Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia (Col)
Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia: Communications of the 1700s and Postal Markings of the 1800s, 2012 by Rathbun, Hugh. Postal history and postmarks from the second two hundred years of Canada’s oldest settlement. BNAPS Exhibit Series #67. Colour version. Spiral, 78 pp.
Annapolis Royal, Canada’s oldest settlement, offers over four hundred years of communications and postal history. There are challenges for the collector, however. No letters from the French period, pre-1710, are known to exist outside museums and archives. Because the population has been less than five hundred people for most of the town’s history, some pre-Confederation Annapolis postmarks are known by a single example, while others have only two, three, or four surviving strikes.
Assembled over a period of thirty-five years, Hugh Rathbun’s Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia: Communications of the 1700s and Postal Markings of the 1800s, was first shown at NOVAPEX 2005 in Halifax, Nova Scotia where it received a regional Gold award. The following year, at three frames, it received a national level Gold at the same show. At BNAPEX-2008-NOVAPEX, also in Halifax, it received a Gold award with Felicitations of the Jury. In 2011, at four frames, it received a Gold and the American Philatelic Society Research Award at Philatelic Show in Boxborough, MA.