BNAPS Dixie Beavers Regional Group Meeting Reports

The Dixie Beavers Regional Group meets to exchange information about the stamps and postal history of British North America, and to meet and renew acquaintances with fellow BNAPS members. The meetings are scheduled in conjunction with philatelic exhibitions in the region.

Saturday, 29 July 2017 Meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina

Dixie Beavers held a regional meeting at CHARPEX 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina July 29, 2017

The Dixie Beavers held a regional meeting at CHARPEX 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. There were four BNAPS members present and three guests.

Member Don MacKenzie discussed a study he is making on the Dumb cancels of WWII, John Burnett showed his ever growing collection of Bulova watch illustrated covers and noted that he has now found two completely different cachets. He also reported that all the covers except two are located in Ontario with the vast majority from the mid-Ontario area. To date he has found only one from the west (Winnipeg) and one from the Maritimes (New Brunswick).

Below is an illustration of the new design he has found and a close up of the logo. To date Burnett has identified eleven distinct designs of cachets for the Bulova watch Company; this does not include the illustrated post cards that jewelers used to notify customers that their item was ready for pick up. His big question is how to tell a story with them in an exhibit.

After the show and tell session Burnett put on a PowerPoint program entitled ?Stamps and Covers with Stories?. This program documents the stories behind the stamps or covers that John has in his collection, the high light being his block of ten of the 5c slate green small queen given to him by former BNAPSer Abe Charkow of Vancouver, this is also pictured below.

A discussion followed on our next meeting as there is a conflict. The APS will be holding a WSP show in Birmingham Alabama in February 2018 and the South east regional Show is held in Atlanta at the end of January 2018. The group decided to continue to support the Atlanta show, mainly because they have supported us and have a committed hotel rate that makes Atlanta very affordable for the weekend.

Following are photos of the presentation.

Bulova Card

Bulova card

Bulova Card

Bulova Card

5c Slate Green

5c Slate Green

Saturday, 28 January 2017 Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia

Dixie Beavers have record number of attendees in Atlanta

The Dixie Beavers saw 16 members and guests attend their January 28 meeting during the South East Regional Stamp Show in Atlanta, Georgia. The group was also able to recruit one new member for BNAPS and saw three members for the first time who had never attended any BNAPS function before.

The Group has made their meetings into a social event, with much camaraderie and fun had by all. John Burnett spoke on the subject of 'Little Known Facts of WWII as Shown By Her Mail'.

The show featured three BNAPSer exhibits with C.A. Stillions and Dennis Amos both garnering a Gold medal and John Burnett a large Vermeil. The show was the very first National show to utilize the new APS point system for judging, and everyone seemed very pleased with the new system.

The Dixie Beavers will meet next summer at the Charlotte North Carolina show, CHARPEX, to be held July 29-30 in Worrell Hall on the campus of Central Piedmont Community College. This is a fun show held in an auditorium with nearly perfect lighting for a philatelic exhibition. There is no charge to exhibitors for frames and the judging is always of the highest caliber.

Following are photos of the meeting and show.

C.A. Stillions shopping for Newfy covers

C.A. Stillions shopping for Newfy covers

Dennis Amos and Robert Rentch looking at the Champion of Champion exhibit

Dennis Amos and Robert Rentch looking at the Champion of Champion exhibit

Don Mackenzie shopping for dumb cancels of WWII

Don Mackenzie shopping for dumb cancels of WWII

John Burnett receives a thank you from Gary Lowe on behalf of the SERSS

John Burnett (on the right) receives a thank you from Gary Lowe on behalf of the SERSS

The group attending

The group attending the meeting

Saturday, 30 July 2016 Meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina

Five members of BNAPS and one guest residing in southeast United States met on July 30 at CHARPEX, a dealer bourse and philatelic exhibition sponsored by the Charlotte Philatelic Society. All members have expressed much interest in continuing to meet at CHARPEX as the show is really very good, the exhibits are way above average, and the venue is superb. We all want to congratulate the members of the Charlotte Philatelic Society for being such great hosts. The club does not charge a frame fee for exhibitors, and provides some of the highest quality judges available to the American Philatelic Society. In addition every exhibitor receives an engraved glass souvenir plate; I now have service for four at our house.

Our program commenced with a program put on by Dixie Beaver Chairman John Burnett. This year's program was a review of last year's on the Montreal Telegraph covers he had accumulated and used to create a new exhibit. The exhibit was on display at CHARPEX and garnered a gold medal, one of only four at the show. John also showed enough new cover discoveries on the Montreal Telegraph Company to form another frame of the covers. John had a "walk through" on the exhibit floor with the members after the meeting.

John then turned the subject to a new accumulation on "Illustrated Covers of the Bulova Watch Company" in Canada. He passed around 31 examples of Bulova covers all from different jewelers but also from a very small geographic area. A lot of questions as to "were there any from Western Canada?" All the examples were from Ontario and a couple from the Maritimes. John stated he hadn't found any to date.

The Dixie Beavers hope to meet on an informal basis in Atlanta in January 2017 as the show is once again out of downtown Atlanta and much easier to find.

This is the fifth year of the existence of the Dixie Beavers with not a lot of growth. It is disappointing but we will keep working at trying to get the folks in the southeast to join in the meetings.

Attendees at Dixie Beavers Regional Group meeting

From left: Mike Lampson, Don Mackenzie, Gene Zhiss, Dennis Amos, John Burnett, and Dan Chaij, a guest and noted Cuban specialist

John Burnett presentation

John Burnett presenting

Attendees at the Dixie Beavers

Attendees at the Dixie Beavers meeting

Bulova Cover examples

Bulova cover examples

Bulova Cover examples

Bulova cover examples

Saturday, 25 July 2015 Meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina

Seven members of BNAPS residing in southeast United States met on July 25 at CHARPEX, a dealer bourse and philatelic exhibition sponsored by the Charlotte Philatelic Society in North Carolina. All members have expressed much interest in continuing to meet at CHARPEX as the show is really very good, the exhibits are way above average, and the venue is superb. We all want to congratulate the members of the Charlotte Philatelic Society for being such great hosts. The club does not charge a frame fee for exhibitors, and provides some of the highest quality judges available to the American Philatelic Society.

Our program commenced with a short show-and-tell followed by a program put on by Dixie Beavers Chairman John Burnett. The program this year was about a new collection John is forming on "Telegraph Covers", a subject that lacks any written background material and is one needing a lot of original research. John noted that longtime BNAPSer Bill Walton had provided him with a copy of just about all there was to read about telegraph covers.

John confined his talk to the Montreal Telegraph Company. He showed thirteen Montreal Telegraph Co. covers, all different in design, and speculated there must be more out there. Besides the logo varieties illustrated below, he has found two other colors and several types of embossed logos.

Two Montreal Telegraph Co. logos

Logos found include dark background, light background and thick versus thin arm.

Two Montreal Telegraph Co. logos

Logos come in several colors and include various fancy filigrees under the design.

The group spent a lot of time trying to remember high school Latin to finally translate the company's logo (FULMINIS OCIOR ALIS) into contemporary English. With the help of Google, we came up with faster (speedier) than a lightning bolt.

Here are photos of our meeting.

John Burnett addressing the Dixie Beavers

John Burnett addressing the Dixie Beavers.

Dennis Amos and Mike Lampson trying to read the Latin logo of the Montreal Telegraph Company

Dennis Amos and Mike Lampson trying to read the Latin logo of the Montreal Telegraph Company.

Don Mackenzie and Dennis Amos looking at Montreal Telegraph Company covers

Don Mackenzie and Dennis Amos looking at Montreal Telegraph Company covers.


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