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 would only appeal to a hand full of individuals such as grandparents, self-absorbed brides, egoists of all sorts, and not all the sort of thing a country of Canada's stature should condone. Of course, people are always nervous about change, and I still remembered a time when stamps were a selection of definitives, all with the same design with just a different colour and value. 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 sold this month is the third, and was only discovered in 2013. At that time the discovery made front page news. U.S. collector Michael D. Smith found the stamp in an American Philatelic Society sales book, where it was listed as the common version, printed on wove paper. 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 the successes of New Zealand and Finland in saving money by making such reforms. Continue reading →

Latest releases from Canada Post just super

If Canada Post can get enough out, and maybe send some to revenue post offices instead of those flag-over-whatever definitives, we may actually see some of these turn up postally used by average Canadians. If you want to encourage stamp collecting, that’s what you have to do: get average people using interesting stamps. Continue reading →

Summer in stamps anything but quiet

This is a story that started as a bit of rumour going around that “something” was out there, which I first picked up on at the RPSC convention in Winnipeg. Armed with that rumour, I spent hours talking to people and sifting through possibilities. There were a few false reports along the way, but finally I got the thing figured out. However, it was still totally unconfirmed. Continue reading →

Vanishing ghosts and missing Lincs’ in 2013

Five of the six commemorative envelopes planned for 2013 have already been issued, while the fate of the sixth remains unknown along with the fate of the Haunted Canada stamps. A total of six commemorative envelopes were announced when the program was finalized in 2012. All six were to honour Canadian anniversaries, with a permanent-rate domestic stamp and special cancel. Five were unveiled earlier this year. Continue reading →

Germany marks World Cup win with same-day stamp issue

Germany’s stamp marking the nation’s 2014 World Cup final victory over Argentina was printed before the two teams kicked off.

Germany has celebrated its FIFA World Cup victory with a stamp, announced just hours after the 1-0 extra time win against Argentina on July 13. The design shows the legs of a German player, and those of an opponent wearing Argentine colours, running toward a ball. Over top the image are the words Deutschland Fussball Weltmeister 2014, which roughly translates as Germany World Football Champions 2014, and the value of €0.60. The stamp was designed by Lutz Mense, and printed for Deutsche Post by security printer Giesecke & Devrient, of Munich. The stamps are produced in panes of 10 , with scores from Germany’s other matches in the World Cup tournament in the selvedge. Continue reading →

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