& AUGUST 2001
- Alaouites, Latakia and Alexandretta - In his long running series of
articles on "Forgotten Countries", Bernard Towler tells us this month
about these stamps issued many years ago.
- Royal Mail's "Imps" - Dave Hill tells of the Integrated
Mail Processors now used by Royal Mail as evidenced by the ink jet
cancellations and bar codes that now appear on many of our letters.
- First Airmails - K. Austin describes some of the stamps specially
issued to prepay rates of airmail postage.
- A Letter to Mary Phillips. An American correspondent, Michael
Soper, who served in the US Navy, tells us of the research he undertook to
trace Mrs Maiy Phillips, the senior member of a poor family, living in the USA
early in the twentieth century. He discovered her plight and the efforts of her
relations to make her life easier, following the acquisition of a letter in an
old American cover posted in 1901. This item was purchased from a dealer s junk
box at a philatelic exhibition. Subsequently he found two other covers
addressed to this lady in 1905, by members of her family when she was still
living at the same address in New York. These were sent to her by Registered
Post as they contained money and enabled him to complete the story of her
- Spring STAMPEX - A special report on this year's exhibition.
- The work of the ABPS (Association of British Philatelic Societies)
is given in detail and some of the many benefits of membership are explained.
- British Philatelic Press. The checklist of articles, which have
appeared in the British Philatelic Press for the 6 months July to December
Comoro Islands. Bernard Towler in his regular column on
"Forgotten Countries" describes the stamps of the French Comoro
Islands, which are located in the Indian Ocean midway between the island of
Madagascar and Mozambique on the African mainland. The first stamps appeared in
1892 as part of the French Colonies (General) series and the collection is
completed with a commemorative to celebrate the wedding of Prince Charles and
Diana in 1981.
Bavaria's Stamps. Eric Glasgow reflects on the history and character
of Bavaria and its stamp issues.
Pirates and Buccaneers. To encourage readers to celebrate the middle
of summer we feature a well-illustrated article by Giorgio Migliavacca about
'Pirates and Buccaneers on the stamps of the British Virgin Islands".
Giorgio lives in BVI and is President of the British Virgin Islands Philatelic
Philatelic Fun & Frolics. David Sibley reports on StampEssex
held in May 2001 and the souvenir cover produced by Sudbury Philatelic Society
The Story behind a Cover (No2). Keith Tranmer reflects on the
connections between the revolution that affected the Austrian Empire in 1848, a
cover from Kremsier and Johann Strauss (father and son).
Consignia. The "Letters Page" in this issue includes an
explanation from Consignia (the new name for The Post Office Group) how and why
this name was chosen for the new global brand name for Royal Mail/The Post
World History Stamp Atlas. David Sibley reviews the recently
produced CD-ROM of the "World History Stamp Atlas". The original book
has been out of print for a long time, but Sandafayre have provided a much
needed substitute for the original work at the same price as was charged for
the book when it was published in 1986.
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