The Royal Visit of 1939 -- Philatelic Highlights
The Royal Visit of 1939 – Philatelic Highlights from the Royal Train Post Office, 2012 by Paige, Larry R. Philatelic rarities arising from the 1939 Royal Visit to Canada and the USA. Colour edition. Spiral, 60 pp.
Larry Paige’s The Royal Visit of 1939 – Philatelic Highlights from the Royal Train Post Office, is an offshoot of his Canadian Flag Cancellation collection. While working with the flag cancellations prepared for the visit of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth to Canada, the United States and Newfoundland in 1939, Larry became interested in the non-flag philatelic aspects of the Royal Train Post Office. He began to acquire some of these items and quickly built a small collection that included some of the rarities of the field, notably the purple hand and machine cancels. He started to prepare an exhibit built around these items and was still working on it at the time of his death. Many of the sheets had only hand-written text and captions, while others that had been test printed carried additional hand-written notes. With the agreement of Larry’s wife Marva, BNAPS has had all the pages typed or retyped for this book. Since Larry’s accumulation did not include many of the elements that would have made a full-fledged Royal Train exhibit, such as train locations as determined from cancellation time marks, it was decided to publish this book as ‘Highlights’ and not as a volume in the BNAPS Exhibit Series.
A regular attendee at philatelic conventions, exhibitions and bourses in both Canada and the United States, especially in the mid-Atlantic region, Larry was always looking for elusive rates and dates, the best postal markings and undiscovered material. He was generous in his support of philatelic organizations and individuals and his knowledge, which he freely gave, was sought by both dealers and collectors. A Licensed Surveyor by profession, Larry worked in the United States, Puerto Rico, Bermuda and the US base in Cuba. He passed away in October 2009.