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

It is with a very sad heart that we have decided to cancel the RSC Annual Conference in April. We know many people put a lot of effort into making this event happen and the decision to cancel was not taken lightly.

  • Adrian de Bourbon, our Conference Organiser, will be in contact with members who have notified us of their attendance.
  • For those who have created presentations or displays, our website will be able to host these displays on your behalf in .jpeg or PDF formats.

If you have any questions, please feel free to 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.

Conference Auction

Our auctioneer, Huw Williams, will be conducting the auction at the Conference. Material for the auction has now been finalised.

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.

Friday and Saturday presentations are now FULL.

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.

Friday and Saturday events times have now been finalised. 

Friday 24 April
  • 10:00 – 15:00 Dealers tables open.
  • 12:00 – 14:00 Council meeting (Board Room)
  • 12:00 – 14:00 Lunch available in Lant Bar.
  • 14:30 – 14:40 Official Opening – Chairman and Conference Organiser
  • 14:40 – 15:10 Annual General Meeting (Lant Suite)
  • 15:10 – 15:40 Social Media and the Website – James Gavin
  • 15:40 – 16:15 Revenue Double Heads – Gunnar Strehmel
  • 16:15 – 16:30 Tea/Coffee break
  • 16:30 – 17:10 Hidden Meaning in Rhodesian Stamps – Brian Eyre
  • 17:10 – 17:45 Annual RSC Auction – Huw Williams
  • 17:45 – 18:30 Wine and group photograph
  • 19:30 – Buffet Dinner in Lant Suite
Saturday 25 April
  • 07:30 – 08:30 Breakfast (Terrace Room)
  • 09:00 – 17:30 Dealers tables open
  • 09:00 – 09:40 Rhodesia Propaganda Letters – Dave Trathen
  • 09:40 – 10:10 Paris Missionary Society – Sean Burke
  • 10:10 – 10:40 British Central Africa – Ian Cubbin
  • 10:40 – 11:00 Coffee/tea break
  • 11:00 – 11:45 From Limpopo to the Zambesi : History, Politics, and Ideology in 101 Stamps and Covers – Narendhra Morar
  • 11:45 – 12:30 Livermore Trophy (One Frame Competition) and Postcard (One Frame) Competition to be put up and competitors will have 5 minutes to talk to their entry (entries)
  • 12:30 – 14:00 Judging of competition entries
  • 12:30 – 14:00 Lunch available at Lant Bar
  • 14:00 – 14:40 An introduction to the Rhodesian and Zimbabwean Security Forces (1972 to 1982) – Richard Berry
  • 14:40 – 15:20 BSAC – A Different Perspective – Ian Shapiro
  • 15:20 – 16:00 Presentation by Peter Hickman
  • 16:00 – 16:15 Tea/coffee break
  • 16:15 – 16:45 Jim McNeil’s Giraffes – Anita McCullough
  • 16:45 – 17:00 A Couple of Revenue Items – Jefferson Ritson
  • 19:00 – 19:30 Chairman’s drinks reception
  • 19:30 – Conference Dinner (Lant Suite)
Sunday 26 April
  • 07:30 – 08:30 Breakfast
  • 09:00 – 13:00 Dealer’s tables open
  • 09:00 – 09:30 Discussion – Conference Format (moderated by Patrick Flanagan)
  • 09:30 – 09:45 Short presentation 1 (Brian Trotter)
  • 09:45 – 10:00 Short presentation 2 (John Shawley – BCA & Nyasaland)
  • 10:00 – 10:15 Short presentation 3 (Geoff Brakspear Encyclopaedia)
  • 10:15 – 10:30 Short presentation 4 (Patrick Flanagan revenues)
  • 10:30 – 10:45 Tea/coffee break
  • 10:45 – 11:00 Short presentation 5 (Ian Shapiro – Forthcoming Auctions at Spinks)
  • 11:00 – 11:15 Short presentation 6 (Christopher Cooksey)
  • 11:15 – 11:35 Short presentation 7 (Ronnie Winchester 4d Double Heads)
  • 11:35 – 11:55 Short presentation 8 (Derek Lambert – My Time in the Study Circle)
  • 11:55 – 12:10 Short presentation 9 (Adrian de Bourbon Aerogrammes)
  • 12:10 – 12:30 Short presentation 10
  • 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

1975 – Doctor Schweitzer Exhibition

Doctor Schweitzer Exhibition

14 January 1975

Albert Schweitzer(1875–1965) was an Alsatian polymath. He was a theologian, organist, writer, humanitarian, philosopher, and physician. A Lutheran, Schweitzer challenged both the secular view of Jesus as depicted by the historical-critical method current at this time, as well as the traditional Christian view. His contributions to the interpretation of Pauline Christianity concern the role of Paul’s mysticism of “being in Christ” as primary and the doctrine of Justification by Faith as secondary.

He received the 1952 Nobel Peace Prize for his philosophy of “Reverence for Life”, becoming the eighth Frenchman to be awarded that prize. His philosophy was expressed in many ways, but most famously in founding and sustaining the Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Lambaréné, in the part of French Equatorial Africa which is now Gabon. As a music scholar and organist, he studied the music of German composer Johann Sebastian Bach and influenced the Organ Reform Movement (Orgelbewegung).

In 1975, RHOBank hosted an exhibition celebrating his birth in both Salisbury and Bulawayo.

Post Cards

  • James Gavin


STAMPEX Autumn 2019

Autumn Stampex International is delighted to host The Postal Museum’s display of the associated philately, focusing on four major Airmail anniversaries.

They are delighted to announce that they have some new traders & some old favourites signed up for September Stampex including Art Stamped, Royal Mail, Mark Bloxham, The Royal Philatelic Society and The Postal Museum.


  • Date: 11th – 14th September, 2019
  • Location: Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 0QH.
  • Website: STAMPEX International


The Philatelic Traders’ Society is delighted to announce the launch of the Stampex Talks; a series of informal talks hosted by some of philately’s leading experts.

With two talks per day, at 11am and 2pm, the full schedule will be announced in due course with current speakers including Stamp Collector Magazine, The Royal Philatelic Society, Stanley Gibbons & The Philatelic Traders Society.

For more information: STAMPEX Talks




MILCOPEX is Wisconsin’s largest stamp show. In conjunction with the Philatelic Group of Greater Southern Africa (PSGSA), the show will celebrate the Pan-African Stamp Exhibition. It will also celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Christmas Philatelic Club.


On The Road – Introduction to the Seaposts

The American Philatelic Society will host its On the Road course on the day before the show. This course, taught by Gary Loew, will be Introduction to the Seaposts: Ship Letters, Packet Mail, Paquebots and More.

Gary is a specialist collector of Gambia and the 1935 Silver Jubilee issue. In addition to the APS course, he will be one of the speakers during the show.

The Six Triple Eight (documentary)

In February 1945, the U.S. Army sent 855 black women from the Women’s Army Air Corps (WACS) to England and France to clear the backlog of mail in the European Theater of Operations.

The 6888th Central Postal Directory Battallion , known as the Six Triple Eight, was the only all-black female battallion to serve in Europe in World War II.  Confronted with racism and sexism from their own leadership and troops, they served with honor and distinction completing their mission in six months.

By war’s end, the SixTripleEight had cleared over 17 million pieces of backlogged mail ensuring that troops stayed in touch with their loved ones back home.  The last of the women returned home in March 1946.  They were never fully recognized….until now.

Screening times to be announced – check the schedule of events at for days and times.

Other Talks/Events

General Africa
  • Polish Refugees in Africa, World War I – Regis Hoffman
  • Imperial Airways, England-Africa First Flights 1931-1932 – Walter Herdzik
East Africa
  • Allied Occupation of German East Africa, 1914-1920
  • Sudan – The Postal Stationery
  • Southern African Pioneers in World War II – Peter Thy
West Africa
  • Presenting BIAFRA, Printing and Plate Flaws and ALL – Van Siegling
South Africa
  • South Africa Revenues – 1st Issue
  • Postal Stationery: South Africa Republic 1869-1900
  • Orange Free State Overseas Letter Rates – 1868-UPU
  • Polish Refugees in Africa – Regis Hoffman
  • Stamps and Postal History of the British Colony of Natal – Keith Klugman
  • South African Airletters and Aerogrammes – Gary Brown
Central Africa
  • The Philately of Rhodesia and Nyasaland 1954-1964
  • The Registration Envelopes of the Bechuanalands
  • Northern Rhodesia to North America 1925-1954, and
  • A Typology of Botswana Meter Mark
  • Bechuanaland – Peter Thy
  • Fun with French Congo’s 1900 Pictorial Issue” – Ken Nilsestuen
General Philately
  • Create Your Own Specialised Catalogue Numbering System – Van Siegling
  • Stamps…Who Needs Them? Lessons Learned on the Development of Typologies and Cataloguing the Non-Stamped Postal History of Botswana. – Gordon Smith
  • Solving the Mystery of Specimen Stamp Irregular Blocks – Gary Loew
  • Expertizing: Why Every Stamp and Cover Collector Should Care – Gary Loew
  • HipStamp LIVE event



San Francisco

The 59th annual WESTPEX Stamp Show will be held in San Francisco, California.

Westpex is one of the premier shows in the USA and with its 300+ exhibit frames in open competition and one of the qualifying shows for the American Philatelic Society’s World Series of Philately competition.

Some of the societies helping celebrate this year include:


RSC Meeting

The Rhodesian Study Circle will be holding a gathering to celebrate WESTPEX 2019. Visitors are most welcome to attend.

  • Date: 26th April, 2019
  • Time: 3pm – 5pm
  • Location: Newport Beach Room

Please Contact Us to let us know if you are interested attending or if you have any questions.

Photo Gallery


London 2020

London 2020

Due to Coronavirus, London2020 has been postponed to February, 2022.

The London 2020 Specialised World Stamp Championship Exhibition will take place at the Business Design Centre between 2 and 9 May 2020. An international stamp exhibition is held in London every ten years, and London 2020 is set to attract collectors, enthusiasts and stamp professionals from around the world.

There will be 2,750 frames of competitive material  and the event will feature thousands of frames of stamp and postal history exhibits, bringing together some of the rarest and renowned collections from around the world.

As at London 2010 there will be a change-over of material in the frames after four days.

The competitive classes will be:

  • Championship
  • Traditional
  • Postal History
  • Aerophilately
  • Revenue
  • Postal Stationery
  • Thematic
  • Literature (including digital)
  • Open
  • Modern
  • Picture Postcards
  • Youth

This will be a true international exhibition, with over sixty countries having already appointed commissioners.


Hotel Bookings

London2020 has a Hotel booking agent up and running. More details available at

Rhodesian Study Circle Members Meeting

To register your interest in attending any RSC events, please Contact Us.

1935 – King George V Birthday Anniversary

King George V Birthday Anniversary

3rd June, 1935

George V (George Frederick Ernest Albert; 3 June 1865 – 20 January 1936) was King of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions, and Emperor of India, from 6 May 1910 until his death in 1936.

Born during the reign of his grandmother Queen Victoria, George was third in the line of succession behind his father, the Prince of Wales, and his own elder brother, Prince Albert Victor. From 1877 to 1891, George served in the Royal Navy, until the unexpected death of his elder brother in early 1892 put him directly in line for the throne.

On the death of his grandmother in 1901, George’s father became King-Emperor of the British Empire as Edward VII, and George was created Prince of Wales. He became king-emperor on his father’s death in 1910.



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