Sending and receiving mail can be a lot of fun

A number of times I have written about the fact that I get more interesting mail than most people. Now when I say that I am not referring to the content of my correspondence, as interesting as it may be, but to the outside, the part that most normal people throw away. In my case,... Continue reading →

Third Brigham sale to feature never exhibited sheets and back of book

Among the revenues is a corner block of 14-cent overprint, on the 1915 nine-cent excise stamp, van Dam #FX28.

The third sale of the Ron Brigham Collection will feature material acquired but never publicly shown by Brigham, who was a prolific and successful exhibitor of Canadian stamps. The sale will be held Nov. 22, at the Brampton Golf Club, a different venue than the previous two sales, held at the Toronto Airport Hilton Hotel.... Continue reading →

Mail played major role in wartime Canada

By now, I’m sure pretty much everyone in Canada knows that the First World War started a century ago. I don’t think we can come close to really understanding the significance of the event. Back in 1914, I imagine things were a bit different. For one thing, it wasn’t called the First World War, or... Continue reading →

Personal covers make stamp collecting relevant

I will be the first to admit that, when I first heard of picture postage, I wasn’t too impressed. Admittedly, that was before I started working for Canadian Stamp News, but I just sort of thought the idea of letting people put their own pictures on a stamp was a bit silly. I assumed it... Continue reading →

Famous discovery to be offered in Halifax auction

The third-known two-cent green large queen on laid paper, and the best -known Charles Connell stamp will both be offered in Halifax this month.

For the second time in less than 12 months an example of the two-cent large queen on laid paper will go on the auction block. The stamp will appear in Eastern Auctions’ general sale, being held Oct. 17-18. The stamp is the greatest rarity in Canadian philately, with only three known examples. The stamp being... Continue reading →

Unions, think-tanks need to listen to Canadians

Another option is that, with an estimated 3,000 employees retiring per year, Canada Post can reduce its workforce by nearly half between now and 2021. All it has to do is not hire, shuffle staff from pickup and delivery to sorting as vacancies occur, and contract out the jobs left open. The institute points out... Continue reading →

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