Stamps helped future Beatle imagine

ily and among the “must-sees” on our list was Strawberry Fields, a 2.5-acre landscaped section in New York City’s Central Park that is dedicated to the memory of legendary Beatle John Lennon. It is also named after the Beatles’ song Strawberry Fields Forever, written by Lennon. Continue reading →

New stamps celebrate Canadian weather, heritage, culture

Five weather phenomena, including this “sun dog” photographed by Iqaluit’s Frank Reardon, were featured on new postage stamps issued by Canada Post on June 18.

The stamps in Canada Post’s latest issue of Details capture Canada’s nature, history, peace-loving temperament, culture, art and achievements. “It’s a sampling of all that Canadian stamps have to offer, and we hope you enjoy it,” said Jim Phillips, director of stamp services at Canada Post, which revealed its third set of stamps on UNESCO World Heritage sites, a Weather Wonders issue as well as a philatelic tribute to renowned author Alice Munro. Continue reading →

Get new collectors off on the right foot

One of the questions that often comes up is: Why collect stamps? There are lots of answers: stamps are history, stamps are fun, stamps are an investment, stamps help us expand our knowledge. I’m sure there are plenty more I have not mentioned. For the most part, they are good reasons, with the possible exception of investment. I’ve often thought that investing in stamps is a very different process than investing. Continue reading →

B.C.’s rugged, wet coast makes for intriguing covers

Joe Montgomery, of Niagara Falls, Ont., recently shared with CSN this cover that was cancelled at a floating post office in Surge Narrows, B.C.

Joe Montgomery, a spry 92-year-old collector, recently popped by Canadian Stamp News headquarters to share with us an interesting cover. Cancelled in Surge Narrows, B.C. on June 12, 2013 by postmaster Shawny Volk, the cover was a postage-paid envelope issued by Canada Post in 2012. That year, the Crown corporation issued a set of nine permanent-rate postage-paid envelopes featuring stamps from the high-value Canadian wildlife series (1998-2010). The envelope Montgomery shared with us had the $5 Moose stamp (Scott #1693) printed on it. Continue reading →

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