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New Lockdown and the BSS Packet
Lockdown has restarted and we are part-way through a packet cycle. What to do? It’s really up to each member to decide whether they want to receive the packet or not. It seems the risks from the packet itself are minimal, but the main problem is being able to pass the packet on. Almost certainly the post offices will be open, but some members may be reluctant to venture out. It is therefore important that the person about to move the packet on, contacts the next recipient before moving the packet.
The packets probably all have 4 weeks or more to run, so we MIGHT be out of lockdown before they finish. By then we shall then be into Christmas “shutdown” anyway. If we are still in lockdown after that, I will have to contact members about whether they want to receive a new packet or not, but I can’t see this being much before early January.
Best wishes to you all, Christmas and otherwise, and be safe.
Founded in 1986, we are an international, non profit Society affiliated to the British Thematic Association.
Membership of the Society is open to anyone worldwide who is interested in collecting bird stamps and bird-related postal history and philatelic material. It is available FROM JUST £5 a year and includes:
- A subscription to our quarterly full colour magazine Flight, packed with information and articles that can support collectors of bird theme stamps;
- An opportunity to join the Packet Scheme;
- Full access to the Members Only section of this website which includes access to the entire library of Flight back issues;
- A facility to exchange ideas and information with like-minded bird stamp enthusiasts; and
- ALL this from just £5 a year ….. If you are interested in joining, please visit our ‘Join Us’ page for further details. You would be made very welcome!!
Collecting bird stamps is now probably the most popular form of thematic philately.
Stamps depicting birds can be found with some of the earliest issues, but remained relatively uncommon until the mid-20th century when stamps illustrating birds really took off and began to appear in larger numbers.
Indeed, bird related issues were soon exceeding 1000’s each year and now as many as 1500 new issues may be placed annually on sale.
It has been estimated that altogether, worldwide, there are currently well in excess of 30,000 stamps with illustrations of birds. That’s a lot to collect !
The aim of our website is to:
Provide a bird stamp resource, through a dynamic Knowledge Base
To tempt folk to join our Society (that would be great!!)
And to provide members with a private area just for them!
We also have a Blog – where we encourage you to leave comments
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