Single from Canadians in Flight Issue Features Map

 Canada 2019-03-27

A map is featured on one of the stamps issued by Canada Post on March 27, 2019 honoring Canadian pioneers in flight. Of interest to cartophilatelists is the stamp featuring aviation pioneer and bush pilot C.H. “Punch” Dickins, who logged more than 1.6 million kilometers flying over Canada’s northern territories. A World War I flying ace and Distinguished Flying Cross recipient, Dickins made the first reconnaissance flight across the unmapped Barren Lands of the Northwest Territories. Part of a map of the Great Slave Lake in Canada’s Northern Territories is reproduced on the stamp. The horizontal formatted issue features a photograph of the young “Punch” (c.1927) dressed in a fur coat. In the upper left of the issue is an image of what appears to be Dickin’s Fokker “Super Universal” floating plane which he flew on mapping and reconnaissance flights over Canada’s, vastly uncharted north. On the right a “negative” image of a map showing a partial outline of the lake and area surrounding Yellowknife overlays the portrait of Dickins. The stamps are non-denominated, and cover the basic domestic letter rate, and are identified by the letter “P” inside a symbolic maple leaf icon on the stamp. The stamps are available in a booklet of 10 (two of each design) and a gummed mini-pane of five. [while researching this issue, a number of fascinating links were found, including what appears to be the official Dickins archive at the University of Alberta, in addition to those about Dickins and his many surveying and reconnaissance flights. this is not the first time Dickins was honored with a stamp. in 1982 Canada Post issued a stamp depicting Dickins’ famous Fokker “Super Universal” G-CASK plane (sc 972). an inquiry about a reference for the map used in the stamp was submitted. a reply is pending. -web admin]

Closed Album: Mr. Ulrich Mailand

Mr. Ulrich Mailand
   Mr. Ulrich Mailand

We were recently informed of the passing of Mr. Ulrich Mailand, on February 18, 2019. Mr. Mailand was the long-time honorary chairman of the German cartophilatelic group “Maps, Land surveying, and Discovery History of the Earth,” [Landkarten – Vermessung – Entdeckungsgeschichte der Erde], and fellow member of the CartoPhilatelic Society.  An engineer and geodesist by trade, he was the head of the land registry office in the city of Gutersloh, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.  Mr. Mailand was active with the German cartophilatelic group for many years, serving as its first chairman from 1987 until 2012. From 1994 to 2006 he was editor of the group’s Circulars journal in addition to serving as the treasurer.  In April 2017, during the group’s anniversary celebration, Mr. Mailand was recognized with a certificate to honor his years of excellent service. While Mr. Mailands contributions over the years to cartophilately were many, he will, in particular, be remembered for his late work “Philatelic Register of all Significant Persons of Cartography , Geodesy, and Earth Discovery“ [Philatelistischen Register Bedeutender Personen der Kartographie, Geodasie und Entdeckungsgeschichte der Erde].  Thank you Ulrich for working beyond language barriers and promoting our activities to the members of the German cartophilatelic group.  – Officers of the CartoPhilatelic Society

Forthcoming Mini-Sheet Joint Issue Features Plan Map of the Vatican City State

Vatican City State - 2019-02 planned
Italy & Vatican City State, 2019-02 (planned)

Fellow cartophilatelist and Vatican expert, James Hamilton, has informed us of an upcoming joint issue between the Vatican and Italian Posts, of a mini-sheet that contains a map of the City State in the selvedge. The mini-sheet marks the 90th anniversary of the Lateran Treaty which led to the establishment of Vatican City State (1929). The 4.15€ sheet contains a total of four stamps featuring Popes Pius XI and Francis.  An antique looking large scale city plan, on the left of the sheets, depicts St. Peters Basilica and the  boundary of the city state along with major roads.  The issue is expected in February, however the is not shown on either web site yet. James also tells us of a Vatican issue, in a special folder, that appears to feature a map, but details are limited at this time.

New Issue Marks Spain’s Engineering Contributions to the Panama Canal

Spain 2019-01-02

Member Emilio Jiménez Soler alerted use to what is most likely the first cartophilatelic issue of 2019! On January 2, 2019 Spain Post issued a single stamp marking Spain’s engineering contributions in building the Panama Canal and the recent expansion project. The A2 denominated (0,70€) issue depicts a map of the Panama Canal on the right side of the stamp. Locator symbols for both new sets of locks in the expansion project — the Agua Clara Locks (entrance from the Atlantic Ocean) and the Cocolí Locks (entrance from the Pacific Ocean) along with a generalized route line through the canal are overlaid on the map. The left side of the issue is an artist’s rendering of the bow of a large cargo vessel, with many stacks of containers on the deck.  Information from the Spanish Post web site provides the following details about the canal and the engineering contributions from Spain.  “A century ago, when the canal was initially being built, many Spaniards worked on its construction under the orders of the American engineers who carried out the great work. The recent new expansions to the canal were carried out by Spanish companies and that somehow closes that historical cycle and is another example of the relationship and commitment that Spain has with America. While the canal has served well over the past years, the was a need to expand and improve the infrastructure of the canal, with the aim of adapting it to the current needs of international trade and freight traffic.  For this, a consortium formed by different companies, most of them Spanish, started a great project of renovation and improvement of the Panama Canal, in which the most important part of it includes the construction of two new sets of locks (located at the two markers on the map) that include a total of 16 floodgates, eight located on the Atlantic side and the remaining on the Pacific side. The stamp that recognizes the Spanish workers and companies involved in this project.” [always a fascinating engineering project to read about and a nice thematic stamp from Spain. Does anyone know what the “ñ” near the Cocoli Locks denotes? Is it an emboss for the visually impaired? On an actual stamp, it appears more muted in color. – web admin]

Closed Album: Rev. Diedrik “Dan” Nelson

 Closed Album: Rev. Dan Nelson
Rev. Diedrik “Dan” Nelson

It is with sadness that we report the passing of long time CPS Journal Editor and dedicated fellow CartoPhilatelist Rev. Diedrik “Dan” Nelson on Nov 5, 2018. Dan was a long-time philatelist whose interests extended to a number of other fascinating thematic topics that he collected. Dan was a member of APS and the Sioux Falls Stamp Club for over 20 years as well as an officer of the club for a time. With the help of his son Chris, Dan complied and maintained the comprehensive web site “Dan’s Topicals” ( which Chris has continued to maintain. Dan became the second editor of The New CartoPhilatelist Journal, a couple of years after Bill Critzer and David Wolfersberger organized a rejuvenation of the Society. Dan served as Editor for many years, growing and guiding the Journal. With his son, Dan assembled and scanned a collection of the original Carto Philatelist Journals which are now available for access on the Society’s web site. An avid genealogist with an inquisitive mind Dan was always helpful and available for philatelic discussions and provided the newly reorganized group with a grounded direction for the future. Later in life as medical conditions took their toll and Dan was unable to communicate as frequently as before, we were happy to know from his son that he continually enjoyed receiving and reading TNCP and was happy to know that the CPS was growing. Thank you Dan, for your support and dedication to help make CPS what it is today.  –Officers of the CartoPhilatelic Society

The New CartoPhilatelist Journal Receives Award at StampShow 2018

    APS/ATA StampShow 2018
Vermeil Literature Award

The Society’s flagship Journal, The NewCartoPhilatelist (TNCP), has received a Vermeil award at the recent APS/ATA StampShow 2018 held in Columbus Ohio during August 2018. Under the direction of Editor Martin Oakes, TNCP competed against a group of 19 other philatelic society journals.  The officers of the Society would like to congratulate Martin on his editorial leadership in consistently providing our members with the one of the finest topical journals available today. In addition, it is also important to acknowledge the authors, who have written articles and provided content for our Journal over the years.

If you have not submitted an article for the Journal now would be great time! Articles of any length are always needed. Please see the Journal submission guidelines or contact the Editor with any questions. The Journal can always use articles and content so please consider to write an article! Our deadline for the October 2018 issue is September 21.