Initiatives aim to fire up the hobby

As I write this column in the midst of a heat wave in Ontario, with humidity making the temperatures feel about 40 degrees C, I cannot help but feel a “heat wave” is in the works as I think about what’s ahead this fall for Trajan Media. While we are trying to enjoy hot summer weather, behind the scenes at Trajan – publisher of Canadian Stamp News and Canadian Coin News – we are also busy working on new initiatives we will be releasing this fall and winter. Here are some of the highlights I want to share with you: Continue reading →

Embarrassment for Canada Post, a dream for collectors

Thanks to Canada Post, the summer of 2015 will be remembered as a hot one for stamp collectors. While the Crown corporation has been raked over the coals by some for its hoodoo design error, this is stuff that dreams are made of for philatelists. This is a significant error, and for some philatelists, this will be about profiting from the mistake. For other collectors, it’s about the hunt to add the image error to their collection. Continue reading →

Stamp collecting is so much more than child’s play

“An adult would never waste his time collecting stamps.” At least that was the feeling during the days when Franklin Delano Roosevelt began collecting stamps as an eight-year-old. “At the time, collecting was thought to be a child’s hobby,” says Anthony Musso, author of FDR and the Post Office, a historical account of Roosevelt’s devotion to stamps and the post office. The author describes how FDR’s mother, Sara Delano Roosevelt, introduced the hobby to her son, whom years later would become the longest serving president of the United States. Continue reading →

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