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Volume 43#19 Nov 13 – Nov 26, 2018, 2018

$25K expected for ‘best Small Queen cover’

What’s widely regarded by experts as the greatest, most important Small Queen cover is expected to bring $25,000 during a general sale hosted by New Brunswick’s Eastern Auctions this November. Offered as Lot 887 of the Nov. 9-10 sale, this “phenomenal” registered cover was mailed to Tonsberg, Norway, in July 1875. It includes a se-tenant pair along with a single 10-cent pale milky rose lilac Small Queen from the Montreal printings. The single is tied by a “superb” straight-line “REGISTERED” hand stamp, and the pair is tied by three strikes of a Halifax split-ring dispatch circular date stamp (CDS). The cover also displays an oval registered “7 AU 75” London transit stamp in red as well as red crayon accountancy marks. Continue reading →

A registered cover mailed to Tonsberg, Norway, in July 1875 is one of only three examples still in existence after being mailed to continental Europe prior to the Universal Postal Union’s establishment. Described as ‘the best Small Queen cover,’ it’s expected to bring $25,000 at auction.

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Expensive rates, confusing routes spell need for change

Among the utmost examples of the follies of the pre-reform mail system is a 21-ounce letter mailed in 1816 at the exorbitant rate of seven pounds and seven shillings.

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Armistice stamp issued

Canada Post issued a stamp marking the 100th anniversary of the First World War armistice on Oct. 24.

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Wide range of exhibits at Canpex ‘marvellous’

Canpex 2018 set up shop in southwestern Ontario this October for the third consecutive year, and according to organizers, it was another “great success.”

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