Edwin Drechsel shipboard mail cancellations [philatetic records, graphic materials, textual records]

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Physical description
2 folders of disbound album pages
Administrative history / Biographical sketch

Edwin Drechsel, born in Bremen, Germany in 1914, emigrated to the United States in 1924 when his father (William Drechsel) was transferred to New York as Inspector by the Norddeutscher Lloyd. Drechsel is a graduate of Trinity School, of Dartmouth College and of its Amos Tuck Business School. He worked for six years for what is now Exxon, five of them in Venezuela. He joined the then United States News in Washington in 1943. Postwar, he was its first overseas correspondent in London, then for a total of thirty-six years, worked worldwide. During this time he combined his interests as a ship lover and stamp collector into the joint hobbies of Ship Mails: the markings of shipboard post offices and related usages. He is a life member of the World Ship Society, whose USA-Canada Intercom he edited during the 1960’s and of the Maritime Postmark Society, whose Seaposter he edited for seven years. His "Centennial History & Catalogue of German Ship Posts and Paquebot mail" catalogues were published in London. His civic activities included: Cub scoutmaster, Lay Reader, School Board Chairman, and Mayor of Belvedere, CA. Mr. Drechsel moved from Berkeley, CA, to Point Roberts, WA in 2004. He passed away in in Vancouver in 2006.

Source: Edwin Drechsel Photo Collection at the University of California, Berkeley

Scope & content
The collection consists of one album (disbound) of 48+ pages of British Columbia markings on sails, and posted aboard ships along the coast and inland lakes. Prepared in 1981.
Reproductions: Copyright unknown. Please contact Archivist for more information.
LC Subject Headings
Ocean mail stamps