Cayman book wins another medal

The History of the Cayman Islands Post Offices has won another award, this time a Silver-Bronze Medal presented at an exhibition organised by the Chicago Philatelic Society.

Organised in 1886, the society is recognised internationally for bringing together people who enjoy not just collecting stamps but also sharing historic and technological information.

The book about Cayman’s post offices was written by Ivan Burges, who entered it in last month’s Chicagopex – the annual Chicago Philatelic Exhibition. It was one of 60 entrants in the philatelic literature exhibits and missed the higher Silver award by just one point.

Ironically, the deduction of a point came about because the book is now in its second edition: the very popularity that warranted its new version prevented it from earning maximum pints for originality and research.

Still, judges called it colourful and appealing, well produced and nicely written.

A reader need not be a dedicated philatelist to enjoy this book. Postal services in Cayman once involved delivery by police constables, whose crime-fighting duties were not particularly onerous; it included the use of residents’ homes as postal agencies. Mr. Burges re-introduces these people and places in a way that sheds new light on another era.

First published in 2003, with production and printed by Cayman Free Press, the book earned a Silver medal at Chicagopex in 2004. The following year it earned medals at the APS Stamp Show in Michigan USA and in Toronto at Canada’s Seventh National Philatelic Literature Exhibition.

The History of the Cayman Islands Post Offices is available at Hobbies and Books, Kirk’s Supermarket, Pure Art and the National Trust Visitors Centre.

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