Fancy Cancels 1855 to 1950, Second Edition
Fancy Cancels on Canadian Stamps 1855 to 1950, Second Edition, 2007 by D.M. (Dave) Lacelle. This update to the first edition includes several new features, adding significantly to the philately of this very popular field of Canadian postal history. A massive and important work. Spiral Bound, 220 pp.
The continuing interest and input from the BNAPS Fancy Cancel and Miscellaneous Markings Study Group has resulted in the Second Edition of Dave Lacelle’s Fancy Cancels on Canadian Stamps 1855 to 1950. This area of stamp collecting remains very popular for many reasons, not the least of which is the personal touch of the former Postmasters who actually hand carved the fancy cancels. Lacelle writes, “Fancy cancels can be considered as something that exists between graffiti and folk art.”
The Second Edition has several improvements over the first. The 2000 version was prepared over a 15 year period, bringing the original 1960s Day and Smythies Fancy Cancel listings right up to date at that time. Preparation of the Second Edition took about eight months, making it much more consistent in terms of style; while the numbering sequence and (most) illustrations were retained, all individual cancel descriptions have been retyped. Over 60 previously non-located fancy cancels have now been attributed to specific Post Offices, almost 100 have had their dates of use expanded, over 20 new fancy cancels have been added and the ‘Deletions and Miscellaneous’ section has over 60 new entries.
There are three major additions in the new volume. The first is a ‘rate factor’ for each cancel which allows comparison of relative value between different fancy cancels. A very helpful appendix lists Day and Smythies numbers and corresponding Lacelle catalogue numbers. Finally, each illustration page in the second edition has a five cm scale bar to give some indication of scale change due to the printing process. It is hoped that these additions will add to the book’s utility in terms of pricing and cross referencing.
Dave Lacelle has been collecting Fancy Cancels for more than thirty years. After a career in the federal Government in Ottawa he retired and moved with his wife to Vancouver Island, where they enjoy the climate and natural surroundings. Dave makes an annual cross-country trip to visit friends and relatives from coast to coast.