A four-frame, 64-page exhibit exploring all the closed post offices in the Northwest Territories operated by Canada, the U.S., and Great Britain was recently added to the British North America Philatelic Society (BNAPS) website.
Found in the website’s online resources and exhibits section, the exhibit—”Sovereignty, Substances, Small Centres and Subs: Closed Post Offices of the Northwest Territories” by Kevin O’Reilly—shows all the closed post offices in the Northwest Territories as defined by the boundary set from 1912-99.
“Many unique or very scarce items and markings are shown,” reads the exhibit’s title page.
The exhibit is divided into four themes, including:
- Sovereignty (Royal Canadian Mounted Police detachments, weather stations, military bases);
- Substances (mining company towns);
- Small Centres (small communities in remote locations); and
- Subs (special post offices).
This exhibit was shown at the 2011 Royal Philatelic Society of Canada (RPSC) Convention in Dorval, Qué. and the 2011 Edmonton Spring Show. A fourth frame was added to include U.S. and UK military post offices before it was shown at the 2013 Edmonton Spring Show and BNAPEX 2013 in Charlottetown, P.E.I.
It won gold at each show.
O’Reilly, of Yellowknife, N.W.T., is a long-standing member of The RPSC. He was the society’s representative on Canada Post’s Stamp Advisory Committee from 2006-12 and has served on The RPSC’s Geldert Award committee.