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St. Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha Philatelic Society

founded 1976

 Society Publications



Digitisation Project with all SHATPS Publications ever published (books and journals) - now available


We have created a digital archive of all of the journals, monographs, etc. ever published by the society, as scans of the publications in their original printed format. This is a vast treasure-trove of research, anecdote, opinion and history!

We have also created a simple computer program which allows a user to browse through a listing of every article in those journals, and to select any one and have it opened at the correct page in the relevant issue for reading using Adobe Acrobat Reader. Alternatively, a shortlist of articles can be generated using either a keyword appearing in the article's title or a part of the author's name, and one of those articles selected and displayed for reading. Another form lists all the monographs and other publications, and any one of these can be selected and read. The complete package is available as a two-DVD and one CD set for users of Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7, (64-bit and 32-bit computers). For users of Mac’s, the software should work in Windows-emulation mode.


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A very reasonable US$25 to members, US$55 to non-members - if you pay by check.
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 Books and Monographs


The St. Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha Philatelic Society has published a number of books and monographs in addition to its journal, the South Atlantic Chronicle, including the following:

Thirty Years of St. Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha Philately
Edited by Michael D. Mueller and Dr. Peter P. McCann


Celebrating the 30th anniversary of its founding, this anthology offers a collection of new, revised and reprinted articles. There are several pages of color photographs of island scenes, including photographs from the RMS St. Helena Tristan da Cunha Quincentenary Cruise. The book present

s over forty articles by authors from the United States, England, Scotland, Canada, Australia, Sweden, the Aland Islands and Ascension Island, including well-known names, such as Allan B. Crawford, Edward Hibbert, Trevor Hearl, Alec Page, Russell Skavaril, Rozell Smith and Roland Svennsson. Several distinguished philatelists and individuals with important links to the islands—including Robin Taylor, Ron Burn, Dr. Peter P. McCann, Sybil Innes , Dr. William L. Mayo, Richard Peck, Dr. Gale J

. Raymond, Robert Richardson and Cynthia Solomon—contributed to the book.

The topics are diverse, encompassing stamp designs, rare military mail from Ascension Island, scarce UPU cards, rarely seen postal markings, social philately, unique covers, Tin Can Mail at St. Helena, the creation of the Tristan da Cunha Potato Stamp, the first Tristan booklets and loads of island history. Members who have given strong support to the society are spotlighted. There is also a history of the society.

Only 200 copies of the book were printed: a very small stock is still available - it will not be reprinted.

Price: US$45 + shipping fees


Thirty Years of St. Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha Philately - Table of Contents

President’s Message from Ronald F. Burn, England
Introduction by The Editors
How the Society Got Its Name by Dr. Peter P. McCann, USA
History of the St. Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha Philatelic Society by Michael D. Mueller, USA & Mrs. Vivian W. Finne, USA
Ascension Island Memories Excerpts from articles by or about David Allen, Ca

nada; Dr. John A. Leonowich, USA; and Tom Simack, USA

Thomas Bruce: St. Helena Postmaster and Stamp Designer by Dr. Ian Thomas Bruce, England
The 1927 Visit of RMSP Asturias to Tristan da Cunha by Ron Burn a

nd Guy Marriott of England
A chat with Joy Forsyth Thompson, wife of 1950's Tristan Administrator by Ted Cookson, Egypt and USA
The Last Tin Can Mail?—St. Helena 1968 by John Coyle, Australia
When potatoes served as postage on Tristan da Cunha by Allan B. Crawford, MBE, England
Allan B. Crawford receives the award of MBE from HM Qu

een Elizabeth II by Guy Marriott, England
Five 19th Century St. Helena Covers by Robert C. Deakin, England
The discovery of the only known HMS Dorsetshire cover from Tristan da Cunha by Mike Faulds, Scotland
The Ascension Island Post Office by Angela R. Francis, Ascension Island
Bouvet Island and Friends by Eli G. Goodman, MD, USA
Have you heard of Trinidade? by O.W. Newport, England
Research reveals more about Trinidade by J. Edgar Williams, USA
A U.S. tracking station cover from Fernando de Noronha by Dr. Gale J. Raymond, USA
Portraying Saint Helena on St. Helena Postage Stamps by Trevor Hearl, England
Was Joseph Cole using an unauthorized handstamp at St. Helena? by Edward Hibbert, England
Norwegian Visitors to the Waters of Tristan da Cunha by Dr. T. Philip Hicks, Canada and Allan B. Crawford, MBE, England
William Farquharson Burnett, RN, CB, Governor of Ascension, 1858 – 1861 by Sybil Innes of Learney, Scotland
Views of Ascension, St. Helena and Tristan da Cunha,

Photographs taken during the RMS St. Helena Quincentenary Cruise to Tristan in 2006

by Ron Burn, England; Ted Cookson, Egypt & USA; Dr. T. Philip Hicks, Can

ada; Michael D. Mueller, USA; and others

St. Helena’s 1898 U.P.U. Postcards by James E. Kraemer, Canada
A Closer Look at the Roland Svensson Views of Tristan by Paul Margolis, USA

Quentin Keynes: A life inspired by the postage stamps of St. Helena by Michael D. Mueller, USA

The Diana’s Peak Cachets of St. Helena by Michael D. Mueller, USA and Dr. Peter P. McCann, USA
The Gough Island Tragedy of 1969 by W. A. (“Alec”) Page, England
William L. Mayo and the first booklets of Tristan da Cunha by Richard C. Peck, Australia
South Atlantic Memories by Dr. William L. Mayo, Australia
South Atlantic Ephemera A selection of Ascension, St. Helena and Tristan Ephemera...
Scarce U.S. Military Mail from Ascension by Dr. Gale J. Raymond, USA
The St. Helena – China Connection by Robert Richardson, USA
I.D. Lampart’s St. Helena collection exhibited at Stanley Gibbons by Christopher Riding, England
St. Helena historiography, philately and the “Castella” controversy by Dr. Alexander H. Schulenburg, UK

In Memory of Dr. Russell V. Skavaril

St. Helena’s first adhesive stamp on an 1856 cover to England by Dr. Russell V. Skavaril, USA
Social philately is an important part of St. Helena postal History by Dr. Russell V. Skavaril, USA
Remembering Russ by Michael D. Mueller, USA

Tristan da Cunha – Life and Times in the 1880s – Visit of HMS Thalia in 1886 by Rozell Smith, Canada
A Solomon visits the Island of St. Helena by Cynthia Solomon, USA

Tristan da Cunha: Life on the tiny island during the volcano period by Dr. Roland Svensson, Sweden
Roland Svensson: Swedish Explorer, Painter, Writer and Tristan Enthusiast by John Ekwall, Sweden & Sune Wilhelms, Aland Islands
Philatelic activity on Tristan da Cunha from 1927 to 1940 by Robin Taylor, England
The “Ship” sets of Ascension and St. Helena: The plates for the 5d. and 6d. by Bill Thorpe, England
Appendix A: Table of contents for the South Atlantic Chronicle, January 1996 - October 2005
Appendix B: Recipients of Society Awards
Appendix C: Financial support for Thirty Years of St. Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha Philately

Appendix D: The Officers of the St. Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha Philatelic Society, 2006 – 2007
Appendix E: Presidents of the Society, 1976 –2006



St. Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha Philatelic Society's 20th Anniversary Anthology       -- sold out -- 


Edited by Dr. Russell V. Skavaril with Assistant Editors John L. Havill, Paul A. Margolis, Michael D. Mueller, and Everett L. Parker

Published by the Society in 1997 as part of the Society's 20th

Anniversary Celebration in a limited edition of 300 copies. Hardbound, 8.5 in. by 11 in., many illustrations and tables, selected illustrations from Society's archive, 192 pages, double-column format, bibliographies, dust jacket, indexed, printed on acid-free paper.

Awarded a Vermeil Medal at COL

OPEX '98. and a Gold Medal at OKPEX '98. 



20th. Anniversary Anthology - Table of Contents

President's Introduction by Michael D. Mueller.
Editor's Introduction by Russell V. Skavaril, Ph. D.
The First Twenty Years of the St. Helena, Ascension, and Tristan da Cunha Philatelic Society by Vivian W. Finne.
Additional Information for Ascension -- the Stamps and Postal History by John H. Attwood.
The 1815 Packet Service and St. Helena by K. A. Baker.
The Printings of the Ascension Island Badge Issue of 1924-1933 by Richard C. F. Baker, Ph. D.
Gough Island and the Scientific Survey Covers 1955-1956 by Geoffrey F. Briginshaw.
The Repetto Correspondence by Vivian W. Finne.
Ascension AAF and its 1972 Local Post by Joseph J. Frasketi, Jr.
Tristan da Cunha Insights by Eli Goodman, M. D.
St. Helena's Early Telegraph by Trevor W. Hearl.
Special Cancellations of Ascension by Peter W. Knightes.

An Ordinary Business Cover

Tells a Very Interesting Story by James E. Kraemer.
On St. Helena Postal History by I. D. Lampart.

St. Helena 1928 by Robson Lowe.
U. S. Consuls on St. Helena, 1831-1906:

Origins of Early Consular Mail and Despatches by Michael D. Mueller.
Ascension Island Britis

h Forces

Mail, an Exceptional Cover by Gale J. Raymond, Ph. D.
Official St. Helena Envelopes of Recycled Paper, a New St.Helena Colonial Treasury Official Handstamp, Modern Technology and Activities at The St. Helena Post Office by Russell V. Skavaril, Ph. D.
U. P. U. Cards of St. Helena by Russell V. Skavaril, Ph. D., and I. D. Lampart.
Tristan da Cunha -- 1920 Life and Times by Rozell C. Smith.
Tristan da Cunha's First Official Post Office Handstamps by Robin Taylor.
The Aerogrammes of Tristan da Cunha by Brian Tymms; Peter P. McCann, Ph. D.; and Robert L. Rusch.
Cumulative Index for the South Atlantic Chronicle and its predecessors: St. Helena Philatelic Study Group Newsletter and St. Helena and Dependencies Philatelic Society Newsletter Vols. I-XX (April 1978 - October 1996) by Charles J. Peterson.
St. Helena, Ascension, and Tristan da Cunha Philatelic Society's 1996-1998 Officers.
Financial Contributors to Anthology.



Anthology Preparation:

A committee of four individuals (Vivian W. Finne, John L. Havill, Everett L. Parker, and Ernest E. Roberts) was appointed by President Michael D. Mueller, with each committee member assigned to select the five to 10 best articles from one of the four five-year periods in which our journal had been published. The authors of the selected articles were asked to review and update their corresponding manuscripts. The top five articles from each of the four five-year periods comprise the articles included in the Anthology. Articles dealing with the Boer War and Napoleonic St. Helena were excluded from consideration for the Anthology since those topics were the subject of the Society's first monograph, published previously.

 Valuable Indicies: Two of the most valuable elements of the Anthology are the cumulative indices, one by author and one by subjec

t, to all that has been published in the first twenty years of the Society's journal. These indices are a significant contribution to the lasting value of the Anthology.
Limited Production: Only 300 copies of the Anthology were printed, and it will not be reprinted.










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