St. Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha Philatelic Society

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SHATPS Publications


Digitisation Project with all SHATPS Publications ever published (books and journals) 1976-2015
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 set for users of Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 10, (64-bit and 32-bit computers). For users of Mac’s, the software should work in Windows-emulation mode.

2. 45th Anniversary DVD - with all Robin Taylor Tristan da Cunha Monographs


Cost of the package? The cost of the SHATPS publications DVDs and the 45th Birthday DVD are the same. They cost each ...
... a very reasonable US$35 to members, US$55 to non-members - if you pay by check.

Please make your payment directly to the society, and add
US$1.30 for postage USA and Australia
US$1.80 for postage Canada
US$4.20 for all other countries.

A purchase may be paid by check in U.S. dollars or in sterling: all checks should be made payable to "SHATPS".

If paying by PayPal, please ensure that you either:
Add US$2.00 to your payment to cover PayPal transfer costs
If possible, elect to absorb these costs yourself.
This will ensure that the society does not receive an amount less than the cost of the DVD set.
How can I order?
Orders can be placed by mail (if not paying by PayPal, include your check!) to the addresses below, or by completion of the on-line order form below.

Mail orders should be sent to:
Mr. Ted Cookson
3501 Keyser Av., Apt. 38
Hollywood, Fl 33021-2402

► on-line - please fill-out the on-line form below - you can use the on-line form for your order of other SHATPS publications too.

3. Books and Monograhs

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:

Tristan da Cunha - A Listing of Ships' Visits Between 1901 and 2016
by Robin William Taylor, edited by John D. Coyle
The publication is spiral bound, 104 pages, with both mono and coloured illustrations. The book is based on Robin Taylor's Tristan da Cunha Monograph No. 18 and has been updated by Robin with new information covering the period 2008 to December 2016, and with a small number of corrections of earlier information.

If you may be interested in buying this publication, please let secretary John Coyle know the number of copies needed.
Members who prefer to receive the publication in PDF format are able to do so by download - please indicate your preference with your order.
Price for the printed book: US$ 39 + shipping fees
please add
US$ 9 for postage USA and International (Germany $3)
if paying by PayPal please add US$ 2.50
price for PDF version: only US$ 15 (+ PayPal fees $1)

4. Forty Years of St. Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha Philately
Edited by John D. Coyle and Dr. Peter P. McCann

Following the precedent of the 20th Anniversary Anthology and the 30th Anniversary Book, our society celebrates the 40th anniversary of it
s founding in 2016.
As for content, in addition to the many excellent new, revised and reprinted articles published in the last decade, we have listed all past officers an an article index of the past 10 years. The book will be offered first at the World Stamp Show NY 2016 at 28th May 2016.
Only 100 books were printed - we can reprint if required.
Price: US$40 + shipping fees
please add
US$ 3,50 for pos
tage U.S.A.
US$ 7.00 for postage Canada
US$ 13.50 for postage outside USA/Canada
if paying by PayPal please add US$ 2.50
40th Anniversary Committee members:
John Coyle, Editor - Dr. Peter P. McCann, Co-Editor, Dr. Everett L. Parker, Ray Lloyd and Klaus Hahn, Co-ordinators

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

  • President's Message from Dr. Everett L. Parker, USA
  • About the Society by 40th Anniversary Committee
  • Creating this Book by the Editors
  • Three islands, remote in the South Atlantic, an introduction by Dr. T. Philip Hicks, Canada
  • Some interesting Covers from St. Helena by Ernest Ros, USA
  • British Censorship during WW2 on Ascension Island by Klaus Hahn, Germany
  • Tristan Censored Covers During WW2 by Klaus Hahn, Germany
  • The Formula Registered Envelopes of Tristan da Cunha by Robin Taylor, England
  • 19th. Century Post Office rates to and from St. Helena by Michael W. Brown, USA
  • Tristan da Cunha - an Ocean Speck with a Philatelic History by Klaus Hahn, Germany and Dr. T. Philip Hicks, Canada
  • A Survey of Ascension Stamp Issues since 1963 by John Woolven-Allen, England
  • The Tristan da Cunha handstamps - Parts 1 to III by Klaus Hahn, Germany
  • St. Helena - inland "Signed For" mail by Klaus Hahn, Germany
  • The "Greenification" of Ascension Island by Dr. T. Philip Hicks, Canada
  • Correspondence to the Postmaster at Ascension Island, 1860-1913 by Michael W. Brown, USA
  • Silver and Gold Coin Faking by Michael Brown, USA
  • Wideawake Airfield 1942-2016 by John Woolven-Allen, England
  • Early (Pre-1900) Tristan Related Letters and covers in collector's hands by Ray Lloyd, England
  • 1967-68 Stamp Production Problems for Tristan da Cunha by Robin
  • The Violet Grill Cancellations of St. Helena by Dr. Everett L. Parker, USA
  • The GB Queen Victoria Penny Lilac of 1881 used on Ascension mail by Morris Taber, USA
  • The Reverend Pooley Covers of 1929 by Ray Lloyd, England - with SIG TDC1/2
  • Appendix A - Office Holders from 1977 to 2016
  • Appendix B - Index of Articles from January 2007 to November 2015
  • Appendix C - A History of the St. Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha Philatelic Society, updated by Ted Cookson, USA
  • Appendix D - Recipients of Society Awards

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 presents over forty articles by authors from the United States, England, Scotland, Canada, Australia, Sweden, the Alan
d Islands and Ascension Island, including well-known names, such as Allan B. Crawford, Edward Hibbert, Trevor Hearl, Alec Page, Russell Skavaril, Rozell Smith an
d 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, Canada; 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 and 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 Queen 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, Canada; 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, Asc
  • ension 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


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