During the Second World War, supplying Britain with new aircraft built in North America was a significant logistical challenge for the Allies. This presentation explains the development of the RAF Ferry Command which eventually flew these aircraft to where they were needed. Not long after its formation, a semi-formal system of using these ferried aircraft […]
Islands of the Indian Ocean This exhibit shows examples of civil mail to and from several island countries in the Indian Ocean where mail contents were censored during World War II. It includes the censor devices from locations such as Madagascar, the Seychelles and Zanzibar.
Stories From The Early Mail Service Of Victoria by Paul Parizeau Old Victoria We are going to venture back in time to old Victoria, to days of long ago that may be difficult to visualize now. The time is 1859, and we will have to allow our imagination to transport us beyond the days of
Stories From The Early Mail Service Of Victoria by Paul Parizeau Larceny In Victoria’s Colonial Post Office The years from 1858 to 1861 had been especially trying for Governor Douglas. No sooner had gold been discovered on the Fraser River than a veritable horde of miners, drifters and opportunists from all parts of the world
Stories From The Early Mail Service Of Victoria by Paul Parizeau Early Express Companies The sturdy little paddle-wheeler ‘Yale’ was slowly pushing its way against the early spring current on the Fraser River two miles above Hope. As it approached Union Bar on that quiet Sunday the peace was abruptly shattered as a violent explosion
Stories From The Early Mail Service Of Victoria by Paul Parizeau Victoria’s Post Office, The Early Years Nowadays a new city such as Kitimat, B.C. or Thompson, Manitoba is planned ahead of time on the drawing board in much the same way as a shopping center or an airport. It is not necessary to build
Or: A Nice Little Puzzle Question for Philatelic Students Fraud, Theft and Errors This is a long story if all the details are included but here the story is abbreviated. However, it will still include implications of fraud or theft, errors in communication and delays in procurement. It all starts with an audit of a
During the Second World War, Canadian military units were deployed as defensive forces to a number of locations around the world. Most were somewhat removed from the main theatres of conflict. This presentation by Hal Kellett describes the postal history of these “Alphabet Forces” and shows examples of mail to and from Canadians serving overseas.
The District of Keewatin, created in 1876, was the first district of the North-West Territories. It was between Manitoba and Ontario and extended north to the Arctic Ocean. This presentation by Gray Scrimgeour explains the history of its many boundary changes and the post offices that served it.
The Occupation of German Territory, Nov 1918 to Feb 1919 This presentation shows postal items sent to and from Canadian troops who were engaged the occupation of Germany after the armistice was signed on November 11, 1918.