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70th Anniversary Celebration

Welcome

Welcome to the Cheltenham Philatelic Society, a friendly environment for collectors.

Philately is stamp collecting in its broadest sense, which includes stamped
envelopes (covers), postmarks and a wide range of material
relating to postal history,

It is a brilliant hobby for people of all ages and budgets, offering a fascinating
insight into the geographical,social, political, and cultural history
of countries worldwide.

Whether you are a general collector or specialist, including a particular country or theme, you will find us to be a friendly club of about 65 men and women
pleased to chat and give you the benefit of their extensive knowledge.

So, if you are young and just getting started or perhaps returning to your
childhood hobby in later years, come along and visit us.

We meet twice a month between September and May at Prestbury Library.
A look at our programme will reveal a diverse and interesting programme
for the 2017/2018 season.

NEXT MEETING

Wednesday 6th September
Annual General Meeting for 2016-17

There will also be an opportunity for members
to show their recent acquisitions


To enlarge and improve your collection or to sell stamps we
have an active exchange packet and annual auction.

"Cheltenham's Famous Post Boxes"

Cheltenham has eight Victorian Penfold Letterboxes, one of the largest collections of this letter box - Picture below is the one in Hewlett Road

Penfolds
The most famous of the early designs is that named after the architect who designed it, John Penfold. Penfold boxes come in three sizes and altogether there are nine different types. They are very widespread, with the biggest accumulations in London and Cheltenham.
Others are spread across England, Ireland, India (including locally made copies), British Guyana, Australia and New Zealand. An export order from the postal service of the Republic of Uruguay resulted in nine boxes of the Penfold design being exported there in 1879, of which six are believed extant, including one in the philatelic department of the central Post Office in Montevideo. In 1993 the Correo Uruguayo commemorated Penfold post boxes with a
set of stamps of various denominations.

 

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