British Colony of Canada 1865 Second Bill Stamp Issue (Col)
British Colony of Canada 1865 Second Bill Stamp Issue, 2011 by Richard Fleet. BNAPS Exhibit Series #62. The first exhibit book on this classic issue of Revenue Stamps. Colour edition. Spiral, 192 pp.
Richard Fleet’s British Colony of Canada 1865 Second Bill Stamp Issue is the 62nd volume in the BNAPS Exhibit Series and the first Revenue Stamp exhibit book since Ian McTaggart-Cowan’s Yukon and British Columbia Law Stamp exhibits were published in 2004-2005.
Bill stamps were introduced in 1864 as a means of showing that tax had been paid on Bills of Exchange, Promissory Notes and Drafts (cheques). Although not the postage stamps normally sought by collectors, revenue stamps and the documents on which they were used are classic examples of the design and engraving practices of the second half of the 19th Century. In this volume examples of proofs, specimens and imprints of the issue are followed by a study of the stamps themselves, including papers, perforations (and imperforates) and printing irregularities. The section on cancels illustrates the great variety of devices used by banks and companies to cancel stamps used on documents. Many documents illustrate postage stamps used as revenue stamps, bill stamps used as postage stamps and, of course, the broad range of bill stamps used properly on financial instruments, both domestically and to foreign countries. The chapter on trade samples is followed by an appendix giving the Bill Stamp act time line and the full text of the various acts relating to Bill Stamps from 1864 until they were repealed in 1882.
Rick Fleet was born in Victoria, B.C. in 1946. He began collecting stamps as a youth, asking for a Minkus Canada album for his 13th birthday. Revenue stamps always interested him, and he focused on these issues after Jim Sissons’ catalogue of the revenue stamps of Canada was published in the 1960s. In the 1980s, he started specializing in the Second Bill Stamp Issue. His exhibit of this issue has won gold medals at many exhibitions, starting with VICPEX 2000 and subsequently at BNAPEX (Edmonton and Victoria), VANPEX, the Royal, and in New Zealand. Having done almost all there is to do with Bill Stamps, Rick is now starting a study of B.C. Law Stamps.
Rick has combined his two main interests ― philately and computers ― into one great hobby. He has used his computer skills to help design exhibit pages that have been the models for many Victoria collectors. In addition, he has created a web site to explain the Second Bill Stamp Issue