Rochdale Philatelic Society

July 2019 Club Meeting Notes


Mark Everiss from Burnley Philatelic Society presented stamps from the Transcaucasian Federation (Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia).


Georgia emerged from the civil war (1918) with regained independence, before being absorbed again by Russia in 1921. The strategic Georgian Black Sea port of Batum however still had Turkish troops in occupation, who were soon persuaded by British forces 1918/19 to leave. Batum unofficially therefore became a British Occupied Territory (B.O.T.). Even Batum stamps were overprinted BOT. The invalidity of this status was challenged in the Commons. Churchill agreed and said the benefit was that it annoyed the enemy.

In consequence Batum stamps became highly collectable and overrun with forgeries, indeed forgeries of forgeries proliferated.

Ken Knight the society president announced that next month’s meeting will be the AGM followed by members displays and the award of the Noel Bamford Tankard. New people are always welcome at the meetings, which are held at the Rochdale Unitarian Church on the second Tuesday of each month at 7.30 pm, or alternatively telephone Neil on 01706 665698. or email



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