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Volume 41#23 Mar 7 – Mar 20, 2017, 2017

Topical opportunities at every philatelic corner

There’s arguably never been a better time to be a topical exhibitor. As noted by CSN Consulting Editor Ian Robertson in his recent story on the Royal Mail’s unveiling of a 10-stamp issue featuring David Bowie, these kinds of stamps are popular around the world. “Commemoratives featuring entertainers are popular and several small countries have issued stamps featuring Bowie,” wrote Robertson, who’s also vice-president of the West Toronto Stamp Club. The 10-stamp set was unveiled Jan. 25, nearly a year after Bowie died following an 18-month battle with cancer. Although Royal Mail has previously honoured bands and groups – namely the Beatles in 2010 and Pink Floyd in 2015 – this is the first time the British postal service has dedicated an entire issue to an individual musician or cultural figure. Continue reading →

The 2007 ‘Canadian Recording Artists’ series featured Canadian music legends Gordon Lightfoot (Scott #2221a), Joni Mitchell (SC #2221b), Anne Murray (SC #2221c) and Paul Anka (SC #2221d).

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When you are number two

While most collectors are familiar with Sir Rowland Hill’s postage reforms that saw Britain issue the first stamps of the modern era, few are aware the second nation to issue stamps was not in Europe

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Philatelic research library begins third year of hosting Open Saturdays

A milestone of sorts took place at the Harry Sutherland Philatelic Library (HSPL) this February.
We began our third year of hosting Open Saturdays.

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Da Costa was first free black person to see Canada

It is safe to say that Mathieu da Costa – also known as Lusofonia – is one of the most intriguing figures in Canadian history.

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