BNAPS Illustrated Mail Study Group


Illustrated cover from a jewelry store advertising Bulova watches

Study Group objectives

The Study Group held its inaugural meeting at the BNAPEX 2013 convention in Charlottetown, PEI. Its objectives are to share knowledge about Illustrated Mail and promote it as a collecting area and exhibit category within BNAPS.

What is “Illustrated Mail”?

Illustrated Mail broadly encompasses covers and postcards sent through the mail that are embellished with illustrations. The most common examples are business covers with pictorial advertising such as the jewelry store cover with the “Bulova watches” advertisement shown above. Other examples include covers with patriotic art and cachets that mark a current event or commemorate a past event. One can also find personal covers illustrated by an artistically inclined letter writer.

What is excluded from Illustrated Mail?

The Study Group has excluded the following from its study area:

  • Picture postcards, except for postcards such as “Salesman Will Call” notices
  • Permit Mail
  • Mail with a simple logo and First Day Covers, unless they are part of a complete story in an exhibit (for example, a study of the Royal Train)
  • Corner cards consisting of just text
Newsletter - Illustrated Mail

Newsletter Editors

From To Editor
2013 2014 John Burnett


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