Post Offices by Province, Military Postmarks, Imperial Machine Cancels

Below is a list of Canadian Postal History Reference Literature that we currently have available. With these references, collectors and dealers can identify and evaluate thousands of different postmarks.

Most of these books are regular stock items, but some are available in limited quantities. As an example, the total printing of my Illinois Post Offices book was 418 copies. More than two-thirds of those have been sold since it was published in February, 1996, and I do not plan to reprint it. Such limited-edition titles are often difficult to obtain once the original printing is sold out.

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Canadian Provinces





The Post Office on Prince Edward Island (1787-1990). (G. Douglas Murray/1990): Brief history of mail service in Canada's smallest province plus listings of all post offices, open and close dates, rarity factors and many notes for each town. (82 pages.)
Hardbound: #760110. $39.00.
Softbound: #760111. $29.00.



2000 Postmarks of Prince Edward Island: 1814-1995. (G. Douglas Murray/1996): Well researched with many illustrations recording all known cancellations used in this province. On the odd numbered pages are the post office names, the period of opening, descriptions of the markings with proof date and early and late dates (if available). The even facing pages show the postmarks themselves. (217 pages; comb bound.) #760108. $49.00.

The Postal History of Yukon Territory, Canada. (Robert G. Woodall/1976): This comprehensive work is in four parts. In the six chapters of Part 1, the history of the Yukon from 1843 to the Klondike Discovery (1897) is related and the various postal services described. Part 2 (seven chapters) covers the Gold Rush period of 1897 to 1900 which brought about an increase and improvement of the postal services available in the territory. These included private expresses and even carrier pigeon post, although the known Pigeon Mail items are all $1 and $2 stamps of unproven authenticity. The final chapter of Part 2 lists and illustrates Canadian post offices and postmarks to 1900. Part 3, The Twentieth Century, is the largest part of the book and devotes separate chapters to such topics as the winter mails between Dawson and Whitehorse, Dawson and Fort McPherson; the development of air mail services; the Alcan and Canol Roads and Canol Pipeline; among others. The final part is The Catalogue, a combined check list of Yukon postmarks and gazetteer of those places which have had a post office at some time. Only the main types of postmarks are catalogued and coded, with accompanying valuations. (The unit of value is about 50 pence.) The book concludes with an index which is illustrated with 1 halftone and 3 line maps, 12 pages of postmarks and 50 halftones of covers, postcards, letters and photographs. This is a book that Yukon collectors and postal historians will need and general collectors and northern Canada devotees will want to read for the interesting account of the history of the Yukon. Quarterman Reprint of the original 1964 edition. (267 pages; hardbound.) #760109. $54.00.



Canadian Military Postal Markings. (W.J. Bailey & E.R. Toop/1996): Final Canadian Military Postal History book by these writers, a massive work in two softbound volumes with multi-color cover & slip case. (872 pages; softbound.) #760106. $110.00.

Imperial Mail Marking Machines in Canada. (Robert J. Payne/2003): Illustrates and describes the Canadian flag cancels and other types attributable to the Imperial Mail Marking Machine Company. Complete listings of earliest and latest known usages for all known types, many which are scarcely seen. (64 pages; unbound.) #750603. $24.00.


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