Spain: Series on Earth and Space Sciences

Spain 2006-07-13

On July 13th, 2006, Spain’s Postal Service, Correos, issued two stamps which appear to be the start of a series dealing with Earth and space sciences. A very representative cartophilatelic issue showing a detailed 1:200,000 scale topographic of Toledo and the surrounding region is shown along with a magnifying glass. You can read more about this new Spanish series on the Correos web site.

Report on the Second Meeting of the CartoPhilatelic Society, June 2006

The Society held a meeting during the World Philatelic Exhibition in Washington DC. The full event ran from May 27, through June 3rd, 2006.

Here are some pictures of your fellow Society members who attended the meeting. We look forward to meeting more of our members at our next meeting.


As this event has already finished, please check the website World Philatelic Exhibition for more details on the Washington 2006 World Philatelic Exhibition.

Tuesday May 30, 2006 (PM): Informal “get together” meeting at the Butlers Martini Bar in the Grand Hyatt, 1000 H Street NW, at 6:00 pm. For those who have not met any other members yet, David will be holding a beach ball in the form of a globe to help you easily spot our group.  This is a strictly voluntary meeting and is just a way to meet informally prior to our planned Society activities the following 2 days.

Wednesday May 31, 2006 (AM):  Tour of the Geography and Map Division of the Library of Congress. Meet at 9:45 am in front of the reading room LM-B01), by the large globe, in the basement of the Madison building of the Library of Congress. Check out the G&M web site at [ – it has a link to a map of the building and of the basement. Our host for the tour is Edward James Redmond of the staff of the LoC and of the Washington Map Society (WMS). Be sure to also check out the WMS at – we are institutional members.

Thursday June 1, 2006 (AM):  CartoPhilatelic Society Annual Business meeting. This will be held in Room 149A of the Convention Center at 10:00 am.

Agenda items include:
Welcome and agenda review
Membership report
Financial report
Arrangements for trading and exchange of stamps
The New CartoPhilatelist – Recognition of new Editor, comments
“Scholarly” journal – any interest?
Checklist – comments?
A preview of a paper on map stamps due for fall publication in the Portolan, the journal of the Washington Map Society

I have downloaded the Level 1 Floor Plan and Marked Room 149A for your convenience here. [Web Admin]. More information about the Convention Center can be found at

Thursday June 1, 2006 (PM):  Cartophilatelic Society Annual dinner and banquet: 6:30 pm at the Tabard Inn Since we are less than 15 in number, it looks like, by the fine print, that we will be able to order at the time.  We’ll double check this, and if not, get a menu distributed as soon as available. Remember, you will be billed for charges over the US$50 you have already paid (gratuity, alcohol/drinks, etc.).

We look forward to seeing you there!

David Wolfersberger
Alf Jordan

Canada: National Atlas Celebrates 100 Years of Mapping

Canada 2006-06-30 (single)

On June 30th, 2006, Canada Post will issue a new stamp to mark the 100th anniversary of the National Atlas of Canada. The new stamp shows geographer James White (1863 – 1909) who is considered to be the father of what become The Atlas of Canada. The stamp was issued on June 30, 2006 but was unveiled Monday June 19th at the GeoTec/CCA conference in Ottawa. You can read more about the stamp in the Canada Post press release, and in the archived  Natural Resources Canada announcement. The Atlas Celebration web site is also worth a look.  The sheet design features two groupings of eight stamps with a number of surrounding mapping and surveying related images.  This may well be one of the finest cartophilatelic issues in recent years!

Canada 2006-06-30 (pane)