Category: TRAVELLING POST OFFICES
Les Molnar's display pages for his 9-frame Large Gold exhibit plus pages from earlier versions of the exhibit, with a significant number - probably 100+ - of cancels on stamps & covers remaining throughout, mostly lesser items but a few better items noted. Most bundles of exhibit pages offer little of substance, being sparingly annotated, providing no more information than is glaringly obvious, or merely parroting the leading catalogue or reference book. That is not the case here. Les Molnar's pages go far beyond information available in his book and elsewhere.
In effect, this is his "doctoral thesis", in which Les develops the history of each TPO service, paying particular attention to data gleaned from official records of mail guard movements and detailing their assignments/shifts (what Molnar & Waugh call "routines"). The material then supports the historical framework, resulting in an entirely novel and engaging study that should be recognised for both the scholarship and the philatelic treatment. This is one of those rare exhibits that had "Felicitations of the Jury" written all over it. Felcitations can be awarded for research, for treatment of the subject matter, or for the material. In our opinion, Les Molnar should have received Felicitations in all three categories. Consequently, everyone who is interested in the art and science of exhibiting - and that particularly means judges - should study how Les went about creating this extraordinary display. [Eight sample pages are shown on our website]
Postmarks , Postal History , Transport - railways & trains , postal establishments - Travelling Post Offices , VICTORIA , AUSTRALIAN COLONIES General , AUSTRALIA