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Over the years, the members of the PSSC have always been extremely involved in many aspects of philately.

One of those involvements is the publication of philatelic literature.



As a service to philately, the Society provided funds for the publication of three books. The first, published in 1961, was "EESTI," a specialized handbook on the stamps of Estonia, written by William Eichental, of Stockholm, the foremost authority of the stamps of that country. This worthwhile project was brought to the Society's attention by Dr. R. Maresch and W.H.P. Maresch. Several members collaborated in the translation of the original German script into English. The book was published in German and English - 750 copies in each language. It was awarded a Silver medal at both WIPA in 1965 and SIPEX in 1966.


In 1966, the Society published "THE FORWARDING AGENTS" by its member, Kenneth Rowe. 1,000 copies of this book were published. It was awarded a Bronze medal at SIPEX in 1966, and a Silver medal at AMPHILEX in 1967.


Both these books are long out of print. Proceeds from their sale provided surpluses for the Building Fund. The Society is indebted to the late Fred Brookbanks who was Chairman of the Publications Committee and who was responsible for the production of both of the first two books.

In March 1993, the Society published "THE MEDITERRANEAN MAILS," a study of the mails from, to and through the Mediterranean to the end of the nineteenth century. This is a compilation of articles by various members, edited by F.R. Stubens.

The last copy was sold several years ago, but sometimes one will show up in auctions or on Bay. (See below ***)



*** We are now making this book available as a FREE Download in PDF Format.

If any portion of this book is used in any way, please be sure to give proper credit to the Philatelic Specialists Society of Canada.

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The Mediterranean Mails

  • Foreword by Edmund C Walton
  • Preface by Fred R Stubens
  • Benedictus Pesaro, on Corfu, to the Doge of Venice, 23 September 1501 by Bill Liaskas
  • Marinus Grimani, Doge of Venice, to Jacobus Nemo, Captain of Bassano, 11 March 1605 by Michael Madesker, FRPSL, FRPSC
  • The Falmouth Packets from the Mediterranean and the "MALTA F" by John N Tyacke
  • Mails Between British North America and the Ionian Islands: The Pre-Adhesive Period by Allan Steinhart, FRPSC
  • Swiss Mail Across the Mediterranean During the Nineteenth Century by Edmund C Walton
  • Mails Via the Isthmus of Suez: The Contribution of Lieutenant Thomas Waghorn by Michel Houde
  • Mediterranean Shipping Lines in the Nineteenth Century by Alan G McKanna, FRPSC
  • Postal Service Between Poland and the Mediterranean by Dr Miet Kamienski
  • "Bandit Mail" of Montenegro, or Caveat Emptor by Harry Sutherland, RDP, FRPSL, FRPSC
  • Mails from and to Greece: Some Unusual Destinations by Ted H Wright
  • Forwarding Agents in the Mediterranean Basin by Kenneth Rowe, FRPSC
  • The Suez Canal by Nicholas Coddington
  • The Hong Kong Mails and the Mediterranean: Selected Covers by Fred R Stubens
  • France to Algeria and Tunis, from 1841 to World War I by Peter Lerpinière
  • Postal Services in the Macedonian Districts of the Ottoman Empire in the Nineteenth Century by Andrew Cronin, FRPSL, FRPSC
  • Foreign Post Offices in the Ottoman Empire by Dr Miet Kamienski
  • An 1866 Letter from Russia to Italy by Piotr Madej
  • Registered Post Cards by Cliff Guile







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