The British North America Philatelic Society (BNAPS) released three books—one as part of its Exhibit Series—last month.
Cecil Coutts’ 124-page International Rapid Cancelling Machines Volume 3 – Province of Quebec, the Maritimes and Newfoundland was among the February releases. It’s available for $59 from Sparks Auctions.
Mike Street, co-ordinator of BNAPS’ book department, 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. The first volume, detailing Western Canada, was published in August 2016, and the second volume, which detailed Ontario, was published in December 2016.
“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.”
POSTAL HISTORY OF TERRITORIAL ASSINIBOIA, SASK.
The second February release was Emerging Saskatchewan: The Postal History of Territorial Assiniboia 1882-1905 by Donald W. Thompson and Norman E. Wagner. The 342-page book is available for $82 from Sparks Auctions.
According to Street, Thompson and Wagner published a “very small quantity” of Emerging Saskatchewan: The Postal History of Territorial Assiniboia 1882-1905 in 2003 with the intention of finding new information for an updated edition in 2006 or 2007.
“Unfortunately this did not happen due to Norm Wagner’s passing in December 2004 and Don Thompson’s later illness,” said Street. “The book features 218 pages of very detailed information on all post offices known in Territorial Assiniboia before it was absorbed into Saskatchewan and Alberta when they became provinces of Canada in 1905, as well as over 120 pages of supporting material.”
EXHIBIT SERIES No. 93
Rounding out BNAPS’ February book releases was No. 93 of the Exhibit Series, Grégoire Teyssier’s Québec 1763-1867 One Century of Postal History and Postmarks Un Siècle d’Histoire Postale et de Marcophilie. The 344-page book is available for $105 from Sparks Auctions.
Teyssier’s exhibit—the winner of a Gold Award as well as the Horace Harrison Grand Award at BNAPEX 2016—explores the various postmarks and cancellations used by the Quebec City Main Post Office and the Government of Canada from the beginning of the postal service in the summer of 1763 until Confederation more than a century later.
According to Street, the “associated postal history of the city — rates, rules, routes — is explained when necessary. The material is presented chronologically, with an English translation on the pages opposite the French originals.”