Meetings at the Royal: Mind-blowing quality

Published on Author José Ramón Moreno

Maurice Hadida FRPSL proudly shows the plaquette presented to him by Patrick Maselis RDP FRPSL, President of The Royal Philatelic Society London.


‘The best I have ever seen. The depth and quality is mind-blowing, and the condition wonderful.’ So commented Murray Gellatly FRPSL, Chairman of the GB Overprints Society, at the display of Morocco Postal History (1852-1925) given by Maurice Hadida FRPSL to the members of The Royal Philatelic Society London on 11 January.

In Morocco there were postal services operated – at times simultaneously – by France, the United Kingdom and Germany. These foreign post offices or agencies gradually joined the General Postal Union, later the Universal Postal Union (UPU). In addition there were two postal services in Morocco that never formed part of the UPU, the Chérifien postal service and the Local Posts.

Every post office in Morocco was included in what Peter Kelly FRPSL, giving the vote of thanks, described as a ‘testimony of the research undertaken by Maurice of a difficult and complicated country to study’. Peter further remarked on the tenacity of the runners used by the local posts.

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