VGG to display ‘gems of Canadian philatelic literature’

The Vincent Graves Greene Philatelic Research Foundation is slated to display “gems of Canadian philatelic literature” with a 16-page exhibit at the Saskatoon Coin and Stamp Show this Oct. 29-30.

The exhibit was originally prepared for and shown at Monacophil 2013 in Monte Carlo, Monaco. It has not been publicly displayed since the Monaco show.

The exhibit contains periodicals, three-dimensional objects and photographs of prominent people throughout Canadian philatelic history. Material includes the earliest-recorded philatelic periodicals in English (1864) and French (1886) in North America. The Greene Foundation owns all of the exhibit’s material except for the 1864 journal, which is shown via a photocopy.

Four original 1864 journals are recorded: two examples are owned by Library and Archives Canada, and one of these was borrowed for the Monaco show.

The first edition of the iconic Fred Jarrett handbook is displayed alongside the medal he would have won for it. The first stamp album published in Canada (1899) is also shown.

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