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 […]
Ian Kimmerly is a long time philatelist, dealer and member of the Victoria Stamp Club. The British Empire Study Group Zoom sessions are free and open to all, but you must register here.
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.
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.
Under The Covers is a monthly Zoom session sponsored by the Postal History Society of Canada. Attendance is free and open to all, but you must register at email@example.com to obtain the Zoom link. This month’s topic is “Events Surrounding Mail to and From Canadian Naval Personnel During World War II” presented by Peter McCarthy.
This extensive exhibit by David Foreman (more than 80 scanned pages) examines the postal history of the mails to and from the Straits Settlements, Malaya and British Borneo during the Second World War. It includes details of the postal system after the Japanese invasion of the British colonies. David Foreman (1934 – 2017) was an
I recently bought two related covers for my Similkameen Valley collection. They are concerned with the building of the Hope – Princeton Highway during World War II. This highway – opened on November 2, 1949 – became a direct route to the Similkameen region, through an undeveloped and isolated area. The first cover, posted in
In the 2019 fourth quarter issue of Topics, the journal of BNAPS, I read the article “Classified Mail” by Bill Pekonen. In the article he lists eight different classifications that were used during WWII to indicate how secret the correspondence was. The third classification was Confidential. Having read the classifications, I remembered that I had
Sent via California but Censored in Vancouver Gray Scrimgeour brought this cover to Muffin Break a few months ago. Here is a registered cover from Shanghai (mailed October 10, 1941) mailed to New Hampshire. It was carried possibly by an American President liner to San Pedro, California (December 27, 1941) and sent to Vancouver, Canada