BNAPS Map Stamp Study Group
The Map Stamp Study Group was founded by Whitney Bradley at BNAPEX 1982 Virginia Beach. The first issue of the newsletter, dated Nov.-Dec. 1982, listed 18 members. In August 1989, BNAPS published Whitney's Map book, The Canadian Map Stamp of 1898 - A Plating Study. At the end of 1990, Whitney retired as newsletter editor, and the Group went dormant.
The Group was re-established at BNAPEX 1999 in Vernon, BC, by Doug Lingard (then Vice-President Study Groups), Francis Au, and Bill Pekonen. Fred Fawn was Chairman, Roger Boisclair Secretary/Treasurer, and Bill Pekonen newsletter editor. The first issue of the newsletter, The 1898 Christmas Stamp Newsletter, published in Jan. 2000, listed 20 members.
Bill Pekonen retired as Editor at the end of 2000. The editorial reins were taken up by John T. Anders in 2001, and Roger Boisclair took on the role of Assistant Editor in addition to being Secretary and Treasurer. The newsletter was renamed The 1898 Christmas Map Stamp Newsletter. Roger Boisclair retired from his three roles towards in the latter part of 2002, and John Anders became Secretary and Treasurer while continuing as Editor.
Orville F. Osborne assumed the roles of Secretary, Treasurer, and Editor in the spring of 2005. Orville's last issue was No. 26, Spring/Fall 2008. He went on to develop a Map Stamp website for the Study Group. It went live in January 2010 and saw a major upgrade in November 2014. The website was taken down in January 2021.
In March 2021, Rick Friesen volunteered to reinvigorate the Study Group. He contacted several Map Stamp enthusiasts to becomes Study Group members, and invites any BNAPS member with an interest in the Map Stamp to join. For more information, you can email Rick at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|1982||1990||Whitney. L. Bradley|
|2001||2004||John T. Anders|
|2005||2008||Orville F. Osborne|
|2021||Scott Robinson, editor; Rick Friesen, co-editor|
The issues are in PDF format. File sizes vary from 1.4 to 14.1 MB.
When you click on an issue number, it will be displayed in a new window. Closing the window returns you to this page.
|1982 No 1|
|1983 No 2 No 3 No 4|
|1984 No 5 No 6 No 7|
|1985 No 8 No 9 No 10|
|1986 No 11 No 12 No 13|
|1987 No 14 No 15 No 16|
|1988 No 17 No 18|
|1989 No 19 No 20|
|1990 No 21|
For the first three issues, the name of the newsletter was The 1898 Christmas Stamp Newsletter
|2000 No 1 No 2 No 3|
|2001 No 4 No 5 No 6 No 7|
|2002 No 8 No 9 No 10|
|2003 No 11 No 12 No 13 No 14|
|2005 No 19 No 20 No 21 No 22|
|2006 No 23 No 24|
|2007 No 25|
|2008 No 26|
The following issues were mis-numbered:
An index to the 21 issues edited by Whitney Bradley along with a brief history of the Study Group was published in the last issue of the newsletter in the second series, No. 26 (Spring/Fall 2008).
|2021 Vol 1 No 1 Vol 1 No 2 Vol 1 No 3 Vol 1 No 4|
|2022 Vol 2 No 1 Vol 2 No 2 Vol 2 No 3|
|2023 Vol 3 No 1|
Click on the title. The census will be displayed in a new window. Closing the window returns you to this page.
Rick Friesen has compiled four censuses of postmarks on the Map Stamp:
About 250 Map Stamp covers postmarked with RPO hammer strikes are listed. The listing for each cover includes an illustration (if an image is available), RPO cancel identification, origin (if known), destination, and provenance. The census also updates the 1987 Lew Ludlow roster of RPO cancellations on off-cover Map stamps.
This is a census of Map Stamp covers with Barred Circle postmarks, often referred to as precursors of Squared Circle postmarks. The hammers, introduced in 1892, were issued to nine towns in Canada (Halifax, Hamilton, London, Montreal, Ottawa, St. John, Seaforth, Toronto, and Winnipeg) and St. John’s, Newfoundland. The census currently documents 72 covers with Montreal strikes and one with a St. John’s, Newfoundland, strike.
This census of 3,461 postmarks on off-cover Map stamps is compiled from numerous sources. They include over 58 years of public auction listings, three Internet auction sources (such as eBay), philatelic literature (including books and journals), exhibits, dealer stocks, personal communications from Squared Circle collectors, and the author's collection.
Lists over 1,100 covers franked with the 1898 2¢ Map Stamp and postmarked with Squared Circle hammer strikes. If an image is available, the cover is illustrated. The previous census, compiled in 2001, listed 620 covers. The data for this census comes from auction catalogues dating back to 1960, Internet auctions such as eBay, philatelic literature, exhibits, dealer stocks, personal communications from fellow collectors, and the author's collection.
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