ALEC Johnson gave a talk on Classic Stamps from the 19th Century, which featured nothing later than 1895.

He began by explaining the attractions of the early stamps and the problems associated with collecting them.

His display included many mint and used stamps, scarce multiples including blocks, also proofs, colour essays, authorised and unauthorised reprints, specimens etc, as well as many covers mostly showing correct postage frankings including higher rates.

He showed several frames each of Great Britain, Newfoundland, Saint Helena and Saint Vincent in the first half.

He then showed single frames of Cape of Good Hope “Triangles”, Barbados and Trinidad Britannia actually Commerce) issues, Ceylon, India, the Chalon Heads from Queensland, Tasmania, Grenada, Bahamas, Natal and the Canadian Provinces, and finally a selection of early Australian States issues of Western Australia, New South Wales and Victoria.

A knowledgeable speaker, Alec’s presentation was entertaining and laced with a good range of background stories to some of the items on display, and he was able to answer many questions raised by members when viewing the material.

Our next meeting on May 6 when members will show Something Beginning with "A"

The society meets in the Public Hall, Bromley Road, Beckenham.

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