The British Postmark Society's latest publication is 'Krag Machine Postmarks of Great Britain & Ireland' by Paul T Carter, now available by mail order. For more details of this comprehensive work of reference about Krag stamp-cancelling machines and their postmarks, please see the 'Krag Book' page of our website.
The BPS exists to promote and to co-ordinate the study and collection of British postal markings, particularly of the 20th and 21st centuries, and the means and mechanisms by which they are applied, and to publish and disseminate the results of our studies. Our members' interests include hand and machine datestamps, slogan and special event postmarks, explanatory and instructional labels and markings, Post Office and Post & Go postage labels, Royal Mail SmartStamps and Online Postage indicia, and printed postage impressions of Royal Mail and other licensed postal operators.
The British Postmark Society (BPS) was founded on 1st January 1958, and thus celebrated its half-century in 2008. This Golden Jubilee was marked by a series of articles in our Journal, and by an article in Gibbons Stamp Monthly (November 2008) by Cyril Parsons, one of our founders. A series of articles by Cyril in GSM during 2009 charted the development of British postmarks over the last 50 years. Since 2010, BPS members have contributed several articles to Royal Mail's British Philatelic Bulletin.
The best general guide to our areas of study is the 8th Edition of 'Collect British Postmarks', which was published in late 2011 by Stanley Gibbons,
a successor to the 7th Edition published in 1997 by the British
Postmark Society - itself based on the work of the late Dr J T Whitney.
This is a general guide to the study and collecting of British
Postmarks from 1661 to the present. A new edition is expected to be published in December 2013.
The next BPS meeting will be on 22nd February 2014 at 12.30pm. The BPS AGM and Annual Competition will be held at Spring Stampex, and all members and propsective members will be welcome. Stampex takes place at the Business Design Centre, Upper Street, Islington, LONDON, N1 0QH - near Angel Underground Station.
Page updated 27th September 2013
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