16 Mar

Azores Postal Rates 1910-1940

Azores Postal RatesPPS member John Dahl is selling his collection of Azores Postal History at Ateneu’s forthcoming 61st auction. The collection is documented in three articles he wrote for the PPS bulletin. Click on the image on the right to read them. Note that due to the file size it may take some time for pages to appear.

11 Mar

Sample bulletin

Bulletin 183Bulletin 183, from October 2008, is now freely available as a sample issue, representative of the content and structure of current bulletins. Click on the image to view the issue. As you scroll down, it may take a while for individual pages to become visible.

Note that some pages were removed to reduce the file’s size and to preserve the society officer’s privacy.

07 Feb

Auction 2015

Our auctioneer, Roger Lawson, has put together the catalogue of this year’s auction. The auction will take place on March 7th, after the AGM. If you can’t attend, you may submit your bids (in British pounds) via the form below, which will be e-mailed to Roger. The form will be was removed on March 3rd.

Only PPS members can bid for lots, but there’s still time to become a member.

In the slideshows below, leave your mouse cursor on the centre of the slideshow to see the lot number corresponding to each image. To see an image in larger resolution, pause the slideshow at that image, then right-click and choose the option to open the image in a new browser tab or save it to your disk.

Portugal

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Madeira and Azores

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Angola

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Congo, Cape Verde, Guinea

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India and Macao

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Mozambique et al.

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São Tomé and Timor

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Other

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31 Jan

Vianna 2014 awards

Congratulations to our members Luís Barreiros, Bento Dias, Luís Frazão, Claudino Pereira, Manuel Lima Torres, and Isabel Vieira, for winning 4 Large Gold, 5 Gold and 6 Silver-gilt awards at the last National Philatelic Exhibition! The exhibits’ themes included the pre-stamp period, classic issues, maritime mail, Mozambique railway mail, Portuguese India, and WW I. The detailed list of the exhibits and awards is in this month’s bulletin.

25 Jan

Bulletin 208

Bulletin 208The January bulletin will be soon on its way to members. It contains 3 inserts: a postcard advertising Westpex 2015, information on the forthcoming PPS auction, and the voting form for the George Pearson Literature Prize, which you can also fill online further below. The bulletin’s content is:

  • President’s Message & An Unusual 1939 UK cover by Steve Washburne
  • CCCC Member Request by George Wu
  • Editor’s Desk by Ron van der Holt
  • Patience and Observation Rewarded by Ron van der Holt
  • Viana do Castelo Report by John Swan
  • Our Website by Michel Wermelinger
  • Research Query by Gerhard Lang
  • Postage Due Stamps of Portuguese India by Dave Davies
  • Forthcoming Events, Exhibitions and Auctions
22 Jan

2015 Pearson Prize

The George Pearson Literature Prize is awarded to the article that PPS members enjoyed the most in the preceding year’s bulletins . If you are a PPS member, you may use the form below to send your vote directly to the Secretary. Voting closes on 28th February. The prize will be presented at the AGM in March.

01 Nov

Asiago Awards

Isabel Vieira read in a Portuguese newspaper that a Portuguese stamp won an Asiago International Award for Philatelic Art this year.

I couldn’t find an official site, not even in Italian, but stumbled upon an article in Linn’s Stamp News with full information on the 44th Asiago Awards, considered the “Oscars” of stamp design. The Portuguese stamp, above, by João Machado, and part of the 2013 International Year of Statistics set, won the tourism category. Confusingly, all Portuguese blogs and newspapers I found, probably citing the same source, say the award went to the €0.36 stamp, which in my view makes even less sense to be considered a tourism stamp.

The designer had already won three Asiago awards, in 2005 (tourism), 2007 (environment category) and 2010 (tourism). Portugal also won (ex aequo with Switzerland) the tourism category in 2011, with the funicular stamps by Eduardo Aires. CTT sources say that another Asiago award (tourism category again?) was won in 1977 with a Europa stamp.

If you have further information, please leave a comment below.

01 Nov

Bulletin 207

Bulletin 207The October bulletin’s content is:

  • President’s Message & Solving Rate Problems by Steve Washburne
  • Editor’s Desk by Ron van der Holt
  • Email Queries by Ian May
  • The Goan Christmas Lottery of 1959 by John Swan
  • Dr. Cheung Query
  • The Crown Types of Portuguese India: 1877-1883 by Dave Davies
  • Call for Auction Lots by Roger Lawson
  • Only Inbound: R.F. Ferrão by Ron van der Holt
  • Forthcoming Events, Exhibitions and Auctions
19 Oct

Airmail rates

The following article has come to the attention of our President:

Andrew Fischer, Airmail Rates of Portuguese East Africa, Asia Pacific Exhibitor, vol. 28 no. 1, pp. 61-67, May 2014.

Members can obtain a copy from our Librarian. John Cross mentioned another article, with more extensive information:

Altino Silva Pinto and Giorgio Micali, O início da VIA AÉREA e as respectivas tabelas de porte, Boletim do Clube Filatélico de Portugal no. 424, pp. 55-66, June 2009.