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+++ Next Meeting is the Northern Meeting at Gildersome - 29th September 2018 +++ Auction 83 Auction Catalogue Available and Some lots illustrations on Auction Lots tab +++

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The next meeting will be the:

Saturday 29th September - Northern Regional Meeting at Gildersome 1:30pm
 
A meeting is a great way to meet fellow members of the Study Group, ask questions about your collection and view other displays of Falkland Islands material. You don't have to show anything yourself! There is also normally an opportunity to buy and sell. Why not take the plunge and attend a meeting? Details on the events page

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October 2018 Study Group Auction - an Enhanced Service for Members

For reasons of cost, it is not possible to produce a colour catalogue of Study Group auctions, so we continue with the catalogue in present form. There is also an opportunity for those attending the Study Group Weekend and Gildersome regional meeting to view all the lots for the March and October auctions. However, the Committee feel the time is right to include some colour illustrations of lots on the Study Group website for all Members to be able to view.

As loading an illustration of every lot would involve much effort for volunteers, we have illustrated all items with an estimate of £75 or more, or the top 10 items dependent on estimates.

It is emphasized that the auction is only open to FIPSG members and the proceeds of commission are used exclusively for publications and research relevant to the Study Group.

To view the illustrations go to the Auction Lots tab on this website.

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The Autumn "Goose" has Flown!
     
You hopefully will be receiving your Autumn Upland Goose that should include the October 2018 Auction catalogue and booking form on the outside for the Study Group Weekend. If you do not receive your copy (especially overseas) in the next two weeks, please let us know via the Membership Secretary.

 

 
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STOCKHOLMIA 2019 joint FIPSG and PPHSGB meeting.

We have arranged for a joint FIPSG and PPHSGB meeting during the Stockholmia 2019 exhibition, which takes place the 29 May to 2 June 2019 in central Stockholm. The exhibition celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Royal Philatelic Society of London.

The joint meeting takes place as follows:

When: Friday 31 May 2019, 1pm to 4pm
Where: Exhibition venue, room 22 on level 2 (with seats for 30 people)
What: A number of displays, electronic and/or physical. Programme to be decided.
Cost: None

Followed by a joint dinner in the evening of the same day.
When: Friday 31 May 2019, 7pm
Where: To be decided, but in a restaurant in the local area close to the Exhibition.
Cost: Moderate, probably less than £50 per person including drinks.

Those interested in participating in one or both activities are asked to contact Stefan Heijtz ( stefan@novastamps.com) so that we can get an idea about how many we might be. Anybody interested in giving a display can also contact Stefan as soon as possible. 

We are hoping to be able to reveal the full programme no later than during the FIPSG weekend in March 2019, and on the FIPSG and PPHSGB websites at the same time.

All the information about the exhibition can be found on their website:
www.stockholmia2019.se
 
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FIPSG Meeting at APS Show Friday 10th August
     
There will be a FIPSG meeting on Friday, August 10th at the annual APS StampShow 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. 
 
The Meeting time is 10AM in room B232.  Program to be announced. 
 
The show will run from August 9th to 12th. In addition to the meeting, there will be two Falkland exhibits in the Open Competition. "Postal Items of the Falkland Islands in the Queen Victoria Period" by Alan Barasch and "Falklands or Malvinas?" by Mark Butterline. 
 
The Polars (American Society for Polar Philatelists) and Penguins (Penguins on Stamps Study Unit) will also be in attendance.

 

 
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New Falkland Islands Commemorative Set - 125 Years of Christ Church Cathedral

 

Technical Details:

Designer: Bee Design

Printer: Cartor Security Printing

Process: Lithography

Perforation: 13 x 13¼ per 2cms

Stamp size: 30.6 x 38 mm

Sheet Layout: 20 (2 x 10 with pictorial gutters)

Release date: 18 December 2017

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New South Georgia Commemorative Set - Mapping

 

Technical Details:

Designer: Andrew Robinson

Cook Map: © The UK National Archives

Carse Map: © Directorate of Overseas Surveys 1958 the stamp is licensed under the Open Government Licence 3.0.

Images of Carse: © Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge

Printer: Cartor Security Printing

Process: Stochastic Lithography

Perforation: 13 x 13¼ per 2cms

Stamp size: 28 x 42 mm

Sheet Layout: 10

Release date: 5 February 2018

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to All Study Group Members and Website Visitors
 
The Study Group Committee wish all our members and visitors to this website a peaceful and joyous Christmas and New Year. We hope to see as many of you as possible at our meetings in 2018.
 
 

 

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New Online Resource - Gold Medal Winning South Georgia Display
 
When visiting this site it is always worth visiting our Online Resources Page. Hugh Osborne has graciously allowed us to put up pdf's of his Gold Medal winning display exhibited at The Nordia 2017 exhibition held at Vejle, Denmark 27 - October 2017. For full details go to the Online Resources page.
 
 

 

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New Falkland Islands Commemorative Set - Platinum Wedding Anniversary

Technical Details:

Designer: Bee Design

Printer: Cartor Security Printing

Process: Lithography

Perforation: 13 x 13¼ per 2cms

Stamp size: 30.6 x 38 mm

Sheet Layout: 10

Release date: 20 November 2017

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New South Georgia Commemorative Set - Platinum Wedding Anniversary

Technical Details:

Designer: Bee Design

Printer: Cartor Security Printing

Process: Lithography

Perforation: 13 x 13¼ per 2cms

Stamp size: 30.6 x 38 mm

Sheet Layout: 10

Release date: 20 November 2017

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New Falkland Islands Commemorative Set - 30th Anniversary of the Falkland Islands Fisheries

 

Technical Details:

Artist: Robin Carter

Printer: Cartor Security Printing

Process: Lithography

Perforation: 13 x 13½ per 2cms

Stamp size: 28 x 42 mm

Sheet Layout: 20 (2 x 10)

Release date: 23 October 2017

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New Falkland Islands Definitive Set - Small Birds

 

Technical Details:

Designer: Andrew Robinson

Printer: Cartor Security Printing

Process: Lithography

Perforation: 13 x 13¼ per 2cms

Stamp size: 30.6 x 38 mm

Sheet Layout: 10

Booklet Stamp (Local Rate): 31.75 x 31.75

Release date: 14 August 2017

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Finlandia Meeting at Tampere - Report
     
Hugh Osborne started by showing a selection of South Shetlands postal history, starting with a Port Foster piece, several Deception Island postmark covers, a number of South Shetlands postmark covers, and finally a 1934 non-post office period cover with letter headed Deception Island.
 
John Godfrey followed with a selection of mainly mail into South Georgia, although it also contained mail from South Georgia. Of particular interest was a registered cover from Finland to SG, returned with an added SG provisional reg label.
 
Dave Mountfort showed us a nice selection of covers related to "famous" people within Falklands philately, including William Barlas, Nutt Cartmell, Karl Lellman and Father Monaghan. Many of the Lellman and Monaghan covers were illustrated and of very high artistic standard.
 
Stefan Heijtz showed the final display which was a "scrap book" which came from Ronnie Spafford's estate (and which would have been thrown away unless Stefan had given it a new home) containing a lot of background illustrations used for Ronnie's book on the 1933 Centenary issue. There were photographs, prints or copies of all the illustrations used for the design of the stamps, some even signed by George Roberts.
The allocated two hours passed quickly and were most enjoyable, and all were in agreement that it was a pity that not more members could attend.

In the evening the group (less Bjorn Sohrne) gathered at the Finnish restaurant Heinätori in an old hay weigh station in the old part of Tampere for a meal together. It was a sunny evening so we started with sparkling wine outside in the patio, and then continued inside for a hearty and most enjoyable three course dinner with wine and coffee, which pleased all tastes. After the dinner we all walked back to the hotels in the bright Nordic night.
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New Online Resources Material
 
Two new items have been added to the Online Resources page.

Firstly, the excellent presentation given by Hugh Osborne at the 2017 Study Group weekend on the 1960 Birds Issue sheet numbers and postal history. Secondly the known dates of the New Island N.1 and N.2 cancellers between 1909 and 1917, as presented in the Upland Goose Winter 2016 Under the Magnifying Glass article. Enjoy!

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New Stefan Falkland Heijtz web page on the Fox Bay Post Office Museum

Stefan Heijtz, writes:
 

There is a new page on my website about the  Fox Bay Post Office Museum. This page consists basically of a number of articles from Penguin News and the London Philatelist about the Museum, as well as a link to download a PDF with the full story of the renovation and creation of the Museum, through 81 slides. There is also a link to the Falklands Museum website, which has dedicated a page to the Fox Bay Post Office. 

To access the page click here

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Endemic Flora of the Falkland Islands

 

Technical Details:

Designer: Leigh-Anne Wolfaardt

Printer: BDT International Security Printing

Process: Lithography

Perforation: 14 per 2cms

Stamp size: 30.56 x 38 mm

Sheet Layout: 20 (2 x 10)

Release date: 21 November, 2016

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South Georgia  - Zavodovski Island

 

Technical Details:

Layout: Bee Design

Photography: © Elizabeth White / BBC Natural History Unit

Printer: Cartor Security Printing

Process: Stochastic Lithography

Perforation: 13½ x 13¼ per 2cms

Stamp size: 28 x 45mm

Sheet Layout: 10

Release date: 28 November, 2016

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UPDATED! New Online Resource for early FI collectors
 
The Falkland Islands Government Archives have uploaded to their website scans of the Falkland islands Magazine from the first magazine in 1889 to 1933. This magazine contains invaluable details on shipping, visiting ships and people and places in the Islands. Also loaded are a transcription of the first two shipping registers.
 
These can be accessed via our Online Resources page or directly at:
    

 

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Superb Presentation and Reference Material on South Georgia
 
When visiting this site it is always worth visiting our Online Resources Page. Here we add interesting documents, presentations and links to Falklands research resources.
 
Our latest offering is due to Hugh Osborne giving the Standing Display in July and August 2016 at the Royal Philatelic Society of London. The link below takes you to a presentation of the display, which majors on South Georgia Postal History until 1945, but also has interesting sections on South Shetlands and Operation Tabarin. It can also be accessed via our Online Resources page.
 
 
 

 

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Falkland Islands Issue - Her Majesty The Queen - 90 Years of Style

 

Technical Details:

 

Designers: Bee Design . Photographs by Tim Graham, Anwar Hussein, Central Press and Max Mumby. m/s photography by Ray Bellasario (border Tim Graham).

 

 

Printer: BDT International Security Printing

 

Process: Lithography

 

Perforation: 14 per 2cms

 

Stamp size: 28.45 x 42.58mm

 

Sheet Layout: 10

 

Release date: 21 April 2016

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South Georgia Issue - Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth - 90 Years of Style

 

Technical Details:

 

Designers: Bee Design . Photographs by Alpha Photo, Fox Photos, Keystone and Chris Jackson. m/s photography by Ray Bellasario (border Miles Willis).

 

Printer: BDT International Security Printing

 

Process: Lithography

 

Perforation: 14 per 2cms

 

Stamp size: 28.45 x 42.58mm

 

Sheet Layout: 10

 

Release date: 21 April 2016

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Falkland Islands Issue - Birds of Prey

 

Technical Details:

 

Designers:eorgina Strange

 

 

Printer: BDT International Security Printing

 

Process: Lithography

 

Perforation: 14 per 2cms

 

Stamp size: 30.56 x 38 mm

 

Sheet Layout: 10

 

Release date: 13 January 2016

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Falkland Islands Issue - Clouds

 

Technical Details:

 

Designers: Ian Strange (photographs by Ian and Georgina Strange)

 

 

Printer: BDT International Security Printing

 

Process: Lithography

 

Perforation: 14 per 2cms

 

Stamp size: 51.46 x 30 mm

 

Sheet Layout: 10

 

Release date: 9 December 2015

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South Georgia Issue - Biodiversity

 

Technical Details:


Designers: Bee Design (photographs by Martin Collins, Christoph Held & Alastair Wilson)

 

 

Printer: BDT International Security Printing

 

Process: Stochastic Lithography

 

Perforation: 14 per 2cms

 

Stamp size: 25.73 x 21 mm

 

Sheet Layout: 10

 

Release date: 21 December 2015

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Falkland Islands Issue - 20th Anniversary of Elephant Seal Research Group

 

Technical Details:

 

Designers: Bee Design (photographs by ESRG)

 

Printer: Cartor Security Printing

 

Process: Lithography

 

Perforation: 13 1/4 x 13 per 2cms

 

Stamp size: 38 x 30.6 mm

 

Sheet Layout: 10 (5 se tenant pairs)

 

Release date: 30 November 2015

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New Postal rates for Falkland Islands, BAT and South Georgia from 1st January 2016
     
Attached are details of the new postal rates effective 1st January 2016. Some interesting rates will be possible! Geoffrey Barber notes: Most unusually, not only did the three territories latest postage rate  increases not increase by the same amount, but also DID NOT INCREASE ON THE SAME DAY.  South Georgia increased on 5th January 2015, coinciding with issue date of the new SG definitive, whilst FI & BAT increased nearly a year later on 1st Jan 2016.
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An interesting War Stamp Variety
     
Thanks to Roger Mazillius for showing an interesting War Stamp variety. The type has moved in the frame, leaving a gap between STA and MP on a line perf example. Any more of these spotted by our collectors?
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New FI Stamps Website    
 
With thanks to Stefan Heijtz for the information, the new Falkland Islands Philatelic Bureau has been launched. FI stamps have been brought screaming into the internet age with (at last!) the ability to order items from the website. 
 
The website address is www.falklandstamps.com 
 
First impressions are that the website looks crisp and modern. Do take a look and please let the UG editor know any feedback on the site and your shopping experience!
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Falkland Islands Issue - Britain's Longest Reigning Monarch

 

Technical Details:

 

Designers: Andrew Robinson

 

Printer: BDT International Security Printing

 

Process: Lithography

 

Perforation: 14 per 2cms

 

Stamp size: 42.58 x 28.45 mm

 

Sheet Layout: 10

 

Release date: 9 September 2015

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South Georgia Issue - Britain's Longest Reigning Monarch

 

Technical Details:

 

Designers: Andrew Robinson

 

Printer: BDT International Security Printing

 

Process: Lithography

 

Perforation: 14 per 2cms

 

Stamp size: 42.58 x 28.45 mm

 

Sheet Layout: 10

 

Release date: 9 September 2015

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Falkland Islands Issue - Magellanic Penguins, Predators and Prey

 

Technical Details:

 

Designers: Tony Chater

 

Printer: BDT International Security Printing

 

Process: Lithography

 

Perforation: 14 per 2cms

 

Stamp size: 30.56 x 38 mm

 

Sheet Layout: 50 (2 x 25)

 

Release date: 21 August 2015

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Falkland Islands Issue - Magna Carta

 

Technical Details:

 

Designers: Derek Miller

 

Printer: BDT International Security Printing

 

Process: Lithography

 

Perforation: 14 per 2cms

 

Stamp size: 42.58 x 28.45 mm

 

Sheet Layout: 20 (2 x 10)

 

Release date: 15 June 2015

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Falkland Islands Issue - Colour In Nature IV

 

Technical Details:

 

Designers: Ian J. Strange & Georgina Strange

 

Photographs:  Georgina Strange & Ian J. Strange of Design In Nature

 

Printer: BDT International Security Printing

 

Process: Lithography

 

Perforation: 14 per 2cms

 

Stamp size: 51.46 x 30mm

 

Sheet Layout: 10 (5 se-tenant pairs)

 

Release date: 12 May 2015

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South Georgia - ­Ships, Scientists and Explorers

Technical Details

Designer: Andrew Robinson

Printer: BDT International

 

Process: Stochastic lithography

 

Perforation: 14 per 2cms

 

Stamp size: 28.45 x 42.58mm

 

Sheet Layout: 10

 

Release date: 5 January, 2015

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