Arbour, Fox among 4 honoured for making a difference

Four more living Canadians have been honoured on stamps, this time honouring “difference-makers,” to be issued May 22. The stamps depict Rick Hansen, Michael J. Fox, Sheila Watt-Cloutier, and Louise Arbour. Hansen, who became famous for his Man in Motion World Tour, later established the Rick Hansen Foundation. Fox has committed his life to campaigning for increased research into Parkinson’s disease. Watts-Cloutier is a champion of aboriginal and human rights. Arbour was an International Criminal Tribunals prosecutor for war crimes that took place in Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia, and a former justice of the Supreme Court of Canada. Continue reading →

No fooling Greene machine

Garfield Portch demonstrated the machine with the massive $10 blue whale stamp. Blowing the stamp up revealed microprinting and a number of fluorescing details. Moving up the edge of the stamp, he revealed how the software makes it possible not only to count the perfs, but to actually make measurements. In a second demonstration, two earlier stamps were compared. Using the comparator, it was possible to backlight the stamps to reveal the laid paper line, and compare details of the wire weave. It appeared identical in both cases. In the case of a cover, Portch showed how it was possible to compare a spectral signature of the ink used in the cancel on a stamp with a separate date stamp. In this case, the inks matched, revealing that both stamps had been applied at the same time. Continue reading →

Stamp-smartphone connection a-mazing

“For the first time, anyone who owns a smartphone or tablet will also be able to enjoy the digital side of stamps,” she said, “with an enhanced view of a physical, real-world environment augmented by computer-generated ‘virtual elements’ such as sound, video, 3D graphics, web-based information or GPS data.” Losier also pointed out that the technology is Canadian-made and while relatively new to stamps has been used in other businesses. “The interactive content was created by Ad-Dispatch, a 12-year-old Halifax-based company, which has worked with many of North America’s finest marketing agencies and big brands like Chevrolet, Walmart, Marvel, Disney and the Home Depot to create memorable and meaningful consumer experiences using augmented reality technology.” Continue reading →

Canada Post presents haunting 2013 program

Canada Post’s 2013 stamp program runs the gamut, with everything from motorcycles to pets. At the end of May, Canada Post unveiled the program, although in some cases details were somewhat sketchy. “The diversity of Canada is reflected in this year’s stamp program, offering a stamp every Canadian can identify with, whether it is history or rock and roll,” said Minister of State (Transport) Steven Fletcher, who is also the minister responsible for Canada Post. Continue reading →

Canada Post goes no-huddle with Cup’s 100th

The CFL started out in the 1880s as the Canadian Rugby Football Union; the game was originally known as rugby. The league evolved over the years, as did the game. While Canadian football is now more like United States gridiron football, it retains several rugby traditions such as only three down, a larger field, and more players on the field. The Grey Cup was donated in 1909 by the then-Governor General of Canada, the fourth Earl Grey. No games were played from 1916 to 1919 due to the First World War. Continue reading →

Douglas stamp marks nation’s health care shift

Tommy Douglas, the person best associated with Medicare and a person voted the Greatest Canadian by CBC viewers in 2004, is the subject of a new stamp issue. As a young boy Douglas developed an infection that would have cost him his leg. He was able to receive medical treatment only after his father met a surgeon who agreed to treat him in order to teach students. Later in life he became a Baptist preacher in Weybourn, Sask. Always a believer in social activism, he also became involved in politics. Continue reading →

South Korean stamps honour Canadian veteran

South Korea has issued postage stamps honouring a Canadian veteran of the Korean War. The stamps were unveiled June 22, but commemorate the 100th birthday on July 5 of Maj. Campbell Lane, the oldest Commonwealth veteran of the conflict, which took place from 1950 to 1953. At a brief ceremony in Ottawa, where Lane lives, a citation was read from South Korean Veterans Minister Park Sung Choon. “To our knowledge, no other Commonwealth veteran has achieved this most impressive milestone,” it stated. “The 49 million people of Korea send him 49 million wishes for a most happy birthday.” Continue reading →

Students create philatelic tribute to Jack Layton

The Grade 11 students had to research not only Layton’s distinctive look, but also the challenges in creating art for an image as tiny as a stamp. The students had their choice of media, ranging from watercolour to caricature. The finished designs were then treated digitally, to create the final stamp representations. Students also created cancellation, first-day cover (FDC), and booklet designs. The FDC “cancels” are marked July 18, Layton’s birthday. The project proved an interesting one at a time when many youngsters have never even used postage stamps. Continue reading →

Royal Mail paints the country gold

Just hours into the Olympic Games, the Royal Mail issued new stamps to celebrate six gold medals Britain had won in London. Won on a Saturday, the stamps were on sale the following Sunday at selected post offices. It is the first time the mother of all posts has issued stamps honouring individual athletes, and only the third time a host nation has issued individual Olympic gold medal stamps. The stamps are offered at more than 500 post office branches, all of which will remain open on Sundays during the Games, the first time Royal Mail branches have been open on any Sunday. Continue reading →

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