Canada 1908 Quebec Tercentenary (Col)
Canada — The 1908 Quebec Tercentenary Issue, 2008 by Herbert L. McNaught. A very interesting Gold medal display of the philately of the Tercentenary issue. BNAPS Exhibit Series #50. Black and white edition. Spiral bound, 128 pp.
The eight values of the Quebec Tercentenary Issue, the first set of Canadian stamps issued to honour historic events instead of members of the Royal Family, were released on 16 July 1908. The different designs, very well displayed in the late Herb McNaught’s exhibit Canada – The 1908 Quebec Tercentenary Issue, proved very popular with both collectors and the public.
In the stamp section of Canada – The 1908 Quebec Tercentenary Issue the viewer/reader will find replicas of the original artwork used in the designs, die proofs, imperforate pairs and blocks of four, as well as mint and used singles and blocks of four and plate blocks. Examples of usage of the Tercentenary stamps include an unofficial bisect, cancellations of all types, patriotic postcards issued for the celebrations, postcards and letters to both domestic and many foreign destinations – some of them exotic – and an interesting section showing usage from Savard Park, the encampment of the Canadian Militia units that took part in the Tercentenary ceremonies and events. As with Herb’s previous exhibit books, this volume is definitely one to peruse in a quiet, comfortable chair with a cup of coffee or other libation.
Herb McNaught started collecting stamps in 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. Starting in 1998 Herb’s exhibiting focused on the stamps of three issues, the Half-Cent Small Queen, the 1897 Jubilees and the 1908 Quebec Tercentenary set. After receiving Gold awards for the first two he concentrated on the Tercentenary exhibit. The exhibit received a Vermeil award at the 2008 Edmonton Spring National show and was in the Court of Honour at ORAPEX 2008 in Ottawa. Finally, two weeks after the Ottawa showing, Herb and the exhibit were awarded Gold at the Royal Philatelic Society of Canada’s ROYAL-ROYALE 2008, appropriately held in Quebec City as part of the celebration of the 400th anniversary of the founding of the city.
Sadly, Herb passed away on 19 June 2008. His family honoured his wish to have the Quebec Tercentenary exhibit shown at BNAPEX + 2008 + NOVAPEX in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where it received a Gold medal, the first ever posthumous award at a BNAPS exhibition.