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 FCPS-LogoIn 1949, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the first French postage stamp, a group of British philatelists set up a pioneering  specialist  philatelic society devoted to the study of the stamps of France and the then French Empire. From small beginnings, the France and Colonies Philatelic Society now unites over 300 collectors in Britain and overseas in the many and varied delights of the stamps and postal history of la Francophonie.

The Society provides an extensive programme of meetings in several locations, holds an annual Philatelic Weekend, publishes a well regarded and authoritative Journal and series of monographs as well as several more extensive specialist philatelic books, operates a magazine circuit, two thriving exchange packets and three postal Auctions a year. It is a friendly and informal group to which non-members are welcome to attend any of our meetings.

  FUTURE EVENTS  

THE FRANCE AND COLONIES PHILATELIC SOCIETY SPRING AUCTION
The Catalogue and selected images are available to view here

THE NORTHERN GROUP has arranged meetings in 2022 for 9 July and 15 October – at Ravenfield Parish Hall, Birch Wood Drive, Ravenfield, Rotherham S65 4PT. 1200 – 1700, commencing with pub lunch. Main displays to be advised. When more details come to hand they will be advertised on the website, Should you wish more information contact Steve Ellis by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Regretably THE WESSEX GROUP has CANCELLED the meeting schedulled for 7 May at Blandford Forum. Convenor Claire Scott. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  JOURNAL 298  

Journal 298

The April Journal and Spring Auction Catalogue has left for the printers and is due to be delivered shortly. Members who receive the digital edition will get their copies sent via WeTransfer during this week.

Full length articles include: Any which way that works - WWII airmail routes from French West Africa to Switzerland; Réunion Maritime; The Difficulties and Dangers of Maritime Travel Prior to the Opening of the Port in 1886 - Part I: The Maritime Element; Marianne de Muller Part 1: Introduction; Censorship of Civilian Mail in Madagascar During WWII - Handstamps and Labels; Liberating France from Fascism, the postage stamp way. Plus there are ten shorter articles ranging from the Second Fronde French Civil War to the Exhibition successes of London 2022 and our usual in depth Book Reviews.

A selection of images of Journal 298 are illustrated above in the slider.

THANK YOU to everyone who has contributed to to Journal WE ARE ALWAYS IN NEED OF ARTICLES, large or small, if you have something of interest please consider sending it for inclusion in a later edition. Type your text in Word, add any images, scanned at 300dpi as separate jpeg attachments and email them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Journal, produced three times a year is available to members only - an application for membership can be downloaded here. Back issues of the Journal from 2003 - 2019 may be viewed in full here.

 TWO NEW PUBLICATIONS FROM OUR MEMBERS 

Peter Kelly has a new publication in the French West African and Saharan series - Full details here

Details of Barbara Priddy's British West Africa and the French Air Mail services to June 1940 are available here

 CLICK HERE TO VIEW OUR ZOOM MEETINGS 

Those members interested in joining please advise Chris Hitchen by email  to let him know whether you would simply wish to view displays or whether you would be able to give a display as well. Those without a webcam can of course still view the displays but will not be seen by others. We are in need of displays for 2022. All it takes is to scan some covers or stamps, put them into PowerPoint and a add a little text. A whole session would comprise around 40 to 50 slides but smaller ones can be fitted in as appropriate. So any offer would be welcome.

Information on Zoom meetings will only be sent to those who express an interest, however the programme will be advertised on the website. Read more

The website will always have the latest information so members will need to consult that regularly to see what is going on. When things improve then Convenors will arrange meetings as soon as practical. It may well not be feasible to advise these in the Journal in advance. Details of converors is herePlease consider using the FORUM in the meantime - perhaps share your latest acquisitions or any query or comment you may have. If you have not registered as a member, please contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your preferred password and a Username will be provided.

JOIN OUR PHILATELIC FORUM 
You can join our Forum without being a member of the Society - just contact the Website Manager with your name and preferred password and you will be supplied with a username - you don't have to be a member!.

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THE FRANCE AND COLONIES PHILATELIC SOCIETY SPRING AUCTION

The Catalogue and selected images are available to view here

NORTHERN GROUP
9 July -  Members’ displays