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GBPS Programme 2020-2021

PLEASE NOTE that meeting details for the 2020-2021 GBPS season are provisional, as whether the meetings can go ahead will depend on the Coronavirus situation at the scheduled date.

= live display also broadcast on Zoom for members, contact zoom@gbps.org.uk for details

Saturday 12th September 2020
Virtual Meeting
Online meeting - contact zoom@gbps.org.uk for URL
2pmThe RPSL Expert Committee
Chris Harman RDP FRPSL
Saturday 26th September 2020
Penny Lilac Day
Royal Philatelic Society, 15 Abchurch Lane, London EC4N 7BW (map)
11amThe Inland Revenue 1d Lilac
Chris Harman RDP HonFRPSL
2:15pmMembers' Displays - The Penny Lilac (details)
This is a call to dig out from your collections your interesting 1d Lilac material and bring it along to show to members. 1-2 frames (of up to 16 sheets per frame) are ideal.

Please bring something along to show. As always, advance notice of what you plan to bring (type of material and quantity) is useful to help speed up planning the running order on the day so please email the Meeting Manager, Steve Teuma, via meetings@gbps.org.uk or ring Steve on 01394 246224 with brief details.
Saturday 3rd October 2020
Autumn Stampex Meeting
Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington N1 0QH (map)
2:15pmMembers' Displays - The Penny Lilac (details)
This is a call to dig out from your collections your material related to the 1d Lilac and bring it along to show to members. 1-2 frames (of up to 16 sheets per frame) are ideal. Do you have interesting 1d Lilac material – imprimaturs, controls, proofs, varieties, unusual usages, etc.?

Please bring something along to show. As always, advance notice of what you plan to bring (type of material and quantity) is useful to Andy to help speed up planning the running order on the day so please email him via programme@gbps.org.uk or ring on 020 8542 4226 with brief details.
Saturday 10th October 2020
Virtual Meeting
Online meeting - contact zoom@gbps.org.uk for URL
2pmMembers' Brief Displays
The FgGB (Germany) and the GB & Commonwealth PS (Switzerland)
Saturday 17th October 2020
Royal Philatelic Society, 15 Abchurch Lane, London EC4N 7BW (map)
11amG.B. to and through France before 1875 (details)
Alan Kelsall
Alan says: "Having maintained a general G.B. collection all my working life, some 25 years ago I decided to concentrate a little more on an area which attracted me. Hence I looked a little more closely at mail from G.B. to France. I split the collection into subjects - for no particular reason and this has evolved into the present display. The first part looks at pre Napoleonic and some post 1815 mail. The sections that follow include Late Fee mail, Registered, Redirected, unstamped and stamped mail used prior to the General Postal Union in 1875 – a good point to draw the line.

The second part looks at the problems of crossing the Alps during the same period. This includes mail sent to Italy and beyond via the Mont Cenis road, rail and tunnel and the growing need for speedy routes to the East. I deviate slightly by illustrating the need for the construction of Aachen Bahnhof on the border between Belgium and Prussia and examine the routes and destinations following from this. I finish by returning to France and the Alps. Throughout I give information on routes and rates, but the display does not attempt to cover all the detail on what is a very wide subject."
2:15pm40 years of British Internal Airmails (details)
Peter Lister FRPSL
Peter says: "The display will cover the first forty years of airmail, starting with the pioneer period from 1910 to 1933 then continuing with the individual airline companies, many of which were very short lived. Proofs of the companies' labels will be displayed along with time tables and dispatch dockets plus pilot signed covers. The coverage will also include the Scottish airmails as many emergency flights took place, and a crash. A small study of the Lanark air meeting of 1910 will also be shown although no mail was carried but a Grandstand postmark was used."
Saturday 7th November 2020
Virtual Meeting
Online meeting - contact zoom@gbps.org.uk for URL
2pmImprimaturs and the Post Office Telegraphs
Ian Pinwill
Saturday 21st November 2020
KGVI and QEII Wildings Day
Royal Philatelic Society, 15 Abchurch Lane, London EC4N 7BW (map)
11amMembers' Displays
2:15pmMembers' Displays
Wednesday 9th December 2020
Stanley Gibbons Christmas Evening Reception
Stanley Gibbons, 399 Strand, London WC2R 0LX (map)
6pmEvening Reception and Standing Displays by GBPS members
Saturday 12th December 2020
Virtual Meeting
Online meeting - contact zoom@gbps.org.uk for URL
2pmChristmas Quiz and Humorous One Page Members' Presentations
Howard Hughes
Saturday 23rd January 2021
Royal Philatelic Society, 15 Abchurch Lane, London EC4N 7BW (map)
11amNapoleonic Prisoners of War
Richard Farman
2:15pmSociety Competitions: Lee, Willcocks, Jones, Macpherson and Overseas awards (details)
Followed by display of Competition entries and judges' critique (entry details)
Saturday 30th January 2021
Virtual Competitions Meeting
Online meeting - contact zoom@gbps.org.uk for URL (Meeting Notes)
If we have returned to some form of normality by the New Year our Competitions day (Saturday 23 January 2021) can proceed as the usual face-to-face meeting at the Royal.

However, irrespective of this we will be holding a virtual Competitions day and judging "virtual exhibits". To this end we are asking that all members wishing to submit one or more entries for the competition do so ahead of time in the form of scanned images. These will be put onto the GBPS website (in the "Display Archive", members only section) so they can be viewed by all members as well as the judges.

A virtual meeting (similar to the recent Zoom based display meetings we have been running) has been arranged where the judges can provide the usual feedback on the exhibits, award marks and announce the winners in each class. This will be on Saturday 30 January 2021.

As it happens, this ties in quite nicely with the once every three years "Overseas Members Awards" where we normally accept scanned/photocopied entries from overseas members. We would encourage all overseas members, especially any who have recently joined us from the GBCC and/or those who have never entered a GBPS competition before, to submit an entry - but only scanned entries on this occasion, not photocopies please.

In summary, a virtual Competitions meeting will take place on the 30 January and, if possible, a physical Competitions Day meeting on the 23 January. Please note that the virtual meeting will in effect be a duplication of the physical meeting if it is able to go ahead. Therefore, all entries MUST be submitted as scans.

So, how do you submit a virtual exhibit for the competitions?

- Once your exhibit is completed scan each page in JPG format at 300dpi.
- Save the images using your name as the file name with a suffix of the page number in the order they should be exhibited in your "virtual frame". So, for example, "JoeBloggs1.jpg" for the first page of your exhibit ending with "JoeBloggs16.jpg" for the final page.
- Complete your competition entry form in the normal way (this can be found under Society Information, Competitions from the home page), scan it, and send this via email to the Competition Organiser, Robin Cassell, via competitions@gbps.org.uk and also to the Website Manager, Maurice Buxton, via website@gbps.org.uk (Note. Please do not send your exhibit scans with this email).
- The exhibit scans will be too large for everyone to email them directly to Robin & Maurice so please send to them both via a file transfer service, the free WeTransfer service being ideal for this purpose. See www.wetransfer.com for details.

Robin will acknowledge receipt of your entry and in due course it will appear on the GBPS website, courtesy of Maurice, ready for judging.

Please note:

- All entries (both the entry form and the scans) must be submitted to Robin & Maurice by Saturday 9 January 2021 to enable them to be checked and added to the GBPS website in time for judging prior to the Competition day meeting.
- All normal competition rules remain as stated on the GBPS website for each class aside from the "virtual" aspects laid out here.
- All competition entries will be made available to members to view, via the GBPS website. Submission of an entry therefore implies acceptance.
2pmVirtual Competitions Presentation and Judges' Comments
Saturday 20th February 2021
Spring Stampex Meeting
Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington N1 0QH (map)
2:15pmBritain's First Commemorative Stamps
Mary Pugh
Saturday 27th February 2021
Virtual Meeting
Online meeting - contact zoom@gbps.org.uk for URL
2pmThe 1971 Postal Strike
Maurice Buxton
Saturday 20th March 2021
Royal Philatelic Society, 15 Abchurch Lane, London EC4N 7BW (map)
11amQV Mixed Franking Covers (details)
Ray Simpson FRPSL & Karl Louis FRPSL
Ray says: "This display is all about Victorian stamps. Or maybe postal history. Or perhaps bits of both. Whatever your verdict on that, this display is wide-ranging, beginning with 'mixed frankings' on covers from the 1840s through to the beginning of the KEVII period and the first mixed-reign frankings.

Throughout, the focus is firmly fixed on transition from one issue or type of stamp to its successors. So you will see 1d Blacks used with 1d Reds and 1d Pink postal stationery uprated with various adhesives. Technical developments like perforation spawned examples of perforated stamps used with imperforate stamps. The introduction of adhesive embossed and surface printed stamps in the late 1840s and 1850s widened the range of stamps in circulation and created conditions for some surprisingly rare and unusual frankings. Progressive changes to the check letters on the surface printed stamps, and colour changes, led to a range of mixed frankings, some of the rarest of which will be on display.

Also covered will be the major change from line-engraving to surface printing for the lower value stamps, and also the raft of technical and administrative developments in the early 1880s, all illustrated with stamps of different types and origins used together on the same cover. High-value stamps used with Jubilee and other stamps will be displayed, and the show will conclude with examples of mixed-reign frankings, many of them surprisingly scarce.

The display will start with a PowerPoint introduction and commentary, supported with something in the region of 160 sheets of real live covers."
2:15pmMembers' Displays - Mixed/Unusual Frankings (any reign) (details)
This is a call to dig out from your collections your covers with mixed/unusual frankings and bring them along to show to members. 1-2 frames (of up to 16 sheets per frame) are ideal. Do you have mixed reign frankings, unusual combinations, mixed pre-decimal & decimal frankings?

Please bring something along to show. As always, advance notice of what you plan to bring (type of material and quantity) is useful to our Meeting Manager, Steve Teuma to help speed up planning the running order on the day, so please email him via meetings@gbps.org.uk or ring on 01394 246224 with brief details.
Saturday 27th March 2021
Virtual Meeting
Online meeting - contact zoom@gbps.org.uk for URL
2pm'Sticking Plaster': How newspapers described and influenced usages of the Penny Black
Norman Watson
Saturday 17th April 2021
Royal Philatelic Society, 15 Abchurch Lane, London EC4N 7BW (map)
11amStamps Issued in Rolls - KGV to QEII
David Poynton
2:15pm£sd Regionals 1958-1971
Trevor Shimell
Saturday 24th April 2021
Virtual Meeting
Online meeting - contact zoom@gbps.org.uk for URL
2pmSome of the Many Uses of the GB Postage Due and To Pay Labels
David Wilson
Saturday 22nd May 2021
Royal Philatelic Society, 15 Abchurch Lane, London EC4N 7BW (map) (Meeting Notes)
There will naturally be some Covid-related rules for the meeting and lunch in the Candlemaker pub – see this page for details.
11amThe President's Display: The British Stamp Office - Revenue Stamps from the 17th Century to the 19th Century (details)
Chris Harman RDP HonFRPSL
Chris says: Revenue 'stamps' as we would recognise them started on 28th June 1694 with the introduction of Stamp Duty, whereby an impression of an embossed die was made on each legal document. This display shows a wide range of revenue stamps from the earliest dies, the various taxes that were imposed on goods and services during the 18th century, and concludes with the introduction of adhesive stamps on 10th October 1853 for various of the common duties. Most things were taxed at some time or other during this period including dice, playing cards, newspapers, almanacs, paper, hats, gloves, hair powder, perfume and many other items. The display focuses on those tax stamps with the greatest interest and visual appeal.
2:15pmThe Past President's Display: A Jubilee Reminiscence - A Philatelic History of the 1890 Penny Postage Jubilee (details)
John Davies FRPSL
This is the display John should have presented in April 2020 as his second President's Display. Sadly this had to be postponed due to the pandemic.

John says: Fifty years of Uniform Penny Postage and the introduction of the Penny Black were celebrated with major events, including grand Exhibitions and Conversaziones organised by the City Corporation of London at Guildhall and the Post Office event at South Kensington Museum as well as an exhibition organised by the London Philatelic Society (now the 'Royal'). Although plans for a commemorative stamp were initiated, they were later abandoned. They were important in GB philately for the introduction of the first commemorative postal stationery and the first decorative special event handstamps. The Jubilee envelope was also imitated in the same way as the original Mulready envelope fifty years earlier.

The display brings together the full history of these events after 30 years of research showing the philatelic material and ephemera produced during the celebrations. The collection is an 'Open Philately' display which has achieved Gold Medals and Best in Class at the World Stamp Show in New York and Stockholmia. Contents include: Preliminary Arrangements and Events, such as the 1889 Unadopted Essays and Post Office Dinner, The Conversazione & Exhibition at the Guildhall, The London Philatelic Exhibition, The Post Office Celebration at South Kensington Museum, The Elliot Imitation Envelope, The Furniss Caricature, The Matabele Jubilee Envelope and The 1890 Jubilee Christmas Card.
Saturday 12th June 2021
SWINPEX Meeting
Venue to be confirmed
2:15pmMembers' Displays
Saturday 26th June 2021
AGM Meeting
Royal Philatelic Society, 15 Abchurch Lane, London EC4N 7BW (map)
11amThe President's Guest: The Philatelic Congress of Great Britain (details)
Steven Harrison FRPSL
Steve has been a philatelist since the age of 7! Amongst his various interests he has a specialised collection of GB registered mail. As an organiser, he is the current Chairman of the Midlands Philatelic Federation, a Council member of the Royal Philatelic Society and Vice Chairman of ABPS amongst others. In the latter role, he has served on the organising Committee of the ABPS Congress for some years. He already had a good collection of related material to Congress but, in 2019, he acquired the substantial collection of Colin Searle. This subject brings together both aspects of Steve's personal involvement in philately.
2:15pmAGM (followed by Members' displays)
Wednesday 11th August 2021
Stanley Gibbons
Summer Philatelic Gathering
Stanley Gibbons, 399 Strand, London WC2R 0LX (map) (Meeting Notes)
Our final meeting of the season will be the Stanley Gibbons Summer Philatelic Gathering from 6:00pm-8:00pm at their premises, 399 Strand, London WC2R 0LX. They are good hosts, providing a variety of food and drink as well as generous discounts on their stock on the night.

An invitation from Stanley Gibbons to the event was included in the May/June mailing. Please remember to RSVP (to S.G. not the GBPS) in good time so they know how many people they are catering for.

Members are invited to bring up to two frames (of 12 sheets per frame in 3 rows of 4 sheets) of material to show during the evening. Please dig out something to bring along, as it is a highlight of the evening to see a mix of material from as many members as possible. As usual, if bringing a display it helps if you can let us know ahead of time so we can get a head start on a running order and determine the number of laydowns we will need so please email or phone our Meeting Manager, Steve Teuma, via meetings@gbps.org.uk or 01394 246224.
6pmEvening Reception and Standing Displays by GBPS members