The hobby is evolving

or years, I have maintained that stamp collecting isn't about to die out, but it is evolving. It is easy to complain that young people are no longer collecting stamps, but I don't think that young collectors have ever played much of a role in the financial health of the hobby. Young collectors usually have limited financial means and even years ago, rarely bought high-end stamps. Continue reading →

Riel Rebellions rarities, postal history dominate Eastern’s February sale

While several earlier Canadian flights carried mail, the 1918 flight from Montreal to Toronto was the first officially sanctioned to carry mail. This rather routine-looking cover is given some flash with the addition of two special triangular cancels.

Western Canadian postal history will dominate Eastern Auctions’ Feb. 19 sale, as well as several interesting Canadian and world lots. According to Eastern’s Yohann Tanquay, the western postal history includes a fair number of unusual and scarce items, including an essay for a stamp issue from the Riel era. The collections are from the estate of Dr. Don Thompson, which includes rarities from the first and second Riel Rebellions, many of them part of his award-winning exhibit. The red stamp, showing a head of liberty with the words “Republique Canadienne / Canadian Republic,” was printed in red without a denomination. It is believed to date from the first rebellion of 1869. There are two examples, one on watermarked paper, with an estimate of $1,000, and one on un-watermarked wove paper with an estimate of $750. Continue reading →

Hobby in need of more helping hands

“If you want something done, ask a busy person to do it. The more things you do, the more you can do.” That familiar quote is from America’s beloved funny lady, Lucille Ball. It’s an adage we know is so true. We have all experienced it. The people we lean on the most are individuals who already have a lot on their plates and have difficulty saying no when it comes to helping others and the causes they are passionate about. Continue reading →

New stamps honour Queen, monkey and UNESCO sites

Within the first two weeks of 2016, Canada Post released stamps honouring, from top left, Year of the Monkey, Queen Elizabeth and the new Canadian UNESCO heritage sites, including Old Town Lunenburg, N.S.

Canada Post is off to a busy start in 2016 with the launch of stamps celebrating the Year of the Monkey, five definitive stamps featuring Canadian UNESCO World Heritage Sites and a new black and white stamp of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth taken by a legendary fashion photographer. Continue reading →

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