Four BNAPS books released

The British North America Philatelic Society (BNAPS) has released four books—two as part of its Exhibit Series—just in time for BNAPEX 2016, the society’s annual convention, which is slated to be held Sept. 30-Oct. 2 in Fredericton, N.B.


Donald Thompson’s The Stories of the Riel Uprising at Fort Garry and the Northwest Rebellion in Saskatchewan is No. 92 of BNAPS’ Exhibit Series. The 98-page, spiral-bound book is available online here at Sparks Auctions.

Mike Street, co-ordinator of BNAPS’ book department, said Thompson’s exhibit “The Stories of the Riel Uprising at Fort Garry in the Red River Settlement, 1869-71, and the Northwest Rebellion in Saskatchewan, March-August, 1885” is an interesting combination of rare postal history and equally or even rarer historical documents he was able to acquire during a 50-year collecting period.

“After a five-frame version was exhibited in the Court of Honour at BNAPEX 2010 Victoria, the author added more material before his passing in 2014. This volume combines the Victoria exhibit and the new material,” said Street, who added Thompson’s keen interest in history stems from documents relating to his ancestors’ involvement in the colonization of Connecticut, Long Island and New Jersey from the mid-1600s, and Loyalist settlements in New Brunswick and Ontario in the 1780s.

In 2003, Thompson co-authored Emerging Saskatchewan, a comprehensive study of the postal history of the District of Assiniboia from 1882-1905 and the transfer of post offices to the newly established provinces of Saskatchewan and Alberta, with Norman Wagner.


Peter Motson’s 164-page book ‘Newfoundland Airmail Stamps and Airmail Flights: 1918-1948’ was also published by BNAPS this month.


Peter Motson’s Newfoundland Airmail Stamps and Airmail Flights: 1918-1948 is No. 54 in BNAPS’ Exhibit Series. Combining Motson’s original exhibit shown in 2008 plus material added for the London 2010 International Stamp Exhibition, this 164-page, spiral-bound book is available online here at Sparks Auctions.

Street said Motson began collecting material for his “Newfoundland Airmail Stamps and Air Mail Flights: 1918-1949” exhibit in 1970, but the scarcer items weren’t acquired until after the sale of his business interests in 2002. The exhibit was first shown in 2004, earning a large vermeil in London, England. His study of North Atlantic airmails was awarded with the British Aerophilatelic Federation’s Medal for Research in 2005. The following year, the exhibit won the British Aero Philatelic Club Trophy, a coveted aerophilatelic award, as well as a gold medal.


Cecil Coutts’ 124-page book International Rapid Cancelling Machines Volume 1 – Western Canada is the first of three volumes to be published in the coming months. It’s available online here at Sparks Auctions.

The two remaining volumes (one for Ontario; and one for Quebec, the Maritimes and Newfoundland) will be published by BNAPS soon.


Cecil Coutts’ 124-page book ‘International Rapid Cancelling Machines Volume 1 – Western Canada’ was the third book released by BNAPS this month.

Street said it has been nearly 35 years since David Sessions published his Early Rapid Cancelling Machines of Canada, and a considerable amount of new early/late postmark dates and other data have been reported since this time.

In this first handbook, Coutts has completely updated the Western Canada International machines portion of Sessions’ previous work.

“All data for each town or city that had an International machine is presented in table form,” said Street. “On their own, these tables would not take many pages, but Cec has added many covers illustrating not only line cancellations but also Flag cancellations for the locations that had Flags, as well as contemporary postcards – almost all in colour – of virtually every town or city, providing a most interesting view of the 1902-1920 period.”



Mike Powell’s 676-page book ‘Postal History of the Great War Internment Camps in Canada’ was the fourth book released by BNAPS this month.

Rounding out BNAPS’ September book releases is J. Michael Powell’s Postal History of the Great War Internment Camps in Canada. The 676-page book shines light on what was a generally unknown area of Canada’s First World War history with an extensive study on Canadian internment mail and the 25 camps established in Canada through the conflict. Combining Powell’s personal collection of relevant material as well as the collections of several prominent collectors, this massive volume is the product of an “incredible research effort” that includes letters and postcards sent to and from internees, who were mostly enemy alien civilians but some prisoners of war (POWs), too; reproductions of hand-stamps and postmarks; and contemporary postcards and photographs, which add context to the philatelic material.

Powell’s 2011 book Notes through Barbed Wire, which was also published by BNAPS, studied internment mail during the Second World War.

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