Handbook on the Transatlantic Mail of British North America
Handbook on the Transatlantic Mail of British North America, by Malcolm B. Montgomery and Steven M. Mulvey, 2015. Spiral bound, 434 pages, 8.5 × 11, colour. ISBN: 978-1-927119-55-6. Published by BNAPS; Stock # B4h923-076-1. C$116.00.
Malcolm Montgomery’s and Steven Mulvey’s decision to revise and update Jack Arnell’s 1987 Handbook on Transatlantic Mail has benefited greatly not only from new information that has come to light in the intervening 28 years but also from the incredible advancements in technology that have occurred in the same period. In addition to extensive reference quotations, the book will feature a significantly expanded section on the handstamps used on transatlantic mail, and some 250 colour plates illustrating the covers that carried these handstamps.
Malcolm Montgomery was born in North London during the Second World War. Instead of applying for university, Malcolm secured a place at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. In the thirty years that followed he served in many different countries. In the 1960s he began to study the postal history of the trans-Atlantic services between the United Kingdom and British North America. He has written three other books for BNAPS, two on aspects of trans-Atlantic mail not covered in this volume and one, with the late Dorothy Sanderson, on Cross-Border mail between Canada and the United States.
Steve Mulvey was born in Montreal, but soon moved to Ottawa. After graduation from the University of Ottawa with a B Sc and a MBA, he joined the Federal Public Service as a Finance Officer in 1976. Most of his 30-year career was spent with the Department of Public Works. A stamp collector since the age of eight, his collecting interests branched off to London Victorian cancellations. After retirement, he was attracted to trans-Atlantic Mail, specialising in steamship mail from the United Kingdom to BNA from 1838 to 1898. With Steve’s interest in history, living close to Library and Archives Canada and the availability of research material online was a natural fit and provided the tools for conducting extensive research on trans-Atlantic Mail for this volume.