The Scandinavia Philatelic Society was formed during the Autumn of
1952 as the Scandinavian Collector's Group, its objective being to encourage
and assist collectors of the stamps and postal history of the Scandinavian
countries and to promote Scandinavian philately by holding meetings
and providing a forum for collectors. The name may have changed but
the aims of the Society remain the same.
The Society extends a welcome to all - from beginners to advanced philatelists.
Members' interests cover a very wide range of topics: not just the main
Scandinavian countries, but also the Arctic and Antarctic regions and
expeditions, former colonies such as the Danish West Indies, ship and
railway travelling post offices (TPOs), air mail, wartime mail and censorship
from both World Wars, booklets and many other topics too numerous to
The Society has about 440 members in total, with about
360 in the UK, 35 in the USA and Canada, 25 in the various Scandinavian
countries and just over 20 in various other countries such as Australia,
New Zealand and several European lands.
Meetings take place on Saturdays, three or four times a year in London
and two or three provincial meetings to cater for members resident in
other parts of the UK. A variety of topics are chosen for the meetings
and there is always ample time for discussion and exchange of stamps
and information. The atmosphere is very informal and visitors are always
Members receive the Society magazine Scandinavian Contact, which
is issued four times a year: March, June, September and December, containing
articles on Scandinavian philately, with reviews of current research
and information on Society activities. Anyone joining part-way through
a year will be sent back numbers for that year in their Joining Pack.
The Annual Programme is sent out with the June issue of Scandinavian
Contact and includes details of the Annual Weekend Meeting, which
is held in the spring of each year at hotels in different parts of the
country. At these annual meetings members are invited to give short
informal displays, meet in specialized interest groups and to renew
friendships. A brief AGM and Presentation of Accounts is held during
the same weekend.
Most years the Society organizes a visit to a stamp exhibition in one
of the Scandinavian countries - either an 'International' if one is
being held, or a 'Nordia' which each country holds in turn. The 2005
group visit will be to the Mare Balticum Exhibition in Mariehamn, the
capital of the Åland Islands.
A Sales Packet circulates, though unfortunately this is restricted to
members living within the UK due to insurance provisions. Details of
the Packet will be given on enrolment. Overseas members are invited
to send material for sale through the Packet.
A Society Auction, run by members in Aberdeen - the North East Vikings
- is held three times a year; it is open to all members. The auction
catalogue is sent out with the magazine Scandinavian Contact
(except with the June issue, as too many members tend to be on holiday
at that time) and covers all the Scandinavian countries. It usually
has between 900 and 1000 lots.
The Society has its own Library, containing a large selection of books,
catalogues and journals on Scandinavian philately available on monthly
loans via the post.
A Society tie is also available for members.
Membership is invited worldwide. There is a once-only enrolment fee
of £5.00 and, to comply with the terms of insurance on the Packet
and the Library, names of two referees are required on the application
form. The annual subscription is due for payment on 1st January each
year and is currently £10.00.
Payment may be made either with a sterling cheque or the equivalent
in US dollar bills or euro banknotes; we can also accept payment over
the Internet via PayPal.
For an application form or any further information please contact the
Hon. Secretary, Roger Partridge, 6 Rydens Court, 43 Adelaide Road, Surbiton,
Surrey KT6 4TG, England. Tel: +44 (0)20 8390 2907 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org