Newfoundland 1897 Royal Family, Dead Letter Seal & Map Stamps (Col)
Newfoundland 1897 Royal Family, Dead Letter Seal and Map Stamps, 2006 by John M. Walsh. A thorough award winning study of the stamps and postal history of these late Victorian and Edwardian issues of Newfoundland. Colour version. BNAPS Exhibit Series #43. Spiral bound, 122 pp.
With encouragement from his father, John Walsh began collecting Newfoundland stamps in the 1950s. His intent was to own each of the stamps issued by his birthplace, Newfoundland, and of his country, Canada. As school progressed his stamp interest waned until the 1970s when his interest was renewed. Deciding to one day exhibit what he collected, he went through several stages of development, learning through experience a style of collecting that was able to withstand the vigour of competitive exhibiting and going down that path. Along the way he researched and wrote about his findings in philatelic journals such as BNA Topics, journal of the British North America Philatelic Society (BNAPS), and the Royal Philatelic Society of Canada’s Canadian Philatelist.
In addition to exhibiting John dreamed of creating a specialized catalogue of the philatelic collectibles of Newfoundland.
Encouragement from a group of distinguished philatelist at CAPEX ’87 spurred him on and with his friend, the late John Butt, he published The Newfoundland Specialized Stamp Catalogue. Early in 2006 he published the catalogue’s 6th Edition, now grown to almost 500 pages with the inclusion of the stamps of Classic Canada to 1951, and the Colonies before Confederation.
Newfoundland 1897 Royal Family, Dead Letter Seal and Map Stamps shows all the values, from 1/2¢ to 5¢, of the Newfoundland 1897 Royal Family issue; the Postal Stationery Postcards; the Dead Letter Seal stamp and the Map stamp. Many items that are seldom encountered or are one of a kind are included. Informative research results that correct earlier statements in the literature are also revealed.
For all values are shown proofs, issued stamps, and errors where they are known. The exhibit is strong in postally used covers mailed to seven general destinations: Newfoundland Local; Newfoundland Inland; Canada; the United States; the United Kingdom; British Empire and Foreign. Many of the illustrated rates were very difficult to find due to both their rarity and not often being available on the philatelic market. Notable are multiple weight rate covers as well those that feature registration with multiple weight rates. A particular favourite is a spectacular cover with the Dead Letter Seal used for its intended purpose.
Newfoundland 1897 Royal Family, Dead Letter Seal and Map Stamps is being published simultaneously with Colin Lewis’s Newfoundland Postal History 1857-1899, providing Newfoundland collectors and collectors in general a broad view of Newfoundland philately.