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Updated 29th November 2021                             

The National's New Programme

After the upheaval caused by the pandemic, the new Season's meetings are now underway.

A new feature is the programme of regular On-line Meetings and Displays on "Zoom". These are taking place at 11am on the second Saturday of "even" months (except August) and comporise a main Display by an advertised Speaker, followed by a brief interval and then two shorter displays by members of the National, each lasting 15-20 minutes. Members who wish to do so, will have the opportunity to ask questions and chat. The meetings will close around 1pm and details for joining will be emailed to members ahead of each meeting.

The Society hopes that these meetings will provide new opportunities to get together for members who do not have easy access to our London meetings, living as they do throughout the United Kingsdom or Overseas.
November 2021

The current issue of Stamp Lover - December 2021
  • Christmas Quiz, devised by Michael Round, test your philatelic knowledge. No prizes though!
  • Forgers and fancy cancels .  Gerhard Lang-Valchs argues that some 19th century forgers can be identified by the forged “fancy cancels “ on their stamps.

  • Counterfeit Machin spooks editor, The editor explains why he was puzzled by a counterfeit 2nd class stamp he received in the mail.

  • The Butterfly hunter ,  Vladimir Kachan  highlights the stamps which feature Alfred Russel Wallace and his scientific work. He was an early exponent of evolution.

  • “Brooks supports the world and will never let it down“. In the second part of his series about being a failed thematic competitor, the editor reviews his efforts to present material relating to the Brooks surgical appliance company of Marshall, Michigan.

  • Checklist of articles in British Philatelic Press January to June 2021, compiled by Rodney Knight.

  • Meeting Reports - These have resumed with our successful October virtual meeting and our AGM and grand auction in November.

  • NPS News - Our Hon President and Auctioneer Mike Thompson told the AGM he will cease conducting auctions due to ill health. Arrangements for a “bring and bid “ sale at our January 8th meeting are revealed together with a briefing on forthcoming meetings.

  • New Issues,The 2021 GB Christmas stamps shown on our front cover.

  • Book Reviews - Detailed and informative reviews are a regular feature of the magazine. In this issue we look at Costa Rica surcharges ,forgeries and fantasies and History of Airmails in Poland.


      • The President's Piece, Message from the Editor
      • Letters to the Editor
      • NPS News
      • Newsmix (formerly Other Philatelic News)     
      • Stamp Fairs Listing -  late november. December & January 2022.


Johnson wins Johnson award again

The Johnson Award for 2020 has been won by Keith Johnson for his series “Tennyson through philately” published August, October and December 2020 which topped the poll for most popular feature in Stamp Lover in 2020. Keith also won several years ago with a feature on Fanning Island.

Col. E. X. Halliday

The Society has been very saddened to learn that Ted Halliday died on 12 February 2021. For some twenty year the names Ted Halliday and the NPS Library were synonymous and before that Ted had been the National Philatelic Society's Hon General Secretary from 1980 to 1996. Greatly respected, he worked tirelessly for the Society for some forty years. A full obituary will be published in the Society's journal, Stamp Lover.

Can any military experts help?

We have received an enquiry from a military enthusiast seeking to know more about the kit of the infantry men illustrated on this GB PHQ card of the D day issue and wonders if anyone can help.

1. The infantryman in the foreground is carrying a coiled-up rope on his back. Was he a Commando and was the rope for climbing cliffs?

2. What is the white tube in the pack of the soldier on the lower right?

1. The infantryman in the foreground is carrying a coiled-up rope on his back pack. Was he a Commando and was the rope for climbing cliffs?

2. What is the white tube in the pack of the soldier on the lower right?

3. What is the large load on the back of the man on the extreme left . He is bent down and his boot heel is visible above the 25 of 25p.

If you know any of the answers, please let our editor know at
 November 2020

National PS Members' Auctions - Vendors Forms

Members who want to sell material in our forthcoming auctions need to list them on our vendor forms. These can be downloaded from this website by clicking here.  Only NPS members can enter material in the auctions. The minimum lot reserve is £2 and as the auctions are currently postal only, please do not send bulky lots.

2020 Annual General Meeting

Under the Society’s Constitution, the Annual General Meeting is held in June or July each year. However, this has not been possible this year due to the current Coronavirus restrictions and it will now be held within three months of meetings of the Society resuming after the emergency has ended. An amendment to the Constitution to that effect was passed by a virtual Extra-ordinary General Meeting of the Society held on 4 July 2020.


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