Those wishing to join any of the meetings who are not registered contact
ZOOM MEETINGS will commence on
Tuesday 21 November - Show and Tell hosted by
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Zoom meeting number two was held on 9 February
The displays were
· A Celebration of the Art of Printing and 50 years of Printing at Boulazac by Andrew Telfer Brunton
· Nice by Roger Niven
· French airmail stamps by Chris Hitchen
Zoom Meeting number eight was held on 14 September
Life and Times of the 1f50 Pétain by Mick Bister
Zoom Meeting eleven held on 14 December showed the Late fee service in Paris by Chris Hitchen
17 January 2023 saw what is hoped to the restart of regular Zoom meetings. FUN WITH A CENTIME - Ed Grabowski - "The French Area One Centime Rate has always fascinated me, including simple 1c rates and wrapper-banded post cards. Examples from France can be readily found; examples from the Offices and Colonies are much rarer. I had a few examples of simple 1c rates franked with Group Type. I foolishly thought about doing a one-frame exhibit on the 1c frakings, but finally thought better of it. Some ramblings in this area will be presented." - ramble: walk for pleasure, typically without definite route.
21 FEBRUARY 2023 saw eight members deliver Show and Tell
Philately and Mail Order Fraud Nuxated Iron - Ed Grabowski
The French Navy - Peter Stockton
France and the West Indies - Roger Niven
1851 Mail from Brazil to Sardinia - Jeff Bohn
French Colonial Group Type - Lorïc Dufresne de Virel
5c Napoléon Empire - Stan Fairchild
1805 Septinsular Mail - Peter Maybury
Forwarded Mail - Chris Hitchen
16 MAY 2023 Part 2. Group Type: Bisect, Uncut, or Badly Perforated Stamps, an Overview of Poorly Documented and Seldom Seen Varieties - Loïc Dufresne de Virel
20 JUNE 2023 Philately & International Mail Order Fraud Professor A Victor Segno and the American Institute of Mentalism Success in the European African Colonies - Ed Grabowski
18 JULY 2023 The Fell Railway - Steve Ellis - How could a British railway, sometimes referred to as the ‘Fell’ railway, built across the mountains of the Alps from France to Italy, and operational for less than three and a half years, have had a significant impact on the carriage of mail in the second half of the nineteenth century?
Tuesday 26 September - A joint display from our US members. Ed Grabowski provided a little more on Professor Segno, Philately & International Mail Order Fraud, A variety of French connections, whilst Loïc Dufresne de Virel presented some complex Colonial routes and tariffs.
Tuesday 17 October was a presentation by David Hucket on Part Paid and Unpaid mail between France and Switzerland 1845 to 1875.
21 NOVEMBER 2023
Dahomey Mail via Aéromaritime - David Parmley
Declared value letters from Indochina - Loïc Dufresne de Virel
Special Prints of the ´Type Groupe’ - Loïc Dufresne de Virel
WWI Red Cross reply service tracing labels: part 1 - John West
Precursors of Mechanised Letter Sorting Codes - Mick Bister
FUTURE ZOOM MEETINGS
To enable those shy or unsure of how it works here are a few guidelines on how to participate.
1. Scan a stamp, several stamps, cover or several covers or any other item philatelically related to France or its colonies. Save each item as a separate JPG file. (That is important. PDFs don’t work as well.)
2. Send your JPG files to
3. Prepare a short description that will explain why you like the items you scanned – technical details, design quality, postal rates and routes, markings, social history of the writer or recipient, or anything else you would talk about if you were given five minutes to explain this to a group.
4. Send that description as a Word document or just put it in an email to
Be sure it is obvious which part of your description applies to which JPG file.
Mick will then put together a PowerPoint presentation with everyone’s scans and at least a portion of your written description. When we hold the Zoom meeting, you will be able to speak to the group about your “stuff” when it appears in the PowerPoint show. I expect most or all of you know how show and tell works.
There will be no indication of ownership in the PowerPoint file, so don’t let that limit you when you make your selection. The more of us who participate, the better it will be, of course.
Those wishing to join this meeting please contact
OTHER ZOOM MEETINGS
The Northern Group held its Virtual meeting on 4 March 2021
It was hosted by Peter Maybury and attended by eight other members, Steve Ellis gave a display on ‘Railway Mail’ focusing on the
history of the P.L.M line. Peter Stockton presented ‘French Morocco Military Aviation’
A quick tutorial -