2020 News

Text Box: Henley and District Philatelic Society

 Members’ Evening

12th February 2020

12 members met at Bix to present our Favourite Stamps. A wide variety of topics followed from this very open and inviting theme.

Argentine carefully engraved stamps including enlargements of early commemoratives – the 1892 4th Centenary of Columbus’s discovery of America and 1902 Rosario Dock Opening – and Belgrano and Brown from the 1935 definitives.
Art Nouveau jewellery (c1890–1910) including the works of Fabergé (eggs and animals), Archibald Knox (for Liberty’s) and the Tiffanies.
An Austrian Genealogy – from Matilda and her daughter (Ed’s grandmother) in the period from about 1912 to the latter’s death in 1964; including (revenue) stamped documents such as a school report (nearly all gut or sehr gut) and authority to live in Vienna in the 1920s.
Birds – perhaps the most common thematic theme – which can be displayed by country or by type of bird, the latter including birds of paradise and lots of woodpeckers and kingfishers.
GB – George V mint – a comprehensive display including the scarce mint seahorses and the complete 1929 UPU set.
Grenada – early (1881+) postal stationery, mainly by Perkins, Bacon.
Irish postage due stamps - with many variations and some scarcer values.
Ocean Liners – postcards, stamps and books – the multi-funnelled mainly between-the-wars great days of steam ships by Cunard, White Star and Canadian Pacific; a postcard of the Titanic before setting off from Liverpool on its first and last voyage.
Se-tenant GB stamps; a wide variety of Elizabethan coil and booklet stamps with explanation of the different complications such as phosphor strips and demi-oval hiatuses in perforations.
Tanganyika from German overprints  and the different currency Kaiser’s yacht, through British occupation in World War I, the Giraffe series for Tanganyika Territory and subsequent George V definitives to the complete sets of Kenya, Uganda and Tanganyika sets for Kings George V and VI and Queen Elizabeth.
Tuva – perhaps half of the attractive large or triangular pictorial postage stamps issued by this remote central Asian country during its existence from 1926 and throughout the 1930s. 


Members Evening

22nd January 2020

Ten members gathered at Bix to display matters related to The Antipodes. Among the varied responses to this title were the following.

Birds of New Zealand.
Borneo: Early letters, with Australian stamps, by the forces liberating Dutch Borneo from the Japanese occupation in 1945.
Bouvet Oya, the Norwegian name (French Bozet) for this small volcanic island a long way South of South Africa which was visited by Rear-Admiral Evans’s expedition to study magnetic effects on navigation; he produced hundreds of stamps unofficially, some of which were unofficially put on letters from South Africa to England (Liverpool).
Chillon Heads: Early stamps of Ne Zealand, Tasmania and Queensland.
Children’s collections: a variety of NZ and Australian mid-20th century stamps.
First Day Covers: Early airmail by Empire Airways and others from Australia and New Zealand and between the two.
Franz Joseph Island in the Arctic!
Health and Peace stamps of New Zealand
Kangaroo set, the first pan-Australian stamps
King Edward VII – Dominion issue of New Zealand.
King George VI: a wide variety of Australian and New Zealand covers and stamps including several high values.
Korea and China (being at the antipode of Buenos Aires)
New Zealand Scenery: many of the scenic issues of the second half of the 20th century.
Official (overprinted) stamps of New Zealand: 12 sheets including some scarce examples.
One of Shackleton’s Antarctic Expeditions: a Daily Mail headline and photograph.
Opal, gold and other mines in Australia and New Zealand.	
Victorian stamp issues of New Zealand and the six Australian colonies.

Members’ Evening

9th January 2020

13 members gathered at Bix for our annual postcard evening. A variety of themes for displays including:

Argentine postal cards marking the transition from a definitive to a commemorative style for this type of postal stationery.

Australian landscapes and animals.

Cape Horn: an oil painting of a clipper-type sailing ship passing the island.

Cologne: views of the railway station, the bridge and the cathedral, including one showing the devastation after World War II bombing.

Franz Joseph’s 60 years as Emperor and views of Austrian cities and Sarajevo.

A French Miscellany including Franchise Militaire FM overprints and railway stamps. 

Japanese Invasion of Borneo in December 1941

London post offices

Norwegian postcards and pictures of King Haakon VII (formerly Prince Carl of Denmark); also Nansen (and his arctic exploring ship the Fram), Bjornson and Grieg.

A Norwegian wedding in full bride’s regalia.

Oriental documents: postcards from an exhibition in the Bodleian Library.

Post buses in England and Scotland.

Reading scenes – historic scenes of streets, buildings, markets, trams.

Southern India: Hill station railway and open truck passenger trains.

The Weymouth and Portland Railway.




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