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St. Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha Philatelic Society
25 September 2017
Tristan da Cunha fake cover?
In the Agryll Etkin philatelic auction at 29th September 2017 a Tristan da Cunha WW2 censored cover is offered (first bid £200).
At the time when the tombstone censor marking was applied (20th September 1940) the handstamp was already removed from the island by Rev. Wilde. Probably Harold Wilde used the Tristan handstamp onboard a warship on his way home.
Maybe it's a private used cancellation of the TdC type V cachet or a complete fake cover. But - this cover was never on Tristan da Cunha and the lot description is wrong: "A scarce commercial WW2 period censored Tristan da Cunha cover." It seems it's only a Tristan cover in a wider sense, nevertheless the cover belongs, if it's not a fake, to the Tristan da Cunha postal history.
New SHATPS publication now available
The new SHATPS book "Tristan da Cunha - A Listing of Ships' Visits Between 1901-2016" is now available and details of how to buy it are published on the page Society publications.
SHATPS Facebook group
All friends and members of the St. Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha Philatelic society are cordially invited to join our Facebook group, originally founded by our late member Barbara Kuchau and now moderated by our member Joseph Frasketi.
Actually we have 76 members with a great number of non-members.
On the group page you find news and interesting stories round our 3 islands with some beautiful photos and videos. Come and enjoy!
Bonus article free for download for SHATPS members:
The PDF download is only possible for SHATPS members! You have forgotten your username and password? Please ask the Webmaster.
If you have an article related to our 3 islands which is of interest for our members, please contact the webmaster who can offer the article on the download page.
Access to "Download" page SHATPS members only
The webmaster installed a new username and password for the access to the page SHATPS members only.
If you want to know the access data, please write to the webmaster
Tristan da Cunha - change of registration labels
Perhaps you wondered about Tristan da Cunha registered mail in the past weeks? No Tristan R-label but instead a GB R-label? What happened?
The Postmistress of the Trista da Cunha Post Office Iris Green told that the ISO-code "TA" has gone to "SH". Until this matter is sorted they are using U.K. labels.
Membership renewal 2017
Membership fees are due in December. If not already done, please renew now.
The subscription rates you can see below. If you want to pay with PayPal, you find the payment button here.
65 years ago ...
the first Tristan da Cunha stamps were issued and the first Tristan Post Office was opened.
HAPPY NEW YEAR !!
Our member Stefan Heijtz is offering part of his St. Helena postal history collection at 26th April 2017:
New SHATPS DVD set
This software has now been updated and the availability of articles now runs to the issue of November 2015. The software is available as a two-DVD set, and can be ordered from our Secretary, Klaus Hahn, and will be distributed by Ted Cookson. The software is extremely simple to use, and will run on any Windows PC using Windows Vista, or Windows 7 onwards: it has also been used on an Apple Mac in Windows emulation mode.
For existing users of the software, the new version can be had for the cost of postage only: you will receive the two DVD’s and will need to uninstall the previous version and install the new version instead. For new users, the full set will cost US35.00 for members, and US$55.00 for non-members, plus postage.
Our member and Boer War specialist Robin Woodruff has published a new booklet. If you are interested, you are warmly invited to order his publication.
Robin told us:
"My publication "A.L.Innes, Freemason, Photographer and Publisher, St Helena" is complete and ready to print once I get to the office on Thursday.
It is an A4, 24pp booklet in full colour throughout and covers how I came across a photograph album of some 98 Innes photos of the Boer Officers and men, the POW's, personalities, buildings, scenes of the Island landscape etc bound in, plus 2 loose photos of the Members and Guests of St Helena Lodge 488 circa 1900, My research of these and Innes's Masonic record.
This is followed by a comparison original images and some of the Post Cards he published from these images plus some additional Studio photos, one of shop and details of a piece of Postal history. His departure and information about the gentleman who ran his shop after he left and an image of his camera that is in my collection. Ending with a postal cover from Canada and 2 PPC's in Full Colour also produced by him."
Members who feel able to make a donation can forward their contribution via our PayPal account. Cheques should be made out to the society and posted to our Treasurer. Donations of any amount are welcome, and, as an incentive, any member contributing more than US$100 to the fund will be eligible for a copy of the book and free shipping - a great bonus and a saving of about $50.
Shipping fees for the new 40th Anniversary Book:
US$ 3.50 for postage U.S.A.
US$ 7.00 for postage Canada
US$ 8.00 for postage Germany
US$ 13.50 for international postage outside U.S.A. and Canada
Please enjoy the St. Helena exhibition of our member Stefan Heijtz (19 MB PDF-file) - an accumulation of finest St. Helena postal history.
Michael D. Mueller's Powerpoint presentation from London 2010 available on line
Michael D. Mueller's PowerPoint talk,
"Eight Months on St. Helena, Three Weeks on Ascension, and Fifteen Days on Tristan da Cunha,"
is available online as an audio track and as an audio-visual Flash presentation. Mike's talk was delivered at the second international meeting of the St. Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha Philatelic Society at the Hilton London Islington Hotel in London, England on May 13, 2010. To enjoy this talk, click here.