First class talk from stamp expert
The Lanarkshire Philatelic Society gave a warm welcome to a very special guest at their latest gathering.
Dr Stewart Gardiner, a past president of the Caledonian Philatelic Society, gave a talk on Africa and treated members to an “outstanding display of philatelic material”.
A society spokesperson said: “Dr Gardiner started with the Cape of Good Hope and gave an interesting display of postmarks from 1795 when the country was occupied by Britain.
“There followed an amazing display of stamps which indicated the turmoil the postal services faced during various wars.
“The display ended with Egypt – a most interesting view of circular stamps issued as inter-postal stamps.
“In 1892 a salt tax was levied and retailers had to purchase special stamps before they could be given the salt.
“Likewise, even boxes of matches were taxed and again special stamps also had to be purchased.
“Ken Norris led members in thanking Dr Gardiner for giving such an outstanding display. ”The society’s next meeting takes place this Friday in the Caledonian Bowling Club on Motherwell Road, Hamilton, at 7.30pm, when the Scottish Philatelic Society pay a visit.
All are welcome to attend.
Out of Africa Dr Stewart Gardiner delivered a fine talk