New item on ZOOM meeting agenda

Ask the Expert!

Do you have a question? Need some advice on your chosen subject, a cover, a stamp. Perhaps you are looking for some background information, a bit of history, improve your knowledge of an item in your collection.

This is not an expertising offer but a chance to get some answers to a question that has been puzzling you.

As a NEW item on our regular BSRP Zoom meeting agenda, “Ask the Expert!’, if we find the information you require we will:

1. Share your enquiry with fellow society members ahead of the next advertised Zoom meeting, and

2. We will reveal the answer LIVE at the meeting.

We will try our best to answer every enquiry, but cannot of course guarantee an outcome. Should we fail we can however, try and refer you to other sources that might be able to help.

All enquiries welcome.

Contact: send a pm via Facebook or email [email protected]

BSRP Zoom meetings 2021

First ZOOM meeting – 14 March at 7.30pm GMT

1. Ivo Steijn – Postmarks of the Crimea and some postal history

2. Howard Weinert – Sakhalin

3. Neil Ritchie – WW1 censor marks of Vladivostok and surrounding area 1914-1920

Zoom meeting – 11 April 2021 at 7.30pm (BST)

1. Gilbert Rios – Use of paper-seals and free-frank mails in the Imperial Russian Post: positioning and scope

Now retired, Gilbert was Professor and Head of the Chemical Engineering Department, School of Chemistry, University of Montpellier, involved for over 15 years in various research programs for the European Commission and UNESCO.
His main interests are in postal history, primarily Imperial Russia, but also pre-1900’s Swiss philately and German private post and the old states.

His Imperial Russia current interest is in the somewhat unfamiliar subjects, such as free-frank mails and paper seals, or volost post offices, while continuing to complete his collection on zemstvo posts and others more classical topics.

2. Maxime J. Citerne – Three journeys through Imperial Russia, and beyond

Maxime works in the medical field in Frankfurt, Germany and has recently added a new activity – a professional philatelist.

A member of BSRP for 12 years now, Maxime was introduced by a former president Terry Page. Collecting since his youth, his areas of interests are mainly Russian & Soviet philately (with an emphasis on Postal History), philatelic expertizing and ancient numismatics.

Zoom meeting – 9 May 2021 at 7.30 BST

1. Ivo Steijn – Azerbaijan, the (re)birth of a new nation, 1992-1994

2. Joseph Taylor – Allied intervention in Russia 1918-1921

Joseph is retired and living in New Haven, USA. Joe joined the BSRP in 2018, contributing an article entitled ‘Allied Intervention in North Russia’ based on an original article in Rossica Journal No. 116, April 1991. which appeared in the 2020 Special Edition No. 110 of the British Journal of Russian Philately.

Joseph has been collecting stamps since April 1964. He started his collection of Allied Intervention in Russia in March of 1981; many of the items from his collection he purchased at two New York City annual stamp shows.

3. Neil Ritchie – An introduction to the WW1 censor marks of Finland

Zoom meeting on 13 June 2021 at 7.30 (BST)

1. Dr Vitaly Geyfman – The very little known 1919 provisional issue from the town of Gdov

Dr Vitaly Geyfman is a practicing physician specializing in Cardiology and Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Born in Arkhangelsk, Russia, Dr. Geyfman had exposure to philately from early childhood through his father, an avid stamp collector of Russia and USSR, but picked up the hobby while in medical school. Vitaly is a life member of American Philatelic Society (APS) as well as an active member of Rossica Society of Russian Philately and Lithuanian Philatelic Society (LPS). He is a leading expert in Lithuanian Philately, including WW2 German occupation of the area for the LPS. Over the last several years he has published over a dozen articles in different philatelic journals, including The Journal of Lithuanian Philately (USA), PhilLit Journal (Lithuania), Rossica Journal (USA) and The American Philatelist.

2. Ivo Steijn – Paid in cash

3. Magnus Cameron – An Introduction to the Shahiv Issue and Me!

Magnus is a student from Leeds, UK. He has been collecting Ukraine, Russia and Eastern Europe in general since 2016 but more recently his interests have been piqued specifically towards Ukraine’s early period of independence and famine within the Soviet Union. A thematic interest of his in the 1940 Olympics has also recently begun a study of WWII Finnish field post and censor marks. He very much looks forward to exploring further and learning more about philately in Eastern Europe as a member of the society.

No meeting in July

Zoom meeting 8 August 2021 at 7.30 PM BST

1. Neil Ritchie – Moscow Metro – history, construction, design and stamps

2.Terry Page – The Volost Postmarks of the Cherdyn Zemstvo post, and Birsk District. From Zemstvo to Soviet (a mini display)

Terry has been a member of BSRP since 1970. He served as President between 2001 and 2011, and for some 20 years (until Covid) took responsibility for organising the annual London meetings at the Union Jack Club. He is interested in the whole field of Russian philately but currently specialises exclusively in zemstvo postal history and postal stationery. Terry has exhibited internationally, gaining a Large Vermeil medal at London 2000 and a gold at the Copenhagen “Hafnia” exhibition in 2003. In 2011 he was awarded the Tilleard Medal by the RPSL for the best all-day display given to the Royal during that year.

Zoom meeting – 22 September 2031 at 7.30pm GMT

1. Ivo Steijn – Russian mail abroad before the UPU: stranger and stranger

‘the further back you go, the more unfamiliar Russian mail abroad gets as we lose more and more familiar features’

Zoom meeting – 10 October 2021 at 7.30pm (BST)

A members evening, a question and answer session where we invited everyone to show an item or two each.

Zoom meeting – 14 November 2021 at 7.30 GMT

1. Simon Horecký – Postal Hitory of Volga German Republic

Born in 1993, graduated in 2019 with a degree in International Relations, History and Politics. Specialising in history and politics of Czechoslovakia, and Eastern Europe region in the 20th century. Currently working in the family real estate business. Redactor and member of the board of the Czecho-Slovak Society of Russian Philately. Interest in Russia/Soviet postal history up until 1960 with particular interest in items connected with WW2.

No Zoom meeting in December 2021

BSRP ZOOM meetings 2022

BSRP Monthly Zoom meeting
13 February 2022

1. Ivo Steijn -Exponentia growth: how Ukraine’s postal stationery got out of hand

Ivo Steijn is a regular contributor to our Zoom meetings and his professional and informative presentations have been very well received. Ivo works as a director for a bank in California and lives in Los Angeles. His collecting interests include Crimean postmarks, Siberian postal history of the Civil War period, and various post-Soviet states like Azerbaijan, Ukraine and Turkmenistan. He has been a BSRP member since the late 19th century (only a slight exaggeration!) and has fond memories of the meetings at the Union Jack Club, back when he still lived in the Netherlands.

2. Robin Joseph – An analytical study of a letter of state sent on 4th May 1545 from Alfonso D’Avalos D’Aquino, Marquis Del Vasto in Pavia to Imperial Tax Collectors in Milan. The display is as far from normal philately as it is possible to get! Exhibited at STOCKHOLMIA 2019

“Hon. Life Member of BSRP. Probably the longest serving member of the Society ! A member for 60 years, I joined the Society officially when I was 18 in 1961 – but first attended meetings when I was 17.

For 25 years I was an Officer of the BSRP, firstly as Auditor, then as Treasurer and Librarian, then Editor of the Journal and also at various times Bulletin Editor, Journal Reprinter in Chief, the Society’s Printer (for the 1916 Post Office List , 1877 and 1878 Postal Statistics etc.etc.) and compiler of the 1st Cumulative Combined Index to English Language Journals on Russian Philately.

I also wrote a number of articles for the Journal and an article for Philatelica Fennica. My primary collecting interests are Russia and Latvia , but I also collect, inter alia, Italian Courier Mail of 15th and 16th Centuries , Sardinian Cavallinis, Banknotes of the Western Army and, of course, Rocket Engines (Rolls Royce RZ2 Engines for the Blue Streak Rocket)”

BSRP ZOOM MEETING, Sunday 13 March 2022

1. Hans-Günther Grigoleit – The development of the postal system in Georgia after 1991. The influence of stamp dealers
Born June 1942. Studied medicine at Goethe-University, Frankfurt/Main, Germany. Licenced as medical doctor. MD at the German Embassy in Turkey 1970-72. From 1973 employee of a globally operating German pharmaceutical company, with responsibilities for two years in each of the US and China. 1997 retirement and consultant to the pharmaceutical industry. Since 1993 I have had the chance to visit Georgia from time to time and started to collect Georgian postal material. Now I am free to use some of my time for philatelic excursions into Transcaucasia and especially Georgia.

3. Bernard Furnon – A new discovery of Alatyr Zemstvo
Retired officer of the French navy. I live half time in Russia (Moscow) and in France (Avignon). My main collecting interests are Zemstvo philately and Imperial Russia. Expert AIEP for Ze kimstvo philately. Member of BSRP and various other societies related to Russian philately. Life member of the Union of philatelists of Russia.

BSRP MEETING SUNDAY 10 APRIL 2022 at 7.30 pm

1. Neil Ritchie – Japanese intervention into Russia end of WW1

I’m a retired Architect living in Sheffield UK. My collecting interests include WW1 Russian and Finnish censorship marks, Allied Intervention into Russia, WW2 Pictorial Soviet Fieldpost stationery, Latvian Ruble period 1918-1922, Poland (mainly 1944-45 plus a few other periods). In addition, I have put together a collection of WW1 Canadian Military 1914-1919 from mobilization, the first contingent, the western front, Canadian military railways in France and finishing with their part in the Allied Intervention into Russia. I own an undeveloped collection of the Spanish Civil War and I am the editor of the Spanish Study Circle magazine “Espana”, in spite of knowing very little about Spanish Philately, but it’s a quick way to learn. I was introduced about ten years ago to the BSRP by Edward Klempka and managed to attend some of the pre-Covid London meetings.

2. Gilbert Rios – Factory cancellations in the Imperial Russia – A new investigation area

Now retired, Gilbert was Professor, Head of the Chemical Engineering Department at the School of Chemistry of the University of Montpellier and Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (London). He worked actively for more than 15 years in various research programs for the European Commission and UNESCO. His main interests are in postal history of Imperial Russia (and to a lesser extent, pre-1900’s Swiss philately or German old states).

Zoom meeting Sunday 8 May 2022

1. lvo Steijn – Postal forgeries of the first Russian
definitives, 1992-1999

BSRP ZOOM MEETING – Sunday, 10 July 2022

1. Robin Joseph – 1) ‘Mir Iskusstva’ (Russian World of Art Movement) 2) The British Military Mission to Latvia 1920 : Location and 3) Soviet Clandestine Mail Surveillance, including new developments.

2. Neil Ritchie – WW1 Censorship updates

Next meeting Sunday 11 September 2022 at 7.30pm British Summer Time.