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Description found in Archives

E.A. Smythies fonds [philatelic record, textual record, graphic material]. 

Date(s)

[1857-1894, 1952-1972]

Place of creation

Canada

697 postage stamps and other material.

Scope and content

Fonds consists of stamps and related philatelic material collected by E.A. Smythies. Smythies took particular interest in fakes and forgeries and this is reflected in the fonds. Many of the stamps are themselves forgeries, including one complete pane. Among the material is a set of six notebooks and writings which pre-date the publication of Smythies' books. The writings cover B.N.A. forgeries, registered stamps and cancellations, and the postal history of Hampshire, among other topics. The fonds is comprised of 390 postage stamps [forged; Newfoundland, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Vancouver Island, Canada, and British Columbia], 307 postage stamps [genuine; Newfoundland (1857-1894), New Brunswick (1851-1860), Nova Scotia (1851-1863), Vancouver Island (1865), British Columbia (1865-1871), and Prince Edward Island (1862-1872)], 1 pane of postage stamps [forged], 7 sheets of plate proofs [Nova Scotia 1860-1863], 1 leaf [bearing engraved letterhead], 18 postal covers [bearing 19th Century Prince Edward Island postage stamps], 6 volumes of notes, and 2 black and white photographs. Forgers discussed by Smythies include Jean de Sperati, Angelo Panelli and Philip Spiro.

Graphic (photo)
90: Open
Box
0175
90: Open
Philatelic records
90: Open
Box
2000779078
90: Open
Philatelic records
90: Open
Box
2000779078
90: Open
Philatelic records
90: Open
Box
2000779078
90: Open
Philatelic records
90: Open
Box
A1066
90: Open
Philatelic records
90: Open
Box
C101
18: Restricted by creator/donor
Textual records
90: Open
Box
from 4224 to 4225
90: Open
Archival reference no.

Terms of use

No restrictions on use.
Reproduction of postage stamps requires permission of appropriate postal administration.
Credit the National Archives of Canada.

For accession 1997-223 CPA-207 (Paper)

Biography / Administrative history

Evelyn Arthur Smythies was born of British parents in India, 1885. He received his degree in geology and diploma in forestry from Oxford in 1908.

He returned to India and lived there for 39 years, serving as a Forestry Officer. E.A. Smythies returned to Ireland in 1947 where he died at his home Castle Morris, Tralee, in 1975.

Smythies began stamp collecting at the age of 9 concentrating on India and its postal history. In 1924 he began to research India 1854 Lithographs and published a monograph on them in 1927.

This monograph won the Crawford Medal from the Royal Philatelic Society of London. In 1956 Smythies focus shifted to Canadian stamps and postal history.

His interests focused on British North America but also included Canadian cancels, duplex cancels, registered stamps, precancels, rollers, secret dates, Admirals, perforations and forgeries.

He authored and co-authored many articles and handbooks on these subjects. He was once a regular contributor to "Stamp Collecting".

Smythies was active in the philatelic community. He was a Fellow of the Royal Philatelic Society of London, Canadian Philatelic Society of Great Britain, and Companion of Indian Empire.

He was also a leading member of the British Philatelic Society of India; editor of their philatelic journal (1947) and permanent Vice-President.

Additional information

Custodial history
Originally donated to the National Postal Museum in 1975. Transferred to the Canadian Postal Archives (National Archives of Canada) in 1988. (Accession 1989-565)

Private

Related control no.

1. 1992-146 DAP
2. 1997-223 DAP
3. 1996-02831-6