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.
In the early days of the Colony of Vancouver Island and the Colony of British Columbia, all mail had to be routed through San Francisco in order to connect with the rest of the world. This presentation by Gray Scrimgeour explains how mail to and from Victoria was transported before the days of a trans-national
This exhibit by Hugh Armstrong explains the use of a ‘diamond mark’ which was used by the Royal Mail of Great Britain to study and count the volume of mail being processed. It was in use from about 1923 until 1985 and it indicates that the item had, in fact, been counted. Postal Census Slogan
In the Victorian era, the time indicia in the hammer began a differential in time, with A.M. and P.M. Added to these was the NT symbol and about the meaning of this, very little is known. In 1901, Queen Victoria died and Edward VII ascended the throne, and a new issue of stamps appeared featuring
The broken circle will now take its place as a classic postmark with the squared circle. The broken circle is a cancel that has tied the two centuries together. In 1984 a new type of cancellation was introduced into the post office that has threatened to delete the few broken circles still in use in
In the early hand cancels of Victoria, B.C., A.M. and P.M. were used to show dispatches up to twelve noon and P.M. after that period. I have a number of early entires and cancels on piece. Among these I found the time element NT. Victoria has had many types of hand cancels since the first
On June 29th, 1939, a number of Canada’s stamp issues were centrally perforated with the initials O H M S, the vertical leg of each letter consisting of five holes. These were later replaced by a variety consisting of four holes. In 1949 – 50, stamps appeared overprinted O.H.M.S.in black. Finally, in September 1950, Canada’s
To commemorate the centenary of the founding of Fort Victoria in 1943, Gerald Wellburn designed a pictorial slogan postmark, which cancelled regular letter mail in Victoria from March 15, 1943 until March 31. Below is a local letter mailed on the second day of the slogan’s use. The cover is addressed to Mrs. A.D. Muskett,