ISSUE 9, April 2004

The Duke of Wellington: A Brother in arms
Quarterly Communication: Address of the Grand Master and Report of the Board of General Purposes
Life with the Stars: Masons and famous people
Hall Stone Jewel: Cyril Spackman, designer
Travel: Jamaica
Grand Charity: Annual Report and Accounts
Masonic stamps: Masonry on stamps
Library & Museum of Freemasonry: Antients and Moderns go on-line
Masonic education: Events for Freemasons
Masonic charities: The continuing work
Bowel cancer: How the Grand Charity is helping
Royal Arch: Russia and Eastern Europe
Richard Eve: A former Grand Treasurer
Book reviews

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The area of study has now been extended to cover postcards and postal seals. A preliminary newsletter was sent to prospective members under the banner of The Masonic Philatelic Club of Great Britain, with Trevor as secretary and newsletter editor.
       In February 1976 the first newsletter was sent to the 111 founding members who had joined over the five months since the original advertisement appeared.
       Initially the newsletter was scheduled to appear twice a year but, from the January 1977 issue, this has been four times a year. In July 1978, for constitutional reasons, the Club changed its name to The Masonic Philatelic Club.
       At the 1991 AGM, the newsletter became The Philatelic Club Magazine. On the death of Terry Waghorn, Trevor Fray was elected President and holds this office to this day.
       Every effort is made to include details in the magazine of new issues that are applicable, in one way or another, to the Masonic theme, and more than 1,800 are now recorded on the club database. The majority of these also appear in Trevor Fray’s Masonic Philately.
       In 1992 the Club was invited to enter the newsletter/magazine in the Philatelic Periodicals section of PHILITEX 92, the first International Literature Exhibition in America, and it was awarded a Bronze.
       One of the problems of collecting a theme is obtaining suitable stamps, as most of those that can be used are invariably part of a set, and dealers are quite understandably loath to split sets.
       To overcome this problem the club makes efforts, with varying degrees of success, to purchase suitable items directly from the country of issue. A circulating exchange packet scheme is also in operation, and members are encouraged to make use of this to dispose of surplus and duplicate issues, as well as to purchase those items missing from their collections.
       The methods of displaying stamps are very much a matter of individual preference and, providing the collector has no wish to enter competitions which have their own rules, he is able to please himself and do anything he likes.
       One of our members, who also collects copies of Lodge summonses, involves himself into a great deal of research through the stamp catalogues to find a stamp, or stamps, that depict the name of the Lodge concerned. Once found, the stamp is attached to the copy of the summons on file. Perhaps the most common method used by club members is to split the collection up into sections. The most popular are:

Those that depict known Freemasons, e.g. Royalty, politicians, sportsmen etc.

The amount and depth of information about the person concerned varies according to individual tastes. We always endeavour to list the dates when his various degrees were conferred: no individual is confirmed as a Freemason until this information is available.
       Until this information is known he is classed as a doubtful. The exception is when the individual concerned is stated to be a Freemason by a recognised source: e.g. a list of Freemasons published by Grand Lodge or Masonic publication.

Those that depict various aspects of Masonic symbolism – working tools etc.

It is quite surprising what connections can be made between a stamp and a phrase from the ritual.