Canada 1897 Diamond Jubilees (Col)
Canada 1897 Diamond Jubilees, 2007 by Herbert McNaught. A visual feast of late Victorian stamp design and commercial printing can be found in the pages of this award winning exhibit. BNAPS Exhibit Series #44. Colour edition. Spiral bound, 186 pp.
The sixteen stamps of the 1897 Queen Victoria Jubilee set, up to that time the most ambitious and definitely most expensive on a face-value basis adhesives ever issued by Canada, were released on 19 June 1897. Although the lower values were replaced relatively quickly by the stamps of the Maple Leaf set, the ‘Jubes’ have given many collectors much pleasure over the intervening 110 years. A number of very good exhibits have been prepared on specific values, notably the three-cent, as have several more extensive and ambitious exhibits that cover the main philatelic aspects of all sixteen values. One of these, Herb McNaught’s award winning Canada 1897 Diamond Jubilees, has received many Gold awards and other honours for its extensive coverage of the subject.
In the stamp section of Canada 1897 Diamond Jubilees the viewer/reader will find a visual feast of proofs and die proofs, specimens, singles and blocks of four as well as plate blocks and pairs. In the postal history area are perfins, precancels, bisects, forgeries, cancellations of all types including Squared Circles and particularly Jubilee and other flag type machine cancels and Jubilee postal stationery, not to mention rate, patriotic and advertising covers to many destinations, including foreign countries. The stamps and many of the covers show how things were done at what was perhaps the peak of the British Empire. This volume is definitely one to peruse in a quiet, comfortable chair with a cup of coffee or other libation.
Herb McNaught has been collecting stamps since 1934. After World War II, while working as a Vice-Principal in Kingston Schools, he became active in the local stamp club. A new assignment to the Ontario Department of Education took him to Toronto, where he joined the North York stamp club and became a regular exhibitor at their annual exhibitions. Richard Lamb, a well-known stamp dealer from Kitchener, Ontario, encouraged Herb to specialize in the Half-Cent Small Queen.
That Gold Medal collection was published in 2002 as BNAPS Exhibit Series #27. Since then Herb has concentrated on his exhibits of the 1897 Diamond Jubilee and 1908 Quebec Tercentenary issues.