Society secretary George Burney scooped both awards in the competitions between members. For his ‘Ships of the USSR’ he got the Norman Fairbairn Millennium Trophy in the category for stamps only. The Soviet postal authorities were ahead of their British counterparts in the production of well designed and printed stamps for collectors. He used stamps issued in the 1960s and 1970s featuring naval and commercial vessels.
Runner-up was Isobel Scott with a display entitled ‘The Easter Story told in the stamps of Bophuthatswana issued 1981-1994’. The colourful exhibit of the South African Homelands showed how the religious story could be told in miniature. Third was ‘Flowers of Germany’ by Betty Burney. The country has issued a number of very attractive stamps and those in the exhibit were given their botanical and common name.
George Burney’s other silverware was in the postcard competition for the Mark Tait Trophy. ‘The Raid on Zeebrugge 23 April 1918’ told how with the entry of America into the war increasing the amount of shipping in the North Atlantic, coupled with the heavy losses due to U-boat activity, it became obvious something had to be done. The raid was proposed by Admiral Jellicoe in 1917 but rejected, only to be approved by Vice-Admiral Keyes in January 1918. The exhibit of 23 postcards showed the port before and after the raid and the British warships involved. A worthy winner.
Runner-up was ‘Regiments at Stobo’ by Jake Coltman. This was 24 postcards showing some of Scotland’s famous regiments who trained at the camp 1903 to 1912.
In third place was Victor Donovan’s ‘German Patriotic Postcards 1914-1918’. With the outbreak of the First World War the country produced a series of patriotic/romantic postcards depicting images of soldiers and their sweethearts and families. Propaganda cards of the National flag and emblems such as the Imperial Eagle were intended to stir feelings of patriotism and pride.
Members were meeting in their new venue of Tower Mill.