Friday, October 03, 2008

1841 Primitive Methodist Circuit Plan

Here's another beautiful postal history item spotted on eBay. The seller's description reads:
1841 Staffs Primitive Methodist Preachers Plan Newcastle Under Lyme Circut Lords Day Plan for Clsyton, Penkhull, Little Madeley, Knutton Heath, Wrine Hill, Stoke, Hlmerend, Onnely, Scott Haty, Keele, Hanford, Checkley, Shelton Locks and other in week night plan. Preachers names and residences. Letter from W.E. Saunders to Nr Nayland care of Nr Edwards, Southampton Road, Romsey Hampshire. 4 Margin 1d red from black plate 7 to 10 right star white flaw. Cover dated 1841 April 14th, Romsey & Newcastle Under Lyme backstamp.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Fascinating World War 2 Methodist Cover from Finland

The illustrated cover has recently been sold on e-Bay for US $229. Click the picture to see a full size image.

It's a fascinating cover, here is the e-Bay seller's description: Finland airmail registered cover to the US censored by Finland and by the British. Illegible Helsinki postmark probably late 1941 or early 1942. Lisbon backstamp 22 Jan. 1942. On front purple "Held by British Censor until Jan1946". Also smaller "RELEASED" in black. NYArrival marks on back. So what info was the Finish Methodist Committee sending to the Methodist Committee in the US that was so dangerous?

A good question! The cover is clearly printed stationery of the Finnish Methodist Church and comes from around the time when the United Kingdom had declared war on Finland following Finland's 1941 attack on the Soviet Union, known to the Finns as the "Continuation War". Essentially the Finnish government had taken advantage of Hitler's invasion of the USSR to try and recover the territories lost in the "Winter War" of 1939/40.

The cover may well have been posted in December 1941 before the USA entered the war and had reached Lisbon en route to a US address by 22 January 1942. So how did it end up in the hands of a British censor? And why was it held until the end of the war?

Friday, August 01, 2008

Methodist Philatelic Society AGM & Competitons

This year's AGM will be held at Wesley's Chapel, City Road, London EC1Y 1AU on Saturday 27th September 2008. This is within walking distance of Moorgate and Old Street Tube stations. Click here for a map.

Entries are welcome for the three competitions on Methodist Topics:
1. The JT Aungier Trophy (8-12 sheets)
2. The Grace & David Clark Cup (single sheet)
3. The John Crocker Memorial Trophy (Single sheet of postal history at least 50 years old)

The room will be open from 10am for displays, etc., followed by the AGM from 2pm until 4pm. All members and friends are invited.

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Methodist Poster Stamp from Korea

Poster stamps can be defined as any stamp (non-denominated) created to advertise or commemorate a product or event. The evolution of the poster stamp is that it was originally a miniature version of a poster issued to advertise or commemorate a product or event.
This particular poster stamp (click on the picture to see it full size) was issued in Korea in 1934 and marked the 50th Anniversary of the establishment of Methodism in that country. Methodism has continued to thrive in Korea with the autonomous Korean Methodist Church now claiming 1.5 million members.

Saturday, January 05, 2008

GB "Wesley" Christmas Mini-sheet update!

Here's a funny thing. Last year this website featured a short article about the "Hark the Herald Angels" GB Christmas miniature sheet, with its reference to Charles Wesley. It's now been brought to my notice that the illustration in that piece, used in Royal Mail pre-issue publicity, was wrong. If you look at the FDC pictured here, you'll see that the 69p value at the top right was replaced in the issued sheet with a 78p stamp. An example of very fast inflation in stamp prices?