On Wednesday April 15, at 5:30pm EDT, the Collectors Club will be hosting “”Victorian Natal” – a Joint Presentation with the Collectors Club, South African Philately Club, South African Collectors’ Society and Cape and Natal Study Circle by Keith P. Klugman, MD, Seattle, WA using Zoom technology. It’s being held twice on the same day: Register for 10:30am Register for 5:30pm .
Natal – discovered by the Portuguese on Christmas Day in 1497 and thusly named “Terra Natalis.” All was not love and joy in the area for the British who acquired Natal in 1824 in a treaty with the Zulu leader, Shaka. Natal became British Colony in 1856 and stamps followed shortly thereafter in1857, but with the Boer War and native tensions, the area was far from the Peace on Earth” as the name Natal name would suggest.
Join the four societies in welcoming Keith P Klugman FRPSL winner of the prestigious 2021 Tapling medal for his article “Natal: Use of 1857 Embossed Stamps” in the London Philatelist during 2020, for “Victorian Natal 1857 – 1899”
AboutProf. Keith P Klugman FRPSL
Keith has been collecting stamps for 62 of his 65 years, initially collecting stamps soaked off his grandfather’s incoming international shipping business letters, kept for him as a favor by the company secretary! In his early years he was passionate about making his own first day covers for new issues in his birthplace, Johannesburg, South Africa, but then in his teens became an expert on the errors produced in printing official first day covers produced by the South African Post office. His first foray into classic stamps and postal history was the British Virgin Islands, where the lack of available postal history led him to the fascination of the foreign mails of St Thomas in the Danish West Indies and his first Grand Award at NOJEX, NJ in 1989. As a young physician working in public health, still in South Africa, having acquired the bulk of the American Banknote Company proofs of Nova Scotia, he then put together a significant collection of the stamps and postal history of Nova Scotia, only to have his collection bought out by a major international exhibitor. Determined to put together a Championship level exhibit he turned his attention to Natal around 25 years ago. His current Natal collection has surpassed in material any that have previously been put together, and having won large gold awards at London 2010, New York 2016 and Wuhan 2019, will now be the first ever Natal to be exhibited in the Championship Class, planned for London 2022.
Keith has published more than 70 articles on the Victorian era of Natal stamps and postal history, most recently a definitive series of 3 articles in the London Philatelist on the postal uses of the 1857 embossed issue. He has twice won the Collectors Club of NY Medal for articles in the Collectors Club Philatelist in 2009 and 2011. In 2013 he won the Lee Medal of the Royal Philatelic Society, London for his presentation on Victorian Natal.
Keith currently leads the pneumonia programs for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle, where he is dedicated to reducing pneumonia mortality globally.