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Philatelic display.

ON THURSDAY, January 25, Mr Brian Jones travelled all the way from Solihull to present his display of "An evening of King George VI", to members of the Loughborough & District Philatelic Society.

He explained that his presentation would be an A to Z of covers only, and these would be First Day of Issue covers, each one with the appropriate stamps of the issue day affixed.

Also, a large number would be registered mail, plus censored mail. The first sheet showed a memorial postcard with King George VI in a Military uniform, used in Fiji, following his death on 6th February 1952.

Then followed sheets of covers showed GB stamps overprinted 'Tangier', including the Silver Wedding issue. 'Morocco Agencies' overprints were also shown. Then a registered cover with the Coronation issue from Newport dated 13/05/37 that also carried a cachet "Atlantic Coast Air Services", Barnstable to Lundy 14/05/37. These were followed by some WWII Censor mail that included a Reg. cover Grimsby to Barbados. An unusual censor mark used in an Occupied Italian Colony.# Brian then moved onto his alphabetical display. Aden with asset of original overprints of new values; Antiqua, carrying the high values; Ascension; Maritime Mail with a cover carried onboard the "Dunbar Castle"; Australia, celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Founding of New South Wales; A group of covers from the Bahamas that included mail carried on the "SS Monago", Country Post Offices, a green censor mark and a "Sea Floor P. O" posted in a Bell Chamber on the sea floor! Plus, a set commemorating the Landing of Columbus 1492.

This was followed by Barbados that has 10 Districts named after various local churches on the island. Barbuda came next using Antique and Leeward Island stamps.

After the Censor marks of Bermuda came the British Soloman Islands with the famous "Lunga" forgery. (the stamps being authentic, but the Censor mark and the post mark being forged.

British Honduras, showed half-a dozen covers from local villages, (one named "Double Head Cabbage"); Canada, with the Royal Visit 1`5th May 1939, the cover with a cachet "Royal Train P.O Canada. Reg No 53". Cayman Islands with the full set of 1935 definitives as were those of Ceylon (1939), plus the first UPU issue.

The Cook Islands, Cyprus and Dominica were represented. The Falkland Island had the Silver Wedding, overprint on the first Map issue (1944) together with the Dependency issue. Gambia carried TPO stamps. The mode of travel being on the river Gambia. Gilbert & Ellis Island with three very small island covers from Gardner, Sydney and Hull.

Then came Gold Coast and Grenada. Jamaica 1949 had a number of covers with a variety of village cancellations. Most of them being rare or very rare. Kenya, Uganda and Tanganyika, Leeward Islands, Malta and Mauritius covers were in evidence.

New Zealand had covers, one of which carried overprinted 'Official' stamps of 2nd January 1940. (most unusual and rare). Nevis; used Leeward Island stamps. North Borneo and Northern Rhodesia, came next. Papua; celebrating the 50th anniversary (1938).

Then came a group that included the Pitcairn, St. Helena, St. Kitts (two high values), St. Lucia (change of currency), St. Vincent (colour combination). Sarawak, Seychelles (a selection of values shown). Sierra Leone, Singapore, Southern Rhodesia that included two unusual postmarks - "Plumb Tree" and "Fig Tree". South Africa, South West Africa (War effort stamps). Tonga, Tin-can Island, (where local swimmers were used to carry the mail from shore to ship and visa-versa, in tin cans!). Trinidad, Trist da Cuna, Turks and Caicos Islands and Western Samoa, a 1950 set commemorating the death of Robert Louis Stevenson (who died on the island). Virgin Islands with two high value stamps. Finally, Zanzibar, with a UPU issue and a set of four First Day Covers for the same issue. Two dated 10th October and two 13th October.

Brian Phipps said it all, when he gave the vote-of-thanks on behalf of the members present.

He said, we been entertained, but educated as well, with one of possibly the finest displays of First Day Covers we had seen. All legitimately used.

Some wonderful postmarks, cachets, censor marks and registration labels were seen with some rare and very rare covers on display.

The next meeting will be on Thursday, February 8, when Bill Whitaker of Ratcliffe-on-Trent, will present Australian stamps and Postal History.
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Publication:Loughborough Echo (Loughborough, England)
Date:Jan 31, 2018
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