Members of the PSSC are deeply involved in many aspects of philately. One of those involvements is the publication of philatelic literature.

Philatelic Specialists Look at Local Postal History

By members of the PSSC (2020)

The purpose of this anthology is to promote the hobby and share the knowledge gained by research.

The articles represent both the breadth and depth of member interests within the broader field of local postal history, loosely defined. You will note that these articles include studies on the postal history of a town or smaller region, studies on cancellations used within such towns or regions, reminiscences of local post offices, postal issues within a short time frame, local courier services, and even postal rates.

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 and the author(s).

Available for purchase at CA$50 plus postage. Contact Ingo Nessel to order.

Table of Contents

  • Ingo G. Nessel Man Yee Arcade, Hong Kong 1
  • Robert D. Vogel The Cancelling Machines used in Berlin/Kitchener, Ontario 1907-1992 9
  • Ron Smith History of the Fredericton Post Office and its Postmarks pre-1900 15
  • Ian S. Robertson Almonte, Ontario: Ottawa Valley Town Renamed after Mexican General 34
  • Barry M. Millman, James L. Hunt, David K. Foot and John Wilson Labels used for Ontario’s Inter-University Transit System 53
  • Garfield Portch The Toronto Post Office That Didn’t Exist 65
  • James R. Taylor St. Pierre & Miquelon: The 1886 Local, Primitive, 'PD' Stamps 70
  • Michael Peach The Post Office in Rugby, England 75
  • Robert Thorne Stoney Creek Ontario Inkjet Errors 2005-2010 84
  • Michel Houde Unofficial Post Office Operated by the British Consulate at Bangkok 1855-1885 92
  • Jean-Jacques Tillard La Philatélie de St-Pierre-et-Miquelon au 19ème Siècle. L’Année 1885 97
  • J. A. (Jack) Forbes Thomas O’Neill - From Way Office Keeper to Postmaster – Salmon River Lake, Guysborough County, Nova Scotia 103
  • Loïc Detcheverry Les oblitérations canadiennes de la Nouvelle-Ecosse sur les timbres de Saint-Pierre et Miquelon 111
  • Peter J. McCarthy The Beebe Plain Post Office 115
  • Cimon Morin Les débuts de la poste à Philipsburg 118
  • David McLaughlin Canada: Householder Mail Rate 130
  • James (Jim) Jung A Canadian Connection 145
  • Mattia Guida The Squared Circle Postmark of Scutari (Shkoder, Alania) and of the Italian Post Offices in Albania 150

Andy Morod and the Nootka Sound Region

By Gray Scrimgeour (2018)

This is a report of 100 covers with letters written by Andy Morod to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Dickinson of Bamfield, British Columbia. Morod mailed most of the covers at post offices in the Nootka Sound area: Nootka, Ceepeecee, and Zeballos. These envelopes and their contents present a good look at not only the postal history but also the social and regional history of the northwest coast of Vancouver Island between 1932 and 1964.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction 3
  • Princess Maquinna and Princess Norah 4
  • Mail from Nootka 6
  • Accidental Death of Hugh W. Cramb 8
  • Second Letter—from Ceepeecee 10
  • More Mail from Nootka 12
  • Mail by the Maquinna 16
  • The Princess North Returned 19
  • Princess Maquinna 24
  • From Vancouver - 1937 28
  • Back to Ceepeecee 28
  • Zeballos 31
  • Ginger Coote Airways Ltd. 36
  • From Zeballos, by Ship 37
  • Air Mail from Zeballos 40
  • Princess Maquinna (2) 42
  • 1946 and 1947 53
  • 1948 to 1950 55
  • Later Letters 57
  • Conclusions 59

151 Personal Views of Canada

By members of the PSSC (2017)

This book celebrates the history of Canada from Confederation on July 1, 1867 through to the sesquicentennial year of 2017. Each year is represented by a PSSC member's stamps or postal history artifacts relating to that year on a single page. It is an eclectic demonstration of Canadian diversity. The scope of subjects includes major national achievements, historical events and milestones, famous Canadians and some personal histories all represented by objects relating to the mails.

The book was entered into the Thailand 2018 World Stamp exhibition and resulted in PSSC winning a silver medal. This is the certificate and medal presented to the PSSC.

Available for purchase. A small number of the deluxe hardbound books are available for CA$60 plus postage. Contact Ingo Nessel to order.

The Mediterranean Mails

By members of the PSSC (1993)

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 Honorary Member Fred R. Stubens.

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.

This book earned a silver-bronze diploma at HAFNIA 1994, the International Exhibition of Philatelic Literature held in Denmark.

Table of Contents

  • Edmund C WaltonForeword
  • Fred R StubensPreface
  • Bill LiaskasBenedictus Pesaro, on Corfu, to the Doge of Venice, 23 September 1501
  • Michael Madesker, FRPSL, FRPSCMarinus Grimani, Doge of Venice, to Jacobus Nemo, Captain of Bassano, 11 March 1605
  • John N TyackeThe Falmouth Packets from the Mediterranean and the "MALTA F"
  • Allan Steinhart, FRPSCMails Between British North America and the Ionian Islands: The Pre-Adhesive Period
  • Edmund C WaltonSwiss Mail Across the Mediterranean During the Nineteenth Century
  • Michel HoudeMails Via the Isthmus of Suez: The Contribution of Lieutenant Thomas Waghorn
  • Alan G McKanna, FRPSCMediterranean Shipping Lines in the Nineteenth Century
  • Dr Miet KamienskiPostal Service Between Poland and the Mediterranean
  • Harry Sutherland, RDP, FRPSL, FRPSC"Bandit Mail" of Montenegro, or Caveat Emptor
  • Ted H WrightMails from and to Greece: Some Unusual Destinations
  • Kenneth Rowe, FRPSCForwarding Agents in the Mediterranean Basin
  • Nicholas CoddingtonThe Suez Canal
  • Fred R StubensThe Hong Kong Mails and the Mediterranean: Selected Covers
  • Peter LerpinièreFrance to Algeria and Tunis, from 1841 to World War I
  • Andrew Cronin, FRPSL, FRPSCPostal Services in the Macedonian Districts of the Ottoman Empire in the Nineteenth Century
  • Dr Miet KamienskiForeign Post Offices in the Ottoman Empire
  • Piotr MadejAn 1866 Letter from Russia to Italy
  • Cliff GuileRegistered Post Cards

The Forwarding Agents

Specialized Catalogue by Kenneth Rowe (1966)

In 1966 the Society published "THE FORWARDING AGENTS" by 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. Kenneth Rowe updated this book in 1973, 1984 and finally in 1996

This and the EESTI book are out of print. Profits from their sale were added to 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 these books.


Specialized Catalogue of Estonia by William Eichental (1961)

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 text 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.

Out of print. Occasionally available from online resellers.

Stamps: King of Hobbies and Hobby of Kings

ROM Exhibition by the PSSC (1957)

This is the catalogue for the 1957 philatelic exhibition held by the PSSC at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM). It was a major philatelic exhibition to promote the hobby and kindle interest in philately. The exhibits included philatelic rarities from the collections of PSSC members as well as choice items supplied by Elizabeth Wyn Wood the widow of Emanuel Otto Hahn, The Canadian Post Office, The British American Bank Note Company, The Canadian Bank Note Company and the ROM. The exhibition was the first time any museum in Canada had featured an exhibition of stamps.

Table of Contents

  • Philatelic Specialists Society of Canada Members3
  • A Message of Welcome 4
  • Introduction 5
  • Suggested Literature by Subject 7
  • Exhibit Descriptions – A Catalogue of Displays 8
  • ARTICLES by Doug Patrick

  • Britain Offers Unusual for Stamp Collectors 10
  • Old Watermarks Lead to Philatelist Manhunt 11
  • Cape Triangle Errors Two of The Greatest Ever 12
  • Indian Cavalry Used in Early Postal Service 13
  • Malta Issues Trace A Colorful History 14
  • Papua Issues Carry Rarities in Postmarks 15
  • Horns Were Necessary for Austria’s Postmen 16
  • Reprints Are Feature of Austrian Philately 18
  • Propaganda Display Reveal Uses, Abuses 19
  • Denmark Had Struggle to Print First Stamps 20
  • History Often Linked with Postal Service 21
  • Basic Rules Necessary to Make Good Pages 22
  • Balloons Carried Mail During Siege of Paris 23
  • First Serbian Issue Entirely for Home Use 24
  • Greek Hermes Issues Attract Specialists 25
  • Collection Illustrates Israeli Birth Pangs 26
  • Israel’s 1948 Issue Still Most in Demand 27
  • Postoffices Put to Use During Boxer Rebellion 28
  • Chinese Postal Study Is Extremely Complex 29
  • First Mail Was Speeded by Forwarding Agents 30
  • Birds Are Widely Used to Illustrate Issues 31
  • Early Cancellers Were Artistic 32
  • Countries Used Issues as Medium for Ads 33
  • Postmarks in Britain Went Through Cycles 34
  • Makeshift Cancellers Create Separate Field 36
  • Czech Souvenir Sheet Tells Story of Issue 37
  • Philatelic Journals Basis of Collection 38
  • Hahn’s Fine Designs Studies in Wild Life 40
  • Two Companies Merged to Print First Stamps 41
  • Postal History Is Told in Museum Exhibition 42