PSSC Presentations/Exhibits

The PSSC membership wishes to share their passion for things philatelic by making available some of their presentations for all to enjoy. Below you will find exhibits big and small, PowerPoint presentations, Show-and-Tell pages, the occasional video and more as members submit items.

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047 THE AUTOMATION OF POSTAGE DISPENSING

A look at the history of stamp vending machines used in Canada.

By: Dave Bartlet

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[Canada]

046 THE HOUSEHOLDER RATE | LE TAUX DE PROPRIÉTAIRE

The Householder rate was introduced in 1889 Postal Guide. The presentation covers the payment methods, uses both legal & illegal, rate changes, formats and ends with why to collect this area.

By: David McLaughlin

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[Canada]

045 CANADA, THE 1972 - 1977 DEFINITIVE ISSUE (CARICATURE & LANDSCAPES)

A look at fluorescence, pre-cancelled, errors, usage, rates, etc.

By: Peter McCarthy

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[Canada]

044 DEMONSTRATING PHILATELIC KNOWLEDGE, AND PERSONAL STUDY AND RESEARCH, IN THEMATIC EXHIBITS

In addition showing attempts to influence scores in Rarity/Difficulty of Acquisition.

By: David Piercey, FRPSC

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[Topical]

043 WEATHER BY MAIL

A fun examination of the means, official and fanciful, used to transmit weather information and forecasts by mail.

By: Michel Houde

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[Topical]

042 DEVELOPMENT OF BOLIVIAN AIRMAIL 1905-1945

The Andean landlocked country of Bolivia had poorly developed land routes with no airmail nor transportation services. Despite a difficult topography, aviation offered an opportunity to improve the communications and to unite the local and immigrant populations. Post WWI, Germany was looking beyond Europe for the re-establishment of its commerce and industry. Bolivia was promising as it was free of British and French dominations. The German immigrant population was also a serendipitous bonus!

By: Sandy Freeman

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[Bolivia]

041 O CANADA! A PERSONAL INTERPRETATION

This presentation traces the individuals and steps involved in the adoption of "0 Canada!" as the Canadian national anthem on 1 July 1980. The English followed by the French lyrics are give a personal philatelic interpretation.

By: Michel Houde

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[Topical]

040 PROVISIONAL UKRAINIAN POSTAGE STAMPS OF THE 1990S

This is tariff 1 regular international airmail posted 18 June 1992, cities of Kyiv to Silver Spring Maryland USA. The cover stamps are from a group locally issued by the city of Kyiv, but nationally recognised due to the importance as the first issued overprints to be nationally sanctioned and to the Ukrainian symbolism. The franking of overprints and stationery stamp image met the total required in era 5 Karbovantsiv fee (comparable to 5 dollars).

By: Mark Stelmacovich

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[Ukraine]

039 SYMBOLS OF CANADA: THE MAPLE LEAF & THE FLAG

The presentation chronicles the flags flown over Canada through the centuries, the unfolding of the Maple Leaf as the national symbol, the evolution of the Maple Leaf Flag and its use in Canada and overseas along with the Maple Leaf as Canadian icons.

By: Michel Houde

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[Topical]

038 POSTAL HISTORY OF BAYFIELD, ONTARIO TO 1975

Bayfield, Ontario is located on the eastern shore of Lake Huron. It was founded in 1832 by Carel Lodewijk Baron van Serooskerken, a Dutch nobleman and named after Admiral Henry Wolsey Bayfield of the Royal Navy.

By: Wladyslaw Dziemianczuk

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[Postal History]

037 PROJECT CHARIOT – ATOMIC BOMBS FOR HARBOUR BUILDING?

On June 19, 1957, the United States originated Operation Plowshare to investigate the peaceful use of nuclear explosives for terrestrial engineering. Dr. Edward Teller, the 'father of the hydrogen bomb' suggested the blasting of a harbour at Cape Thompson, Alaska despite there being no practical use for it. On June 9th, 1958, the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) accepted his idea and it became known as “Project Chariot.”

By: Michel Houde

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[Topical]

036 NASTY WARS OF THE 2nd HALF OF THE 20th CENTURY UNDELIVERABLE UK MAIL

From the end of WWII there has been no major conflict between the world powers. However, war has been continuous in many regional conflicts and civil wars. This exhibit shows a representative sample of mail from, or to, the UK that could not be delivered due to a variety of conflicts in a range different geographic regions.

By: Ken Snelson

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[United Kingdom]

035 A PHILATELIC NARRATION OF THE LIFE & CAREER OF MAJOR RICHARD PATTINSON AN ALMOST FORGOTTEN CANADIAN 1809-1875

This is a biographical display based on stamps, covers and documents. Major Richard Pattinson was born in Canada in 1809, orphaned at age 9, raised in Scotland, chose a military career, retired to Canada, reenlisted for the Crimean War, was the Governor of Heligoland and retired to France where he passed away.

By: Michel Houde

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[Topical]

034 NEW ZEALAND MARINE POST OFFICE MARKINGS 1923 TO 1938

In November, 1923 mail agents were assigned to the ships of the Union Steamship Company of New Zealand operating between New Zealand and North America. Twenty-one covers display the circular date stamps of the seven Marine P.O. vessels, and examples of all the ten obliterators used.

By: Don Welsh

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[New Zealand]

033 DUAL CURRENCY

In the last 150 years, various postal administrations have seen the necessity to display two currency values on their postal material. The reasons for doing this are that (1) two currencies are in use (2) to avoid confusion as to value or (3) to acquaint the public to a pending change in currency.

By: Michel Houde

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[Topical]

032 AUSTRALIAN ROCKET MAIL

This one-frame exhibit includes flown covers and postcards from all of the ten experiments carried out by Alan Young in Queensland, Australia between December 1934 and May 1937. The exhibit also includes contemporary postcards and photographs of related material, and reports of the experiments from the newspapers of the day.

By: David K. Foot

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[Australia]

031 NORTH AMERICAN BEAVER

Castor Canadensis – description, habitat, effects, commerce and symbolism of the North American beaver.

By: Michel Houde

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[Topical]

030 CHINESE AND THE HONG KONG POST OFFICE

The habits of Chinese speakers using the mail in Hong Kong are little understood. There were letter-writing and carriage services outside the government mails and only a portion of this great volume of correspondence ever went through a post office! In this one colony, the British had to adapt to serve their citizens in their first language.

By: John Wilson

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[Hong Kong]

029 SHORT PAID MAIL TO, FROM, AND WITHIN THE SOLOMON ISLANDS 1907-1978

A look a short paid mail in six categories including oddities.

By: Ian Kimmerly

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[Solomon Islands]

028 FLYING MERCURY ISSUES OF GREECE July 1, 1901 to 1911

A look at this issue the design of which is based on a statue created by the Italian sculptor Giovanni da Bologna. The stamps and their use are examined.

By: Ted Wright

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[Greece]

027 LES ETOILES DE PARIS 1852- 1876

Paris star cancellations were obliterators used to deface the stamp on mail from Paris, France from 1852-1876. A look at some of the types and usages.

By: Ted Nixon

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[France]

026 AN INTRODUCTION TO RE-ENTRIES

A guided tour of many of the re-entries that appear in the Unitrade Specialized Catalogue of Canadian Stamps starting with the pence issues. Plus, an explanation of items mistaken for re-entries.

By: Ralph E. Trimble FRPSC

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[Re-Entries]

025 GOSPORT TAXE MARKS – THE BRITISH POST OFFICE MAKES A MISTAKE

A mistake was made and, much to the surprise of the local postmaster, a set of taxe marks intended for an International Office of Exchange were sent to Gosport, a small coastal town near Portsmouth.

By: Ken Snelson

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[United Kingdom]

024 DETAINED FOR POSTAGE NOTICES OF THE BRITISH POST OFFICE 1790 – c1875

Pre GPU Problem for Foreign Mail: Each Post Office that handled a letter had to be paid for the transmission of each letter. Many postal agreements did not require the delivering Post Office to collect postage due from the recipients and transmit it to the sending or intermediate Post Offices. What to do if the British postage is not prepaid? Return to sender

By: Ken Snelson

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[United Kingdom]

023 UK POSTAGE DUE AIRMAIL TO WWII BY EMPIRE SERVICES OR POSTAGE DUE MAIL MEETS AERO-PHILATELY

A presentation of Underpaid Airmail as per various conventions illustrated by covers sent from diverse countries.

By: Ken Snelson

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[United Kingdom]

022 LIFE OF A TRIPLE ALLIANCE POW IN A TRIPLE ENTENTE REGIME

A look at WWI POW camps, types of mail including mail to hospitals and mail exchanged between camps. Camps in various places including Honshu Island, Isle of Man, South Africa, India, Russia and Austria.

By: Michael Madesker MA, RDP, FRPSC, FRPSL

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[Prisoners of War Mail - WWI]

021 FRAGRANT STAMPS - SMELL MY STAMPS!

A fun look a scented stamp starting ranging from flowers, nature, food and perfume.

By: Michel Houde

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[Topical]

020 PROOF THAT THE “GRINNELL MISSIONARIES” ARE FORGERIES

A detailed examination of the ornament separating “13” and “Cents” and of the “central heart” in the left side ornaments show characteristics that may prove the “Grinnell Missionaries” are forgeries and that a genuine Missionary stamp in Grinnell’s possession was used as a model.

By: Bill Longley

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[Hawaii]

019 UNDERPAID INTERNATIONAL MAIL - GPU TO WWI, OUT OF, INTO AND THROUGH GREAT BRITAIN

The General (later Universal) Postal Union (1875) improved the coordination of international mail This 80-page exhibit shows the practices of the British Post Office in interpreting Union rules for underpaid mail and the Taxe marks used by the British Post Office, as required by Union regulations. The franc of the Latin Monetary Union provided a stable reference for international postal accounts including postage due indications. WWI ended this period of stability and progress.

By: Ken Snelson

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[United Kingdom]

018 HONG KONG - KING GEORGE VI - A STAMP INTERRUPTED BY WAR

An examination of the Hong Kong 8 cents King George VI stamp in all its aspects and usage.

By: Ingo Nessel

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[Hong Kong]

017 REPUBLIC OF VENICE 1379-1797

Postal services were provided in Venice by three main methods: Ducal couriers, private messengers (including mainland coachmen), and by incoming vessels. Several routes into and from the City were also covered by postillions belonging to other states and cities. There were no postal fee markings in this period. This study covers: 1. Mails within the Venetian conurbation, 2. Mails within the Venetian Republic, 3. Mails within the Italian States, and 4. Mails to and from foreign destinations, including dominions.

By: Michael Madesker MA, RDP, FRPSC, FRPSL

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[Republic of Venice]

016 SIGN LANGUAGE

A philatelic look at the non-verbal communication of sign language.

By: Michael Madesker MA, RDP, FRPSC, FRPSL Past Chairman Commission for Youth Philately, Federation International de Philatelie

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[Non-verbal communications]

015 THE MEDIUM IS THE MESSAGE” A PHILATELIST’S LOOK AT MARSHALL MCLUHAN’S THESIS

Today, we are inundated with messages by all kinds of means. One of these are newspapers which are just large letters prepaid by the recipient for the right to unfold them. It is the same process we use in handling mail. This is exactly what Marshall McLuhan said in his study of communications: The Medium Is The Message. Newspapers are the subject of those revenue collectors who study their taxation. The distribution of printed press relies heavily on the postal systems and is thus a legitimate philatelic collecting entity.

By: Michael Madesker MA, RDP, FRPSC, FRPSL

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[Social Philately]

014 PNEUMATIC POST - AN INTRODUCTION

The concept of moving mail through underground tubes was introduced in London, England by William Murdoch in 1836 for the transmission of telegrams. The presentation looks at the pneumatic post in: Berlin, Buenos Aires, Munich, Paris, Prague, Rome, USA [Boston, Chicago, New York] and Vienna.

By: Michael Madesker MA, RDP, FRPSC, FRPSL

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[Pneumatic Post]

013 PRISONERS OF WAR MAIL, WORLD WAR I PERIOD

This six-fame presentation focuses on the social aspect of life of prisoners of war, their families and agencies, involved in assisting them.

By: Michael Madesker MA, RDP, FRPSC, FRPSL

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[Prisoners of War Mail - WWI]

012 GERMAN MILITARY MAIL IN CHINA 1900-1906

A presentation examining the postal facilities available to the German military during the Boxer Rebellion from 1900 to 1906.

By: Owen L. White PhD, FRPSL

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[Boxer Rebellion]

011 YOUTH AND PHILATELY LANGUAGES AND CULTURE: JAPANESE & CHINES

Stamp collecting should not be restricted to study and research … but should also include the sheer pleasure derived from abstract thoughts and arrangements. The study of languages and cultures … could be an entry to the world of collecting and learning. This method provides hours of fun by captivating the attention of a person.

By: Michael Madesker MA, RDP, FRPSC, FRPSL, Chairman Commission for Youth Philately Federation International de Philatelie

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[Youth and Philately]

010 YOUTH AND PHILATELY LANGUAGES AND CULTURE: INDIAN, LATIN & HEBREW

Stamp collecting should not be restricted to study and research … but should also include the sheer pleasure derived from abstract thoughts and arrangements. The study of languages and cultures … could be an entry to the world of collecting and learning. This method provides hours of fun by captivating the attention of a person.

By: Michael Madesker MA, RDP, FRPSC, FRPSL, Chairman Commission for Youth Philately Federation International de Philatelie

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[Youth and Philately]

009 ORANGE FREE STATE FORCES OFFICIAL MAIL, CACHETS AND FREE FRANKING LABELS 1892-1900

A study of the various postal methods of communication for the police and military forces of the Republic including cachets in lieu of postage on official mail and franks produced for the Police Force’s and Commando’s use after the War broke out on 11 October 1899.

By: Timothy Bartshe

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[Orange Free State]

008 BANGKOK B-OVERPRINTS

A primer to the problematic Bangkok Bs a collecting area loved by fakers.

By: Michel Houde

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[Bangkok]

007 NON-VERBAL COMMUNICATIONS - SEA MAIL AN INTRODUCTION

Letters from 1837 onwards are described to demonstrate how mail was carried by ships and submarines in an effort for people to communicate.

By: Michael Madesker MA, RDP, FRPSC, FRPSL

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[Non-verbal communications]

006 A PHILATELIC NARRATION OF A HUMAN LIFE

The title reflects the common traits of all people. While we are individuals with divergent goals and aspirations, the patterns of life are both similar and interchangeable. We are all born; we live and we die; everything else is incidental. This "biographical” presentation is based on documents pertaining to life cycles and letters written by various people on matters affecting their lives. The imaginary person, or rather the composite created by the presenter, lived in the 19th century North America affected by struggles for daily existence, battling disease, subject to political upheavals and wars. The letters reflect family relationships, mores of the times and anecdotal diversions. Liberty was taken to include materials from several countries and to transgress the boundaries of the period, both to make the narrative more fluid.

By: Michael Madesker MA, RDP, FRPSC, FRPSL

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[Social Philately]

005 NON-VERBAL COMMUNICATIONS - THE MORSE CODE

The Morse Code (alphabet) is transmitted by means of electro-magnetic or sound and light impulses. Messages are based on a system of dots, dashes and spaces. Correct usage depends on the proficiency of the operator. "Conversations" at 20 to 30 words per minute are quite common.

By: Michael Madesker MA, RDP, FRPSC, FRPSL

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[Non-verbal communications]

004 A SAILOR IS COMING HOME TO REST

JAMES RAY TEMPLETON, a Navy reservist since 1942, was transferred to Active Duty in April 194. On November 19, 1943 he was washed aboard and presumed drowned. His body was recovered after an intensive search and he was buried on Saturday, June 20, 1944.

By: Michael Madesker MA, RDP, FRPSC, FRPSL

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[Social Philately]

003 OVERVIEW OF THE EARLY TELEGRAPH SERVICE IN CANADA

This presentation highlights the introduction and development of telegraphic service in Canada starting in 1851. It covers the invention of the telegraph in the 1830s and the major telegraph companies that pioneered the service in Canada. [Part of Michael Madesker’s Non-Verbal Communications theme.]

By: Michael Madesker MA, RDP, FRPSC, FRPSL

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[Canada]

002 LONDON CANCELS DURING THE VICTORIAN PERIOD

The purpose of this exhibit is to trace the development of London postage obliterators from the Maltese Cross to the relatively sophisticated machine applied Duplex cancels and the combined Date and Obliterator cancels of the final decade of the nineteenth century.

By: Anonymous PSSC member

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[United Kingdom]

001 UK TAXE MARKS AND THEIR OFFICES OF USE IN THE CENTIMES ERA

This exhibit illustrates the 'T' marks used by the United Kingdom post office from 1875 to 1965. Most mail was taxed in London but many other Offices of Exchange taxed mail.

By: Ken Snelson

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[United Kingdom]