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March 2021 Bulletin now available for download
In December we had hoped that we would return to normal by the Spring but as I write this in early January there must be a question mark over this. We have arranged for a live Committee Meeting at the Royal on Saturday 24th April at 11.30 am to be followed by the AGM at 2 30 pm. If Covid prevents this from happening the same two events will take place as Zoom meetings.
We have also arranged for the Auction to take place at the same venue on Saturday 22nd May with viewing from 11.30 am and the auction starting at 1 pm If it cannot take place live it will be converted to a mail only auction. The rules and the preference given to early bidders will be explained in the Catalogue distributed with the March edition of the Bulletin. Please monitor the website for up-to-date information on these events.
New publication (January 2021): The Farthing by Richard Capon, Bill Gibb FRPSL, George Stewart FRPSL
The humble farthing, which not that many people will remember was the cost of posting Printed Papers locally in some colonies of the Empire. Most were in the West Indies. This book catalogues all of these stamps and shows some very uncommon uses. The coverage extends outside the West Indies to Malta in particular and also to Fiji. There are instances where farthing stamps/labels were used as revenues in Australia, South Africa and diverse places, such as Heligoland. There are listed examples of the farthing labels used in the Highland Railways of Scotland. Places where farthing stamps were used are all covered and as a special treat there is an appendix showing some rare uses from the Ronald Rong Collection.