THE January meeting of the Ringwood Philatelic Society provided a Members’ Evening with mini displays plus Bring & Buy. Topics varied greatly with Chris Wheeler producing the first two, beginning with ‘Alfred Russell Wallace, 1823-1913’ who developed his theory of evolution – prompting Darwin to publish. Wallace spent his last years in Broadstone. The display showed special Post Office covers with unique postmarks in celebration. Chris then examined the activities of a new postal administration – Caribbean Netherlands, showing just some of their new stamp issues. Wendy Buckle provided a highly detailed study on The History of Printing, first looking at 11th Century Chinese ‘movable type’ which was not observed in Europe until 1450 with the German Gutenberg developments. Details of the famous Gutenberg Bible were presented which did much to revolutionise communication together with the work of Caxton (1476). The display was supported by pictures, stamps and covers – all superbly written up. Gordon Masson had been studying the small stamp Victorian Canadian issue 1870-97 –complex and in depth…looking at papers used, shades of ink, perforations and the numerous printing plate flaws. This study was well promoted to Members with his demonstration of a digital microscope. Chairman and long time Ringwood resident Colin Mount took the theme – Ringwood Post, 1842-1911. This New Forest market town had been an important postal area in this period. A well researched and collected topic supported his study, with photos, pre-stamped and stamped envelopes and a fascinating array of various local postmarks. GB Victorian Parcel Post Labels was an unusual and little known concluding contribution provided by Paul Barry. Such labels were introduced in order to aid proper adhesion. (here stamps were affixed to the label and postmarked). Many such labels have not survived – certainly not in fine condition. A small but worthwhile assortment of these were shown, bearing 1887-1901 Jubilee’ stamps…the first of Britain’s bi-coloured stamps.
The next meeting of the RPS - Delivery of the Mail is on Tuesday 11th February, 7.30pm at Greyfriars Community Centre – collectors/visitors most welcome.