At its inaugural meeting in Calgary, Alberta in 1985 the members of the BNAPS Transatlantic Mail Study Group decided that its principal objective would be the collation of the large amount of existing information relevant to the study of the mails crossing the North Atlantic, but not readily available in other publications, and the setting up of research projects to dig out missing information. The resulting material would be published in a handbook.
Although “Transatlantic Mail to and from British North America from the Early Days to U.P.U.” is Handbook Number 4 in the series, it was actually written and published before the other three. The volume was intended to provide a general review of the subject of transatlantic mail in the B.N.A. context for collectors with a general interest in the subject, or who are considering starting a transatlantic letter collection. The text only covers the broad developments in the carriage of the mails, supported by over a hundred illustrations of covers with explanatory captions. Chapters in the book include: Private or ‘By Favour’, Letters; Ship Letters; Falmouth packet Letters; Ferriage; Pioneer Steamers and Freight Money; the British Contract Steamers, the U.S. Contract Steamers; the Canadian Contract Steamers, and Later Developments.
108 pages, 8.5″ x 11″, stapled