St. Lawrence Seaway Regional Group

(Eastern Ontario, western Quebec)
Co-chairs: Christopher J. Anstead (email) and Donald J. Ecobichon


Meeting Report: 15 Oct. 2016, Perth ON

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.


AGM Meeting Report: 24 Oct. 2015, Perth ON

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:

  • Carleton Place postmarks
  • Early illustrated Gananoque covers
  • Half-cent stamp usage
  • Small Queen covers to Mexico
  • World War I Ottawa POW postmarks
  • Short paid special delivery
  • The "D.w." mystery postmark
  • A World War II internee correspondence
  • 5 cent O.H.M.S. missing period
  • Promotion of our postal code
  • Christmas mail curiosities
  • 2015 post office goofs

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.

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Meeting Attendees

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Robert Lemire presents Chris Hargreaves with the Vincent G. Greene award for best article in BNA Topics

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Show and Tell

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Show and Tell

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Show and Tell

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Dinner after the meeting


AGM Meeting Report: 20 Oct. 2012, Perth ON

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.


AGM Meeting Report: 15 Oct. 2011

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.

  1. Don Ecobichon had two covers on mining. They were from the Silver Island mine of the 1870s. Don explained the history of the mine in the area.
  2. Gus Quattrocchi displayed five covers with miscellaneous markings. He explained the markings on each cover.
  3. Louise Daigenault had a folded letter to Montreal that took one month to be delivered, and explained the history connected with the three other letters that she had brought.
  4. Hank Narbonne spoke about a letter of the 1800s.
  5. Chris Anstead explained mail delivery to Cloyne on the K & P Railway.
  6. Dudley Nash spoke about his 8-page display of booklet stamps and forgeries.
  7. Jill Hare had a mica cover and samples of the mineral.
  8. Geoff Newman had a cover with five 2¢ King Edward imperfs to Belgium.
  9. Tom Hare had an 1894 cover to Istanbul and eight pages of 3¢ Small Queens showing the various shades from Montreal to Ottawa printings.
  10. Dudley Nash displayed pages with 7¢ Admirals that showed the colours straw to green to olive to yellow and golden yellow.
  11. Robert Lemire displayed three pages of Queen Victoria 1898 - 1899 business cards.
  12. Doug Lingard had a showing of early covers of Cobourg from m/s to CDs.
  13. Ray Villeneuve had some covers from Russell, ON.
  14. Steve Joburn had some photos of planes used in the Yukon.

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.


Meeting Report: May 2011

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


Meeting Report: 1 May 2010

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


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