The Royal Philatelic Society London

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Medal Monday: This silver medal from the 'India 1973' International Philatelic Exhibition was awarded to Harry C. Green ...
26/07/2021

Medal Monday: This silver medal from the 'India 1973' International Philatelic Exhibition was awarded to Harry C. Green FRPSL. Mr Green and his wife Doris Mary RDP joined the RPSL in 1934 and were both elected Honorary Fellows in 1990. They were also both recipients of the Congress Medal, Mr Green in 1962 and Mrs Green in 1963, making them the first husband and wife partnership to win this award.

Here are some pictures of our new library cabinet, featuring some eye-catching museum objects and books!  #libraries #in...
20/07/2021

Here are some pictures of our new library cabinet, featuring some eye-catching museum objects and books!

#libraries #indielibraries #museums #philately #postboxes

Medal Monday: For today’s medal we have the Berlin 1930 International Philatelic Exhibition Prix D'Honneur, awarded to L...
19/07/2021

Medal Monday: For today’s medal we have the Berlin 1930 International Philatelic Exhibition Prix D'Honneur, awarded to L.C.C. Nicholson. It was presented by the Jamaica Society for the Best Exhibit of the Issues of Jamaica.

CALL FOR PAPERS: Our postponed International Philatelic Libraries’ Symposium is now scheduled to take place over two day...
13/07/2021

CALL FOR PAPERS: Our postponed International Philatelic Libraries’ Symposium is now scheduled to take place over two days, 22nd and 23rd February, during London 2022.

We have broadened the theme of the event to include archive and museum collections. If you are interested in presenting a paper at the symposium, please submit a 500 word abstract and short biography to Nicola Davies [email protected] by 30th September 2021.

Please get in touch for more information or to discuss an idea for a session

CALL FOR PAPERS: Our postponed International Philatelic Libraries’ Symposium is now scheduled to take place over two days, 22nd and 23rd February, during London 2022.

We have broadened the theme of the event to include archive and museum collections. If you are interested in presenting a paper at the symposium, please submit a 500 word abstract and short biography to Nicola Davies [email protected] by 30th September 2021.

Please get in touch for more information or to discuss an idea for a session

Medal Monday: Ahead of Bastille Day on Wednesday, today we have this gold medal from the France and Colonies Philatelic ...
12/07/2021

Medal Monday: Ahead of Bastille Day on Wednesday, today we have this gold medal from the France and Colonies Philatelic Society, awarded to G.E. Barker.

Medal Monday: Today’s medal is from the 'Hong Kong 1994' Stamp National Exhibition held from 18th to 21st February, and ...
05/07/2021

Medal Monday: Today’s medal is from the 'Hong Kong 1994' Stamp National Exhibition held from 18th to 21st February, and was awarded to John Marriott RDP for his jury service. The exhibition was organised by the Hong Kong Philatelic Society.

Over the course of the pandemic, we have been extremely grateful to receive so many interesting donations for our museum...
30/06/2021

Over the course of the pandemic, we have been extremely grateful to receive so many interesting donations for our museum.

Some of our favourite ones are now on display in the lounge. We hope you'll be able to visit us soon to see them!

Medal Monday: Today’s medal was awarded to Harry C. Green, a specialist in Belgian philately and postal history. He rece...
28/06/2021

Medal Monday: Today’s medal was awarded to Harry C. Green, a specialist in Belgian philately and postal history. He received it at the Brussels International Exposition of 1935, held from 27th April to 6th November in Heysel, Belgium. The exhibition marked the 50th anniversary of the Congolese Independence; and its theme was colonisation. This Wednesday marks 61 years since the Congo gained independence from Belgium.

Medal Monday: Today’s medal was awarded to Harry C. Green, a specialist in Belgian philately and postal history. He received it at the Brussels International Exposition of 1935, held from 27th April to 6th November in Heysel, Belgium. The exhibition marked the 50th anniversary of the Congolese Independence; and its theme was colonisation. This Wednesday marks 61 years since the Congo gained independence from Belgium.

'The postage stamp is a flimsy thingNo thicker than a beetle's wingAnd yet it will roam the world for youExactly where y...
21/06/2021

'The postage stamp is a flimsy thing
No thicker than a beetle's wing
And yet it will roam the world for you
Exactly where you tell it to.'
(E. V. Lucas)

Today is the first day of #InsectWeek21. We'd love to see your #insect #stamps!

#philately #stampcollecting #insects #bugs

'The postage stamp is a flimsy thing
No thicker than a beetle's wing
And yet it will roam the world for you
Exactly where you tell it to.'
(E. V. Lucas)

Today is the first day of #InsectWeek21. We'd love to see your #insect #stamps!

#philately #stampcollecting #insects #bugs

Medal Monday: This week we have another medal awarded to Patrick Chilton Pearson VRD RDP Hon. FRPSL. Mr Pearson received...
21/06/2021

Medal Monday: This week we have another medal awarded to Patrick Chilton Pearson VRD RDP Hon. FRPSL. Mr Pearson received this medal for 'Iraq - The Ottoman Period' at the 'Jakarta 2012' Indonesia Stamp Exhibition held at Jakarta Convention Center from 18th to 24th of June 2012.

Medal Monday: This week we have another medal awarded to Patrick Chilton Pearson VRD RDP Hon. FRPSL. Mr Pearson received this medal for 'Iraq - The Ottoman Period' at the 'Jakarta 2012' Indonesia Stamp Exhibition held at Jakarta Convention Center from 18th to 24th of June 2012.

Medal Monday: This bronze plaque was awarded to Patrick C. Pearson VRD RDP Hon. FRPSL at the 'Tenerife 97' Philatelic Ex...
14/06/2021

Medal Monday: This bronze plaque was awarded to Patrick C. Pearson VRD RDP Hon. FRPSL at the 'Tenerife 97' Philatelic Exhibition. The exhibition commemorated the bicentenary of the Battle of Santa Cruse de Tenerife on 25th of June 1797. Mr Pearson is a British Philatelist who specializes in the stamps of Hong Kong, Western Australia, Ceylon and Iraq. He was the President of the RPSL from 1988 to 1990 and signed the Roll of the Distinguished Philatelists in 1974.

New additions to the Spear Museum of Philatelic History: J Crooks model post boxes. (Pictured separately is our favourit...
10/06/2021

New additions to the Spear Museum of Philatelic History: J Crooks model post boxes.

(Pictured separately is our favourite one, featuring a cat!)

Medal Monday: This gold medal from ‘Naposta 2005’ (2-5 June, Hannover, Germany) was awarded to Brian Trotter RDP Hon. FR...
07/06/2021

Medal Monday: This gold medal from ‘Naposta 2005’ (2-5 June, Hannover, Germany) was awarded to Brian Trotter RDP Hon. FRPSL. Mr Trotter is a South African born British philatelist who was the President of the RPSL from 2011 to 2013. He signed the Roll of Distinguished Philatelists in 2010.

Medal Monday: This gold medal from ‘Naposta 2005’ (2-5 June, Hannover, Germany) was awarded to Brian Trotter RDP Hon. FRPSL. Mr Trotter is a South African born British philatelist who was the President of the RPSL from 2011 to 2013. He signed the Roll of Distinguished Philatelists in 2010.

Many thanks to Dr Richard Morel FRPSL for his presentation 'The Tapling Collection in the British Library’s Philatelic C...
01/06/2021
Tapling Collection in the British Library’s Philatelic Collections: A Brief Survey by Richard Morel

Many thanks to Dr Richard Morel FRPSL for his presentation 'The Tapling Collection in the British Library’s Philatelic Collections' last week.

The presentation can now be viewed on our YouTube channel, where you'll find many more presentations and seminars: https://bit.ly/3uDHOP1

This presentation, live using Zoom video conferencing, provided a brief overview of the world famous Tapling Collection of postage and telegraph stamps and p...

Medal Monday: This large gold medal was awarded to Prakaipet (Pet) Indhusophon RDP at the Stockholmia 1986 World Philate...
31/05/2021

Medal Monday: This large gold medal was awarded to Prakaipet (Pet) Indhusophon RDP at the Stockholmia 1986 World Philatelic Exhibition held from 29th August to 7th September in Stockholm, Sweden. Prakaipet Indhusophon (1929-1991) was a Thai philatelist who signed the Roll of Distinguished Philatelists in 1989. He won the Grand Prix d'Honneur at India '89 for his collection of Siam.

In 2017, Ian Crane FRPSL, £1 stamp enthusiast and our Honorary Librarian 2008-2011, sadly passed away. He was a faithful...
26/05/2021

In 2017, Ian Crane FRPSL, £1 stamp enthusiast and our Honorary Librarian 2008-2011, sadly passed away. He was a faithful volunteer for the Royal for many years. In 2007 he won the RPSL London Medal, and in 2010, the ABPS Congress Medal.

Today we are pleased to announce his generous legacy to the RPSL Library. An important source of voluntary funds, legacies help us to keep lifetime subscriptions lower. Learn more in our legacy brochure:https://www.rpsl.org.uk/Portals/0/RPSL/The_Society/TomorrowsRoyal/RPSL_LegacyBrochure_UK.pdf

In 2017, Ian Crane FRPSL, £1 stamp enthusiast and our Honorary Librarian 2008-2011, sadly passed away. He was a faithful volunteer for the Royal for many years. In 2007 he won the RPSL London Medal, and in 2010, the ABPS Congress Medal.

Today we are pleased to announce his generous legacy to the RPSL Library. An important source of voluntary funds, legacies help us to keep lifetime subscriptions lower. Learn more in our legacy brochure:https://www.rpsl.org.uk/Portals/0/RPSL/The_Society/TomorrowsRoyal/RPSL_LegacyBrochure_UK.pdf

Medal Monday: This silver medal was awarded to Herbert R. Oldfield, then Honorary Assistant Secretary of The Philatelic ...
24/05/2021

Medal Monday: This silver medal was awarded to Herbert R. Oldfield, then Honorary Assistant Secretary of The Philatelic Society, London, at the International Philatelic Exhibition held in Caxton Hall, Westminster from 23rd of May to 1st June 1906. The medals at this exhibition bore on the one side a portrait of H.R.H. the Prince of Wales and on the reverse the arms of the city of London. They were made by Messrs. Restall, of Birmingham.

#OnThisDay in 1937, the first nine #Pelican #books were published. Here is a later Pelican publication from 1956, 'The P...
21/05/2021

#OnThisDay in 1937, the first nine #Pelican #books were published. Here is a later Pelican publication from 1956, 'The Postage Stamp: Its History and Recognition' by L.N. and M. Williams (available for borrowing at the RPSL Library).

Today is #InternationalMuseumDay. This collectors box with instruments is one of our favourite objects. It was presented...
18/05/2021

Today is #InternationalMuseumDay. This collectors box with instruments is one of our favourite objects. It was presented to Captain Herbert R. Oldfield in 1926 by members of the Royal Philatelic Society in appreciation of his services as Honorary Secretary.

#museums #philately

Medal Monday: The Egypt Study Circle's 'Quarterly Circular' journal won the Philatelic Literature Class at Stampex 2017,...
17/05/2021

Medal Monday: The Egypt Study Circle's 'Quarterly Circular' journal won the Philatelic Literature Class at Stampex 2017, and this medal was awarded to its editor, Edmund Matticott Hall. The Wyon design of HM Victoria is depicted on one side and the 'Silver Mail Coach' design on the other.

Medal Monday: This silver medal from the 'BRNO 2005' European Postage Stamp Exhibition was awarded to Peter Rogers. Held...
10/05/2021

Medal Monday: This silver medal from the 'BRNO 2005' European Postage Stamp Exhibition was awarded to Peter Rogers. Held from 10th to 15th May in Brno, Czech Republic, the exhibition commemorated the 200th anniversary of the Battle of the Three Emperors and the 60th anniversary of the end of World War 2.

Happy Penny Black Day!#OnThisDay 181 years ago, the world's first postage stamp became valid for use!#PennyBlackDay #phi...
06/05/2021

Happy Penny Black Day!

#OnThisDay 181 years ago, the world's first postage stamp became valid for use!

#PennyBlackDay #philately #stamps #stampcollecting #postalhistory #history #libraries

Happy Penny Black Day!

#OnThisDay 181 years ago, the world's first postage stamp became valid for use!

#PennyBlackDay #philately #stamps #stampcollecting #postalhistory #history #libraries

May 2021 Philatelic Events:-RPSL Events:6th May 2021:- Neil Donen FRPSL: End of a Dream: The ill-fated 1935 Trans-Tasman...
04/05/2021

May 2021 Philatelic Events:

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RPSL Events:

6th May 2021:
- Neil Donen FRPSL: End of a Dream: The ill-fated 1935 Trans-Tasman Jubilee Flight (RPSL Members Zoom Meeting, 16:00 BST)

20th May 2021:
- Gordon Eubanks FRPSL: The First Issue of the United States: The Stamps and How They Were Used (RPSL Members Zoom Meeting, 16:00 BST)

25th May 2021:
- Dr Richard Morel FRPSL: The Tapling Collection in the British Library’s Philatelic Collections: A Brief Survey (RPSL Meeting, 14:00 BST)

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External Events:

4th May 2021
- Leon Reed: Mail and the GI in WW II (American Philatelic Society, 18:30 EST)

5th May 2021
- Cameron Blevins: Paper Trails: The US Post and the Making of the American West, in conversation with historian Robert Dalton Harris (The National Postal Museum, 16:00 EST)

6th May 2021
- Cheryl Ganz: Ways to Collect Zeppelin and Airship Mail (American Philatelic Society, 18:30 EST)

11th May 2021:
- Matteo Comi: L'occupazione della Renania [The occupation of the Rhineland] (Italian) (Associazione Italiana di Storia Postale, 21:00 CEST)

12th May 2021: TBA: Members of the Indian Study Circle Presentation (Collectors Club New York, 17:30 EST)

15th May 2021:
- Johannes Hoffner: Probleme und Lösungen bei der Aufbewahrung von klassischen Briefmarken (Bund Deutscher Philatelisten e.V., 16:00 CEST)

29th May 2021:
- Michael Mallien: Internetmarken? Ich wusste gar nicht, dass man die sammeln kann! (Bund Deutscher Philatelisten e.V., 16:00 CEST)

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We welcome suggestions for events that we may have missed. Thank you!

May 2021 Philatelic Events:

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RPSL Events:

6th May 2021:
- Neil Donen FRPSL: End of a Dream: The ill-fated 1935 Trans-Tasman Jubilee Flight (RPSL Members Zoom Meeting, 16:00 BST)

20th May 2021:
- Gordon Eubanks FRPSL: The First Issue of the United States: The Stamps and How They Were Used (RPSL Members Zoom Meeting, 16:00 BST)

25th May 2021:
- Dr Richard Morel FRPSL: The Tapling Collection in the British Library’s Philatelic Collections: A Brief Survey (RPSL Meeting, 14:00 BST)

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External Events:

4th May 2021
- Leon Reed: Mail and the GI in WW II (American Philatelic Society, 18:30 EST)

5th May 2021
- Cameron Blevins: Paper Trails: The US Post and the Making of the American West, in conversation with historian Robert Dalton Harris (The National Postal Museum, 16:00 EST)

6th May 2021
- Cheryl Ganz: Ways to Collect Zeppelin and Airship Mail (American Philatelic Society, 18:30 EST)

11th May 2021:
- Matteo Comi: L'occupazione della Renania [The occupation of the Rhineland] (Italian) (Associazione Italiana di Storia Postale, 21:00 CEST)

12th May 2021: TBA: Members of the Indian Study Circle Presentation (Collectors Club New York, 17:30 EST)

15th May 2021:
- Johannes Hoffner: Probleme und Lösungen bei der Aufbewahrung von klassischen Briefmarken (Bund Deutscher Philatelisten e.V., 16:00 CEST)

29th May 2021:
- Michael Mallien: Internetmarken? Ich wusste gar nicht, dass man die sammeln kann! (Bund Deutscher Philatelisten e.V., 16:00 CEST)

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We welcome suggestions for events that we may have missed. Thank you!

Medal Monday: Tomorrow will be 70 years since the Festival of Britain took place. Held in the summer of 1951, the festiv...
03/05/2021

Medal Monday: Tomorrow will be 70 years since the Festival of Britain took place. Held in the summer of 1951, the festival commemorated the centenary of the 1851 Great Exhibition whilst also promoting a sense of post-war rejuvenation. This special crown was issued; it depicts Saint George slaying the dragon and the profile of King George VI.

Watch Philip Leacock's documentary of the festival for free on BFI Player: https://player.bfi.org.uk/free/film/watch-festival-in-london-1951-online

27/04/2021

On Thursday May 6 at 16:00 EST, Cameron Blevins will discuss his new book, Paper Trails: The US Post and the Making of the American West, in conversation with historian Robert Dalton Harris.

The Zoom event will be hosted by the National Postal Museum (US). Register here: https://bit.ly/3tVDTgV

It's less than a month until Dr Richard Morel FRPSL presents 'The Tapling Collection in the British Library’s Philatelic...
26/04/2021
The Tapling Collection in the British Library’s Philatelic Collections

It's less than a month until Dr Richard Morel FRPSL presents 'The Tapling Collection in the British Library’s Philatelic Collections' (Tuesday 25 May 14:00 – 15:00 BST)

Register for free through our Eventbrite page: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-tapling-collection-in-the-british-librarys-philatelic-collections-tickets-141127414897?aff=ebdsoporgprofile

The Tapling Collection in the British Library’s Philatelic Collections: A Brief Survey presented by Dr Richard Morel FRPSL.

Medal Monday: Today’s medal is the Haywards Heath & District Philatelic Society President's Collar medal. The front of t...
26/04/2021

Medal Monday: Today’s medal is the Haywards Heath & District Philatelic Society President's Collar medal. The front of the medal features the Correos 1850 stamp, tweezers and a magnifying glass. The inscription on the back reads 'President, Haywards Heath and District Philatelic Society, presented by Miss D.M.E. Day.’

Tonight is #WorldBookNight! Happy Reading!🌃📖✨#books #libraries #philately
23/04/2021

Tonight is #WorldBookNight! Happy Reading!

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#books #libraries #philately

Tonight is #WorldBookNight! Happy Reading!

🌃📖✨

#books #libraries #philately

Happy Saint George's Day! 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿Pictured: a name badge belonging to Harry C. Green, bequeathed to the Spear Museum of P...
23/04/2021

Happy Saint George's Day! 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿

Pictured: a name badge belonging to Harry C. Green, bequeathed to the Spear Museum of Philatelic History by his daughter Rosemary. Harry's interest in Belgian philately arose from his many trips to Belgium whilst working as a West End florist. His first display to the Society was on 12 December 1935, when he read a short paper on Belgian Postal History, and his last on 18 October 1979, when he displayed 'Belgian Postal History and Studies of Unusual Subjects.'

His contributions to philately were immense; he became a founding member of the Postal History Society and later of the Society of Postal Historians. When he moved to Hampstead he helped found the Hampstead Philatelic Society. In 1947 he founded the Belgian Study Circle of Great Britain. Harry and his wife, Doris, one of the few female RDPs, formed a prolific philatelic partnership for well over fifty years.

#philately #museums #saintgeorgesday 🐉🤺

Happy Saint George's Day! 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿

Pictured: a name badge belonging to Harry C. Green, bequeathed to the Spear Museum of Philatelic History by his daughter Rosemary. Harry's interest in Belgian philately arose from his many trips to Belgium whilst working as a West End florist. His first display to the Society was on 12 December 1935, when he read a short paper on Belgian Postal History, and his last on 18 October 1979, when he displayed 'Belgian Postal History and Studies of Unusual Subjects.'

His contributions to philately were immense; he became a founding member of the Postal History Society and later of the Society of Postal Historians. When he moved to Hampstead he helped found the Hampstead Philatelic Society. In 1947 he founded the Belgian Study Circle of Great Britain. Harry and his wife, Doris, one of the few female RDPs, formed a prolific philatelic partnership for well over fifty years.

#philately #museums #saintgeorgesday 🐉🤺

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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.

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Ostrich policy for an unusual discovery. What are we talking about ? From the establishment of the posts, an unsuspected secret activity was established on stamps, postcards and envelopes. With impunity, secretly, encrypted overloads were added to it. Moreover, they take on different shapes, aspects and colors. Translucent, metallized in silver or gold, their structures and designs are variable. Most of them are encrypted. These secret communicators proliferate during major events occurring on the different continents of the globe. Witnesses and actors in the history of men, they span a period of 150 years of philately. Secret societies have existed since the Middle Ages. Their members keep an activity out of sight, the media and the public. They deny any membership in a group. In fact, their greatest secret lies in the mode of communication practiced between initiates. Based on an original discovery, this video aims to demystify its foundations and practices
We are pleased to Congratulate all the Officers of The Royal Philatelic Society on its 152nd Birth Day. Today The Royal Philatelic Society compeleted 152 years. In 1869, eight philatelists met at 93 Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury and formed "The Philatelic Society, London". Learn more about what we've done since then: https://bit.ly/3f8rZMe From: Alkhtar ul Islam Siddiqui Chief Editor Pakistan Philatelic and Numismatic Magazine Email: [email protected]
Today The Royal Philatelic Society compeleted 152 years. In 1869, eight philatelists met at 93 Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury and formed "The Philatelic Society, London". Learn more about what we've done since then: https://bit.ly/3f8rZMe
Today The Royal Philatelic Society compeleted 152 years. In 1869, eight philatelists met at 93 Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury and formed "The Philatelic Society, London". Learn more about what we've done since then: https://bit.ly/3f8rZMe
150th Anniversay Luncheon of the Royal Philatelic Society London at famous Stationers' Hall today! HAPPY BIRTHDAY to The Royal Philatelic Society London