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This issue contains two major articles. One is your editor’s effort to document all of the FDCs produced by the Fulton Stamp Company in the late 1940s and the other is an update by John van der Ven on his earlier study of the cachets made by Gordon Bazeley. As the latter article is by its nature a personal memoir, John asked that it be published “as written,” so that is what I’ve done.
The two feature articles in this issue explore the varieties to be found in the early Canada Post official FDCs and written exchanges between Montreal stamp dealer and FDC maker Joseph C. Rosenbaum and one or our honorary members Robert L. Markovits. Also from the Markovits archives are two Canada Post announcements pertaining to the 1935 Silver Jubilee issue. Also included are an unusual usage of an Eppstadt cacheted cover and a review of a book about U.S. cachet maker Dorothy Knapp’s hand-painted FDCs which included several Canadian stamp issues.
Our honorary member Robert L. Markovits recently forwarded to me some of his working papers from the 1969-1970 period when he was seeking pre-1940 first day and early use covers for Melvin Baron to include in his many articles. These papers are stopping over briefly with me en route to the American Philatelic Research Library so that I can publish some items that might be of interest to our members. The first of these, a letter and covers from Robert Cole, appears in this issue and other articles and exhibits will follow in subsequent issues.
The three articles in this issue include another round of cachets produced by T.G. Wolstencroft in the early 1970s and presented here by John Van der Ven. Gary Dickinson reviews cachets for the joint Canada-United States 1976 U.S. Bicentennial issue which highlighted Benjamin Franklin. In his extensive search for hitherto undiscovered cachets, Bob Vogel has encountered a substantial number of FDC miscues which are presented here and will be concluded in the next issue.
See the Covers page for links to all of the issues.
This issue features three articles including the fourth in a series about the cachets produced by Kelowna’s T.G. Wolstencroft. The number of known cachets by this hitherto unknown maker continues to expand, so John Van der Ven is attempting to keep us up to date. The efforts of the Windermere and District Historical Society to produce and distribute FDCs for the David Thompson issues of 1957 is chronicled by Gary Dickinson, and Bob Vogel reviews letter cards produced by the Folkard Company and used as FDCs.
The central focus of this issue is on the great diversity and creativity of FDC cachets produced by four relatively unknown makers. Polly Berndt of Hartville, Ohio has produced a relatively small number of colourful, all-over, add-on cachets primarily for stamps issued during the 1960s. J.F. Burns, who may have been a resident of Nelson, B.C., also worked with stamps issued during the 1960s and produced a small number of hand-drawn cachets. A set of hand-drawn and lettered cachets for the Cameo series was posted to, and may have been produced by, the Colliers of Ottawa.
The lead item consists mainly of a series of scans of covers made by renowned U.S.
cachet maker Ludwig Staehle. His grandson is working to preserve the Staehle legacy, and
agreed to share material that would be of interest to collectors of BNA. Robert Markovits has
presented a challenge to the FDCSG members to “collect complete sets” on FDCs, and Gordon
Payne provided us with some colorful, occasionally spectacular, cachets for U.S. wildlife stamps
that were originally released at CAPEX ’87 in Toronto.
This issue features article on three diverse topics. Harold Houston has provided an overview of the cachets sponsored by the Brockville-Prescott Stamp Club, and raises the prospect of other members doing similar articles about their own groups that have undertaken similar projects. Gary Dickinson outlines the various cachet makers who produced FDCs for stamps issued that featured topics related to the 1976 Montreal Olympics. Finally, John Van der Ven takes a close look at the general purpose cachets made by Toronto resident Gordon Bazeley
The two main articles in this issue deal with overprinted stamps, with the first one being Gary Dickinson’s review of the various ways in which FDC cachet makers dealt with the transitional version of the 1964 stamp used for air mail to the United States. The second article by Norris (Bob) Dyer presents earliest known uses of Newfoundland’s 1920 provisional stamps.
Shorter articles present a study by John Van der Ven of a general purpose cachet now attributable to U.S. maker Ludwig Staehle while Bruce Perkins reports some additional cachets by T.G. Wolstencroft of Kelowna.
This issue features an article by George Basher about the FDCs produced for the stamp issued to commemorate the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II on June 2, 1953. I invited George to prepare this as the 60th anniversary of the coronation will occur during the current issue of First Impressions.