The articles below have been published in our Bulletin over the last five years and illustrate the broad range of subjects covered.
February : " Memories of visit to J. Sloper Checkpoint Ltd. " - A six page article by James Norris recalling a 1992 visit to Checkpoint Security Systems Ltd’ based in Reading, who had then recently taken over the long established stamp perforating business of J. Sloper & Co. Includes many pictures of the offices and details of what happened to the perforating business subsequently.
April : "Two Brothers - Five Perfins!" - A six page article by Roy Gault about tailors Curzon Brothers and the CB perfin that they used on the stamps of GB, Canada, France, Belgium, and South Africa.
June : "Cory Bros & Co perfin on ½d Bantam Plate 9" - A seven page article by James Norris featuring a CORY/C perfin on the scarce plate 9 bantam ½d and other perfins of Welsh firm Cory Brothers & Co.
February : "The Ideal Stamp - 1912" - A six page article by Roy Gault, covering the background to the "ideal" cinderella stamp printed at the Jubilee International Stamp Exhibition and a curious block of the "stamp" with a perfin not known on postage stamps.
April : "Hambros Bank" - A three page article by Paul Waldron, showing a perfin cover sent by Hambros Bank in London in June 1935 to a Major Douglas H. Nelles in Ottawa, Canada, an interesting character whose own story is told alongside that of the bank.
June : "Sailcloth, Ropes and Rubber" - A six page article by Roy Gault looking at the perfins of The Edinburgh Rubber Co. and The Edinburgh Roperie & Sailcloth Co Ltd and its successor British Ropes Ltd.
August : "J. Sloper and Co Manufacturing Machines" - A 12 page article by James Norris, detailing many of the products made by J. Sloper & Co. in the late 20th century, including machines for producing perfins. Illustrated with advertising materials.
October : "Ideas for storing & displaying perfins" - Six pages of ideas for storing, displaying and writing up a perfin collection, by Roy Gault.
December: "Up the Swanny without a paddle!" - A six page article by Roy Gault, a salutory lesson in failing to identify the user of GB perfin W&Co/Ld (W1395.02) from the information provided by the only known example.
February : "The Perfins of Lymington" - A four page article article by Roy Gault giving details of perfin users in the English town of Lymington.
April : "The Few" - A two page article article by Roy Gault.
A 1979 cover with a GB stamp perfinned THE/FEW is illustrated. This perfin was previously unrecorded and is thought to have been a fundraising tool for charities linked to the Royal Air Force.
June : "A British Maritime Hero and an Australian Perfin" - A three page article article by John Mathews about a 1911 postcard from New South Wales, sent by William John Nutman, the master of the "Belle of Scotland" ship to his daughter in England. The stamp is perfinned with the perfin of the ship’s agent in Sydney, R. Little & Co.
August : "An Odd Pair Becomes Triplets" - A three page article by William Hall and Maurice Harp with a new discovery regarding perfins on GB stamps used in Peru.
October : " Lafayette Photography" - A three page article by Paul Waldron covering the Lafeyette photography firm and the perfins that they used on GB stamps from the 1890s to the 1950s.
December : "Perfins on 1884 & 1888 QV £1 Brown-Lilac" - A four page article by William Hall. All known examples of perfins on the long format brown-lilac £1 stamp, including the Telegraphs version, are listed and five examples are illustrated in colour.
February : "Faudels Ltd. and Silber & Fleming" - A two page article by Dave Hill.
The perfins of Faudels Ltd. of London and of Silber & Fleming, who were taken over by Faudels Ltd.
April : "M. J. Ellingsen of Leith" - An article by Maurice Harp.
The perfin and overprint of M. J. Ellingsen, shipbroker, coal exporter and commission agent are illustrated on 1880s covers.
June : "Cwamaman Coal Co." - A two page article article by Jeff Turnbull.
An interesting 1880s wrapper with CC/Co perfin is illustrated and details of the colliery are given.
August : "Cocker Brothers of Sheffield" - A two page article article by Tim Read.
A newly discovered COCKER BROs. underprint is illustrated and details of the firm's history, other underprint and perfins are given.
October : "The 'Pretty' Perfins of Suffolk" - A four page article article by John Marriner, covering the many perfins associated with the Pretty family of Suffolk.
December : "2d blue imperforate with a perfin" - A single page article article by Roy Gault showing an imperforate stamp that was issued between 1849 and 1854, long before the first use of perfins, but later perfinned.
February : "Russian Bank of Foreign Trade" - An 1893 perfin cover from the London branch of the Russian Bank for Foreign Trade is illustrated and some details of the bank are given. By John Marriner.
April : "Wrench postcards of St. Paul’s Churchyard" - A three page article by Dave Hill. Two early 20th Century postcards of St.Paul's Churchyard, a street in London, are illustrated, showing the premises of three perfin users. Their perfins are illustrated.
June : "A Penang Conundrum" - A two page article by William Hall.
A 1904 cover bearing Straits Settlements stamps perfinned S.K./C. of Schmidt Küstermann & Co of Penang is illustrated. The envelope has a printed identity of Behn, Meyer & Co. and the relationship between the two firms is explored.
August : "United States perfins from China" - A five page article by Dick Scheper. Three covers with perfinned US stamps used at the US Postal Agency in Shanghai are illustrated. Some background information about the perfins users and the operation of the postal agency is included.
October : "The Madras Department Store and a solider of the British Raj" - A two page article by William Hall. A 1900 cover with an Indian stamp bearing the perfin of Oakes & Co Ltd of Madras is illustrated. Some information on both the sender and the recipient is included.
December : "The Maltese Tailor" - A four page article by William Hall.
Four postal stationery cards of Malta perforated with the CG/M perfin of Carmelo Griscti, specialists in tailoring military uniforms, are illustrated.
February : "Imperial Airways Trans-Atlantic Flight" - A three page article by Melvyn Green. A 1939 Imperial Airways first flight cover with Co-operative Wholesale Society perfins is illustrated and a brief history of the airline is given.
June : "Winchester Club - Oxford" - A two page article by Roy Gault. An envelope with Winchester Club crest and a penny red perfinned W/C.O used in 1874 is illustrated. Some background information on both the club and the sender is given.
August : "Sloper advertising flyers from 1868" - A three page article by Maurice Harp. Two Sloper flyers are illustrated which pre-date the introduction of perfinned stamps, advertising the perforating of railway tickets.
October : "Combined embossing and perfin – N0680.02" - An example of a penny red with both security embossing and perfin, a combination not previously recorded, is illustrated and discussed. By Maurice Harp.
December : "Adolph Frankau & Co Ltd" - A 1904 cover from Adolph Frankau & Co. Ltd., importers of tobacco products, to Kelly & Walsh Ltd in Yokohama, Japan is illustrated and the history of both firms is detailed. By John Marriner.
The following articles were written for the website or for other presentations.
"Summary of Sloper 'Through Five Reigns' Plaques" by Maurice Harp (May 2018)
Details of the ten known plaques produced by J. Sloper & Co. in 1939, including pictures of eight of them. Includes scans of three recently discovered plaques, kindly provided by Stamp Group. One of these was sold in the Stamp Group Auction on 21st May 2018 and another sold in our auction.
"Theft of British Perfinned Stamps" by Maurice Harp and John Mathews (May 2019)
A survey of British newspapers, reproducing reports of thefts of perfinned stamps between 1870 and 1966.
Details of the firms involved and their perfins are given where known.
"What will happen to your archives and unpublished works?" A presentation given at Stockholmia 2019 by Brian Birch FRPSL, philatelic literature collector and former Society librarian.
"Summary of Sloper 'Through Five Reigns' Plaques" by Maurice Harp (pdf)