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. 4th July 2015
Warwickshire Exhibition Centre, The Fosse, Fosse Way, nr. Leamington Spa, Warwickshire
3pm GB Line Engraved -- Chris Grimshaw (details
On the introduction of Penny Postage on the 6th. May 1840 the Post Office issued a number of pre-paid stationery items (envelopes and letter sheets) to the values of 1d and 2d. At the same time, it made available the first G.B. adhesive postage stamps, the penny black and the two-penny blue, to be affixed to outgoing mail. Postage rates at this time were 1d for up to 1/2 ounce in weight and 2d up to 1 ounce. Over time, there were changes in stamp colour (from black to red), stamps started to be perforated and letters in all 4 corners were introduced. On the 1st. October 1870 the final two values of the line-engraved period was issued: the half-penny 'bantam' and the three half-penny.)
To the casual observer, a cursory glance might indicate that a collection of line-engraved stamps could be encapsulated into just 4 stamps: one each of the half- penny, the penny, the three-halfpence and the two-pence. They may concede the difference between the penny black and the penny red, but the search for, and the research of, the countless variations and combinations of colour shades, watermarks, perforations, plate numbers, corner letters and re-entries which go to make a good basic collection of many hundreds or even thousands of stamps may be difficult to appreciate; it is hoped that this brief glimpse creates a little more understanding.
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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