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. 31st January 2015
Royal Philatelic Society, 41 Devonshire Place, London
11am Postage Dues -- Patrick Frost FRPSL (details
The morning session will consist of a display from Patrick Frost FRPSL entitled Postage Dues. It will show postage due mail sent within, to or from GB from the Uniform 4d Post period of 1839–40, when the first additional charges were introduced on unpaid or underpaid mail, to the present day. It will show the reasons why items were charged, the various handstamps used to explain the reason for charging a cover or the actual amount due, and the methods used to collect charges.)
Included are unusual reasons for charging, less usual types of mail such as printed matter and newspapers, parcel post, registered, recorded delivery and express mail, parliamentary proceedings, jury summons, notices of objection, diplomatic and official mail, redirection, TPOs and railway letters; also the use of postage due stamps, errors in charging, maritime and forces mail
2:15pm Sheffield Postal History -- Frank Walton FRPSL (details
The afternoon session will be a display from Frank Walton FRPSL entitled Sheffield Postal History. This display includes mail from the 17th century up to 1971.)
Before the invention of steel, Sheffield was a relatively small and unimportant town postally, so early mail is not plentiful. The story being told reflects the aspects of the whole UK: early straight-line handstamps, mileage marks, high postal rates, postal reform, instructional marks, etc.
The Yorkshire city of Sheffield is second only to London in terms of the overall geographical size in the United Kingdom. Its sub-offices reach into the wilds of north Derbyshire, and there are numerous village cancellations and UDCs. Just about the only aspect of GB postal history not on display is Ship Letter markings!
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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