NEXT MEETING – 11 APRIL AT 7.30PM (BST)

PROGRAM

1. Introduction by host, President of BSRP, Neil Ritchie

2. 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.

3. Jim Ramsden – Mascot of the 1980 Moscow Olympics

Retired, age 74 Jim spent his working life as a proofreader, principally with the Sydney Morning Herald. Born in London he migrated with his parents to Australia in 1955 as what was known colloquially as a “ten pound Pom”, a reference to the assisted passage scheme then in force. His membership of the Society stems from that background.

Jim has dabbled in philately for about ten years now, his most treasured item is a five shilling green 1932 Harbour Bridge CTO issue, but ‘there was always a lingering interest in things Russian’.

4. 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.

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