Map Stamp Study Group revived

Collector Rick Friesen has volunteered to revive the Map Stamp Study Group, which he is now serving as chair and newsletter editor.

Friesen has already contacted collectors of the 1898 two-cent “map stamp” (Scott #85) to join the revived study group. He also invites members of the British North America Philatelic Society (BNAPS), which boasts about 20 other study groups, to join if they’re interested in the 123-year-old stamp issue.

Friesen, working with his co-editor Scott Robinson, published the first edition of the revived group’s newsletter earlier this month. Before this, the group published its last newsletter in 2008.

The study group held its first meeting via Zoom on April 24. The agenda included:
  • Friesen’s opening remarks;
  • Brian Copeland speaking on “Squared Circle Postmarks from Western Canada on Map Stamp Covers”;
  • Robinson speaking on “Map Stamp Variety 2-A-84”; and
  • Earl Foster speaking on “Partial Sheet of Plate 4.”

For more information, contact Friesen, who’s also a member of the BNAPS Squared Circle Study Group, at


Whitney Bradley founded the Map Stamp Study Group in 1982 at BNAPEX in Virginia Beach.

The group remained active through 1990, when Whitney retired as its newsletter editor and the group went dormant. It was restablished for a second time from 1999-2008.

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