The 100th volume of the “Exhibit Series” issued by British North America Philatelic Society (BNAPS) features Eldon Godfrey’s exhibit on the Second World War Foreign Exchange Control Board (FECB).
Entitled Foreign Exchange Control in Canada/The Role of Canada Post 1939-1951, the 150-page spiral-bound book explores Godfrey’s exhibit, which is the result of nearly three decades of research about FECB operations. Godfrey is currently serving as president of BNAPS.
In September 1939, less than a week after declaring war with Germany, the Canadian government authorized the FECB. The book illustrates how Canada’s Post Office Department helped the board carry out its mandate of controlling foreign exchange transactions so the country could maintain enough currency to support the war effort.
“The late Ken Ellison started the Exhibit Series in 1996,” reads the second quarter issue of BNA Topics, the society’s official journal.
“It was and is a way of preserving, for posterity, the hard work of the many BNAPS members who create the exhibits that form such an important part of BNAPEX conventions and the philatelic exhibitions of other societies.”
The book is available for $70 plus shipping, and BNAPS members receive a 40 per cent discount.