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, Back Row: Larry Ballantyne, Jay Stotts, John Seate, Gary Giroux, Ron Strawser, James Williams, Mike Yestrumsky, George Dresser
Seated Left to right: David Nickson, John Furlong, Denise Stotts, Allen Price, Mary Jo Price
Presentation by Vic Wilson
The meeting was held at its usual location in College Station, Texas, preceded by coffee and doughnuts provided by stamp dealer George Watkins, who unfortunately had to leave thereafter. Twelve members were able to attend, with regrets from a number of others. Those present included John Furlong, Gary Giroux, Denise and Jay Stotts, Ron Strawser, Larry Ballantyne, Dave Nickson, Jim Williams, Allan Price, George Dresser, Vic Willson, and a newcomer, Mike Yestrumsky.
One meeting a year is devoted to stamps in general, with members bringing or discussing non-Canadian material if they wish. This meeting included that focus.
The first activity was a review of literature by various attendees. Mike discussed the Longworth-Dames book on pioneer and semi-official air mails (1995). Various current and recent auction catalogs were reviewed by different members.
Ron Strawser, chairman of the Greater Houston Stamp Show 2017, reviewed the activities of the September 15-17 show in Humble, the northern suburb of Houston, reporting both good dealer attendance and remarkably good collector attendance; given that hurricane Harvey had blown through not many days before. Ron won the grand for Uruguay postal stationery.
The first presentation was by Jay Stotts, who discussed the elements of topical exhibiting through his developing collection of African antelopes. Jay is an APS accredited chief judge and superb exhibitor. While BNAPEX shows do not see very many topical exhibits, it was very helpful to understand the elements required for successful presentations.
Following in-room lunch the clothesline exhibit activity was conducted. Members show new acquisitions or items they have not previously discussed with the group. John showed postcards from all belligerents related to WWI and others of the period as well as new examples of both early and modern imperforates for that collecting specialty. Mike showed two examples of the Roessler fantasy semi-official airmail stamps on cover along with several semi-official stamp varieties. Denise showed some of her 6 cent orange and black Centennial stamps varieties (think Halloween), and husband Jay some new items for the antelope collection. Larry discussed some newly obtained Canada money packet covers and a ballot envelope from the WWII era. George presented his newly acquired SPECIMEN overprint on an E1, which was from one of the Rhodesias and hand stamped by the British South African Company. Vic showed a Numeral cover to Shanghai that went via the U.S. and was short paid 7 cents for UPU triple rate and paid 14 cents U.S. postage from the U.S. Agency there. He also showed a single use of the 20 cent Numeral paying quadruple rate to Germany, very rare, a 1982 cover to the Faroe Islands, and a 1999 small packet rate of $2.35 to Germany.
Gary Giroux made a presentation on American Exceptionalism using U.S. stamps as the illustrations. The thesis generated a lot of discussion by the group about its validity. After that a donation auction was held to improve the group's finances. Mostly literature and catalogs, a total of $116 was raised. The day ended with a dinner at one of the best BBQ places in the city (Texans pride themselves on good BBQ, and places that don't measure up soon fold).
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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