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The British North America Philatelic Society (BNAPS) is pleased to announce the release of new books by Malcolm Montgomery and Joachim Frank.
“Trans-Atlantic Mail between Canada and the United Kingdom 1759 – 1851”, by Malcolm B. Montgomery. 422 pages, 8.5 x 11, Spiral bound, 2013. ISBN: 978-1-927119-23-5 (colour), 978-1-927119-24-2 (b&w). Stock# B4h062.1.1 (colour) - $C96.00, B4h062.1 (b&w) $C57.95
In the period from 1970 through 2000 many BNA philatelists, notably the late Jack Arnell, the late Allan Steinhart and Malcolm Montgomery, studied the varied aspects of nineteenth century mail to and from British North America and England. This latest BNAPS handbook, “Trans-Atlantic Mail between Canada and the United Kingdom 1759 – 1851”, the second of a trilogy of books, features Malcolm’s exhibit, “Transatlantic Mail between the United Kingdom and British North America 1759-1851,” which was awarded an International Gold at the London 2010 exhibition, followed by Gold and the Allan Steinhart Reserve Grand Award at BNAPEX 2010 in Victoria, BC. The third volume, an update of Jack Arnell’s 1987 “Handbook on Transatlantic Mail”, will include the large amount of information that has been gathered since publication of the original and especially since he and Allan Steinhart passed away close to fifteen years ago.
“Trans-Atlantic Mail between Canada and the United Kingdom 1759 – 1851” has been prepared in the same format as Malcolm Montgomery’s 2012 book, “Fines on Trans-Atlantic Mail between Canada and the United Kingdom 1859 – 1899”. A chapter on postal events of the period and United Kingdom inland and coastal rates is followed by a chapter on Ship Letters and a chapter on Packet letters. The 250 plates then show covers from Malcolm’s exhibit with full explanations. Annexes on Monarchs, Rulers, Postal Regulations, Treaties and Related Notes and United Kingdom Mileage charts and a Bibliography round out the book.
In his Foreword the author writes, “This book, originally intended as a contribution to the BNAPS ‘Exhibits’ series has changed somewhat in scope during its preparation and now forms part of a series of BNAPS publications covering British North American trans-Atlantic mail covering the period 1759-1899. I have enjoyed reading books that explain the history of the development of the mails and have found books illustrating other collectors’ studies very helpful, but I have often been frustrated, despite being given the references for sources unfortunately often in far-distant archives or centuries old books, in not being able to read for myself the Acts, Warrants and Regulations that determined the handling of the letters in my collection. Recognising that the majority of the readers of this book will themselves be trying to gather and describe collections of trans-Atlantic letters, often with a view to entertain or impress other postal historians, sometimes judges, I have attempted to provide quotations from as many sources contemporary to the letters as space will allow.”
Malcolm Montgomery is a retired British Army officer who served in the Middlesex Regiment, with tours of duty during his latter years in the Army at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe and the Ministry of Defence, identifying users’ requirements for computer support in command and control. For his Army service to his country he was made a member of the Order of the British Empire. While a schoolboy in Austria, where he lived when his father was stationed there, Malcolm formed a collection of stamps, first Austrian, and then Canadian. Later in life the stamps of Canada took over as his main interest until he realized that, on an Army Officer’s salary, he would never complete the collection. Instead he began to study postal history, mainly the postal history of the trans-Atlantic services between the United Kingdom and British North America. His interest led to his becoming the Editor of the newsletter of the TransAtlantic Mail Study Group of BNAPS during the 1900s.
“The Postal History of the Canadian Participation in the South African War, 1899-1902”, by Joachim Frank. 110 pages, 8.5 x 11, Spiral bound, 2013. ISBN: 978-1-927119-25-9 (colour), 978-1-927119-26-6 (b&w). Stock# B4h073.1.1 (colour) - $C53.00, B4h073.1 (b&w) $C34.95
“The Postal History of the Canadian Participation in the South African War, 1899-1902” exhibit documents the complex involvement of some 8000 Canadian volunteers who served in South Africa during the conflict and its aftermath.
The First Contingent, consisting of the 2nd Bn Royal Canadian Regiment, left from Quebec on 30 October 1899, on the “SS Sardinian”. It was followed on 27 January 1900 by the Second Contingent, which included the 1st and 2nd Bns Canadian Mounted Rifles, the Royal Canadian Field Artillery, a Nurses group and the Canadian Postal Corps. Also in January 1900, the 3rd Bn Royal Canadian Regiment was sent to Halifax, NS to relieve the Imperial garrison for service in South Africa.
Lord Strathcona's Horse, an Imperial unit raised in Canada, followed in March 1900. The Third Contingent, arriving in January 1902, involved the 2nd Regiment, Canadian Mounted Rifles and the 10th Canadian Field Hospital. The Fourth Contingent, consisting of the 3rd - 6th Regiments, Canadian Mounted Rifles, was in South Africa from June July 1902. The Contingent for the South African Constabulary, the last of whom remained in South Africa till 1908, did not have a free franking privilege.
Among the rare or unusual items in the exhibit are a “Mail Service Suspended” cover returned to the sender only 12 days after war was declared, mid ocean mail transfer covers, the only recorded Registered Canadian Contingent parcel label and an official mailbag tag, three En-Route items and a rare SO Canadians cover. Letters from Canadians who participated in the relief of Mafeking are of great interest, as is the only known item from the 4th Regiments, Canadian Mounted Rifles, part of the Fourth Contingent. Patriotic covers used at home are complemented by patriotics used in South Africa.
In 1944, when he was just six, Canadian troops liberated Joachim Frank’s home town of Oss, Netherlands. Stamps the Canadian troops gave the children from their mail must have destroyed some good postal history, but they kindled in him an interest in Canadian philately and history. After emigrating to South Africa in 1951 he graduated from the Medical School of the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, subsequently specialising in Gynaecology. He practiced in that city until 2010, when he retired and relocated to London, England.
A member of the Philatelic Society of Johannesburg since 1955, Joachim served as its President and is the oldest subscribing member. His main collecting interest has been “Canada”, particularly the Victorian issues of the Dominion period, and his “Canada 1868-1897” exhibit received two South African National Large Gold Medals and the National Grand Prix (State President’s Trophy), as well as a Vermeil at International exhibitions in Canada (1996) and Large Vermeils in Israel (1998) and Korea (2002). He joined BNAPS in 1966 and the Royal Philatelic Society, London in 1972. In 1994 he was elected to sign “The Roll of Honour of Distinguished Philatelists of Southern Africa”.
After contributing to recent Canadian handbooks but unable to exhibit his Victorian stamps internationally, he disposed of the Canada collection except for “The Postal History of the Canadian Participation in the South African War, 1899-1902”. This has been developed into a substantial exhibit which was awarded a Large Gold medal and special prize at Pezapex 2007 (Port Elizabeth, SA), a Vermeil at “Israel 2008” and a Gold medal at Autumn Stampex 2012 (London). He is also the author of a number of articles, based on this collection, for “The South African Philatelist”, exploring the Canadian contribution, in all its forms, to a war which was to change the history of South Africa.
The British North America Philatelic Society (BNAPS) is pleased to announce the release of three new books in the Exhibit Series.
The Law Stamps of British Columbia - The Early Printings, 1879 to 1912, by Richard Fleet, 2013, 98 pages, 8.5 x 11, spiral bound. ISBN: 978-1-927119-17-4 (colour), 978-1-927119-18-1 (B&W). BNAPS Exhibit Series #70. Published by BNAPS. Stock # B4h923.70.1 (Colour) - $C52.00; B4h923.70 (Black & White) - $C34.95
Richard Fleet says, “When I inherited Ian McTaggart-Cowan's collection, I didn't have a BC Law stamp to my name and, even worse, didn't know anything about them. In addition to his exhibit, there were four shoe boxes of stamps on and off paper, a stack of documents and four binders, three with stock pages full of stamps, and one with the correspondence relating to the collection he had had over the years. It was really overwhelming.”
After sorting and consolidating all the loose material and reviewing Ian’s exhibit, which was published in 2005 as BNAPS Exhibit Series #36, Richard decided to take a different route, limiting his exhibit to just the first five series of BC Law stamps instead of all thirteen, and incorporating more stamps and fewer documents. He believes that this approach makes for a far stronger exhibit and deals more with the stamps, their printing and the different varieties. He has retrieved from the accumulation printing varieties that were not shown in Ian’s exhibit and added to the collection some of the printing varieties that Ian did not have. Richard’s most significant addition to the collection is the information on the different perforating methods of the Second Series by the Colonist Printing Co. His work was rewarded when his own BC Law exhibit was awarded Gold, the Allan Steinhart Reserve Grand Award, the Wilmer Rockett Revenue Award and the Meyerson Award at BNAPEX 2012 CALTAPEX in Calgary, Alberta. He is continuing to work with the rest of the McTaggart-Cowan BC Law material and hopes to eventually exhibit it in much the same way, with more stamps and fewer documents.
Richard Fleet's The Law Stamps of British Columbia - The Early Printings, 1879 to 1912, which was awarded Gold, the Allan Steinhart Reserve Grand Award, the Wilmer Rockett Revenue Award and the Meyerson Award at BNAPEX 2012 CALTAPEX in Calgary, Alberta is the 70th volume in the BNAPS Exhibit Series.
Rick Fleet was born in Victoria, B.C. in 1946. He began collecting stamps as a youth, asking for a Minkus Canada album for his 13th birthday. Revenue stamps always interested him, and he focused on these issues after Jim Sissons catalogue of the revenue stamps of Canada was published in the 1960s. In the 1980s, he started specializing in the Second Bill Stamp Issue. His exhibit of this issue has won gold medals at many exhibitions, starting with VICPEX 2000 and subsequently at BNAPEX (Edmonton and Victoria), VANPEX, the Royal, and in New Zealand. Having done almost all there is to do with Bill Stamps, Rick is now starting a study of B.C. Law Stamps.
Rick has combined his two main interests, philately and computers, into one great hobby. He has used his computer skills to help design exhibit pages that have been the models for many Victoria collectors. In addition, he has created a web site to explain the Second Bill Stamp Issue. Over the years, he has assembled an extensive philatelic library for the study of revenue stamps and their production. He joined the Board of Directors of BNAPS in 2010.
Japanese Relocation Mail 1941 to 1945, by William E. Topping, 2013, 88 pages, 8.5 x 11, spiral bound. ISBN: 978-1-927119-19-8 (colour), 978-1-927119-20-4 (B&W). BNAPS Exhibit Series #71. Published by BNAPS. Stock # B4h923.71.1 (Colour) - $C51.00; B4h923.71 (Black & White) - $C33.95
Bill Topping’s Japanese Relocation Mail 1941 to 1945, the 71st volume in the BNAPS Exhibit Series, was awarded a Vermeil at BNAPEX 2012 CALTAPEX in Calgary, Alberta. As there are items in the exhibit not shown in previous BNAPS books relating to the treatment of the Japanese during World War II, it was decided that Bill’s exhibit should also be included in the BNAPS Exhibit Series. Because the fine grid on the original mounting pages did not scan well, the original text was retyped and scans of the covers transferred to the new pages.
Bill Topping presented his first stamp display at the Pacific National Exhibition stamp show in 1940 where he won a bronze ribbon. In the 1960s and 70s he was very active in organized philately in British Columbia and helped bring the VANPEX, PIPEX, BNAPEX and the Royal Philatelic Society of Canada exhibitions to Vancouver. He was also active in the Canadian Philatelic Society of Great Britain and served as president in 2004.
Among other interests Bill formed and exhibited an award winning collection of Canadian semi-official airmails and wrote Yukon Airways and Exploration Company Limited: A Pioneer Air Mail Company. He also wrote the 14-page Introduction of the three editions of Canada Inkjet (Jet Spray) Cancels 1992-2002/5. Perhaps his best known works are the separate checklists, prepared and published with William G. Robinson, of the post offices of Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and the early Territories of the west. Bill also published a comprehensive listing of all Western Canada post offices in operation from 1990 to 2006 in four booklets, one each for Alberta, British Colombia, Manitoba including Northern Canada and Saskatchewan. He recently completed two new books, the Catalogue of Western Canadian Ship Way Letter Cancellations and Related Ship Postal Markings and its companion volume, the Catalogue of Eastern Canadian Ship Way Letter Cancellations and Related Ship Postal Markings. Since 1992 he has also been the editor of the quarterly British Columbia Postal History News Letter.
In recognition of his dedication to Canadian philately, Bill was elected a Fellow of the Royal Philatelic Society of Canada in 1999. In 2006 he received a Lifetime Achievement Awards from the members of the Order of the Beaver, the Honorary Fellowship of the British North America Philatelic Society (BNAPS).
Bill has also led an active life outside philately. Over his 35 years of teaching he was active in the British Columbia Teachers' Federation, serving in a number of positions including President of the Richmond Teachers' Association and Chairman of the Teachers' Pension Plan. He is also a life member of the B.C. Genealogy Society. During the 1980s he and his wife Marion led over a dozen trips to China which indirectly resulted in him building a gold medal collection of the Crown Colony of Wei Hai Wei. He is now retired and is in the slow process of disposing of over a half century of accumulated philatelic material.
ROUTES, RATES, and REGULATIONS: Canada’s International Mail, 1873/74 to 1898, by Brian Murphy, 2013, 184 pages, 8.5 x 11, spiral bound. ISBN: 978-1-927119-21-1 (colour), 978-1-927119-22-8 (B&W). BNAPS Exhibit Series #72. Published by BNAPS. Stock # B4h923.72.1 (Colour) - $C71.00; B4h923.72 (Black & White) - $C41.95
Brian Murphy writes, “Explanation and illustration of Canada’s 19th century international mail is limited by the low survival rate of material. One solution, pioneered before 1966 by Charles de Volpi, is to include covers into Canada from other countries. These inward covers were carried on the same routes as Canada’s outward covers, often at the equivalent of the same rate, and almost without exception handled by the same “Regulations”. Including inward covers doubles what one can collect and exhibit! This collection has covers (or post cards) to 62 destinations, not counting Britain and the United States; additionally it has covers from 91 origins. In all, covers that connected Canada with another 113 countries and colonies, in addition to Britain and the States, are exhibited here.”
Brian’s exhibit, ROUTES, RATES, and REGULATIONS: Canada’s International Mail, 1873/74 to 1898, was shown during development at various exhibitions. At BNAPEX 2001 in Ottawa it received a Gold medal and The Ed and Mickey Richardson Award, sponsored by the BNAPS Prairie Beavers Regional Group and given annually for the exhibit best representing one or more of research, originality, innovativeness, presentation. After much additional material was added the exhibit was shown at ORAPEX 2012 where it again received a Gold medal. For this volume ten pages of new material have been added to the 2012 exhibit.
Brian Murphy began collecting in Halifax as a child in the 1950s, when he was given a collection of world stamps formed in the 1930s by an uncle who was killed in World War II. Brian still uses his uncle’s 1936 Scott catalogue to help identify stamps on covers when buying for this collection. In 1959, his family moved to Toronto where, in the heyday of stamp stores in that city, he and friends would regularly different dealers by bicycle. Brian spent – or mis-spent as he puts it - four years of his youth between school and university, travelling in Australasia, Asia, and Africa. One result of that travel was increased interest in many - perhaps all - countries, and in the global social order. Soon his cover collecting was increasingly of mail between Canada and the rest of the world. In the subsequent four decades, he has yet to escape that pattern of collecting, leading to the collection shown in this volume.
Now retired from Library and Archives Canada, Brian divides his time between Ottawa and Lunenburg County Nova Scotia, where he and his wife Martha are preserving a largely unaltered 18th Century house. They have three grown sons.
The British North America Philatelic Society (BNAPS) is pleased to announce the release of new books by Gary Dickinson and Ken Kershaw.
First Day Covers of Newfoundland; by Gary Dickinson. 2013, 70 pages, 8.5 x 11, spiral bound, colour. ISBN: 978-1-927119-15-0. Published by the British North America Philatelic Society. Stock # B4h060.1.1; $C46.95
After his first three BNAPS books, on A.C. Roessler, Joseph C. Rosenbaum and the Marks Stamp Company, Gary Dickinson has now added a fourth, the first ever detailed compilation of information on and illustrations of the First Day Covers (FDC) of Newfoundland. The book was produced with the generous assistance of BNAPS First Day Cover Study Group members Ivan Hebert-Croteau, Maurice Malenfant, and Bob Vogel.
Although the history of First Day Covers of Newfoundland stamp issues spans less than 30 years, three characteristic styles developed during that period. From dated postmarks as the only indication of FDC status in the 1920s, Newfoundland FDCs progressed to handwritten, typed, and rubber stamped markings into the early 1930s. These were gradually superseded by printed cachets through the final Newfoundland stamp issue in 1947. The intent of this monograph is to outline the development of Newfoundland FDCs by documenting and recording them, with an expectation that this will serve as a baseline for further study.
The four main chapters cover early FDCs produced from 1920 to 1936, those prepared for the Coronation of King George VI in 1936, the many varieties arising from the Royal Visit of 1939, and finally those printed in the Forties. The Appendix is a 24-page illustrated catalogue of all FDC cachets which were duplicated through a printing process from 1933 to 1947. Each cachet type has a unique number tied to the Scott number for the stamp, which should greatly help as the study of Newfoundland FDCs carries on into the future.
Pricing was not addressed in the cachet catalogue. The very limited supply of Newfoundland FDC material available in the market place at any given time is often counterbalanced by a small number of collectors, which results in low demand. Prices can range from a few dollars for FDCs that are relatively widely available to a few hundred dollars for scarcer early covers or attractive cachets produced in very low numbers.
Dr. Gary Dickinson worked in British Columbia secondary schools, colleges, and universities for 35 years until he retired in 2001. The last 20 years were at Okanagan College and Okanagan University College where he served as South Okanagan Regional Director for five years and Dean of the Faculty of Adult and Continuing Education for 15 years. He was also Acting Vice-President, Academic for the year and a half prior to his retirement. Since 2002, Gary has followed up on his interest in continuing education by serving as President of the Society for Learning in Retirement, a 700 member organization providing educational programs for seniors in the Central Okanagan. Gary and his wife Barbara have six grown children and were foster parents for 20 years.
The Re-Entries and Varieties in the 3-Cent Small Queen; by Kenneth A. Kershaw, 2013, Spiral bound, 448 pages, 8.5 × 11. Published by the British North America Philatelic Society. ISBN 978-1-927119-16-7; Stock # B4h061.1.1 $C128.00
What is likely Ken Kershaw’s last BNAPS book, The Re-Entries and Varieties in the 3-Cent Small Queen, is a major study of what is probably the most collected and studied stamp ever issued by Canada. Using his technique of first scanning a stamp at a high 1200DPI (dots per inch) resolution to produce a master image, then reducing that image to a more workable 300DPI for illustrating the book, he has filled this 448 page volume with easy to see and use replicas of a huge number of the variations of the 3¢ Small Queen.
Setting the stage with illustrations of guide dots and lines, marginal flaws, kiss prints, imprint types, plate corrosion flaws and short transfers, he then moves on to over 145 pages of re-entries and 250 pages of varieties. Both the re-entries and varieties are listed according to the position of particular segments of the stamp and then by stamp position on the printing sheet. Because of the long life and the large number of plates prepared for the 3¢ Small Queen, with few exceptions it is not possible to identify each variety by the actual printing plate used to produce the stamp being viewed. It is expected that collectors of the 3¢ Small Queen will have hours of fun checking their holdings against the illustrations in this book.
Ken Kershaw was born in England and became fascinated by plants at an early age. He graduated from Manchester University with a B Sc degree in Botany in 1952. After military service he went on to a Ph. D. degree working on pattern in vegetation, and was appointed lecturer in Plant Ecology at Imperial College London in 1957. He was seconded to Ahmadu Bello University in northern Nigeria for two years. On his return to Imperial College he became involved with lichen ecology, particularly in alpine and arctic areas, in addition to his work on computer modeling and data analysis. He obtained his D Sc in 1965 and was appointed Professor at McMaster University, Hamilton in 1969. His research was then devoted heavily to the ecology of the Canadian low arctic and northern boreal forest areas, and in 1982 he was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He is the author of several university texts.
Ken’s passion for wild plants has been transferred to Canadian philately. He sees his plating work simply as the “taxonomy of bits of paper” and after a lifetime of plant taxonomy finds it a fairly straightforward and fascinating hobby.