The 3-volume Hawaii Foreign Mail to 1870 was just awarded the Large Gold Medal in the international literature competition at PHILAKOREA 2014, with a special prize for “best in class.”
This honor, together with three major awards won previously, confirms Fred Gregory and the PF as the worldwide authority in the early Hawaii post.
Gregory has made Hawaii postal service research his life’s work, which led to several journal articles and his outstanding website, Post Office in Paradise. Bringing this experience to the PF project, Gregory lays out a clear, compelling narrative on 1,233 golden-edged pages that brings the era to life.
Entertaining and informative, Hawaii Foreign Mail to 1870 details pioneer stampless covers, whalers and missionaries, the use of Hawaii and U.S. postage stamps on Hawaii mail and rates and markings. Maps and illustrations trace the routes Hawaii mail traveled while a comprehensive list of vessel arrivals and departures provides an invaluable reference for determining the authenticity of postal history from this period.
Hawaii Foreign Mail to 1870 also appeals to armchair historians with generous color illustrations and details on the everyday lives of missionaries, ship captains, fur and sandalwood traders, and a relatively isolated island nation emerging as a power player on the world stage. As the StampShow Judges’ noted in their critique, it’s“an outstanding work of depth and wide interest. Clear, easily readable… and thoroughly reliable… This will be the standard reference for a very long time.”
About 20 years ago, experts working on behalf of the Philatelic Foundation began updating Meyer and Harris’ classic 1948 research volume, Hawaii, Its Stamps and Postal History. Our expert consultant, Fred Gregory, took charge of the project over time and its scope changed to become a completely new work.
The result – the ultimate resource for information on Hawaii’s early postal system and the first major work on Hawaiian philately in over half a century.
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