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 even the World War, it was just a war, which later became known as the Great War. People thought it would be over in just a few months. Our real challenge in comprehending the conflict comes from the fact that the world of 100 years ago was so very different from the one we live in today. 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 even the World War, it was just a war, which later became known as the Great War. People thought it would be over in just a few months. 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 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 →

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 →

Collectors put printers under the magnifying glass

One thing I learned very quickly is that printers think a little differently than the rest of us. For them, a good quality printing job is all about the appearance of the printing. It doesn’t matter if the press is running publications, advertising material, or even stamps, the printer’s goal is to produce a product that is usable and pleasing to the customer. When it comes to stamps, the same thing happens. Collectors revel in details. For them, minute differences between stamps are clues that allow them to reassemble a printing plate, or even a plant’s whole production procedures. Continue reading →

Collectors and collections evolve with the postal system

I recently had the pleasure of attending the Canadian Stamp Dealers’ Association convention, held in Toronto. For me, one of the best parts of getting to a stamp event is that it gives me the chance to spend time talking to stamp collectors. A publication such as Canadian Stamp News is unique in that the readers are defined by interest, not by geography, so being able to chat with my readers is always a rare pleasure. Sometimes shows or sales seem to have themes, something has recently happened or is about to happen, or there is a hot item on the bourse floor. In this case, the message seemed to be about the fun of collecting. Continue reading →

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