News Archive: 2011

2011 Club & Open Competition


Wokingham are pleased to record the following successes in the club competition.



1st Trevor Cornford - Captain Scott's Last Expedition

2nd Eric Holmes - Gibraltar Queen Victoria Issues

3rd John Morgans - Wilding Booklets



1st Eric Harris - The SCADTA Service in Ecuador



No entries



1st Derek Steele - Newfoundland Airmails: Problems and Oddities

2nd David Gerken - Bridges



1st Stephen Gardner - Telegraph Stamps of South America

2nd Eric Holmes - Natal Postal Stationery

3rd David Gerken - Working Dogs


Congratulations to everyone.

March 2011 News


Thames Valley Philatelic Federation Competition 2011


The Society provided entries to the Thames Valley Philatelic Federation 2011 9-sheet Competition. The results of our members are shown below:


Postal History Class - First - Eric Holmes, Spanish Stamps Used on Gibraltar Mails 1850-1860.

Thematic Class - Second - Pam Harwood, Island Lights.

Open Class - First - Derek Harwood, Deception Island.

Aerophilately Class - First - Derek Steele, Newfoundland Airmails a Miscellany of Problems and Oddities.


Wokingham Society 10 sheet Postcard and Cinderella Competitions held 22 March 2011


The Postcard and Cinderella competitions were initially judged separately by the members on the evening and then an overall winner was decided:


Postcard Competition Winner: Trevor Cornford for Captain Scott's last Antarctic Expedition.

Cinderella Competition Winner: Mark Bailey for Strike Mail between Jersey & Paris in 1971 & 1974.

Overall Winner: Trevor Cornford - Presented with the Cup.


New Members


We welcome the following new members: Roger Howard, Carl Warren and Mark Bailey



January 2011 News


A thank you to those members who have sent their subscriptions for 2010-11.


Our Meeting in December was well attended and after a worthy display of Christmas items by members an enjoyable chat continued while partaking of the Christmas refreshments supplied by Alwyn Lowe assisted from the kitchen by Rodney Smith.


The following is included for any members who have an interest in Zeppelin mail:


Welcome to the January 2011 eZEP-newsletter, the email information service from the ZEPPELIN STUDY GROUP with the latest on Zeppelin mail and airship memorabilia!


In 1975, Ivo Lukanc published his book on Russian Zeppelin mail (Ivo Lukanc, Zeppelinpost und Luftschiffbriefmarken der UdSSR). But since then, not much was published on Russian Zeppelin mail. A discussion started on dealing with the connection flights of Russian Zeppelin mail on the 1932 and 1933 South America Flights operated by airship LZ-127 GRAF ZEPPELIN. It is interesting to see how many unknown covers and connection flights are hidden in various collections. Most of these covers are not yet listed in the specialized Zeppelin mail catalogues. The whole story including images can be followed at eZEPtalk, the discussion board for Zeppelin mail and airship memorabilia:

Russia, 5th South America Flight 1933, Berlin connection flight
(Provenance:, collection pasol)


- Mussolini's wannabe-Zeppelin - A crazy story about the madness of freak-mechanic Jon Sarriugarte and his contribution for the Burning Man festival in Nevada:,1518,721344,00.html

- Zeppelins over New York: This is the website of the New Jersey Postal History Society with an interesting story on Zeppelin mail carried on the America Flight in 1928:

- Zeppelin wine: The Schwäbische Zeitung news reports about the background of Zeppelin wine:,-Schon-auf-der-Weltfahrt-des-LZ-127-standen-erlesene-Tropfen-auf-der-Karte-_arid,4176088.html


- The web portal for Zeppelin mail and airship memorabilia:

- The board for Zeppelin mail and airship memorabilia:

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