The Prairie Beaver Regional Group meets twice yearly to exchange information about the stamps and postal history of British North America. The meetings feature presentations by Group members about their philatelic quests and discoveries, swap-buy-sell-trade sessions, and clothesline exhibits.
Left to right, front row seated: John Seate, Denise Stotts, David Nickson, Ron Strawser
Back row standing: John Furlong, Larry Ballantyne, Jay Stotts, Allan Price, Frank Senz, Gary Giroux, Vic Willson, George Dresser
Photographer: Vicky Furlong
The Prairie Beavers met in College Station, TX, 27 May 2017. In attendance were Larry Ballantyne, Dave Dixon, George Dresser, John Furlong, Gary Giroux, Allan Price, John Seate, Frank Senz, Denise Stotts, Jay Stotts, Ron Strawser, George Watkins, and Vic Willson. Regards, regrets, and information about absent members were read and reported.
Various members discussed literature, both new and old. Several boxes of philatelic books donated by George Arfken to BNAPS were available for purchase, and over US$800 was raised.
Jeff (John) Furlong presented “Ribbons and Paper Go to War”, focusing on various media used in WWI by both Allies and Central Europe powers to support war goals, raise morale, and raise funds. This included an outstanding representation of various medals and ribbons, especially by French entities, associated with military units, battles, and individual bravery. He then presented voluminous material, especially post cards, associated with all aspects of the war by various belligerents, including propaganda material. He finished with examples of post-war material, including a death plaque for a UK soldier (a large bronze with the soldier’s name, of which 1.3 million were issued to families of deceased combatants.
The usual clothesline exhibit followed a period of trade/selling. Larry Ballantyne showed several new airmail items to Africa, pre-, during, and post-WWII. Denise Stotts showed several scarce Centennial items. Gary Giroux showed a Prexie post card to Hawaii and a drop Xmas card letter. Vic Willson showed a new yellow 1 cent Large Queen strip of six used (largest recorded multiple) and several new slogan cancels on cover with related cachets. George Dresser showed a 5 cent postcard UPU rate prior to acceptance of divided back cards along with other new Edward acquisitions. Jeff Furlong showed several imperf stamp varieties to add to his collection and Belgian postcards with Canada-related themes (especially Oblate de Marie Immaculata order).
A business meeting included mention of the need to raise PB funds at the next meeting through a donation auction. A discussion of BNAPS future included various perspectives from members active at the national level in the U.S.
Denise Stotts made a presentation on the private order Centennial postal stationery 8 cent items available, showing several rarities and varieties in this area.
After some further trading/selling, Vic Willson made a presentation on the 10 cent Decimal stamp, focusing on the various printing orders and separation of the orders by color and perforations using Whitworth’s seminal 1966 book. He illustrated it with stamps and covers ranging across the 8 year period.
About a dozen members and spouses repaired to a local BBQ restaurant for a meal and fellowship following the meeting.
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