was appointed as a Vice-President to fill the vacancy, whilst Stuart Henderson is taking over the Programme Secretary and Dane Garrod, the Annual Competitions. Other Officers and members of Council were re-appointed and subsequent to the AGM, Council has been pleased to welcome Christopher Oliver and Peter Wood as co-opted members.

July 2004

Richard Pratt FRPSL
President of the 
National PS

Evening Meetings Experiment

Extra Meetings are to be held on the evenings of Thursday 29th April and Thursday 27th May.

Thursday 29 April - Display by Colin Spong FRPSL: AN ASPECT OF MADAGASCAR

Thursday 27 May - Display by John Rawlings: GERMANY THE WAR YEARS 1939-45

  • These experimental meetings are being arranged for those who
    - Are unable to join us on Saturdays
    - Simply wish to enjoy more Displays
  • On these days
    - The Library will be open 11 am – 6.30 pm
    - Material from Circulated Packet Books will be on sale 5.30 pm – 6.30 pm
    - The Displays will start at 6.30 pm
  • We hope that these meetings will prove attractive to new and existing members. The aim is that they become a regular feature of our programme from September 2004 onwards in addition to our long-standing Saturday meetings.

April 2004

The National has a Successful Competitions Day – December 2003
Michael Pitt-Payne wins the annual Johnson Literary Award 

There were 19 entries for the National Philatelic Society’s Annual Competitions, on Saturday December 13. This was not only a healthy increase on previous years but resulted in some close results.

The winners were

Traditional - John Davis - A Study of War Tax stamps of the British Empire
Postal History - Jean Ruskin - Inspectors’ Marks on pre-stamp era Great Britain covers
Thematic - Maurice Shorten - "Victor Hugo, his life and times " 
Aerophilately - Stuart Henderson - Canadian Airmails.

John Davis receives the "Traditional Class" Trophy from Richard Pratt, President of the "National".

The runners up were 
Traditional - Christine Earle with the 1939 Swiss National Exhibition issue
Postal History - Michael Lawrence Goodman "Underpaid US Mail 1850's to 1900's" 
Thematic - Sheila Foster "From Vine to Wine" 

The judges Maurice Flack and John Grant praised the overall level of entries and said they had to make some difficult decisions.

The judging was followed by the presentation of the winners' awards and the presentation of the 
Johnson Literary Award to Michael Pitt-Payne for his article entitled "Unpaid and Underpaid Mail in the UK 1838 to 1955” which appeared in the October 2002 "Stamp Lover”. The award is presented annually to the author of the most popular original article published in the National's magazine. 

The award, a Victorian glass writing set, is endowed and named after the late F M (‘Boy’) Johnson, son of the co-founder of the National's forerunner, the Junior Philatelic Society. Michael Pitt-Payne said his article was based on a display he presented at the Royal and he kindly displayed some of his material alongside the winning entries and runner up entries to the competition.

December 2003

Autumn Stampex 2003


Eleven members of the National Philatelic Society won awards at Autumn Stampex, 2003.
One member received a Gold and the others received a total of 15 awards, including eight Vermeils. 

The range of subjects of their entries reflects the diverse philatelic interests of the Society.

Gold went to Alan Anyon for “Colombia Revenue Documents and Stamps”. Dr Richard Saundry won a Large Vermeil and the Aerophilatelic Research Medal for “From Flood to Flourishing Flight".

Other winners were

John Davies
“The Genesis of the Jubilee Envelope”
Trevor Davis
“Australian Colonies - The 1873 Inter-Colonial Conference and all that”
Steven Ellis
“French Transatlantic Mail”
Edward Proud
“Federated Malay States - Post Offices and Postmarks” and 
                     "Interstate use of Malayan Stamps, Issue of Provisional Stationery”
Robin Tibbenham
“The Rise and Fall of Machin Vended Booklets”
Prof John West
“Postal History of Chile during WWI”

Literature awards included the
Francis Webb Memorial Trophy and a Vermeil to Dr Geoffrey Eibl-Kaye for Volume 9 of "Cross Post”

Large Silver Medals
Edward Proud
"Straits Settlements - Post Offices and Postmarks " and 
"Unfederated Malay States - Post Offices and Postmarks"

Silver Medal
Andrew Skilling
"Spain-the Imperforate Issues of Queen Isabella II"

Bronze Silver Medals
Chris Podger
“Cyprus – “Stamps for Revenue, from KGVI to the Republic” and for his literature entry "The Revenue Stamps of Cyprus"

Information Stand

Meanwhile, led by the National Philatelic Society’s Exhibitions Officer, Dane Garrod, a team of volunteers once again staffed the Information Stand on the “Village Green”. 

Supplying information to the many visitors to the Show and representing the Association of British Philatelic Societies, the British Philatelic Trust and the National Philatelic Society, this again demonstrated the Society’s long standing commitment to supporting organised philately – as well as being good fun and successful in terms of recruiting new members for the
National, all of whom we are very pleased to welcome to the Society.

October 2003

104th Annual General Meeting of the 
National Philatelic Society
12th July 2003


Members attending the National Philatelic Society’s 104th Annual General Meeting at the British Philatelic Centre on Saturday 12 July heard Richard Pratt report on the events and challenges of the first year as President. In doing so he referred to the working party that has been set up under the chairmanship of Vice-president, Dane Garrod to see whether the Society can improve the services that it offers to existing and potential members and stressed that views and ideas from members are welcomed. The various Officers’ reports testified that overall the Society is in good health.

Tribute was paid to the late Mr H S Whittaker, who died in December 2002 and whose dedication to the NPS Library over many years had been of such value to the Society and users of the Library.

Barbara Priddy joined Council, whilst Bill Hill, Frank Jones and Richard West had decided to stand down and were duly thanked for their services to Council. 

Frank Jones was President of the National Philatelic Society 1995-2002, which period saw the successful celebration of the Society’s Centenary in 1999, whilst Richard West had served on Council for over 25 years and was President 1984 –1995. In recognition of these services and their Presidencies, both Frank and Richard have since been granted Honorary Life Membership of the NPS. 

July 2003

The National Philatelic Society – 2002 Annual Competitions. “The Affair of The Arrow” wins Johnson Literary Award

The 2002 December meeting saw the Annual Cup competitions, which were this year judged by Marjorie Wharton of Hastings and Eddie Weeks from Epsom & Ewell and resulted in the following awards:

  • Postal History Jonathan Spooner - Great Britain Postage Dues on incoming mail
  • Thematic David Hunter - The Scottish Enlightenment
  • Traditional Michael Goodman - 1857/61 3 cents USA perforated Washington Heads

Michael Furnell, Editor of Stamp Lover presents the Johnson Literary Award Trophy to Major Richard Pratt, whilst Competition Secretary, Ian Nutley, looks on

As is customary, the occasion also saw the presentation of the Johnson Literary Award Trophy to the author of the article voted most popular to appear in Stamp Lover during the previous year. This time the votes had gone to Richard Pratt for his April 2001 article “The Affair of the Arrow”, which described the incident involving this British ship off China in 1856 and covered the postal regulations governing military mail at that time. 

December 2002

103rd Annual General Meeting of the 
National Philatelic Society
13th July 2002


The 103rd Annual General Meeting of the National Philatelic Society saw some important changes to the Council, the principal one being the installation of a new President - Major 'Dickie' Pratt FRPSL. The others were the election of a new Vice President - Dane Garrod and the appointment of a new Hon Treasurer - Simon Richards. 

Frank Jones FRPSL the retiring President, who has served for the past 8 years, in his address to the meeting reviewed his years in the post and thanked all those many officers and members who have assisted in the running of the NPS. Their help had successfully overcome the problems that he had encountered at the commencement of his Presidency. He expressed the belief that the Society should endeavour to follow the example of the NPS founder Fred Melville and strive to be innovative. He added that relationships in our hobby are most important and these days no society can exist in isolation, he cited examples of co-operation between the British Philatelic Trust, the ABPS and the NPS on the joint stand project.

In his vote of thanks to Frank Jones, Ian Nutley, the Senior Vice President, expressed his and the Society's warm appreciation for the work that Frank had put in, in his 8 years as President.

Major Pratt echoed Ian Nutley's remarks and added that he was honoured to have served with Frank Jones on the Council and as his Vice President.

In Dickie Pratt we have a distinguished philatelist as our new President. His stamp collecting career appears to have started when he was just 2 years of age! In 1979 he started a postal history collection of the Expatriate Post Offices Operating in Imperial China and this has been his abiding interest ever since. He has written numerous philatelic articles on China and two books on the History of the Posts of Imperial China, a third book on the same subject is about to go to press.

All the Officers and members of the NPS wish 'Dickie' a successful Presidency.

July 2002

A Few Changes
- Improved Library Opening Arrangements
   - Saturday Meetings

We are please to advise that visitors to the NPS Library on Tuesdays-Thursdays need no longer telephone in advance to check availability and the library opening times are now:

    Tuesday -Thursday 11am to 4.15 pm *

    Most Mondays and Saturdays – but please enquire beforehand

*except between Christmas and New Year

To give more time to enjoy the Displays at the NPS Saturday Meetings, timings have been brought forward by 15 minutes and, excepting the July AGM and August when there is no Meeting, the arrangements are now:

    The Display starts at 3 p.m. with tea and coffee served from 2.30 p.m.

    Prior to the Display, the 400-lot Room/Postal Members’ Auction will commence at 1 p.m., with viewing from 11.15 a.m.

    The NPS Library is open from 11 a.m.

For details on this season’s Displays please click here.

January 2002

The National Philatelic Society - Annual Competition. A Festive Occasion.


Following the competitions the Editor of 'Stamp Lover' magazine, Michael Furnell, presented the Johnson Literary Award to Stuart Henderson as the author of the most popular article in 'StampLover' for the year 2000. Stuart’s article was “The Hunt for the Emden” published in the December 2000.

As this was the Christmas Meeting of the Society, festive refreshments of mince pies, shortbread and sherry was served to all members present. 


The National Philatelic Society held its Annual Competition at the British Philatelic Centre, Charterhouse Street, London in December 2001.  An excellent number of entries were received, which were judged by Peter O'Keeffe and Ralph Grove of the Kent Federation.

The winners were:

  • Aerophilately Christine Earle - Transatlantic Airmails 1939 - 1944
  • Postal History Ian Nutley - Auschwitz Postal History
  • Thematic David Hunter - History of Sugar
  • Traditional Ian Nutley - Second World War Forgeries of France

December 2001

Success for National Philatelic Society Members at Autumn Stampex 2001

National Philatelic Society members achieved success across all philatelic disciplines at Autumn Stampex 2001.

The two outstanding performances were the Aerophilatelic Class award and Gold medal to Derrick Pillage for his entry 'US Government Flights 1918 - 24' in the International Aerophilatelic Class. This, incidentally, is his third Aerophilatelic Class award at Stampex.

Stampex 2001

The other, AD Anyon, won the NPS QEII Silver Jubilee Trophy and a Gold medal for his entry 'Provisional Issues of Columbia'.

Overall, National Philatelic Society Members were awarded - 7 Gold medals, 2 Large Vermeils, 6 Vermeils, 1 Large Silver medal and 1 Bronze Silver medal.

The winners were:-

Gold Medals D. Pillage, Prof. S. Imperato, 'Taxman', J. Bohn, Lady Mairi Bury, AD Anyon and WA King.

Large Vermeils Prof S. Imperato and D. Springbett.

Vermeils K. Taylor, G. Morgan, D. Pillage(2), J. Leathes and R. Tibbenham.

Large Silver Medal AD Sabey.

Bronze Silver Medal R. Tibbenham.

October 2001

Johnson Award Winner for 2000 Announced

The Johnson Literary Award is given annually to the author of the article which has received the highest number of votes from readers of Stamp Lover in a popularity poll for the best article published in Stamp Lover during the previous year.

Polling for this year's Award closed on 26th May 2001 and this year's winner is Stuart Henderson whose winning article "The Hunt for the Emden" appeared in the December 2000 Issue of Stamp Lover.

The Hunt for the Emden

This article, illustrated with pictures of the ship and the Miniature Sheet issued by Cocos (Keeling) Islands in 1989, tells of the exploits the German Light Cruiser S.M.S. Emden which inflicted £15 million of damage to allied shipping and shore installations over a three month period in 1914, when at various times, almost eighty allied naval vessels were involved in the hunt for the ship across the Indian Ocean.

August 2001 

102nd Annual General Meeting of the
National Philatelic Society
14th July 2001


The changing face of philately was the theme of Frank Jones's review of the past year at the National Philatelic Society's 102nd Annual General Meeting.

He of course was referring to the changing world of philately both as regards information technology and in collecting trends - Social Philately, Revenues and the 'Open Classes. The President emphasised that the National Philatelic Society's biggest philatelic and financial asset was the Library, with much material that is irreplaceable. As the number of volumes increases and the use of the library is also increasing there is a requirement for extra volunteers to assist the librarian. The library is available for use by members and non-members.

The National Philatelic Society continues to work closely with the British Philatelic Trust and the ABPS on a number of projects including the development of the Philatelic website. The support received from the British Philatelic Trust continues and is greatly appreciated. Membership has remained stable over the past year and this is encouraging for the long-term future of the Society. The NPS remains at the forefront of UK philately.

107 Charterhouse Street, London, EC1
British Philatelic Centre, home of the National Philatelic Society and the NPS Library.

July 2001

National Philatelic Society at

Belgica 2001

The National Philatelic Society had a dual presence at 'BELGICA 2001' in Brussels in June 2001, members of the Society supplied a number of the competitive entries for the International Exhibition and the Society also organised a visit for members, ably hosted by the Vice-President - Ian Nutley.

On the competitive front, out of only 25 UK entries they received the following awards:

TRADITIONAL PHILATELY Gold - Alan Sabey - British Empire Exhibition 1924-25. John Barwis - The half lengths of Victoria 1850 - 59. Large Vermeil - Mark Spycher - Guatemala 1886 - 1903 - The National Emblem Issue [NPS Overseas member].

AEROPHILATELY Gold - David Lu - Chinese airmails and their forerunners [NPS Overseas member]. Vermeil - Derrick Pillage - The Legend of Lindbergh.

THEMATIC Large Vermeil - Sheila Foster - Roses, Roses all the Way [The only UK entry].

REVENUE Large Vermeil - Christopher Podger - Cyprus Revenue Stamps - Ottoman to KGV.

POSTAL HISTORY Vermeil - Christopher George Crutwell - Cyprus Postal History 1353 - 1880.

June 2001

National Philatelic Society Successful Annual Competition


The Judges were Dr Pat Reid of Berkshire and Len Stacey of Essex.

The occasion also saw the presentation of the annual Johnson Literary Award to Ian Nutley for the
"The Mermoz Line" that earlier in 2000, had been voted the post popular article appearing in Stamp Lover during 1999.


Ian Nutley, Competitions Officer, was delighted with the response from members for the Annual Competition held on Saturday 9th December. The entries well exceeded the excellent number who had entered the previous year's competition. The winners in 2000 were:

  • Traditional Philately Mike Goodman - USA 1853-1860 3c Nesbit Stationery
  • Postal History Keith Tranmer with Turkish Field Post Offices, Dardanelles and Gallipoli
  • Aerophilately Derrick Pillage with US Government Air Mails
  • Thematic "The Origins of Cardiac Care" by Steve Boorn

December 2000

Centenary Display Brochure

101st Annual General Meeting of National Philatelic Society 8th July 2000

At the Annual General Meeting of the National Philatelic Society on the 8th July 2000, the President, Frank G Jones, FRPSL, reported another successful year of the Society. It was also a very important milestone in the history of the National Philatelic Society as it achieved its one-hundredth birthday.

The highlights included a display, of over 100 frames of material, provided by members at Spring Stampex and a similar display given to the Royal Philatelic Society. This special year closed with a Society Reception, hosted by Messrs Phillips, a Centenary Dinner and the Melville Centenary Lecture at University College, London.

The President in his address reiterated that the National Philatelic Society was a general philatelic society, not a specialist one, where any collector, irrespective of whether he/she is a beginner or an expert should be more than happy. He went on to say "We are grateful to our founder, Fred Melville, for his foresight and imagination in establishing our Society. The Society's principal aims and objectives have not really changed over all these years".
Joining the Council for the first time is Christine Earle.

Officers for the coming year are:
President - Frank G Jones FRSPL;
Vice President - Major Dickie Pratt FRPSL;
General Secretary - Peter Mellor;
Treasurer - Dane Garrod;
Auctioneer - Michael Thompson;
Packet Secretary - Brian Sylvester;
Librarian - Glenn Morgan;
Competitions Officer - Ian Nutley
Editor 'Stamp Lover' - Michael Furnell.

101st AGM (July 2000)

The Stamp Show 2000
Information & Collectors Centre at TSS 2000

Exhibitors Prizes

National Philatelic Society Success at TSS2000

Members of the National Philatelic Society scooped some of the major awards at The Stamp Show 2000 held at London's Earls Court Exhibition Centre in May. The principal ones were Lady Mairi Bury, Alan Moorcroft, David Springbett and Peter Wood, who won Gold medals. A further 10 NPS members won Large Vermeils and 9 won Vermeils.

Frank Jones, President of the National Philatelic Society said "Our members were involved in every aspect of Stamp Show 2000 from judging through to mounting exhibits and staffing the information desk. Members were also very evident staffing and running the display of the International Philatelic Literature entries and demonstrating the new UK Philately web site".

The Literature Stand was under the overall control of Glenn Morgan, Hon Librarian of the National Philatelic Society who had almost forty volunteer helpers on the stand during the seven days of the show. During the period over 470 books were borrowed for examination by visitors at the stand, whilst others viewed the prizes for Exhibitors that were on display there.

Once again the National Philatelic Society made its contribution to an International Exhibition, as it has done for over 90 years.

TSS 2000 (June 2000)


Centenary Handbook wins
awards in London and Vienna

We are pleased to report that the National Philatelic Society's Centenary Handbook won Silver Bronze Medals at The Stamp Show 2000 in London in May and in WIPA 2000 at Vienna, one week later.

The 64-page
Centenary Handbook contains some 30 articles recalling the first 100 years of the Society. Copies may be obtained from the National Philatelic Society, 107 Charterhouse Street, London EC1M 6PT by sending a cheque for £11 (£10 + postage)

Centenary book wins awards (June 2000)

Moscow 97

Another Success for the
National Philatelic Society Library

A member of the National Philatelic Society recently sought confirmation that the World Philatelic Exhibition Moscow 97 was held under the auspices of FIP (International Federation of Philately).

This was important to him in that it enabled him to submit entries to other important philatelic exhibitions worldwide. Fortunately the
Library holds material for this show - Bulletins 1, 2 and 3, the 112 page illustrated catalogue, the Report of the Jury listing all the winners of awards and a Press Release in English and so our member obtained the confirmation he needed.

We were very pleased to help this member – can our Library help you?

Another Success for Library (June 2000)

Melville Booklets from 1924

 Melville Booklets from 1924

Further fascinating information about our founder Fred Melville has also reached us since our Centenary last year and this includes copies of two very scarce booklets written by Melville in 1924.

These were entitled "The Boy's Friend Book of Stamps". They had covers printed in 3 colours and were distributed free with "The Boy's Friend" magazine. Extracts from these booklets will appear in future issues of "Stamp Lover."

Melville (June 2000)






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