STOCKHOLMIA 2019 joint FIPSG and PPHSGB meeting 31st May 2019


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 

Polar Postal History Society 2018 Residential Weekend

19th – 21st October 2018  Royal Cambridge Hotel
 - Main Weekend Theme “The Americans in the Polar Regions”

2018 sees a number of eras of Anniversary of the USA in exploring, including the disputed 1908 claim on the North Pole, and 1955-58 Deep Freeze and IGY onwards. Covering this and all other possible connections with their activity seems overdue.

This can be from Postcards issued, ships in use, mail of course used on or about Expeditions – and not all on Admiral Byrd please! Photos, covers, maps, - indeed we await to see and be amazed at what attendees will bring to show and tell!

All main slots have been filled, but remember Saturday night for this and any subject of choice, your latest purchase etc. – Just bring it!

Draft Programme


6pm WELCOME by the President GERRY PEARCE, drinks reception and introductions.


9pm Approx. Introduction to the Weekend by President GERRY PEARCE, followed by:

STEVE ALLEN, “American Arctic Expeditions 1853 - 1939”.

10.15pm Approx. CLOSE after viewing and Questions, the bar is available to continue debate.


7.30am - 9.15am BREAKFAST

9.30am - 10.00am BRIAN CLAYTON will present a range of ALL “Byrd material 1928-47” to start.

10.05am - 10.50am GRAHAM BOOTH will show his “BYRD DECONSTRUCTED” story.

10.55am COFFEE BREAK - AUCTION LOTS organised for viewing.

11.05am Auction Preview - time to get your bids prioritised!

11.35am SOCIETY AUCTION - BILL TILBURY as Guest auctioneer presiding.

1.00pm Approx. LUNCH INTERVAL (Time depends on auction finish).

Lunch is at your own expense. It not part of the package.

2.30pm Approx. The SCOTT POLAR RESEARCH INSTITUTE, with a revamped Museum. The Botanical Gardens are a short walk away, as is the Fitzwilliam Museum and City centre shopping!

4pm Approx. MEMBERS BOURSE - Bring, buy and sell your spare material!

IF anyone wants a large table, please see Robert Hurst, or any Committee member.

SATURDAY continues with FREE TIME UNTIL DINNER. Rest, chit chat, shop in Cambridge, get ready for the MEMBERS EVENING SHOW.


9pm Approx. MEMBERS ENTERTAIN YOURSELVES! Bring an interesting item of special interest, theme

ON ANY SUBJECT - share your enthusiasm! e.g. perhaps your ‘best buy’, Internet find, latest addition etc. Also, some of the RPS,L Displays from 31st May may be shown. PLEASE NOTE: Due to pressure on time, and as it is most popular, you may be limited to 9 SHEETS, and 5 minutes chat!

10.30pm CLOSE - BAR TIME!


8.00am - 9.15am BREAKFAST.

9.30am - 10.30am DAVID WALKER “BYRD THE HERO" including publicity ephemera.

10.35am - 10.50am COFFEE BREAK. At your own expense.

10.55am - 12.00 RICHARD HINDLE “The BYRD Arctic & Antarctic and MacMillan STORY and postal history theme”.

12.05am ROUND UP AND ‘BON VOYAGE’: Closing weekend review, thanks and thoughts for next time!

Followed by LUNCH - Available at your own choice and expense.

AGENDA & VENUE organised by Trevor Cornford, WITH assistance from the Committee, ESPECIALLY Bill Tilbury on Auction, Robert Hurst, John Youle in general. Especial thanks to our contributors in all areas. I hope you have a good time and safe travelling.

31st May 2018: Polar Philatelic Display at the Royal Philatelic Society, London, 1pm to 6pm.

This event is essentially for Fellows and Members of the RPSL but members of the PPHSGB who are not members of the Royal are cordially invited to attend. However, you MUST contact Robert Hurst or Trevor Cornford to get on the Register for guest entry if you are not a member of the Royal.

List of the Displays

Allen, Steve - 3 x 12 sheets The Heroic Age of Norwegian Polar Exploration

Blechschmidt, Frank - 2 x 12 sheets The British Antarctic Territory 1962-1980

Bringer, Daniel - 1 x 12 sheets Scottish National Antarctic Expedition 1902-04

Bringer, Daniel - 3 x 12 sheets Swedish South Polar Expedition 1901-04

Cornford, Trevor - 3 x 9 sheets Scott

Hammond, Marc - 2 x 12 sheets Bouvet Island

Hindle, Richard - 4 x 9 sheets Amundsen’s Northeast Passage Expedition 1918-25

Kahn, Serge - 1 x 12 sheets Dumont d’Urville Helps Reveal Antarctica

Kahn, Serge - 2 x 12 sheets French Participation in the 2nd IPY 1932-33

Kraus, Jiri - 4 x 12 sheets Search and Discovery of Antarctica

Losserand, Pierre - 1 x 12 sheets France during the IGY in Antarctica

Manzati, Claudio - 4 x 12 sheets North Pole Russian Drifting Stations: NP1 to NP16

Maselis, Patrick - 1 x 9 sheets Expédition de Gerlache 1897-1899

McMillan, Robert - 3 x 12 sheets Norwegian Whaling Mail

Murguet, Christian - 3 x 12 sheets The Antarctic expeditions 1897-1913

Murguet, Christian - 2 x 9 sheets Nobu Shirase and the Japanese Antarctic Expedition 1910-12

Nicklas, Siegfried - 3 x 12 sheets Early German Antarctic Expeditions

Osborne, Hugh - 1 x 12 sheets South Shetlands Postal History to 1934

Osborne, Hugh - 3 x 12 sheets South Georgia Postal History from 1883

Vogel, Hal - 1 x 12 sheets The Wilkes Antarctic Expedition

Vogel, Hal 3 x 12 sheets Pre-WWII Polar Lighter-Than-Air Flights

Wiskin, David - 2 x 9 sheets Shackleton

17 February: PPHSGB AGM and Spring Meeting at Spring Stampex in Room “F” from 12:00am to 14:00pm.

The Secretary, Robert Hurst, announces that The Polar Postal History Society will hold its Annual General Meeting on Saturday 17th February 2018 at Spring Stampex, the Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington, London, England - N1 0QH. All members of the Society are encouraged to attend and are entitled to vote as necessary. Items for inclusion in the agenda should be sent to the Secretary, Robert H. HURST, 3 Bletchingley Road, Merstham, Surrey RH1 3HT, by: 1st February 2018. E MAIL:- hurstfamily.robert@ntlworld.com

We would like to see as many members as possible at the AGM. The Society needs your ideas and comments. If you wish yourself to be put forward or nominate another member for the committee please apply to the Secretary for a nomination form which must be completed and returned by 1st February 2018. Please note that you must have the consent of the member to be nominated and the nominated member must be seconded by another member of the Society.
Following the AGM, there will be a short time for a Bring & Buy Session. Following this, there will be time for displays. Please bring material along with you for display, even just a few sheets. Please inform Robert Hurst in advance if you intend to bring a display with you.

Agenda for the AGM

1. Apologies for Absence

2. Minutes of the Previous AGM held on 18th February 2017

3. Matters Arising from the Minutes

4. Reports of Society Officers for 2018

5. Election of Committee

6. Membership Subscription Rates for 2019

7. Any Other Business

20th to 22nd September 2013 - The PPHSGB Diamond Jubilee Residential Weekend at the Royal Cambridge Hotel (Cambridge UK)

The PPHSGB Residential Weekend, the fourth to be held at the Royal Cambridge Hotel, was a great success with over 40 members and partners present either as residential or day visitors. It was particularly pleasing to see so many visitors from outside the UK with members present from Germany, France, Australia, Belgium, Norway and Sweden. Articles on the Weekend and the displays will be published in Polar Post starting in December 2013. Particular thanks go to Trevor Cornford, Robert and Nikki Hurst and Bil Tilbury for all their hard work before, during and after the Weekend. My thanks (J.H.Y.) also go to Daphne McMillan who is writing up the displays for Polar Post.