2020 – Great American Stamp Show

The Great American Stamp Show 2020 is being held at Hartford, Connecticut. It is co-hosted by the American Philatelic Society, the American Topical Association and the American First Day Cover Society. It is the largest national stamp and postal history show in the country.

Whether you are a new or experienced collector, the Great American Stamp Show packs four days of shopping, seminars, exhibits, education and fun for all ages. (Bring your most comfortable shoes, you will need them!)

The Great American Stamp Show brings together stamp collectors from all over the world to share their ideas on the future of the hobby, the chance to reconnect with old friends and make new ones!

The free event is co-sponsored by the United States Postal Service. The USPS will also have a large retail presence offering a selection of current U.S. stamps for sale.

  • 75+ Dealers – Public Auction – Cachetmakers Bourse
  • 800+ Frames of Exhibits & Three of America’s Rarest Postal Items
  • 35+ Meetings & Seminar – On-the-Road Courses


1982 – ZIMFARI ’82


14-25 August 1982

In 1982, Zimbabwe hosted ZIMFARI 82′ in celebration of the 75th Anniversary of world Scouting. It was an international camp with Guides and Scouts coming from all over the world. The camp was held in various different places all over the country.

Among the countries represented were Canada, England, Finland, France, India, Israel, Kenya, Libya, N.Ireland, Scotland, Switzerland, Venezuela, Wales and Zimbabwe. The International Contingents were able to see Harare, Inyanga, Mutare, Great Zimbabwe and Victoria Falls.


Commemorative Covers


1980 – 25th Anniversary of the Midlands Stamp Club

25th Anniversary of the Midlands Stamp Club

27 September 1980


In 1980, the Midlands Stamp Club celebrated its 25th anniversary.

Commemorative Covers


1985 – 45th Anniversary of the Mashonaland Philatelic Society

45th Anniversary of the Mashonaland Philatelic Society



In 1985, the Mashonaland Philatelic Society celebrated its 45th anniversary.

Commemorative Covers


1948 – Empire Ranger Week

Empire Ranger Week

18-25 July 1948

Girl Guides is a movement found worldwide, which was originally and still largely designed for girls and women only. This organisation was introduced in 1909, because girls demanded to take part in the then grassroots Boy Scout Movement.

A Ranger or Ranger Guide is a member of a section of some Guiding organisations who is between the ages of 14 and 25. Exact age limits are slightly different in each organisation. It is the female-centred equivalent of the Rover Scouts.

Empire Ranger Week was celebrated throughout the British empire from July 18 to 25, when land, sea and air rangers camped together, demonstrated ranger activities to the general public and took part in the special re-dedication and Empire Ranger week service. In Southern Rhodesia, the event took place at Victoria Falls.


  • Keith Harrop


1932 – Imperial Economic Conference

Imperial Economic Conference

21 July – 20 August 1932

The Imperial Economic Conference (Ottawa Conference) was a 1932 conference of British colonies and the autonomous dominions held to discuss the Great Depression. It was held between 21 July and 20 August in Ottawa.

The conference saw the group admit the failure of the gold standard and abandon attempts to return to it. The meeting also worked to establish a zone of limited tariffs within the British Empire, but with high tariffs with the rest of the world. This was called “Imperial preference” or “Empire Free-Trade” on the principle of “home producers first, empire producers second, and foreign producers last”. The result of the conference was a series of bilateral agreements that would last for at least 5 years.

The conference was especially notable for its adoption of Keynesian ideas such as lowering interest rates, increasing the money supply, and expanding government spending. The United States were annoyed by the implementation of Imperial Preference as it affected them economically.

It was the last Imperial Conference that any Irish government participated in, and also the last that Newfoundland attended as an independent Dominion.


  • Keith Harrop


2021 – 39th F.I.A.P. International Stamp and Coin Exhibition

Melbourne 2021 Stamp and Coin Exhibition is an International exhibition with the Federation of Inter-Asian Philately (FIAP) recognition. They expect to show 1,100 frames at the Caulfield Racecourse venue and host a large number of Australian and International dealers.


Rhodesian Study Circle

More information about meet-ups will be available closer to the event date.

STAMPEX International 2020

Stampex International is proudly brought to you by The Philatelic Traders’ Society Limited which represents philatelic traders with integrity. Look for the shield. The show is sponsored by  Stanley Gibbons and is free to attend.

Based in Great Britain’s capital city, London Stampex plays host to dealers from all over the world, twice a year. All exhibitors are PTS Members which ensures the integrity of every dealer, meaning you can put your complete trust in all those attending the show. The show itself has been running for over 60 years and continues to prove very popular with stamp enthusiasts of all ages. Stampex includes a broad range of dealers from auction houses through to cover dealers alike meaning there is something for everyone at the show and a great free family day out.


  • Date: 30th September – 3rd October, 2020
  • Location: Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 0QH.
  • Website: STAMPEX International

Rhodesian Study Circle: 2020 Annual Conference

Our 32nd Annual Conference and Annual General Meeting is scheduled to be held at Nailcote Hall, Warwickshire once again. This will be the weekend before London 2020.

If you have any questions, please Contact Us.



A number of limited rooms have been made available for Thursday (20 rooms) and Friday & Saturday (45 rooms). These will be available at a discounted rated and MUST be booked through the RSC and is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Bed and breakfast rates are as follows:

  • £99 per night for single occupancy.
  • £109 per night for double occupancy.

The Rhodesian Study Circle can assist in setting up the reservation.


The Dealer’s bourse will be based at Nailcote Hall outside the conference room. Six dealers have confirmed that they will be attending.

Trading Hours
  • 09:00-17:30 – Friday
  • 09:00-13:00 – Saturday/Sunday

Conference Auction

Our auctioneer, Huw Williams, will be conducting the auction at the Conference.

He is seeking material from members; they are to be with him or advised to him by 20 February, 2020. A list of the items will be circulated beforehand to those members attending the Conference.

Presentation and Displays

Presentations and displays are the heart-beat of the Conference. We again encourage electronic media (PowerPoint) be used for presentations where possible and where the subject is appropriate. Of course frames will be available for those who choose to display material.

A number of displays and presentations have already been offered. These include:

  • The RSC Website
  • History through the prism of stamps, postal history and postal services
  • The propaganda air letters of Rhodesia 1964 to 1978
  • A new approach to exhibiting
  • The Encyclopaedia of Zimbabwe stamps
  • Air letters of Central Africa (RSC website)
  • Double Head revenue usage

If you are interested in delivering a presentation or a display, please contact us.

Competitive Exhibits

These have been a feature of our Conferences for a number of years. Members are not limited as to how many entries they have in each section. Members not attending, may submit scanned entries for these competitions.

All intending to enter (except for the Single Sheet Competition) should advise us of their entries so that we can prepare frames and allow appropriate Jurors to be selected and we shall advise attendees of the exhibits and exhibitors ahead of Conference.

Thus we will have:

Please check the links above for the changes to rules. Instead of making up our own rules, we shall use the well tested exhibiting guidelines used by the ABPS (Association of British Philatelic Societies) for our competitions.

We shall maintain the appropriate informality at the same time, hopefully broadening the scope and interest in the competitions. The competitive exhibits will still be shown and judged on the Saturday, probably in a different time slot. The results of the competition will be announced at the Saturday evening dinner.


In recent years, some members have arrived on the Thursday prior to the official start and some on the Friday morning. In the last two years, a few informal workshops have taken place during this time.  We will advise members if such gatherings are happening. The opportunity to dine locally with a block booking will be provided. For, 2020, already 20 members have indicated an arrival on Thursday.

The programme below will be updated as more details are confirmed.

Friday 24 April
  • In the Morning – Setting up of the Venue. Dealers may start trading.
  • 12:00 – 14:00 Council meeting (Board Room)
  • 14:30 – 15:00 Annual General Meeting (Lant Suite)
  • 15:00 – 15:15 Official opening
  • 15:15 – 17:00 PowerPoint presentations (Lant Suite)
  • 17:00 – 19:15 Wine tasting and group photograph
  • 19:30 – Dinner
Saturday 25 April
  • 09:00 – 11:00 Presentations (Lant Suite)
  • 11:00 – 11:30 Coffee/tea break
  • 11:30 – 12:30 Competitions put up and spoken to (Lant Suite)
  • 12:30 – 13:45 Lunch and judging of entries
  • 14:00 – 17:00 Presentations (Lant Suite)
  • 19:00 – 19:30 Drinks
  • 19:30 – Conference Dinner (Lant Suite)
Sunday 26 April
  • 09:00 – 12:30 Short presentations (Lant Suite)
  • 1230 – End of Conference

(Some members will stay for an informal lunch. It would be greatly appreciated if members assisted in the dismantling of frames etc.)

Postmarks: 1905 – Visit of the British Association for the Advancement of Science

Visit of the British Association for the Advancement of Science

Two special postmarks were used as part of the Visit of the British Association for the Advancement of Science in 1905.

Type I – Tour Cancellation

The Tour Cancellation was used in both South Africa and Rhodesia on the 9th, 11th and 14th of September. The cancels are found in violet up until the 13 Sept, and black for the 14 Sept.

Type II – Opening of the Victoria Falls Bridge

September 12th was the opening day for the Victoria Falls road/rail bridge as well as being public holiday. Therefore, the Victoria Falls Post Office was only open for two hours to commemorate the visit of the Association (for whose benefit the special cancel was used).

  • Adrian de Bourbon
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