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Updated 29 March 2022                             


Getting back to normal - First Live auction since lockdown

Our March meeting in London featured a live auction for the first time since lockdown, and its success means it will be repeated at our May and July meetings. John Casanova acted as auctioneer, backed by a team of volunteers to sort out the paperwork and settle up. The auctions are on a “bring and bid “ basis and only open to members who attend on the day. Vendors bring in their lots suitably listed and marked up for viewing by would be bidders. Any unsold lots are taken home by the vendors. An auction working party is working to re-instate our room and postal auctions in the autumn and in the meantime, catalogues for a  separate postal only auction are being distributed with the April Stamp Lover. Commission charged to vendors in both room and postal auctions has been cut from 15% to 10%, as we hope more members will participate.

The display following the auction  was to have been” City of Goslar” by Frank Simpson but he decided not to take part due to health reasons. Instead, Michael L. Goodman displayed “classic USA and postal history” including Revenues, Newspaper and Official stamps, and  international mail which was subject to postage due or redirected.  One of the star items was a  cover sent from the USA to Ireland  and returned with the message *Gone to America”.  It is part of the story of mass immigration from Ireland in the wake of the Great Famine

The current issue of Stamp Lover - April 2022

  • The King George VI Neck badge error - Brian Livingstone FRPSL elaborates and explains further how the King’s neck badge appears on some 1937 Coronation issues, and Rhodesian definitives.

  • Lithuania, the first 90 days - Part Two of a detailed examination of the country’s first stamp issues on gaining independence from Russia after the First World War, by David J. Freestone.
  • “Getting Up Steam”, Confessions of a failed Thematicist, Part 4 - The final instalment of the editor’s revelations about his thematic collections, this one deals with steam locomotives on stamps and postcards from all over the world.

  • Meeting Reports - There was one virtual meeting, in February , 2022  where the main presentation was the uses of GB postage due stamps presented by David Wilson and a subsidiary displays of Fanning Island and Christmas Island locals by Keith Johnson. The  London display in March was not the City of Goslar by Frank Simpson  as originally billed but classic USA by the Stamp Lover editor Michael L. Goodman FRPSL. All reports included illustrations of the material both in the report section and on the front cover.

  • NPS News - Following a successful “bring and bid “ auction at our London meeting in March, these will be repeated at future London meetings in May and July. There is also a postal auction catalogue enclosed with the issue.

  • Johnson Literary Award - The ballot paper enclosed with the February issue was reprinted in the April issue to enable members who had not voted so far to choose their favourite feature published  in Stamp Lover in 2021.

  • Book Reviews - Detailed and informative reviews are a regular feature of the magazine. In this issue we look at a guide to the collection of the Postal Museum, a detailed work on the Ottoman Posts in the Holy Land, and The Untold  Story of the Lady McLeod issue of Trinidad.

  • Newsmix - This news round-up includes a report on the London 2022 Exhibition, a new exhibition on postcodes at the Postal Museum and the forthcoming Stuart Rossiter Memorial Lecture.


    • The President's Piece, Message from the Editor
    • Letters to the Editor
    • NPS News     
    • Stamp Fairs Listing -  late March, April & May 2022.


The National's New Programme

After the upheaval caused by the pandemic, the new Season's meetings are now underway.

A new feature is the programme of regular On-line Meetings and Displays on "Zoom". These are taking place at 11am on the second Saturday of "even" months (except August) and comporise a main Display by an advertised Speaker, followed by a brief interval and then two shorter displays by members of the National, each lasting 15-20 minutes. Members who wish to do so, will have the opportunity to ask questions and chat. The meetings will close around 1pm and details for joining will be emailed to members ahead of each meeting.

The Society hopes that these meetings will provide new opportunities to get together for members who do not have easy access to our London meetings, living as they do throughout the United Kingsdom or Overseas.
November 2021

Johnson wins Johnson award again

The Johnson Award for 2020 has been won by Keith Johnson for his series “Tennyson through philately” published August, October and December 2020 which topped the poll for most popular feature in Stamp Lover in 2020. Keith also won several years ago with a feature on Fanning Island.

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.

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
 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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