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Author Name:    MacDONALD, J.J.

Title:   Nova Scotia Post : Its Offices, Masters and Marks 1700-1867. in dustjacket

Publisher:    Unitrade Press, 1984, ISBN:0919801234 

Seller ID:   31121

MacDONALD, J.J. The Nova Scotia Post : Its Offices, Masters and Marks 1700-1867. Toronto: Unitrade Press, (1984). Pp (7),i-iv,(1),1-295,(5). Illustrated. 8vo, tan cloth. "Colonial devlopment everywhere has been a complex pattern woven of many strands. In Nova Scotia a particularly strong and colourful one was that of the postal system. This book tells the tale of the system's development based primarily on those individuals who led and who servied it. It is an account of human failings as well as devotion and sacrifice,covering couriers and way-office keepers as well as postmasters general. W hile not strictly a history, it is the result of research into long unanswered questions about offices, masters and marks. For philatelists it provides a detailed compendium of all markings of the Nova Scotia post, and the opening dates and initial postmasters of all 93 official offices. It details the when, and often the why, of the introduction of the postmark types and instructional markings, and includes information on their relative scarcity. Many rare examples are illustrated on original letters. For the historianthere is an outline not only of the earliest colonial correspondence to, f rom and within the colony, but also information on the relationship of transportation and prosperity to postal development, on boundary changes for the colony itself and the name changes for post offices and their localities.The pervading presence and influence of partisan politics are emphasized a nd illustrated by extensive quotations from archival sources. These also provide an insight into the qualifications, ambitions, wages and responsibilities of the men and women who applied for the various positions. This is the story of postal development in Nova Scotia based on many accounts sifted from the official records of the day." - from the dustjacket. Contents: 1. How Nova Scotia Came to Be; 2. Control and Jurisdiction of the Postal System; 3. The Development of the Postal System; 4. Glimpses of the Postmaster, the Way Office Keeper and the Courier; 5. The Postmarks -- Definition and Classification; 6. The Halifax Postmark; 7. Postmarks Introduced prior to 1842; 8. Postmarks Introduced 1842 to 1867; 9. Temporary-Emergency Postmarks;10. Way Offices and Way Mail; 11. Ship Letter Markings (pp. 181-192); 12. Markings for Information; 13. Handstamp Rate Markings. With appendices and a bibliography. Top edge spotted, a bit of grubbiness to fore-edge, else very good in dustjacket. 50.00


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