Exits and Entries

As usual this issue comes out late in the month to catch the last few membership renewals. As usual some have dropped out but there have also been new members, whose details will be found in the 2003 membership list enclosed with this issue or E-mailed to on-line members.  We are hoping for additional membership enquiries consequent upon having been featured in the “High Society” club promotion page in the UK publication Aeroplane Monthly, April edition. 


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The new members are, in the UK

Chris Bower, Alan Field, Steve Benz, Paul Gibbons, Michael Lindley

And overseas

Peng Kong Chai in Malaysia, Chris Watts in France and Adolf  Draeger in Germany.


A few members wrote to discontinue their subscriptions but the majority of non-joiners have just faded away. Given that one suspects that the age profile of the club is slanted towards the upper half, if not the upper quartile of life, it is likely that some are, in all respects, no longer with us. This brings me to the issue of recycling of collections in which we all have an interest in preventing collections being destroyed through ignorance. Last year I was approached by a distant relative of a late member, who was nevertheless his executor. She was asking for help in how to best realize funds from the collection, proceeds of which had been willed to the RAF Benevolent Fund. Essentially the options in this case range from investing time to sell the cards direct, or selling through other collectors and/or dealers. Having reached a satisfactory arrangement to all parties, many items from this collection have now passed to other collectors worldwide, and, additionally provided a lot of source material for the article on Real Photographs Ltd in this issue. It seems possible that other members with no other plans for their collections might also wish to suggest that the Club be used in this way.

To turn from contemplation of the rise and fall of collections, there is very positive news, at least in the UK, of the Heathrow catalogue. Three months after issue it is the most successful in the UK market but, as expected, lags behind the type-based issues in overseas sales. For anyone put off by the “airport” theme it is worth stating that, certainly in the “black & white era” the majority of cards are of aircraft, not buildings, for the simple reason that the buildings, huts or even tents, were nothing to be proud of.


There is no pre-planned Catalogue for 2003. Indeed there may be a problem doing any more. This is due to the almost 100% increase n the price of colour ink. Heathrow could only be produced at a sensible price because over 50% of the cards were black and white – which had the additional bonus of allowing print-from-CD with enhanced quality as in the Newsletter. Of the subjects canvassed in the past, Handley Page Airliners 1919-1960s would meet the 50% criteria as long as there was limited representation of the Herald. A decision will be made by June and one factor would be the willingness of Imperial collectors to list their HP holdings.

Lastly some reminders to those who access to see newsletter images in colour and also pick up on inter-newsletter news.


Firstly, a new quiz has been posted from which one can win free membership – the results of the last are shown also. Secondly, with the membership renewals closing, the password will change shortly. The user-ID will remain as “member”, but, if the 2002 password “year10” no longer works, then you should use the 2003 password “Wilbur” - with a capital "W". Now you only have to remember which Wright brother it was and how to spell it.


Doug Bastin                                                                      March 2003

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