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A new paper is now available
Tientsin British Post Office Datestamps
This paper updates the available information and classification of
the Tientsin B.P.O. date stamps. Varieties and forgery are shown
and a scarcity guide is also provided.
by Chris Norton
Chairman of Hong Kong Study Circle 1987 to 2016
We are very saddened to learn of the death of Mick Goldsmith on the 8th July this year. Mick was born, raised, and lived his entire life in northwest London. At school he excelled at science and mathematics, enjoyed sports, especially rugby and cricket, and gained a Chemistry degree at university. Mick joined his father, Herbert, working at City of London auctioneers, which held auctions twice a month. Smoke filled rooms were the norm in those days. This gave Mick access to much material, and helped him form his Hong Kong collection, which was very strong in QV postal history. After fifteen years, in 1985, Mick joined Argyll Etkin and was often seen at their stand when participating at industry functions such as Stampex.
Mick joined the Hong Kong Study Circle in 1971 and, after serving on the Committee and then as Assistant Secretary and Exchange Packet Secretary, he became Chairman in 1987, stepping down in 2016 when he could no longer attend meetings. If anyone deserved a 'Lifetime's Service Award' for their contribution to the Study Circle it was Mick. Mick was a mine of philatelic information, and his knowledge on QV and Wei Hai Wei material was second to none, and gave inspiration to many. He produced many articles and publications. Mick often had an opinion on a particular subject, and had little reluctance to state it, as quite a few of us found out.
Mick was keen on D.I.Y. and gardening, greatly enjoyed Monty Python, but unfortunately developed Parkinson's back in 1994, and this was a prime cause of his untimely death at the age of 68.
Mick is survived by Andy, Tim, Linda, and his wife, Jane, whom he met in the early 1970s.
Hong Kong Franked Covers of the Queen Victoria Period
by Air Commodore Richard Gurevitch
Hong Kong Study Circle's esteemed member Air Commodore Richard Gurevitch has published his new book titled
'Hong Kong Franked Covers of the Queen Victoria Period'.
This excellent 400-page hardback book, in A4 format, is a major extension of the annex
in Volume 2 of Richard's book 'Hong Kong Queen Victoria Postal Adhesives' published in
2001, which was updated in various annual journals of the Hong Kong Philatelic Society.
Almost 4,800 covers are listed, with detailed information, in chronological order and
there are more than 225 pages of selected illustrations, with further information on
applicable postal rates, included in this comprehensive study of the covers of the
Queen Victoria era. The annexes to the book contain summaries of the earliest recorded
dates of usage of individual QV adhesives and the number of covers bearing a particular
value (thus giving an idea of rarity) as well as a bibliography.
The book is available directly from Richard; the costs are AU$ 80 or HK$ 500 + postage
(approximately £45 + postage) payable in either AU$ or HK$. Postage from Australia is
quite high as it is a heavy book, weighing 1.65kg, but it may be possible for members
to club together thus reducing this cost.
Please contact Richard by email at rgurevitchhotmail.com if you would like to purchase
a copy of this major addition to the references for Hong Kong and Treaty Port philately
and postal history.
Many thanks and congratulations to Richard for his tremendous effort and his kind
donation of a copy of his book to the Hong Kong Study Circle library.
January 2018 - Updated
Questions & Answers - New Item
HKSC Meeting in Hong Kong
on Sunday 8th April 2018
Further details on
Fake / Forgery of Hiogo D30 Obliterator
Hong Kong Philatelic Society has recently reported a number of
high quality forgeries of the Hiogo D30 obliterator fetching high prices in internet auctions.
Dr. Andrew Cheung has recorded 5 instances of these fakes in 2017.
To help collectors spot these forgeries, Neill Granger and
Dr. Andrew Cheung have kindly given their permission for us
to make available their article on the D30 Obliterator. It is available in the
Papers section and is NOT restricted to members only.
This article was originally published in the Hong Kong Philatelic Society Journal No. 18 in 2014.
Forthcoming Sales of Members' Collections in December
John Bull Auction of 9-12 December includes the
Collection consisting of 327 lots.
Lot 7138 - 1935 (May 6) Hong Kong KGV Silver Jubilee
illustrative FDC (Yang C2), registered to London. VF-F.
The second part of Nick Halewood’s King George VI definitive collection and
Philippe Orsetti’s award-winning Japanese Occupation of Hong Kong collection,
along with other studies from him, are included in the
Hong Kong section of
Interasia’s December 4-7 auction.
|Lot 4217 - Prewar Printings : 1938
K.G.VI 10c. bright violet Requisition V block of four with plate
||Lot 4556 - Detained Mail : 1941 (6 Dec.) Cover to Ontario
with "Detained in Hong Kong/by Japanese" and
"Passed/by/Censor/136" military censor h.s.
Study Circle Publications For Sale
Last few remaining, first come first served.
|A Study of
Hong Kong Definitives:
King Edward VII
King George V
|Hong Kong Airmails
|Hong Kong Airmails
|By Nick Halewood
|by Duncan Crewe
||by Nick Halewood
|Members' Price £10
incl. surface postage
£15 for the Airmails set incl. UK postage
overseas postage extra
|Contents pages and sample pages available
|Please contact our
member Nick Burrell
if you wish to make a purchase|
A Bit of Good News
We are happy to report that our Vice President (North America),
Ingo Nessel, has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Philatelic Society.
Many congratulations to Ingo - thoroughly well deserved.
The 'zoom' facility has now been added to all the exhibits.
This allows you to magnify items in the display so that they may be examined in
greater detail. See
Journal Archives System
Further back issues of journals have been added to the system.
Journal articles available online now are from Journal Nos. 256 to 311
(Dec. 1985 to Oct. 1999).
United States Naval Hong Kong Markings
Thank you Philippe.
New Member's Exhibit
Air Cdre Richard Gurevitch's
Hong Kong: Postal Issues of the Queen Victoria Period
Many thanks to Richard.
Note - For an experiment, we have added a zoom facility to this exhibit so that varieties can
be viewed in greater detail. Feedback on this most welcomed as are any suggestions on how the system
can be improved.
Questions & Answers - Two New Items
#9 - Why are there different parcel post frankings?
#10 - Hong Kong Paid (type 14a) used as arrival marking?
Questions and Answers
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR MEMBERS
At the AGM in November 2016 it was agreed that we should trial hosting back issues
of journals alongside a computerised journal index on the website. For this trial
we have used an index covering Jns. 256 to 311 (Dec. 1985 to 1999) and currently 9½ years
of journals from this period has been put online.
The first prototype from the trial is available here
Journal Index and Archives
It was also agreed that access to contents
contained in the Journal Archives, Exhibits and Papers
sections of the website should be restricted to members only.
To achieve this a member’s login has
Members need to email firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain their
login username and initial password.
A new monograph is now available
Red Cross Envelopes during the Japanese Occupation of Hong Kong
by Philippe Orsetti
the members' Papers
Seven more exhibits have been added, they are -
Hong Kong KGVI 1938-52
Hong Kong QEII 1954-62 Definitive Issues
Dr Andrew Cheung's
British Treaty Port Post Offices in China
British Treaty Port Post Offices in Japan
The Hong Kong Circular Datestamps 1893 - 1941
The Hong Kong 1953 Coronation Issue
Hong Kong King George VI 8 cents
available for viewing
Many thanks to Nick, Andrew, Carol and Ingo
A stamp Interrupted by War
If you have an exhibit, display or
presentation that you wish to share with
other members then please contact webmasterhongkongstudycircle.com
Officially Sealed Labels Catalog
by Philippe Orsetti
the members' Papers
Philippe Orsetti has suggested the inclusion of a new section on this website for
members to share displays of their exhibits. A working prototype has now been prepared
using Philippe's award winning exhibit on 'Hong Kong Under Japanese Occupation (1941-1945)'.
It can be viewed here
More displays or presentations are required to help with the evaluation of the prototype. If you can help
with this or wish to provide feedback then please contact webmasterhongkongstudycircle.com
HKSC Meeting at the World Stamp Show, New York, 2016
A report and photographs from the event is available here
Hong Kong &
Treaty Ports Forwarding Agents Markings
During the XIX Century
by Philippe Orsetti
Updated June 2016
the members' Papers
The Hong Kong Study Circle was founded in 1951 to record and
circulate information on the philatelic and postal
history of Hong Kong and the Treaty Ports. It is
UK-based and regular meetings are held in London.
Provincial meetings are also held from time to time.
Overseas meetings are a feature as well and are arranged
as opportunities arise.
Membership is world-wide and is linked by the Journal plus the
Newsletter, which are the medium for reporting,
exchanging and recording information, normally submitted
by members. The Journal has been published continuously
since 1951 and is issued quarterly free to members.
From time to time specialized handbooks are published by the HKSC,
the most recent being two volumes, Hong Kong Airmails
1924-41 (by Duncan Crewe), and Hong Kong Airmails
1945-95 (by Nick Halewood). Click here for more information.
Officers of Hong Kong Study Circle and contact details
|Vice-president (North America)
|Vice-president (Hong Kong)
||Dr. Andrew M.T.Cheung
|Journal & Newsletter Editor
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