The Royal Philatelic Society London

The Royal Philatelic Society London The home of philatelic excellence, expertise and friendship. We have over 1150 overseas members, almost 900 members in the United Kingdom, and our libraries, collections and archives go back to the beginning of the postage stamp and beyond.
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15/09/2020
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AUCTION NEWS: Our catalogue for the Tomorrow's Royal Grand Charity Auction is now available here:https://www.rpsl.org.uk/Portals/0/RPSL/Auction/Auction-Catalogue.pdf

Medal Monday: Today India celebrates Hindi Day to recognise the adoption of Hindi as one of the official languages of In...
14/09/2020

Medal Monday: Today India celebrates Hindi Day to recognise the adoption of Hindi as one of the official languages of India. This Indian medal was awarded to Mr & Mrs D.N. Jatia to mark their 50th wedding anniversary in 1997. Deoki Nandan Jatia (1930-2000) played an important role in the development of Indian philately. He was the first Indian person to become a member of an international jury (Paris 1975). Mr Jatia signed the Role of Distinguished Philatelists in 1983.

10/09/2020

#ThrowbackThursday: In 2018, an auction took place to launch the Tomorrow's Royal fundraising appeal. This year, we'll be holding another one! Your kindness has helped us to raise £1,750,000, and by participating in this year's auction you'll be helping us reach our goal of £2,500,000.

To learn more about the 2018 auction, visithttps://www.rpsl.org.uk/Portals/0/RPSL/The_Society/Spink-Ramsay-Sale.pdf

To see a video of the first session of the auction, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFRVC92Am7w

Medal Monday: Today’s medal is the gold medal for the 'Istanbul 1963' International Stamp Exhibition held from 7th to 15...
07/09/2020

Medal Monday: Today’s medal is the gold medal for the 'Istanbul 1963' International Stamp Exhibition held from 7th to 15th September. The medal was awarded to Ronald Albert George Lee (1912-1990), a British philatelist who signed the Roll of Distinguished Philatelists in 1965. Mr Lee founded the Great Britain Philatelic Society in 1955. He joined the RPSL in 1956, and in 1975 became its President.

07/09/2020

This week's meeting is not one to miss! Cheryl Ganz RDP FRPSL will deliver her presentation 'Zeppelin LZ-129 Hindenburg’s Onboard Post Office' on Thursday (10 September) at 14:00 BST. We hope you can attend.The presentation will be available to members afterwards via our website.

How will you be celebrating #WorldPostcardDay on October 1st? Over the next few weeks, we'll be sharing links aimed at e...
01/09/2020
World Postcard Day (October 1st)

How will you be celebrating #WorldPostcardDay on October 1st? Over the next few weeks, we'll be sharing links aimed at encouraging you to send some creative postcards. Today we're going to start by learning more about the history of the postcard with this fantastic summary:

https://worldpostcardday.com/history

World Postcard Day 2020 (October 1st) - Celebrate the postcard day by sending a postcard to someone!

Medal Monday: This gold medal was awarded to Henry Harvey at the 1924 International Philatelic Exhibition in Belgium. Mr...
31/08/2020

Medal Monday: This gold medal was awarded to Henry Harvey at the 1924 International Philatelic Exhibition in Belgium. Mr Harvey (1866-1932) became a member of the RPSL in 1921 and later became a Fellow and Council member. He was interested in conchology and amassed a fine collection of foreign shells, many of which were donated to the British Museum.

We hope you're excited for our Tomorrow's Royal Auction (Friday 9th October 2020 at 15:00 BST). The catalogue and illust...
29/08/2020

We hope you're excited for our Tomorrow's Royal Auction (Friday 9th October 2020 at 15:00 BST). The catalogue and illustrations will be available on our website in September. Bids will be accepted by post, by email, or online. There may be limited (socially distanced) room bidding.

Please send any enquiries to [email protected]

For more information about Tomorrow's Royal, visit https://www.rpsl.org.uk/The-Society/Tomorrows-Royal

AUCTION NEWS: The 'Tomorrow's Royal Auction' will be held on Friday 9th October 2020 and is open to everyone who registers to bid. Over 100 lots have been generously donated by RPSL members, and includes this New Zealand one shilling, these remarkable French gems and these mint Cyprus revenues. The full catalogue will be available online soon. We look forward to seeing you there!

24/08/2020

This week's meeting (Thursday August 27th 14:00 BST) will be presented by Stephen Parkin FRPSL. Stephen's presentation, 'The Introduction of Uniform Postage Rates in Edinburgh', will include examples of the rate structure prior to Uniform Postage Rates, followed by the implementation of Uniform Fourpenny Postage and Uniform Penny Postage in Edinburgh.

We look forward to seeing our members via Zoom. For those of you unable to join us, please be sure to view the uploaded presentation afterwards.

Have you made use of our current web shop offer? Order any title from our book shop within the next 10 days and we'll de...
22/08/2020
The Royal Philatelic Society London > Shop

Have you made use of our current web shop offer? Order any title from our book shop within the next 10 days and we'll deliver it for free within the UK/Europe or with a reduced postage rate of £10 per book if you're outside Europe. The offer expires 31st August: https://members.rpsl.org.uk/shop

If you’ve ordered from us recently – thank you! We’d love to hear about your purchase! #philately #books

18/08/2020

The RPSL Annual General Meeting (Wednesday 16th September 2020 15:00 BST) will take place in just under a month. Members wishing to attend are encouraged to read pages 299-300 of the July/August 2020 LP to learn about this year's attendance procedure.

Medal Monday: To mark Indonesian Independence Day, here is the medal for the 'Indonesia 2012' World Stamp Championship h...
17/08/2020

Medal Monday: To mark Indonesian Independence Day, here is the medal for the 'Indonesia 2012' World Stamp Championship held from 18th to 24th June in Jakarta. The medal was awarded to Patrick Pearson for his Jury work.

Have you registered for #Stampex International Virtual Exhibition 2020? If not, don't forget to do so via https://stampe...
15/08/2020

Have you registered for #Stampex International Virtual Exhibition 2020? If not, don't forget to do so via https://stampex.vfairs.com/

Virtual Stampex is live 24 hours a day from 1st to 3rd October (UTC-8/GMT-8):

(London: Open 08:00 on 1st October, closes 07:59 on 4th October
New York: Open 04:00 on 1st October, closes 03:59 on 4th October
Los Angeles: Open 01:00 on 1st October, closes 00:59 on 4th October
Hong Kong: Open 16:00 on 1st October, closes 15:59 on 4th October
Sydney: Open 18:00 on 1st October, closes 17:59 on 4th October)

Virtual Stampex remains open for viewing booths, links to shops and documents until 28th October 2020. Our virtual stand include the sale of RPSL publications, virtual presentations, information about our expertisation facilities, membership, philatelic collections, and a 'chat' room where visitors can ask questions about the Royal.

This exciting development in #philately is not to be missed. We're looking forward to seeing you there!

Throughout this period of social distancing and isolation it’s encouraging to see both the young and the elderly enjoy t...
15/08/2020
Lockdown penpal scheme leads to unlikely friendship | ITV News

Throughout this period of social distancing and isolation it’s encouraging to see both the young and the elderly enjoy the art of letter writing. Has your relationship with handwritten communication changed during the coronavirus pandemic? We would love to hear your stories and experiences.

https://www.itv.com/news/westcountry/2020-08-06/lockdown-penpal-scheme-leads-to-unlikely-friendship-between-bristol-teenager-and-pensioner

Two unlikely pen pals from Bristol have been brought together during the lockdown. Eva, who is 14, and Mary who is 87, have been writing to each other for the past four months.

The FIP Postal History Bureau and Prof. Dr. Henrik Mouritsen will present an online talk on the importance of Rarity and...
14/08/2020

The FIP Postal History Bureau and Prof. Dr. Henrik Mouritsen will present an online talk on the importance of Rarity and Condition in postal history exhibiting. Register for this interesting talk on this aspect of #philately by email with Dr Andrew Cheung FRPSL for the link and passcode. More information at https://tinyurl.com/y2eqnep8

14/08/2020

Website Notice: Due to the relocation of the data centre which holds the Society’s web server the RPSL website will not be available between 10:00 and 14:00 BST on Sunday 16th August 2020. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

13/08/2020
RPSL Summer Seminar 6th August 2020: Research in the Falkland Islands, by Kim Stuckey & Mike Roberts

Throwback Thursday: Last week we were joined by Kim Stuckey & Mike Roberts for their Research in the Falkland Islands seminar. For those who were not able to attend it, their presentation and Q&A is now available via our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OrtKLp7CtMc&feature=youtu.be

In this seminar, Kim Stuckey FRPSL and Mike Roberts FRPSL, with input from the Falkland Islands Government Archivist Tansy Bishop, discussed how putting arch...

page Merger News: We're happy to announce that the RPSL page has now been combined with our former pag...
12/08/2020

page Merger News: We're happy to announce that the RPSL page has now been combined with our former page, 'The Museum of Philatelic History & RPSL Library.' This will allow us to provide a single space for our followers to keep up to date with the RPSL's news and events, fully inclusive of what is happening in our museum, library and archives. We hope that followers of our previous page have automatically been added here, having been notified by Facebook. The content from our previous page has been saved.

To any new followers of this page - welcome!

AUCTION NEWS: The 'Tomorrow's Royal Auction' will be held on Friday 9th October 2020 and is open to everyone who registe...
12/08/2020

AUCTION NEWS: The 'Tomorrow's Royal Auction' will be held on Friday 9th October 2020 and is open to everyone who registers to bid. Over 100 lots have been generously donated by RPSL members, and includes this New Zealand one shilling, these remarkable French gems and these mint Cyprus revenues. The full catalogue will be available online soon. We look forward to seeing you there!

10/08/2020

This week we're delighted to be joined by Malcolm Groom, our representative for Tasmania. On Thursday (13 August 14:00 BST) Malcolm will present 'Western Tasmania: Prospectors and the Post Office' via Zoom. His presentation will guide us through the complex history of the post office in this region alongside its flurry of economic activity, commencing with the discovery of the rich Mount Bischoff tin deposit in 1871 and culminating with the decline in the 1920s.

We look forward to seeing RPSL members there. For those unable to attend, be sure to view the presentation afterwards via https://www.rpsl.org.uk/News-Events-Meetings/Next-London-Meetings

06/08/2020

Have you been following our Collections' Summer Seminar Series? Today is our sixth installment, 'Research in the Falkland Islands Jane Cameron National Archives.' We'll be joined by Kim Stuckey FRPSL and Mike Roberts FRPSL, with input from the Falkland Islands Government Archivist Tansy Bishop, to learn about how putting archive information online has assisted philatelic research.

The seminar and Q&A session will be uploaded afterwards, so if you're unable to join us please visit our YouTube channel to view the entire series: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIwr_HDeIVghkiEyvNc-sBA/featured

The Royal Philatelic Society London's cover photo
05/08/2020

The Royal Philatelic Society London's cover photo

Today marks the birthday of the renowned engraver J.A.C. Harrison (born 1872). Explore his life and the Harrison Collect...
05/08/2020
LP Digital Edition

Today marks the birthday of the renowned engraver J.A.C. Harrison (born 1872). Explore his life and the Harrison Collection through an article by Alan Drysdall featured in the March 2003 edition of the London Philatelist, available digitally to RPSL members for free: https://www.rpsl.org.uk/The_London_Philatelist/LP_Digital_Edition)

Welcome to the Royal Philatelic Society London, the oldest philatelic Society in the world, established in 1869 as The Philatelic Society, London.

30/07/2020

In today's meeting (15:00 BST) Phil Waud FRPSL will present 'A Glimpse of GB QV Jubilee Issues.' Attendees will learn about the series' essays, proofs, colour trials and usages. For those unable to attend, the presentation will later be made available to members through the RPSL website. We hope you enjoy it!

We are pleased to announce a new publication: 'A Jubilee Reminiscence' by John Davies FRPSL.Various events to commemorat...
29/07/2020
The Royal Philatelic Society London > Shop

We are pleased to announce a new publication: 'A Jubilee Reminiscence' by John Davies FRPSL.

Various events to commemorate 50 years of postal reform were held in 1890. John Davies’ recent book, published by the RPSL, describes the numerous events that took place in the Jubilee year, including a special dinner, and an Exhibition at the Guildhall organised by the City Corporation of London that was visited by over 20,000 people. There was also an official Post Office celebration at the South Kensington Museum, which nearly 4,000 people attended. Innovative displays and exhibits were shown at these events. The events were important in GB philately for the introduction of the first commemorative postal stationery and the first decorative special event handstamps. The events also led to the use of special event cancellations and cachets, thereby creating the first philatelic souvenirs. Although a plan for a commemorative stamp was initiated, it was later abandoned. A pity as it would have been one of the earliest commemorative stamps issued in the world.

For more information or to order John's book, please visit https://members.rpsl.org.uk/Shop/product/211

At present, as with all RPSL Books, if you order before the end of August we are able to offer free shipping within the UK/Europe or a £10 shipping discount if ordering outside of Europe.

29/07/2020

Information about the re-opening of 15 Abchurch Lane from the President's Newsletter:

"The premises will be open to members and visitors on Thursdays with effect from 15 October. A meeting with a display will be held on that date and arrangements for members wishing to attend, including registration, will be circulated in a newsletter early in September. Unfortunately, the publication of the programme for 2020-2021 is delayed due to changes necessitated by the coronavirus pandemic. Details of the revised programme will be sent to all members in the next newsletter on 7 August.

If you wish to use the library facilities for research purposes please telephone for an appointment. This is a first step towards a full re-opening."

28/07/2020

Today we celebrate the birth of James Ludovic Lindsay, the 26th Earl of Crawford! RPSL members can learn more about his accomplishments and endless contributions to the RPSL through the London Philatelist December 2002 supplement, available through the LP Digital Edition section of our website.

Here's a fascinating account of family history research made possible through a fortuitous auction listing by a stamp de...
22/07/2020
Searching for my slave roots

Here's a fascinating account of family history research made possible through a fortuitous auction listing by a stamp dealer! If postal history has played a role in your own ancestry research, we'd love to hear from you!

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/extra/3k9u8lh178/Searching_for_my_slave_roots

MenuGrowing upGrowing upGuyanaThe archiveSlave ownersReparationsReparationsTwitterFacebookSearching for my slave rootsBy Malik Al Nasir, as told to Ed ThomasBy Malik Al Nasir, as told to Ed ThomasMalik al NasirMalik al NasirThe poet Malik Al Nasir has been on a journey to find his roots as a black L...

At the RPSL we are getting ready for the Stampex International Virtual Exhibition 2020. Organised by @ptsandstampex, the...
18/07/2020

At the RPSL we are getting ready for the Stampex International Virtual Exhibition 2020. Organised by @ptsandstampex, the RPSL is a partner for this year's Virtual #stampex Event happening in October.

Have you been following the Summer of Stamps virtual festival organised by All About Stamps? Today's exhibit is the Fran...
15/07/2020
Festival Programme

Have you been following the Summer of Stamps virtual festival organised by All About Stamps? Today's exhibit is the Francis Kiddle Congress Collection. The festival content will be available until 9 August, so take a look at the programme to make sure you don't miss anything!

https://www.allaboutstamps.co.uk/stamp-festival/programme/

Make sure you don't miss any of the expert guides with the festival programme

15/07/2020
www.cavendish-auctions.com

The next Cavendish auction will take place on Thursday 30 July at 1.00PM in Derby. The wide range of philatelic literature includes offerings from the RPSL. View the catalogue through the following link:http://www.cavendish-auctions.com/catalogues/Cavendish_827.pdf

Join us on Thursday (July 16th) at 14:00 BST for 'Sudan: The Development of Postal Communications 1844 – 1928' presented...
13/07/2020
Sudan: The Development of Postal Communications (1844 - 1928)

Join us on Thursday (July 16th) at 14:00 BST for 'Sudan: The Development of Postal Communications 1844 – 1928' presented by the President, Richard Stock FRPSL.

For more information or to register for the event, visit the following link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sudan-the-development-of-postal-communications-1844-1928-tickets-112788316892

Sudan: The Development of Postal Communications (1844 - 1928) by Richard Stock

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The home of philatelic excellence, expertise and friendship. We have over 1500 overseas members, about 900 members in the United Kingdom, and our libraries, collections and archives go back to the beginning of the postage stamp and beyond.

The Royal Philatelic Society London, established in 1869 as The Philatelic Society, London, is the oldest philatelic society in the world. We became 'Royal' when His Majesty King Edward VII granted the privilege in 1906, ten years after his son, HRH The Duke of York, became President of the Society. When the Duke became King George V in 1910 he continued to act as our Patron and in 1924 granted the Society permission to use the Royal Arms on its stationery and publications.

The Principal objects of the Society are:

1. To promote, encourage and contribute to the advancement of the science and practice of philately.

2. To inform members of the Society on all matters affecting any of its objects by meetings, discussions, displays, lectures, correspondence or otherwise; to assist and carry out philatelic research, and to print, publish and issue such papers, periodicals, books, circulars or other literary matters in support of these objects.

3. To hold, either alone or jointly with others, promote, or subscribe, or assist with international or other philatelic exhibitions in the UK or elsewhere, and to offer and award prizes, medals or other recognition in connection with such exhibitions or for any literary work connected with philately.

4. To establish and maintain a library and collections of stamps, designs, proofs, essays and other articles of interest relating to any of the objects of the Society.

We are proud of our expertise, and we strive for excellence. We welcome philatelists from all walks of life, from the very wealthy to those of modest means. We now have well over 2,000 members, with more than half living outside the United Kingdom, and the Society continues to grow.


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Hello. I’m with MacLean & Associates (auction house based in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada). We’re having an online stamp auction with over 200 lots up for bidding. I’m hoping you can spread the word to your fellow members. It features a superb classic collection of Newfoundland stamps and General Balbo Airmail Covers. A virtually complete collection of this popular British Colony. Almost all of the early Heraldic values in all values and colours up to the 1 Shilling are included. Most are Very Fine and many later stamps are never hinged. Imperforate pairs, proofs and essays as well. Also a stunning collection from The only French colony in North America, Saint Pierre et Miquelon. Many early overprint varieties with most classic stamps included. The 1941 Noel overprints are complete in both red and black. Many of the rare 1942 F.N.F.L. overprints are also present. Imperforate proofs and postal history. Lotted by Tom Hare, Philatelist, APS # 181775 since 1996, ORAPEX Exhibits Chairperson 1997-2010. Bidding is now open at macleanandassociates.com. You can also find us on Facebook and Instagram. We have also created a Facebook event if you wish to share that. Stamp auction closes tomorrow, Dec 3, at 8pm. -- Best, Tafline
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