Current projects that I am engaged in include the following; it is very often difficult to obtain information, any help will be much appreciated.

1 - The Genesis of the New Zealand Chalon classic issue, 1855 – 1874
I am particularly interested in the original Perkins Bacon Flat Dies & the Circular Transfer Rollers. 
Currently apart from the 1/- Circular Transfer Roller Number 1305, and the 2d Value, are all in the NZ Post Archive, at Te Papa National Museum.  Naturally I would like to know their whereabouts of the two missing Transfer Rollers, and if they do still exist.

2 - Fanning Island
Good progress in finding out far more about the Postal History has been great since joining the Pacific Islands Study Circle At the Armistice Stamp Show my five frame exhibit in the Open Class was awarded a Large Vermeil plus Felicitations for Research. I was also awarded the Robert P. Odenweller Award for the best Article published in the Philatelist (The Collectors Club NY) in 2018, “Fanning Island, Pacific Ocean, A Postal History Treatise 1889-1949. I originally produced the article for The Society of Postal Historians UK, as a requirement to retain membership.


There is one major collection of Postcards, which I am researching for future publication.

Mable Lucie Attwell Postcards printed by Valentine & Sons Ltd. of Dundee.

I am very interested in receiving any details whatsoever relating to Mable Lucie Attwell and the Printers Valentine & Sons.

Whilst the “Primrose Collection” belongs to my wife Val Ellott, she would personally be interested in corresponding with any collector, who shares her enjoyment of these fascinating Postcards.





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