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+++ Next Meeting is the Study Group Weekend at Faringdon - 11th - 13th March 2016 +++ Falkland Islands Birds of Prey released 13th January 2016 +++

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The next meeting will be the:

11th - 13th March Study Group Weekend at Faringdon
 
A meeting is a great way to meet fellow members of the Study Group, ask questions about your collection and view other displays of Falkland Islands material. You don't have to show anything yourself! There is also normally an opportunity to buy and sell. Why not take the plunge and attend a meeting? Details on the events page

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New Upland Goose - Another Falkland Islands Philatelic Study Group Monograph
 
For Study Group members the first Upland Goose journal of 2016 should be arriving in early February. This will also include (for those who take it) the auction catalogue for the Study Group weekend. The weekend meeting is a week earlier than usual, so you will have to turn postal bids around fairly quickly to ensure they are with the auctioneer for the auction day.
 
In addition, a new monograph, written by Nigel Kaye,  will be delivered with the Upland Goose. The subject is censorship of mail to and from the Islands and Dependencies in World War II, and is packed with 64 pages of colour illustrations and important new information of how civilian censorship was carried out in the islands. The monograph also looks at how the military arrived in the Islands and developed their camps and military censorship. 
 
We hope that Study Group members enjoy this latest addition to our series of monographs. Members can look forward to another new monograph later in 2016, which will be another high quality offering.
 
We would like to thank Grosvenor Philatelic Auctions for their generous sponsorship of this monograph, which allows us to produce it in full colour free within the membership subscription.
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Royal Visit to the Fox Bay Post Office Museum
 
On 21 January 2016 HRH the Princess Royal and her husband Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence visited the Fox Bay Post Office Museum. The Princess Royal inaugurated the recently erected old Pillar Box (with the Royal Cypher of her great great grandfather King Edward VII) by posting the first piece of mail into it.
 
Both the Princess Royal and her husband signed the visitors book of the Museum and they were very interested in the displays in the Museum and all the work that has been put into the renovation of the entire building, which is the oldest remaining Post Office building in the Falkland Islands. The whole visit was framed by beautiful sunny and warm weather, and was thoroughly enjoyed by everybody.
 
A cachet had been made for the event and special covers have been produced to commemorate the visit. These covers will be for sale through the FIPSG (Falkland Islands Philatelic Study Group) and all proceeds will go to the FIPSG Stefan Heijtz Research Fund, which offers financial support for research and publication within Falkland Islands philately.

(photos © Government House F I)

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The Study Group at New York 2016 Stamp Show
 

By Mark A. Butterline, Carl Faulkner and Alan Barasch  

The next international stamp show to be held in the United States will be the New York 2016 World Stamp Show.  It is scheduled for May 28 to June 4, 2016 at the Jacob K.  Javits Convention Center (a.k.a. Javits Center) in New York City.  Plans for FIPSG’s activities at the show are now well advanced.  We will share a large society booth with our sister societies, the St. Helena, Ascension, and Tristan da Cunha Philatelic Society (SHATPS) and the Pitcairn Islands Study Group (PISG).  This arrangement is similar to what we had at the Washington 2006 show.    By the time you read this a call for volunteers to help staff the booth will be issued.  Contact Mark Butterline to volunteer (email below).  The joint booth will provide an almost unique opportunity for FIPSG members to meet and talk with other members (outside of the UK anyway), as well as a place to rest and relax during the show. 


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In addition to the booth, FIPSG will be staging The Falkland Lectures at the show.  At present our speaker list includes: Malcolm Barton, Stefan Heijtz, Hugh Osborne, Kim Stuckey, and Mike Roberts (a lineup that is rarely duplicated outside the UK).  The session will be held Monday, May 30th (American Memorial Day) at 1PM in Room 1E15.  It will be followed at 6:30PM by a group dinner held at a nearby location, yet to be determined. Check the FIPSG website for the latest information.

The hotel blocks for the New York 2016 are still open.  This means you can make hotel reservations for the show at special show rates. Just go to www.ny2016.org.  The show organizers have arranged deals at 27 hotels at show rates range from $99/night (at the Wyndham Garden Hotel Newark) to $359/night (at the Waldorf Astoria).  Additional lodging and travel advice for the show can be found in the previous issue (Winter issue) of the Upland Goose.

So if you haven’t done so yet, please do make your plans to attend ASAP.  The show will be unlike any other stamp show held in the USA since Washington 2006.  The number of dealers, postal administrations, exhibits, and meetings will be many times that of any other annual stamp show held in the United States, including the large annual APS StampShow that is staged every August.  Visitors will also have the opportunity to explore Manhattan during Memorial Day week.  This will more than occupy the interests of accompanying stampless/Falkland-indifferent family members.     

Let us know if you have any questions or if we can provide any assistance.  Our emails are mbutterli at gmail.com, cfaulkner at taconicwilliamstown.com and alan at mophil.org (email addresses replace "at" with "@"  - changed here to avoid spamming!).We look forward to meeting all FIPSG members at the show.

Regional Meetings Calendar for 2016
 
As the new calendar may well be sitting on your desk or in the kitchen, here are the confirmed dates for Study Group regional meetings for 2016.
 
NOTE - UPDATED EASTERN MEETING DATE - NOW 4th SEPTEMBER
 
Scottish Congress - Perth (FIPSG Stand) 15/16 April
 
South West - Stockland, Devon - Sunday 15th May
 
Swinpex - Swindon (FIPSG Stand and meeting with PPHSGB) Saturday 11th June
 
Eastern Meeting - Galleywood - Sunday 4th September
 
Northern meeting - Gildersome - Saturday 24th September
 
Southern Meeting - TBC
 
Scottish Meeting - Murrayfield - Saturday 12th November
 
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Falkland Islands Issue - Birds of Prey

 

Technical Details:

 

Designers:eorgina Strange

 

 

Printer: BDT International Security Printing

 

Process: Lithography

 

Perforation: 14 per 2cms

 

Stamp size: 30.56 x 38 mm

 

Sheet Layout: 10

 

Release date: 13 January 2016

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Falklands Display at Royal Philatelic Society London
     
Congratulations to Mike Roberts who promoted Falkland Islands postal history with a 12 frame display plus 45 minute presentation of Falkland Islands Postal History 1827-1945 to 105 fellows, members and guests at the Royal Philatelic Society in London on 26th November.
 
Mike produced a 64 page writeup of his display and has generously allowed the Study Group to publish an edited version as a monograph in the near future. 
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Falkland Islands Issue - Clouds

 

Technical Details:

 

Designers: Ian Strange (photographs by Ian and Georgina Strange)

 

 

Printer: BDT International Security Printing

 

Process: Lithography

 

Perforation: 14 per 2cms

 

Stamp size: 51.46 x 30 mm

 

Sheet Layout: 10

 

Release date: 9 December 2015

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South Georgia Issue - Biodiversity

 

Technical Details:


Designers: Bee Design (photographs by Martin Collins, Christoph Held & Alastair Wilson)

 

 

Printer: BDT International Security Printing

 

Process: Stochastic Lithography

 

Perforation: 14 per 2cms

 

Stamp size: 25.73 x 21 mm

 

Sheet Layout: 10

 

Release date: 21 December 2015

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Falkland Islands Issue - 20th Anniversary of Elephant Seal Research Group

 

Technical Details:

 

Designers: Bee Design (photographs by ESRG)

 

Printer: Cartor Security Printing

 

Process: Lithography

 

Perforation: 13 1/4 x 13 per 2cms

 

Stamp size: 38 x 30.6 mm

 

Sheet Layout: 10 (5 se tenant pairs)

 

Release date: 30 November 2015

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New Postal rates for Falkland Islands, BAT and South Georgia from 1st January 2016
     
Attached are details of the new postal rates effective 1st January 2016. Some interesting rates will be possible!
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An interesting War Stamp Variety
     
Thanks to Roger Mazillius for showing an interesting War Stamp variety. The type has moved in the frame, leaving a gap between STA and MP on a line perf example. Any more of these spotted by our collectors?
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Anther Taster for the Grosvenor - John Murdock Sale 11th November
 
Thanks to Grosvenor, they have given us another early preview of some lots:
 
Lot 5003 The Joseph Beale or "tempest in a Teapot" entire 1854 headed USSS Germantown/Falkland Islads to his wife with a Mystic River receiver
 
Lot 5025 - Registered Bisect cover official envelope addressed by W.A. Harding to Yorkshire. Barton J11.
 
Lot 5175 - 1977 Airmail envelope from Fox Bay with blacked out first flight special cachet, only commercial mail treated thus.
 
Lot 5231 - South Georgia cover carrying marginal 2/6d and 5/- both second printing, the 5/- being the black and yellow-orange
 
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Grosvenor Auctions - John Murdock Sale 11th November
 
The Grosvenor November 11th (2pm) sale follows on from the recent Bryant  Rose sale with some exceptional stamps and postal history.
 
Here are some examples of the lots:
 
Lot 5001 The Earliest Known Letter from the Falkland Islands. Entire headed "Falkland islands / the 15th February 1800 and addressed to Major Thomas Millen / Hopkinton / Massachussetts / North America by one of his sons.
 
Lot 5004 - Black Frank dated October 1st 1873, on an official envelope to William M. Dawson. Barnes 6/73.
 
Lot 5026 - The largest known multiple of the Surcharged 1d Claret - the mint block of sixteen, one (R 2/2) with lower surcharge missing
 
Lot 5072 - War Stamp Third overprinting with variety overprint double.
 
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New FI Stamps Website    
 
With thanks to Stefan Heijtz for the information, the new Falkland Islands Philatelic Bureau has been launched. FI stamps have been brought screaming into the internet age with (at last!) the ability to order items from the website. 
 
The website address is www.falklandstamps.com 
 
First impressions are that the website looks crisp and modern. Do take a look and please let the UG editor know any feedback on the site and your shopping experience!
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Grosvenor Auctions - Bryant Rose Sale
 
The Grosvenor September 24th sale majors on the exceptional collection formed by Bryant  Rose, stamps and covers from the reigns of Queen Victoria to King George VI with many rarities including  Black and Red Frank covers. With lots from other vendors, there will be 600+ lots of Falklands and Antarctica material
 
Here are some examples of the lots:
 
Lot 1628 - 1901 Government House envelope to USA. One of three known covers showing the rare Government House Recd marking.
 
Lot 1790 - 1921 wrapper to Percy Creaghe, donor of the Tristan da Cunha Type II cachet
 
Lot 1905 - Outlying Residents Postage Due block of 4 from G A Cobb, Bleaker Island
 
Lot 1909 - Previously unrecorded block of 4 3/- green overprinted 4/6 Social Security Stamps
 
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Falkland Islands Issue - Britain's Longest Reigning Monarch

 

Technical Details:

 

Designers: Andrew Robinson

 

Printer: BDT International Security Printing

 

Process: Lithography

 

Perforation: 14 per 2cms

 

Stamp size: 42.58 x 28.45 mm

 

Sheet Layout: 10

 

Release date: 9 September 2015

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South Georgia Issue - Britain's Longest Reigning Monarch

 

Technical Details:

 

Designers: Andrew Robinson

 

Printer: BDT International Security Printing

 

Process: Lithography

 

Perforation: 14 per 2cms

 

Stamp size: 42.58 x 28.45 mm

 

Sheet Layout: 10

 

Release date: 9 September 2015

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Falkland Islands Issue - Magellanic Penguins, Predators and Prey

 

Technical Details:

 

Designers: Tony Chater

 

Printer: BDT International Security Printing

 

Process: Lithography

 

Perforation: 14 per 2cms

 

Stamp size: 30.56 x 38 mm

 

Sheet Layout: 50 (2 x 25)

 

Release date: 21 August 2015

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Falkland Islands Issue - Magna Carta

 

Technical Details:

 

Designers: Derek Miller

 

Printer: BDT International Security Printing

 

Process: Lithography

 

Perforation: 14 per 2cms

 

Stamp size: 42.58 x 28.45 mm

 

Sheet Layout: 20 (2 x 10)

 

Release date: 15 June 2015

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Falkland Islands Issue - Colour In Nature IV

 

Technical Details:

 

Designers: Ian J. Strange & Georgina Strange

 

Photographs:  Georgina Strange & Ian J. Strange of Design In Nature

 

Printer: BDT International Security Printing

 

Process: Lithography

 

Perforation: 14 per 2cms

 

Stamp size: 51.46 x 30mm

 

Sheet Layout: 10 (5 se-tenant pairs)

 

Release date: 12 May 2015

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Dates for Your Diary - Grosvenor Auctions with Falklands Material
 
The Grosvenor June 3rd British Empire & Foreign Countries sale will contain a small offering of Falkland Islands including some Q.E.II varieties and a Dependencies Thin Map 2d. ‘double map’.
 
However, the next specialised Falkland Islands &  Antarctica section will be presented in the auction on September 24th and will include the exceptional collection formed by Bryant  Rose, stamps and covers from the reigns of Queen Victoria to King George VI with many rarities including  Black and Red Frank covers.
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FOX BAY POST OFFICE MUSEUM OPENED ON 8 MARCH 2015 - REPORT

Some 40-50 people, including many children, as well as Falklands Radio, attended the official opening of the Fox Bay Post Office Museum on 8 March. At one stage the Museum was so full that there was hardly any space to move, but we all went into the house for refreshments and it was possible for everybody to enjoy the display of old maps and prints of the Falklands as well.

The Museum is primarily, but not exclusively, showing the history of the Post Office at Fox Bay, and the displays include a counter with postal artefacts, the old wooden rack of mail boxes, mail bags, the old Post Office safe, as well as information about and pictures of old postmarks and letters sent from Fox Bay from 1899 onwards.

One of the more remarkable discoveries was a part impression of one of the old Fox Bay postmarks (FB.2 or FB.3) on one of the floor boards in the Old Post Office!

We want to thank everybody who came along and made this a special day for us all, and it showed that our efforts in restoring the house and the Old Post Office was appreciated.

Stefan Falkland Heijtz & Hugh Osborne
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South Georgia - ­Ships, Scientists and Explorers

Technical Details

Designer: Andrew Robinson

Printer: BDT International

 

Process: Stochastic lithography

 

Perforation: 14 per 2cms

 

Stamp size: 28.45 x 42.58mm

 

Sheet Layout: 10

 

Release date: 5 January, 2015

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