First class talk from stamp ex­pert

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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

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