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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For 2022 we are looking for new displayers for our standing displays.  If you would like to show around 8 frames of mate...
24/09/2021
Standing Displays

For 2022 we are looking for new displayers for our standing displays. If you would like to show around 8 frames of material please contact [email protected] who would be very pleased to hear from you. The pages are simply scans from your collection and not the actual material, so for you overseas members it is a great opportunity to show your material without having to worry about customs regulations! For previous standing displays visit https://www.rpsl.org.uk/Standing-Displays.

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

Today is the first day of the 102nd Philatelic Congress of Great Britain.  We hope our members and philatelic friends at...
23/09/2021
Philatelic Congress of Great Britain - ABPS

Today is the first day of the 102nd Philatelic Congress of Great Britain. We hope our members and philatelic friends attending the event in Harrogate will have an enjoyable time. Huge congratulations to the new signatories of The Roll of Distinguished Philatelists.
https://www.abps.org.uk/philatelic-congress/

Home / Philatelic Congress of Great Britain Harrogate Crowne Plaza HotelPhilatelic Congress of Great Britain23rd – 26th September 2021Plans are now in place for the 102nd Philatelic Congress of Great Britain which this year is being held in the picturesque town of Harrogate in North Yorkshire.To d...

Standing displays are back on all non-meeting days in the first floor meeting room. From 13 September to 29 October: the...
13/09/2021

Standing displays are back on all non-meeting days in the first floor meeting room. From 13 September to 29 October: the superb collection of Kurt Kimmel, ‘Ceylon 1857-1871' The Pence Period’ will be on show; from the iconic first issues produced by Perkins Bacon in 1857 through to those issued by De La Rue form the Perkins Bacon plates. Kurt's book of the same title is available from our shop: https://rpsl.org.uk/Shop.

Standing displays are back on all non-meeting days in the first floor meeting room. From 13 September to 29 October: the superb collection of Kurt Kimmel, ‘Ceylon 1857-1871' The Pence Period’ will be on show; from the iconic first issues produced by Perkins Bacon in 1857 through to those issued by De La Rue form the Perkins Bacon plates. Kurt's book of the same title is available from our shop: https://rpsl.org.uk/Shop.

Two new RPSL publications now in stock: Postal Routes to the Dutch Possessions in West Africa, West Indies and Suriname ...
11/09/2021

Two new RPSL publications now in stock: Postal Routes to the Dutch Possessions in West Africa, West Indies and Suriname 1652 to 1919: A Guide to Dutch Maritime Mail by Sven Påhlman FRPSL and The 1840 Embossed Wyon -Whiting Essays Their Genesis and Subsequent Influence on British Postal Stationery by Alan Huggins RDP Hon. FRPSL & Anthony Wicks. Add them to your bookshelves now: https://rpsl.org.uk/Shop.

Two new RPSL publications now in stock: Postal Routes to the Dutch Possessions in West Africa, West Indies and Suriname 1652 to 1919: A Guide to Dutch Maritime Mail by Sven Påhlman FRPSL and The 1840 Embossed Wyon -Whiting Essays Their Genesis and Subsequent Influence on British Postal Stationery by Alan Huggins RDP Hon. FRPSL & Anthony Wicks. Add them to your bookshelves now: https://rpsl.org.uk/Shop.

Yesterday, the 2021-22 season got underway with a display of material from Brunei, North Borneo and Sarawak presented by...
03/09/2021

Yesterday, the 2021-22 season got underway with a display of material from Brunei, North Borneo and Sarawak presented by gracious permission of our patron Her Majesty The Queen. Photographs by Michael Pitt-Payne.

HAMPEX 2021 will take place later this month, on September 25th between 10:00 and 16:00 at Wickham Community Centre, Wic...
02/09/2021

HAMPEX 2021 will take place later this month, on September 25th between 10:00 and 16:00 at Wickham Community Centre, Wickham, Fareham PO17, Hampshire. It will feature more than 20 dealers in stamps, cinderellas, postal history and more. For more information, please see the attached flier.

HAMPEX 2021 will take place later this month, on September 25th between 10:00 and 16:00 at Wickham Community Centre, Wickham, Fareham PO17, Hampshire. It will feature more than 20 dealers in stamps, cinderellas, postal history and more. For more information, please see the attached flier.

The first of this season's online presentation series, kindly arranged by Vice President Mike Roberts, will take place a...
01/09/2021
The Navigators: Commonwealth of Australia High Values 1963-1974

The first of this season's online presentation series, kindly arranged by Vice President Mike Roberts, will take place at 15:00 (BST) on Tues 7th Sept via Zoom. Jonas Hällström will present 'The Navigators: Commonwealth of Australia High Values 1963-1974'. Follow this link to book your free place: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-navigators-commonwealth-of-australia-high-values-1963-1974-tickets-160806593851.

The Navigators – Commonwealth of Australia High Values 1963-1974 by Jonas Hällström

Medal Monday: Ahead of International Youth Day next week, here’s the British Youth Stamp Championship bronze medal.Any f...
02/08/2021

Medal Monday: Ahead of International Youth Day next week, here’s the British Youth Stamp Championship bronze medal.

Any full-time student of the age of 14 or over interested in philately may apply to become an associate member of The Royal Philatelic Society London. More details here: https://www.rpsl.org.uk/The-Society/Membership/Associate-Membership

#philately #youthphilately #museums

Medal Monday: Ahead of International Youth Day next week, here’s the British Youth Stamp Championship bronze medal.

Any full-time student of the age of 14 or over interested in philately may apply to become an associate member of The Royal Philatelic Society London. More details here: https://www.rpsl.org.uk/The-Society/Membership/Associate-Membership

#philately #youthphilately #museums

Yesterday was our AGM and the start of Peter Cockburn's two year term as RPSL President.  In his speech, Peter promised ...
30/07/2021

Yesterday was our AGM and the start of Peter Cockburn's two year term as RPSL President. In his speech, Peter promised two years of fun and philately for all. For details of how to join us visit https://www.rpsl.org.uk/The-Society/Membership.

Yesterday was our AGM and the start of Peter Cockburn's two year term as RPSL President. In his speech, Peter promised two years of fun and philately for all. For details of how to join us visit https://www.rpsl.org.uk/The-Society/Membership.

Last week was our first physical meeting of 2021!  Not only did we have the pleasure of seeing our philatelic friends ag...
29/07/2021

Last week was our first physical meeting of 2021! Not only did we have the pleasure of seeing our philatelic friends again but we were treated to a display of material from Gibraltar, Malta and Cyprus presented by gracious permission of our patron Her Majesty The Queen.

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.

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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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Many congratulations to Peter Cockburn for becoming our new president of The Royal Philatelic Society London and also to other friends for receiving the medals from RPSL at AGM yesterday Richard Scott Morel Gwynne Harries Michael George Pitt-Payne Very happy and honoured to be re-elected council member ! Tks for your trust! fellows and members! From: Akhtar ul Islam Siddiqui. Chief Editor PAKISTAN PHILATELIC & NUMISMATIC MAGAZINE
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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