INTRODUCING THE GBPS ...
The GBPS was founded in 1955 by a small but enthusiastic group of collectors in order to promote, encourage, and contribute to the advancement of the philately of Great Britain. Since then it has grown steadily, and now has more than 700 members in the UK and abroad. The Society deals with all aspects of GB philately, and has contributed much to the field - and this is certain to continue as new members with fresh ideas join.
Please note: the Society itself does not purchase or sell stamps, covers etc, nor do we provide valuations - for this you may care to consult our dealer members.
News, Updates, and EventsA selection of the more important recent site updates and general GBPS developments.
NEXT MEETINGSat. 30th May 2015
Royal Philatelic Society, 41 Devonshire Place, London
11am The President's Guest: Classic British Private Posts - College Stamps -- Chris Harman RDP FRPSL (details
The British Post Office has had a monopoly on the delivery of letters from its foundation in 1635. However, there were certain exceptions to this monopoly. These are the subject of this display.)
1. Deliveries of parcels and goods were carried by a network of private carriers, several of which issued stamps. No Post Office parcels service existed until 1883.
2. The Circular Delivery Companies challenged the Post Office in 1865 with a cheap, local delivery of “junk” mail that was challenged by the Post Office, who forced the companies to cease operation.
3. The University Cities of Oxford and Cambridge had, since their foundation in the thirteenth century, enjoyed an exemption from the Post Office monopoly. This local post operated over the centuries but only for the period from 1871 to 1886 were adhesive stamps and stationery issued.
The display will show a comprehensive coverage of these important alternatives to the Post Office carriage of letters.
2:15pm Aspects of Postal Mechanisation -- Ray Downing (details
1857 was an important year in the history of the post: Pearson Hill demonstrated the first machine for cancelling the stamps on letters and London was divided into postal districts. The alphabetic postal district abbreviations being the first postcodes. Since then the postal system has become increasingly mechanised and electronicised.)
The display will show aspects of the early development of cancelling machines, mechanical sorting both direct and indirect and the development of integrated mail processors. It will include items from laboratory trials and live mail tests as well as related ephemera and material selected to give some idea of the range of material available.
Non-members are most welcome to come to a meeting or two if they are interested in joining. For details contact the Membership Secretary.
TEN GOOD REASONS ...
... why collectors of Great Britain stamps and covers should join the GBPS
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