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Saturday 10 June 2017
At Swinpex, St Joseph’s Catholic College, Octal Way, Swindon SN3 3LR, 10.00am to 4.30pm.
This is one of the South's biggest stamp fairs with over 40 dealers. So there will be ample opportunity to add to your collection,
and there is an excellent catering facility within the fair.
2.00 pm Meeeting of the Postal Stationery Society. Members are invited to display up to 32 sheets from their collection and to give a
short explanation of about 10 minutes maximum. The meeting will close at 4.00pm
Swinpex will be open from 10.00 am to 4.30 pm with ample free parking.
OBITUARY: PROFESSOR IAN STEVENSON FRPSL
With the untimely death, on 1 March aged 66, of lain Stevenson in a road traffic accident, philately has lost one of its more unusual characters. Iain's philatelic interests were many and varied and his presence will be missed by members of a number of Societies.
Besides postal stationery he also had collections of telegraph stamps and forms, Belgium, Canadian Pacific Railway postcards, Canadian revenues and Lanarkshire postal history. An exhibitor at both National and International level,
Iain was also an accredited Juror serving at both National and International levels.
Iain was the consummate collector espousing many interests besides philately, including tinplate toys, printed ephemera and English drinking glasses, the last reflecting his connoisseurship of wine. He joined the Royal Philatelic Society London in 1990,
was elected to Fellowship in 1999 and served on the Council from 1998 to 2006. He gave a memorable ‘One O'clock display’ on ‘The Telegraph Stamps and Stationery of the World’ in April 2005 and stood in at the last minute to give the
2015 Sir Daniel Cooper Lecture entitled ‘The Telegraph Stamps of Great Britain’.
At university Iain studied geography and became a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. His professional career spanned publishing both commercially and at the Stationery Office and finally the academic world, where he spent a number of years at
City University and University College London, retiring in 2015 from the latter as Emeritus Professor of Publishing.
Iain was an enthusiastic and entertaining speaker who wrote widely on both professional and philatelic subjects, and all those who have had the pleasure of his company and the benefit of his advice and knowledge will greatly miss his presence.
* * NEW PUBLICATION * *
The Mulready Postal Stationery -
Its Genesis, Production and Usage
by Alan Huggins and Alan Holyoake
This new book on the Mulready Postal Stationery by Alan Huggins and Alan Holyoake is published jointly
by the Great Britain Philatelic Society and the Postal Stationery Society.
This publication makes a major addition to the literature on this subject, is fully illustrated in colour, and
provides not only a comprehensive source of reference, but brings together in one place images of many of the
iconic items, demonstrating their involvement in the initiation of the reforms of the postal system.
Approximately 216 pages it comprises an overview of the origins of pre-stamped stationery, the proposals
made during the period of postal reform, and the subsequent production, issue and usage of the Mulready letter
sheets and envelopes. This is followed by an eight frame international award winning study entitled 'The
Introduction and Usage of the Mulready Postal Stationery, which demonstrates how the story of this postal
historically important area can be presented as an exhibit. The contents are set out below:-
Early proposals for pre-paid postal stationery
The Mercantile Committee Campaign for Cheaper Postage
The Treasury Competition for Suggestions for the Collection of Postage
The Genesis of the Mulready Design
The Production of the Mulready Postal Stationery
The Distribution and Usage of Mulready Postal Stationery
An Exhibit of Mulready Postal Stationery
Frame One -The Evolution and Concept of Design
Frame Two - One Penny Letter Sheets
Frame Three - One Penny Envelopes
Frame Four - Two Pence Letter Sheets
Frame Five - Two Pence Envelopes
Frame Six - One Penny - Early May Dates
Frame Seven -The Maltese Cross
Frame Eight - Printed Advertisements and Notices
Bibliography; Stereo Index; Index
This new book on the Mulready postal stationery will be available from the Postal Stationery Society from 10th December 2015.
The price is £40 plus postage (£36 to PSS members) Postage is inland £3.00, to Europe £8.00 and to the rest of the world £10.00.
If you would like a copy of this book, please contact Neil Sargent, the Acting Secretary of the Postal Stationery Society. You can email him at
Subscriptions for 2017 are now due. If you have not already paid your subs for the year do not delay payment. Details of how to pay can be found on the renewal notice sent by post or on the
Subscriptions page of this website.