On Wednesday 5th February, we had a Members Display Evening. A dozen members brought items from their own collection to display for members to view. These included the Grand Dukes and Duchesses of Belgium, WW1 Coresspondence, Catapult Mail, Early Austria, Early GB Postmarks on Penny Reds and Channel Island Occupation Stamps during WWII. One member, who displayed Food on Stamps even made some ANZAC biscuits for us to try. And very tasty they were too. A good evening all round and enjoyed by over 30 members.
6th November we had Giles Du Boulay give our society a display on Danzig which was a comprehensive presentation on an area that has been controlled by both Germany and Poland over the years including a time between the first and second world wars when it had ;ree state status. The philatelic items on display showed a great in-depth history of the turbulent area with some very rare postal history items illustrating its struggle with opposing political ideologies.
Our last meeting, on 16th October, was a fascinating look at Postal History and how to collect it,presented by Alan Moorcroft. Alan is relatively local, living in Essex and has been collecting local postal history for a number of years, from his home town of Colchester. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Philatelic Society, London and is a Past President of this illustrious Society. He started by showing a few items from the 'Corsini Corespondence' from 16th Century and followed with a whole range of postal markings used in and around Colchester. A fascinating and well presented display with a touch of humour thrown in.
On Wednesday 2nd October we had four members of the Norwich and Norfolk Philatelic Society visit us, there was Larry Lewendon with his 'more duds' a wonderful collection of fakes and bogus stamps; Alex Pelling with his 'prefectures of Japan', a compelling collection of modern issues from the Japanese regions; then there was John Bruhn with his 'mid 20th century Hungary' showing some intriguing war time postal history and then finally we had Andrew Cauldron with his 'Philatelic Pot Pourri'. An entertaining assortment of all things philatelic.
On Wednesday evening the 18th September we held our first meeting of the 2019/20 season and this evening we had a visit from Basildon Philatelic Society,
Three of their members attended and each of them gave us an entertaining presentation. Len Stanway showed us 'Darkest Borneo' an area of the world he is most familiar with, particularly Sarawak and Brunei showing their philatelic development. Alan Taylor gave us a display of stamp covers relating royal anniversaries and royal visits around the world and Charlie Mead gave us a presentation on Fiji showing us early items that were primitively printed, later ship borne mail and then war time mail.
A great start to the new season.
At the Society's AGM on 29th May 2019, Ken Burr was elected President for the coming year. Congratulations to Ken, who has a wealth of knowledge and experience and will make an excellent President.
Tony Blumfield relinquished his position as Auction Secretary, to concentrate on his own philatelic collections. Stephen Teuma will take up the reins. Other committee positions remain the same.
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.
Giles de Boulay and his Danzig M