The Annual Society Stamp Fair was held on Saturday 27th April. We had plenty of vistors meeting and purchasing from the attending dealers. We also hosted the AEPS Spring Competition. Two of our members won individual classes with Ipswich also taking the Stoke Cup for best overall with the most Club Points. Ken Burr, Andy Soutar and Roger Swindells made up the team. The meeting we had on the 21st November was with Christine Finn giving us a display and interesting talk on the difficulties en-counted by the postal service during WWII. The substantial increases in postal rates were reflected in envelopes of the period, such as the standard empire rate rising from 1½d to 1/3 (1 shilling and 3d). Other examples of wartime usage were the reusing of envelopes with the paper shortage and the microfilming of service personnel's
letters to save volume, The difficulty of holding the 1940 penny black anniversary were also highlighted.
On Tuesday 7th November we had a display by Bill Gibb of stamps and postal history from British post offices in central and south America dating back to the pre-stamp era of the 1820's and up-to the mid Victorian period with the use of the stamps of the time, showing the high costs of transporting correspondence from exotic outposts.
The second meeting of the new season was a display by Mike Carter of the British Military occupation of Italian Colonies during and just after WW2 including many covers posted from Somalia, Eritrea, Tripolitania etc. a wide range of interesting items not often seen by collectors.
Then on the 3rd meeting of the season on the 17th October, Malcolm Roberts gave the members a display of Trans-Atlantic mail from the paddle steamers of the 1830s up until the early 20th century, with items of mail transported from many different countries and how with rival shipping companies and international agreements the costs of mail was reduced considerably.
The inaugural meeting of the Ipswich Philatelic Society 2018/19 season was held at Cedarwood school Kesgrave on the evening of the 19th September. The meeting was entitled 'Aspects of Malaya' and was presented by Mr Len Stanway, who gave a comprehensive display of Malayan postage dating back to the time of the administration of the East India Company in the mid 19th century up to the formation of Malaysia in the 1960's.
Items of Straits Settlements, the Federated Malay states and various issues of the individual states were shown as well as air mail covers from flights successful and otherwise.
The display contained many rare and unusual items and was received with enthusiasm by the members present.
Christine Finn receiving a Certificate of Thanks from Andy Soutar, IPS programme Secretary.
Len receiving a vote of thanks from Programme Secretary Andy Soutar