The covers from our three (principal) islands are all interesting, whether sent (or received) by an islander or philatelic. In general, most members study and have knowledge of the island specific postmarks, cachets, cancellations and other island-related postal markings.
However, many covers have markings from other countries, sometimes as transit marks, often as final destination receiving marks. A large proportion of covers also have various Paquebot markings.
In many cases, understanding these other (non-island) markings is a whole different specialist field; some of us may indeed be knowledgeable about these, but many of us are not.
Of course, many covers also have interesting stamps, and this can be a further area of study too.
Accordingly, an Inter-Society Collaboration has been proposed between our society (SHATPS) and various other specialist societies. As a starting point, the following societies have expressed an interest: The TPO & Seapost Society (Paquebot markings), The British Postmark Society, The South African Philatelic Federation the President, Alex Visser.
This end-goal is to produce a series of articles for the South Atlantic Chronicle, detailing some of these other markings. SHATPS will also co-operate in producing articles for the publications of the other societies, as requested.
In the interim, this page has been made available for members to post covers with markings that require identification … or are just of major interest. (Posting can be done via the kind auspices of our Secretary and Webmaster, Klaus Hahn). Members may of course contribute to the knowledge on this page as well, by answering any query that is posted.
I hope this new collaboration will provide all of us with greater knowledge of the covers in our collections, as well as broaden our knowledge generally.
Alan Melville - Inter-Society Collaboration Coordinator