|With the increase in the 1970s-1980s of postal strikes in Canada, the demand for “instant” or “yesterday” delivery increased among businesses. While the use of FAX machines to some extent replaced the demand for the rapid transmission of many documents, it could not completely replace this need. In 1989 the Editor bought the rights to this catalogue from Ken Robertson (1980) Ltd. and expanded but simplified the listings.
The items listed are labels (“stamps”) or envelopes with a prepaid fee for service provided as an alternative or supplementary to the ordinary or traditional Canadian mail system. This fee can be stated as an amount, as prepaid or even with no indication of prepayment, BUT the item must definitely have a value in terms of the service provided. The one exception to this limitation is the Inter-University Transit System; “I.U.T.S.” labels appear to be “an indicator” of the service being used, but not of any payment for it.
The material can mainly be categorized in three ways: a) STRIKE MAIL, which alleviated frustration about moving mail in Canada or trying to get it into the United States mail stream for delivery in the USA or further afield. b) COURIER, local, regional or nationwide, could range from a short lived, sometimes disorganized service to a well-established ongoing firm providing a dependable year-round service. It could be either private or governmental. c) LOCAL POST, which provided a very localized service between two points either within Canada, one of which had no post office, or one in Canada and one in the USA. In the latter case the Post Office in the United States was used as the point of sending and receiving mail during a Canadian mail strike and sometimes year-round.
86 pages, 8.5″x11″, perfect bound.
|Dimensions||11 × 8.5 × 2.075 cm|