Blackout Postal Markings of Canada
Blackout Postal Markings of Canada, by Cecil (Cec) Coutts, 2015. Spiral bound, 170 pages, 8.5 × 11, colour. ISBN: 978-1-927119-51-8. Published by BNAPS; Stock # B4h923-084-1. BNAPS Exhibit Series #84. C$68.00.
One of the very interesting aspects of Canada’s Postal history in the WWII period was the “Blackout” cancellation, used in an attempt to hide from the enemy the place of origin of mail posted in the ports along the east and west coasts. Although the effort was somewhat effective there were gaps, usually caused by the presence of return addresses, whether hand- or typewritten or via printed corner cards. On the other hand, there are several “Blackouts” whose place of origin is debated to this day.
Cec Coutts was born in Meeting Creek, Alberta in 1932. Depressed conditions on the prairies resulted in a family move to British Columbia. After graduating in 1950 from King George High School in Vancouver, he joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. A 35 year career with the Mounties was served in Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia. His stamp collecting days go back to 1954 while stationed in Saskatoon. Cec is the author of three editions of Slogan Postmarks of Canada and two editions of The Handbook of Air Mail Slogan Cancels of Canada, both now published by BNAPS, and is working on a three volume series of handbooks on the International Rapid Cancelling Machines of Canada.