(Eastern Ontario, western Quebec)
Co-chairs: Christopher J. Anstead (email) and Donald J. Ecobichon
The autumn colours were at their best on 15 October in and around Perth. The St. Lawrence Seaway Regional Group met in the historic McMartin house. Daniel McMartin was one of the bigwigs in Perth when it was founded 200 years ago.
As usual the highlight of the meeting was the show and tell from members' BNA collections. The diversity of topics precipitated lively and informative discussions.
|1848||Cover from Alexandria, UC, to Madeira regarding a shipment of a popular drink; a special prop was used to illustrate the topic.|
|1887||The postal history of Mountain Grove, Ont., includes a creative postmaster.|
|1894||Stamp dealer price list for Canadian stamps, $100 for 12d black.|
|1898||2 cent blue UPU card addressed to Hull, England, missent to Hull, Quebec.|
|1917||Canadian soldier mail to family in Bermuda leads to contact with descendents.|
|1918||An elusive Admiral War Tax cover with type B lathework.|
|1924||Unreported RPO clerk postmark on Montreal & Mont Laurier train.|
|1941||A puzzle involving censored mail from a Norwegian merchant seaman to occupied Norway.|
|1942||Special delivery mail from Newfoundland to Canada.|
|1944||Christmas aerograms for Canadian soldiers.|
|1950||Missing "G" overprints from official stamps.|
|2010||Modern stamp issues pertaining to the Victoria Cross recipients.|
The next meeting will be in Ottawa on 6 May 2017 at ORAPEX.
The St. Lawrence Seaway Regional Group held its semi-annual meeting at the historic McMartin House, Perth, on 24 October 2015. Fourteen members attended.
Chris Hargreaves was presented with the Vincent G. Greene award for best article in BNA Topics.
The popular SHOW and TELL proved how diverse BNA collecting is. And the cumulative knowledge of the group led to lively discussions! The show and tell topics spanned 179 years. In chronological order they were:
30 April 2016, Ottawa - Our next meeting is at ORAPEX. Aerophilately from Canada to USA will be featured.
Some of the meeting's activities are captured in the photos below.
Robert Lemire presents Chris Hargreaves with the Vincent G. Greene award for best article in BNA Topics
Show and Tell
Show and Tell
Show and Tell
Show and Tell
Show and Tell
Dinner after the meeting
21 members attended the St. Lawrence Seaway Regional Group meeting on October 20 in Perth. After a morning of barter and banter, there was a lively discussion among the attendees, with many interesting opinions expressed on our hobby and our society. The ever-popular "show and tell" session revealed the diversity of collecting interests.
The oldest items were over 200 years old - including an early way letter from a surveyor looking for payment. The letter received a Three Rivers straight-line transit marking on its way to Quebec.
The most recent were the new and colourful tobacco revenues which are being introduced in some provinces.
There was a range of material from all periods between.
Next group meeting: ORAPEX show in Ottawa, May 2013.
The meeting held in McMartin House was called to order at 1.10 pm by the chairman, Geoff Newman, and the minutes were recorded by Gus Quattrocchi, chair of the Perth Stamp Club who were sponsoring this meeting. 18 members were present. A brief discussion was held on how the notice of the meeting was sent.
The members present stood in turn giving their name, place and collecting interests. The recent BNAPEX 2011 North Bay convention was discussed by those who attended with information about the exhibits, judging and entertainment. This lasted quite a while with many good comments. It was mentioned that the North Bay Convention Committee paid back the $1,000.00 to the group that had loaned them the money. BNAPS President Robert Lemire then spoke about BNAPS activities and noted that the the BNAPEX 2012 convention would be held in Calgary on the Labour Day weekend.
As most of the members on arrival had placed from one to six pages of a particular part of their collection on the four frames that were at the back of the head table, it was now time for the show and tell which is always an interesting and educational part of our meeting.
The meeting adjourned at 5 pm and all the members then went to Mr. Newman's house for refreshments and socializing before going to Maximillians restaurant for a nice dinner of weiner schnitzel etc., bringing to an end another successful meeting.
Attendees came from Montreal, Hull, Deep River, Cornwall, Rochester NY, Ottawa, London ON, Carleton Place, Brockville, Elgin, Lombardy, Elphin and the Perth area.
Held in conjunction with the Ottawa ORAPEX show, the semi-annual meeting was attended by about 30 members. After a short business meeting chaired by Geoff Newman, we were entertained with a colourful presentation by Jon Johnson of Calgary. Who could imagine the variety of privately produced envelopes in the pioneer days of air mail in Canada? Thanks, Jon!
Mark your calendars for the next meeting, 15 October in Perth.
Submitted by Secretary-Treasurer, Chris Anstead
Our semi-annual meeting on 1 May 2010 was held in Ottawa at the ORAPEX national show. Robert Lemire, who has acted as Secretary-Treasurer for many years was applauded by all for his meticulous dedication. An electronic presentation with participation from a dozen members followed. "A Favourite from My Collection" attracted submissions from 1842 to 1985. It turned out to be a pleasant interlude from the show's bourse and excellent exhibits.
Submitted by incoming Secretary-Treasurer, Chris Anstead