The King Edward VII Issue of Canada July 1, 1903 - October 6, 1908
The King Edward VII Issue of Canada July 1, 1903 – October 6, 1908, 2014 by Dresser, George. The second book in the BNAPS Exhibit Series to feature King Edward VII stamps and postal history contains almost 100% different material from the first, including more and in some cases much rarer postal history. Colour, spiral, 136 pp. ISBN: 978-1-927119-44-0.
The King Edward VII Issue of Canada July 1, 1903 – October 6, 1908, George Dresser’s first ever exhibit, was well rewarded at BNAPEX 2014 BALPEX in Baltimore with a Gold medal, the Allan Steinhart Reserve Grand Award, the Order of the Beaver Novice Award and the American Philatelic Society 1900-1940 Medal of Excellence. George’s exhibit more than compliments BNAPS’ previously published Edward VII exhibit of the late Alan Selby, with more than 95% different material, as well as more and in some cases much rarer Edward VII postal history. The Essay and Proof section includes a set of plate proofs from the American Bank Note Company believed to be unique. An interesting section presents examples of the precancels used on Edward VII stamps by all 23 cities in Canada that used precancels in the period. Reflecting the custom of the times, many very colourful illustrated covers are shown, along with letters going to unusual destinations such as Aden, Rhodesia and Tasmania. Among the rarest covers are a group of four registered letters carrying “INSURED” labels, a third-class rate newspaper and two parcel wrappers, one to England and one to Belgium.
George Dresser developed an interest in stamps as a young child and has continued his interest more or less continually since, with lengthy absences from collecting due to college, military service, a growing family and graduate school. He joined the BNAPS Prairie Beavers Regional Group in Texas and attended his first convention in 1980 at McAllen, Texas. Since 1993 he and his wife Mary Elizabeth have been regular attendees at BNAPEX conventions. George was elected to the BNAPS Board of Directors in 2002, as First Vice President in 2006 and President in 2008. In 2013 he was appointed to fulfill the then vacant First Vice President position and was elected BNAPS President for a second term in 2014. In 2013 he was elected to membership in the Order of the Beaver (OTB). He is the current President of the Prairie Beavers Regional Group.
George’s professional career was in two distinct tracks. His six years of active duty in the United States Navy were followed by 21 years in the active Naval Reserve, with almost all of that time in aircraft squadrons flying as a Naval Flight Officer. He retired in 1988 with the rank of Captain. In his civilian career he worked 35 years for the Texas Transportation Institute, a research agency within the Texas A&M University System, as a Senior Research Scientist and Program Manager in the field of transportation planning, a discipline of Civil Engineering. George has a MS in Statistics and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering.