June 2019

Peter White gave a short display of South African airmails of the period 1911 to 1934. Beginning with a card from the Aviation Fortnight in 1911 and the” Make Your Sixpence Fly” cards in 1918, he continued with covers from the 1925 Experimental airmail service between Cape Town and Durban and the scheduled internal services introduced from 1929, including an Ambulance cover and Post Office explanatory note used to forward mail recovered from the crash at Sir Lowry’s Pass in 1931. Continuing, he showed covers from Imperial Airways’ “Christmas” flight from the UK in December 1931 and the first Southbound and Northbound regular Imperial Airways services in January 1932.”

Our Chairman, Dr Patrick Reid FRPSL showed a small selection of Postage Due markings from Western Australia, including three items that are the only examples recorded. He included a guide to the interpretation of the covers. Michael Lockton on GB Penny pink covers. Roger Vaughan on Ripley Post Office, illustrated with postmarks commencing in 1852 up to the present time, augmented with postcards, labels, cuttings and photographs. And finally, Graham Mytton who gave us a PowerPoint display on ex BBC Iraq covers.