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Falkland Islands Philatelic Study Group Online Research Resource

Below are a series of pdfs of collections, plus presentations given in the Lecture Theatre at Study Group weekends. These presentations cover a lot of topics, so please look through to see if there is anything here to help your research into Falkland Islands philately.

NEW Lockdown Articles! - Under the Magnifying Glass

Here we have a copy of each of the Under the Magnifying Glass articles from the Upland Goose in full colour . Below is an index of stamp issues and postmarks and which UtMG they are referenced in. 
 
Further down this Online Resources page are three presentations on Modern varieties given at the Study Group weekends.

click here to download Under the Magnifying Glass 1 - Victory Issue

click here to download Under the Magnifying Glass 2 - Various Varieties

click here to download Under the Magnifying Glass 3 - King George VI 1952

click here to download Under the Magnifying Glass 4 - KGV Varieties

click here to download under the Magnifying Glass 5 - Double Prints

click here to download Under the Magnifying Glass 6 - Flowers

click here to download Under the Magnifying Glass 7 - Centenary Cloud Flaw

click here to download Under the Magnifying Glass 8 - ITU Issue

click here to download Under the Magnifying Glass 9 - Early Settlements

click here to download Under the Magnifying Glass 10 - West Falkland Cancels

click here to download Under the Magnifying Glass 11 - QV 4d Variety

click here to download Under the Magnifying Glass 12 - Flowers Black Spot

click here to download Under the Magnifying Glass 13 - KGV Crown CA 1/-

click here to download Under the Magnifying Glass 14 - War Stamps

click here to download Under the Magnifying Glass 15 - South Georgia 1928 Provisional

click here to download Under the Magnifying Glass 16 - Victorian Datestamps

click here to download Under the Magnifying Glass 17 - Modern Varieties

click here to download Under the Magnifying Glass 18 - West Falkland Cancels

click here to download Under the Magnifying Glass 19 - New Island Cancels

click here to download Under the Magnifying Glass 20 - Five Years of Varieties

click here to download Under the Magnifying Glass 21 - Sir Geoffrey's Gems

click here to download Under the Magnifying Glass 22 - West Falkland Find

click here to download Under the Magnifying Glass 23 - 1984 Surcharges

click here to download Under the Magnifying Glass 24 - Perforations

click here to download Under the Magnifying Glass 25 - New Island and Naval Mail

click here to download Under the Magnifying Glass 26 - West Falkland Cancels

click here to download Under the Magnifying Glass 27 - HMCS Afterglow

click here to download Under the Magnifying Glass 28 - Birds Variety

click here to download Under the Magnifying Glass 29 - QV 6d Re-entry

click here to download Under the Magnifying Glass 30 - Birds Issue

click here to download Under the Magnifying Glass 31 - Modern Varieties

click here to download Under the Magnifying Glass 32 - Urch Harris Catalogue

click here to download Under the Magnifying Glass 33 - Modern Varieties

Index to Under the Magnifying Glass Articles

QV

4d “Point on Bust” - UtMG 11

6d Re-entry – UtMG 29
2/6d Plate Scratch – UtMG 20

King Edward VII

3/- Flying Triangle - UtMG 2

King George V

1/2d Damaged Circle - UtMG 4

6d Damaged Value Tablet - UtMG 4
1/- Identification – UtMG 13
1918-20 War Stamps – UtMG 14
1928 South Georgia Provisional – UtMG 15
1933 Centenary Cloud Flaw - UtMG 7, UtMG 10, UtMG 17, UtMG 20

 King George VI

Victory Issue - UtMG 1

1952 Definitives - UtMG 3

QEII

1953 Coronation - UtMG 3

1960 Birds Issue – UtMG 28, UtMG 30
1964 Shakespeare – UtMG 33
1965 ITU Issue – UtMG 8, UtMG 17
1965 ICY Issue – UtMG 17
1966 Churchill – UtMG 31
1968 Flowers Overprint Issue - UtMG 2
        Flowers Double Prints - UtMG 6
        Flowers 1p “Black Spot” – UtMG 12
        Flowers 1/2p Pos.53 flaw – UtMG 17, UtMG 28
1969 FIGAS Issue – UtMG 17
1969 Bishop Stirling Issue – UtMG 17
1970 Defence Force Double Print - UtMG 5, UtMG 31
1972 Silver Wedding – UtMG 20
1973 Princess Anne Royal Wedding - UtMG 2
1974 Battle of River Plate Double and
        Triple Prints -  UtMG 5
        “Break across Bridge” UtMG 20
1975 Heraldic Arms – UtMG 32
1978 Mailships Issue - UtMG 2
        Hawsepipes 1p on 1982 Printing – UtMG 28
1979 Kelp and Seaweed Double Print - UtMG 5
1981 Early Settlements Issue – UtMG 9
1984 Overprint Surcharges – UtMG 23
1997 Return of Hong Kong Issue - UtMG2
1998 Fire Service – UtMG 17

 Cancellations

West Falkland WF2 Canceller – UtMG 10, UtMG 18, UtMG 26

West Falkland WF1 and WF2 Together – UtMG 22

New Island Cancels – UtMG 19, UtMG 25
Victorian Cancels – UtMG 16
HMCS Afterglow Special – UtMG 27

Dependencies

1928 South Georgia Provisional – UtMG 15

1954 Ships 1/- - UtMG 28
1966 BAT Churchill – UtMG 32
1973 South Georgia Princess Anne – UtMG 33
1973 BAT Explorers 1/2p – UtMG 32, UtMG 33
1974 BAT Churchill – UtMG 32
1977 South Georgia Silver Jubilee – UtMG 31
1980 BAT Royal Geographical Society – UtMG 31, UtMG 32
1980 Dependencies 7p Variety – UtMG 33

Miscellaneous

Meter Mark UtMG 6

Sir Geoffrey Palmer Collection - UtMG 21
Distinguishing Perforations – UtMG 24
Naval Mail London Cancel – UtMG 25
1974 BAT Churchill Aerogramme – UtMG 32
 

NEW Presentation! - Falkland Islands and Dependencies Aerial Survey Expedition

A pdf of a presentation on the Falkland Islands and Dependencies Aerial Survey Expedition (FIDASE) 1955-57 is given here.

click here to download presentation

Updated April 2020 - Listing of New Island N.1 and N.2 Cancellation Dates

The Winter 2016 Upland Goose (Vol. XXV No.1) gave a listing in the Under the Magnifying Glass article of N.1 and N.2 New Island cancellation dates. A updated checklist of dates is given here, as of April 2020 with new dates added in red.

click here to download New Island cancellation dates

UPDATED April 2020 - Silver Jubilee Presentation

A major presentation on the flaws of the 1935 Silver Jubilee issue by Ralph Riddell-Carre

click here to download presentation

NEW - Display of the KGVI Stamps of the Falkland Islands

Hugh Osborne gave a static display on view over twelve frames at the Royal Philatelic Society of London for the month of June 2017. It comprised of two sections, firstly five frames of the issued stamps of the reign followed by seven frames of postal history. This is the presentation of the issued stamps.

The Falkland definitive issue, on sale at Stanley 3 January 1938, Fox Bay (15 January 1938) and Grytviken (30 March 1938) post offices was an icon of the pictorial stamp era.  Relatively, numbers are small - there were just 25 sheets, each of 60 stamps of the first, of four printings, of the £1 value.  For this display the numbers are further reduced since only one stamp per sheet could have on its attached margins the stamped sheet number, a key feature of the display.

Thanks to Hugh for allowing us to view this display, one of the finest collection of sheet numbers ever assembled.

click here to download KGVI 1938 presentation

click here to download KGVI 1952 presentation

click here to download KGVI Commemoratives presentation

Listing of HMCS Afterglow Cancellation Dates

The Winter 2018 Upland Goose (Vol. XXVI No.3) gave a listing in the Under the Magnifying Glass article of Afterglow cancellation dates. A checklist of dates is reproduced here. This listing is updated as of December 2018. Any further updates will .be given in red

click here to download Afterglow cancellation dates

Updated - Listing of West Falkland WF.2 Cancellation Dates

The Autumn 2016 Upland Goose (Vol. XXIV No.6) gave a listing in the Under the Magnifying Glass article of WF.2 cancellation dates. Since then additional dates have been discovered. An updated checklist of dates known of the WF.2 canceller is downloadable here. This listing is updated as at December 2018.

click here to download West Falkland cancellation dates

Argentine Post Office Notices

Thanks to Stefan Heijtz and Ben de Deugd for providing three communciations from the Argentine Post Office relating to validity of Falkland Islands stamps. They are written in Spanish:
 
(i) Post Office Notice from March 1933 relating to the Centenary issue
(ii) Post Office Notice from August 1982 post Conflict
(iii) 1985 UPU document from Argentina.
 
The documents can be downloaded here:

click here to download documents

Gold Medal Winning South Georgia Display

Hugh Osborne exhibited at the Nordia 2017 exhibition held at Vejle, Denmark 27 - October 2017 including the Fourth International Polar Philatelic Exhibition. 
 
This five frame, 80 sheet exhibit of South Georgia Postal History was entered into the competitive Polar class.  Structured over four chapters beginning with the ‘Pioneering Era’ [Chapter 1], the Edward VII period from 1904 to 1913; followed by Chapter 2 a ‘Time of Development’ running up to 1929 leading onto a ‘Period of Stability’ [Chapter 3] and ending with Chapter 4 -‘Years of Disruption’ [1937 - 1941].
 
Many congratulations to Hugh, as the exhibit was awarded a Large Gold medal (96 points) as well as the Polar Grand Prix. The chapters and introduction can be downloaded here:

click here to download Introduction

click here to download Chapter 1 - Pioneering

click here to download Chapter 2 - Development

click here to download Chapter 3 - Stability

click here to download Chapter 4 - Disruption

Birds Issue Presentation

Hugh Osborne gave a superb presentation and display of the Falkland Islands Birds issue at the 2017 Study Group weekend. The presentation is available here.

click here to download Birds Issue Presentation

Online Resource for early Falklands Collectors

The Falkland Islands Government Archives are uploading 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. It can be accessed via the "Online Collections" tab at:

Under the Magnifying Glass Articles

Below are a series of pdfs of articles from the Upland Goose Under the Magnifying Glass series that may be of interest to the wider Falkland Islands collecting community.

The Discovery of the Gibbons listed "Cloud Flaw" on the 1933 Centenary 1½d

click here to download Cloud Flaw article

An article on identifying the 1928 South Georgia 2½d on 2d Provisional.

click here to download article on South Georgia Provisional

Stefan Heijtz Collections Available for viewing and online research

Stefan Heijtz now has a superb set of pdfs of his past and current collection available for viewing and downloading on the web. This is a major asset for collectors to help them in their future mounting and displaying of their own collections and for research purposes. The summary is as follows (links are available below to go directly to the relevant part of the collection)
 
Stamps, Proofs and Varieties 1878-1937: This enormous 313 page collection was formed over more than 25 years, and it contained examples of virtually every stamp and variety, as well as examples of most proofs, known from the Falkland Islands. Although now broken down, at least one example of every stamp and printing has been transferred to the Reference collection.
 
PDFs of the entire original collection can be downloaded as follows (click on these links below):
 
Queen Victoria 93 pages (size 6 MB),
King Edward VII 27 pages (size 2 MB),
King George V 1912-20 + 1921-28 68 pages (size 5 MB),
War Stamps 65 pages (size 5 MB),
Whale&Penguins + 1933 Centenary + 1935 Silver Jubilee 60 pages (size 5 MB).
 
Postmarks 1869-1937: This large 121 page collection showed many examples of every postmark used in the Falkland Islands and Dependencies, including most varieties. Although now broken down, at least one example of every postmark and postmark variety has been transferred to the Reference collection (see below).
 
PDFs of the entire original collection can be downloaded as follows:
Postmarks Stanley 47 pages (size 4 MB),
Cork Obliterators 41 pages (size 3 MB),
Other Postmarks (Ship cancellations, Fox Bay, New Island, South Georgia, South Shetlands) 33 pages (size 3 MB).
 
Postal Rates 1840-1937: a131 page exhibit that was shown at one of the Falkland Islands Philatelic Study Group weekends is now available to download as a pdf file. It is the most comprehensive display of the postal rates from this period ever assembled and can be downloaded from:
Postal Rates
 
Postal History: Finally,
most of the huge collection of Falkland Islands and Dependencies Postal History 1827-1937, which was formed over more than 25 years, has been broken down and sold off. This is not available currently for viewing, as a book of this collection is planned and will be published in due course.
 
To access all the pdfs of the Falkland Islands collection in future (plus other country collections, to award winning standards, which are of interest to any philatelist) bookmark:
http://www.novastamps.com/stefan/Sidor/AboutMe.html

Forgeries and Fakes of Stamps, Surcharges and Postmarks:
This 22 page display was shown at one of the Falkland Islands Philatelic Study Group weekends. It contains examples of many different types of forgeries, with genuine examples showed next to the forgeries. A useful reference.
A PDF of the entire display can be downloaded
HERE  (size 6MB)
 
Fiscal use of Stamps:
This 55 page display was shown at one of the Falkland Islands Philatelic Study Group weekends. It shows many examples of Fiscal use of stamps, on and off documents, and other non-postal use of stamps and postal markings. A PDF of the entire display can be downloaded HERE 
(size 5 MB).
 
South Georgia Glass Plates from the 1920's-30's:
This 57 page display shows photographs taken by Theodor Andersson, mostly of Grytviken but also of some of the other whaling stations, and it shows interesting views of how life was in those days.
A PDF of the entire display can be downloaded HERE 
(size 12 MB).
 
OTHER FALKLAND ISLANDS COLLECTIONS AND DISPLAYS
 
The Falkland Islands National Stamp Collection:
This collection now resides in the Falkland Islands Museum in Stanley. This display was shown at the handover ceremony at Falkland House in London, and it includes background details, and photos of the ten first pages of the collection.
A PDF of the entire display can be downloaded HERE
 (size 5 MB).
 
Spinkex 2007 - The Falkland Islands Philatelic Study Group display at Spink, London:
This 43 frame (688 page) display was a joint effort by a large number of Study Group members, and it is the largest display of Falkland Islands stamps and Postal History ever shown. This record of the entire display was taken by camera, so therefore the quality is not always the highest.
A PDF of the entire display can be downloaded HERE 
(size 13 MB).

Two presentations on the Dependencies Map sets

Below are two links to pdf files of the presentations given by the late John Search at Faringdon 2010 Study group weekend as Powerpoint displays in the hotel Lecture Theatre.

John showed the various Group Transfer and individual flaws on the Thick Map set, and proposes a similar look at the Thin Map set.

The Study Group was grateful to John for providing these presentations for wider viewing and comment.

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click here to download Thick Map presentation

click here to download Thin Map presentation

1960s Essays & Proofs

The 2011 Lecture Theatre Presentation was based on work at the Jane Cameron National Archives, the Port Stanley Post Office vault and the British Library by Kim Stuckey. Some examples of the designs and proofs were shown in this presentation. A monograph on some of the issues was also produced (see Research Topics page).

click here to download 1960s Essays and Proofs

Falkland Island Stamp Varieties

The 2007 and 2009 Lecture Theatre Presentations were given by Ray Rabbetts on the Varieties of QEII 1953-1982. In 2013 Kim Stuckey gave a presentation on the work by himself and Malcolm Barton on updating Ray's work for new varieties, based on their long running "Under the Magnifying Glass" articles in Upland Goose. All three presentations are available for download here. The Part III presentation includes some older varieties identified in Under the Magnifying Glass.

click here to download Modern Varieties Part I

click here to download Modern Varieties Part II

click here to download Modern Varieties Part III