09 July 2019
The Great Britain Philatelic Society recently bid farewell to 41 Devonshire Place when their meeting was held at the RPSL, a venue which has hosted the group for many years.
Members were treated to two superb displays when President, John Davies, FRPSL presented The Future of Philately in Great Britain and a past President, Chris Harman, RDP, HONFRPSL followed with The Work of Perkins Bacon – Great Britain and the British Colonies.
Both displays showed a wide range of items. John covered the promotion of philately over the years displaying both philatelic and related items, in addition to his assessment of the position of our hobby nowadays.
Chris described the work done by Perkins Bacon from 1819 when the company established itself as printers of bank notes and other security documents for many banks worldwide.
Having won the contract for printing British stamps in 1840 the company went on to print the first stamps of British Colonies and these were on display together with revenue stamps, essays and proofs that are rarely seen, and for the stamps of most Colonies.