Postcard showing workmen on the Transbaikal Railway (1912) – Terry Tompkins

Russia 1912, postcard showing workmen on the Transbaikal Railway
The 4 kop. stamp is cancelled with a double oval Irkutsk Vokzal railway station postmark and is dated 8.10.12. The postcard is addressed to Theophile Piry, in Paris. He was the first Director General of the Imperial Chinese Post & Customs, circa 1900-1910, and later became Postmaster General of the Imperial Chinese Post Office.

NEXT ZOOM MEETING – 9 MAY AT 7.30 BST

PROGRAM
1. Introduction by host, President of BSRP, Neil Ritchie
2 Ivo Steijn – Azerbaijan, the (re)birth of a new nation, 1992-1994
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.
3. 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.
4. Neil Ritchie – An introduction to the WW1 censor marks of Finland
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 Kempla and managed to attend some of the pre-Covid London meetings .

ZOOM meeting Sunday 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
3. Maxime J. Citerne – Three journeys through Imperial Russia, and beyond
4. Neil Ritchie – An introduction to the WW1 censor marks of Finland
Dial in details sent to members in individual emails and also available on the Forum on this website.
Our May meeting will be on Sunday 9 May at 7.30pm BST.

GEORGIA 1917-1923 – POSTAL HISTORY by Hans Grigoleit and Edward Klempka CALLING ALL MEMBERS

35 hard copies of complimentary book ‘Georgia 1917-1923 – Postal History by Hans Grigoleit and Edward Klempka available to members on a first-come-first-served basis.

Due for publication on 15 April 2021, all members of the BSRP will receive a PDF copy of the book. If you would like a hard copy, please get in touch as soon as possible via messenger or email to [email protected]

OUR FIRST ZOOM MEETING – DETAILS

OUR FIRST ZOOM MEETING – DETAILS

Something new for most of us, an online meeting.
Please dial in and together lets all learn as we go along!
Our first meeting will be on SUNDAY 14 MARCH AT 7.30PM GMT
(time zone converter will tell you what time it is, local time)
AGENDA
1. Address and welcome by Neil Ritchie, President BSRP
2. Ivo Steijn – Postmarks of the Crimea and some postal history
3. Howard Weinert – Sakhalin
4. Neil Ritchie – WW1 censor marks of Vladivostok and surrounding area 1914-1920
DIAL IN DETAILS SENT BY EMAIL TO ALL MEMBERS,
ALSO IN MEMBERS FORUM
LOOKING FORWARD TO ‘MEETING YOU’ on the 14th.
A date for your diary
The APRIL meeting will be on the 11 APRIL AT 7.30PM (GMT)
 
Robin Calvert

Robin Calvert

We are saddened to announce the passing of Robin Calvert who died on Monday 27th January.  Robin, who was in his nineties, had been a member of the Society for many years and was a regular participant at our annual London meetings. A gentleman of the “old school”, he was always extremely modest about his philatelic knowledge and each year had to be pressed to display some of his interesting (usually Zemstvo related) items. Nevertheless he invariably surprised us all with a meticulous and proactive approach to his subject.

We will miss him!

Terry Page