|Horace Harrison was one of the preeminent philatelists in the field of British North America. Over more than 50 years he collected and researched many specialties, writing and exhibiting as his material and knowledge grew. The exhibit captured in “Newfoundland Postal Stationery 1873-1941″, the finest collection of Newfoundland postal stationery ever assembled, has garnered some impressive awards. In international competition it won large vermeil in Finland and Turkey – major awards for such material. In 1997 it won the Grand Award at NAPEX, and at the 1995 BNAPEX in Edmonton it won the Reserve Grand Award.
Beyond awards, the late Horace Harrison added an enormous amount of information to this field. Scattered liberally throughout these pages are the X dots indicating original research – in the dies of the last 1¢ post card, for example, and in the types of the postage due envelopes. The array of material itself, however, represents the most important contribution to our knowledge. Horace cast a very wide net over a great many years and unearthed items that even after repeated viewings are incredible.
Here is a breathtaking range of the essays and proofs that document the origins of Newfoundland’s postal stationery. Every significant known piece is present – many were not recorded until Horace turned them up.
Here too are extraordinary (and almost unknown) usages. Look at the 1915 domestic used reply half of the letter card, or the (registered!) use of the 2¢ on 1¢ 1889 post card, or the 16 March 1892 use of the reply post card first printing. These are among the world-class rarities in this exhibit.
Even the ‘common’ used material displayed here is a treat. With the discerning eye of a true collector and student, and the experience of a lifetime in the hobby, Horace sought out and showed lovely examples from start to finish. Any exhibitor who seeks to improve his frames should study what has been done here, and note the absence of pedestrian pieces or page fillers.
126 pages, 8.5″x11”, spiral bound
|11 × 8.5 × 2.575 cm